CD Reviews

Saturday 10th April

April 10, 2010

So after one week in my new role I feel less tired and stressed, but worryingly slightly bored. I’m sure it won’t last and I am enjoying the break from hard work while I can, but its nice to come home from work at a more sensible hour and be able to write about music without the haze of exhaustion affecting my judgement. This evening I have been listening to another 3″ disc, except this one isn’t actually a 3″, but eighteen minutes of music recorded onto a 5″ CDr. If this sounds a strange thing to do then maybe you haven’t ever purchased a lot of 3″ CDrs- they are in fact more expensive than their full size relations…

Anyway, the disc in question is named Undercurrent and is a live recording made by Simon Whetham in Brighton just over a year ago, and released here on Paul Khimasia Morgan’s Slightly Off Kilter label. Regular readers here will have read my writing about Simon Whetham’s music before, He is a relatively prolific composer who creates vaguely concrete-ish collages of field recordings, invariably using a computer to edit and arrange pieces he has captured on his travels. As far as I am aware though, all of the releases I have listened to before have been studio pieces that Whetham has composed and arranged on a computer at home. This release is a recording of a live set. The question I then find myself wondering then is how much of this music was improvised in the moment, and how much prepared in advance.

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Friday 30th October

October 30, 2009

Today was awful, a bad day all round, from the news that my father is unwell through to the headache I have had from the minute I woke up, which is partly due to the amount of wine Julie and I consumed last night, and partly down to the stressful day I had at work.On […]

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Friday 9th October

October 9, 2009

Blimey I’m tired. It is through a partial haze of sleepiness that I have listened this evening to another album by Simon Whetham, this time something really quite different to Fractures, the album I wrote about last week. Lightyears is a half hour long piece of music produced as a mixdown from a a 7.1 […]

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Saturday 3rd October

October 3, 2009

Less grumpy tonight, but just as tired. A long hectic day at work followed by an annoying journey home tends to take it out of you. I had intended to write about the other new Eliane Radigue release today, but upon closer study it seems there is a conceptual element to the recording in that […]

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Saturday 7th March

March 8, 2009

Hmm. Slightly tipsy as I write tonight’s post. I got home from work at about 10PM and on arrival I poured myself a glass of wine, which slipped down a bit too easily, and then a second one before I remembered I hadn’t eaten yet today, and so now I am sat here with a […]

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