Last night in NYC, Dean Blunt staged a brief performance called “WAR REPORT” at the Off Vendome gallery space. Today, Sex Magazine premiered a video of the performance. In it, a man dressed in blue military fatigues (not Dean Blunt, notably) sits at a table enveloped in fog and reads a script/text written by Blunt, with battlefield sounds distantly playing in the background. Like Black Metal (the PDF), “War Report” is a monologue of sorts that’s both direct and of extremely uncertain and shifting origin/voice… some of it seems linked to Blunt’s thoughts on cultural assimilation that he’s given in interviews, other bits seem cribbed from the muddy self-worth philosophizing of someone like Popa Wu… but things are obviously being said here, and they’re being said to whoever is showing up for a Dean Blunt performance in NYC on February 12, 2015.
(Listen to a related “freestyle” here.)
• Dean Blunt: https://soundcloud.com/urbansocialmedialounge
Somehow Commissioned # 2 : TEXTURE
What a group Phinery put together for the second edition of their Somehow Commissioned series?!? So many TMT favorites on here: Karl Fousek, YlangYlang, Golden Living Room, Fumitake Tamura (Bun), Mike Nigro, FDG, AyGeeTee, øjeRum, Lindsay Dobbin, and plenty more.
Limited to just fifty copies, a few of the double cassette and zine bundles are still available for purchuse. Or, instead of helping out these poor, starving artists, you can take three hours out of your day to stream the entirety of the comp below. Yay free music and poor living conditions for artists!
Phinery also has a new batch of tapes coming soon. You can preview them on their SoundCloud.
• Phinery: http://www.phinery.net
Animated by fine-grained lead melodies and swathes of pure bass, the Buchla synth performances of producer/composer Alessandro Cortini (he of Nine Inch Nails, SONOIO, and the Trash Audio collective) reach us as a live-in-the-studio arc of twisted knobs, sketching out a path of gradual development for the voices of his finite system. With Important Records’ release of the third and final installment in his Forse series, those of us who have dug into Cortini’s sessions have another 2xLP to blast at full volume, for the benefit (right?) of all our neighbors and loved ones, as if to sonically embody the goo oozing in careful geometry across the album jackets. If the now 40-year-old Buchla Music Easel seems limited compared to the infinite customizability of modern units, Cortini demonstrates that his well-documented shredding on the instrument is more than a case of “making the best of what he has.” With one hand on a timbre slider and another on the touch keyboard controller, he dials in massive tones on a machine that has come to form a new lobe of his (verifiably analog) brain. As his interlaced voltage paths complicate, he can’t afford to waste a gesture or let an oscillator idle. The final streamlined incarnations of Cortini’s synth patches drip into our skulls at a pace so deliberate that each minute development can thrill.
On “Scappa,” our first taste of Forse 3’s seismic synthesis, Cortini exploits radical dynamics to maximum effect, building an expanse of low-end bursts and whistling oscillators into a triumphant fanfare melody fit for some Olympic montage from an alternate 1970s timeline. If tracks like “Canta” from Forse 2 derived narrative motion from Cortini’s ability to push a progression out of its original presentation by staggering sets of chords to recur in increasingly short iterations, “Scappa” pursues the opposite tactic: the fine-tuning of individual tones within a state of relative harmonic stasis. Two-thirds in, he opens the floodgates, and it is worth remembering what they say about maximum volume w/r/t maximum results. Filters loosen their grip and every stacked layer of his creation starts to resonate with new weight. We see the finish line ahead, but we’re not quite ready to cross it. We let Cortini and his machine plod on. We slow down and we file in behind them.
Forse 3 arrives March 31st on Important Records.
Kill Collector Culture
Big Pennsylvania Noise Compilation
Kill Collector Culture got a nearly 40-track compilation together and you been inside freezing to death because that coal ain’t gonna dig and burn itself. So let the weird sounds of Big Pennsylvania Noise Compilation warm you up. Featuring familiar names (i.e. Ryan Emmett and The Garment District) and an extensive less familiar names, you’ll find yourself flying high on them wacko vibes without some harsh vibes following you up. Some real basement dwelling shit here to scum the slur on. Plenty of the old flashbacks. Hallucinations at an all time high. Valentines Day came in waves of clowns and colored pixels.
• Kill Collector Culture: https://killcollectorculture.bandcamp.com
Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst
It’s been only two months into 2015 and there are already some intriguing and exciting clashes between the worlds of Music and Fashion. First, Arca presented his original soundtrack for the fall/winter 2015 Hood By Air fashion show, now musician Holly Herndon and visual artist Mat Dryhurst recorded their collaboration “Recruit” for the presentation of a new collection by the London based clothing brand Cottweiler. Described on the RVNG Intl. page as “a transition between environments”, the piece is a heavy slab of musique concrète soaking with futurism, radical snippets of mangled sound drown in explosions of deconstructed, cavernous IDM in the state of decay. The Machine speaks, and the word’s arent’ pretty. But they’re definitely magnetic.