Monday, 17 December 2007

hey everyone

moving went fine but i still have no internet access at home and i doubt that i will be wired before the end of the year which is why i wish you a couple of merry holidays and a great leap into 2008.
also studies and work are fairly consuming so i'm not sure how often i'll be able to frequent this blog in the future (i'm definitely not giving it up, heh).

thank you

ps: iron lungs are currently sold out...

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

just a quick note to anyone frequenting this blog: i'm currently moving into a new flat which means i won't be having internet access for a while. thus don't expect any new posts. feel free to leave requests. i'll definitely check them when i'm wired again ;)

thanks for caring about this blog & most of all enjoy the music. see y'all in about two weeks.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Studio & Soundboard 1969-1975

(© Takehiko Nakafuji)

1. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night '75 SB
2. Night of the Assassins '73 ST
3. ??? '75 SB
4. Field of Artificial Flower '74 ST
5. Improvisation '69 ST
6. ??? (same as song 3 on the High or Die LP) '70 ST
7. Romance of Black Grief '75 ST

Monday, 19 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Mars Studio 1980

4 CD box set released by Univive. Alas, without the bonus disk called "Double Heads September" which means no "The Last One" *sigh*. I'll add it as soon as i find it.

Blog to Comm's Christopher says about this:

"For a change of pace the whopping 4-CD set MARS STUDIO might do you some good. It's the Denudes 1980-style, perhaps a little more professional and polished but still garage enough to sate, doing their familiar numbers in an actual studio. What makes this one different from other sessions I've heard is that Mizutani Takashi and crew, for some maybe not-so-strange reason, decided to utilize such instrumentation as electric organ and acoustic guitar into the usual hard rock mix adding for a rather unique, and perhaps even pleasing sound as in LOADED or maybe even (get this!) Hackamore Brick! (OK, that's hyperbole...whadja expect?) Those of you who only know this band from their previous recordings may be in for a surprise as I was, but the softer and less-metallic moments found herein did make for an experience that sorta reminds me of a Doug Yule-styled coup in the group, at least on a few numbers. Not that MARS STUDIO's a total trip into late-Velvet Underground straight-ahead dance rock since there are some great moments of BLUDGEON here, such as on disc three's opening track "Guitar Jam" which sounds something like a flub-a-dub take on "Blues' Theme" filtered through "Sister Ray." And if this track sounds familiar, it is! For years it was being passed off as a '69 number called "Smokin' Cigarette Blues" on that two-LP set with the wild photo of Mizutani adorning the front (as seen above, nicked off the Denudes' own website!) which seemed strange since the version I have on my bootleg burn of 67/69 was a totally different free-form freakout kinda thing! Oh well, it only makes me wonder all the more as to just how much of this info on Les Rallizes Denudes floating about we CAN believe!"

Disk 1: September 4-6th
1. Enter the Mirror
2. A Memory is far / Distant Memories
3. Jam
4. Enter the Mirror
5. Night of the Assassins
6. Love Story

Disk 2: September 6-7th
1. Love Story
2. Romance of Black Grief
3. Romance of Black Grief
4. White Waking
5. White Waking
6. White Waking
7. White Waking

Disk 3: September 9th
1. Guitar Jam
2. Ice Fire
3. Night of the Assassins
4. Romance of Black Grief

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Das synthetische Mischgewebe - Inventaire & Contradictions (Retrospective 1982-1988)
(Germany, 2004)

Limited to 500 copies.

1. Überlebensformen IV
2. Harvest of Magnetism III
3. Works pt. 2
4. Loop of Existence
5. Ode an Conrad Elektronik
6. Bacchus pt. 2

