2013年10月28日月曜日

[793.1] KPFA: Discreet Music


バークレーのラジオ局KPFA(94.1 FM)で、夜10時から放送されている「Discreet Music」。"Mix of new, unusual and classical music"をテーマに、アヴァン/ミニマル/カリフォルニア・ハッピーサウンド/プログレッシプ・ロックなど、ドローンやスペース・ミュージックに偏向しない幅広い選曲によるアンビエント・プログラム。最新回のみオーディオ・アーカイヴのページから、2週間ほどオンラインで聴くことができます。以下は最新回(October 20, 2013)と以前のプレイリストより。

KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley: Discreet Music
listen show on October 20 (stream until Sunday, November 3rd 2013)

October 20, 2013

March 10, 2013

December 9, 2012

December 2, 2012 (I'd like to listen this show.)

2013年10月27日日曜日

[793] Forrest Fang - Some Brighter Stars


Label: Projekt:Archive
Catalog#: OT 002
Format: File, MP3, Album
Country: US
Released: 2013
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL  AMAZON

1 In Passing 1:21

2 Monsoon 8:20
3 Soldier of Fortune 6:57
4 Nether 4:05
5 Desert 2:42
6 Fugue 1:37
7 Migration Delay 7:22
8 Mirrors Surround The Sun 10:54
9 On The Horizon 2:49
10 Psyche 6:00

Original LP Edition (1982)

A1 In Passing 1:04
A2 Monsoon 8:26
A3 Soldier Of Fortune 7:00
A4 Nether 4:03
A5 Desert 2:44
B1 Canon 1:04
B2 Migration Delay 7:20
B3 Mirrors Surround The Sun (Fata Morgana) 10:59
B4 On The Horizon 2:46

As part of its series of reissues of seminal works from ambient / progressive musician Forrest Fang, Projekt makes Fang’s second album, Some Brighter Stars, available digitally for the first time. First released in 1982, on this album Fang applies tape delay techniques and a minimalist sensibility to analog synthesizers and acoustic instruments such as violin and piano. Originally available on Fang’s Ominous Thud label in a limited vinyl issue of 300 copies, Some Brighter Stars has been newly remastered by ambient musician Robert Rich and includes a previously unreleased bonus track. - text for digital reissue on bandcamp


bio.

Chinese-American multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang's first instrument was the violin. In 1980-1981 he studied electronic music, composition, and jazz improvisation at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. At the same time, he learned fiddling at regional fiddling festivals and gained an appreciation for stringed instruments such as the mandolin and mandola. Fang's first records were rooted in electronic music and progressive rock. His study of Chinese classical music, with zheng (Chinese zither) player Zhang Yan from mainland China, led to a stylistic shift that was evident on his fourth release, The Wolf at the Ruins (1989). After 1991, Fang studied gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) with imperial court musician Suenobu Togi and gamelan with Balinese composer I Wayan Sujana. In 1993, Fang composed music for a Balinese shadow theater production of In Zanadu, which was awarded a Citation of Excellence from the International Puppetry Association. Some of this material was rearranged and adapted for his sixth release, 1995's Folklore. He also appeared on Robert Rich's album Seven Veils. Fang's solo releases continued with The Blind Messenger in 1997 and Gongland in September 2000.


[792] va A New Era Of Instrumental Music


Label: Fluid
Catalog#: LP-6 2 02742 2
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Yugoslavia
Released: 1990
DISCOGS

A1 Individual Sensitivity - The Dance

A2 Ilan Kabiljo - Cool Nights
A3 Vesna Gorše, Dražen Franolić, Jurica Ugrinović - The Witches
A4 Čast Andromahe - River Drive
A5 Gate To The Second Level - Rain Song
B1 Individual Sensitivity - Horseman In The East
B2 Gate To The Second Level - Il Canto Urbano
B3 Vesna Gorše, Dražen Franolić, Jurica Ugrinović - Nagwal
B4 Čast Andromahe - Epicritic
B5 Ilan Kabiljo - Golden Days

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Ilan Kabiljo - Cool Nights



[791] Arturo Meza - Venadito del Sol Hikurí


Label: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM
Format: Cassette, Album
Country: Mexico
Released: 1993

