Who blogs anymore? More of us should, actually. It has to beat posting to our generic blue and white diary right? Since I last updated this blog (which as you may know doubles as my artist website) I was lauding Bruce Hamilton for his efforts over the years with ImprovFriday. Since that post, however, we decided on a name change to accurately represent the online event. You see, we felt the fact that the event carries over to Saturday and now opens Thursday didn’t match the title. Couple that with the broader scope of music beyond improvisation and, thus, we decided a name change was in order. Not that anything regarding the event needed change, just the name. So now we are Sound-In. If you remember the days of sit-ins, love-ins or even bed-ins, then you will get the gist of the name.
Secondly, I’ve been advising a new radio-show-turned-video-cast called “Words on New Music” with Paul Muller and Jim Goodin at YT. The online broadcasts review artists from the Sound-In events in addition to all sorts of new music artists. They also produce in-depth interviews.
Also it was nice to discover a work of mine was picked up from my Soundcloud page called “recycled piano” and included in the fine radio show Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (WFMU), 91.1 fm in New York, at 90.1 fm in the Hudson Valley. Check out the show here.
Update: ”Recycled Piano” was picked up by the label “Spectropol” to accompany two other works on the album “Gazing,” due out sometime in June 2013.
Steve Layton put together a four track album titled “Four Night Scenes”- for the Amaranth Sound net-label, which is an IF Event label focusing primarily on compilation projects. My work, “Magic Theater – Entrance Not For Everybody (feat. Noyes, Sanderson, Sundström), is included. A mixture of pieces and electronic treatment feat. Lee Noyes “punaises de lit” Richard Sanderson “Lights of the Bay” and Roger ErocNet Sundström “Verto Serpentes.” The title is a line from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.
Four Night Scenes: “A series of four interrelated mash-ups, of tracks created during the August 2-4, 2012 ImprovFriday online event. All of them share very similar material, length, and a deep ambiance, but each masher’s take on the material is distinctive and personal. The mashers are Steve Layton, J.C. Combs, and Roger Sundström; the musicians mashed are Benjamin Smith, Steve Moshier, Paul H. Muller, Lee Noyes, Richard Sanderson, Roger Sundström, Chris Vaisvil, Lydia Busler-Blais, as well as insect sound samples from lorenzosu, acclivity, and reinsamba at Freesound.org.” – Steve Layton
I still haven’t made a video for “confessions” but was happy to see a new video from a work from the album on ilirlluka’s channel at YT which is described as ” about sensitive music, generally experimental and electronic compositions mixed with classical/neoclassical elements , going from ambient and minimalism to abstract and avant-garde music, in the purpose of creating personal sensorial situations and for a deep and intellectual listening.”
And so I wanted to give that channel a shout out for doing a nice service for the arts.
In light of the horrific so-called “zombie apocalypse,” I wanted to share a small portion of the collaboration process between myself and Lee Noyes while wrapping up “confessions of a deviant machine.” I have a tendency to coin what some may consider “interesting” titles. During one of the ImprovFriday events back in 2009 we came up with a work which I titled “cryptic zombie killers.” I just liked the way the words flowed together. Lee emailed me one day and in his usual polite manner said “I think we should rename the Zombie piece.” Well, I thought about it and believed it was the right call. Not long after the piece was renamed “encrypted note.”
My little contribution to the internet zombie wave.
Just when you thought there were too many changes happening online, storage, uploading, downloading, social networking and on and on – the community of new music musicians decides they like Soundcloud. I’ve been using it sparingly for a couple years but I decided to give in to peer pressure and give my account some attention. I intend to use it mainly for my most experimental works and phonography.
“After a long period of what seems like relative inactivity, “Electroshock Records” released at least a dozen new titles in 2010. “Safe Passage” is among the most interesting of those, but also one of the least musical in a conventional sense, being almost entirely made up of samples, field recordings and loops. These works were created by Combs for his “Improv Friday” events that began in early 2009. Quoting the liners: “The event is a venue where Combs and a troupe of new music improvisers and sound artists gather weekly to share their works”. Four tracks in, on “November 3, 2009” we finally hear the integration of a conventional musical instrument by way of some dense synthesizer textures. Following that, on “Abysmal” there is some muted singing that offers a haunting melody through a good part of that track. Later pieces incorporate incidental spoken text, TV samples, random sounds, incidental recordings of mysteri¬ous origins and such, some juxtaposed with synth patterns, samples and drones to hold the pieces together like glue. Every new listen reveals some¬thing new that seemingly was hidden or unnoticed before. Overall the disc explores the notion that sound sampling by itself is a worthy art form. – Peter Thelen (“Expose”)
I was pleased to find myself and Lee Noyes‘ collaboration, “Confessions of a Deviant Machine,” in the avant-garde net magazine “Spiritual Archives” year-end favorites of 2011. This album is free for download in a couple locations: http://www.archive.org/details/cnv68 and http://www.con-v.org/cnv68.htm.
“Over 70 titles chosen from thousands of discs, embracing a huge range of genres, a good exercise to remember the year that is leaving.” – SA
Be sure to listen in to Martian Gardens radio (WMUA FM 91.1
Amherst, Mass. – Max Shea hosts) tonight between 21:00–24:00 EDT to hear “Trinity-666, The Last Train to Hell” from “Safe Passage” (electroshock records). With the magic of the internet, you’re one click away.
“Trinity” is a collage focusing on found sounds, rhythm, the human voice in various languages and, of course, religion with an atheist angle.