Daphne Oram - Oramics

01. Introduction
02. Power Tools
03. Bird Of Parallax
04. In A Jazz Style
05. Purring Interlude
06. Contrasts Essconic
07. Lego Builds It
08. Pompie Ballet (Excerpt)
09. Intertel
10. Adwick High School No.1
11. Look At Oramics
12. Rotolock
13. Purple Dust
14. High Speed Flight
15. Studio Experiment No.1
16. Four Aspects
17. Kia Ora
18. Dr. Faustus Suite
19. Adwick High School No.2
20. Tumblewash
21. Studio Experiment No.2
22. Snow
23. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 1)
24. Food Preservation
25. Studio Experiment No.3
26. Bala
27. Episode Metallic
28. Studio Experiment No.4
29. Adwick High School No.3
30. Fanfare Of Graphs
31. Studio Experiment No.5
32. Brocilliande
33. Mary Had A Little Lamb
34. Incidental Music For Invasion (Excerpts)
35. Costain Suite
36. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 2)
37. Passacaglia
38. Missile Away
39. Pulse Persephone
40. Adwick High School No.4
41. Nestea
42. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 3)
43. Conclusion
44. Studio Jinks

Friday, 16 November 2007

Roots of Madness - The Girl in the Chair
(USA, 2005)

Recorded in 1971.
Highly fluctuating bitrates (192-320 kbps).

1. Réalisation II
2. Nihility In Being
3. Cat's Tail
4. We Had A Love (But It Died)
5. The Yell
6. The Big House
7. The Old Man's Ass
8. Flight Of The Ocka Bird
9. You Are My Sunshine

"The Roots of Madness were a group of teenage 'heads from the early '70s who attended Leigh High School in San Jose. Their LP of full-blown psychedelic freakery was locally released around 1970 and descended into hyperobscurity, until now. It's a reissue so totally needed because this music is such a stinky, boiling stew of fractured blues, primitive electronics, free jazz, and scatological spoken word, given an excessively potent kick from heaping doses of juvenile "hormonage" and some serious drug consumption. It opens with "Réalisation II" (they apparently skipped right over "Réalisation I"), which is a fierce, 11-minute crescendo of maniacally tinkling bells, gray blasts of shortwave radio, walkie-talkie gobbledygook, feedback, freely stabbing percussion, a chorus of throat-shredding howls, and pig-squealing horns. And that's just a warm-up for the real freaky shit, such as "The Old Man's Ass," wherein this incensed voice chants such anally obsessed verse as "The old man's wretched ass ... Grown nonfunctional with constipated eons of nonuse ... And the old man's crack? Watery, jelly skin dripping through fingers ... Turning the hills of youth into a canyon. A canyon eroded by venereal shankers and fiery and proud hemorrhoids." Amen for gratuitously disgusting weirdness." (Justin F. Farrar, via)

"'The Girl in the Chair' was named for a disabled girl in school who, confined to a wheelchair, wheeled around the high school parking lot, busting fellow students for necking and smoking cigarettes. Somehow, neither her advisors, family, nor fiends were able to fathom that this duty would make her one of the most ridiculed people in school. 'The Girl' became a metaphor for all the forces which combined to turn places of education into mini-prisons, where questioning, creativity, and freedom to be oneself were routinely repressed." (via)

Monday, 12 November 2007

Richard Lerman - Music of Richard Lerman 1964 - 1987
(USA, 2006)

Disk 1: Travelon Gamelon (Music For Bicycles)
1. Promenade Version (Boston, MA, July 2, 1979)
2. Concert Version (Pittsburgh, PA, June 6, 1981)
3. Promenade Version (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27, 1982)
4. Concert Version (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27, 1982)
5. Concert Version (Wellington, New Zealand At Victoria University, July 31, 1986)

Disk 2: Selected Works
1. For Two of Them
2. Sections for Screen, Performers and Audience
3. End of the Line: Some Recent Dealings with Death
4. Accretion Disk, Event Horizon, Singularity
5. 2½ Minutes for BASF Loop
6. Soundspot
7. Music for Plinky and Straw

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Hugh Le Caine - Compositions Demonstrations
(Canada, 1999)