A1 Dzibalba 6:46

A2 Venadito del Sol 4:19
A3 Chantil Lobolal 8:01
A4 La Carcel de la Luna 4:15
B1 Anciano Oscuro 5:28
B2 Cumiechicuero 4:05
B3 Luna Prenada 4:34
B4 El bordado Celeste de Mama Felipa 7:50
B5 Tragamezcal 2:24

Bob DylanやCharly Garciaに影響を受け70年代よりフォーク/プログレッシヴ・ロックのグループに参加、現在まで数多くのソロ作を発表しているメキシコ・トクンボ出身の音楽家/詩人Arturo Meza(アルトゥーロ・メザ)。「Venadito del Sol Hikurí」は山間部に暮らすアステカ族の一族ウイチョル族のコスモロジーを題材に、ドキュメンタリーのサウンドトラックとして製作されたという1993年作。タイトルのVenadito(ヴェナディト)はウイチョル族の重要な食糧源であり精霊でもある「鹿」、Hikurí(ヒクリ)は彼らが神聖視する「ペヨテ/幻覚サボテン」。シンガーとして存在感を放つ作品が多くありますが、神秘的なトランス儀礼を思わせるインストゥルメントと声のハーモニーに比重が置かれた本作は、Jorge ReyesやAntonio Zepeda、Eblen Macariなどプレヒスパニック音響派と同列に位置する精神性と実験性を宿した
フォーク/アンビエント作に仕上げられています。

bio.

Arturo Meza (Tocumbo, Michoacán, December 12, 1956) is a mexican songwriter, musician, composer, singer, poet and writer, and also inventor of musical instruments like teclaedro, yeloguerlizet, mezáfono and oglio. The base of his songs is folk music on guitar and vocals. Meza is an independent and prolific artist, with many published works.

[790.1] Prehistoric Sound

Walter Maioli - Living Archeology / Sonorous Landscapes: Stones and Other Prehistoric Sounds
 (Sound Reporters, 1987)

Art Of Primitive Sound - Musical Instruments From Prehistory: The Paleolithic
 (Hic Sunt Leones, 1993) listen

Antonio Testa - Senza Tempo Nel Tempo 
(Tribe, 1995) listen

Patricia Meyer & Mariolina Zitta - Nel Ventre Della Terra
 (Patricia, 1995)

Mariolina Zitta - Perle Di Grotta: La Musica Delle Stalattiti
 (1997)

Toshiyuki Tsuchitori - The Sounds of Prehistoric Painted Cave: Playing in the Cave of Cougnac, France
 (Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation, 2008) listen

2013年10月26日土曜日

[790] José Ignacio Valdés - Misterios Cosmográficos


Label: -
Catalog#: -
Format: Cassette, Album
Country: Chile
Released: 1982
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL

A1 Amanecer Del Universo

A2 Misterios Cosmograficos
A3 Vida Acuatica
A4 Fotositesis
B1 Insectos
B2 Reptiles Y Aves
B3 Interaccion Energetica
B4 Humanidad...?

bio.

En sus 40 años de trayectoria, tanto en Chile como Estados Unidos, José Ignacio Valdés tiene a su haber 6 CD’s con obras relacionadas con su pasión. Ellos se titulan “Misterios cosmográficos”, “Esencia”, “Aura dorada”, “Entreparéntesis”, “Evolución del universo” y “Amanecer y atardecer”.
Dentro de la línea de trabajo reseñada, el músico José Ignacio Valdés presentará el lunes 7 de enero en la Plaza de Armas de La Serena sus trabajos en los que combina creaciones artísticas con los avances que ha hecho la astronomía en materia de observación del espacio interestelar y el universo conocido. Para Valdés, ingeniero en sonido, músico y productor, “hacer buena música ha sido una pasión a lo largo de mi vida. Invito a todos a disfrutar de mis obras, relajarse e intentar así crear un mundo mejor”. - Festival Arc 2013



[789] Fornnordiska Klanger: The Sounds Of Prehistoric Scandinavia


Label: Musica Sveciae
Catalog#: MS101
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Sweden
Released: 1984
DISCOGS  AMAZON  OFFICIAL

Stone Age Ca. 10000-1800 B.C.

1 Rattle Dance 0:46
2 Bone Scraper 1:01
3 Percussion Stone (Flint) 1:10
4 Clay Drum 1:27
5 Mouth Bow 1:29
6 Musical Bow 1:07
7 The Kongemose Bull-roarer 0:39
8 Bull-roarers 1:20
9 End-blown Flutes 0:38
10 Three Flint Flutes 2:32
11 The Ertebølle Pipe 0:40
12 Button Flute 0:45
13 The Falköping Flute 2:59

Bronze Age Ca. 1800-500 B.C.

