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










http://www.stevereich.com/

Friday, 6 July 2018

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



https://emerge.bandcamp.com/album/36-futurologischer-congress
https://emerge.bandcamp.com/track/vava-vol

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









https://www.discogs.com/artist/75567-Doris-Norton
http://www.futurestyle.org/archives/n/nortonDoris.htm
http://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2012/09/doris-norton-interview-jacula-antonius.html


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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










Monday, 4 June 2018

Marilyn Donadt's Sound Sculpture 'The Wing' - June 04, 2018






Marilyn Donadt performing a 12:19 version of her Sound Sculpture 'The Wing'.




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Thanks to Ork Wurzel.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Ties, Tracks and a Tunnel - June 1, 2018


A recent urbex reveals a stack of rotting railway ties, tracks leading into the blackness of a lone tunnel, graffiti stained concrete walls, an oddly walled off door and light at the end of it all.















All photos by Vava Vol © 2018


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Friends of Ambient # 28 - May 21, 2018



Please welcome Friends of Ambient #28 released today!
Album cover by Lutz Thuns





Have a listen to "The Apparition" 
my track with Lutz on Friends of Ambient #28!
Artwork by Thierry Desclez




https://lutzthuns.bandcamp.com/
soundcloud.com/lutz-thuns 
www.facebook.com/thierrydesclez?fref=ts 


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Frédéric Acquaviva - News #59 – May/June 2018 - May 15, 2018




News #59 May/June 2018 includes a book of 120 scores published by Les Presses du Réel and Al Dante, exhibitions at Musée Le Carroi, Chinon and MAC, Pérouges plus a presentation at the Tate Modern and a concert at Iklectik in London.





Saturday, 12 May 2018

Suzanne Ciani - Italian American Pianist, Composer and Sound Designer - May 12, 2018






"Suzanne began her life with music at the age of seven when her mother brought home a collection of classical albums from a neighborhood fire sale. As the third of six children in a busy suburban household near Boston, Suzanne found her own space by teaching herself to play the piano and to read music.

As an undergraduate at Wellseley College, Suzanne began dividing her time between performance and composition. She also began her fascination with technology when one of her classes took a field trip to nearby M.I.T., where a professor demonstrated his early attempts to make a computer produce the sound of a violin. Upon graduation, she went to the University of California at Berkeley to continue her studies in composition. She received her Masters Degree in composition there, but more importantly, at nearby Stanford University and Mills College, she met three of the founders of electronic music: John Chowning, Max Matthews and Don Buchla.

Suzanne became entranced with the ability to produce music with a machine, and she became a devotee of synthesizers for the next two decades. She has often joked that for at least ten years she was essentially married to her Buchla synth, and in fact she did leave the massive machine running for months at a time, programming it to compose and play endless compositions.

Suzanne believes that the synthesizer should follow its own course as an instrument, but her position ultimately lost out to those who wanted simple machines that duplicated the sounds of other instruments and had preset voices. As this change in the world of electronic music and instruments came about, Suzanne found herself returning to classical instrumentation in support of her melodies, culminating in her Grammy-nominated album for piano and orchestra, "Dream Suite." This same sensibility is evident in "Pianissimo II" and "Turning" as well." - Discogs















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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Open Strum's new instrumental "Rising Eagle" Featuring Jared Scharff - April 29, 2018



Open Strum features Michel Goguen, a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.  He writes rock and world music using open tunings on guitar which allow him to create multi-layered sounds.  Open tunings were made popular by artists like Jimi Page, Joni Mitchell and Keith Richards.  Michel loves to collaborate with local and international artists and teams up with other musicians for his songs.



For example, the new single “Lover’s Lane”, produced by Sebastien Michaud (les Païens), features a duet with Rosie Laricchiuta (la Voix).  His recently released single “Rising Eagle” features Jared Scharff (lead guitarist on Saturday Night Live) and Danny Bourgeois on drums.

A recent honor for Open Strum happened when the song “Amour en majuscule” reached the semi-finals in the Canadian Songwriting  Competition.  It is a great example of the uplifting and strong music that Open Strum creates.


Recent honors:
*Amour en majuscule –Semi-Finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition
*Lion’s Drum – Finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition







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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Deserted Buildings in Montreal - April 14, 2017

This is the second installation of my photographs of deserted manufacturing and other disused buildings which I took while cycling in and around the southwest district of Montreal and the Old Port a few summers ago.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did photographing them.