Concert Reviews

Friday 30th September

September 30, 2011

So on what was apparently the hottest September 30th for a hundred years, I sat in Christchurch Meadow, Oxford for four hours this afternoon, listening, both to the sounds of the meadow on a late summer’s day, but also to Patrick Farmer performing Antoine Beuger’s Calme Étendue (for percussion). Fortunately the spot chosen for the […]

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Thursday 29th September

September 29, 2011

No post of value today I’m afraid. I spent the evening with Julie and intended to come home late and write about some of the music I’ve listened to today (and I’ve listened to a lot) but a combination of lazing about too much today and eating unhealthily tonight (we got pizza) has lead to […]

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Wednesday 28th September

September 29, 2011

Something of a curio tonight, a CD from the (I think) Chicago based musician/composer Nick Hoffman, whose music I have come across a few times before in these pages. This new release is a CDr named Bermuda, put out by a Belgian label called Young Girls Records (their website is here to keep you from […]

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Tuesday 27th September

September 28, 2011

Increasingly, as well as wondering about whether a piece of music is improvised or composed, I find myself trying to work out if music was recorded live by a group of musicians, or if it has been put together at a distance, through file sharing technology etc… Due to his geographic placement way down in […]

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Monday 26th September

September 26, 2011

Now this is an interesting album. Or double album actually, which is the main reason its taken me so long to get around to it- multi-disc releases take up more of my time than I usually have each day. Still, being on holiday this week I aim to catch up on one or two. Today’s […]

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Sunday 25th September

September 25, 2011

Blimey. Tonight’s CD is something of a tough listen. In many ways Axiom for the Duration, the new release by Seijiro Murayama (percussion) and Stephane Rives (soprano sax) is a quite remarkable recording. The degree of focus and concentration involved in creating this fifty six minute long recording must had been incredible. The music essentially […]

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Saturday 24th September

September 24, 2011

So so tired this evening, and so apologies that I’m not writing a review again. I left the house a little before nine this morning, and have returned a little before eleven tonight, a long day of hard work finished. I now have six days off, which I intend to spend getting my musical activities […]

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Friday 23rd September

September 23, 2011

Exhausted again tonight, and a thirteen hour shift tomorrow, but once that is out of the way I am on holiday for a week. I woke feeling full of a cold that ha sheen bugging me for a few days, and set off to work in as grumpy a mood as I finished yesterday, but […]

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Thursday 22nd September

September 22, 2011

No post tonight I’m afraid. Today I worked long and hard and arrived home exhausted and irritable. I did try and listen to some music, and made it through one spin of an album before deciding I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be trying to be objective about music. Instead I […]

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Wednesday 21st September

September 21, 2011

No work today, and instead I spent a lot of time reading in a windswept garden, which was highly enjoyable, and listening to a lot of old Wandelweiser CDs, enjoying the cumulative sense of calm a great deal. Tonight’s CD is not a Wandelweiser release however, but its a quiet, at least partly composed work […]

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Tuesday 20th September

September 21, 2011

So a new CD from Michael Pisaro, the fifth release of his own music on his Gravity Wave label, a disc named Hearing Metal 2, the follow up to the first disc in this series, issued in 2009 by Wandelweiser, and released here alongside the third. As with all the releases in the Hearing Metal […]

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Monday 19th September

September 19, 2011

How is it that two musicians can play their instruments (alto sax and percussion) in a relatively ‘normal’ manner, blowing through the reed, striking a drum, without much in the way of extended technique, and yet still produce a CD that sounds thoroughly original, refreshingly unusual at the same time? Window Dressing, the second duo […]

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Sunday 18th September

September 19, 2011

No post of any value tonight, sorry, but too busy sorting out my October road trip around Ireland with Julie to be able to spend any time with music. I did manage a flying trip into Oxford this morning though, and a wander around the supermarket for a while before heading home and grabbing some […]

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Saturday 17th September

September 18, 2011

Ah boy that was a long exhausting week. I’m pleased to have tomorrow off. Before writing about tonight’s CD, let me point you to an advert box over there on the left and down a bit, for a concert taking place in Oxford on the 1st October. This will be a free concert that will […]

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Friday 16th September

September 16, 2011

Blimey I’m tired. Anyway… tonight’s CD is interesting because it made made me think for a moment about my own preconceptions about music, and how they affect how I listen. The New Jersey based guitarist and laptopper Barry Chabala has over recent years been involved in a number of projects that have been created at […]

