[microsound-announce] Furthernoise issue February 2009

Roger Mills roger at eartrumpet.org
Thu Feb 12 06:58:23 EST 2009

Hi everyone, I thought I'd let you know about the new issue of  

Furthernoise issue February 2009

"Seconds in Formaldehyde, Waterscape, Suchness" (feature)
A movement of drone-gaze tone-haze guitar wranglers is on the rise.  
Somewhere at the centre is Seconds in Formaldehyde, placing notes,  
harmonics and chords in suspension. He's one of a loose affiliation of  
likeminds making ambient gold from base string metal, he's rolled out  
on his Waterscape label works by fellow-travellers as various as Peter  
Wright, Jason Sloan, and Hakobune.
feature by Alan Lockett

"ESP Organism - Brown Wing Overdrive" (review)
Brown Wing Overdrives new album ESP Organism, released on John Zorn's  
Ztadik label is rightly catalogued under Lunatic Fringe, and if John  
himself thinks that, then you get some idea of what your in for. What  
runs through this forty six minute melange of electro-acoustic  
shamanistic glitch is a truly serious concern for the absurd.
review by Roger Mills

"Imperfect Silence - Various" (review)
Imperfect Silence is a radical collaboration between artists working  
together purely online. Global boundaries and cultural differences  
make way for free jazz and diverse sonic improvisation, as Phil  
Hargreaves edits together the material to provide a personal narrative  
of Cadavre Esquis.
review by Alex Young

"No Traces" (review)
Infraction Records, purveyors of fine ambience since 2001, serves up  
its first 2009 release in No Traces, a new recording whose sounding  
body clads itself in old raiment of vinyl scratch and radio crackle.  
Alexander ‘Sleepy Town Manufacture’ Ananyev and Stanislav ‘Unit 21’  
Vdovin are the agents guiding discreet psychonavigations through  
Russian mind-fields.
review by Alan Lockett

"Not To Be Taken Away - Matt Weston" (review)
Matt Weston fires out another solo release on his 7272Music label. Not  
to be Taken Away is a brave set of compositions documenting Mr.  
Weston's electronic experimentation with live percussion  
improvisation. What for the listener "should be taken away" from these  
collections of tracks, is that Matt is attempting to work on a few  
different levels.
review by Derek Morton

"Over All of Spain the Sky is Clear - Interbellum" (review)
Interbellum plays a languid, melancholy soundtrack for rainy  
afternoons and Sunday mornings. The ocean waves on the album cover  
provide an apt allusion to the cello-piano duet's ever wandering  
review by Caleb Deupree

"Signal Ruins" (review)
In his instruments, Matthew Burtner - joined here by Juraj Kojs on  
piano and W. Aniseh Khan-Burtner on percussion and noise generators -  
does not find the condition for the amplification of man's tragic  
masks but the site of a symbiosis according to which instrumental  
bodies are comprised of a certain complex of possibilities.
review by Max Schaefer

"Sympathetic Vibration - Marcus Jones" (review)
Often, recordings exist as complete works in themselves, or as  
documents or mementos of a live performance. Sympathetic Vibration is  
one of a rapidly expanding body of works that do not fit easily into  
either category, blurring the boundaries between recorded materials  
and live event. Stacey Sewell chats to its creator, phonographer and  
sound designer Markus Jones.
review by Stacey Sewell

"The Sad Sea - Hotel Hotel" (review)
The fate of the Marie Celeste is one of those enduring stories charged  
with urban myth and intrigue, which still captures imaginations to  
this day. It is infused with all the imagery and emotion that is the  
foundation of the many artistic and literary interpretations of the  
story. With this in mind, Austin based post rockers Hotel Hotel have  
picked up the gauntlet and run with an ambient concept album The Sad  
review by Roger Mills

"Two sides of RP Collier" (review)
Portland, Oregon, might seem an unlikely location for an experimental  
collection of instruments that originated in sub-Saharan Africa, but  
Robert Patterson (aka RP) Collier not only builds them, he hooks them  
up to stomp boxes and wires them directly to computers. He plays  
conventional instruments as well, creating guitar improvisations that  
sound more like a group than a solo performance.
review by Caleb Deupree

"Under Voices: Les voix de la Tour Eiffel - China Blue" (review)
China Blue has a romantic relationship with the Eiffel Tower. In 2005,  
her then boyfriend proposed to her from the top of this Paris  
landmark. Ultimately this led to a fascination with documenting the  
acoustic properties of the tower using a combination of special  
seismic and binaural microphones. What results is a varied album of  
mostly ambient pieces, inspired by the sounds of environmental forces  
on architecture.
review by Derek Morton

Roger Mills
Editor, Furthernoise

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