Thursday, 31 December 2009

mika vainio - time examined

on my turntable

mika vainio
time examined
92 page catalogue & 2cd
r-n 109

image: ©japanese forms

The year ends with Mika Vainio's
beautifully designed and l
avishly-packaged catalogue and 2cd arriving from Raster-Noton. The 92 page book includes numerous, colour & monochrome photographs as well as texts by Daniel Klemm, Daniela Cascella and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. As usual this in an absolute must-have item for anyone who likes Vainio's music as well as for any avid Raster-Noton collector. one2zero

"In the past thirteen years Mika Vainio has exhibited in some of the major art spaces in Europe, and he has collaborated with both a number of important artists and curators. Since his musical work has been in the focus of attention, his installations have never gained the broader recognition they deserve — without good reason. In the present book, an overview will give a clear outline of this segment of his oeuvre. Also his realized soundtracks for other artists, in the genres of video, film and dance are included. Each work is presented with a significant selection of images (installation views, visuals or sketches) and an explanatory text to deliver its basic idea. In the two essays Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Daniela Cascella – longtime companions and collaborators — delicately introduce Vainio’s conceptions to further enlight the reader’s understanding. On the enclosed CDs one can find a selection of tracks created for the respective installations and soundtracks."raster-noton )

mika vainio raster-noton pan sonic

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

ursula bogner - pluto hat einen mond

on the turntable:

ursula bogner
pluto hat einen mond

maas media vol.32

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maas media

image: japanese forms

A follow-up, limited edition, seven inch ep, to the Recordings 1969 - 1988 album. Entitled 'Pluto hat einen Mond' (Pluto has a moon) the ep includes four exclusive and previously unreleased tracks. Released to tie in with an exhibtion about Bogner's work, sketches, notations at the Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin, in mid-December 2009 it's available either through Maas Media or direct from Faitiche You'll have to be quick if you want one as only 300 copies have been pressed. Exhibition closes on January 16th.

Special thanks to Gundula at Mass Media for including two exhibition postcards with my copy. one2zero

jan jelinek faitiche

Jan Jelinek on Ursula Bogner:
In the late 1960s, Ursula Bogner started to record her own music on reel-to-reel tapes. With some of these titles, we only found individual tracks of pieces recorded on a four-track-recorder – in these cases, I had to recombine the separate tracks to recreate the original piece. Unfortunately, I could not involve Ursula Bogner in the mixing process as she passed away in 1994. Invoking the original’s authenticity might seem insensitive, yet there was no other way to release them in their entirety. Ultimately, only three of the tracks featured on this CD/LP are such ‘reworkings’. [...] a further compilation is already in the works. ( ©jan jelinek - (more)

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

frame.sync / raster-noton

on my turntable

offf lisbon '09

Not Available

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A very rare and exclusive compilation CD released to coincide with Frame.Sync ; a one-time installation project at Offf '09 (an International festival for post-digital creation and culture)which took place in Lisbon, Portugal in May this year. Beautifully designed and packaged; the CD features most of the label's artists. Given away free to anyone who bought a ticket for the festival. one2zero

This copy; courtesy of GMA.

"In cooperation with Derivative's TouchDesigner, Raster-Noton and Offf'09 present:
FRAME.SYNC, a multi-visual space + exclusive cd compilation featuring tracks
by all participating artists: COH, alva noto, atom™, byetone, Frank Bretschneider,
Kangding Ray, nibo, pixel, Pomassl, senking, signal, SND and special guests
Fennesz and Vladislav Delay. Free with ticket for offf festival in Lisbon." raster-noton )

frame.sync raster-noton

Saturday, 19 December 2009

krautrock - cosmic rock and it's legacy

on my shelves

cosmic rock and it's legacy
black dog publishing (2009)

image: ©japanese forms

A must-have companion piece to Julian Cope's legendary Krautrocksampler. Black Dog Publishing continue their excellent series of music books; this time documenting the amazing music scene that emerged in Germany in the late 1960s. Highly recommended. one2zero

"Krautrock charts the history of this influential music genre, from its roots in free jazz, psychedelia and the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, to the groundbreaking experiments of Faust, Kraftwerk and Can." ( © Black Dog Publishing)

Buy : black dog publishing / amazon

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

radian - chimeric

on my turntable

thrill 224

Available on CD /LP / Download

image: ©japanese forms

It's been quite a while since Austrian avant-rock band, Radian released a new album; all three members have been working on other projects (Nemeth / Trapist / Kapital Band 1 etc. etc. ) over the past few years and, in fact, it's the first new material by the band since the splendid Juxtoposition album way back in 2004. In my opinion, this recording consists of pretty much the same fare as the two previous Thrill Jockey albums but sounds a bit more rawer and darker in form and content; "steady, multiple rhythms, layered on top of each other disappear into chaos" as the band puts it. May well be their best disc ever. Beautifully packaged in a fold-out card sleeve with photographs by Pascal Petignat and design by Nik Thoenen. Excellent. Highly recommended. one2zero

CD version is presented in a 4 panel mini-LP style jacket. LP version is limited to 1,000 copies for the world and includes a free download coupon.

thrill jockey radian myspace

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thrill jockey