01. Dripsody: An Etude For Variable Speed Recorder (Mono Version)
02. Ninety-Nine Generators
03. Invocation
04. Study No.1 For Player Piano And Tape
05. The Burning Deck (Without Words)
06. A Noisome Pestilence
07. Textures
08. Nocturne
09. Bird Spectrogram
10. Music For Expo
11. Safari: Eine Kleine Klangfarbenmelodie
12. Mobile: The Computer Laughed (Perpetual Motion)
13. Paulution (Charnel Number Five)
14. This Thing Called Key
15. Arcane Presents Lulu
16. The Burning Deck (Original Version, With Words)
17. Sounds To Forget (Excerpt)
18. Bill Farrow Plays The Sackbut
19. Mal Clark Plays The Sackbut
20. Rhapsody In Blue (G. Gershwin)
21. Sugar Blues (C. McCoy)
22. Sackbut String Quartet (C.W. Gluck, Arr. Le Caine)
23. The Sackbut Blues
24. Coded Music Apparatus: Patterns On The Pitch Graph (Automated Sackbut)
25. Improved Timbre Controls
26. Artificial Larynx, Driven By Sackbut
27. Xmas Music: Organ Control For Automatic Light Display
28. Volume Changes
29. Accents
30. Independent Voicing
31. Repeated Notes
32. Attacks
33. Attack And Volume
34. Mouth Cavity Oscillator With MKI Touch Sensitive Organ
35. Artificial Larynx
36. Organ Experiment With Pitch Control
37. Dripsody Demonstration
38. Dripsody: An Etude For Variable Speed Recorder (Stereo Version)

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Wild Trips

A 5 CD box set released by Univive in 2006 which comprises various recordings from 1976.

part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7

Disk 1: April 12th
1. White Waking
2. Angel
3. Guitar in
4. A Cry of Bird
5. unknown
6. unknown
7. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night

Disk 2: April 12th & May 25th
1. unknown
2. Enter the Mirror
3. The Last One
4. Night of the Assassins
5. unknown

Disk 3: November 25th
1. Fantastique
2. unknown
3. Flames of Ice
4. Romance of Black Grief

Disk 4: November 15th
1. Night of the Assassins
2. Dizastar
3. The Last One

Disk 5: October 30th
1. Night of the Assassins
2. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night
3. White Waking
4. Flames of Ice
5. The Last One
Joji Yuasa - Aoi no Ue (Obscure Tape Music of Japan I)
(Japan, 2004)

Limited to 500 copies.

1. Aoi no Ue (1961)
2. My Blue Sky No. 1 (1975)

"Aoi no Ue" is based on "Genji Monogatari" ("The Tale of Genji"), written by a Japanese noblewoman named Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century and believed by some scholars to be the first novel ever. On a sidenote, the story has been illustrated by most brilliant Yoshitaka Amano who provided the artwork for Mamoru Oshii's "Tenshi no Tamago" (which is recommendable to anyone interested in surrealistic and progressive animation).

Also, the third installment of the "Obscure Tape Music of Japan" series is available over at Different Waters.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Joji Yuasa: Music for Theatrical Drama (Obscure Tape Music of Japan IV)
(Japan, 2006)

Limited to 500 copies.
Alas, only 128 kbps.

1-10: Oen aka A Woman named 'En' (1963)
11. Mittsu no Sekai aka Three Worlds (1959)
Akira Rabelais - Spellewauerynsherde
(USA, 2004)

1. 1382 Wyclif Gen. ii. 7 And spiride in to the face of hym an entre of breth of lijf.
2. 1390 Gower Conf. II. 20 I can noght thanne unethes spelle that I wende altherbest have rad.
3. 1440 Promp. Parv. 518/2 Wawyn, or waueryn, yn a myry totyr, oscillo.
4. 1483 Caxton Golden Leg. 208 b/2 He put not away the wodenes of his flessh with a sherde or shelle.
5. 1559 W. Cuningham Cosmogr. Glasse 125 Within which draw an other Circle, a finger bredth distant.
6. (Gorgeous curves lovely fragments labyrinthed on occasions entwined charms, a few stories at any longer sworn to gathered from a guileless angel and the hilt edges of old hearts, if they do in the guilt of deep despondency.)
7. 1671 Milton Samson 1122 Add thy Spear, a Weavers beam, and seven-times-folded shield.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Vladimir Ussachevski - Film Music

Contains two scores for films by Tad Danielewski ("No Exit", based on the Jean-Paul Sartre play of the same name) and by Lloyd Michael Williams ("Line of Apogee").