14 Two Bronze Rattles 0:32
15 Bone Scraper 0:42
16 Rock-carving 0:51
17 Singing-stone 1:00
18 The Balkåkra Gång 1:20
19 Clay Drum 1:14
20 The Ruskeneset Bull-roarer 1:04
21 Animal Call 0:39
22 Bronze Lurs 2:51
23 The Kivik Tomb (Stone No. 8) 1:11

Iron Age Ca. 500 B.C.-1050 A.D

24 Norwegian Rangle (On A Trace) 0:31
25 Norwegian Rangle (On A Wooden Staff) 0:34
26 Clay Rattle 0:38
27 Pellet Bells 0:28
28 Cow-bell Sound 0:42
29 Jew's Harp 2:04
30 Lyre 3:05
31 Buzz-bone 0:25
32 Clay Cuckoo 0:37
33 Pan-pipes (End-blown Flutes Combined Together) 1:06
34 The Birka Flute 1:15
35 The Barva Lur 0:40
36 Cow Horn With Finger Holes 1:45
37 The Oseberg Lur 2:59
38 The Gallehus Horns 1:18
39 The Kvalsund Megaphone 1:45
40 Hornpipe 1:19
41 Bagpipe 1:27

音楽家/音楽考古学者のCajsa S. Lund(カイサ・S・ルンド)監修、先史時代におけるスカンディナヴィアの楽器の音色や、演奏風景を収めた博物資料作品「先史時代スカンディナヴィアの響き」。骨のスクレーパー、木製のフルート、鐘や太鼓等の打楽器、ヴァイキングの青銅ホルン、ラットル(ガラガラ)、バグパイプ、マウスボウ(口琴)など、博物館に保管されている貴重な楽器より復元されたレプリカでの演奏を、新石器時代(紀元前10,000年~紀元前1,800年)、青銅器時代(紀元前1,800年~紀元前500年)、鉄器時代(紀元前500年~紀元1050年)と3チャプターに分けて紹介。耳で聴く総図録という体裁ですが、時代とともに変遷する楽器に宿った古えの習俗や風景、土地/民族のコスモロジー、楽器とともに収録された風景音もあわせてひとつのサウンドスケープ作品としての様相も感じられます。響きの奥に広がる森閑な時の流れはアンビエントとしかいいようのない感覚。スウェーデン政府出資、王立音楽アカデミー製作によって運営されるMusica Sveciaeから1984年に2枚組LPで出版、1991年にはブックレットもあわせてCD化されています。


The music-archaeologist, Cajsa S. Lund, takes us on an historic tour through exotic sound-scapes that titillate the imagination. Here we can listen to magic bone-scrapers, evocative dance-step rhythms, tones on a reed flute and bronze lurs which resound with clay drums and gong! For the first time we can now hear a recording of how "music" may have sounded during Scandinavian prehistory - Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. This unique record - based on preserved instruments - is a result of extensive research. The sounds of prehistory emanate on solid ground. -NaxosDirect

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[related links]

Cajsa S. Lund Official: Fornnordiska Klanger
The Bronze Lurs

2013年10月24日木曜日

[788] Michael Wehr - Aura


Label: Widder Musik
Catalog#: 884 089-907
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1990
DISCOGS

1 Introduction 10:13

2 Floating 3:35
3 Love Song 3:57
4 Aural Exiter 5:29
5 Mystic Field 5:03
6 Nora 4:00
7 Beatrice 4:05
8 Contemplation I + II 6:49
9 Devotion And Understanding 8:55
10 Floating Away 4:21

[787] Harold Budd - Buddbox


Label: All Saints

Format: 7 CD, Box Sets
Country: UK
Released: 2013
DISCOGS  AMAZON

CD1 - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) (1981)

CD2 - Abandoned Cities (1984) 
CD3 - The White Arcades (1987) 
CD4 - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)
CD5 - Music For 3 Pianos (with Ruben Garcia & Daniel Lentz) (1992)
CD6 - Through The Hill (with Andy Partridge) (1994)
CD7 - Luxa (1996) 

An anthology boxset containing 7 rare and critically acclaimed albums released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints.Includes 76 page booklet compiling interviews and essays about Harold's work from writers such as David Toop, Mark Prendergast and Mike Barnes. 

