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2013 review and 57 Notable Netlabel releases

Sunday, 12 December 2013

I’ve gotten a bit wordy in previous year-end review blog posts, so this time I’m going to keep it a little simpler. The deal is this: I’m going to post five lists of 2013 releases: one each detailing all of the releases of the year on my three netlabels Vuzh Music, Dystimbria and Derivative and then one listing all of my own stuff that was put out on various netlabels this year. I’d be very pleased if you took the time to listen to some of them.
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After that is the list of my favorite things I found from listening to netlabel music this year. I’ve got 57 titles to recommend this time. I’ll try to write a few descriptive words for each of the things in that list.
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If you want to look at my previous year-end lists, here’s 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
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Everything listed below is free to download (with the exception of my cassette release “Hold Music”… it is obtainable by trading or paying)
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2013 Releases on Vuzh Music

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Le Berger – “Trivial Cataclysms”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/trivial.html
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Mysterybear – “the Quiet Sun”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/sun.html
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Leo Bettinelli / Jaume Muntsant – “Wingu”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/wingu.html
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Daniel Barbiero – “Four Transformations”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/transform.html
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Miquel Parera – “MUME Selections”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/mume.html
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Schemawound – “Occupy Dreamland”
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/occupy.html
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Caroline Park – “RIM”
http://vuzhmusic.com/releases/rim.html


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2013 Releases on Derivative Netlabel

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C. Reider – “the Conjuncts”
http://www.deriv.cc/works/?p=50
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Kid Feardive – “Toyland”
http://www.deriv.cc/works/?p=200
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A Small Glass Ghost – “Fake Beats”
http://www.deriv.cc/works/?p=245
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Various Artists – “and…and…and… (Disquiet Junto derivations of The Conjuncts by C. Reider)”
http://www.deriv.cc/works/?p=264


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2013 Releases on Dystimbria

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Schemawound – “Beasts (Homonculus-Basilisk)”
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/BEASTS%28Homunculus-Basilisk%29/16864
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Scott Lawlor – “The Ebb and Flow of the Cycle of Time”
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/The+Ebb+and+Flow+of+the+Cycle+of+Time/16865
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Katie Gately – “Across the River”
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/Across+the+River/16884
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the Icarus Descent – “Forsaken Ghosts”
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/Forsaken+Ghosts/17002


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2013 Releases by C. Reider on various netlabels

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C. Reider – “Edge and Artifact” (Ilse Netlabel)
http://ilse.bandcamp.com/album/edge-and-artifact
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C. Reider – “the Conjuncts” (Derivative Netlabel)
http://www.deriv.cc/works/?p=50
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C. Reider – “Failing CD Player” (Ideal State No Number Series)
http://idealstatenonumberseries.bandcamp.com/album/failing-cd-player
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C. Reider – “Hold Music” (Vuzh Music)
http://c-reider.bandcamp.com/album/hold-music
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C. Reider – “Oído con plomo” (Impulsive Habitat)
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab081.htm


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Fifty-Seven Notable Netlabel Releases of 2013

(presented alphabetically)
Since this list is kind of daunting, I’ve denoted “can’t miss” items with a little pulsing GOLD STAR GIF … but seriously, if you just picked a few of these albums at random and downloaded them, you’d have one hell of an interesting playlist.
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Meanwhile, here’s a mix “cloudcast” I made with a bunch of cool tracks from many of these records. Listen while you read?
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Notable Netlabel Music 2013 by Vuzh on Mixcloud



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@c – Half-Life, Still Life
Crónica – CC BY SA Derivs allowed!
http://www.cronicaelectronica.org/?p=077

Art music composed for various installations and commissions. Computer collisions of percussion and field recordings.


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Aerosol Constellations – Things Will Never Be the Same
Panospria – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://www.notype.com/drones/cat.e/pan_077/

Dronestuff with various skitterings and scatterings.


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Alozeau and Miquel Parera – Five Structures and a Cold Void
Treetrunk – CC BY SA Derivs allowed!
http://treetrunkrecords.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/miquel-parera-and-alozeau-five-structures-and-a-cold-void-treetrunk-270/

A departure for perennial favorite Miquel Parera. Rhythmic loops and textures and gestures join with the long dronings.


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Avelino Saavedra – MUD
Audiotalaia – Conflicted licensing! Listed as CC BY NC ND at label’s site & CC BY NC SA at archive. Forced to presume: No derivs!
http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at063-avelino-saavedra/

A beautiful collection of explorations using a massive Udu drum run through processing, used in feedback experiments, and simply played with light delay. I like the focus of using a single sound source and finding as many unique sounds & approaches as you can. Really great stuff here.


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Daniel Barbiero – Allusions to Fogs and Liquids (Complex Silence 37)
Treetrunk – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://treetrunkrecords.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/daniel-barbiero-complex-silence-37-treetrunk-275/

Slow, overtone-rich improvisation on double-bass.


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Lali Barrière – Unknotted
Audiotalaia – Conflicted licensing! Listed as CC BY NC ND at label’s site & CC BY NC SA at archive. Forced to presume: No derivs!
http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at067-Lali-Barriere

A pair of improvisatory explorations with everyday objects. Quiet, intimate… a perfect opportunity for attentive listening.


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Tommy Birchett + Ben Owen – Untitled Improvisation
Homophoni – License not listed No derivs!
http://homophoni.com/homo054.html

A hushed improvisation using glass, motors & maxMSP.


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Adrià Bofarull & Joan Saura – Cràter
TecnoNucleo – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://www.tecnonucleo.org/index.php?page=release&release=38

Musique Concrète. Embarrassingly, I had presumed for most of the year that this was a collaboration between two women, due to my American associations with those names, but Bofarull and Saura are men. I guess that has nothing to do with the sound, just a thing.


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CDRX – Greetings from Heidiland
Eg0cide – CC BY SA Derivs allowed!
http://eg0cide.com/2013/03/03/eg0_092-cdrx-greetings-from-heidiland/

A confounding collage of processed site recordings and electronic additions. The sounds for this thematic tribute to Switzerland were chosen because the composer felt they were “typically Swiss”.


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Marti Guillem Ciscar – VIBRASÒ // RotorNoRoto
Audiotalaia – Conflicted licensing! Listed as CC BY NC ND at label’s site & CC BY NC SA at archive. Forced to presume: No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/at066MartiGuillem

Pretty cool sounds here, the first track made with objects vibrating due to synth-driven speaker cones, some un-effected sounds and some computer manipulation. The second is made from a turntable motor interacting with other sounding objects.


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Cloud City Cars – & The Cult of Fine Cabinetry
self released – CC BY NC Derivs allowed!
http://cloudcitycars.bandcamp.com/album/the-cult-of-fine-cabinetry

Opiated loops of what sounds like an extremely distorted guitar with all the high end rolled off. Works for me.


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Viv Corringham – Gum + Butts
Linear Obsessional – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/gum-butts

The document of a somewhat incredible project wherein Corringham does site recordings in various places while improvising a vocal performance (mostly extended techniques, and some freeform sung tones) in response to the space and to what she hears. This kind of interaction with environmental sound is thoroughly intriguing to me, especially when done with something so intimate as human voice. I often find myself responding to this album with my own vocalizations, allowing my own surrounding environmental sounds to intermingle while listening, all barriers falling away. This is a captivating recording, I can’t recommend it enough.


