Various Artists | Drop The Beat
Edition Degem, CD
Various Artists | New Clockwork Music
Electronic Sound, CD + Magazine
The following are the top recommended compilations for the month of November. And they have more in common than first anticipated. First off, from Edition Degem and curated by Felix Leuschner, produced and designed by Marc Behrens. Limited to 1000 copies. Glitches, bouncy strings, drifting quietude and a whole lot of patterned electronic abandon. There’s something inherently mathematically stylish about this comp – if there ever were such a thing. Artists include Jiayi Wu (restrained techno wired with flutters), Johannes Kreidler (orchestra vs barnyard), Kai Niggemann (rubbery on the down low), Kirsten Reese (breathless cut-ups), Alex Hofmann (teeny motorized effects that gently rock), Matthias Ockert (broken folk), Stefan Schulzki (reverb, bounce, pulsation), Lina Posecnaite (minimal mystique, manipulated field recording), Jörg Lindenmaier (symphonically glitchy), Michael Harenberg (perfectly strange and detached) and Marc Behrens (wiggly megamix, divided/conquered).
It poses the following:
Which significance does rhythm have for us?
Focus? Means to an end? The main parameter or one parameter of many?
How much time do we spend on rhythmic organisation while composing?
Is our music danceable?
Which sounds do we use to generate beats?
How do our electronic “percussion instruments” sound?
How is groove generated? Does my computer groove?
Can digital groove be distinguished from analogue groove?
What do our pulse grids look like?
Music on the timing grid, microtiming, quantisation?
The second of our two selections this month is published alongside Issue 47 of the 100pp glossy, Electronic Sound. There’s some mighty fine reading to be had here, as well as an amazing 15-track CD bundle. Induced with samples, cool tones and the unexpected. This time they’re talking all things ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
The cover feature includes a previously unpublished interview with reclusive electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos, who composed the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work, and there’s a chat with Martyn Ware about the influence the film had on him. It’s a nod to modern/retro electronic music with a cavalcade of HAL-isms and homage to Carlos’ timeless score – as well as an impressive, comprehensive guide to her sought-after back catalogue, much of which is pretty hard to source unless you know where to look for it. There’s nothing here that isn’t expertly curated for this set.
The full track listing of ‘New Clockwork Music’ is:
01. GLOBO – MUSIC FOR THE FUNERAL OF QUEEN MARY
02. KUMO (FEATURING DRUMS OFF CHAOS AND LUDWIG VAN) – FREUDE!
03. GOGGLY GOGOL – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH? PART I
04. BLANCMANGE – UNIT 4 BB1
05. FINIFLEX – CHAPTER 21
06. GOGGLY GOGOL – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH? PART II
07. CHRIS CARTER – LIKE CLOCKWORK
08. GABE GURNSEY – OOZ Y AUTO
09. GOGGLY GOGOL – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH? PART III
10. SINK YA TEETH – I DO I DO
11. GOGGLY GOGOL – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH? PART IV
12. SCANNER – CREECH, CRAST AND SNEETY
13. GOGGLY GOGOL – WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE THEN, EH? PART V
14. JACK DANGERS – PALE ORANGE DOT (editor: Oooo, I like this bit)
15. GLOBO – DROWNING WITH QUEEN MARY
An entire a/v experience in a rather cheap bundle, that sounds awfully good with the Goggly Gogol’s strange lil’ interludes. It’s embarassingly good. Ahhhhh.
“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” – Anthony Burgess