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BOXセットとタイミングをあわせて、1970年作 "The Oak Of The Golden Dreams" から2011年作「In The Mist」までの作品から選曲されたコンピレーション「Wind In Lonely Fences 1970-2011」が2CDで、Harold Buddのオウン・レーベルCantilの81年作「The Serpent (In Quicksilver)」と84年作「Abandoned Cities」がヴァイナルでリプレス。Laraaji、Roger EnoなどAll Saintsレーベルの再発部門が活発化しているようです。


2013年10月19日土曜日

[786] Michael Stearns - M'ocean


Label: Sonic Atmospheres
Catalog#: SA 109
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1984
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL

A1 Sirens 5:32

A2 Marriage Chords 9:36
A3 M'ocean 9:36
B1 Lightplay 7:06
B2 Vicki's Dance 5:24
B3 Fireflies' Delight 10:22
B4 Walking Song 2:28

USスペース・ミュージックの開拓者の一人であり、現在まで数多くの映像用音楽を手掛けるサウンド・デザイナーMichael Stearns(マイケル・スターンズ)。「M'ocean」(my ocean/emotion)は79年から82年にかけて行われたライブ音源を素材とした作品「Light Play」(Continuum Montage, 1983年)を再編集した第6作。ニューエイジ・シーンの中でも良質なエレクトロニック作品を多く残しているSonic Atmospheresより。


M'Ocean is another Earth Turtle Music reissue by Michael Stearns. He released it first as Light Play on cassette on the Continuum Montage label in 1983. In 1984, Sonic Atmospheres released it on cassette and CD. Tracks two through six were originally written for live performances. Stearns composed and performed track one -- "Sirens" -- on an Oberheim OB8 synthesizer, one of the first digitally controlled analog synths. He created the piece as soon as he set up the synth. Track seven -- "Walking Song" -- is a short Igor Stravinsky piece that Stearns transcribed for the synthesizer. The music is vintage and classic Stearns. The soundscapes are bright and elegant as only he creates. The rhythms are subtle, even transparent. The atmospheres are huge, warm, and inviting. This is music for wandering in the heart, mind, and soul. Stearns is in a league of his own. There are few -- if any -- discs comparable to this one. It is essential. ~ Jim Brenholts, AllMusic


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2013年10月17日木曜日

[785] Luís Cília - A Regra Do Fogo


Label: Tejo

Catalog#: TJ 002
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Portugal
Released: 1988
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL

A1 Memno: dedicated to Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva
A2 A Insustentável Certeza Do Setr
B1 Saxofonia
B2 Goodbye Macau

bio.

Luis Cília nasceu no Huambo ( Angola ), em 1943. Veio para Portugal em 1959,para prosseguir os seus  estudos. Em 1962 conheceu o poeta Daniel Filipe que o incentivou a musicar poesia. Datam desse ano as suas primeiras experiências nesse campo ( "Meu país", " O menino negro não entrou na roda" ,etc.),mais tarde incluídos no seu primeiro disco gravado em França, para a editora Chant du Monde. Em Abril de 1964 partiu para Paris, onde viveu até 1974. Em França estudou guitarra clássica com António Membrado e composição com Michel Puig. Entre 1964 e 1974 realizou recitais em quase todos os países da Europa. Depois do seu regresso a Portugal continuou a gravar discos, como compositor e intérprete e a realizar recitais. Como intérprete, gravou dezoito discos, alguns dos quais dedicados exclusivamente a poetas tais como Eugéno de Andrade ("O Peso da Sombra"), Jorge de Sena ("Sinais de Sena") ou David Mourão Ferreira ("Penumbra"). Nos últimos anos tem-se dedicado apenas à composição, nomeadamente para Teatro, Bailado e Cinema. Pode ver e ouvir o próprio Luis Cília a narrar o seu percurso de vida e obra (programa Iniciativa, RTP, Novembro 2010)

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[related link]

bailado MEMNO - José Seabra / Luís Cília


[784] Gigi Masin - Talk To The Sea


Label: Music From Memory
Catalog#: MFM 002
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Netherlands
Released: 2013
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL