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Alan Morse Davies & Mysterybear – Sing Men and Women!
At Sea / self released – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://mysterybear.bandcamp.com/album/sing-men-and-women

Deep electronic drone music. The oscillations and interferences in these long drones kind of turn my brain into half-melted margarine.


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Joshua Davison – I Been Thinking Of The Universe
Jackknife Barlow – CC BY NC Derivs allowed!
http://jackknifebarlow.bandcamp.com/album/i-been-thinking-of-the-universe

Sparse modular synth patterns recalling ’70s works by TanDream, Mother Mallard, Ashra, or perhaps more appropriately, recalling the synth revivalism of bands like Forma. One track title name-checks Vangelis. I’m suspicious of myself for liking this, wondering if it stems from a nostalgic bent, but I do like it, so I guess that’s that.


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D’Incise – De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari
Reductive – no license listed No derivs!
http://www.cimaural.net/reductivemusic/dincise.html

Minimal rumbles & high pitched pings for 15 minutes. Toward the end of it, there’s some kind of squishy sounds


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Eucci – Dirty Modern Tapes 2013
self released – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://sunhill.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-modern-tapes-2013

Noisy modular synth music. Sounds like at any minute it might go blasto.


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Evematic – Bisonogram
Earthrid – Copyright No derivs!
http://earthrid.bandcamp.com/album/bisonogram

This album is by an artist named Eve Thacker, who died in January of this year. Earthrid re-released this 2004 album as a free download in memory of her. Synthy percussives & not-quite melodies. The album kinda goes back & forth between dark-ish, moody constructions and then beepy, boopy tone-loops that tumble around in a lopsided groove. Circa-1985 this might have been called “industrial music” (Trent Reznor hadn’t yet hit puberty, so lunk-headed rock music wasn’t de rigeur in that most debased of genres). The album could’ve done with some editing, most tracks have a charming “unfinished” quality about them, but some tracks ~really~ sound unfinished. Even so, I’ve enjoyed listening to it.


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Cosmo Gardner + Jack Harris + Samuel Rodgers – we’ve had enough of this powdered wig algebra
Homophoni – no license listed No derivs!
http://homophoni.com/homo055.html

Three improvisors in a state of near suspended animation; this is exceptionally restrained. At times all you hear is the sound of the performers listening.


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Mario Guida – FlussoSottile
Batenim – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://www.batenimnetlabel.net/BN_LP005_05_13.html

Ringing resonances and jittery granulations.


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Half Evidence – Le Cachot Lumineux
Eg0cide – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/eg0_088_237

A half-an-hour-long piece of gently droned & plucked & scraped stringed instruments.


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Kev Hopper – Tonka Beano
Linear Obsessional – License varies by track, some deriv, some ND
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/tonka-beano

Love that album title. This is big collection of fun, weird, little proto-techno rhythm studies. Could’ve done with a bit of editorial trimming, but yeah.


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The Implicit Order – Drifters
self released – CC BY ND No derivs!
http://theimplicitorder.bandcamp.com/album/drifters

Anthony’s work in recent years seems to have made a turn into explicitly melancholy territory, this one is just about as sad as you can get. He takes inspiration from having known a young transient girl who was murdered by a drifting psychopath, apparently. All the normal elements are here for a work by IO, liberal sampling from musical & TV sources make up just about everything you hear.


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ISZ -Miquel Isaza- – 200X
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab068.htm

From a very quiet start, it builds into a sprawling swampscape of insects & amphibian buzzes & burbles.


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Jatun – The Mass of Portland
self released – Copyright No derivs!
http://jatun.bandcamp.com/album/the-mass-of-portland

A lo-fi loop of some faux-primitive drumming backed with some vinyl crackle develops as droning synth & guitar enter the mix. Effectively the synth/guitar drone feels like a coda, but it lasts for most of the duration of the 45 minute long piece.


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John Kannenberg – Audio Tour: The 4’33″ Museum – Collection 2
Stasisfield – Copyright No derivs!
http://www.stasisfield.com/releases/year11/sf-11002.html

Kannenberg’s project of doing site recording at museums around the world is further documented here, with a series of four minute, thirty-three second long excerpts, his “secret performances” of John Cage’s well known composition.


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‘kirchenkampf’ – Europa
self released – Copyright No derivs!
http://kirchenkampf.bandcamp.com/track/europa

Synth-based space music from this old comrade.


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Kirill Platonkin – Clouds for Breakfast
Xylem – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/clouds-for-breakfast

A great goulash of sound, everything is thrown into the pot… toy instrument noodling, spacey organs, field recordings, snippets of Russian folk-pop, just sorta whatever. This kind of thing could end up being an overcooked mush, but all the flavors blend together pretty well. I’m hungry now, stupid metaphor.


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Jeff Kolar – Ice Cream Truck Songs
self released – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://jeffkolar.us/icecreamtrucksongs

I guess that ice cream trucks’ music is generated by little electronic devices, and I guess this guy got a bunch of them and circuit bent them. Very brief, sweet little blast of spasming circuitry.


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Le Berger – Variations on Not Too Much Really
self released – CC BY SA Derivs allowed!
http://leberger.bandcamp.com/album/variations-on-not-too-much-really

A collection of brief, pretty, modally interrelated guitar loops with all the rough edges sanded off. I could see these used to good effect as soundtrack music for some moody independent film.


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Norah Lorway – i’ve had dreams like this
Earthrid – Copyright No derivs!
http://earthrid.bandcamp.com/album/ive-had-dreams-like-this

Ambient compositions with enough variety of mood & tone to keep my interest.


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Marsh and May – Falling, More Slowly
Linear Obsessional – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/falling-more-slowly

This one really knocked my head around. It fakes you out by setting up an expectation of one thing with it’s almost trad-jazz sounding intro, but then the sound of the piano, drums & standup bass dissolve away, leaving twitching effected remnants. The instrumentation doesn’t actually change much throughout, but due to effects and extended techniques they aren’t so recognizable. A touchstone for what is up here might be a band like Supersilent, but that band’s approach (from what I’ve heard of it) is kind of a saturated, claustrophobic, heavy hallucinatory trip, whereas Marsh & May have a softer touch, exploring an airy, wide-open-spaces surrealism. This is a total pleasure to listen to.


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Makoto Masui – Silence+
ElementPerspective – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://elementperspective04.bandcamp.com/album/silence

Birds and languid keyboard playing. Simple & clean. Short enough that it leaves you wanting more.


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James McDougall / Philip Sulidae – Ecological anti realism
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab071.htm

As per the normal with the Impulsive Habitat netlabel, this is based on field recordings. There may be some electronic post-processing, it’s really hard to say for sure. There’s very little to give context to the sounds, they just exist as something to listen to. Good album title, nice work.


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Christopher McFall – Quivering into your Night Blood Radio
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab064.htm

Look, it says “Christopher McFall” on the cover, so you need to get it. High quality, as usual.


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Hal McGee & Jukka Pekka Kervinen – Nonsense About Espresso
Tharoop – CCBY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://tharoop.blogspot.com/2013/06/thar030-hal-mcgee-jukka-pekka-kervinen.html

A brief little chaotic abstracted sound blast. Both of these artists have worked with speaking voice quite a bit, so definitely expect some of that. Wait, nevermind, expect nothing… that’ll serve you better.


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Abdul Moimême – Mekhaanu – La forêt des mécanismes sauvages
Insubordinations – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://insub.org/insubcd08/

Clangor! A bunch of improvisations with two prepared guitars. I love it.


