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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Belgrade Farfisa


If the official 'retired Serbian steelworker turned self-taught electronic musician' line around Abul Mogard is in any way true, his is an extraordinary trajectory. But even if - as seems likely - it's just a confection to make 'his' music stand out from others', what really differentiates this work (a handful of tapes, remixes & a recent-ish compilation on Ecstatic) is its poise & - sorry - grandeur. 



It's been a year since the last original (ahem...) Mogard release, Circular Forms. These ears are primed for more of these affecting, swelling textures - their emotional heft belied by the banality of their self-description as "made using Farfisa organ, synthesisers and computer software"











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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

"may love prevail"


"June 12, 2016 — I have been working on this piece for a while but it always just felt so dark. Darkness is what I feel today. This work is dedicated to the victims of all violence against LGBTQ people.

100% of the profit from sales/downloads of this work will be donated to: 

THE GLBT COMMUNITY CENTER OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 



PULSE TRAGEDY COMMUNITY FUND 

may love prevail over hate in all its forms, 

richard chartier 

PS: please also consider donating directly to the links above to help the community as well as the victims' families."

Prompted by tragedy but also in support & celebration of its maker: darkness & a little light in an array of gripping, mostly recent work by Line-lord Chartier - largely in his "more emotional, dare one say musical" Pinkcourtesyphone guise...












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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

speedbreakingwhatsoundalwaysbe


One of this year's more audacious & diverting 'remixes' (response or engagement might be a better way of putting it...), Marc Kate's Low blow brilliantly unleashes Bowie & Eno's inner drone: "All 11 tracks of 'Low' playing at the same time, stretched to three hours." 

That cover image (itself a manipulation of the The Man Who Fell to Earth-sourced Low cover, presumably) encapsulates this vast piece's inevitably sedimented, smeared feel. Even if its ochre strata are rather warmer...




Kate's Despairer is also delicious - especially the measured potency of I Would Do Anything For You. Except Listen (featured in the March edition of Lend Me Your Radio, LMYE's monthly SoundCloud playlist) & Abject-Oriented Ontology (another exercise in intense, stately gathering; balletic video below). 







Bonus (mastered by the great Lawrence English, no less...):



Bonus #2 (continuing the simultaneity theme):



Bonus #3:



NB: Kate is also the host of Why We Listen: a strikingly thoughtful podcast that recently featured Disquiet's Marc Weidenbaum, in whose online listening group of a few years ago LMYE's jl & al first 'met'...



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Friday, 15 April 2016

C46


Managed to miss a couple of earlier tip-offs, so the first taste of new Chris Herbert isn't so much a tease as a disconcerting delight. Disconcerting because of its warp-speed arrival after the, er, pause between Mezzotint & Constants (part of LMYE's 2014 Festive 33-1/3) - two of the most beguiling releases in these ears' acquaintance. 

& a delight because:



Enveloping organ swells cut through with both introspective switch-backs & soaring, sky-rending moments - as Room40 brilliantly terms it, Herbert again "blends the momentary blooming of rich structures with greyscale microclimates"...

Oh, & it's a tape. On the always admirable Low Point... 

Stylistically-related bonus:

"A collage of material that didn't make the cut for the second album for various reasons: germinal ideas, failed experiments, technical insurrection. In the grand tradition of the freedom of b-sides, some of it is worthwhile, if unpolished. Many of these audio swatches exist as longer stand-alone tracks that may surface at some point."




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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Ecluses de Fonserannes


Shoe-horning in a raft of welcome new work from Stephan Mathieu: not only the striking riches of the Radiance dozen he recently Kickstarted for delivery over the next year, including a powerfully evocative soundtrack collaboration with France Jobin, but also the heavyweight showdown of his Zauberberg (Shelter Press) alongside Kassel Jaeger & Akira Rabelais - "an idea not driven by the narrativity of the book (Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain), but by the traces and the aura invoked in it: an audible auratic journey through the memories of a place lost in the heights of the Swiss mountains". 


Radiance's 12-strong programme includes Alap for Steel Needle, Record & Theorbe (its first volume). The piece is dedicated to Arnold Dolmetsch, while two more are commissions for the 90th birthdays of Earle Brown (To Have Elements Exist in Space, volume 8) & Morton Feldman (For Morton Feldman, volume 9). 

Full list: 



So far, though, The Answer is the only 
glimmer of the Radiance to come. Volume 2 in the series, it sounds as reflective & unrushed, as naturally paced & gradually unfolding, as the canal journeys it embodies...




Background: Eymenier's history of the film


Zauberberg, meanwhile, stands out as one of the year's deepest listening pieces - a kind of soundtrack to an imaginary film or restaging of wisps around 
Mann's fiction... 

More blurb: "A century after the events depicted in the book, we went where the story took place, trying to capture the remaining sounds that could have been heard at the time, and the ghosts who might have still wandered around.

Zauberberg is based on these captures, on recordings of the music played by Hans Castorp (the novel’s main character), on acoustic/electronic instrumentation and digital processing. The result is an evocation of time and duration, an exploration of what remains and what is lost, a meditation of the dissolution and persistence of the aura surrounding everything."


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