A1 Snake Theory 4:58
A2 The Word Love 8:58
A3 Still 5:06
A4 Fata Morgana 4:42
B1 Redanzen 4:25
B2 Talk To The Sea 7:06
B3 Music For Chameleons 5:50
B4 Little Faith 5:49
C1 First Time Ruth Saw The Sea 3:19
C2 The Nylon Dollar 9:20
C3 The Kasparian Circle 7:44
C4 Nadir 1:51
D1 Stella Maris 6:41
D2 Call Me 4:24
D3 The City Lights 5:47
D4 She Wears Shades 3:18
D5 Almanac 2:30

ヴェネツィアを拠点に活動するコンポーザー/プロデューサーGigi Masin(ジジ・マシン)。未発表トラックを含むコンピレーション「Talk To The Sea」が2013年11月下旬にリリース。
Alessandro Monti(Unfolk)との91年共作「The Wind Collector」収録の "Snake Theory"、プロモーション用に製作された86年作「Wind」の冒頭を飾る名曲 "Call Me"、"Greenskyline" と同系統のメランコリック・ギター "Music For Chameleons"、仄かにJohn Martynの影が浮かぶ "Fata Morgana" など、8トラックがSoundcloudで先行公開されています。 アムステルダムのレコードショップRedlight Recordsのスタッフ/DJ Tako ReyengaとAbel Nagenast、Jamie TillerによるレーベルMusic From Memoryより。

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[related links]
Gigi Masin's SOUNDCLOUD / BANDCAMP
MFM 001 Leon Lowman ‎– Liquid Diamonds
The Fibonacci Series: Talk To The Sea, Dragonfly (A film by Luís Filipe Cunha, 2008)

2013年10月14日月曜日

[783] Simo Lazarov - Nature: Electronic Music


Label: Балкантон
Catalog#: BTA 12263
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Bulgaria
Released: 1988
DISCOGS

A1 Contemplation

A2 Cascade
A3 A Breath Of Air
A4 Nature
B1 UFO
B2 A Star Message
B3 Sun Protuberances
B4 The Cyborg Invasion
B5 Contemplation

bio.

Simo Lazarov (b.1948) is Bulgaria's first composer, performer and promoter of electronic music. He has specialized in several European studios and founded and directed the first Bulgarian studio for Electronic music at the Bulgarian National Radio (1973 - 1999). He is PhD and professor on computer music. His researches are about using synthesis of timbres in algorithmic music compositions. Since 1977 he has been a lecturer on sound engineering and electronic and computer music at the Music Academy, Technical and Sofia's Universities. In 1996 he created a brand new programme-course on Computer Systems and Technologies in the Music at the New Bulgarian University. His work covers three spheres which supplement each other and influence his development. These are the compositions of music, soundtracks, electronic and computer music studio recording and concert activity. Over the years Simo Lazarov has performed more than 1500 concerts. In recent years he has organized open-air mega concerts which are synthesis of the various arts, attracting large audiences for his contemporary music. Simo Lazarov has released 9 LP, 26 CD's, more than 100 soundtracks over 400 works and 9 books. For 30-th year Anniversary of first Bulgarian Electronic Music Studio was released 30 CDs Special Edition - Anthology of his music. He is a member of Bulgarian and Israeli Composers League and SEAH Czech EA Composers. He has been nominated Bulgaria's Musician of 1995. He has taken part in many electronic and computer music festivals all over Europe and USA. He was co-initiator of the Bulgaria’s Festival for Computer Art and Multimedia. In 1999 he created International Electro-Acoustic, Electronic and Computer Music Forum-Festival Computer Music Space .He has been distingnished at several major world computer music festivals.
-CD Baby Music Store

2013年10月13日日曜日

[782] Víctor Nubla - Seven Harbour Scenes


Label: Hrönir/Victor Nubla
Catalog#: MCO-06 (M.C.O. Series Vol.6)
Format: CD, Album
Country: Spain
Released: 2000
DISCOGS

1 Distant Lighthouse From The Village 11:06

2 Second Awakening 7:27
3 Half Song 7:31
4 Rainy Channels 4:24
5 Bussy Ship Being Unloaded 3:55
6 After The Auction 6:24
7 The Moment 7:16

