Sunday, 24 January 2010

a couple of new links

a couple of new additions to the links list....some nice sounds, text & images here.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

new releases via Mystery sea / unfathomless

Terje Paulsen "Horisont"

Norwegian visual & sound artist Terje Paulsen lives in Kristiansand, a port city close to wild nature & fjords...This immediate environment as well as his own home are Terje's main sources of inspiration...Despite a serious pedigree in music based on years of practice, he asserted himself into the sphere of experimental music(acoustic, electroacoustic, electronic) where the use of field recordings, and manipulation of found objects play a great role...To that he mixes real instruments (bass, acoustic guitar, flute, mouth organ...).Usually his compositions follow from patient observation of his nearby and daily surroundings, and become sound meditations stemming from intense impro sessions which are then edited and reassembled...So far his studies have been generously distributed either via netlabels (Homophoni, TecnoNucleo, Q-Tone, Resting Bell, Rain Music, Con-v...), labels (Q-tone...) self-releases, and appeared also on quite a few compilations (Trente Oiseaux, Mandorla, Ripples, etc...)

This first MS release (a sequel is scheduled) shows a keen sense of reverence for the invisible elemental forces at work in his vicinity, an emphasis on their indelible imprint on our lives... another reading of the Great Mystery...-Bordering this jagged shorevast rolling plains caress the distancestones roll, stirring the opaque waters...We look at the sea, seeing a giant mirror& seeking for improbable answers...

"Horisont" stretches out before uslike a silent continuation, a place of multiples echoes...sucking us inexorably in, in an ultimate embrace...

Absorbing vanishing point, imaginary reservoir...between worlds, "Horisont" enables a slip into the Untold,a drift propitious to lucidity and transcendence...

MS58cd-r ltd to 100 numbered copies
artwork+design by Daniel Crokaert - mood based on photos by Terje Paulsen

track listing
1. horisont 45:34


Mathieu Ruhlmann - 'tsukubai' (u01)

format : CD
ltd to 200 copies
length : 34′27

Approached for elaborating an audio-gift on the occasion of close friends’ marriage, and being given a few of their specific interests (of whom, mainly Japanese culture), Mathieu opted for the Nitobe memorial garden in Vancouver as the place to investigate and collect some sound material…Not very frequented, that garden epitomizes some typical zen values, each element of its scenography/design being symbolic of an idealized conception/representation of Nature…Spanning a period of two years, and paraphrasing its theme of temporality, passage through time, and the ambiguous question of choice, “tsukubai“, through its different versions seeped gradually further into the bowels of the place, literally catching the “kami“, which can be translated as the spirit residing in all surrounding natural objects…this is especially true since Mathieu wanted the final version to be a reflection of his current craze for hydrophone recordings, a most appropriate way of sneaking in, under the surface of things…“tsukubai“ is a Japanese word for a stone container filled with water strategically placed in front of temples or ritual spaces – literally, “the basin where you lean over”, used for purifying ablutions before performing the tea ceremony… probably an apt metaphor for sharpening perception of an evasive reality…


Luigi Turra & Christopher McFall - 'tactile.surface' (u02)

format : CD
ltd to 250 copies
length : 42′00

“tactile.surface” is the sound presentation of a virtual place, an imaginary environment born from the alchemy of recordings between two different but real places, far apart geographically, yet close in time and spirit.On one side, are the sounds captured in the intimacy of my living room in the small city of Schio (North of Italy),mainly those reflecting its silence, and also some caught from the windows in the early hours of morning,enhanced with some discreet short recordings of shakuhachi flutes ;On the other side, lies the open space of Kansas City urban context, and the sound/views absorbed during a long travel to Colorado by Christopher McFall.The two different sound places have been blended into a new one, rich of memory and keeping intact the physical perception of the surfaces, and their tactile, material aspects. (Luigi Turra)

Almost 2 years ago, I travelled home to see my mother in Colorado. This was no simple journey as I had to drive for 12 hours from Kansas City into the western lands of Kansas & Colorado. Tactile.surface really takes me back to that particular journey, because I was listening to the tracks we were compiling for it as I drove the length of the journey.Desolate : is the only word I can think of describing Western Kansas and its snow covered expanses.there is to be found there the most abrasive wind patterns, a generalized sense of absence, and an undeniable confrontation with absolute sky (there’s only one topography here, and it’s completely flattened as the sky becomes your envelope).

battered snowlines will outfit our drudgery
we sweetened the deal to touch in cold January
where roads give way the elemental trajectory
sunlit eyes were seeding the alchemy

