Cassette Reviews

Mark So / Patrick Farmer – Split cassette

February 14, 2013

Windsmeasure Cassette I’ve written before more than once, and most recently in the latest issue of The Wire, about my admiration for Ben Owen’s packaging for his Windsmeasure label. The job he has done for the little cassette tape I am writing about tonight is as nice as ever. Really beautiful use of letterpress, quite […]

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Vinyl Reviews

Will Montgomery / Robert Curgenven split on Windsmeasure

September 3, 2012

Vinyl Windsmeasure So back to reviewing music then, after a few days off from here to review some music. Some of what I have been writing about over the last few days for The Wire was released on vinyl, and so today, as I still had my turntable plugged in and dusted down I went […]

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CD Reviews

Thursday 4th March

March 5, 2010

Black, white, red, green, blue is a scored work written by Pisaro that is performed by Chabala on electric guitar. The title of the piece comes from a Rimbaud verse in which he seems to liken these five colours to vowels used in language. The significance of this to the final work here is not completely clear, but the music has a simple, elemental feel that reflects these simple building blocks of other artforms. The piece appears to be divided into five parts, one for each colour one would imagine (I have not seen the score). In each of the parts quiet guitar sounds are placed at regular intervals amidst the silence. The sounds are grouped together by their musical shape rather than their pitch. The first section makes use of gentle, ringing guitar notes that chime softly before decaying very slowly into the thick, thick silence. In the next part a faint note rises gradually from the nothingness before falling away again, dissolving into the quiet before the next arrives a few moments later. Other sections see the sounds become firmer and more present, elsewhere longer, the notes extended out into a virtually continuous sound that dips below audible levels only to resurface seconds later.

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CD Reviews

Monday 18th January

January 19, 2010

Anyway this new solo CD from Aubrey is a release on Ben Owen’s excellent Brooklyn based Windsmeasure label, an album with the title s6t8r, which refers to the Stralau 68 music venue in Berlin where Aubrey collected the sounds used to make this album. The Stralau venue was the site of many experimental and improv concerts, several of which have appeared on CDs, but is now closed and stands empty. Aubrey recorded the sounds of the various rooms in the empty building, which serve as a resonating vessel for external noises, many of which come from a nearby railway line. There have been a number of CD releases in recent years that seem to use this technique. One that really caught my ear last year but somehow I never got around to reviewing (I’ll try and put this right soon) was Jez riley French’s excellent Audible Silence release. s6t8r works in a similar way to French’s disc in that it is constructed using sounds taken from empty rooms, water pipes, vibrating surfaces etc… While Audible Silence’s approach was somewhat minimal in style though, allowing sounds just to be themselves for much of the time, Aubrey has utilised a fair degree of editing and collage techniques to make the three tracks here. The end results are still very good indeed however.

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