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Old 07-31-2015, 07:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wreckage Installations & Metalworks
By Hal Hutchinson

Besides recommending you listen to this recording I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said better. Therefore, I link and quote:

http://www.amazon.com/Wreckage-Insta..._1438346824130

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2014 release from the British noisemaker. Few contemporary Noise artists have explored the sonic qualities of scrap metal to the extent that Hal Hutchinson has with his Factory of Metal Sound aesthetic. The dense, brutally forceful metal-scapes Hutchinson crafts follow a tradition of Metal manipulation previously examined by Japanese Noisician K2 and Canadian artist Alan Bloor (a.k.a. Knurl), but Hutchinson employs a unique approach to assembling and layering his recordings of chains, pipes, sheet metal, metal barrels, and other metallic objects being smashed and dragged and beaten. A cacophony of skull-scraping clatter is transformed into something far more complex, as his Factory method blends these sounds together into a strangely structured colossus of entropic industrial pandemonium.
https://crucialblast.bandcamp.com/al...ons-metalworks

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/alb..._metalworks.p/

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There is enough variation in sound to keep things interesting, and it is noisy without being brickwalled, digitally distorted mud. It's not really ambient per se, but at a low volume it could suffice as relaxing background music. There are loops, but they are not overused, and Hutchinson wisely avoids rapid-changing cut-up noise techniques that rarely work out for stuff like this.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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JOHN WIESE – Deviate From Balance
Release Date: February 20, 2015

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Wiese toured extensively, covering Europe, Scandinavia and Australia as a member of Sunn O)))
Excellent review: John Wiese - Deviate From Balance | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes

Interview with artist: A Call to 'Deviate from Balance': An Interview with John Wiese | NOISEY

Info from label: GILGONGO RECORDS




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JOHN WIESE - "Deviate From Balance" CD (GGGR-077)
John Wiese’s long awaited Deviate From Balance is the artist’s first album since 2011’s Seven Of Wands (PAN). Recorded throughout Europe/UK, Australia, and the US, the album includes scored ensemble pieces including over 20 musicians on each, recorded in Melbourne and Portland, as well as audio documentation of installation pieces Wind Changed Direction, a four-channel sound piece presented in the garden of the Getty Center (curated by Liars), and Battery Instruments, an eight-channel piece presented at HSP in New Zealand, now heard for the first time. Also included are various collaborations and recordings from live performances.
At over 80 minutes, Deviate From Balance has been packaged as a 2×LP and CD both with tip-on gatefold jackets. Musicians appearing include Joseph Hammer, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker, C Spencer Yeh, Joe Preston, Smegma and countless more. The material is extremely diverse and services as a comprehensive and detailed document of this prolific individuals work over the past several years.
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DANIEL MENCHE - Flaming Tongues (2005 CD release on Blossoming Noise)

Daniel Menche - Flaming Tongues - Review - Stylus Magazine

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Unlike the more “militant” noise artists, Menche’s take attracts more than it provokes; despite one’s tendency to find figure in the abstract, repeated listens erase this vice, removing Kant’s active passivity of reception from the grad student smoke break and sneaking it into the deceptively simple act of “listening.” Don’t think; just hear.

Avantgarde Music. Daniel Menche: biography, discography, reviews, links
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Praise Satan!!! 667 Neighbor of the Beast. (I know that's old)
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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CARLES SANTOS- VOICETRACKS (1981)

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In 1961, he began his career as a pianist, with a repertoire that included works by Béla Bartók, Arnold Schönberg, and Anton Webern. During these years, he also played the musical parts of Joan Brossa's Concert Irregular, which premiered in Barcelona and New York as part of the commemoration of the 75th birthday of Joan Miró. A grant awarded by the Juan March Foundation in 1968 allowed Santos to move to the United States, where he met and worked with a number of avant-garde artists, principally Philip Corner and including John Cage.


His compositions are decidedly minimalistic and at the same time bear the stamp of romantic, traditional Spanish, atonal, and 12-tone music.
Since I can't find any professional reviews of this record I'll give it a quick description. The Spotify version is obviously recorded off vinyl, unless the pops and cracks were a part of the original composition. As the titles implies, these are A Capella tracks. Obviously, I encourage you to dig it up and hear for yourself.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Considering I know you to be a pretty phenomenal writer, I don't understand the point of this journal. It's just quotes from Wiki with a few lines from you. Anyone could do that. It doesn't make a good journal. Are you planning to actually write anything yourself? I don't mean to be nasty, but hell, in terms of composition and thought put into it this is probably one of the worst journals I've seen in all my time here.

I hope you make some proper effort soon, otherwise this is just going to be a pointless exercise.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I feel like the point is that I'm choosing excellent obscure music from a readily available resource. Have you actually heard any of these recordings before? By virtue of being chosen they already have my seal of approval. The point of the thread is to guide fans of avant-garde music to recordings they can have access to easily if they use Spotify (and what's on Spotify is usually on the other major streaming sites, I suppose) that meets two other criteria 1) It's good and 2) It's obscure.

I'm spending some time researching what's written about the artists and recordings already to save an interested potential fan some time and trouble.

I appreciate very much your praise for my skills as a writer. And I plan on writing future album reviews for your artists of the week threads. In those cases, I will add personal insight into the music that I think is unique to my perspective. This, however, not meant to be a showcase of my writing but rather a quality resource for serious fans of experimental music.

Thank you very much for taking an interest in my journal. Please, feel free to comment or criticize as you see fit. You're certainly also welcome to review any of the recordings yourself.
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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OK, that's fair enough if that's your intention. I actually thought you might take offence, but hoped you wouldn't. I haven't listened to any of the artistes you mention because generally experimental music doesn't really interest me, but I'm sure it will be a useful resource for people who are.

I'll keep an eye on how things go here, and hope you might join in on Iron Maiden Week (whenever I actually decide to hold it!) ...

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PS Yeah, your review of TMR was really quite impressive, among some of the best reviews I've seen here, mine very much included. Great job.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Again, I'm glad you liked my Beefheart review, Trollheart. It's nice to not be hated. The recording I'm spotlighting this week is:

JOE COLLEY & JASON LESCALLEET – Annihilate This Week (2006 CD release on Korm Plastics)

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Joe Colley & Jason Lescalleet - Brombron 09

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Amidst the detritus of yard sale junk and old, broken equipment, Colley and Lescalleet engage in the pursuit of resurrecting the essence of sound and exposing beauty that others discard. Locked away in the recording studio of Geluidwerkplaats Extrapool for ten days, they found music in the natural process of decay. These compositions seem weathered and eroded. Rather than aiming for excitement or dazzling expression, Colley and Lescalleet embrace the tedium of everyday life as something beautiful and compelling. This is music with a slow absorption rate and a high toxicity.
The History of Avantgarde Music. Joe Colley: biography, discography, review, links

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Sacramento-based digital composer Joe Colley debuted under the moniker Crawl Unit, specializing in generating sounds from negative feedback loops
BOMB Magazine — Jason Lescalleet by Ben Hall



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For twenty years, Jason Lescalleet has been making electro-acoustic sound work, using all manner of source material to engage listeners in both site and narrative by providing a rich and physical sense of place
Small note from me: All tracks are exactly 10,11, or 15 minutes.
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