Free with The Wire December 2005 issue 262
01 OREN MARSHALL 6 (EDIT) FROM
INTRODUCTION TO THE STORY OF SPEDY SPONDA PART ONE: IN A SILENT
A tuba player since the age of 14, Marshall has played in major orchestras both in London and abroad. He has greatly expanded the sound and range of the instrument through his use of electronics, while his crossing of genre barriers has found him working with musicians as diverse as Derek Bailey, Django Bates and Rolf Harris. This piece for solo electronic tuba is taken from the album described by its creator as "a contemporary classical ambient space heavy metal experimental improvised folk blues".
02 DIRTY PROJECTORS I WILL TRUCK (EDIT) FROM
THE GETTY ADDRESS (WESTERN VINYL)
Head Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth presents an excerpt from his self-styled glitch opera, where his recordings of his own arrangements for wind septet, women's choir and cello octet were digitally reconstructed to make up the individual songs. Over this he sings an album length narrative whose libretto takes in Aztec Mythology, the contemporary virtualisation of wilderness, the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, and Eagles' leader Don Henley.
03 SECRET MOMMY DANCE STUDIO (EDIT) FROM VERY
Described by Secret Mommy aka Andy Dixon as a byproduct of an addiction to sound - specifically its documentation and manipulation - Very Rec is the product of half a year spent in public spaces armed with handmade condenser mics. These covertly recorded sounds - the hiss of a skate on ice, paper being cut, a martial arts demonstration and, as heard here, a dance studio - were then heavily treated, deconstructed and reconfigured over a six month period.
04 CAGE GOOD MORNING FROM HELL'S WINTER
This is Cage's second solo effort - his first for Def Jux. He's been around since the 1990s and received a dissing on the first Eminem album, but his problems with drugs threatened to sideline him for good. Here his dense texts tap into an unhappy past that includes childhood abuse, drug addiction, a spell in a mental institution and suicide attempts. Much of the production on Hell's Winter comes from El-P, Central Services and Blockhead, with tracks by Camu Tao, RJD2 and DJ Shadow, while other contributors include guitarist Matt Sweeney and Jello Biafra.
05 RAY RUSSELL GOODBYE SVENGALI (EDIT) FROM
GOODBYE SVENGALI (CUNEIFORM)
Guitarist Ray Russell has been a pioneer of electric jazz forms since the 1960s. His most recent album is a tribute to pianist and arranger Gil Evans, with whom he played and recorded in the 1980s. Here he is accompanied by Amy Baldwin (double bass), Gil's son Miles (trumpet) and Gary Husband (drums). Jim O'Rourke recently paid him tribute, saying, "Russell makes it sound as if the guitar is not enough, as if he's reaching for something wilder, something that can't be contained within the six string cage."
06 KIERAN HEBDEN & STEVE REID SOUL
OSCILLATIONS (EXCERPT) FROM THE EXCHANGE SESSION VOL 1 (DOMINO)
Kieran Hebden may be regarded as one of the leading lights of folktronica, but his music with post-rock ensemble Fridge and the electronica recorded under his alias Four Tet show influences way beyond that genre. Indeed, Hebden's love of free jazz led to him being introduced to drummer Steve Reid, who has played with the likes of James Brown, Fela Kuti and Miles Davis. Their collaboration has produced work of striking originality.
07 BLACK TO COMM LACCIFER LACCA FROM RÜCKWÄRTS
From Hamburg, Germany, Black To Comm's debut album is described by its creator Marc Richter thus: "Many moons ago mankind discovered a female southeast Asian insect whose scarlet resinous secretion could be magically transformed into music with the aid of manmade machines. This is a tribute to said insect (hence the title), made exclusively from scratchy shellac loops."
08 COBRA KILLER HIGH IS THE PINE
FROM COBRA KILLER + KAPAJKOS: DAS MANDOLINEORCHESTER (MONIKA
Formed in 1998, Cobra Killer have undertaken tours with Sonic Youth and Peaches, but for this album they have ditched the electroclash and followed in the more respectable footsteps of their predecessors (Annika Line-Trost's great-grandfather was a conductor and violin teacher; Gina V D'Orio's grandfather ran the Lubo D'Orio big band orchestra). In a surprise move, they have teamed up with the Kapajkos mandolin orchestra and rearranged songs from their back catalogue into something close to romantic ballads.