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Monoiz – Multiplied Phoneme
Crazy Language – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://crazylanguage.bandcamp.com/album/cl-043-monoiz-multiplied-phoneme

I try out a fair bit of minimal techno from netlabels, but it’s rarely very satisfying. A bit too much corn syrup & artificial coloring. This one is not a barn-burner or anything but I did enjoy it, as it seems to take its cues from Ryoji Ikeda rather than Tipper.


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Morphine Bandit – Shamanic Anesthesia
Eg0cide – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
https://archive.org/details/eg0_086

Boy, I really hate that album title. Doesn’t matter though, these are very satisfying, pulsing drones.


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Mystified – Music for Journeys
Treetrunk – CC BY Derivs allowed!
https://archive.org/details/Music_For_Journeys

Thomas Park’s scaled back his normally gargantuan efforts for the last year or so, but he still put out a good few records this year. This one evokes the relentless plodding forward of tires on pavement and the descending, doppler-shifting moan of semi-tractor-trailor trucks passing heavily with a resigned momentum.


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Juan Antonio Nieto – Out of the Blue
FugaDiscos – no license listed No derivs!
http://fugadiscos.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/juan-antonio-nieto-out-of-the-blue/

Very miminal ambient stuff.


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N.O.F.P. – Live @ Sonoscopia
Editora do Porto – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/edp061

Meant to mark the centenary of Luigi Russolo’s “Art of Noises” manifesto, this sounds like several performers with rattling, scraping, ratcheting metallic constructions (turns out they have a couple of intonarumori!) and some laptop manipulation (always hard to say with certainty what’s pre-recorded & what’s performed with this kind of thing). Portugal, Spain & Catalonia seem to be the places to be for contemporary musique concrete music, if I could, I’d consider a sound-tourism vacation.


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Lee Noyes & Massimo Magee – Lent
Nowaki – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://www.nowaki-music.org/album.php?id=172&L=1

I was really on an improvised music kick this year wasn’t I? This one has a lot of feedback, homebrew synthesis and piezo roughness. Nowaki doesn’t really allow a direct link to the album, so you’ll need to scroll down to find this album in their catalog.


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Ongaku2 – Short Stories
La Bél Netlabel – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://www.labelnetlabel.com/releases/short-stories-ongaku2

A bit of a snarky group name, right? Do they intend to be the sequel to Group Ongaku? First song sounds like a guitar & sax doing contemporary improvisation, that’s followed by a more tuneful piece with metal bowls and cello. It’s a bit of a back and forth between abstract approaches and tastefully restrained tunefulness. Instrumentation seems to change from track to track, always in pairs, so I’m presume there are two performers doing all this. Dunno, I really like it.


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Otra Carpeta – Tranparente
Audiotalaia – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at059-otra-carpeta/

A couple of piano based compositions and a couple of voice pieces. Really lovely. That first song seals the deal.


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Owl Brain Atlas – Snow Eater
suRRism-Phonoethics – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://surrism.phonoethics.com/release/owl-brain-atlas-snow-eater/

Frantic sound collages. I love this kind of stuff and it doesn’t seem like many people are doing it anymore. I know OBA is or was based in Boulder, and I think I read somewhere that she/he(?) is a poet primarily.


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Caroline Park – Field
Absence of Wax – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/CarolineParkfield

It’s a piano with one hell of a sustain pedal.


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Phirnis – Feeding Lions
Fwonk – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://fwonk.bandcamp.com/album/fw108-feeding-lions

Gobsmacking noise-ambient composition. I’ve only just started to listen to this one very recently, but it’s damned good.


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The Phreezound Orchestra
Happy Puppy Records – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Phreezound_Orchestra/The_Phreezound_Orchestra/

A collage of sounds derived from liberally licensed CC files taken from freesound.org. It coheres stupendously well.


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David Prescott-Steed – Soap
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab067.htm

A field recording of some mysterious machinery taken by mic’ing under a big iron door. Later on he found out that the place was a soap factory. From the liner notes: “Only later did a friend explain that what I’d found so aesthetically pleasing had likely been the sounds of grinding animal bones and bits. At this point, the alluring became the abject and I started to think about the ethics of listening.” For some reason these sounds are really alluring and hypnotizing, as ugly and grinding as they are. Now that I’m thinking about it, it kind of reminds me of that incredible noise piece “Das Schaben” on Einstürzende Neubauten’s “Halber Mensch” album that fucking re-aligned my head when I was sixteen.


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Red Fog – Zone of Avoidance
DNA Production – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/dna_146_red_fog_zone_of_avoidance

This guy just makes the most lush, vaporous drones.


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Oriol Rosell – [live]bcn260311
Republica Iberia Ruidista – no license listed No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/OriolRosellLivebcn260311

A couple of things I’ve been into lately is tones that are on the edge of perception… very high frequencies and very low ones. I am quite interested in how we listen to these tones, and the strange effect they have on the physical structures of the ear. I worked with these frequencies in my own “Edge and Artifact” from this year. This live performance (I’m guessing laptop) uses the same kinds of tones. Very little information that’s not at the edges of our hearing range.


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Richard Sanderson – Air Buttons
Linear Obsessional – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/air-buttons

This album only released this month, but I have no problem recommending it as one of the best of the year. The sound source is melodeon, and Sanderson takes us through many different techniques of either electronically mangling the sounds or leaving them raw.


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Schemawound – Haiku
Subterranean Tide – CC BY NC Derivs allowed!
http://www.subterraneantide.com/hk07-schemawound.html

Schemawound – Terraform Mars
Xylem – CC BY Derivs allowed!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/terraform-mars

Since I found out about him last year, Schemawound has put out a string of consistently good work. Subterranean Tide’s admirable Haiku project (wherein artists choose a haiku and make three tracks, one for each of the verses) has him contribute a calm, creepy set paired with a haiku about a gnawing larva. Terraform Mars is a set of rhythmic tracks with an industrial tinge. Schemawound has a painterly approach, taking the “soundscape” term literally by evoking landscapes with sound. Makes me curious if I’d think differently about these two pieces if they had different song titles.


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Sonologist – Ipotesi del Continuo
Petroglyph – CC BY NC ND No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/petroglyph_054_SONOLOGYST_Ipotesi_del_continuo

Studies in gesture and resonance.


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Piotr Tkacz & Alice Hui-Sheng Chang – micro
IdealState No Number Series – CC BY NC SA Derivs allowed!
http://idealstatenonumberseries.bandcamp.com/album/micro

A very tiny collection of improvisations with Tkacz using scraping, squeeking materials and Chang vocalizing primarily with extended techniques and using a looper to double her voice with a slight delay. I really liked this… and it’s so brief that I kind of wish there were more.


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Andrew Weathers, Erik Schoster & Jason Nanna – Translation
Basic Sounds – no license listed No derivs!
http://basicsounds.ca/2013/12/02/bsc_040/

From a very, very quiet, long fade in (it’s over five minutes before I can hear anything at all at a low-medium volume) these three improvisors build a thematically centered ambient moodscape. Instrumentation is guitar, laptop(s), microtonal modular synth and there may be sundry other soundmakers. Events seem to drift around each other while still hanging suspended, like a gently oscillating mobile. “In a Silent Way” is a possible touchstone, but what this more explicitly reminds me of is the ambient work of David Sylvian such as “Approaching Silence” and his collaboration with Holger Czukay “Plight and Premonition”. Like Sylvian’s work, this one veers dangerously close to feeling just slightly too precious, (sans the high-polish, there’s enough roughness in the mix here for me, (and after all, I do like those Sylvian things)).


