Tuesday 27th JanuaryJanuary 27, 2009
The other slightly mad option by the way was to post even less here but change the website design daily. Maybe that wouldn’t work so well though…
So travelling into work today at about midday I was again accompanied by the Yoshimura/Okura disc. Something occurred to me today though as I listened to this again. Listening to an album repeatedly for the purposes of writing a review can actually spoil my enjoyment of said CD. I quite like this release, but listening to it over and over, and particularly when doing so means I have to overlook other interesting new items for now can seem a chore. It’s not uncommon for me to spend a considerable amount of time with a CD I am formally reviewing only to not play it again for many months after the piece is finished, simply because I don’t want to hear it again. I suspect that may end up being the case with this one. Its a shame I think when you virtually wear out your ability to listen to one particular piece of music, but I also think that the practice of listening intently to one disc repeatedly before writing anything formal about it is a good one.
Four parcels of discs have arrived here over the past three days with a total of 17 discs enclosed so there is no shortage of new music for me to get my teeth, or at the very least my ears into. Twelve of them came from Goh Lee Kwang’s Why Not label, with eight of the discs making up one intriguing release by Lee himself entitled Wiring My Ear To The Ground. I plan to listen to one disc from the set a day over the next eight days. I haven’t really looked into what the CDs actually contain, but I think they are recordings made during a particularly long live performance or installation of some kind. I’m kind of hoping I like it or that might make for a tedious series of posts.
On the way home tonight I listened to Blechmann and Manuel Knapp’s Untitled_22, one of the free downloads I mentioned yesterday. I’ve played this one three or four times over the last few days and it continues to grow on me. I wasn’t aware of Knapp before I heard his releases with Blechmann so I have no idea of his history, but his work here compliments that of his colleague very well. The two musicians work with a similar set of electronic sounds, but Knapp adds a little grit to Blechmann’s more gentle hiss and purr. The music contains far more incident than solo Blechmann material, and in places it gets very angry, with sharp little edges poking out of the grey drones here and there and a few sudden shifts upwards in volume allowing the music to dramatically roar in places. Untitled_22 contains a sense of triumphic grandeur in the way it builds every so often into swells of sound that really lifted me tonight as I walked home in the cold. A bit of a clichÃ© but I am reminded of a stormy sea, continually crashing on the rocks, but every so often building into one almighty wave that engulfs everything. Powerful music, recommended for walkers!
I got home a little before midnight, made dinner and am now sat eating peppered salmon as a new CDr kindly sent my way by Nick Hennies plays softly behind me. This is my first listen so I won’t judge it right away but my first impressions are very favourable. Gentle, minimal no-input mixer sounds replace Nick’s usual percussion here, and comparisons with Toshi Nakamura are I guess inevitable, but I’m not sure I ever heard Toshi play anything as minimalistic as this. I’ll add this one to my iPod and give it a listen tomorrow.