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Great White Wonder

Another Univive release spanning 4 CDs (alas, i couldn't yet find the fourth one which i believe is a bonus disk containing material from the Kanagawa show on November 7th 1980). The remaining three disks comprise recordings from the following dates: (1) July 13th 1973, (2) October 1st 1975, and (3) July 22nd 1977.

Disk 1
1. Field of Artificial Flower
2. Inside Heart
3. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
4. Angel
5. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
6. You Were Known
7. The Last One

Disk 2
1. Deeper Than the Night
2. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
3. Field of Artificial Flower
4. White Waking
5. A Memory is far
6. Improvisation

Disk 3
1. Dream
2. Night of the Assassins
3. Field of Artificial Flower
4. The Night Collectors
5. Flames of Ice
6. A Voice of Bird

Monday, 5 November 2007

Lionel Marchetti - Knud un Nom de Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles)
(France, 2001)

Limited to 500 copies.

01. Un
02. Silence Fauve
03. Trois
04. Silence Blanc
05. Cinq
06. Silence Simple
07. Sept
08. Silence Du Chaman Blanc
09. Neuf
10. Silence Crâne
11. Onze
12. Silence Final
13. Treize
H.N.A.S. - Bitte werfen Sie Ihren Müll aus dem Fenster
(Germany, 1988)

Limited to 1000 copies.

1. Nachts träumte er von enormer Lautstärke
2. Welt der Getränke (Erste und zweite Studie für Dudelsack)
3. Leckere Krapfen (Die Republik steht Kopf)
4. Paradies der flotten Sünderinnen

Sunday, 4 November 2007

The Hototogisu - Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century
(USA, 2004)

3-LP set limited to 300 copies. You can still find other Hototogisu-related releases at Eat My Art Out.
All tracks are untitled.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - December's Black Children

Live at Shibuya Yaneura, December 13th 1980.

photo by Takehiko Nakafuji

Disk 1
1. Flames of Ice
2. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night
3. A Memory is far
4. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night, pt. 2
5. Night of the Assassins

Disk 2
6. Smoking Cigarette Blues
7. White Waking
8. Enter the Mirror
9. The Last One

Friday, 2 November 2007

H.N.A.S. - Ach, dieser Bart!
(Germany, 1988)

Limited to 2000 copies, the first 66 copies came with an additional 7" containing the track "Als der Morgen kam, war es, als sei nur eine Nacht vergangen" which i, alas, couldn't find yet.

1. Ich will 'ne Lumumbastellung
2. Im Kote tiefster Gemeinheit
3. Der katholische Abstand beim Tanzen
4. Ja, der Eiffelturm
5. Keine Küsse und keine Tomaten
6. In Petersburg ist Pferdemarkt
7. Hirsche kommen mir nicht auf die Bank

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Cradle Saloon '78
(Japan, 2006)

(show flyer via)

As wished by a couple of you, here is another release from the Univive catalogue.
This 4 CD spanning box provides the listener with two different sound sources of the concert that was recorded on November 1st, 1978 at Bell Commons, Aoyama, Tokyo. As always, enjoy this psychedelic behemoth of a band!

disks 1 & 2 disks 3 & 4

1.1/3.1 Flames of Ice
1.2/3.2 The Night Collectors
1.3/3.3 Night of the Assassins
1.4/3.4 Strong Out Deeper Than the Night
2.1/4.1 Blues
2.2/4.2 Intermission
2.3/4.3 The Last One
Alvin Curran - Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden
(USA, 1993)

1. From A Room On The Piazza
2. Crystal Aires
3. Walked The Way Home
4. Gli Scariolanti
5. On My Satin Harp
6. At Harmony Ranch

Featuring high-tension wires, bees & dogs & frogs, the sea, soprano Margherita Benetti et al.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Charlemagne Palestine - Four Manifestations on Six Elements
(Netherlands, 1996)

1. Two Fifths
2. One+Two+Three Fifths In The Rhythms Three Against Two For Bösendorfer Piano
3. Sliding Fifths
4. Three Fifths

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Naked Diza Star
(Japan, 2006; containing live material from 1973 to 1987)

