You may not have heard from Negativland in awhile but after a six year sabbatical, they’re back with a new album called It’s All In Your Head (Seeland), which touches on religious beliefs and disbeliefs. In fact, the album will be packaged in an actual bible and programmed to sound like a radio show. It brings together old media, new media, and of course dead media, how you choose to apply it is up to you. The album will be released on October 28th but you’ll be able to see how it works out in a live setting when they play in the Pacific Northwest very soon:
Becoming Sound is a 28-minute track by Pietro Riparbelli & Alessio Ballerini that is a mixture of drone electronic sounds that could borderline on minimalism, mixed in with occasional electronic touches that fits very well in the experimental and avant-garde categories. It’s musical and non-musical at the same time, the kind of work you’d love to play in the apartment in order to freak neighbors out or for them to question your tastes. Or you. It’s unique and beautiful in its own way, and outside of the digital downloads, you may also purchase Becoming Sound on cassette. If you are a director or film/video maker, you may find this piece to be of use for your next project.
The adventures continue with the magnificent Arrington de Dionyso offering a brand new album that is a part of his Unheard Indonesia series. This one is volume three and is subtitled The Lalove of Central Sulawesi, featuring the kind of twisted logic and possibly-complex songs, along with natural sounds that may motivate you to explore the beautiful outdoors.
If you would like to hear some of his other creations, browse through his official Bandcamp page.
With Okkyung Lee already having made one of my favorite albums of 2013, her participation in a project with Lasse Marhaug and C. Spencer Yeh has resulted in something satisfying on a completely different level. Wake Up Awesome (Mexican Summer) is a combination of real instrumentation, electronic fuckery and found-sound to where you’re unsure when Lee may be fiddling with her cello strings or if someone is moving magnetic tape over a head or digitally messing up any form of input. The tracks go in and out, left to right, forwards and backwards and whatever other direction (or non-direction it wants, and I love the feeling of something feeling so uncontrolled and yet that has to do with trusting the musicians/artists involved and saying “go for it”. For those who love their experimental/avant-garde sounds to be unpredictably everywhere, this is for you.
Twisted sounds from various sources, be it from radio, television, or created from scratch. Avant-Larde’s Riot Interrupted features 40 tracks ranging from the extremely loud to the disgustingly distorted with such titles as “The Next Piece of Garbled Nonsense You Try and Pass off as Conversation is going to get you thrown off a bridge”, “Local Hip Hop is a JOKE”, “If You Cover One More Song, I’ll Kill You With Your Own Guitar”. Stream it in full below, or head to Archive.org to download the entire album.
Imagine going through your own VHS tapes and just extracting your favorite audio highlights and memories. Or maybe you went to a thrift store and found a box full of random VHS or Beta tapes and you want to know what kind of adventures you may be able to find on it. The video may be funny, but it’s the audio that you want the most. Ink Jet Travolta represents an audio collage of long lost and forgotten images, everything from odd commercials and jingles to kung fu movies. This is a new EP released by Galactic Intolerance and goes back to the days when recording your TV with a cassette deck was one of the best lo-fi things you can do. Or go directly to the description for this EP:
“Ink Jet Travolta is what happens when VHS tapes, circuit bent pedals, Star Wars, and The Smudge get caught in the copier at work.”
To hear the adventures, head to Archive.org to download it in full, or stream it below before choosing to take the sounds elsewhere.
You might expect a tribute to legendary wrestler Terry Funk to be along the lines of a classic rock, blues rock, country, or rockabilly release. For Uncle Meat, the tribute is a mixture of noisy, experimental, avant-garde, and twisted sounds where audio from old videos are amplified and altered for perfection, imperfections, lust, greed, and honor of ones sheer power. You might not expect for a tribute to a wrestler to sound like someone grabbing two cassette players and running a microphone through a speaker for the sake of obtaining squealing feedback, but that is exactly what that is, and it’s quite good. If you’re not into the twisted side of sound, this will not be for you. You are able to buy this as a cassette through Bandcamp as well.
The names C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug will bring a bit of delight to those who know what they create. Now imagine them coming together for a project. You’ll be able to hear that idea in full when the Software Recording Co. releases Wake Up Awesome on November 12th, and the sample below are excerpts of the tracks “Throw Down The Fishcake”, “Anise Tongue”, and “Durian Wet Dream”. It is safe to say that even if you know and understand the music of Yeh, Lee, and Marhaug, you will not have imagined what Wake Up Awesome has created.
The teddy bear on the cover is not an indication of the sounds heard on this album by Panelak (Angurosakuson).
The sounds are created by Pascal Ansell, and what he does is creates his own sounds by pounding on different items, while also mixing in manipulations of found sound. This is the original way artists used to sample, in a much looser fashion, sometimes without construction, if not without a blueprint. The pieces that sound like he’s assembling a boat, a television set, or flushing the toilet with saws and razors, are very telling. Then you have a piece like “Vale la Pena” which sounds like someone tuning into a distant radio frequency, or someone playing a guitar through a shot up amplifier running on battery power that is close to expiring, all before it goes into a trippy “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” groove with a home organ. The sounds do not know where to go, but Panelak is the captain of the ship, and sometimes he doesn’t know either, which makes listening to this, a balance between the tender and mind-numbingly harsh, quite (add in your favorite word).
audionaut’s requiem for cats (elegua) is five pieces of sound art, found sound if you will, an assembly of audio construction that comes from an unknown range of sound sources. What you may be hearing is the sound of a generator in garage at half speed, you may be hearing a chopped horn loop in a high school cafeteria, it may be traffic, it could be anything. The title track travels for 22 minutes and what may be the sound of a record could be the sound of a coffee can lid, or a biscuit. It could be a number of sound sources being played at once, or it could be one thing being played a number of times: bells and chimes being played by thumbs, or thumbs being played by chimes, it is unknown.
“at the space academy” sound like a ground wire that no one wants to turn off, the buzz is basically the core of the track and while it seems there are intervals every few seconds, it is unknown.
“camcorder suites” could be natural sound played at four to eight to 16 times its normal speed, there are sound textures heard every now and then, and you’re left there wondering how these sounds could be so exciting. Again, it is unknown.
“tone deaf atheist” sounds like someone turning a few radio frequencies through a downtown plaza full of Asian drums as fishermen end up trimming flowers just because they can and maybe… should? I am not certain, it is unknown.
“assend” is arguably the most musical of the six tracks here, this one being a trippy zone that changes key every few seconds and loops almost endlessly. It could be something very familiar and run through effects, before it leads to the sound of what could be a microphone inside of a bag of microwave popcorn. I tried figuring this out but unfortunately, it is unknown.
The final piece is called “1927”, and it sounds like what could be a long lost radio frequency from a time before there was a means to record long lost radio frequencies, but is calling people in what could be a doorbell played at eight to 12 times its normal speed, or it could be an ‘ukulele strumming along to the sounds of birds that may be someone turning a radio dial, or capturing the distanct sound of a smile. It ends with the frequency sounding more distant and we’re left with wondering if we should go the other way to hear more of it. It is too late, and it is unknown.
requiem for cats may not be the title to describe sounds that may be acceptable or complimentary for cats, but maybe a cat could only be the only being to understand this. If asked for an interpretation of what was played, are we able to translate cat language to a human language of any sort? This is unknown, but what a collage of sound to be treated with.