Friday, 26 December 2014

Steve Hillage

Motivation Radio (1977) ...

Solo album from former Gong member, featuring TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra), a unique synthesiser also used by Stevie Wonder...

Light In The Sky ...




Radio /Motivation ... 

realgonerocks.com review ...



Motivation radio (complete) ...



Monday, 22 December 2014

Sleepmakeswaves

Love of Cartography (2014) ...

Dreamlike, post-rock instrumentals on a monumental scale ...Loud, fast and bulbous ...

Love of Cartography (complete) ...



1 Perfect Detonator 00:00
2 Traced In Constellations 5:56
3 Singularity 10:47
4 Emergent 11:45
5 Great Northern 20:15
6 The Stars Are Stigmata 25:25
7 A Little Spark 31:24
8 How We Built The Ocean 34:35
9 Something Like Avalanches 41:37
10 Your Time Will Come Again 47:08


Listen on bandcamp ...

...the centerpiece of Love Of Cartography is the stunning eight-minute epic Emergent, which is a prime example of how sleepmakeswaves have pushed themselves for their second record. The song has several different phases and takes the listener on an impressive journey, progressing from a dreamy, sparse soundscape through to relentless guitars and a wall-of-sound at its conclusion.
Then there’s the brutal The Stars Are Stigmata, which bassist Alex Wilson has already described as possibly one of the “darkest and most aggressive” songs that the band have ever written. It’s new territory for the quartet and also clearly helped by the guiding hand of DiDia, with pummeling guitar riffs and drum machines giving the song an almost sinister edge. However, heavy middle of the record is quickly subverted by the sparse beauty of A Little Spark, which delivers so much by doing so little... musicomh.com ...


Warped Passages recommends ... 

Emergent >>>>  Great Northern ...



 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Mogwai

The Returned (Les Revenants) (2013) ...

Supernatural moody horror from France, soundtracked by Mogwai ...Perfect music for superb TV ...

Special N ...



Wizard Motor ... 


Hungry Face ... 




Les Revenants (complete) ... 


Friday, 19 December 2014

Dissidenten & Lemchaheb

Sahara Electrik (1984) ...

Fusion created by Berlin based Dissidenten and Moroccan group Lemchaheb ...

Fata Morgana (El'sfa) ... 

"I really put my head on the block by insisting-in print-that DISSIDENTEN's (Sahara Elektrik) was by far the best album of 1984. In Britain it caught the ear of John Peel, and it was a chance encounter with albums title track on the idiosyncratic Jocks show that started my inquisitive nose a-twitching. Its ironic , but by no means surprising, that Britain is the last European nation to open its doors and collective minds to the most surprising new continental band, Germanys DISSIDENTEN. The assumption that we the Brits lead the field in musical trends makes it hard for us to believe that someone else has beaten us" Andy Hurt SOUNDS, May 11, 1985 Sahara Elektrik was the work of both Lemchaheb and Dissidenten.

"One in five West Berliners of North African origin, Moroccan music was a particularly logical area of exploration for local fusion-fanciers Die Dissidenten. Lem Chaheb, one of Morocco's most popular young groups, was an equally logical choice for a partner. The result is a pretty straightforward rock/Maghrebi fusion, with guitar and oud swapping dominance from track to track."
Inshallah ...

Sahara Elektrik feels to me like an exploration of an imagined North Africa, one where implausible excitement and unspoiled beauty exist side by side. If I were to make a comparison, it would not be to another record, but to the Indiana Jones films – it's not real, it's a good job it's not real, but imagine if the world really were like this! Visit Dissidenten's world: it's addictive... Michael Hann ...

Sahara Electrik ... 

