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clinical_archives on 04/07/2010 at 12:20PM

Litanies in Zero Kelvin

Old folk songs have no need to be reinvented. They have no needs at all. But like our memories of the dead, we must resurrect them from time to time, because they cause us pleasure, dread or pain.

The central theme of Litanies in Zero Kelvin is death, the final entropy state. Death has never held any intrinsic meaning to me. But there are bound to be some spiritual mysteries involved in any attempted rapprochement. The songs I use in Litanies are not strictly speaking sacred, though their intentions are often just that.

The sources are mostly old Russian folk songs and English ballads. The imageries of the words, but also the cosmologies which inspired these songs, have moved and terrified me since the day I learned to sing them. James Joyce’s one hundred letters of The Fall are a natural choice as facilitators of the transition from the old and familiar to the new and incomprehensible. As is it’s contemporary - the theremin with it’s space-age connotations.

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Calebk on 04/06/2010 at 04:00PM

Synths, Pop and Hiss

Knitted Abyss

Like much of recent pop music, synths have found their way into adventurous musics. Influenced by no-wave and Suicide, acts like Knitted Abyss, and Hoffman and Hopkins (both bands are formed from The Holy Balm and Naked on the Vague) have been performing in the shop front and small spaces that have cropped up around Sydney in the last few years. Serial Space, Locksmith and Sedition have become the stage for often very small gigs (Sedition, a barbers by day, is the smallest  comfortably holding 20 people (counting the band)).

Both Knitted Abyss and Hochman and Hopkins feature in the Sydney Sound exhibition at ISSUE opening on Wed 7th April.

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herr_professor on 04/06/2010 at 10:25AM

David Sugar David Sugar

Back in the initial early LSDJ boom around the early 2000's. some of the most impressive tracks where from a bedroom producer under the name Logic Bomb. As his tracks grew in scope from Game Boy only projects to full blown electro freakouts, he ditched that moniker and Became David Sugar.

His other material was similar in style to his Game Boy tracks but benefited greatly by the enhanced sonic palette. You can read more about his other stuff in this BBC interview.

Appearing on a number of compilations as raised his profile, but he still finds time for his little DMG, with tracks like this for the 8bitpeoples label, and a performance at the 2009 Blip Festival. Enjoy his track Boss Man, and see you in seven!

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chip music, david sugar
lavenders on 04/05/2010 at 08:20PM

matthewdavid, Golden Hits, and Julia Holter Live at Sea & Space Explorations

dublab / Leaving Records / Human Ear Music / Discotheque Records present…SHIMMER.

dublab drone dreamers Golden Hits, matthewdavid and Julia Holter gathered at the incredible Sea and Space Explorations in Eagle Rock, CA for an aquatic audio performance. Toss your umbrella aside and join in on the dreamy drips and drops.

This creative evening happened under Reclamation Project’s newest installation, “Aquarium.” Visitors climb a ten foot staircase to feed reclaimed water into a plumbing system consisting of hundreds of used plastic bottles filled with sand, charcoal, gravel, and rocks suspended from the ceiling by the strength of hundreds of plastic bags. With the power of gravity, the water snakes and zigzags through this aqueduct/filtration system and empties purified into a modular pyramidal garden composed of food-producing, carnivorous, and water plants. And this is only the beginning of AQUARIUM. Fore more info please click HERE.

Visual projections were created by Jesselisa Moretti, Diego Herrera and Golden Hits. Please view the videos below!

Golden Hits live @ Sea and Space Explorations from James Tamborello on Vimeo.

JULIA HOLTER//Ritual Music from Leaving Records on Vimeo.

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jason on 04/05/2010 at 03:00PM

ccMixter's Secret Mixter

ccMixter is a community music website, and a big inspiration to our work here on the FMA. ccMixter focuses on remix-friendly audio, and its users offer sample packs, a capellas, and stems under collaboration-friendly Creative Commons licenses. The site has built up a thriving community that ranges from up-and-coming amateurs and hobbyists to worldclass professional producers. 

Victor Stone -- the major force behind ccMixter since its inception in 2004 -- wrote a fascinating memoir about the first four years (which you can read here, CC licensed naturally). In one section, he recalls that the site originally came about as a place to host the results of the Creative Commons/ WIRED remix contest. The site would go on to host contests by the likes of Vieux Farka Toure, Fort Minor (of Linkin Park), and the Copyright Criminals documentary. Over time, the community started to suffer from what Victor calls "remix fatigue"; more importantly, the idea of a remix contest that promotes a certain artist seemed at odds with the community-oriented nature of the site. As Victor puts it in his memoir, "contests were a construct of the commercial economy and simply didn't fit into ccMixter's sharing economy".

The last couple years, ccMixter has found some really cool ways to engage the community in projects that are better suited to the sharing economy. Last month's March Mixup Madness, the Secret Mixter, is a great example.

MC Jack in the Box, producer and host of ccMixter's Cool Music Show podcast, explains what the Secret Mixter is all about:

The Secret Mixter is a semi-regular feature the artists of ccmixter have created to bring them together as a community, and the resulting music is testament to the fact that as a whole, this is a labor of love. You remix somebody secretly and you get remixed secretly. It's that simple. There is no prize, nothing to win, and the most you can hope for your time and involvement is to be reciprocated back in a similar fashion. It brings out the best in its participants, as they are creating a gift for someone else, and the gift to the listener is a wealth of great music from an incredible array of diverse talent.

I've picked a dozen of my favorite tracks from the most recent version of the Secret Mixter, in a variety of genres, which I think truly represent what this project and the community is all about.