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June Netlabel Recommendations

Saturday, 07 July 2013

Here are links to netlabel releases I enjoyed this June. All are free.
Go listen, go download.
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Carlos Suarez, 23RedAnts, MDMMEDipt
HAZE – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://h-a-z-e.org/archives/1728#.UdhdEVPOnE8
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Hal Mcgee & Jukka-Pekka KervinenNonsense About Espresso
Tharoop – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://tharoop.blogspot.com/2013/06/thar030-hal-mcgee-jukka-pekka-kervinen.html
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CinchelQuiet Nights, Lonesome Woods
Self Released – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://cinchel.bandcamp.com/album/quiet-nights-lonesome-woods
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Kirill PlatonkinClouds for Breakfast
Xylem – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/clouds-for-breakfast
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Norah LorwayFade
Xylem – Mixed licensing (CC BY NC ND & Copyright) – Boo! No derivs!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fade
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SchemawoundHaiku 07
Subterranean Tide – CC BY NC – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/HK07Schemawound
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Pedro Chambel, Bruno DuplantI do not really know what music is, but contrariwise quite rather well what is a sound
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab070.htm
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Philip Sulidae / James McDougallEcological Anti-Realism
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab071.htm
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Negative SpectrumBeneath
Xylem – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beneath
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‘kirchenkampf’Europa
Self Released – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://kirchenkampf.bandcamp.com/track/europa
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Marsh and MayFalling, More Slowly
Linear Obsessional – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/falling-more-slowly
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Mario GuidaFlussoSottile
Batenim – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://www.batenimnetlabel.net/BN_LP005_05_13.html
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Highway17Into the Grain
SuRRism-Phonoethics – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://surrism.phonoethics.com/release/highway17-into-the-grain/
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Jack HertzPicnic at La Brea
SuRRism-Phonoethics – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://surrism.phonoethics.com/release/jack-hertz-picnic-at-la-brea/
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Luis Ortegakonzequensyas
amplified.music.pollution – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/amp131
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N.O.F.P.Live @ Sonoscopia May 8, 2013
Editora Do Porto – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/edp061
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Adrià Bofarull & Joan SauraCràter
TecnoNucleo – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://tecnonucleo.org/index.php?page=release&release=38
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Caroline ParkField
Absence of Wax – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/CarolineParkfield
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CDRXthe same sunday afternoon as all the others
Buddhist on Fire – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/bof051
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Aerosol ConstellationsThings Will Never Be The Same
Panospria – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/pan077


May Netlabel Recommendations

Wednesday, 05 May 2013

Don’t just read this post.
Click the links… download / stream the stuff.
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Larry Johnson – Complex Silence 35
Treetrunk – CC BY NC ND / Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/ComplexSilence35
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Cullllt – Attached
Open Sound Group – CC BY NC ND / Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/Cullllt-Attached
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Owl Brain Atlas – Snow Eater
suRRism-Phonoethics – CC BY NC SA / Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/OWL_BRAIN_ATLAS/Snow_Eater/
(Frantic lo-fi collage w/ lotsa voice stuff. Haven’t heard much stuff in this vein since the tape days. Apparently this artist shares my home state… who knew?)
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Avelino Saavedra – Mud
Audiotalaia – CC BY NC SA / Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/at063mud
(An electronically enhanced exploration of the sounds possible within a single, large, clay udu drum)
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Carya Amara – Vestigial Digital
Earthrid – CC BY NC ND / Boo! No derivs!
http://caryaamara.bandcamp.com/album/vestigial-digital
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Alan Morse Davies & Mysterybear – Sing Men and Women!
At Sea – CC BY NC / Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/SingMenWomenPeople/
(Liner notes says that the sounds you can hear are primarily from wave interference – nothing fancy. I guess I’d take issue with that, this is plenty fancy indeed.)
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ISZ -Miguel Isaza- – 200X
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND / Boo! No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab068.htm
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Alozeau and Miquel Parera – Five Structures and a Cold Void
Treetrunk – CC BY SA / Yay! Derivs allowed!
https://archive.org/details/Five_Structures_And_A_Cold_Void
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D’Incise – De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari
Reductive Music – No License Listed / Boo! No derivs!
http://www.cimaural.net/reductivemusic/dincise.html
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Schemawound – Domestic Ghosts
Xylem – CC BY NC / Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/domestic-ghosts
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Matt Earle, Timothy Green, Adam Sussmann, Massimo Magee – Opera
IdealState No Number Series – CC BY NC SA / Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://idealstatenonumberseries.bandcamp.com/album/opera
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Open Sound Group – Penthouse
Open Sound Group – CC BY NC ND / Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/OpenSoundGroup-Penthouse


April Netlabel Recommendations

Sunday, 05 May 2013

Piotr Tkacz & Alice Hui-Sheng Chang – micro
IdealState No Number Series – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://idealstatenonumberseries.bandcamp.com/album/micro
(Improvised w/ weird scrapings plus extended techniques on vocal. Really good, but very short.)
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Iker Ormazabal / Oier Iruretagoiena – La Solana
Chirria Sello – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/CHS15__La_Solana_Iker_Ormazabal_Oier_Iruretagoiena
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The Implicit Order – Drifters
self released – CC BY ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://theimplicitorder.bandcamp.com/album/drifters
(A record with a sad premise, it’s based on an experience Anthony had knowing a young homeless girl who was murdered)
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Oriol Rosell – [live]bcn 260311
República Ibérica Ruidista – No license listed – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/OriolRosellLivebcn260311
(Fantastic work with pure-ish waves & noise. Lotsa high pitches & phase. This has only been downloaded 23 times?)
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CDRX – Greetings from Heidiland
Eg0cide – CC BY SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/eg0_092
(Freaking great collage work of field recordings with electronic modulation. I really like this.)
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@c – Half Life, Still Life
Crónica – CC BY SA (license only listed on BandCamp) – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://www.cronicaelectronica.org/?p=077
(ASCII pun on “at sea” aside, this is some really quite good electronic abstracted sound.)
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Red Fog – Zone of Avoidance
DNA Productions – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/dna_146_red_fog_zone_of_avoidance
(Gah, drooooooone, so good.)
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Alex Charles – Bowed Tape
self released – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://alexcharles.bandcamp.com/album/bowed-tape
(Quite a nice violin improvisation with effects)
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VeDaKR – Pred Osle
H-A-Z-E – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://h-a-z-e.org/archives/1585#.UYb7BYIuf7c
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John David Eriksen – Super Sensitive
Control Valve – License not listed – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/JohnDavidEriksen-SuperSensitive-Ctrlvlv043.zip
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Tom Ellard – Meteostat 2004
Severed Heads – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://severedheads.bandcamp.com/album/meteosat-2004
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Wings of an Angel – Apocalyptic Love Poems for the End of the World
self released – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://wingsofanangel.bandcamp.com/album/apocalyptic-love-poems-for-the-end-of-the-world
(I CAN NOT STAND the foofy titles to the songs (example: “Perhaps I’ve Failed, Perhaps I’ve Been Wrong My Entire Life, But My Lifelong Sadness Has Never Been As Beautiful As It Has Been On This Everlasting Night” *barf*) and that prejudices me against liking this stuff too much… I don’t know if it’ll survive for long on my hard drive, even though I’ve enjoyed the music.)
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Transparent Body – Black Lights from the Wandering Stars
self released – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://transparentbody.bandcamp.com/album/black-lights-from-the-wandering-stars
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Rafael Gonzàlez / Slo-Blo – Sketches of Hz Flapping
Tape Safe – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/RafaelGonzlezslo-blosketchesOfHzFlappingSplitEp
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ZeroInfo – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://zeroinfo.bandcamp.com/album/–15
(David Nemeth said it first, and I agree, it is kind of silly for an anonymous record to be put out with a restrictive copyright license.)
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Cinchel – Diamond in the Rough
self released – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://cinchel.bandcamp.com/album/diamond-in-the-rough
(Always worth following this guy, he does some really cool stuff!)
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Blackdaylight – Nemesis
Kreislauf – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://kreislauf.org/v10/?p=1823
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The Inner Shore – Silver Rectangles Reflections
Textural Records – No license listed – Boo! No derivs!
http://textural-rec.com/silver-rectangles-reflections/
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Evematic – Bisonogram
Earthrid – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://earthrid.bandcamp.com/album/bisonogram
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Juan Antonio Nieto – Out of the Blue
Fugadiscos – License not listed – Boo! No derivs!
http://fugadiscos.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/juan-antonio-nieto-out-of-the-blue/
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Jatun – The Mass of Portland
self released – Copyright – Boo! No derivs!
http://jatun.bandcamp.com/album/the-mass-of-portland
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Luciftias vs. Ghosts Don’t Exist – Suspended Blades
Eg0cide – CC BY NC SA – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://eg0cide.bandcamp.com/album/eg0-094-suspended-blades
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nojoined – Steady State
aReW – Public Domain CC0 – Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/nojoined-steadystate
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Andrew Young – Inkplaces
Spectropol – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://spectropolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/inkplaces
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Sonologist – Ipotesi del Continuo
Petroglyph – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/petroglyph_054_SONOLOGYST_Ipotesi_del_continuo
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Christian Doil – MorseMusic
Treetrunk – CC BY NC ND – Boo! No derivs!
https://archive.org/details/morsemusic


