Saturday, 22 December 2007
Black Dog Publishing
Well 2007 has certainly been a eventful year for me. On a personal level; one of the best and one of the worst for family matters. Also, a horrendously long time spent moving and relocating meant that I was more or less cut off from music and my disc collection for almost five months. My collection is still in storage as my new accommodation is far too small. Don't see things getting back to 'normal' in the immediate future but another move is scheduled for Spring 2008 On the music front I managed to pick up and listen to many fine releases.
Those that made their way onto the one2zero turntable include some excellent releases by the ever-prodigiously talented Bonnie 'Prince' Billy as well as three great discs -2 EPs and an album- issued by Battles. Other highlights included a whole host of first-class releases from the 12k, raster-noton and touch labels. Not only electronic music of the finest order but also -as per usual- superb packaging from all three labels. Several releases from these labels are featured elsewhere at one2zero. One of my other favourite labels, ~scape also issued some splendid stuff from Pole, Jan Jelinek and Deadbeat. Not forgetting top stuff from Von Südenfed, Kim Hiorthoy and a couple of reissues from Young Marble Giants and Seefeel.
The years ends with another excellent book from Black Dog Publishing which I highly recommend for fans of No Wave but also to anyone who's at all curious about what went on on the music front in late-seventies, early eighties New York. one2zero
No Wave traces the history of this noisy and uncompromising genre, from its most famous names down to its many offshoots and sidetracks. From early pioneers like Suicide and Richard Hell, to forgotten treasures like Red Transistor and Bush Tetras, and descendents like ESG and Sonic Youth, No Wave charts all the cracks and crevices of a surprisingly diverse movement. ( © Black Dog Publishing )
Monday, 17 December 2007
Available from iTunes now!
MP3 only release
Hub - Tierbeobachtungen
January 17th 2007 Jan Jelinek was celebrating the release of his album "Tierbeobachtungen" in Berlin at "Zentrale Randlage" and invited producer collegues to an outstanding remix project:Each performing artist was playing his/her own individual interpretation of one track from the album "Tierbeobachtungen".
Live remixes by:
Robert Lippok, Pole, Andrew Pekler & Hanno Leichtmann, Thomas Fehlmann
Frank Bretschneider, Anne Westphalen & Peter Lay
All tracks are available online only on i-tunes, beatport, Kompakt-mp3, bleep and the partners of finetunes.
( © ~scape)
Monday, 10 December 2007
Available February 2008
willits / sakamoto
Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s forthcoming release, Ocean Fire, is a sublime soundtrack for the ocean. It is an intense and stirring wash of cascading tones and textured harmony. Willits + Sakamoto surprise with rare form in this collaboration, creating a sound world unlike anything they have produced previously. Each artist has gently pulled the other into new sonic territory. Sakamoto’s gorgeous processed piano sound reflects Willits’ beautiful shimmering clusters of notes, a new aspect of Willits’ pioneering guitar/computer approach. Together, their sounds merge effortlessly, creating deep and seamless swells of gigantic melodic waves.( © 12k - more )
Download 12k MP3s @: boomkat
Friday, 30 November 2007
tonto ep & dvd
also available on 12"
release info: warp
mp3 download: bleep
(above: still from the united visual artists' making of tonto)
Fine choice for the EP treatment with interesting remixes from The Field and Four Tet. I'm a bit less enthusiastic about the DJ EMZ / Joell Ortiz remix of Leyendecker but maybe, after a few listens, I'll change my mind. Excellent packaging;artwork by United Visual Artists, the EP includes a DVD featuring the rather awesome video of the title track. Also by UVA. A bonus documentary 'Making of Tonto' by UVA is included as well as the Atlas video. one2zero
The Tonto+ release includes remixes from Kompakt heroes 'The Field', Four Tet, a reworking of Leyendecker from DJ EMZ and DR Dre mentored mcee Joell Oritz, plus two awesome live versions - which if you've ever seen Battles live means a lot more than your average live version. Both CD & 12" include a dvd with the full length videos of Tonto and Atlas plus a making of Tonto documentary feature too. (© Warp )
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
new release forthcoming
DVD5 / NTSC
release info: RZ
one2zero should be resuming normally in a couple of weeks. We finally got around to finding accomodation and we`ll be settling in soon. Hope to update the blog on a much more regular basis as from next month. In the meantime, I`m glad to announce that Rechenzentrum are at last releasing some new material. It`s a DVD and you can check out the information about it as well as some extracts from it by following the RZ link above. one2zero
Monday, 3 September 2007
new release from 12k
Following a long, laborious summer one2zero has finally got round to posting something. My relocation has been put back due to some unforseen difficulties; with almost all of my belongings in storage plus the fact that I don`t have a home to call my own yet; posting will be sporadic. Hope to be back on a more regular basis soon. In the meantime, check out the latest release, by guiseppe ielasi on the great 12k label. one2zero
August is a haunting, but beautiful album that falls neatly between the starkness of Gesine and the scattering rhythmic complexity of s/t. LIke music for a farewell, an ending of ends, August is moody, static, slow and emotional.
