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Review in Avant Music News

Saturday, 02 February 2015
    Not Subliminal

was reviewed in Avant Music News.

Daniel Barbiero writes:

C. Reider’s Not Subliminal, a collection of five mostly real-time improvisations for multiple cassette decks, is an essay in post-acousmatic sound art carrying echoes of an age of mechanical reproduction past.

Reider’s sound sources are cast-off audio tapes he found in thrift stores as well as a video tape cut down to play on an audio cassette deck. One or more tapes were run and manipulated while a separate deck recorded the resulting sounds, in addition to any ambient sounds present. Underneath the hissing of tape and the humming of the decks’ playback machinery some of the sounds of this audio salon des refusés jump out and identify themselves: Various talking heads, bits of now-unpopular pop music, scrambled fragments of a theatrically delivered monologue on Scientology.

As with much of Reider’s work process is brought to the foreground, in this case as embodied in the sounds of the machines constructing the work—the squeal of spindles turning, the general rattle and buzz of moving parts. The artist’s hand is also audible, snapping cartridges onto sponsons, pressing buttons, picking up the next tape to go into the deck. In the end what isn’t subliminal here are the immediate, explicitly indicated sonic traces of the conditions and means of these improvisations’ production.



    Not Subliminal

can be downloaded for free from the Control Valve netlabel.


End of year list mentions

Tuesday, 01 January 2015

David Nemeth’s excellent roundup of his favorite netlabel releases of the year is worthy reading for anyone into free experimental music. Load your computer or iPod or whatever up, tons of good stuff here:
Interesting Albums of 2014

I was pleased to see a mention of Daniel Barbiero’s “After 30 x 12 (for C. Reider)” (to which I contributed electronic sound),

my first release of 2014 “Distressing“,

and also to Martin Rach’s excellent 2014 release on Vuzh Music, “Mongrel Drone Set“,


There’s also some crossover with my list of recommended netlabel releases from 2014, so there ya go.



Finally, somewhat stunningly, my album “the Plangents” was nominated for the Brainwashed end of year reader’s poll, and actually received enough votes to place on the list. I’m very pleasantly surprised about that. Dig it:
17th Annual Brainwashed 2014 Reader’s Poll

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A little love for “Not Subliminal”

Tuesday, 01 January 2015

David Nemeth wrote a piece about “Not Subliminal” in the latest blog post from Acts of Silence:

I was very pleased when I heard that C. Reider had released a new album based on experimenting with cassettes and cassette recorders. Not Subliminal cries out to be released on a cassette, but Reider bucked that trend and went digital. Don’t get me wrong, if he released a cassette of this type, my PayPal account would be all over it.

The premise of the Not Subliminal, Reider writes, “involved recording some stuff onto one tape while playing back previously recorded stuff on the other tape players, and letting it all mix together out loud … recording everything onto the shitty little onboard microphones that these handheld tape recorders had.” Not Subliminal‘s dissonance and self-referential audio recordings point the work into the genre of manipulated field recordings as well as the experimental. Genre lines are usually quite gray with Reider.

Over the last year, Reider has been releasing a lot of older work which bordered on “real music” [see my review of Malaventura’s Malaventura04], so this reviewer was quite happy to read that Reider will be releasing more of this cassette work in the future.




“Not Subliminal” is still available for free download from Control Valve netlabel.



Review of MUME Selections

Sunday, 12 December 2013

There was a review of Miquel Parera’s “MUME Selections” posted at the Albert Trapezoid blog:
http://albertetrapezoid.com/netlabel_fishing/

Here’s what they had to say:


I find both the sound of and concept behind this release to be pretty intriguing. Also described as “Automatic Music for Musical Metacreation Weekend,” Miquel created these four pieces as part of the 2nd International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (or MUME2013).

Let’s start with discussing “musical metacreation.” A simple description is that it’s a creative activity where people develop software that autonomously generates compositions. The machine, if you will, is endowed with creative behaviors and produces original sound. As you can likely gather, this whole endeavor involves the overlap of many fields including art, science, technology and philosophy. (You can find out more about this world at the metacreation.net website.)

I’ve heard of musical metacreation being done in different contexts and with various styles of music; some attempt to adapt the style of certain artists, while others attempt to strip away the ego of the creator. In this case, Miquel worked on the software and “MUME Selections” is the result. In comments on the Vuzh site, he says: “Contrary to what we had expected, stylistic coherence has emerged (or so I think). When I try to reach the ultimate motivation to make noise, I realize that this is a sort of challenge: to what extent I am able to eliminate me myself. It may seem simple, but it is very difficult…”

So what of the end result presented in “MUME Selections?” Overall let’s say it’s ideal for fans of more abstract electronic music. You’ll hear lots of buzzes, glitches, drones and pops – electricity! I’d recommend listening with headphones. The titles for each piece are somewhat generic and functional (“nxMUME01,” “nxMUME02,” etc.) and provide no clues. As Miquel did, perhaps it’s best for the listener to try to put aside his or her own self and accept the sound on its own terms.

