Gregory Büttner | Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) Hamburg-based field recordist Gregory Büttner delivers his latest, Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt, a singular work, an electroacoustic composition based on the stereo sound of two contact mics upon a metallic steamboat, runs for about thirty-six minutes. The recording starts with lots of jittering, growing slightly voluminous in short time. It’s as though Büttner is settled in the engine room with loose old mechanics. However, the shimmies are somewhat engaging, like rickety beats. IN-SITU AHOY: He’s managed to capture all sorts of unusual gadgets in action, with a dad that was a longshoreman, this grabs my ears by … Continue reading Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt by Gregory Büttner
Mike Cooper | Tropical Gothic Discrepant (LP/DL) The septuagenarian artist only shows vital signs on Tropical Gothic. On these nine tracks, eight short works on side one, and a singular lengthy work on the flipside we begin to hear jungle vibes on The Pit, an abbreviated overture running less than a minute. The setting becomes mysterious, driven by intrigue as A Mask of Flesh begins to reveal itself. With slight twang and nefarious rumbling this fluidly rolls into By The River. It’s percussive, elusive, and a bit of a staring-down-the-barrel setting. Each of these vignettes has its very own character, … Continue reading Tropical Gothic by Mike Cooper
eRikm | Mistpouffers empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Mistpouffers is a selection of three compositions completed between 2014-16, composed by French artist and improviser eRikm. Each piece runs approximately 17-18 minutes in length with two based on 8-channel fixed medium and one in stereo. Opening with Draugalimur where, poof like smoke, the setting is a quiet distant storm, some electronic squiggles and free-floating static. This is eRikm working in an atmosphere where a pin could be heard dropping, that is until a narrator like a public radio host, in French, reads from a text. The wind howls and electro-waves are emitted. While … Continue reading Mistpouffers by eRikm
t.r. hand & Glauber K.S. | Suburban Solitude Submarine Broadcasting Company (CD+BK/CD/DL) Never judge a book by it’s cover (thanks to The G.o.B. Design Bureau who arranged the coverart) until you’ve peeled back the pages some as I’ve dived right into this lengthy new release by duo t.r. hand (UK) and Glauber K.S (Glauber Kiss de Souza of Brazil). Suburban Solitude is the first collab of unique drone for these young gents. It’s an amalgamation of field recordings, gravelly bass low rumbling, and various standard instruments. The mix is dingy and thick throughout Traffic Ritual with random voices talking, laughing. The guitar … Continue reading Suburban Solitude by t.r. hand & Glauber K.S.
Síria | Cuspo Crónica (CS/DL) The collective Portugese label Crónica has been bringing cutting edge, genre defying music since 2003 – and no signs of stopping here. This is Síria‘s debut (aka Diana Combo) and its an assortment of collaborations – field recordings, voice and vinyl records. At first, on Por Riba, (partly recorded by John Grzinich) it’s quite a soothing, almost meditative blend of silky song and lightly vibrating drone electronics, with some subtle percussion. The setting is spare and dreamy, though it seems like we are in daylight in this adaptation from a recording of Catarina Chitas by Michel Giacometti. … Continue reading Cuspo by Síria
Eisuke Yanagisawa | Path of the Wind Gruen (CD/DL) The unprocessed field recordings of Eisuke Yanagisawa were made all around Japan (2014-17) using Aeolian Harps (a stringed wind harp). On his fourth solo record since 2009, Path of the Wind includes seven tracks with a run time of over forty minutes, each named after their location or single subject as titled. Kyoto-based Yanagisawa is an ethnographer and filmmaker as well. The recording begins with Ferry Passing. It’s amazing to think that he is basically placing the instrument, in-situ, and it is able to channel the air and natural environment in … Continue reading Path of the Wind by Eisuke Yanagisawa
BJ Nilsen Focus Intensity Power (Moving Furniture Records; LP/DL) Released in a limited edition of 300 via vinyl on August 24, the latest from BJ Nilsen, the Swedish sound artist and field recordist based in Amsterdam, harnesses a powerful new sound. Opening with the fifteen minute Beam Finder, a wavering sound field emerges. This is pure modern machine music. The trance-inducing pulse imitates the low oscillations of an industrial generator, and the longer it goes, the more intense its impressions. The pitch and tone seem to waver some about eight minutes in, though it could be a test of least … Continue reading Focus Intensity Power by BJ Nilsen