Disk 1
1. unknown (Nov 1973)
2. White Waking (8 Apr 1975)
3. A Memory Is Far (8 Apr 1975)
4. Field of Artificial Flower (3 Nov 1975)
5. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night (3 Nov 1975)
6. Flames of Ice (3 Nov 1975)
7. Dream (8 Apr 1975)
8. The Kindness That Kills (A.K.A. LastOne'70) (25 July 1976)

Disk 2
1. Diza Star (25 July 1976)
2. Night of the Assassins (25 July 1976)
3. Enter The Mirror (12 Mar 1977)
4. The Night Collectors (13 Aug 1977)
5. Flames of Ice (13 Aug 1977)
6. The Last One (13 Aug 1977)

Disk 3
1. Flames of Ice (19 Dec 1981)
2. Romance of Black Grief (19 Dec 1981)
3. unknown (2 Oct 1982)
4. Night of the Assassins (9 Sept 1986)
5. Field of Artificial Flower (13 May 1987)
6. The Last One (13 May 1987)
Toshi Ichiyanagi - Opera "From The Works Of Tadanori Yokoo"
(Japan, 2005; originally released as a double LP in 1969)

Disk 1
1. Aria: 1 Japanese Ballad
2. Electric Chant
3. Man's Pure Heart
4. Untitled

Disk 2
1. The Flowers

Disk 3
1. The Flowers
2. Song Of New York
3. Kayo Musicale

Disk 4
1. Love Blinded Ballad (Enka 1969)
2. Spite Song (Onka 1969)
3. Ken Takakura Sings On Tadanori Yokoo

Monday, 22 October 2007

Toru Takemitsu - Film Music by Toru Takemitsu Vol. 1

1. Kaidan
2. Seppuku
3. Moeru Aki
4. Karami-Ai
5. Nihon no Seishun
6. Kaseki

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Charlemagne Palestine - Schlingen-Blängen
(USA, 1999)

"The organ has been called "the monster which never breathes," but perhaps its breaths are simply very long and deep. In Charlemagne Palestine's perambulations through the organ's sonic landscape, this is certainly the case - the breath is some 70 minutes long." (excerpt from booklet)

fixed now

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Roland Kayn - Cybernetic Music III
(Germany, 1996)

1. Cybernetic Serendipity
2. Transfluxion
3. Syntropie
4. An Artificial Acoustic Environment
5. Syzygy Dynamical Units
6. Equivalence Sonore I

1 / 2 / 3

Orpheus Music offers download links for the three LP spanning release "Elektroakustische Projekte".

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Hans Werner Henze - Orpheus Behind the Wire & Aristaeus
(german/english lyrics scanned from booklet)

Orpheus Behind the Wire
(Orpheus hinter dem Stacheldraht)

Poems by Edward Bond
for mixed choir a cappella

I. What was Hell like?
II. The Point to be Noted
III. You Who Survived
IV. It was Changed
V. Orpheus


Dramma in musica
per voce recitante (baritono) e orchestra

Lyrics by the composer

English translation by Lindsay Chalmers-Gerbracht

Speaker: Martin Wuttke

I. Vorspiel (Ouvertüre - Prolog: "Aristaeus der Name" - Adagio - "Wir waren alle drei hingerissen" - "Ich rief sie lauter" - "Ich fing sie auf")
II. Die Reise ("Die Reise geht nach Süden" - Nachtstück)
III. Hades ("Ich rufe laut: Mörder!" - Grave)
IV. Charon ("Ein Gestank von Petroleum verbreitet sich" - Einsam)
V. Orpheus ("Und da ist nun ein zweites Lebewesen" - Tempo 60 - "Ein Mondstrahl trifft die Schlafende" - Moderato - "Hat Eurydike mich vergessen?" - Lacrimosa - "Eisschollen haben sich aufgetürmt" - Epilog: "Selbst die gehaltene Fackel erzischt" - Finale)

Alas, there's a reasonably upsetting amount of coughing to be heard during the recording of "Orpheus Behind the Wire". But enjoy this anyway, please.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Yoshihiro Kanno - Shin Hanshichi Torimonochou
(Japan, 1997)

01. Theme Music
02. Hanshichi's Theme
03. Writing
04. Murmur of the Heart
05. Search I
06. Shokido's Theme
07. The Whereabouts of Love
08. Suspense
09. Travel of the Heart
10. Search II
11. Following Farse
12. Hanshichi Human Nature
13. Bear and Game
14. Hanshichi Records
15. Seven and a half

