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    Ake Parmerud – Jeu d’ombres

    November 26th, 2023

    Ake Parmerud - Jeu d'ombres

    Swedish composer Ake Parmerud has been working full-time with instrumental and electro-acoustic music and multi-media art for theatre, dance and film since the late 1970s. Released in 2003, his Jeu d’ombres CD consists of six works spanning the years 1988-1999 that combine instruments with electronic sounds. “Strings and Shadows” (1993) is a fragile and homely yet beautiful piece that effortlessly melds a harp with abstract aural shards. True to its name, “Stringquartett” (1988) pits a string quartet with hectic cut-ups of concrete sounds similar to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1958 piece, “Kontakte.”

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    Francis Dhomont – Jalons

    October 24th, 2023

    Francis Dhomont - Jalons

    Although he dabbled in music throughout the 1950s, eye-patched French composer Francis Dhomont (born 1926) has, since the early ’60s, devoted himself exclusively to the composition of acousmatic music, which may be thought of as a form of finely detailed sound collage. Jalons, a CD released by Montreal, Canada acousmatic label empreintes DIGITALes in 2003, is a 78-minute survey of Francis’ more recent output, spanning from 1985 to 2001. The eight tracks on this disc range in length from very short to very long, and seamlessly meld both abstract and real world sounds together with extremely deft compositional clarity and virtuosity.

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    Natasha Barrett – Isostasie

    September 23rd, 2023

    Natasha Barrett - Isostasie

    Composer Natasha Barrett works in the realm of acousmatic, electro-acoustic, instruments with live electronics, sound installations, multi-media works and computer music improvisation. Born in the United Kingdom in 1972, in the 1990s she studied at the University of Birmingham and City University, where she received degrees; followed by a move to Oslo, Norway thanks to a grant. She is now a freelance teacher and composer there.

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    Francisco Lopez – Untitled 74

    August 19th, 2023

    Francisco Lopez - Untitled 74

    This CD, titled Untitled 74 by Francisco Lopez, consists of one track that is 48 minutes and 48 seconds long. The following is a minute-by-minute description:

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    Roger Reynolds – For a Reason

    July 28th, 2023

    Roger Reynolds - For a Reason

    “Roger Reynolds (born 1934) studied music composition at the University of Michigan. Together with fellow classmates Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma, he was a founding member of the ONCE Group. In the late ‘60s, Reynolds settled in Southern California to teach composition at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been based to this day. Reynolds’ works most often include text of poetic or mythological origin, electronic sound elements, and multichannel spatial explorations.”–Wikipedia

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    Matmos – A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure

    June 25th, 2023

    Matmos - A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure

    After three releases on their own Vague Terrain imprint*, San Francisco electronica duo Matmos visit the sad, vain and vacuous world of California cosmetic surgery on their first widely available effort, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure. Offering gainful sonic employment to such diverse items as an acoustic (bowed) and electric guitar, a clarinet, drums, L.A.S.I.K. laser eye surgery, a hearing test booth, test tones, a wah ukulele, an acupuncture point detector, a plucked and bowed rat cage, a human skull, goat spine and corrective tissue, artificial teeth, rhinoplasty surgery, an endoscopic forehead lift and a chin implant, Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt have skillfully pasted together an aural construction paper assignment far beyond third grade expectations. Needless to say, plenty of fresh and strange “pop” sounds for you to rock out to are included. In contrast to that, my favorite track is “For Felix (And All the Rats)” for bowed and plucked rat cage, which offers up a more atmospheric affair with no discernible beats. All in all, A Chance to Cut is worthy—but not as good as The West, so don’t get your hopes up, cheese.

    *I really like the one with the aspirin caught inside the jewel case and the really nice sample of a pair of scissors snipping away.

    Label: Matador Catalog Number: OLE-489-2 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 7 Country: United States Released: 2001 More: Pitchfork, Reverb, Smithsonian

    Text ©2003 Arcane Candy

    Bardo Pond – Set And Setting

    May 24th, 2023

    Bardo Pond - Set And Setting

    This group of Philly cheese steaks first mitted my attention back in ’95 (19, that is) with their coming out party platter of yore, Bufo Alvarius. Seems that most every member of the band had bought out the complete remaining stock of effects pedals from every guitar store east of the Mississippi and proceeded to slather layers of distortion all over the slow, plodding rhythms ebbing out most nicely throughout my bedroom. In fact, the aural cloud they’ve created is way thicker than the coat of Ben Gay your grandma is applying to her joints at this very moment. That’s pretty much been the story for each following album over the years ever since, including this new one, Set And Setting.

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    Pole – CD 1, 2, 3

    April 22nd, 2023

    Pole - CD 1

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    Burger / Ink – Las Vegas

    March 21st, 2023

    Burger / Ink Las Vegas

    Jorg Burger (The Modernist, Bionaut, Burger Industries) and Mike Ink (Love Inc., GAS, Vinyl Countdown) serve up an expanding tray of pleasant minimal techno pleasantries that will urgently knead your stressed forehead with a warm, slightly damp towel of incessant Cologne bliss. Complete, body-swaying, nod out exit ramps that I want to park within all damned night. Rock’s on.

    Label: Matador Catalog Number: OLE 334-2P Format: CD EP Packaging: Cardboard sleeve Tracks: 10 Country: United States Released: 1998

    Text ©2003 / 2023 Arcane Candy

    John Myers – John Myers’ Blastula

    February 5th, 2023

    John Myers - John Myers’ Blastula

    John Myers is an ethnomusicologist, composer, conductor and guitarist whose main claim to obscurity is joining fellow composer Glenn Branca’s ensemble of massed electric guitars. On his lone 1996 CD, John Myers’ Blastula, John offers up four pieces for an electric guitar quartet vaguely reminiscent of some of Branca’s greatest works. Chock-full of powerful, dark sprays emanating from hovering storm clouds and man made rhythmic thunderheads consisting of killer riffs and expansive drones, this CD EP clocks in at only 20 minutes, and thus surely won’t bore the uninitiated. I personally wish they would’ve stretched it out a lot further. Alternately-tuned guitar drone freaks take note: this release is definitely for you.

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