Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

mouth music # 19

RIP Bernard Heidsieck

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

mouth music # 16

"Anybody who has ever had an intense relationship with another person will know that for every positive emotion experienced there is a corresponding negative feeling. Nesting Stones is based on my feelings about my relationship with my baby daughter. 
In this composition I am using and developing anecdotal structures and gestural metaphors harnessing the sense of spatial positioning and movement and the tension between the recognisable and stated and the barely recognisable and unrecognisable to explore and express the contradictions and dualities of that relationship. 

"The sound material for the piece is all drawn from recordings of myself and my daughter" - Cathy Lane

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

mouth music #14

"This album represents an aspect of my compositional activity during the late '70s utilizing expanded and traditional vocal techniques. Ten years ago I decided to make my living as a performer and composer unattached to a specific institution and began traveling to do concerts and to make pieces. These can be categorized as: (1) multilayered tape works usually commissioned by and produced at radio stations (Shadow Song, composed in Ampleforth, England, and Klee Alee, written partly in Cologne, were commissioned for radio and completed in West Berlin); (2) sound installations (for art galleries and museums); (3) solo performances of music for voice with and without tape. All sounds on Reluctant Gypsy were produced by my voice; Buchla synthesizer modules were used to accomplish movement in the soundances and to modify verbal material in Autumn Signal."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

mouth music # 11

some background on Eugeniusz Rudnik and his colleagues and peers in Poland

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hauntology Parish Newsletter - November - eMMplekz, Advisory Circle, "Locomotion", and more

Ekoplekz continues his terrific 2014 (the recent Four Track Mind, his second album of the year on Planet Mu and even better than the first;  the Rock La Bibliotek EP on West Norwood Cassette Library) with the Influkz EP  and yet another ace eMMplekz collaboration with Mordant Music -  the C40 tape spool You Might Also Like , purchasable here

Also on Mordant Music, the vinyl reissue (or is it first time ever issue?) of Donald Fraser's OST to Geoffrey Jones's British Transport Film "Locomotion" (1975), electronic music involving playing by members of Steeleye Span would you believe.

On Ghost Box, a superb new record from The Advisory Circle - a return to sweetly creepy form after As The Crow Flies, which is a pleasant listen but never lingered in my memory. 

from the press release:
"The Advisory Circle (aka Jon Brooks) explores darker territory than on 2012’s more pastoral As The Crow Flies. This time Brooks hints at a Wyndham-esque science fiction story, where bucolic English scenery is being manipulated and maybe even artificially generated by bizarre multi-dimensional computer technology. Brooks’ strong sense of melody and composition is still evident as are his renowned sound design and production skills. Consequently the album is a rich and rewarding experience that subtly showcases a wealth of musical experience. The usual analogue synth sound palette is augmented with found-sound from antique tape reels and Brooks’ ever growing tangle of home built electronics."


There has also been alluring activity on those hauntology-outskirts known variously as West Country wyrdtronica / pastoral-industrial / Coil in green wellies

Kemper Norton's Loor

IX Tab's R.O.C. on Exotic Pylon

And this on Hacker Farm's label 19f3 - Concrete / Field's A Theory of Psychic Geography


Squarely back in the fold of Hauntology, this isn't a recent release  (May this year) but it's an enjoyable one

"On a day out at Pepperbox Hill in Wiltshire I watched my daughter and her friends playing and running about by the old folly. As I watched I wondered about all the things that this grand old building might have seen over the years; childrens' games, picnics, bonfires, fireworks, fights, fantastic freak outs, witches, warlocks, highwaymen, ladies watching for the hunt and the homeguard watching for an invasion. With these thoughts it was now time to record again" - Keith Seatman, blurb for Around the Folly and Down Hill.

Finally, judging by past form (i.e. the last seven years or so), there ought to be a Moon Wiring Club long-player any day now. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

mouth music # 8

The Fates, or, What Una Baines did after The Blue Orchids: feminist pagan folk, especially witchy and wyrd on this baneful ambient textsoundscape.  The album Furia was reissued this year. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

mouth music #5

No info on this one... except came T&T

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

mouth music #3

John Cooper Clarke at La Cita on Friday -  so brilliant

Refusing to embed, the famous Sopranos  back credits sequence

Monday, November 10, 2014

mouth music #2

my favourite bit of the Capn

Friday, November 07, 2014

mouth music

Gaelic cousin to the Inuit Eskimo vocal games - not so much Extremism of the Human Voice as just Extremely Delightful Human Voice.

More "Diddling, Lilting, Jigging, Chin Music & Cheek Music" at UbuWeb with the collection
Celtic Mouth Music  - which originally came out in 1997 on Ellipsis Arts - the company that also did that compilation of Mongolian throat song Deep in the Heart of Tuva.

Oh, and what reminded me about "Diddlage" was this track on the excellent new Kemper Norton album Loor. Listen closely...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

gnashing and wailing animal cries of inarticulate frustration and dismay

soundtrack for the day after the night before

doubling as tie-in for my UbuWeb Top Ten, focused on Extremism of the Human Voice

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Bought this at the time - thought the name "Dead Kennedys" was oh so shocking - and the lyric wickedly satirical.

Never imagined I would one day actually vote for "Governor Jerry Brown"....

Wonder who Jello voted for?