High level intensity of deep, emotive ambients. Released in 2002, contains the most beautiful moments of the MCO series. A visual and literary audio film. Impregnating iquid sounds. This recording was released three years after the MCO pack. The evolution of the MCO system is clear, the melodic control is total and Nubla creates a conceptual, intensely descriptive deep piece, impregnated with sea. Composed in hotel rooms in several harbours of Europe, it seems that this music looks intensely towards the sea with the melancholy of someone stranded on land. The press said: “Victor Nubla, a legendary artist in the panorama of European musical innovation, shows once again his great imagination to create surrealistic sonic ambiences that at the same time seem to be as real as life itself. Blending together disquieting melodies with sound constructions based on very diverse sources with a perfect feel, the seven tracks are like captured dreams or nightmares, magically trapped in an audio format. The entire album is bathed in an attractive air of mystery, not lacking in melancholy romanticism, and where there also appear psychedelic and minimalist touches.” (Jorge Munnshe)

- petxina

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[781] va I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990


Label: Light in the Attic

Catalog#: LITA 107
Format: CD, LP, Compilation 
Country: US
Released: 2013
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL  AMAZON

1. Gurdjieff / de Hartmann - The Struggle of The Magicians part three

2. Gail Laughton - Pompeii 76 A.D.
3. Nesta Kerin Crain - Gongs In The Rain
4. Wilburn Burchette - Witch's Will
5. Iasos - Formentera Sunset Clouds
6. Steven Halpern - Seventh Chakra Keynote B (violet)
7. Joel Andrews - Seraphic Borealis
8. Constance Demby - Om Mani Padme Hum
9. Daniel Emmanuel - Arabian Fantasy
10. Don Slepian - Awakening (excerpt)
11. Laraaji - Unicorns In Paradise (excerpt)
12. Peter Davison - Glide V
13. Joanna Brouk - Lifting Off
14. Michael Stearns - As The Earth Kissed The Moon (excerpt)
15. Aeoliah - Tien Fu: Heaven's Gate (excerpt) 
16. Daniel Kobialka - Blue Spirals
17. Larkin - Two Souls Dance
18. Judith Tripp - Li Sun
19. Mark Banning - Lunar Eclipse (excerpt) 
20. Alice Damon - Waterfall Winds
listen sample/buy

シアトルのレーベルLight in the Atticによりコンパイルされた米ニューエイジ音楽のアンソロジー「I Am The Center」。60年代のヒッピー文化に大きな影響を与えたアルメニア生まれの神秘家Georges GurdjieffとThomas de Hartmannによるバレエ曲にはじまり、Ridley Scott監督の映画「Blade Runner」ではサウンドトラックとして使用されたGail Laughtonのハープ、Nesta Kerin Crainのメディテーショナルなゴングから、開拓者であるSteven HalpernやIasos、Laraaji(この10月下旬には初期録音を含むコンピレーション"Celestial Music 1978-2011"をリリース予定)といったよく知られる音楽家の名が連なっています。3枚組のヴァイナル・エディションは11月19日にリリース。


“Sound created the universe. It wasn’t a word. Sound created atoms; sound and light are the original manifesting principles for worlds… A musician sources that primeval, eternal sound, and it comes out as music.” – Constance Demby
Forget everything you know, or think you know, about new age, a genre that has become one of the defining musical-archaeological explorations of the past decade.
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990 is the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age and reveal the unbelievable truth about the genre.
For new age, at its best, is a reverberation of psychedelic music, and great by any standard. This is analog, handmade music communicating soul and spirit, often done on limited means and without commercial potential, self-published and self-distributed. Before it became big business and devolved into the spaced out elevator music we know and loathe today, this was the real thing.
From mathematical musical algorithms to airport murder mysteries to Henry Mancini and Bugs Bunny, the connections to mainstream culture run in curious directions. (Did you know, for instance, that a track from the first modern private press new age album is featured on the Blade Runner soundtrack? It’s called “Pompeii, 76 A.D.”, and we’ve got it here.)
I Am The Center is a knowing, but never cynical overview that invites listeners at last to the mainspring of a misunderstood genre’s greatest lights. Many of the biggest names are present — Iasos, inter-dimentional channeler of “paradise music”; Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno playing for spare change in Washington Square Park; and the recently famous JD Emmanuel, icon to a new generation of drone, ambient, noise musicians. Call it what you will — before it was anything else, it was new age.
Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented, I Am The Center features stunning paintings by the legendary visual artist Gilbert Williams, and liner notes by producer Douglas Mcgowan, who weaves the words and images of the wizards and sorceresses of new age into a prismatic portrait of music that can finally be recognized for what it is: great American folk art.
-Light in the Attic