 "1984/85: Concerts worldwide. Having toured North Africa, Dissidenten set up camp in Tangier, Morocco. Composer and author Paul Bowles and Tangier’s musical godfather Abdesalam Akaabouneintroduce them to Moroccan musicians Jil Jilala, Nas El Ghiwane, Lem Chaheb and the likes. Dissidenten’s third album SAHARA ELEKTRIK is recorded in Tangier with Lem Chaheb and their outstanding leader Cherif Lamrani. FATA MORGANA -the album’s hit song becomes famous not only in North Africa but a top dancefloor success in Europe and South America. 250.000 people see and hear Dissidenten live during a three-week tour of Spain. British DJ John Peel features the group in his legendary BBC program. ’Dissimania’ -initially started out in the Mediterranean, spreads via England to Canada and the US. Dissidenten make it to the top of independent charts worldwide. Concert for German TV-WDR at the famous Rockpalast is broadcasted live all over Europe."... dissidenten.com/biography/
 
Lemchaheb in concert ... 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The String Arcade

The String Arcade (2014) ...

Video game soundtrack pieces performed by string quartet ...

The String Arcade on Bandcamp ... 

"The String Arcade is a recording of video game music, arranged for string quartet. This isn't an arbitrary (or novelty) collection of game music, but a well curated collection of music that works together thematically as a completed recording. We also hope to inspire young musicians with this recording by making a connection between video game music and 'classical' instruments such as violin, viola and cello..."
Cello - Robin Reynolds
Viola - Emily Onderdonk
Violin II - Celia Harris
Violin I - Alisa Rose (except on Ecco, Sonic, Minecraft & Tron)
Violin I - Philip Brezina (only on Ecco, Sonic, Minecraft & Tron)
 

Special Guests: Videri String Quartet playing The Legend of Zelda
Cello - Jeremiah Barcus
Viola - Rosie Samter
Violin I - Aubrey Holmes
Violin II - Renee Spadey





 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Harmonia

Music von Harmonia (1974) ...

Harmonia were formed by members of Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedilius) and Michel Rother of Neu! ... This was their first album ...

Watussi ... 


Dino ... 


Hausmusik ... 
 Innumerable electronica artists use repetitive drums and odd samples to posses a mezmerising effect. While Harmonia do this every track on Musik von Harmonia contains its own unique sound and that’s what makes this album so intriguing. “Veterano” incorporates a drum-machine into its sound surrounding the listener with an array of funky beats and loose, sublime guitar noodling. Midway through the song hypnotic beats are added which sounds like some sort of malfunction on an Aphex Twin record. On the other side of things“Sehr Kosmisch” is the longest and most ambient influenced piece on the album and it sounds like something that would be found on a Cluster album. Mixing together dark piano chords over ethereal keyboard soundscapes “Sehr Kosmisch” gives me a feeling like I’m lost in an icy cavern. Harmonia have a knack for creating innovative sounds and visual imagery while keeping a very simple formula intact... sputnikmusic.com ...

Sonnenschein ... 
  Harmonia was a brief collaboration between three extremely gifted and important musicians. On two records in the mid-'70s they predicted and mapped countless creative directions for the future of music. The group's music demonstrated genres for the innovative musician as a confining ghetto. Unfortunately, as time has went on musicians and, in particular fans, have been all-too-happy to remain in safe space and not open themselves to the vast possibilities experimental music offers. Musik von Harmonia is a groundbreaking record created by three musical visionaries who went on to record De Luxe in 1975. The two members of Cluster later collaborated with the über-influential Brian Eno in 1976 on Cluster& Eno and, undoubtedly, influenced his approach to making music and recording. Since Eno believed during the mid '70s Harmonia was "the world's most important rock band." Unfortunately, this record has not been recognized for its precocity and indirect influence on the course that music has taken because it was released. Aficionados of exceptional experimental music should gladly pay the import price for this groundbreaking recording..cosmik.com ...

Veterano ... 


Musik von Harmonia (complete) ...

Monday, 15 December 2014

News From Babel

Letters Home (1986) ...

Second album from group based around Lindsay Cooper, Chris Cutler, and Zeena Parkins, a 'song cycle' in chamber rock style.  Unusual orchestrations, with vocals from Dagmar Krause and Robert Wyatt, Sally Potter and Phil Minton ...

Who Will Accuse ...


