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Richard Kamerman – None for the money

November 13, 2012

CD Copy for your Records Richard Kamerman is probably about as good an example as can be found of the new breed of (mostly) younger American improviser/experimental musicians. Kamerman deploys a sense of playfulness in most of what he does, from the consistently amusing, often long, even unwieldy titles he gives to things, to the […]

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Thursday 18th February

February 19, 2010

The CD is titled And she sat up in the street in the sun and consists of one long forty minute piece recorded with mechanical parts, found objects and amplification devices. The reason I find it difficult is in the way it jumps around from one extreme volume to another, and utilises a set of ugly, dirty sounds throughout. The thing is, for much of the time, this piece of music touches all of the easy buttons for me. Kamerman’s mechanical objects rattling about, coupled with gentle hums and little glimpses of the room around him all work very nicely indeed. The first five minutes or so of the album works in this way, generally quiet, but constantly shifting and changing, often with dramatic clicks and cuts from one set of sounds to another. At this point, and also at later times, including the extended fuzzy silence in the middle of the album all the right boxes are ticked for me and I feel very comfortable with the music presented. The thing is, there are sudden moments scattered about, some of them just seconds long, other extended periods of several minutes, when the calm is broken (actually calm is the wrong word, there is a sense of tense anticipation right throughout the recording). Not only do we get disruptively loud sounds appearing, but they are also quite difficult to listen to sounds, often grating, distressed metallic sounds, far from naturally musical, usually it seems, the result of something electrical being abused in some way that was not really meant to happen.

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Thursday 10th December

December 11, 2009

Still as somewhat fraught and tiring day today, despite not being at work. Sometimes I really wonder if families are worth all the hassle, sigh… Anyway I managed to get some listening done this evening, spending a fair amount of time with a CDr I began listening to yesterday when just too tired and unable […]

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Monday 16th November

November 16, 2009

I didn’t wake up until midday today, my body taking its chance to grab some rest. When I did wake the headache from last night’s bad wine kicked in. So suffice to say that today was less productive than yesterday. Today I listened to one of three new releases on a new label from New […]

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Sunday 16th August

August 16, 2009

Today was much like yesterday in that I didn’t do anything strenuous or particularly brain-taxing, and instead spent half the day sat in the garden reading, and the other half watching a couple of DVDs of Stewart Lee, my favourite stand-up comedian who I hope to see in Oxford in a couple of months. As […]

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