[microsound-announce] Furthernoise issue December 2010

Roger Mills roger at eartrumpet.org
Mon Dec 6 17:26:08 EST 2010

Hi all have a noisey Xmas !

Welcome to the final Furthernoise issue of 2010, which is a veritable  
Chrissy stocking full of new reviews and sound for your reading and  
listening pleasure over the holiday period.

Furthernoise issue December 2010

"Effective Disconnect/Endless Falls/Powers of Audition" (feature)
The venerable Kranky continually, coherently, renews its ambient-drone- 
space-postrock mission with refinements to its blends. 2010 is no  
exception; from Brian McBride's neo-classical soundtrackery to the  
latest doleful Loscil is an appreciable leap, yet in line with house  
style. Jonas Reinhardt's Kartoon Kosmische, however, might have been  
best kept out of the house.
feature by Alan Lockett

"59 Airplanes Waiting For New York" (review)
Early on in 59 Airplanes Waiting for New York the air of a strange  
familiar wafts through its ambiguous lulling loops. Liner notes ID  
Dirk Serries and Premonition Factory's use of a synthesizer and loop  
devices further point to Obmana's ghost and a mentor in the wings. No  
charges of derivation, though, more a positive proclamation: Vidna  
Obmana is dead, long live Premonition Factory.
review by Alan Lockett

"Amerika and The Birth of Primary Cinema from the Spirit of Sound -  
Frank Rothkamm" (review)
Frank Rothkamm will need little introduction for Furthernoise readers.  
He has been both a contributor and guest reviewer, and continues to  
push the boundaries of conceptual music, sound and film theory in  
contemporary media discourse. This review examines what he describes  
as the final chapter in his self proclaimed "Magnus Opus", as the  
final Tetralogy encompassing the Birth of Primary Cinema DVD, and  
accompanying soundtrack Amerika.
review by Roger Mills

"Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing..." (review)
Sound artist Simon Whetham's CV bespeaks years of environmental  
auscultation and deep listening. Liner notes to Beneath the Swinging  
Bridge state that all source material was recorded in the Cumberland  
Basin, Bristol. As would be expected, water, variously voiced from  
drips to sluicings, plays a leading role, but the creaks and baritone  
lowing of the swing bridge are the stars.
review by Alan Lockett

"et Nighttide by Swartz" (review)

review by Derek Morton

"Gail Priest's Spider Garden" (review)
Composed from electronics, field recordings and processed vocals, Gail  
Priest's Presentiments from the Spider Garden is an extended web of  
unanticipated exotic territories, a suite inspired by the  
indefatigable spiders in her back yard, populated by recurring  
soundmark characters and visionary sonic environments.
review by Caleb Deupree

"Les Amusements - The Batteries Duo" (review)
The Batteries Duo are a New York based trumpet and electronics duo  
featuring trumpeters Gareth Flowers and Josh Frank, who met while  
studying at the esteemed Julliard school. Forgetting for the moment  
that this where innovators like Miles Davis and Steve Reich honed  
their skills...
review by Roger Mills

"Salvaged Violets/Generic City/The Die That's Caste" (review)
Three from Celer: Salvaged Violets, a second coming for Infraction  
making an interesting contrast with earlier Discourses of the  
Withered; a collab with Yui Onodera, Generic City, distinguished by  
extensive deployment of field recordings; more tenebrous hues brought  
out by con-v curator, M. Tolosa, on The Die That's Caste.
review by Alan Lockett

"Vicmod label debut" (review)
The modular synthesizer performance group Vicmod started their own  
label this year, and the first four releases display the breadth of  
invention and creativity from these vintage instrument that is the  
modular synthesizer.
review by Caleb Deupree

Roger Mills
Editor, Furthernoise

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