Moss ... 
With just one exception - A Dragon At The Core, sung by Phil Minton, which closed Side One and offered a (quite appropriate) sense of interruption in the course of the narrative - all songs on Letters Home participate of a sense of directness (also from an emotive point of view) which makes their "first person" approach quite involving for the listener. It could be said that the fact that it is Robert Wyatt who sings a lot of the songs here that accounts for a large part of its success, and it well could be: as we all know so well, Wyatt's vocals can turn a colloquial-sounding approach into fine art. But the fact that this is due in the first place to the compositional process is proved by the fact that those positive qualities are also shared by those tracks sung by Sally Potter and Dagmar Krause ... cloudsandclocks.net ...

A Dragon At The Core ... 


  The nine tracks on the album add up to a "song cycle" of sorts, where every listener will find his/her favourite moment. After confessing my predilection for those tracks where Robert Wyatt is the featured singer, I'll mention the first track of the album, Who Will I Accuse?; the aforementioned Moss; the closing track, Late Evening; and the bizarre Dark Matter, with its dark instrumental interlude that never fails to remind me of Pink Floyd and The Who... cloudsandclocks.net ...


 A Dragon At the Core - tribute to composer Lindsay Cooper, November 2014 ...


rermegacorp.com ...

Late Evening ...
(This is Late Evening, the other album tracks in this Youtube Topic are mis-titled somewhat, but all very fine)...

The Human League

Reproduction (1979) ...

The original group formed around 1977 from a group known as The Future.  This was their first album, when they still had more in common with Cabaret Voltaire than Culture Club ...

Empire State Human ...
  
It’s just so dark. Throughout the record there’s a lack of hope for the world and apathy for humankind strewn across the futuristic electro warbles and detached vocals and lyrics heard on virtually every track. On paper, that sounds unpleasant, but in reality it’s a well formed brand of synth-pop that doesn‘t care for commercial approval. It has its own flavour; it’s own sense of style and a clear idea of what it wants to be - cold futurist music, deployed using (at the time) cutting edge synthesisers to create a danceable, yet moody form of electronic music for those outside the realms of pop’s rose-tinted glasses... sputnikmusic.com ...
The Path of Least Resistance ...



The Circus of Death ...
  
  
Austerity/Girl One ... 
 Before The Human League re-branded themselves as chart storming, synth-pop giants (female backing singers and all) upon the release of the critically lauded 'Dare' in 1981, they released a pair of albums that were perhaps the most cold and dehumanised form of synth-pop ever heard. It’s almost so unfamiliar that some listeners may doubt the robotic beats of 'Being Boiled' or the eerie dirge of 'The Path Of Least Resistance' could have ever come from the same band who; a few member changes and a stylistic rethink later; produced enduring, pop leviathans like 'Don't You Want Me' a couple of years following... sputnikmusic.com ...
Blind Youth ... 



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Audio Arts

Live To Air (1982) ...

A set of three cassettes originally released by Audio Arts magazine, later digitally re-issued and now available through Tate museum's website ...  A range of soundart works ...

Rod Summers - Mail Art Dada Skank (Wont Put Money In The Bank)... 

Connie Beckley - To Faust, A Footnote ...

Sylvia C.Ziranek - Rarely Talk (Used Air) ... 

Tina Keane - Demolition ... 

Helen Chadwick - Model Institution...

Jacki Apple - the Garden Planet Revisited ... 

Bruce Maclean - Limpo Wristo Poncho Rocko ... 

"Live to Air comprises an international compilation of artists' sound works. Forty-five artists were invited to make a work for the context of Audio Arts with an approximate duration of five minutes. The medium of magnetic tape, and the processes and technologies associated with sound recording, now represent a significant and growing area of art practice that has, until now, been largely overlooked. This work has no form other than playback from tape, as opposed to the recording function being used 'passively' as a method of retaining an acoustic event, or acting as a strategy for other work. Furthermore, the processes of working with sound provide artists with similar manipulative, structural and ideological freedoms and possibilities to those normally associated with the traditional media such as painting, sculpture and collage. In many respects, this audial/technological 'space' is parallel to the physical space of a gallery, yet extends it through the potential of widespread dissemination inherent in the multiple production of cassettes and through broadcasting." ... Live To Air ...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Premiata Forneria Marconi

Chocolate Kings (1975) ...