2013年10月12日土曜日

[780] Michael Masley - Cymbalom Solos


Label: -

Catalog#: -
Format: Cassette, Album
Country: US
Released: 1985
DISCOGS  OFFICIAL  AMAZON

A1 Soliel 3:28

A2 Sleepdance: On Leaves Of Water 5:17
A3 Music To Look For Something Lost By 6:50
A4 Bermuda Trapezoid 3:20
A5 Survival In A House Darkening 4:48
B1 Advice From The Angel Of Thresholds 6:09
B2 The Sea As A Moon-Launched Mirror 11:25
B3 Childbirth In Cave Art 2:28
B4 Soft Evidence 5:19

中欧・東欧地域の古典打弦楽器ツィンバロム(cimbalom)の名手として知られる、アメリカのマルチ・インストゥルメンタリスト/路上演奏家/創作楽器ビルダー Michael Masley(マイケル・マスリー)。伝統的な撥/ハンマーではなく、鉤爪が逆さになったような弓状のピック「ボウハンマー」での演奏が特徴で、
Masleyはその発明者でもあり、スライドやピッキングといった巧みな奏法から古典音楽表現の可能性を広げたと評価されているようです。1985年発表のカセット「Cymbalom Solos」はツィンバロムを主に、カリンバ、ビブラフォン、パンパイプなどの演奏を収録したソロ初作。古雅な趣向とモダンな音響、限りなく宇宙を広げるメディテーショナルなアースフォーク・アンビエンス。プロデュースは、同年にニューエイジ音楽の名門Audionから秀作「Mythos」でデビューしたギター/シンセ奏者のBarry Cleveland(バリー・クリーヴランド)。Barry Cleveland作品をはじめ、元Psychic TVのDavid Michael Buntingによるインダストリアル/ネオフォーク・ユニットCurrent 93などの作品に参加されています。最新作は自作楽器Kalimbalomのソロ演奏。


[Instrument design]

In addition to the bowhammer, Masley has invented several musical instruments or modifications to existing instruments. These tend to be constructed from mass-produced consumer materials, such as rubber bands and suction cups, often coupled to traditional instruments such as drums.
Instruments include:
Water Tuned Glass Panpipes. A set of glass panpipes can be arbitrarily tuned as desired (including modal changes and microtonal increments) by adding water to (or removing from) each pipe. Water is typically added and removed with a turkey baster.
The Kabali, a modified doumbek. A metal doumbek is modified by attaching a piece of PVC pipe to the head via a suction cup. The pipe is used as a bridge supporting sixteen bungee cord strings. The strings may be tuned by use of a spring which circles the instrument below the head. The strings may be played by plucking them (causing them to snap back and hit the drumhead) or by strumming (in which case they resonate), "creating the complex periodicity of an irregular ostinato".[3] The sound has been compared to "multiple cellos strummed with earmuffs".
The Conundrum. This is a modified doumbek which has several suction cups attached to the head. A long rubber band is wound around the suction cups. Tension on the band and placement of the suction cups controls pitch.
The Palmharp. An egg slicer is attached to a small shaker drum. The slicer is strung with rubber bands of various tensions parallel to its wires; both wires and rubber bands are the strings of this instrument. Pitch control is achieved by flexing the slicer frame while strumming or plucking the strings, forming an idiophone. The instrument may be simultaneously shaken. This instrument is primarily "textural"; that is, it is intended to add ambient sounds and rhythms rather than melody or harmony.
- Wikipedia



2013年10月11日金曜日

[779.2] blue 04

Playing Music With Animals: Interspecies Communication of Jim Nollman
with 300 Turkeys, 12 Wolves and 20 Orcas (Folkways Records, 1982)

Jun Fukamachi - Mishione: Original Soundtrack (Columbia, 1980)

Wayne Horvitz / Butch Morris / Robert Previte ‎- Nine Below Zero
(Sound Aspects Records, 1987)

Louis Andriessen / Frederic Rzewski - Hoketus (Hoketus, 1980)
listen (performanced by Bang On A Can, 2002)

Nikola Dimushevski - Music For...  (Aura Records, 1993)

Slagerij Van Kampen - Out Of The Doldrums (Megadisc, 1987)

Gordon Turner - Meditation (Charisma, 1970)
no sample

André Geraissati - Dadgad (WEA, 1988)