March Netlabel Recommendations

Saturday, 03 March 2013

Juan Antonio Nieto – Test
SuRRRism Phonoethics – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/Test/9741
(Musique Concréte in a strict-ish sense. Acousmatic. Pretty much fucking fantastic.)
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Kanukanakina – Triplo-67
Editora Do Porto – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/edp059
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David J Fonseca – Re Menor
Audiotalaia – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/at060ReMenor
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Jukka Pekka Kervinen – Eight Oxymora
Ilse – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://ilse.bandcamp.com/album/eight-oxymora
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Elizabeth Veldon – Golden Lads and Lassies Must as Chimney Sweeps All Turn to Dust
self released – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://elizabethveldon.bandcamp.com/track/golden-lads-and-lassies-must-as-chimney-sweeps-all-turn-to-dust
(Droooooooooooooooooonnnnne)
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Kev Hopper – Tonka Beano
Linear Obsessional – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/tonka-beano
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Nobodisoundz – Invocation
Etched Traumas – no license listed Boo! No derivs!
http://www.etchedtraumas.net/discography/invocation/
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Norah Lorway – I’ve Had Dreams Like This
Earthrid – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://earthrid.bandcamp.com/album/ive-had-dreams-like-this
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Harnes Kretzer – Randomize
Withering Trees – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/Randomize
(Gurdonark recommended this… it’s easy to see the connection)
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Metal Wind – Ancient Sounds Revival
Textural Records – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://metalwind.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-sounds-revival
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Ongaku2 – Short Stories
La Bel Netlabel – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/lbn018Ongaku2-shortStories
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JHACK – Silent Water Deep Ground
Hazard Records – Public Domain Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/hr075
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Ryan Roth – Distilled Corruption
Xylem Records – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/distilled-corruption
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Ammonites – 33.3
Reverb Worship – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://ammonites.bandcamp.com/album/333
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Joshua Davison – I Been Thinking of the Universe
self released – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://jackknifebarlow.bandcamp.com/album/i-been-thinking-of-the-universe
(Modular synth patterns + guitar. This is Kosmische with a Kapital K. It threatens toward nostalgia, but somehow I still enjoy it.)
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Onichomp – 86ES
Silent Flow – Listed as CC, but license not specified – Boo! No derivs!
http://silent.com.md/onichomp-86es-slnt043/
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Morphine Bandit – Smokescreen
self released – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://morphinebandit.bandcamp.com/album/smokescreen
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David Prescott-Steed – Soap
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab067.htm
(Engaging site recording of a soap factory in Australia)
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Kid Feardive – Haiku
Subterranean Tide – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
https://soundcloud.com/subterraneantide/sets/hk02kidfeardive


February Netlabel Recommendations

Thursday, 02 February 2013

Here’s some stuff I have enjoyed this month, I’m pretty sure it’s all free this time. Not all of it’s new, there’s a couple of older things listed.
I don’t want to alphabetize, this is in no particular order.
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Elizabeth Veldon – Ecce Homo
Self Released – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://elizabethveldon.bandcamp.com/album/ecce-homo
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The Implicit Order – Mystery Worlds
Wholeness – CC BY ND Boo! No derivs!
http://theimplicitorder.bandcamp.com/album/mystery-worlds
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Pato Cós – Parede Que Me Toca
Black Square – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/BS072
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Darvillers Ghost – The Grey Heaven
Textural Records – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://textural-rec.com/the-grey-heaven/
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Meho – Crna Zemlja
Eg0cide – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://eg0cide.com/2013/02/01/eg0_087-meho-crna-zemlja/
(No ID3 tags! Boo)
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Booby Mason & Omutt – Split
H.A.K. Lo-Fi Record – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/HAK241
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Alphaxone – Across the Grooves
Webbed Hand – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://webbedhandrecords.com/wh254-alphaxone-across-the-grooves-ep/
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Half Evidence – Le Cachot Lumineux
Eg0cide – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://eg0cide.com/2013/02/05/eg0_088-half-evidence-le-cachot-lumineux/
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Damian Valles – Temporal
Absence of Wax – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/DamianVallestemporal
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Morphine Bandit – Shamanic Anaesthesia
Eg0cide – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://archive.org/details/eg0_086
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Christopher McFall – Quivering Into Your Blood Night Radio
Impulsive Habitat – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab064.htm
(Website auto-plays the audio! Boo)
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Various Artists / Schemawound – Body Movements
Self Released – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://music.schemawound.com/album/body-movements
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Alex Charles & Richard Sanderson – The Fleet’s Lit Up
Three Legs Duck – CC BY SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://threelegsduck.bandcamp.com/album/the-fleets-lit-up
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Cloud City Cars – Bar Wolf
Self Released – Copyright Boo! No derivs!
http://cloudcitycars.bandcamp.com/album/bar-wolf
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Otra Carpeta – Transperente
Audiotalaia – CC BY NC SA Yay! Derivs allowed!
http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at059-otra-carpeta/
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Eucci – LGL Winter
Rive – CC BY NC ND Boo! No derivs!
http://archive.org/details/rive053
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Caroline Park – Dirim
Pure Potentiality – No License Listed Boo! No derivs!
http://www.blanksound.org/2011/08/dirim-on-pure-potentiality.html