Italian progressive rock group PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) fourth album, their first written in English ...

Chocolate Kings (Old Grey Whistle Test) 1976 ... 
 




 
- Franz Di Cioccio / drums, percussion, vocals
- Jan Patrick Djivas / bass
- Franco Mussida / guitars, vocals
- Mauro Pagani / flute, violin
- Flavio Premoli / keyboards, vocals
- Bernardo Lanzetti / lead vocals




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Solex

Low Kick and Hard Bop (2001) ...

Solo sampler based electronica from Dutch artist Solex (Elisabeth Esselink).  This is her third album, all samples derived from esoteric record collection from her Amsterdam shop ...

Low Kick and Hard Bop ... 


Have You No Shame, Girl ...


Not a Hoot ... 


Knee High ...
 Solex's music isn't just lively, it's animated. Even the album's poppiest moments, such as "Mere Imposters," "Good Comrades Go to Heaven," and the Breeders-esque "Knee-High" bubble over with more musical ideas than most artists can muster over the course of an entire album. Solex novices should still probably start with Hitmeister, but most fans of clever, challenging pop music will find that Low Kick and Hard Bop speaks to them. allmusic.com ...
Sleeve and lyrics booklet ...

Mere Imposters ...
 

8-bit Operators

The Music of Kraftwerk (2007) ...

Interpretations of Kraftwerk songs by 8-bit video game artists ...
Conceived and compiled by long-time electronic artist and 8-bit composer Jeremy Kolosine (a.k.a. Receptors), the 8-BIT OPERATORS collective features some of the top 8-bit artists from North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, a selection of the best musical innovators, and several of the inventors themselves... 8bitoperators.bandcamp.com 

The Music of Kraftwerk - 8-bit Operators ...




Receptors - Trans-Europe Express ... 


Nullsleep - The Model ... 

  
 Pocket Calculator Megamix ...

8bitoperators.com/ 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Gwaith Sŵn

Sound Works Volume 1 (2014) ...

Gwaith Sŵn (Welsh for 'sound work' and pronounced 'g-why-th soon') is a London-based collective of artists working principally with sound. Their activities include exhibitions, installations and live performances...

Big/Open Space ... 




Philae Approach ... 

gwaithswn.bandcamp.com 

Friday, 5 December 2014

The Tony Williams Lifetime

Emergency! (1969) ...

One of the first and defining jazz-fusion records, and a major influence on Miles Davis ...
 
Emergency! ...



In many ways this record works as a companion piece to Davis' In a Silent Way and Filles de Kilimanjaro. As well, Larry Young's organ playing differs greatly from the jazz organists of the era who played primarily soul- and funk-jazz. Young's style grooves closer to the sounds that were being used primarily in rock bands of the era. In this sense, the organ adds an almost spacey and trippy effect to the sound. But Young used jazz keyboard influences and textures for his solos. This mixture makes for a huge- sounding and eclectic record. Trevor Maclaren ...
Emergency! whole album ...



Live Emergency! NY radio broadcast 1969 ...

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Sun Ra

Janus (1999) ...

Planned and recorded 1968 to 1970, but not released until 1999 ...

Islands In the Sun ... 



The Invisible Shield - Janus ... 

 "Sun Ra must have planned Janus as an entity in 1970 or 1971. But it was never released on LP. The first three tracks eventually appeared on one side of some obscure Saturn LP pressings; the last two are just now being issued, allowing us to hear Sun Ra's original conception for the first time."

Sunradisco album details ... 

Ra-p, org, Mini-Moog syn; Marshall Allen- as, fl, picc; Danny Davis- as, acl; John Gilmore-ts, perc; Danny Ray Thompson- bsn/ Neptunian libflecto/ lunatic fagott on The Invisible Shield), perc; Ben Henderson (Jaribu Shahid)-b; Art Jenkins-ancestral African vocal and space voice (on Janus), other members of the band, bells and percussion...
  