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Yuki Kajiura - Music Inspired by Boogiepop and Others
(Japan, 2002)

01. Daphne
02. Sad Bird
03. Nepenthe #1
04. Porcelain
05. Egotism
06. Forget-Me-Not
07. Nepenthe #2
08. Criss-Cross
09. Embrace
10. Boogiepop
11. Wagner/Overtüre 'Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg' (Boogiepop Version Classical Mix)
Toru Takemitsu - A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden

1. Spirit Garden
2. Solitude Sonore
3. Three Film Scores for String Orchestra: I. Music of Training and Rest (from José Torres)
4. Three Film Scores for String Orchestra: II. Funeral Music (from Black Rain)
5. Three Film Scores for String Orchestra: III. Waltz (from Face of Another)
6. Dreamtime
7. A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden

"As a man he was a polymath who loved cinema, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Western pop music and wrote a detective novel. Takemitsu was fond of using the metaphor of walking around a Japanese formal garden for the process of listening to his works: 'I love gardens', he said, 'they do not reject people. There one can walk freely, pause to view the entire garden, or gaze at a single tree, plant, rock and sand snow: changes, constant changes.' Thus the wisps of melodies, chords and instrumental textures may be likened to the carefully placed plants, trees, stones and rocks of the garden, which can be viewed from different positions, in close-up or from a distance, in ever-changing vistas and perspectives. Takemitsu described Spirit Garden (1994) as 'my experiment with and on-going inquiry into orchestral colour and melody'."

"The metaphor of both dreams and gardens as applicable to Takemitsu's music is particularly relevant to A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden (1977) [...] He explained that it arose from a dream, which may have been connected to a photograph he had seen earlier in the day of the artist Marcel Duchamp, who had cut his hair in the 'form of a star-shaped garden'. Takemitsu described the work as a 'shifting panorama of scenes in which the main motif - introduced by the oboe and representing the so-called "Flock" - descends into the harmonious tone-field called the 'Pentagonal Garden', created mainly on the strings'. These two elements are freely interwoven in a series of a dozen or so paragraphs of varying length within a single movement. The musical material is based on the image of the five sides of the pentangle; there are a set of five five-note scales, each one of which can only have five transpositions. Within the work are silences, passages of randomness, great swells of dissonance, and delicate fragmentary melodies, the quintessential characteristics of one of the supreme composers of colour and texture of the twentieth century."

(excerpts taken from booklet / this review)

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Eliane Radigue - Trilogie de la Mort
(France, 1998)

1. Kyema
2. Kailasha
3. Koumé

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Toru Takemitsu - Green & Arc

1. Green
2. Arc pt. 1: Pile
3. Arc pt. 1: Solitude
4. Arc pt. 1: Your Love and the Crossing
5. Arc pt. 2: Textures
6. Arc pt. 2: Reflection
7. Arc pt. 2: Coda: shall begin from the end

On "Your Love and the Crossing": dare i say, i hear Xenakis in this? had they met prior to the Gamelan experience in Bali?

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Akira Rabelais - ...bénédiction, draw.
(Japan, 2003)

1. Pourtant, sous la tutelle invisible d'un Ange
2. L'Enfant déshérité s'enivre de soleil,
3. Et dans tout ce qu'il boit et dans tout qu'il mange
4. Retrouve l'ambroisie et le nectar vermeil.
5. Il joue avec le vent, cause avec le nuage,
6. Et s'enivre en chantant du chemin de la croix,
7. Et l'Esprit qui le suit dans son pèlerinage
8. Pleure de le voir gai comme un oiseau des bois.
Akira Rabelais - Elongated Pentagonal Pyramid
(Japan, 1999)

01. 3 of 15
02. A la Recherche du Temps Perdu
03. Palinode I
04. 1318663, 1318697, 1318699...
05. Instructi Politic
06. 4(EDIT III)
07. ic3
08. Cnámv Cáca -V
09. 577 -dD(1318661)
10. Catalan Solids
11. Palinode II
12. Chronosynclastic