09 GERRY MITCHELL & LITTLE SPARTA FEASTING
ON MY HEART FROM THE KEEP MOTHER 10" VINYL SERIES (FIRE)
The Keep Mother series is a collection of 13 10" vinyl releases featuring 26 artists. This song precedes Gerry Mitchell & Little Sparta's upcoming EP, Scalpal Slice, and it is, in Mitchell's own words, "a poetic reflection of a bombed out summer in London". The group on the recording are Susie Honeyman (violin), John Robertson (guitar), Alan Boyd (guitar and harmonium) and Gerry Mitchell (vocals and words).
10 XXL PAW PAW PAW PAW PAW PAW PAW FROM
Ciautistico! is the debut album from XXL, a collaboration between the Italian experimental group Larsen and James Stewart's pop project Xiu Xiu. Both groups consider XXL as a new venture in itself more than an occasional collaboration, and they have already sold out concerts in Italy. Edited down from long jam sessions, the sound of Ciautistico! veers from orchestrated pop songs to tracks with near Techno beats and melancholy minimalist drones.
11 MERZ WARM CIGARETTE ROOM FROM LOVEHEART
Merz aka Conrad Lambert was born in West Yorkshire and now lives in Bristol. A much travelled musician, Lambert's parents live in Mongolia and he has friends in 48 countries, His self-titled 1999 debut album was critically acclaimed, but he has only sporadically released EPs and singles since then. The trail went cold last year when his distribution company went bust and he ended up being thrown out of his flat. Six years after his debut comes Loveheart, a potent mix of songs and adventurous sonics.
12 HANS FJELLESTAD WRIGGLING CALL FROM 33
Musician, artist and film maker Fjellestad's upcoming solo live CD for Accretions, Kobe Live House, features some revisited and quoted material from his 2003 album, 33, from which "Wriggling Call" comes. Constructed from bowed and treated grand piano and field recordings, his record label describes it as "a giant, genetically altered porno tit mouse signalling its mother with a tribal-alien pulse". On this evidence, that's a pretty accurate description.
13 NELS CLINE/WALLY SHOUP/CHRIS CORSANO LAKE OF
FROM IMMOLATION/IMMERSION (STRANGE ATTRACTORS)
Guitarist Nels Cline is known through his own trio, The Nels Cline Singers, and his work with The Geraldine Fibbers, Carla Bozulich and Wilco. Alto saxophonist Wally Shoup has headed his Project W for three decades. He has also collaborated with Thurston Moore, among other American and European improvisors. Drummer Chris Corsano has played with Cold Bleak Heat, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Six Organs Of Admittance and many more. This is the first time they have recorded as a trio.
Strange Attractors Audio House
14 ANDREY KIRITCHENKO SCOPE OF MY PERCEPTION
(EDIT) FROM TRUE DELUSION (NEXSOUND)
Kiritchenko is a TV presenter and radio DJ in Ukraine and has made major contributions to the development of electronic music in Eastern Europe, releasing more than 20 albums to date under a variety of aliases. Moving from rock music into electronics in the 1990s, he founded the Nexsound label in 2000. Since then he has operated more in electroacoustic and musique concrte areas, exploring microscopic sound design and combining acoustic and digital aesthetics.
15 THIS HEAT 24 TRACK LOOP FROM THIS HEAT (THIS
From This Heat's 1978 debut album, "24 Track Loop" is an early example of how the mixing desk could be made integral to the process of composing music. Edited down to a two bar rhythm loop, at 30 ips this still gave metres of tape spooled around mic stands in the studio. Meanwhile, looped, treated and varispeeded keyboard chords, handclaps and woodblocks were added to the mix. This is from the recently remastered version of the album.
16 MOHA (C5)
FROM RAUS AUS STAVANGER (RUNE GRAMMOFON)
The Norwegian label's latest signings MoHa consist of guitarist Anders Hana (23)
and drummer Morton Olsen (24). They have both been active for eight years - Hana is currently a member of Jaga Jazzist and Noxagt, while Olsen has played with the likes of Frode Gjerstad, Axel Dö'rner, Fred Frith and Steve Lacy - but this is their debut recording together.