• Home
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Print
  • Art
  • Photos
  • Live
  • Features
  • About
  • Sale
  •  

    Tropical Storm Tour: Sumatra Video

    April 20th, 2016

    “The equator runs through only 10 countries on earth and I bet that you cannot name them all without consulting a map. Indonesia is one of them and the only nation in Asia with the equatorial stripe impaling it. There are so many different cultures spread-out on this chain of islands that it would take several lifetimes to experience them all properly. Within this umbrella of diversity is one of the world’s richest and most dazzling sound museums. Sumatra is the northwestern entry point to the great archipelago. Approximately the size of California, Indonesia’s largest island has a wide variety of natural wonders: dense jungles, picturesque mountain peaks, gargantuan lakes, lowland swamps, active volcanoes, and highly frequent seismic activity. Populating this gorgeous setting are orangutans, tigers, durian trees, the largest flower on earth, dozens of cultures and languages, myths and folklore, and much more music than you’ve ever been allowed to discover.”–Sublime Frequencies

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Tropical Storm Tour: Cambodia Video

    April 20th, 2016

    Boasting the largest religious monument on Earth, a gigantic Hindu-Buddhist temple complex called Angkor Wat, Cambodia is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Supporting a population of over 15 million and ruled by a constitutional monarchy, the official religion of Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95 percent of the population. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, which is considered the political, economic, and cultural center of the country.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Video 4

    April 5th, 2016

    Shaped exactly like an elephant’s head, Thailand is a vast, sweltering hot tropical kingdom whose landscape ranges from powder white beaches with turquoise water to ultra-green, lush jungles and mountains full of traditional hill tribes. Insanely ornate, gold-splashed Buddhist temples dot the villages and cities, where ramshackle shantytowns nestle up to glitzy shopping malls. Ladyboys, tuk-tuks and picturesque floating markets also await the foreign visitor’s dollars. Welcome to Thailand, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Video 3

    April 5th, 2016

    Shaped exactly like an elephant’s head, Thailand is a vast, sweltering hot tropical kingdom whose landscape ranges from powder white beaches with turquoise water to ultra-green, lush jungles and mountains full of traditional hill tribes. Insanely ornate, gold-splashed Buddhist temples dot the villages and cities, where ramshackle shantytowns nestle up to glitzy shopping malls. Ladyboys, tuk-tuks and picturesque floating markets also await the foreign visitor’s dollars. Welcome to Thailand, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Video 2

    March 27th, 2016

    Shaped exactly like an elephant’s head, Thailand is a vast, sweltering hot tropical kingdom whose landscape ranges from powder white beaches with turquoise water to ultra-green, lush jungles and mountains full of traditional hill tribes. Insanely ornate, gold-splashed Buddhist temples dot the villages and cities, where ramshackle shantytowns nestle up to glitzy shopping malls. Ladyboys, tuk-tuks and picturesque floating markets also await the foreign visitor’s dollars. Welcome to Thailand, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Tropical Storm Tour: Thailand Video 1

    March 24th, 2016

    Shaped exactly like an elephant’s head, Thailand is a vast, sweltering hot tropical kingdom whose landscape ranges from powder white beaches with turquoise water to ultra-green, lush jungles and mountains full of traditional hill tribes. Insanely ornate, gold-splashed Buddhist temples dot the villages and cities, where ramshackle shantytowns nestle up to glitzy shopping malls. Ladyboys, tuk-tuks and picturesque floating markets also await the foreign visitor’s dollars. Welcome to Thailand, one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Kevin Volans – Orchestral Works

    February 17th, 2016

    Kevin Volans - Orchestral Works

    Although I’ve met and come to know a plethora of Kevins throughout my life, I’ve never once met Kevin Volans. Hmmm. How could that be? Perhaps the fact that I live in the United States and he was born in 1949 in South Africa and has spent much of his life in Ireland contributes to the reason why. I wonder if I changed my name to Kevin if Kevin Volans and I would ever meet? I ask because I once read a theory that all Kevins meet eventually. Considering the direction the human race is headed, it won’t surprise me if the whole Earth is filled with nothing but Kevins in the not-too-distant future. Anyway…

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Dan Trueman – Nostalgic Synchronic

    January 17th, 2016

    Dan Trueman - Nostalgic Synchronic

    Containing three-quarters of an hour of room-clearing (except for you and I, of course) digital piano prepared with special effects with nary a conventional melody to be found, Nostalgic Synchronic is a set of eight icy etudes chock-full of high-pitched pinging and percolating notes, woozy melodies, skittering arpeggios and rumbling dissonance. One might think of it as some sort of a nostalgic digital update of Conlon Nancarrow’s player piano, John Cage’s prepared piano and La Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano, although Nostalgic Synchronic doesn’t sound too much like any of them. Fans of those three artists may well want to investigate.

    Label: New Amsterdam Catalog Number: NWAM070 Format: CD Packaging: Mini-LP double gatefold Tracks: 8 Total Time: 43:22 Country: United States Released: 2015 More: Bandcamp, Official, Princeton, Vimeo

    Text ©2016 Arcane Candy


    Bryce Dessner + So Percussion – Music For Wood and Strings

    December 17th, 2015

    Bryce Dessner + So Percussion - Music For Wood and Strings

    Okay, first of all, on the one sheet for this Music For Wood and Strings CD provided by the label, Brassland, it says the piece was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, yet it premiered at Zankel Hall. What the heck? That is totally confusing. How dare you puzzle me like that! How dare you! Being an affluent elderly gentleman sporting a grey ponytail and corduroy jacket with elbow pads who owns five mansions, a private jet, eight cars and four yachts, I am totally entitled to have everything in the universe work out perfectly for me at all times, which includes understanding every word I read–especially on one sheets. I want my money back! I’d like to speak with your manager! I’m totally kidding. How charitable of Carnegie, actually, for donating this piece to Zankel. Or is Zankel part of Carnegie? The world–except for me–will always know!

    Read the rest of this entry »


    Massive Vinyl Haul – November 2015

    November 30th, 2015

    Massive vinyl haul batch one.
    All photos enlarge.

    I spent Thanksgiving week visiting a friend up up in Oakland and Berkeley. Amidst endless flurries of chit-chat, bickering, bartering and stuffing our faces, we hit up a bunch of record stores, including both Amoeba locations in Berkeley and San Francisco, plus Aquarius, Econo Jam, 1-2-3-4 Go!, Rasputin, Stranded and others I can’t remember the names of. After scoring a couple of the Recollection GRM titles of vintage electronic music at Lou’s Records down home in North San Diego County, I got bit by the evil collecting bug and decided I just had to “gather” more of them, thus the stack of five in the photo above. including Bernard Parmegiani’s De Natura Sonorum, the Traces Two comp, Beatriz Ferreyra’s GRM Works and Pierre Shaeffer’s Le Triedre Fertile. Another electronic work from Angus Maclise, New York Electronic, 1965, rounds out the acquisitions in that genre.

    Read the rest of this entry »