January recommendations

Saturday, 02 February 2013

New stuff I’ve heard this January that I liked:
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Cinchel – Isolation Experiments vol 1
http://cinchel.bandcamp.com/album/isolation-experiments-vol-1
It’s 3 bucks. The rest of the stuff I’m listing is free.
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Abdul Moimème – Mekhaanu – La forêt des mécanismes sauvages
http://www.insubordinations.net/releasescd08.html
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Mystified – Music for Journeys
http://archive.org/details/Music_For_Journeys
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Gerald Fiebig – Piano Decay
http://archive.org/details/Piano_Decay
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Schemawound – @@trancount
http://music.schemawound.com/album/trancount
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ETA:
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Miquel Parera Jaques – nx011-2013-01
http://sonicsquirrel.net/detail/release/nx011-2013_01/16743


2012

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

2012 was a good year for me. I was very productive creatively.
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It was also a good year for netlabel music, I found a ton of good stuff to listen to. For the last several years, I’ve done a write-up of some of my favorite netlabel things released during the previous twelve months. I’m doing it again this year with this blog post, but before moving on to my end of year recommendations, I would like to call attention to the work I was personally involved in during 2012.
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Two of my albums came out this year:

Buddha Reduction” on Vuzh Music
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One of the Drone Boys” on Linear Obsessional.
Both are free downloads with CC licenses allowing for non-commercial derivative work.


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Inarguably the biggest thing I did this year was curate and open an exhibition of sound art, which was visited by hundreds of people in Fort Collins, Colorado, made possible through the financial support of Front Range Community College and guided by my Museum and Gallery Studies instructor Jennie Kiessling. It was titled Sound Through Barriers, and included performances by Jeph Jerman and Cheryl Leonard. The exhibition & performances are extensively documented at the website with TONS of photos and TONS of sound recordings and a big curatorial statement that distills some of my thoughts about listening. Hope you’ll read it if you haven’t.


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http://youtu.be/iOnXNknsrgQ,
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and here’s another one of the performances (audio only this time) on SoundCloud:


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Vuzh Music released eight albums this year by the following artists:

Each one is free to download.


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Just like last year’s best-of, I’m only going to recommend free downloads, because that’s primarily what I listen to.
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I’m again calling special attention to those releases with licensing allowing for derivative work. I am currently working on a new set of music based entirely on samples of netlabel music with this kind of open licensing. I’m drawing samples from a diverse set of artists and transforming them into new works. This process has been very exciting, not only for me creatively, but also because it deepens my appreciation for the original works. I appreciate artists who allow for derivatives, extra hoorays for them! Derivative-friendly licenses get a happy Bush badge, unfriendly licenses get an EVIL CHENEY badge.
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Again I’d like to encourage more promotion of this type of underground music. How is anyone supposed to find out about underappreciated music if you don’t tell someone about it? Don’t assume that any of this music, or any other netlabel music you find has no problem attracting listeners, often very few people ever listen to this music. Unknown artists really made an effort to do good work, and they want listeners, so do your part and tell someone if you like a netlabel release. Please.
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This list is not qualitatively ordered, it’s alphabetical, so please don’t glean any kind of meaning from placement.
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PLEASE share any of your favorite netlabel releases from 2012 in the comments to this post. I and the readers of this post may have missed something really good.
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30 Notable Netlabel Releases of 2012

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Ademen[ar057] ADEMEN | YOLANDA URIZ & ANGEL FARALDO
Audition Records cc by nc nd

An intense 20 minute piece of abstracted electronics.

http://auditionrecords.com/ar057.php


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Daniel BarbieroNot One Nor
Zeromoon cc by nc sa

Nonstandard sounds and extended techniques on double bass, contrasted with long silences, or “non-actions” as the artist says. Fantastic.

http://zeromoon.com/releases/daniel-barbiero-not-one-nor-zero137/


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Andreas Brandal – Apparition
Control Valve license unknown

Andreas’ intriguing sound pairs a subtle musicality with abstractions and drones. Minimal repeating phrases and saturated squalls of howling sound, all with a keen sense of flow and composition. Very nice, I like a lot of this fellow’s work.

I always check the Control Valve netlabel for new things, they’re one of my favorites in terms of content, but the website design is frustrating. I can’t deep link direct to the album, because of the way the netlabel presents its releases. Here’s the label’s website: http://www.controlvalve.net/ To get this release, you’ll either have to go to ‘releases’ on the main site, and search for the album or you could go to this archive page and download the .zip (it’s not a normal netaudio release page).

Control Valve also doesn’t provide release date or licensing information for its releases, I wish they did.

http://www.controlvalve.net/


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Alex CharlesAudio for Noisy Rooms
Petroglyph cc by nc nd
Alex CharlesTrevenec
Linear Obsessional cc by nc sa
Alex CharlesWords I Regularly Misspell including ‘Calendar’ & ‘Publically’
self released cc by nc nd

Just three of the many releases by this prolific artist during 2012. I’ve listened to as many as I can. Alex’s stuff is always interesting, a common strategy of his is to select a collection of materials non-standard to sound making and improvise with them while running these sounds into a looper. Audio for Noisy Rooms uses insistent electronic synthesis, Trevenec focuses on bell sounds, and Words I Regularly Misspell… is the most melodic of the things I’ve heard from him, even going into a long, repeating sung refrain at the finale.

http://archive.org/details/petroglyph_016_Alex_Charles_Audio_for_Noisy_Rooms
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/trevenec
http://alexcharles.bandcamp.com/album/words-i-regularly-misspell


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ConureSurrounded by Pages
Treetrunk cc by nc nd

Begins with a splendid 22 minute track of mind-clearing, slow-burning, intense, harsh noise. The final two tracks are not as harsh, but equally deserving of attention.

http://treetrunkrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/conure-surrounded-by-pages-treetrunk-211/


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GurdonarkOpen Spaces
We Are All Ghosts cc by

Each Gurdonark release is similar in content, simple, plucky little melodies played with soft synth pads, this time with prominent glissandi used in the compositions. I enjoy listening to each Gurdonark release to get a feel for Robert Nunnally’s progression as an artist, but I also simply enjoy the music for itself.

http://weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/open-spaces-waag-rel009


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He Can JogPocket Suite
Pocket Fields (conflicting reports of license, on archive it’s listed as cc by nc nd, on other places it’s cc by nc sa – the artist assures me he’s derivatives friendly.)