Markus Stockhausen / Jasper Van't Hof ‎- Aqua Sansa (Fran Records, 1980)

Seijaku: silence (Nippon Columbia, 1978)

2013年10月10日木曜日

[779.1] Basic FM: Zepelim

Jim Nollman playing waterphone off western Canada with orcas (1979)
from Zepelim - Interspecies Music

ブロードキャスト・アート、音、インディペンデント・カルチャーに関するトピックを紹介する、Pixel Palaceによるネットラジオ・プロジェクトBasic FM。Carlo Patrãoによるサウンド/アートのプログラム「Zepelim」のアーカイヴより、2010年12月22日に放送された「Interspecies Music」(異種間音楽)。人と動物(七面鳥・クジラ・象)、コンピュータとの間で交わされるコミュニケーション手段としての音が取り上げられています。そして、2012年11月の放送「Plant Consciousness & Communication」(植物の意識とコミュニケーション)では、植物を育てるための音楽、葉脈の電位変化を譜面化した作品や、植物の小さな生命音にフォーカスしたファウンドサウンド作品などを紹介。


Zepelim - Interspecies Music

Zepelim – Plant Consciousness & Communication

2013年10月9日水曜日

[779] Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings


Label: Windham Hill Records

Catalog#: WH 1027
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1983
DISCOGS  AMAZON

A1 Many Chinas 4:05

A2 Sympathy And Acknowledgement 8:17
A3 On The Threshold Of Liberty 7:27
A4 When Things Dream 2:43
B1 Raffles In Rio 4:38
B2 Something Nice For My Dog 2:49
B3 Men Before The Mirror 6:07
B4 Mr. Moto's Penguin (Who'd Be An Eskimo's Wife?) 3:18
B5 In The Blue Distance 4:06

70年代よりECM作品のレコーディングに参加、80年代中期以降は映画音楽のコンポーザーとして才能を開花させ、現在では代表的な一人に数えられるトランペット/シンセサイザー奏者のMark Isham(マーク・アイシャム)。「Vapor Drawings」は83年に米Windham Hill Recordsから初のリーダー・アルバムとして発表。美しき自然への憧憬、スムースなジャズが基層になったアトモスフェリックで都会的なサウンドメイク、A2 "Sympathy and Acknowledgement"や、B1 "Raffles in Rio"などに顕著なミニマル・ミュージック的反復/持続的なアンビエンスを主軸に構成された流れるようなストーリー性を持つニューエイジ・エレクトロニクスの秀作。元来フォーク/アコースティック主体のWindham Hillが、80年代後期にかけて掲げた新たなテーマ「エレクトロニクスと自然美の融合」(1987年には
サンプラーSoul Of The Machine」をリリース)においては、その先導を切った作品でもあります。またプレーヤーとしてDavid Sylvian、Patrick O'Hearn、David Torn、Ray Russellなどのレコーディングに参加、いずれも名演を残しています。

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[related links]

Radio 3-RNE: Diálogos 3 - Especial MARK ISHAM (06/08/1991)
Novo especial da serie DIALOGOS 3. Nesta ocasión recuperamos dunha vella cinta de casete no aquivo sonoro do Pequeno Monstro, un programa monográfico, emitido o 6 de agosto de 1991 en Radio 3 [RNE], adicado ao trompetista, pianista e produtor MARK ISHAM.

William Ackerman - Synopsis

from Past Light (Windham Hill Records, 1983)

Mark Isham / Art Lande - The Melancholy Of Departure

from We Begin (ECM Records, 1987)

David Torn - Suyafhu Skin... / Snapping The Hollow Reed

live performance 1987, track from Cloud About Mercury (ECM Records, 1987)

2013年10月7日月曜日

[778] Miguel Guedes - Three mixies


ポルトガル・ポルトを拠点に活動するDJ/プロモーターMiguel Guedes(ミゲル・ゲヂス)aka Aventuras Em Movimento。"Krossfingers 6"はウクライナの二人のDJ Sasha Tessio と Artem Super Ikraが運営するコミュニティKrossfingersによるポッドキャスト第6回として配信された最新Mix。mixcloudで定期的に更新されてるMixシリーズの中から、地中海の冬のイメージを投影させた"Club Med"、そしてオーガニックなニューエイジ/アンビエントを中心としたヒップな選曲が素晴らしい"Higher Love"。







Aventuras Em Movimento

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