This week we’ve added another handful of items that were either accidentally deleted or just somehow never made it into the SOUNDSWIM store after our big move a while back, but inventory is limited, so grab them before they’re gone!
“You don’t necessarily buy Hafler Trio releases because they’re going to be ‘easy listening’…and this is no exception. In fact, this could better be termed ‘uneasy listening’. “A Thirsty Fish” is the aural equivalent of being transformed into a doggie toy and being violently shaken around by a rottweiler. Sound sources shift and jump with maximal contrast from one type to another, with seeming illogic. Snippets of voices and other semi-recognizable sounds flit by, just fast enough to realize what they are, but not to comprehend them. And just as you get used to one set of aural circumstances, you’re flung headlong into something else. Normally, this would be a huge laundry-list of negatives…but in the course of playing with all of these negative aesthetics, Andrew McKenzie crafts a work that is a seeming parallel to the surging bewilderment of the modern landscape. Hard to take, and downright devastating if taken at one sitting, this album is a tour-de-force in what can be accomplished by musique concrete methods, even in this day and age. And in the class of this sort of music, it ranks right up there with works by luminaries of sonic assemblage such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Max Neuhaus, Pierre Henry, et al.” –DAC Crowell
Halfer Trio – 3 Eggs –$7.99
“A recording planned for release on the doomed 2005 US tour with Colin Potter, The Hafler Trio and Andrew Liles. Andrew Liles playing the Hafler Trio and Colin Potter, Colin Potter playing the Hafler Trio and Andrew Liles and the Hafler Trio playing Andrew Liles and Colin Potter… as well as each individual being themselves.”
Packaged in a deluxe 12 panel foldout cover. Limited edition of 1,000 copies.
“Once three men wanted to go to America to play some music. A big country, alas but not with much money for three men to get everything they needed to get to this big country. So they decide to create a CD of pieces of music that are generated through the mail. A most common practice to make music these days. But then, for whatever reason, the whole tour fell through. And someone sat on this music created for this tour support CD.
It’s good to see it released, even when the content is puzzling. Apparently it’s Liles playing Potter and Hafler Trio, Hafler Trio playing Liles and Potter, and Potter doing something similar. Perhaps there is something solo by each as well. All clear, except the order of the proceedings and why three times three make eight and not nine tracks. My estimation is that the first track is indeed by Liles. Adding a bit of trademark collage music stuff in a somewhat synthetic field of sound, there is some little surprises. The second piece seems to me The Hafler Trio, with also a trademark sound: the wind like sounds we remember from ‘Inoutof’. Colin Potter must be the author of the third track, with it’s cymbals being played and a faint trace of digital distortion. Nicely drone related. After this things get a little bit more difficult. They are less trademark pieces, and it’s more difficult to decipher the codes of the specific drone in this. Of course it’s not worth fighting over who did as it’s the result that counts. And the result is surely just right up what you’d expect from the three man. Drone related, stretched out, atmospheric, spacious or whatever qualifications one can think of, this is a very fine disc of mood enginenering. Perhaps it’s a pity that the tour fell through, but on the other hand, we have another treasure to add.” –FdW
Yui Onodera – Rhizome –$7.99
“Yui Onodera is composer and multi-instrumentalist from Tokyo, Japan. He uses field recordings, electronics, piano, guitar, and voice to produce works of unrivaled ethereal beauty.
Rhizome is his 10th cd and showcases his truly unique talents for sound design and electroacoustic experimentation.”
Nikita Golyshev – Solaris –$7.99
“Nikita Golyshev plays electronic music as if there is not any other music around, as if it had never existed. Dense drones live in strange harmony with micronoises, clicks and glitches, some alien substance, delicate acoustic splendor melodies, hidden in the tracks so deeply that they become almost invisible. Something amorphous is glazing the background, confusing thoughts, breaking fragile stylistic borders. But if you look carefully it turns out that this sustained cycle of artistic self-sufficiency is a place to hide for a boy with an ironic, god-like smile watching as his self-made, localized world collapses. There’s no difference if the sounds will continue to live, or disappears suddenly. Nikita’s music exists in the “here and now”, and there’s nothing to add, even for a moment, as long as it plays on your speakers.” –Ilias Mikanaev
“Flatline Records does not have a huge catalog, but what the label does release is exceptional. As a who’s who of electronic music, A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 is a strong addition to the list. A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 hits the perfect and much sought-after mark of a compilation that has something to offer both the hardcore fans who have large music collections and those looking for an overview of the genre. Unreleased tracks are the main attraction, from both artists who are relatively obscure as well as mainstays, but there are some classics here as well. The only criteria are diversity and quality. Unreleased tracks by Cleen and Galan Pixs appear alongside well-known songs by Download, Front Line Assembly, and Numb on disc one; noise giants Converter and Noisex are joined with fresh approaches by the drill’n’bass of Needle Sharing and Ammo on disc two. This comparison also illustrates a good cross-section of flavors on the compilation — upbeat, hard electro is the general theme of disc one, while disc two has more of a beat-driven noise flavor. The result is a compilation that has transcended the ‘best of genre’ mentality, and instead provides a unique perspective on the electronic music scene.” –Theo Kavadias for allmusic.com
“In 2005 under the title ‘Analogy, Volume 1,’ a compilation cd came out with unreleased material from a lot of interesting electronic musicians. The assignment was to create a piece only using analog equipment. This was a success, hence now a second cd is released (well, the title ‘Volume 1’ already indicated this of course…). And again, this album is the host for a diversity of wonderful tracks.
Collaborating artists are, amongst others, Ron Boots, Kees Aerts (who for the first time in years makes a -very nice- solo piece “Branch Hopping”), Stephen Parsick, Remy, Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij, EM2 (=Emmens and Embrase), Craig Padilla, Create, Remotion, and others. The cd begins with the most exiting piece, ‘Mellowtrothoughts’ from Roque Element. It is an improvisation (on a Saturday morning) on two Mellotrons, who give this track an atmosphere like Tangerine Dream’s ‘Mysterious Semblance At The Stand Of Nightmares’ (from ‘Phaedra’). But also ‘Velvet Sky’ of Emmens/Heij (not surprisingly with strong sequences), ‘Reaching Out’ of Create, ‘Expectations’ of Remy (for the biggest part played on the MemoryMoog) and ‘Sneak Preview’ of Ron Boots are fine pieces. Highlights on the cd are -next to Rogue Element- the moody ‘Electromagnetic’ of Stephen Parsick and ‘Sonar Vision’ of Remotion.”
“Analogy, Volume1 contains music by some of the finest em-musicians of today:
Create, Remotion, Loren Nerell, Steve Roach and Chuck Oken, Paul Ellis and Steve Roach, 4m33s, Gert Emmens, Syn, Russell Storey, Kees Aerts, Altres, modulator esp and Ian Tescee.
The music ranges from traditional sequencer-based berlin school (create, syn, altres, modulator esp), via melodical (remotion, emmens, aerts, tescee), ambient (ellis and roach, 4m33s) to experimental (nerell, roach and oken, storey).
All music was played and recorded with care and love for the music and the instruments that it’s played on. “Analogy, volume1″ is a great and eagerly awaited project.”