Have some madeleines!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Eliane Radigue - Σ = A = B = A + B
(France, 2000)

1. Face A-1
2. Face A-2
3. Face A-3
4. Face A-4

1. Never
2. No Pose
3. Ugly Society
4. Wargasm
5. Disgust
6. Right to Left
7. Warning
8. Death Earth

Gloom - Recommendation of Perdition
(Japan, 1997)

1. Scum
2. I Believe in Way I Live
3. Escape from Reality
4. Defector Disturbing People
5. Disturbing Media
6. Morbid Education
7. Absurd System
8. Cheap Resistance
9. Answer = Chaos

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Kaneko Jutok - Endless Ruins
(Japan, 2001)

1. Endless Ruins
2. Milky Light
3. Staring at Blood
4. The Everlasting Labyrinth
5. Buried Memories
6. Longing For the Ray

Friday, 28 September 2007

Mainliner - Psychedelic Polyhedron
(Japan, 2004)

1. Show the Cloven Hoof (Part 1-6: Clot, Totem, Pueblo, Mass, Gara, Dervish)
2. Cardinal Virtues
3. Solid Static

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Iannis Xenakis - Persepolis + Remixes

"Titled Persepolis, in honor of the location in which it was to be performed, Xenakis composed a fifty-six minute, eight-track tape piece of musique concrète for the occasion. According to his former student James Harley's The Music of Iannis Xenakis (Routledge), Persepolis was broadcast out of 59 loudspeakers strategically placed amongst the audience, while lasers and spotlights created luminous patterns, evoking the Zoroastrian belief that light is eternal life. During the performance, bonfires burned in the distance, while children carried lit torches up hillsides surrounding the event, adding to the surreal, ritualistic nature of the performance. A noisy, apocalyptic-sounding piece distinguished by rising waves of intensity, Persepolis' debut must have been quite an experience for those lucky enough to be in attendance." (extract from the CD booklet)

The original recording of Persepolis (disk 1) was mixed in Paris INA-GRM and engineered in studio 116A by Daniel Teruggi, under the consultation of Iannis Xenakis. Disk 2 contains remixes of Persepolis fashioned by a host of international avant-garde musicians.

Disk 1

1. Iannis Xenakis - Persepolis

Disk 2
part 1 part 2

1. Otomo Yoshihide - Persepolis
2. Ryoji Ikeda - Per Se
3. Zbigniew Karkowski - Doing By Not Doing
4. Antimatter - Persepolis
5. Construction Kit - Glitché
6. Francisco Lopez - Untitled 113 for Iannis Xenakis
7. Laminar - Whore
8. Merzbow - Persepolis
9. Ulf Langheinrich - Persepolis
Asakawa Maki - Cat Nap
(Japan, 1982)

1. Kurai me wo shita joyuu
2. Wasureta yo
3. Kokoro kakushite
4. Mukashi
1. Shinkyoku B
2. Yuugure no manaka
3. Machine
4. Ima nara

again, my dear appreciation for Robert's efforts in transcribing the Kanji track titles to be found here.
Asakawa Maki - One EP
(Japan, 1980)

1. Gogo
2. Ano otoko ga piano wo hiita
3. Tokai ni ame ga furu koro
4. For M
5. Pig Nose to tegami
The Blood Brothers - Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck
(USA, 2005)

1. Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck
2. Ladies and Gentlemen
3. Metronomes
4. Crimes (alt. version)
5. Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers (alt. version)
6. Anthrax (originally by Gang of Four, remixed by The Blood Brothers)
7. Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck (recorded live at the Reading Festival 2005)

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Toru Takemitsu - Choral Works

(Toru & Asaka Takemitsu, © Schott Japan)

01. Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
02. Chiisana Sora (Small Sky)
03. Utau dake (I Just Sing)
04. Chiisana Heya de (In a Small Room)
05. Koi no Kakuenbo (The Game of Love)
06. Mienai Kodomo (Unseen Child)
07. Ashita wa Hare kana Kumori kana (Will Tomorrow, I Wonder, Be Cloudy or Clear?)
08. Shima e (To the Island)
09. Shinda Otoko no Nokoshita Mono wa (All That the Man Left Behind When He Died)
10. Maru to Sankaku no Uta (A Song of Circles and Triangles)
11. Sayonara (Goodbye)
12. Tsubasa (Wings)