This work traverses many surfaces and covers so much terrain. Many of the parts were extracted from manipulated recordings that originated from treated audio tape. Many of the “broken” low-ended sounds that served as base primer for the piece came from that side of things. The more “crisp” overlay sounds are derived from Luigi’s workings.The experience of it all was much the equivalent of weaving a tapestry of surfaces which resulted in a composite abstract topography (Christopher McFall)

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Natalia Borissova - 'New years fireworks, Berlin' - free mp3 download

recorded in Berlin 2009/2010 by Natalia Borissova

Framework 250th show limited cd compilations

we are celebrating a landmark. in september framework aired its 250th edition!

to mark the occasion, a collection of artists who have been important to the program over the years agreed to donate new and exclusive tracks, which we have published on a pair of double-cdr compilations, in handmade silk-screened packaging. above you can find the detailed tracklists for both editions; full track credits and notes are available by clicking on the individual links.

these compilations are available only through us, and you will receive one as a thank-you for your minimum donation of €25 (or any subscription that will result in the same amount). alternatively, for a minimum donation of €40 euros, we'll send you both!

The 2 double cd sets including new & exclusive tracks by:

jeph jerman / loren chasse / nuno moita & matteo uggeri / felicity ford / tarab / murmer / scott sherk / steve roden / peter cusack / keith berry / toshiya tsunoda / matsuwa / maria balabas / asmus tietchens / keith de mendonca / seth nehil / martin clarke / maksims šhenteļevs / hitoshi kojo / dallas simpson / eric cordier / jonathan coleclough & ben owen / toy.bizarre / mark schreiber / michael rüsenberg & steve welsh / jim haynes / thomas tilly/TÔ / john grzinich / jean-luc guionnet / emmanuel mieville / jez riley french / giancarlo toniutti / rie nakajima / chris watson / joel stern & lloyd barrett / richard garet / aaron ximm / michael northam / simon whetham / phill niblock
having just recieved my copies of this very special package let me tell you it is well worth getting hold of fast before they run out.

Field Notes # 2 - free pdf download magazine from Gruenrekorder

Field Notes # 2 - 'Listening, Documenting'


The second issue – published in December 2009 – features an interview with the passionate phonographer Walter Tilgner, the second and final part of Stefan Militzer’s essay about “Tones, Sounds and Noises,” a collection of old Chinese texts regarding silence and noise – compiled by sound artist Lin Chi-Wei –, anecdotes by Yannick Dauby regarding his recording and hearing experiences with frogs as well as thoughts and reports based on Gabi Schaffner’s personal experiences with accidentally deleted or never recorded sounds from Finland. The magazine closes with an essay of the componist and sound artist Andreas Bick regarding the construction of meaningful correlations when listening – “listening is making sense.”

1. Gabi Schaffner: The Madness of the Documentarist
2. Walter Tilgner interviewt von Marcus Kürten: The Nature-Sound Artist
3. Stefan Militzer: Tones, Sounds & Noises – Part 2: Policy of Sound
4. Yannick Dauby: Frogtales
5. Lin Chi-Wei: 2 Stories about Silence, 2 Stories about Noise
6. Andreas Bick: Listening is Making Sense

Field Notes is a bi-lingual magazine published by the German label Gruenrekorder, edited by Daniel Knef and Lasse-Marc Riek. Generally speaking the magazine is concerned with the phenomenon of sound from the most varied perspectives: artists, scientists and sound researchers add to Field Notes with their essays, interviews, travelogues, anecdotes, notes and picture series.


New release on Gruenrekorder:

Ben Owens - 'two'


...listening underwater...

1. soft magnetic se 00´40

2. n2 - tide 07´23

3. atlantic jetty - s n-1 07´20

4. atlantic jetty - s n-2 03´26

5. gowanus-1 10´01

6. gowanus-2 09´50

'a friend once commented how many of my recordings are from a perspective up close. for me it is this perspective that I return to and find is important, an audible view of a situation – in this case a continuous event – that is not readily audible, or at least is greatly enhanced through amplification from the contact mic surface. for this release movement of water in two forms become the basis of exploration. one active one passive. each revealing some inherent noise, compression, hum and tension of existence'

1-4 recorded on the coast of jacob riis park, far rockaway, queens ny. 20060910

5-6 recorded from the carroll street bridge, gowanus canal, brooklyn ny. 20060911

ear-room interviews with sound artists / field recordists

Mark Peter Wright's EAR-ROOM series of interviews continues it's monthly series with January 2010's edition featuring Andrea Polli

recent editions have featured:

Seth Cluett
Loren Chasse
John Grzinich
Steven Peters
Janek Schaefer
Jez riley French

(click on names to read interviews)