Beyond the Beyond

Non-idiomatic sounds for non-idiomatic people

Month: January 2010

January 26, 2010

Jan 26

  • Samuel Hugenin, “Spilt”, Symbolic Quartet, Unit
  • James Carney Group, “Failout”, Ways and Means, Songlines Superimpose, “IMHK”, Talk Talk, Leo
  • Gordon Grdina/Jesse Zubot/Eyvind Kang/Peggy Lee, “Wide Open”, The Breathing of Statues, Songlines
  • Positive Catastrophe, “Stillness/Life”, Garabatos Vol. One, Cuneiform
  • Stekpanna, “The Ballad of Heavyweight Champions” Starlight Barking, Slam
  • Led Bib, “Zone 4”, Sensible Shoes, Cuneiform Evan Parker, “Set Pt.2”, Set, psi Records
  • Fred Anderson, “21st Century Chase Pt.1”, 21st Century Chase, Delmark
  • Lull, “Longing For Poetry”, The Zipper, Leo

Transmorphous Sound Ensemble, Live at LOLA, January 22nd

Here are photos,courtesy of Paul Walde, of our gig at Museum London last Friday and a link of a recording of it.

http://www.chrismeloche.com/TSE-LOLA-1-22-10.htm

Transmorphous Sound Ensemble, January 22nd at Museum London

Here is some of the publicity we’ve received so far about the gig.

http://www.lfpress.com/entertainment/music/2010/01/22/12566491.html

http://www.thelondoner.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2271634&auth=Darin%20Addison,%20Special%20to%20The%20Londoner

http://www.uwogazette.ca/2010/01/19/lola-series-starts-strong-with-jazz-trio/

January 19, 2010

Jan. 19

  • Fred Anderson, “Ode to Alvin Fielder”, 21st Century Chase, Delmark
  • Evan Parker, “Set Pt1”, Set, psi Records
  • Amy Horsey, “Overture to The Queen of the Music Boxes”, Interview, Malasartes Musique
  • Shaman (Jean Derome/Joane Hetu), “Track 12”, Nous Percons Les Oreilles, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Lull, “Subversive Activities”, The Zipper, Leo
  • Positive Catastrophe, “Plena Seguiro”, Garabatos Vol. One, Cuneiform
  • Stekpanna, “Moscow Night Train” Starlight Barking, Slam Led Bib, “Yes, Again”, Sensible Shoes, Cuneiform
  • Lenoid Vintskevich/Nick Vintskevich/Joel Tyler/Kip Reed, “Song For Jeny”, Singularity, Slam

January 12, 2010

Jan. 12

  • Stekpanna, “Sunday” Starlight Barking, Slam
  • Led Bib, “Squirrel Carnage”, Sensible Shoes, Cuneiform
  • Lenoid Vintskevich/Nick Vintskevich/Joel Tyler/Kip Reed, “Dominicana”, Singularity, Slam
  • John Wolf Brennan, “Lost in Violin”, The Speed of Dark, Leo
  • Amy Horsey, “Musica Invisible”, Interview, Malasartes Musique
  • Shaman (Jean Derome/Joane Hetu), “Track 2”, Nous Percons Les Oreilles, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Lull, “Stide The Stroke”, The Zipper, Leo
  • Positive Catastrophe, “Stillness/Life”, Garabatos Vol. One, Cuneiform
  • Grosse Abfahrt, “Mo Frippy”, Vanity, Emanem
  • Joachim Gies&Sound/Body/Cells, “Overheated Rooms”, Shimmering, Leo

January 5, 2010

Jan. 5

  • Lull, “The Latchkey”, The Zipper, Leo
  • Positive Catastrophe, “Revamped”, Garabatos Vol. One, Cuneiform
  • Grosse Abfahrt, “Kablamo”, Vanity, Emanem
  • Univers Zero, “Parade”, Relaps, Cuneiform
  • Joachim Gies&Sound/Body/Cells, “Pure White”, Shimmering, Leo
  • Sandro Schneebeli, “Bonago”, Scala Nobile, Unit
  • Oliver Tabeling Trio, “Caspar By Starlight”, Walking Along The River,Unit
  • Lenoid Vintskevich/Nick Vintskevich/Joel Tyler/Kip Reed, “Penguins In Detroit”, Singularity, Slam
  • John Wolf Brennan, “Last Inferno“, The Speed of Dark, Leo
  • Amy Horsey, “Apparatus Inconinnus”, Interview, Malasartes Musique
  • Shaman (Jean Derome/Joane Hetu), “Track 1“, Nous Percons Les Oreilles, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Furt, “Limen “II”, Sense, psi Records

Old Cindytalk disc still speaks to me

It’s funny how we react to rediscovered old gems.

The news that Editions Mego released a new Cindytalk disc The Crackle Of My Soul in November was jarring on a few levels.

One, I wasn’t even aware that Gordon Sharp was still making music. The answer to that was quickly solved by going to Wikipedia.

Indeed, Sharp has busy in numerous capacities since his Scottish band of sonic explorers unleashed their masterpiece, “In This World”, back in 1988.

The second was the memories that I had when I first encountered this disc.  Music elicits different emotions in different people, but few talk about pieces of music that scared or disturbed them.

I first heard “In This World” on a weekly Toronto campus radio show devoted to experimental music and sound art. As with all memorable musical discoveries, I happened to hear one of the tracks midway through.

I had no idea who it was or what label it was on, though the haunting and hushed voice and gauzy, ethereal atmospherics sounded familiar.

I thought he might be someone that might new to 4AD label that I wasn’t aware of.

It turns out I was partially right. Sharp was, indeed, one of the vocalists on the debut This Mortal Coil album It’ll End in Tears (1984), adding vocals to “Kangaroo”, “Fond Affections” and “A Single Wish”.

Around the same time, Sharp and company had released, Camouflage Heart, but I was not’ aware of that.

In This World, it turns out  was recorded over a period of three years  and consisted of  two albums of the same name released simultaneously. The first album was a noisy, industrial affair, full of Neubauten/Test Department banging and howling

the second, an album of creaky ambience featuring Sharp’s improvised piano experiments. In This World also featured an uncredited collaboration with feminist punk writer Kathy Acker (Janey’s Love).

My top 15 of '09

Phosphor, “II”, (Potlach)
Electric Cowboy Cacophony, “Shark Guitar”, (Sumtone)
John Butcher Group, “somethingtobesaid”, (Weight of Wax)
Nudge, “As Good As Gone”, (Kranky)
Not The Wind, Not The Flag (Colin Fisher and Brendan Valdivia),
“Tintinabulum”, (Barnyard Records)
Cannibal Corpse, “Evisceration Plague”, (Metal Blade)
Maja Ratkje, “Cyborgic”, (Rune Grammofon)
The Tony Wilson Sextet, “The People Look Like Flowers At Last”, (Drip Audio)
Evelyn Petrova, “Living Water”, (Leo)
Furt, “Sense”, (psi Records)
Behemoth, “Evangelion”, (Metal Blade)
Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble, “Our Hospitality”, (TRIO Records)
Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone, “Thin Air”, (Thirsty Ear)

Highlight of the Year: Cannibal Corpse, Mayhem Festival Festival, Phoenix,
Arizona.
Temperature:115 degrees in the shade.
CC were rightfully surly because of stage complications that forced them to
shorten their set. Consequently, they unleashed their molten, metal wrath on
an audience that tried to stand its ground in a parking lot, amidst a
swirling, dust storm that threatened to the blow the stage over. It was a
perfect storm of man and nature’s sound and fury. It was “Live and
Dangerous”, to quote Thin Lizzy, and it was bliss.

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