A nice abstract journey in static-y tone clusters and glitches. Feels somehow melodic and rhythmic, but it’s neither. I’m not sure how he pulled off that effect!

http://pocketfields.com/post/24536164742/pf028-he-can-jog-pocket-suite


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The Implicit OrderGaps in the Land
Wholeness Recordings cc by nd

Talk about your ‘hauntology’… the Implicit Order wrote the book on spooky nostalgic collage music. This road-trip themed release is as good as it gets, very nice work. Although it does nag me that his work is built on appropriated samples from copyrighted sources, and yet his own work is licensed disallowing others to remix it.

http://theimplicitorder.bandcamp.com/album/gaps-in-the-land


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Miquel Parera JaquesImprovisation and Indeterminacy
Treetrunk cc by nc sa
Miquel Parera JaquesnxN001 Empty Space
Tecno Nucleo cc by nc sa
Miquel Parera JaquesnxVacuity001 for Computer and Pipe Organ
ComputerMusicNeixMusic cc by nc sa

Miquel Parera Jaques is one of those artists whose releases I always listen to, and usually I end up really liking a lot. The first two releases listed here feature Jaques’ mind-massaging complex electronic wave forms slowly transforming… utterly and completely mesmerizing stuff. It’s hard to concentrate on anything but the sound when this music is on. The last release here is something a bit different, as it uses algorithmic computer functions to generate midi signals to control a pipe organ. It reminds me of some of the stochastic synth work I’ve heard from academic sources, but of course the organ sounds lend a contextual weight, which Miquel outlines in his artist statement. I would like to have seen more variation in terms of rhythm / tempi and timbre in this work, but it is fascinating that this very different work elicits some of the same mesmerizing effect as the electronic stuff.

http://treetrunkrecords.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/improvisation-and-indeterminacy-miquel-parera-jaques-treetrunk-245/
http://www.tecnonucleo.org/index.php?page=release&release=33
http://musicnumbers.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/nxvacuity001-for-computer-and-pipe-organ-miquel-parera-jaques/


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Hannah MarshallTulse Hill
Linear Obsessional cc by nc sa

These are improvisations for cello with de-tuned strings. Many of the pieces are structured with simple repeating tone phrases, but rhythmically they sway in an organically determined imprecise meter… this is something that interests me very much, something I’ve explored and continue to explore in my own music. I keep listening to this and my appreciation keeps growing. Splendid work.

http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/tulse-hill


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MeteerDecameteer
Withering Trees netlabel cc by nc sa
MeteerNovometeer
Withering Trees netlabel cc by nc sa
MeteerOctometeer
Withering Trees netlabel cc by nc sa
MeteerThree Word Seminary
BFW Recordings cc by nc nd

We were lucky to have a bunch of Meteer releases this year! Three Word Seminary is ambient electronica with an edge… expertly made. The three -meteer releases – named after the last three months of the year – are the same, but with a more experimental / exploratory edge. I think I’ve listened to Novometeer the most, but they’re all good. If you don’t know his work, you are cheating yourself.

http://archive.org/details/Decameteer
http://archive.org/details/Novometeer
http://archive.org/details/Octometeer-AudiolinguisticDocumentary
http://www.bfwrecordings.com/releases/Meteer/ThreeWordSeminary/


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MystifiedWhereTheAngelsFearToTread
Treetrunk cc by nc

Thomas Park does country music. He’ll put a boot up yer ass, it’s the American way. There’s little identifiably “country” about this music, the genre’s conventions are strained really thin, curt steel twangs twitch in repetitive spasms and the slide guitars shimmer confusedly.

http://archive.org/details/Where_Angels_Fear_To_Tread


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David NemethHome Drones
Treetrunk cc by

Miscellaneous domestic hums and whirrs treated as though they were worth documenting and listening to, which of course they are. I think it’s fab.

http://archive.org/details/Home_Drones_Nemeth


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The NoisemakerSpace Drones
Inside Outside cc unspecified

A pair of completely lovely drones, can’t say it’s especially “spacey” though. The first sounds like its source might be a high tempo drum machine looping a single tom hit run through liberal amounts of chorus & delay. Somehow this builds into an enveloping atmosphere of shimmering overtones. The second track is a low frequency hum, a higher frequency whine and a repeating ping. The simple things make me happy sometimes.

http://ins-out.com/inside/releases/insd-010/


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PBKThrill Pictures (Condensed)
Nostalgie de la Boue license not listed

A reissue of one of my favorite abstract noise-ambient albums from my tape collecting / trading days. This is a drop-dead classic of abstract ambient-noise. Unmissable.

http://nostalgie-de-la-boue.blogspot.com/2012/02/pbk-thrill-pictures-condensed.html


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PhroqRecordings of various vibrations and stress situations
Uzu Sounds cc by nc nd

Begins with an eight second blast of loud harsh noise, just enough to scare the shit out of you. The remainder is a very compelling exploration of strange textures coaxed out of piezo mics and failing equipment, with some recordings of live performances thrown in for good measure. The bare minimum of acid-etched sound, no ornamentation.

http://www.uzusounds.com/phroq.html


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Restive[m2012/30-09]
RestiveSonic cc by nc sa
Restive[m2012/31-06]
RestiveSonic cc by nc sa

Crunchy loops and entrancing melodic sequences. I think I’ve enjoyed these two releases more than anything he’s done prior.

http://archive.org/details/restive_m30
http://archive.org/details/restive_m31


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Martins RokisLive Recordings 2009-2011
Uzu Sounds cc by nc nd

Hi voltage computer music. Intense and captivating swirls of generated waves and noise.

http://www.uzusounds.com/rokis_live_rec


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SchemawoundThey Want To Make Your Body Move. I Want To Hold You Perfectly Still
self-released cc by nc

Sparse electronic atmospheres. Yummy oscillations, drifty quasi-melodic tones, slowly creeping crunches & clicks. Says here it was made with Soundcollider.

http://music.schemawound.com/album/they-want-to-make-your-body-move-i-want-to-hold-you-perfectly-still


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Sound_00 & IversenII
Panospria cc by nd

Collaborative quasi-ambient drone music derived from field recordings. Bonus points for the sempervivum on the cover!

http://archive.org/details/pan068


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Chris WhiteheadSouth Gare
Linear Obsessional cc by nc sa

A composition that organizes selected phonographic elements and multi-tracks them together with a smattering of humble percussive interactions with actual spaces. Terrific.

http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/south-gare


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Xesús ValleGently Annoying
Audiotalaia cc by nc sa

How do you even describe this album? It’s peculiar and diverse and offputting and catchy and… and… gently annoying. An intriguing collection of off-kilter music that grooves by its own secret inner logic.

http://www.audiotalaia.net/catalogue/at053-xesus-valle/


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My Last.FM stats for the last year (I’m last.FM user vuzh)… you were thinking I don’t actually listen to this stuff, were you?
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Now Playing netlabels

Thursday, 10 October 2012

Mini reviews. Emphasis on the mini.
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I like all of this stuff.
Except for the no-derivatives licenses I don’t like that stuff.
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I didn’t feel like alphabetizing them, so please infer absolutely nothing from the way they’re ordered, it’s completely random.



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Schemawound – They Want To Make Your Body Move. I Want To Hold You Perfectly Still.
Waxen Wings / CC-BY-NC / Name Your Price
An uncluttered collection of sparse electronic atmospheres. Yummy oscillations, drifty quasi-melodic tones, slowly creeping crunches & clicks. Says here it was made with Soundcollider.
http://music.schemawound.com/album/they-want-to-make-your-body-move-i-want-to-hold-you-perfectly-still


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Mystified – The Noise Years
Buddhist on Fire / CC-BY-NC-ND / Free
Burbling, squawking, grungey sounds, but somehow with that sleek Mystified structural sense.
http://archive.org/details/bof040


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Travis Johnson – Pnaïx
Ilse / CC BY NC SA / Name Your Price
Grooving to the rhythm of strange attractors. Seriously denuded percussion like something rattling in the bottom of a pot of boiling water. Short blips & glissandi. Some of the sounds might come from acoustic improv run through electronic filtrations, others sound like sequenced drum machine sounds.
http://ilse.bandcamp.com/album/pna-x


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Yolanda Uriz / Angel Faraldo – Ademen
Audition Records / CC-BY-NC-ND / Free
Abstracted electronic soundscapes journeying through various possible imagined spaces.
http://archive.org/details/ar057Ademen”


