Thursday, 19 July 2018

The American Composer Steve Reich - July 19, 2018

"Steve Reich (October 13, 1936, New York City, USA) is a composer.  He studied composition privately with Hall Oberton, then moved on to Juilliard School in New York to study with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti (1958 to 1961).  Subsequently, he attended Mills College in Oakland where he was taught by Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud (1961-63) and earned a master's degree in composition.  

Early on, Reich was influenced by fellow minimalist Terry Riley's loosely-structured aleatoric works which combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a slowly-shifting, cohesive whole.  Reich adopted this approach to compose his first major work written in 1965: "It's Gonna Rain...".  Reich moved on from the "phase shifting" technique he had pioneered to more elaborate pieces.  He investigated other musical processes such as augmentation (the temporal lengthening of phrases and melodic fragments).

Reich's mother is the Broadway singer and lyricist June Carroll." - Discogs

Friday, 6 July 2018

EISENLAGER - 36. Futurologischer Congress on Attenuation Circuit- July 6, 2018

Please welcome the latest release from Eisenlager, "36. Futurologischer Congress", hosted by the German net label Attenuation Circuit.  

Recorded by der schlachter at studio Glasklinge Zeitenlicht from 2016-2018, "36. Futurologischer Congress" is a 7-hour musical opus of the life and times of the German sound artist Eisenlager (aka Glasklinge Zeitenlicht).  This sound collage is broken out into 30 tracks and focuses on the most important and influential events he has experienced during his 50-odd years on earth.

Each track fits neatly with the other like a musical piece to this puzzle we know as Eisenlager. No easy feat putting music to memories on a grand scale like this, but keep in mind he is no ordinary man.

Unless you have worked with Eisenlager on his music projects or know him personally, the only clues to understanding his journey are the song titles and of course, the music.  This is a personal voyage into his public and sometimes privately emotional world manifested into the unique and distinct soundscapes only Eisenlager crafts. 

Especially poignant are Track 06, which pays hommage to his late friend Felix Flaucher of the 90s German electro band Silke Bischoff, and Track 25, which honors his late father who sadly passed away in October 2017.  

But you must listen for yourself in order to experience and appreciate "36. Futurologischer Congress" and the hidden treasures that lie deep within its music. 

Thank you Eisenlager for inviting me to be a part of this very special project.  It's always a pleasure working with you!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Doris Norton - Italian Pioneer of Electronic and Computer Music - June 30, 2018

Doris Norton is an Italian pioneer of electronic and computer music.  Norton was the first musical endorser for Apple computers and her first album, "Under Ground" had an Apple logo on the front.  Later, Norton released two albums with IBM Computer Music, "Automatic Feeling" and "The Double Side of Science"  Norton was also involved with the Italian progressive rock band, Jacula. - Wikipedia

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Deserted Buildings in Montreal (3) - June 24, 2018

Vava Vol and Eisenlager - Half Truths/Halbe Wahrheiten Update 2018 - June 24 - 2018

Many thanks to Glasklinge for his intensely haunting work and to Studio 4632 for hosting our 2018 remix of "Half Truths/Halbe Wahrheiten". Do have a listen!

From Candy L: "Herewith another Vava Vol / Eisenlager collaboration album. This latest release is a re-release, done especially for Studio 4632. Previously released on Hortus Conclusus Records.

Half Truths is an abstract; an experimental, avant garde electronic collection. Several tracks are borderline noise genre, but within music. Overall an interesting mix with music and precision beats mingled in a cacaphony of sounds. Enjoy!"

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2001) - June 13, 2018

The late Syd Barrett was a major cult figure and rock music legend.  The charismatic and brilliant guitarist of the early Pink Floyd, he created a unique psychedelic sound and wrote wonderfully eccentric songs including the hits "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", plus albums tracks like "Bike" and "Astronomy Domine".  Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd in 1968 when his increasingly erratic behavior made his continued participation in the band impossible, and after two extraordinary solo albums he disappeared from music altogether.   Pink Floyd went on to worldwide fame but the absent Syd remained painfully present in the music and lyrics most notably in the classic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" from "Wish You Were Here".  “The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story” tells the full bizarre, tragic but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett with contributions from all the members of Pink Floyd plus friends, managers and lovers. Bonus material includes extended interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Robyn Hitchcock. - Otmoor Productions Ltd. BBC  2001