Vuzh Music was started in 1990 by C. Reider to distribute his own music to the underground home-taping network. It has evolved to its present manifestation where it continues as a distribution point for projects by C. Reider, but it also re-releases select work from the cassette underground and new music by other artists. Click around the site; there is lots of compelling stuff to be found.
– See more at: http://albertetrapezoid.com/netlabel_fishing/#sthash.Oc4vVzEO.dpuf


The Sound of Melting Pewter

Sunday, 12 December 2013

I have a new recording out on the Impulsive Habitat netlabel. It’s titled “Oído con plomo”, and is a collage of site recordings made at the pewter casting shop where I have worked for a very long time.

It can be streamed or downloaded here:
http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab081.htm



EVEN COOLER:
A short essay written by Marc Weidenbaum about my new recording “Oído con plomo” was published at the Disquiet website.

Read it here:
http://disquiet.com/2013/11/29/the-sound-of-melting-pewter/


Hold Music: Tape of the Month

Sunday, 08 August 2013



“Hold Music” was given the honor of ‘Tape of the Month’ for August 2013 by Tabs Out Podcast.


Here’s some of what they had to say about it:

“Hold Music” is an even 10 tracks of serious mood music, mostly improvised pieces, with a couple of field recordings. The opener, The Old Way, is a deep-meditation of guttural oscillations and buzzing high-end clocking in at a fairly short four and a half minutes before the first field recording, Band at Fickel Park. Being that Reider is from Colorado, I assume this recording is from the Fickel Park in Berthoud, CO located at 620 Mountain Avenue. The Berthoud Parks & Recs website says they got a newly refurbished tennis court with lights, so be sure to check that out if you’re in the area. The field recording grips the sounds of birds, some wind tapeofthemonth_tapechimes, and ongoings in the distance. There doesn’t appear to be any manipulations done, just a pure recording of nature, and a nice transition piece from The Old Way to Print Room.


Check out the rest of what they had to say here: http://www.tabsout.com/?p=2975


Review of Four Improvisations

Tuesday, 07 July 2013

“Four Improvisations” by C. Reider & C. Reider out on the OpenSoundGroup label was reviewed by Yeah I Know It Sucks blog.

http://yeahiknowitsucks.blog.com/2013/01/20/c-reider-c-hodges-four-improvisations/

Excerpt:

“The music moves like a good story and when I close my eyes an amazing film is being presented in these fine sounds. It feels like friendly aliens have landed somewhere in a remote area of a snowy Alaska, where they are helping out the locals to keep warm by providing unearthly knowledge and machinery. They are absolutely a peaceful bunch as the sounds are very friendly and warm, even though my ears have never heard many of these sounds with my own human ears before. High buzzing, warm low base tones of electronic communications, crisper sounds, echoes of warmth and strange electronic surgery equipment. With its more than 24 minutes play length this track definitely got time enough to create a wonderful and exciting atmosphere of a friendly sci-fi kind.”


Four Improvisations can be downloaded here:
http://archive.org/details/C.ReiderAndC.Hodges-FourImprovisations


Buddha Reduction news

Monday, 07 July 2012

A couple of cool things going on with regards to the new C. Reider release “Buddha Reduction“:

The company that makes the Buddha Machine, FM3, chose this new release as their remix of the month. Check out the excerpt here: http://soundcloud.com/buddha-machine/c-reider-buddha-reduction-2

Marc Weidenbaum wrote a brief article about the release for the excellent web journal Disquiet:
http://disquiet.com/2012/07/07/reider-vuzh-buddha-reduction/

And of course, the full album is still available for streaming or free download right here: http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/buddha.html


Review of “Flow”

Sunday, 02 February 2012

The new EP from Germany’s the Euphoric Hum was reviewed by the blog Acts of Silence.

Author David Nemeth writes:

“Flow is an album that refuses the boundaries of language — it is just electronic music. Flow is everything you might think electronic music is and, at the same time, everything electronic music is not. Stephan Dragesser aka The Euphoric Hum writes, “Often my pieces are based on little loops, and the tracks are based on long sessions experiment with sounds, to bring the sound in a form, make a track, is always a problem for me, because I can basically get lost.” Getting lost is apropos of everything and nothing when writing about Flow.”

(read the entire review here)

You can listen to and/or download “Flow” by the Euphoric Hum on Vuzh Music by following this link:
http://www.vuzhmusic.com/releases/flow.html


End of Year Mentions

Saturday, 12 December 2011

It’s the end of year, and I always look forward to reading the end of year best of lists for netlabel music, as it’s a great way to see if I missed anything.

I’m still working on my own best of 2011 list, so definitely look for that in the coming weeks…

In the meantime, I’m pleased to see that some of my works and those released on my two netlabels have gotten some appreciation in best of lists.

Both Mystified’s top 10 list, and the top 10 by Acts of Silence gave a nod to Owning Extinctions by C. Reider. Thanks to both of you!

Acts of Silence also lists “Cheptel éparpillé” by Le Berger in his top 10, this track was released on my brand new netlabel Dystimbria.cc, where you can find it and download it for free.

Also receiving mentions in Acts of Silence’s 100 notable netlabel releases list were Vuzh Music releases of Apollon – Nox and Auzel – Old and C. Reider’s release on Modisti netlabel “Formerly Sine Drones”.


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