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Alex Charles – Audio for Noisy Rooms
Petroglyph / CC-BY-NC-ND / Free
Insistent polyrhythmic blips giving way to synth frequencies and white noise percussives, then modulating back into insistent polyrhythmic blips.
http://archive.org/details/petroglyph_016_Alex_Charles_Audio_for_Noisy_Rooms


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Daniel Barbiero – Not One Nor Zero
Zero Moon / CC BY NC SA / Free
Solo improvs on double bass, extended techniques with long pauses between one sound and another.
http://archive.org/details/zero137


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Toxic Toy Zone – Blight
17 Sons Records / CC BY NC SA / Name Your Price
Metallic trebley reverb hisses and some swooshes and hums too.
http://toxictoyszone.bandcamp.com/album/blight


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Graham Dunning – Graham Dunning – Recompiled 2010 – 2011
Open Sound Group / CC BY NC ND / Free
A retrospective compilation of some of this dude’s stuff. Claustrophic hiss loops, synth drones, feedback studies, site recordings and explorations of sounds on found tapes.
http://archive.org/details/GrahamDunning-Recompiled2010-2011


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Hi Asobi – WHNZ:34:HSP
Free Music Archive / CC BY NC SA / Free
Two live improves for electronics and stuff.
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hi-Asobi/WHNZ34HSP/


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Jeff Sampson / Mystified – Encounter at Lazaretto Prime
Ambitention / CC BY NC ND / Free
Ambient music made w/ voice and trombone.
http://archive.org/details/Encounter_at_Lazaretto_Prime


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Leo Bettinelli and Pol Nieva – Pale
Tecno Nucleo / CC BY NC SA / Free
Experimental electro-improv. I hear synths, strings (viola, guitar?) and lotsa delay.
http://archive.org/details/tn035


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Mon0 – Colliding Textures
Test Tube / CC BY NC ND / Free
Vaporous ventilation drones.
http://www.monocromatica.com/netlabel/releases/tube245.htm


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Mystified – Where Angels Fear To Tread
Treetrunk / CC BY NC / Free
Thomas Park does country music. He’ll put a boot up yer ass, it’s the American way. There’s little identifiably “country” about this music, the genre’s conventions are strained really thin, curt steel twangs twitch in repetitive spasms and the slide guitars shimmer confusedly.
http://archive.org/details/Where_Angels_Fear_To_Tread


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PBK – Thrill Pictures
Nostalgie de la Boue / License not listed / Free
What can I say? A drop dead classic of noise ambient. I played this music a lot in its previous release on cassette. This is billed as a remaster… maybe it’s been a long time since I’ve heard the music, but it sounds to me now like it may have been remixed too?
http://nostalgie-de-la-boue.blogspot.com/2012/02/pbk-thrill-pictures-condensed.html
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Now Playing: Netlabels

Saturday, 07 July 2012

Minireviews of netlabel stuff.
All of this stuff is free.
Look at all of those no-deriv licenses (grumble grumble). What’re you afraid of?
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Barascud – Summit
Nowaki / CC BY NC SA

http://www.nowaki-music.org/album.php?id=149#album149

Well made guitar-ambient music alternating between neutral drone atmospheres and prettier stylings. I am partial to the former and not so interested in the latter, but for this kind of thing, it hits its marks fairly well.



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Alex Charles – Trevenec
Linear Obsessional / CC BY NC SA
http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/trevenec
Drones based on bell sounds. Peals & jingles add up from a simple beginning to a thicker soundscape. Later, what sounds like thumb piano from a jack-in-the-box lends a gone-mad feel to it.



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Conure – Surrounded by Pages
Treetrunk / CC BY NC ND
http://archive.org/details/Surrounded_By_Pages/
NOISE! Often this kind of thing is better live and misses something in recording, but I liked this one quite a bit. Needless to say that if you demand that the sounds you consume be all rounded off & padded and pre-approved for safety, this ain’t for you. Starts off with a long piece that builds to a satisfying heaviness by adding elements slowly to the ever swirling miasma. Other tracks take a more modified approach, such as the second one wherein a quiet guitar loop is joined by a spacey hum, and it only builds into a high volume squall eventually and only briefly. Overall a measured, patient & varied approach to harsh noise. Very enjoyable.



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René Muñoz Córdova – The Fragility of Emotions
Akharene / CC BY NC ND
http://akharene.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/fragility-of-emtions.html
Top shelf acousmatic drone work from this veteran netlabel composer. The drones here oscillate forebodingly enough, and are paired with various instruments (piano, percussion, brass) and other unidentified acoustic sound activity filling out the sound field. Not a huge amount of processing going on, much of it sounds like something that happened, not something conjured from a laptop.



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FJRicharts – Anders Als Alle
Camomile / CC BY NC ND
http://camomille.bandcamp.com/album/anders-als-alle
Brightly tinted ambient music that often flirts with sweet melodic motifs and occasionally gives in.



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Hirobleep – Carved in Concrete
Hirobleep / CC BY NC ND
http://hirobleep.bandcamp.com/album/carved-in-concrete
Insistent and simplistic primitive-techno jams based on a very limited palette of square & saw waves. Each high BPM track contains the same elements, a repeating bass line and a dissonant “melody” that also repeats, backed by a reedy drum loop clattering underneath. Once the pattern is set, that mixture repeats from the beginning to the end, with filter sweeps providing the only variety. On its own, it has a few moments, but I could really see this remixed into something good. It’s too bad then, that they issued this with a no-derivatives CC license, because we’ll never know.



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Hunted Creatures – Summer Tour 2011 / Hunted Creatures Cassette
self-released / CC BY NC ND
http://huntedcreatures.bandcamp.com/album/summer-tour-2011-cassette-dynamo-sound-collective-2011
http://huntedcreatures.bandcamp.com/album/hunted-creatures-cassette-800-wild-2011
CC net re-releases of two previously released cassette albums by this improvising quartet of guitar / violin / electronics / percussion. Most of the pitfalls of this kind of band setup are deftly avoided. There’s no rock posturing and more tension than release. When the drums finally do kick in, it’s more kosmische than crimson.



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Noisemaker – Space Drones
Inside Outside / ?? (at this writing the netlabel page is down, I can’t determine license)
http://ins-out.com/inside/releases/insd-010/
A pair of completely lovely drones. The first sounds like its source might be a high tempo drum machine looping a single tom hit run through liberal amounts of chorus & delay. Somehow this builds into an enveloping atmosphere of shimmering overtones. The second track is a low frequency hum, a higher frequency whine and a repeating ping. The simple things make me happy sometimes. The netlabel Ins Out seems to be down at the moment, I hope it comes back, because I can’t seem to find this release on Archive or Sonic Squirrel or other likely places.



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Noise Research with Shaun Blezard – the Lanternhouse
Electronic Musik / CC BY NC ND
http://electronicmusik.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/new-ep-from-noise-research-with-shaun-blezard-the-lanternhouse/
Blurry sonic meanderings with little patience for sticking around in one noise pile when there’s another inviting noise pile to jump into right nearby.



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Sarah J Ritch – String Theory
Pan y Rosas / License not listed
http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/pyr048-sarah-j-ritch-string-theory/
Cello & violin pieces with some electronics. Call me crazy, but I hear hints of epic black metal in some sections and microsound electronic ambient stuff in others. The pieces with Ritch solo are more drawn out & patient, one has a subdued drone of frequencies beating, cresting & ebbing.


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