CD Reviews

Thursday 28th January

January 29, 2010

So last year we had a new Phosphor album, and this year a week before I watched a Sealed Knot concert there appeared a new album by Activity Center. Anyone would think it was 2001. In fact, as the sleeve notes to this new album indicate, the Activity Center duo of Burkhard Beins and Michael Renkel has been musically active since 1989. Whilst I knew theirs was one of the longer musical associations in the improv world I didn’t realise they had been playing together quite so long. This release then, the first in a decade captures a new version of the group. I have always known Activity Center as a mostly acoustic group, but here a fair degree of electronics have been added to the musical arsenal of both musicians, and while Renkel still focuses primarily on guitars, and Beins on one form of percussion or another, my ability to tell each musician apart has become much more difficult than it was a decade ago. Or maybe I’m just getting old.

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Tuesday 26th May

May 27, 2009

First of all a heads-up on a blog designed to document the meetings of three of London’s most currently vibrant musicians. Flat grey marked suspended pole holds tree is described as an accumulative trail of the activities of Paul Abbott, Benedict Drew and Seymour Wright. So far it contains a series of drawings, a short […]

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How to bin trends and alienate people

October 29, 2007

Years back when my youngest brother Neil lived here and I played music a lot louder than I do today, he perfected a good vocal impression of the 90’s improv that poured out of my room. His high speed, jerky, staccato approximation managed to sum up the music really well in a few seconds. Back […]

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