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Thursday 15th September

September 16, 2011

Ahhhh, Mr Rowe… Eagle eyed readers will have noted that I have still not reviewed Keith Rowe’s triple CD duo release with Radu Malfatti in these pages yet. There are a few reasons for this, though I am still formulating my thoughts on it to some degree. I’ll get to it one of these days, […]

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Wednesday 14th September

September 14, 2011

I’ve not been that well today, suffering from a persistent headache since I eventually dragged my body out of bed around midday. I think I’m just over-tired after a few days of silly work hours, but as I have to be up at five in the morning I was very relieved to receive the text […]

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Tuesday 13th September

September 13, 2011

Ridiculously tired this evening. I worked from 4PM yesterday afternoon through to six this morning, drove the forty-five minute journey home, and tried to sleep a while before I was woken by first the postman and then the world’s noisiest plumber. So I managed about three hours sleep before heading all the way back to […]

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Monday 12th September

September 12, 2011

So at relatively short notice it turns out that I am now off to work and won’t be returning home until about 6AM tomorrow morning, a long old shift through the night. I shall take along my iPod as some of the work will be alone, but I won’t get the chance to write until […]

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Sunday 11th September

September 12, 2011

So, yesterdays events then… Around midday I set off for Kent, and to be precise a fold of beech trees deep in a forest, near a town I’ve never been to before in a county I have only ever been through on a train, my only guidance a brief descriptive text message of where I […]

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Saturday 10th September

September 11, 2011

Half one in the morning and I am just home from a quite incredible afternoon/evening. I drove over to Kent, and to a forest near Canterbury, inside the depths of which I witnessed a couple of performances of Lee Patterson’s Fold composition, a work for field recordings plus live instrumentation played by Patterson, Angharad Davies, […]

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Friday 9th September

September 9, 2011

No post of value tonight, primarily because I am really tired, as I have been all week, but also because I am trying to tie up a bit of writing for elsewhere and because there are only so many hours in the day… Tomorrow I am heading down to deepest Kent to witness the stellar […]

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Thursday 8th September

September 9, 2011

Today’s CD, which was chosen with the help of the Australian I Ching, is a limited edition, self-released CD by the Scottish sound artist and improviser James Wyness. From what I have heard from Wyness in the past, his work ranges between music based upon field recordings, and very different instrumental pieces. This CD, named […]

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Wednesday 7th September

September 7, 2011

Tonight something I’ve not done in a while- let something jump the queue so that I can write about it early, after just a day or so of it arriving here. The envelope containing tonight’s CD fell through the letterbox yesterday, and I opened it while sat in the car just before driving to work […]

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Tuesday 6th September

September 6, 2011

Tonight’s CD is a difficult one for me. Difficult because although I quite like it, I struggle to work out how to approach it really. It is a recent release on the Monotype label by the American computer-based composer Kim Cascone. Now, somehow I have mostly managed to remain ignorant about Cascone’s music over the […]

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Monday 5th September

September 5, 2011

A brief review post tonight as I have to be up again for work in a little over five hours. Part of me says I don’t really have to review this CD much now because I wrote a paragraph on it, privately for the label a few months or so back, a fraction of which […]

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Sunday 4th September

September 4, 2011

No post tonight, but only really because I spent much of today clearing my head, tidying up the space I work and listen in, and getting myself together a little after a few weeks of disorganisation. After a cloudy-headed aching start to the day after sleeping in too long, the first coffee of the day […]

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Saturday 3rd September

September 3, 2011

Really tired this evening after a tough old week and a long day at work today. A decent pizza and a chilled bottle of Henney’s Dry Cider later I am somewhere between dozing off and pleasantly relaxed, so I hope I manage to finish writing this review before falling asleep for the night. I have […]

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Friday 2nd September

September 2, 2011

As over recent years the music of the Wandelweiser composers, and their peers has begun to be played a lot more by musicians often better known as improvisers, one of the most interesting elements of these developments has been how the role of the composer has changed somewhat from it historical position. As much of […]

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Thursday 1st September

September 1, 2011

So last night’s concert then. Gigs down in Brighton often struggle to draw much of a crowd, and last night’s show had the added problems of being on a Wednesday night that also had another vaguely avant garde concert taking place somewhere in town, so I was actually quite pleased when about ten people finally […]

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Wednesday 31st August

September 1, 2011

OK, so no post again, but then the first chance I have had today to open my laptop has been now, at 3AM in the morning after the long drive back from Brighton, via a diversion down the wrong motorway, and a run up to Oxford to drop sleepy musicians off. I am really tired […]

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