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    Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2013

    February 17th, 2013

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
    Los Angeles, California
    February 1-3, 2013

    Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. The companion to their NY Art Book Fair, which has been held every fall since 2006 in New York, the first-ever LA Art Book Fair boasted scores of artists, curators, dealers, book buyers, collectors, independent publishers and other enthusiasts. It was a unique international event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by more than 180 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from 18 countries.

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    Kim Halliday – Birdsong in Mist

    February 9th, 2013

    Kim Halliday - Birdsong in Mist

    Kim Halliday is a British composer of screen and stage music with a long list of credits to his name. His latest effort, Gorillas, I mean Birdsong in Mist, is a collection of short, mostly moody piano-led instrumental works that will easily ship you off for a holiday on an overcast beach. Some of these pieces feature a simple, repetitive keyboard melody backed up with synth drones and pinging percussion. Others offer up a lone, late-night piano perfect for a melancholy evening clutching a mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. Sometimes, the piano is padded with echo and accompanied by big beats. On other tracks, the piano is ditched for a field of reverb-drenched tin can percussion backed up with deep mechanical drones and echoes. Surprisingly, rock music shows its raucous face, brandishing a distorted guitar riff with churning rhythms and more big room percussion. Then some minor key mystery rock makes a pleasing appearance, followed by a bit of ambient drone that rocks out with a rubber band bass, more distorted guitar riffs and big beat drums. Things get more experimental with some spacey echo backdrops accompanied by urgent cello and severe strings. All told, there’s a lot to sink your ears into on this disc of enjoyable, head-nodding, soundtrack-like mood music.

    Label: Ravello Records Catalog Number: RR7844 Format: CD Packaging: Digi-Pak Tracks: 15 Total Time: 57:00 Country: United States Released: 2012 More: Amazon, Birdsong in Mist, Official, YouTube

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