A consideration of composer Terry Jennnings, soon.
The Next Delusion Sextet make barometric music, fluctuating, at times crushing gale force streams of energy music for our times. The three woodwind, three percussionist noise wall presses and roils, maintaining the sort of pressure you feel when the air is charged, the elements are gathering and converging from every direction, and the unrest can… Continue reading storm’s coming!
Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves. Nagarjuna Earlier this year I was asked to submit an essay to the journal Reductive on the issue's theme interior silence. Reductive's mission statement reads as follows: Experimental reflections on listening / reading practices Founded in 2013, Reductive Journal explores diverse… Continue reading an echo of nothing
I have reposted a piece on Eliane Radigue written 5 years ago, as the site where it was archived no longer exists - my thanks to Paul Anthony Banks for retrieving this from the aether. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Composer Eliane Radigue will be 78 on January 24th, 2010. In August 2009, Important Records released two of her… Continue reading Eliane Radigue ~ An Appreciation on the Occasion of Her 78th Birthday
However much I have frequented the mystics, deep down I have always sided with the Devil; unable to equal him in power, I have tried to be worthy of him, at least, in insolence, acrimony, arbitrariness, and caprice. E.M. Cioran The only successful philosophies and religions are the ones that flatter us, whether in the… Continue reading side with the devil
Go to the center of the sound, get it in the center, then spin out...stripping away the filigree, go to the center. Bill Dixon ...that fragile, fluctuating center which forms never reach. Antonin Artaud Andrew Lafkas composed 1+1= year zero (water/moon) with eight fellow musicians in mind, players he has come to know as collaborators… Continue reading go to the center
A little over a year ago composer Olivia Block's Karren was released on Sedimental Records. Published simultaneously with Mike Bullock's Figures Without Ground, these two recordings would be the last of the label's CD releases - Sedimental proprietor Rob Forman decided to close shop after 20 years of cataloging, among a number of fine releases,… Continue reading the unanswered question
Michael Vincent Waller offers miniatures after La Monte Young, short duration works that hold the seed-syllables for long duration extemporisations; unlike the seeds cooked by Young, Waller's mentor of five years, Waller allows his five pieces to expire upon tracing themselves in your memory. They hardly overstay their welcome - instead their figures recur naturally… Continue reading both forward and back in history