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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CD Reviews

Thursday 19th March

March 19, 2009

An earlier post from me today as I am going to dinner this evening and need to be in bed early tonight. I’ve listened a couple of times today to a new untitled release by the Brighton/London trio of Daniel Jones, Paul Khimasia Morgan and David Papapostolou released in a small number on Paul’s Slightly […]

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