Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

mouth music (ghost breath)

"made with only the sounds that were left out when compressing Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” to mp3"

"here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original. Similarly, the video contains only material which was left behind during mp4 video compression

"these are real, actual sounds that your ear can easily hear. You don’t have to be some snobby audiophile asshole. The sounds are perceptible even through crappy MacBook Air speakers and earbuds

full story here 

(via David Stubbs)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

mouth music (bustadelic)

can remember when this video seemed so phuture

now it has that retrophuture buzz about it    - the original amazingness alloyed with awareness of the creakiness of the limits of digital fx at that time

one of the most expensive videos ever made, at $2 million

Hype Williams!

the production on the track itself sounds incredible still, in an unalloyed way

what else did Darrell "Delite" Allamby do then?

only this on the Busta album (and a co-production)

otherwise, a lot, but not a lot of note

Janet is totally biting Aaliyah's style on "What's It's Gonna Be", isn't she?

Busta is Busta

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

list less


1/ Future, “Fuck Up Some Commas” 
1/ Young Thug featuring Birdman, "Constantly Hating"
3/ Travi$ Scott, “Antidote” 
3/ Rae Smemmurd featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, “Throw Sum Mo”
5/ Future featuring Drake, “Where Ya At”
6/ Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur, “Classic Man” 
7/ Ty Dolla $ign, “Blasé”
8/ Daphne & Celeste, “You and I Alone”
9/ Future featuring Drake, "Jumpman"
10/ Kid Ink featuring DeJ Loaf, “Be Real”
11/ The Present, "Illusion"


1/ Future, DS2 
2/ Micachu and the Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad
3/ Rae Smemmurd, SremmLife
4/ = Moon Wiring Club, Playclothes from Faraway Places
4/ = Moon Wiring Club, Why Does My House Make Creaking Noises?
6/ Ekoplekz, Reflekionz
7/ Aphex Twin, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP

not actually this year

Aphex Twin, “Original Chaos Riff"
Naomi Elizabeth, “The Topic Is Ass”
D'Angelo, "Prayer"


Jean Guerin, Tacet
Peter Zinovieff, Electronic Calendar: The EMS Tapes 
Aphex Twin megadump
David Toop, Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul – Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual 1978
Else Marie Pade, Electronic Works 1958-1995

creel pone

Randall McClellan, Interruptions
Peter Hubner, Faust
Robert Aaron, Datura
Klaus Hashagen, Percussion und electronik
Filipe Peres, Canto Ecumenico / Litania / Homo Sapiens
Maruo Bortoloitti / Walter Cranchi, Il Luogo Del Lavoro
Beverely De Fries D’Albert, Mental Sailing: Electronic Music Album Number 1
Frank Garvey, Omnicircus
Luc Marianni, Souvenirs Du Futur
Elektronski Studio Radio Beograda
Lunar Probe /Musique Pour L’Image
Andres Lewin-Richter / Anna Ricci 

1/16 postscript

a few I clean forgot to mention....

The Advisory Circle, From Out Here
Keith Seatman, A Rest Before the Walk
Visionist, Safe
The Weeknd, "The Hills" 

and some others I only just got around to hearing (been bit busy!)

Young Thug, Barter 6
twenty one pilots, "Stressed Out"
Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa
Jenny Hval, Apocalypse, girl
Jlin, Dark Energy

Still nowhere near "50 Best" lunacy levels but creeping insidiously away from the initial impulse to list less -  to pare down to what I can remember - and to what I anticipate remotely desiring to listen to again in a year's time, let alone in ten years time  - the impulse that made me leave off things I admire but never actually listen to, like To Pimp A Butterfly (despite buying the CD) or Garden of Delete or Vulnerica  

(I seem to have developed masterpiece-aversion, something to explore later perhaps) 

Truth is that last year, like most of the preceding years, there was an oversupply of good or interesting records....  

You stack them up and the impression is of bounty and fertility

But why then did it seem, for most of the year, like nothing was happening in music? That things were completely inert...

I know that this was a common perception because I came across it being voiced in a bunch of quite different contexts

The perception feels true, still

A mystery to delve into at some later date....

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hauntology Parish Newsletter Yuletide 2015 - Moon Wiring Club; Gloria Gloucestershire + Farmer Glitch

It's Christmas, so it must be time for another Moon Wiring Club album

The surprise this year - it's two albums.  A vinyl LP, a compact disc.


Slightly different cover look on the CD - the Moon Wiring Girls, you could call them (a la Roxy Girls), in the past have been vaguely 1920s or earlier - but this one is sort of a Suprematist Female Ziggy, maybe... or an "Art Deco Punk" (Ian Hodgson's own description)

Slightly different sound - the beat-oriented tunes are a bit electro-y - "'Harold Faltermeyer scores an 80s fashion-horror film" - says Ian, with a guiding concept being "squashing 80s 12" mixes back to a 7" structure but keeping the oddness.... endless vocal chopping and sloppy breakdowns"

While the LP  Why Does My House Make Creaking Noises? is focused on "120 bpm Jacobean theatre electronic muzak", the CD Playclothes From Faraway Places has a large swathe in the middle of beat-free tracks - "Mungo & Shoddy", "Sartorial Reanimation", "Chiffon and Singed Hair",  "Into A Secret Land", "Snow Scenes In July", "Wake Critique" -  hinterlands of atmospheric gloop - straying at times towards Aphex SAWII or Zoviet France zones....  the wraith-writhing voicescape of "Haywire Assistants" being particularly compelling,...  the mistily serene"Timeless Tea Gowns" verging on New Age, in the best possible way....  terrific stuff all 

Purchasable here and here (if outside UK/Europe)

This pair are Moon Wiring Club's eleventh and twelfth albums.  Moon Wiring Club is one of the most consistent artists around - in both senses -  the sound fluctuates, has shifts of emphasis, but it's completely distinctive, no one else sounds like this - but also consistency in terms of hit-rate - there's been albums I'm more attached to than others - but overall the quality level has been  remarkably... level. 

The only other entity in this parish with a similar combo of instantly recognisable signature and standard-maintenance against the odds given the prolific-ness  is Ekoplekz...

Speak of the devil....

Here's Ekoplekz alter-ego Gloria Gloucestershire doing a split cassette with Farmer Glitch   

"Archive and recent selections....90 minute - hand dubbed cassette - 30 copies only"

The Glitch stuff is excellent eerie-ambient, with tracks going back to 1996.... the Gloria Gloucestershire pieces "monomixtur1" and "monomixtur2"   -  based on a live work-out with a Korg synth, each constituent part done in one take "with no overdubs or edits and presented in roughly chronological order" - are spacey, aggressive,  superb


Sunday, December 06, 2015