Ielasi, Born in 1974, lives near Milan, Italy. He started playing guitar in 1988, and worked for many years in the area of ‘improvised music’ (long term collaborations with Renato Rinaldi in the duo Oreledigneur, Alessandro Bosetti, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts). He has performed live with Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert, Nmperign, Brandon Labelle, Nikos Veliotis, Gert-Jan Prins, Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi, Thomas Ankersmit and many others. In recent years his main interest has been in site-specific solo performances, still using guitars as primary sound sources but integrating microphones and multi-channel speaker systems in order to create complex networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space. In 1998 he founded the Fringes Recordings label. (© 12k)
Buy direct from: 12k
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
raster-noton's flagship signal - olaf bender, frank bretschneider and carsten nicolai - is something like the reference group of one of the pivotal labels of new minimal electronic music. but although only having released one cd so far, their sessions and concerts have been very influential until today. some of those tracks of the past years now result in a compilation that joins the work of the three masterminds of raster-noton, but not like a simple aggregation of egos, much rather like a conversation in which every discourse modulates the other and in the end it is not possible anymore to distinguish between each individual contribution. in this sense, signal would be a superego that serves a process in which the rule, coincidence and interaction play equal parts. this blends into an open and democratic music that has some of kraftwerk’s melancholy in it. thus, signal are their spiritual heirs. (© raster-noton)
Monday, 25 June 2007
on the turntable:
„rhythm“ is neither pop nor avant-garde, but deals simply with the basic principles of any modern music: rhythm.
frank bretschneider takes his, never simple, but all the more heartfelt relationship to rhythm and it’s complexity, to an intense inventory and, this time, works less out of suspenseful abstract sounds, than out of grooves. the terseness and precision of previous works remains, as well as a preference for high-voltage sounds halfway between noise and tone. new is the assemblage of the material. a combination of programming, composition and construction, which draws a clear distinction to his preferred loop-based work on foregone albums, is connected with bretschneider's very idiosyncratic aesthetic of digital sound: controlled and objective. the whole follows simple mechanical states: on/off, forward/backward, up/down, slow/fast, loud/quiet, dull/brilliant, soft/hard and is characterized by the absence of any romanticism. still this return to the elementary, the fundamental, does not diminish the music to dance-floor functionality, instead bretschneider always stays emphatically musical and manages to generate sophisticated and complex rhythm-structures, which respectively induce minimal deviations in frequency and timing relationships to generate a surplus of funk.
In all, „rhythm“ is probably bretschneider’s most direct, clear and concentrated work yet. (© raster-noton)
buy / download:raster-noton website: frank bretschneider
Friday, 1 June 2007
quique (redux edition)
Reissue of one of my favourite albums. When I realized that this disc was originally released 15 years ago it was a bit of a shock. More than just your common-everyday-type of reissue the Quique Redux Edition includes an amazingly good bonus disc of versions, remixes and edits. one2zero
listen filter dub
"An exquisite example of the kind of fusion it's possible to create when using electronics, guitars and an overall Dub aesthetic. Quique brings together the drifting ambient sounds of shoegaze with deep, dubby electronics to create a seamless, lush and beautiful sound. From the majestic, soaring chords and hypnotic rhythms of the opening track right through to the end it's a simply spellbinding collection. And, at long last, it gets a reissue... and not just any old reissue either as this features a second disc with the redux version included. Basically a series of versions, remixes and edits, some of which were released in a limited fashion, but most of which are unreleased, essentially providing us with a whole new Seefeel album... and that's something to be really thankful for. Their later work on Rephlex and Warp was stupendous as well, but for sheer timeless brilliance this is absolutely the one. If you don't have it and like labels such as Kranky, Limit Switch or virtually any electronic label from the last 10 years, you simply *must* get this album." (© Smallfish)
artist site: myspace
mp3 download: bleep
label: too pure
buy it : smallfish / boomkat
Monday, 23 April 2007
type radio mix
This dates from a couple of years ago but as it says at type records:" This is a timeless mix..."
download / listen
shuttle 358 - type radio mix
shuttle 358 type records
susumu yokota, grinning cat - i imagine
voima - live at loop-line, 01/14/04
minamo, beautiful - yarn
world's end girlfriend, farewell kingdom - call past rain feat. piana
sogar + uison, two point two - local times
yoko kanno, wolf's rain ost - float
piana, snow bird - winter sleep
fonica, eadgbe - 455
dj krush, jaku - beyond raging waves
kuchiroro, com30 - the moon
voyage to sleep, actus bed-duo sampler - outro
no.9, mushi no ne - bug beats
kazumasa hashimoto, epitaph - eama gene
ryuichi sakamoto, chasm - war and peace
*samples of toyko trains by dan abrams© type records