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Easy Star All-Stars

Dub Side Of The Moon (2007) ...

Cover version of Dark Side of the Moon by reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars & guests ... 

Hanging On In Quiet Desperation ...






Us and Them (with Frankie Paul) ... 



 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Vashti Bunyan & Animal Collective

Prospect Hummer (2005) ...

Animal Collective Ep featuring Vashti Bunyan on vocals ...

Prospect Hummer EP ...


  Hearing the familiar guitar swells that opens "It's You" brings us immediately back to the screened porch where Campfire Songs was recorded, while the presence of Bunyan's voice transports to a different but equally remote place. It's like suddenly finding a cluster of Maryland pines rooted on an English moor, something out of a dreamy film, with a vaporous melody that wants to drift up to the stars. The EP's title song is filmic in a different way, conjuring 30s Disney, Bunyan the graceful Snow White with Animal Collective's faithful dwarves trailing merrily behind, with a "wah-wah-wah" chorus that's certainly a marching tune. Words are hard to make out but something like "loved to run up the tree branch/ And in the middle of it is a puddle of water/ Wind of faithful voices" covers three of the four elements in short order... pitchfork.com ...

I Remember learning how to Dive ... 


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Zdeněk Liška

Three Film Soundtracks (1966-) ...

Czech composer Zdeněk Liška wrote many soundtracks for Jan Svankmajer.  This is three favourites from the 1960s ...

Punch and Judy (1964) ... 



Byt (The Flat) (1966) ...

  
Historia Naturae (1969) ... 
Radio Prague ...


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Plaid

Tekkonkinkreet (2007) ...

Plaid soundtrack for anime Tekkinkonkreet...

This City ... 



White's Dream ...


Safety In Solitude ...

Plaid gave a live performance of the soundtrack at the Barbican London, in 2013 ... 
For those unfamiliar, Tekkonkinkreet (a deliberate childish mispronunciation of the Japanese word for reinforced concrete) tells the story of Black and White, two street orphans who take it upon themselves to protect their city, the shanty-style metropolis of Treasure Town, from an extra-terrestrial property developer called Snake.
Black is the angry, fearless protector of White, who has a snotty nose and, apparently, acute Asperger syndrome, but also a purity of imagination that allows him to see the world in colours even more vivid than those of the kaleidoscopic city they call home. Them’s the basics... bigissue.com
Brothers Chase ... 


Tekkonkinkreet Ending ... 

 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Between Nothingness & Eternity (1973) ...

Recorded in Central Park, New York... Most fully formed jazz-rock group in original incarnation ...

Sister Andrea ... 

 Tentative review ...

Trilogy ...


  Dream ...


 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lou Harrison

Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra (1959) ...

Enrico Balboni (violin) with Tàmmittam Percussion Ensemble plays Lou Harrison's Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra ...Naxos release, 1998 ...

First Movement ...Allegro Maestoso... 



 
classicsonline.com ...



Friday, 21 November 2014

Guruh Gipsy

Guruh Gipsy (1976) ...

Indonesian prog rock with gamelan influences ...

Guruh Gipsy complete ...



1) Indonesia Maharddhika (0:00)
2) Chopin Larung (15:36)
3) Barong Gundah (22:49)
4) Janger 1897 Saka (29:49)
5) Geger Gelgel (38:37)
6) Smaradhana (50:36)
7) Sekar Ginotan (bonus) 


 While Gipsy was basically a music group which its members are Nasution brothers: Gaury, Keenan, Odink, and Deby. It was previously established in 1966 under the name of Sabda Nada with members: Ponco Sutowo, Gaury Nasution, Joe-Am, Eddy, Edit, Roland and Keenan Nasution. They were very familiar with Balinese music and they ever did a gig at Bank Indonesia combining western with Balinese music with gamelan group led by Wayan Suparta Wijaya. In 1969 the band renamed themselves as Gipsy and the new line-up was established: Onan, Chrisye, Gaury, Tammy, dan Atut Harahap. They did cover for 70s groups like Procol Harum, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis and Blood, Sweat & Tears. In 1971 the line-up changed again: Keenan, Chrisye, Gaury, Rully Djohan, Aji Bandi, and Lulu. With this line-up the band played a gig in New York, USA... progarchives.com ...

