Recordings

Marteau Rouge and Evan Parker. Live.   Devoting more than forty years to the painstaking development of an individual style doesn’t mean that British tenor saxophonist Evan Parker eschews new challenges and collaborations. Live is notable, however, because Parker manages, without altering his distinctive reed patterns,[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Fast ’n’ Bulbous. Waxed Oop.   Few artists have ever merged and transformed genres with the raw energy and freedom of Don Van Vliet, who under the alter ego of Captain Beefheart (and his Magic Band) merged Chicago blues, backbeats, free-jazz reeds, and lyrics that mingled science fiction, news stories, memoir,[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 106

Nicolas Bernier, Jacques Poulin-Denis. Sur Fond Blanc.   It is not always easy to translate music composed for a theatrical setting back to a purely sonic form. Incidental music often relies on a different type of physicality, both in the movement of bodies through space and in the placement of speakers to facilitate the sound itself becoming[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 106

Jorge Lima Barreto. Zul Zelub.   Melding inside-and-outside piano explorations with the pulsations of a randomly tuned shortwave radio or with pre-recorded ambient sounds issuing from four CD players, Jorge Lima Barreto creates an altogether unique, double-barrelled program here. A veteran Portuguese pianist, academic,[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Ganesh Anandan and Hans Reichel. Self Made.   Ganesh Anandan and Hans Reichel are instrument inventors as well as musicians, and this CD consists largely of duets between the two, recorded during a meeting in Wuppertal, Germany. Anandan, born in Bangalore, Southern India, and long resident in Montreal, performs on two different[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 106

Chris Abrahams and Clare Cooper. Germ Studies for Guzheng and DX7. As befits its name, Germ Studies for Guzheng and DX7 is a series of 198 miniatures, most ending in mere seconds, improvised on guzheng and the DX7 synthesizer. Partly intended, it seems, as a lark—the two-disc set comes with humorous illustrations of each germ, drawn by fellow musicians[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 106

empreintes DIGITALes turns twenty Canada has an abundance of resources including petrol-soaked sand, hockey fans, and electroacoustic music. These national assets can be found, respectively, in Alberta, in bars, and at <electrocd.com>. Most countries have no way of knowing what their electroacoustic scene consists of,[...] Read more

Recordings John Keillor Issue 105

Zeitkratzer and Carsten Nicolai. Electronics. With a repertoire encompassing composers as different as James Tenney and Lou Reed, the ten-piece Zeitkratzer group, led by pianist Reinhold Friedl, produces a unique CD with every outing. Electronics is no different. Hooking up with German composer Carsten Nicolai, who also plays on one[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105

Strotter Inst. Minenhund. Christopher Hess’ Strotter Inst. is a hybrid project that plays between the realms of visual and sound arts. The sounds from this CD are produced by installations Hess builds out of five manipulated Lenco turntables that he has deconstructed in a variety of ways. Photo documentation of[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 105

Cyrill Schläpfer. Die Waldstätte. Steam-powered engines appeal to the imagination. As an energy source steam is definitely a thing of the past, and compared to sources developed after it, it is inefficient, noisy, and smelly. Maybe that is exactly what the appeal is based on. That, and the design of the engines themselves[...] Read more

Recordings René van Peer Issue 105

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow. Keio Line. A surprising meeting of minds and one of the strongest CDs I’ve heard in a while. On these two discs French guitarist Richard Pinhas and Japanese noise musician Merzbow (who here returns to his analogue synthesizers after years as a solely digital artist) create beautifully[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 105

Pichelin, Charles, Grydeland. North of the North. Creating an imaginary aural landscape from an existing geography, Marc Pichelin, Xavier Charles and Ivar Grydeland mutate and reconfigure sounds collected on Norway’s Skjervøy and Arnøy islands using their own instruments, electronics, and phonographies. The result[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105