[spectre] Furthernoise issue June 2011

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jun 10 15:48:39 CEST 2011

Sorry for any cross posting...

Welcome to June's Furthernoise, which is brimful of new reviews and 
sounds for your textual and aural pleasure. This issue is edited by Alan 
Lockett, depping for Roger Mills, who has found the groves of academe 
temporarily turned to swamps of deadline drudgery. He'll be back.


"Banish (MS64) : Philip Sulidae" (feature)
Among a slew of new smaller labels there are some now august who have 
continued, holding to original mission. Mystery Sea set out in 2004, 
somewhat presciently, sounding a keynote of unmoored drift and decay 
with which late ambient themes have converged. First of four mystery 
sea-scapes revealed is Philip Sulidae's seductively sullen Banish.
feature by Alan Lockett

"A Static Place : Stephan Mathieu" (review)
For A Static Place Mathieu sampled selections from his early music 78s 
with two mechanical gramophones, soundwaves from period instruments 
being read by a cactus needle and amplified through the diaphragm and on 
through the horn. The sound picked up by a pair of customized mikes was 
transformed by spectral analysis and convolution processes.
review by Alan Lockett

"Arset (MS66) : Jeremie Mathes" (review)
On debut Árset French electro-acoustician Jérémie Mathes adds seashells, 
reef, shore, sand, and insects to the more conventional cymbals, candle 
holder, bass, ebow, horn, percussion and electronic devices. Not that 
you'd know it, so transformative is his agency. Aquatic thematics may be 
marginal, but Mathes creates fine dronescapes well-turned out in 
in-house colours.
review by Alan Lockett

"Coast/range/arc : Loscil" (review)
Canadian Scott Morgan has over a series of refined works situated Loscil 
as a leading name in ambient electronica. Throughout these, he's found 
synergies between melody, motion and mood, operating at a dub-inflected 
remove. One Loscil constant has been environmental, and Coast/range/arc 
continues this, taking its cue from the coastal mountains of the Pacific 
review by Alan Lockett

"Dialogue One : Enrico Coniglio & Under The Snow" (review)
This split release invokes cold and frost, but more Mediterranean than 
Arctic, where the snow softens the angles of the houses, changes the 
contour and color of the roads, and blends the forest into a dappled 
white. Breath and condensation fog the windows, removing another layer 
of focus. So also the music on Dialogue One.
review by Caleb Deupree

"Slowly (MS65) : Colin Andrew Sheffield" (review)
Drawn from various commercially available recordings, Slowly has a 
strong, albeit abstracted, harmonic element. The source material is so 
transmuted as to obliterate origins; a thick mass of eponymously pulsing 
sound, natural grain blurred in a billowy drone fog. Sheffield makes 
free with time-stretched spectral figures and fields swimming in great 
halls of echo and reverb.
review by Alan Lockett

"vowl (MS67) : Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry" (review)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry have, with a variety of installations, 
performances, and releases, accrued a substantial back catalogue in a 
short period. Setting field captures in concrète with acoustic and 
electronic forms, "vowl" bespeaks the duo's multimodal interests; a 
strong visual sense and Nature undertones blend in a form of textural 
review by Alan Lockett

"Ways of Meaning : Kyle Bobby Dunn" (review)
Six glimpses of peaceful summer afternoons of drifting music make up 
Kyle Bobby Dunn's first vinyl release, Ways of Meaning. Using mostly 
guitar and organ, he creates instrumentals that hover for a brief tender 
instant before passing over to the next. Dunn's first vinyl release is 
full of the warm harmonies that vinyl presents so well.
review by Caleb Deupree

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