Chopin Larung ...

  • Backing Vocals [Female Backing Vocals, Guest Player] – Hutauruk
  • Bass – Chrisye
  • Drums – Keenan Nasution
  • Gamelan [Balinese Gamelan, Guest Player] – I Gusti Kompiang Raka
  • Gamelan, Lyrics By – Guruh Soekarno Putra
  • Guitar – Odink Nasution
  • Guitar [Guest Player] – Gauri Nasution
  • Piano [Guest Player] – Trisuci Kamal
  • Piano, Organ – Ronny Harahap
  • Synthesizer [Mini-moog] – Abadi Soesman
Jenger 1897 Saka ...  


 

indoprogressive...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Carla Bley/Nick Mason/Robert Wyatt

Nick Mason's Ficticious Sports (1981) ...

Carla Bley Band LP released under Nick Mason's name due to Pink Floyd's current popularity at the time ...a poppy effort from Carla Bley who wrote and performed on all songs.  Vocals by Robert Wyatt ...this is rather fab, as long as you don't expect a Pink Floyd album ...or a Carla Bley album...

Can't Get My Motor To Start ...


Columbia, apparently attempting to cash in on Pink Floyd's explosion in popularity, released this album in 1981 under Nick Mason's name when in reality he's simply the drummer in this incarnation of Carla Bley's ensemble; Ms. Bley composed all the music and lyrics for this project. It's possibly her most overtly pop-oriented album, with all eight songs featuring vocals by Soft Machine alumnus Robert Wyatt. The music, by Bley's standards, is fairly pedestrian if occasionally catchy, though the lyrics are often wryly amusing... allmusic.com ...

I'm A Mineralist (great Philip Glass parody) ...  


Robert Wyatt vocals; Nick Mason drums; Carla Bley keyboards; Chris Spedding guitars; Steve Swallow bass guitar, Michael Mantler trumpet; Gary Windo tenor/bass clarinet, flute, additional vocals; Gary Valente trombones, additional vocals; Howard Johnson tuba

Hot River (Pink Floyd pastische) ... 

Siam ...



"Hot Water"(Hot River) is something of an "odd song out" on the album, in that it actually *does* come fairly close to the mainstream of 1970s progressive music. Chris Spedding's guitar lines are remarkably Floydian, and the concluding solo is too close to Gilmour's style to be coincidental. Wyatt sings the number in a more "progressive" manner as well, as might be expected (although some might claim that he sounds a bit too much like an Alan Parsons Project vocalist in this context). The song, however, is marred by (i) the fact that Karen Kraft's duet vocals don't fit the style of music very well, and (ii) the fact that the entire "song" section of the track seems underwritten. Still, this is only a few notches away from a four-star rating, and is a good way to end the first side... tranglos.com review ...



Boo To You Too ... 

I Was Wrong ... 

Vocalist Karen Kraft was invited to join the project when Spedding brought Bley to hear her play in an R&B band in New York City. "Nick and Carla informed me that they didn't want me to sing in my natural voice, but wanted me to sing like I looked," Kraft explains in an exclusive interview with "Floydian Slip".

"I was then and still am a very petite blueish-eyed blonde with a very big, deep, booming quasi-black singing voice," she says. "Nick and Carla were into the dichotomy of it all.

"They were looking for a 'burbling gospel sound' for 'Hot River,' which is a Pink Floyd takeoff. I volunteered that I could sing and gargle at the same time, so I have the 'gargle solo' on the record.

"We performed live a few times and had a blast. Nick Mason is a lovely man. It was a mighty strange trip for a girl from Bryan, Texas," says Kraft, who's now in Los Angeles, Calif., and records with SoulSkin for Askew Records.

"Fictitious Sports" was produced at Grog Kill Studio in Willow, N.Y., in October 1979. It was released in 1981, and rose to number 170 in the United States.
.. floydianslip.com ...



Do Ya ...


Wervin ...