Friday, 21 September 2007

Toru Takemitsu - Piano Music

"This selection of [Toru Takemitsu's] piano music, extending over 43 years, offers an inclusive overview of his stylistic development from Romance (1949), the nineteen-year-old composer's earliest surviving piano work, to the hypnotic Rain Tree Sketch II (1992), Takemitsu's last work for solo piano. The music ranges widely in style from Pause ininterrompue (1952-59), which shows the influence of Debussy, Scriabin and Messiaen, and the aleatoric Piano Distance (1961), to the nocturnal and meditative For Away (1973) inspired by Indonesian gamelan music." (extract from CD booklet)

01. Romance (1949)
02. Lento in due movimenti, I. Adagio (1950)
03. Lento in due movimenti, II. Lento misteriosamente
04. Pause ininterrompue, I. Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with (1952, 1959)
05. Pause ininterrompue, II. Quietly and with cruel reverberation
06. Pause ininterrompue, III. A song of love
07. Piano Distance (1961)
08. For Away (1973)
09. Les yeux clos (1979)
10. Les yeux clos II (1988)
11. Rain Tree Sketch (1982)
12. Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)
13. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 1 Breeze (1978)
14. Piano Pieces for Children, No. 2 Clouds
15. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), I. Adagio (1989)
16. Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti), II. Lento misterioso

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Johann Sebastian Bach - Coffee Cantata (BWV 211)

01. Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht und höret, was itz und geschicht
02. Hat man nicht mit seinen Kindern hunderttausend Hudelei!
03. Du böses Kind, du loses Mädchen
04. Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süße, lieblicher als tausend Küsse
05. Wenn du mir nicht den Coffee lässt, so sollst du auf kein Hochzeitfest
06. Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen, sind nicht leichte zu gewinnen.
07. Nun folge, was dein Vater spricht
08. Heute noch, Lieber Vater, tut es doch!
09. Nun geht und sucht der alte Schlendrian
10. Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht

You know, i've been ritually consuming at least one can of green tea per day for a couple of months now, and i do delight in it (except in every first infusion of Gyokuro which is horribly nauseating). But apparently, i'm devoid of any strength to try and cry off from drinking a nice cup of coffee every now and then. Similar to the concept of a place's genius loci, the consumption of coffee seems to have a special air about it (genius potionis?) that i just miserably fail to abstain from. "Noir comme le diable, chaud comme l'enfer, pur comme un ange, doux comme l'amour."
Gloom - Noise Attack Devastating Tokyo City
(Japan, 2001)

1. Answer=Chaos
2. Fair Spoken
3. Idiotic Puppet
4. Achronistic
5. Morbid Education
6. Escape from Reality
7. State Abuse
8. Uranium Bullet for Peace
9. TV Slave
10. Answer=Chaos

Also, find (& enjoy) highly esteemed Jordan Blilie's mirthful band's s/t "Head Wound City" here.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Asakawa Maki - Black
(Japan, 1991)

again, thanks to two kind souls, i can now present you the album's romanized track titles:

A1. Yuushuu 2
A2. Yuu-utsu na hitoriaruki
A3. Shounen 2
A4. Flash Dark
A5. Kon-ya wa juyuu ni nemurasete kure
A6. Black ni good luck (title track)
A7. Mata, ne
B2. untitled
Asakawa Maki - Blue Spirit Blues
(Japan, 1972)

1. Blue Spirit Blues
2. Shipwreck Blues
3. Strange Fruit
4. Ano Musume Ga Kureta Burūsu
5. Hustlin' Dan
6. Page One (Pēji Wan)
7. Hi To Moshi Koro
8. Machi
9. Daisajin

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Jean Sibelius - The Tempest (Op. 109)

Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano - Ariel)
Raili Viljakainen (Soprano - Juno)
Jorma Hynninen (Baritone - Caliban)
Sauli Tiilikainen (Baritone - Trinculo)
Jorma Silvasti (Tenor - Stephano)

part 1 / part 2