The full results of last month's mixter are available here. And if you want to dig deeper, ccMixter recently launched the beta version of their new music discovery tool, dig.ccmixter. Dig is a great way to tap into some of the amazing sounds coming out of the ccMixter community, with advanced filtering options and featured picks. So "dig in" if you haven't already, and we look forward to more ccMixter-curated mixes on the FMA.

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macedonia on 04/03/2010 at 12:14PM

Cvees Spread Love For The Springtime...

This is a special FMA Springtime shoutout for those who have come through a very tough Winter and an unpredictable March.  From blizzard conditions to torrential rains, gale force winds, uprooted trees, down electrical wires, and flooding of biblical proportions, we could all use some sunshine right now.  And as the temperatures flirt with 70 degrees in the Northeast, let's turn our focus to the warm production and skillful lyricism of Harlem's own Cvees.

Consisting of Probe DMS, Ike P, and Swave Sevah, this hip-hop trio has been grinding within the underground for at least a decade now, earning special guest spots on one of J-Live's earlier albums as well as seeing their own work released independently on labels like Sub-Verse and DMS Country Recordings.  Probe is somewhat of a triple threat as an MC, DJ, and producer.  His collaboration with pianist Jon Solo as Spymusic resulted in "Cloak," one of the most hypnotic singles of 2004.  They quickly followed up with an album that combined hip-hop, jazz, soul, and house music that proved impossible to ignore.

Here's Probe alongside Ike and Swave trading verses while sampling liberally from a Take 6 classic.  With the weather getting warmer, this seems like as good a time as any to "Spread Love To Ya."

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BTurner on 04/02/2010 at 05:43PM

Pissed Jeans at WFMU

Photo06 Someday they may settle down and listen to Tom Petty and Astrud Gilberto like the rest of us, but now several records down the line Eastern Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans continue to churn out ugly, malevolent, sexually alienated/frustrated and boredom-damaged rock music. At a total peak right now with their latest "King of Jeans" on Sub Pop, the Jeans have aged and matured, but instead of going soft they've only honed in on the fine art of destruction with even more precision in channeling the frayed-cable attack of Black Flag, Flipper, Drunks With Guns and more. In October, they turned the stage of WFMU Fest in Brooklyn into a wasteland of broken mic stands and (much) vomit (great pix on Diana Wong's Flickr stream) and might have put in thee rock show of the year. Now, from last week, an especially fried performance and recording from Brian Turner's show, engineered by Dave Mambach and Mark Koch. See em April 3rd in Baltimore at Sonar Fest, and April 9th in NYC at the Knit. Set list today: Science Fiction / Half Idiot / Human Upskirt / Pleasure Race / Dream Smotherer / False Jesii Pt 2 / L Word / Boring Girls.

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Calebk on 04/02/2010 at 10:15AM

Noise Sydney

Things get pretty noisy in Sydney - this is in itself interesting as it is quite problematic to play at volume due to excessive noise restrictions and often underground venues. One answer to the issue is to take it outside, play briefly and return things to how they were. This is Kusum’s ScreamAMP. The work sees her carting guitar amps around Melbourne and setting up in various environs, before unleashing her extreme vocals on an un-expecting audience.


Tactically, numerous noise music practitioners find ways to perform at heart thumping volume about the city, below are three tracks at the noisy end of recent recordings from Sydney, turn them up if you can.

Kusum plays at ISSUE on the 7th April with LoVid and Marina Rosenfeld

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JoeMc on 04/01/2010 at 02:52PM

Vialka: Plus de vie que la musique

Vialka live, somewhere in the world. (Photo CC by-nc-nd courtesy Smoet/flickr.)
Take a bit of Ex-ian anarcho-punk, mix it with some Afrirampo-like abandon (and occasional facepaint), add in some Sublime Frequencies-style world music exploration, and finish it off with a soupçon of Gallic attitude, and you're getting close to what "turbo-folk micro-orchestra" Vialka puts across.

Vialka is Marylise Frecheville (drums, vocals) and Eric Boros (guitar, vocals) who reside somewhere in the Pyranees of "deepest France." Well, at least that's where they are for now. Boros is originally from Canada and Frecheville from France. They have lived in Canada, Switzerland, and Slovenia, but really they are a band that makes the world their home. In fact, their performing M.O. is to crashland in all sorts of out-of-the-way places to wake up the locals with a barrage of their unique brand of DIY. Right now, they are touring China, where they are playing in 18 different cities. From China, it's on to Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia, and...New Jersey!

Yes, one of the out-of-the-way places Vialka will be crashlanding soon is at WFMU, where they will be Brian Turner's guests on April 20th. They also play in Brooklyn the following night. To get you in the mood for what promises to be a great radio session and live show, check out a few tracks below from Vialka's six-album deep catalogue. If you like what you hear, read on for more about this barnstorming duo.

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lizb on 04/01/2010 at 09:00AM

Mutant Glitch Pop Comp

Recently discovered the UpitUp netlabel here on the FMA: mutant glitch pop for these modern times. The label has featured tracks by known pros like Vernon Lenoir and Dan Deacon, but also brings a ton of lesser-known artists to the table for some sonic magic.

I'm particularly enamored with UpitUp's "Back From the Future" compilation from 2007, which is chock-full of electronic fun with plenty of spastic knob-twisting. You would be wise to practice your robot dance moves prior to taking a listen, so you don't look like a complete idiot when you find yourself involuntarily busting a move.

Take a listen to a few of my favorite tracks from the comp below, and if you are doing the head bob or foot tap by the end, just download the whole damned thing. If you're poppin', lockin', or working your robot arms, I will prescribe a higher dosage of UpitUp.

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glitch, electro-pop
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