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[Archive 4.15.15 ft. Guest Host Adam Richards]

The Upstate Soundscape, 4.15.15

 

1) Evan Miller, “Transfiguration on Lap Steel Guitar” Transfiguration on Lap Steel Guitar (Arbor)
2) Matt Valentine & Erika Elder, “Great Speckled Craft” Daybreak of Coca Cola & The Plumage Overtones of Black Patti (Child of Microtones)
3) Phil Yost, “Leska’s Evening Delight” Touchwoods
4) Jason Lescalleet, “I Don’t Like Sundays” This is What I Do Vol. 6 (Glistening Examples)
5) Arlt, “Tu mas encore creve un cheval” V.A.: Your Victorian Breasts (Three Four Records)
6) Chicago Underground Duo, “Bellatron” Synesthesia (Thrill Jockey)
7) Mike Kelly, “Silver Ball (Light and Color, Mostly)” (Table of Elements)
8) Departmetn of Harmonic Integrity, “Upon Starry Skies In Deck and Depth, A Whim, A Weft (Tymbal Tapes)
9) Desamadrados Soldados De Ventura, “Sycamore St. Shuffle” Interpreting Dimensional Express (Golden Lab Records)
10) William Burroughs, “Capt. Clark Welcomes You Aboard” Nothing Here Now But the Recordings (Dias)
11) Naked City, “Un Correspondence” Absinthe (Avant)
12) Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink “Fixed Elsewhere” The Topography of the Lungs (Roku)
13) Baczkowski/Padmanabha, “Lead” Tongue Rust and Lead Moth (Utech Records)
14) Julius Hemphill, “Rites” Dogon AD (Arista)
15) Maurizio Bianchi, “Amen Test” Amen Test (Dias)
16) Grant Smith, “Track 4” Exploding Diseases (Tape Drift)
17) Matt Krefting, “Tiger’s Owl” Lymph Est (Kye)
18) Elsa Marie Pade, “Faust Suite: Prolog i Himlen” Electronic Works 1958-1995
19) Sean McCann, “Guardian” Ten Impressions for Piano & Strings (Root Strata)

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[Archive 4.23.14 ft. Guest Host Adam Richards of House of Alchemy]

The Upstate Soundscape, 4.23.14

 

1) Iannis Xenakis, “Concret PH” GRM Works 1957-1962 (Editions Meg)
2) Hildegard Westerkamp, “Fantasie for Horns II” Transformations (Empreintes Digitales)
3) Gravity Expanders Band, “Eastern Lunarterranium” One (Paradigm Discs)
4) Kemialliset Ystavat, “Af Rikka” Lumottu Karkkipurkki (Fonal)
5) Milford Graves “Nothing 5-7” Percussion Ensemble (ESP-Disk)
6) Nachtluft, “Silence Reactif” Belle-View I-IV (Unheard Music Series)
7) Alan Sondheim/Ritual All 770, “Track 3” The Songs (Fire Museum Records)
8) High on Dracula, “Side B (excerpt)” S/T (House of Alchemy)
9) Rozen, “Rare Unclothed Mare (excerpt)” Rare Undressed Mare (House of Alchemy)
10) Death Rattle “Track 2” S/T (House of Alchemy)
11) Charles Gordon, “Sleep Talker” S/T (House of Alchemy)
12) Tors Lundvall, “Rust” Structures in Solitude (Dais)
13) Dredd Foole, Steve Baczkowski, Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, Paul Flaherty “Track 1” Wrong Number (Open Mouth)
14) Raw Kites “Track 7” I can see the light I just cant feel it (Bug Incision Records)
15) Ghedallia Tazartes, “Mourir Un Peu” Diasporas (Dais)
16) Angus MacLise “Loft Collage” Brain Damage in Oklahoma City (Siltbreeze)
17) Sun Ra and His Band from Outer Space, “Space Aura” Space Aura (Artyard)
18) Norman Howard, “Track 2” Burn Baby Burn: Live in Cleveland 1968
19) Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet, “Street Hassell” Photographs (erstwhile)
20) The Red Krayola, “An Old Man’s Dream” Singles 1968-2002 (Drag City)
21) Massacre, “Lost Causes” Killing Time (Celluloid)
22) Goodgrief Commune, “Flash Flood Syllanibal” An Eventual history of Longue Durees (Endless Melt)
23) Dan Melchoir, “Poison Pete’s Holiday” Catbirds & Caridnals (Northern Spy)
24) Big Blood, “So Old Again” Already Gone II (Don’t Trust the Ruin)
25) Theater of Eternal Music, “30×63 Day of Hummingbird Night (excerpt)” S/T


[Archive: 12.26.12 ft. Guest Host Adam Richards]

The Upstate Soundsape, 12.26.12

 

1) Gamelon Son of Lion, “DNA” The Complete Gamelon in the New World (Locust)
2) Pengo, “Trans-Love Abattoir,” A Nervious Splendor (Haoma Recordings)
(*First two tracks failed to record. Set starts in middle of track 3)
3) Art Fleury, “Uno Spettro Si Aggriaq Per,” I Luoghi Del Potere (Die Schachtel)
4) Gastric Female Reflex, “C’mon Sarah….” (Bennifer Editions/Gold Soundz) 
5) Tony Conrad, “May” Tony Conrad/Gastr Del Sol 7″ Split (Table of the Elements) 
6) Graham Lambkin, “Glinkamix,” Salmon Run (Kye)
7) Ira Cohen, “Live at the Knitting Factory,” 1/23/91
8) “The Hee-ahh” Eavesdrop: A Wealth of Found Sound 
9) Rambutan, “Ordinary Vertigo,” Erasing the Past (Tape Drift)
10) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “New Pures,” Ways of Meaning (Desire Path Recordings)
11) Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, “Faceless Kiss” Alone Together # 6 (Emerald Cacoon)
12) Big Blood, “Curtain Call,” Dead Songs (Time Lag)
13) Steve Bazckowski, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, “Return to the Pasture of Ants and Sweet Rapture,” The Dim Bulb (Wet Paint)
14) Cruudueces, “Side B,” Human Error (Ghetto Naturalist Series)
15) MEV, “Track 4,” Rome Cansrt 
16) Lee Rockey, “Track 2,” Music (De Stijl)
17) “Beta Video” Eavesdrop: A Wealth of Found Sound 
18) Arto Lindsey, “Alisa,” Better a Old Demon than a New God (DIal-a-Poem Poets)
19) Gruppo Di Improvisazione Nuova Consonanza, “A5-4 (prove concerto ’67),” Aziono 
 20) Rust Worship, “Side B,” Your Dross, My Sustenance (Plant Migration)
21) Chapels, “Teeth,” The Upstate Soundscape: Vol 1
22) Tor Lundvall, “Blue Rain Ships,” The Shipyard (Dais)

[2012 in Review: Adam Richards of House of Alchemy]

Adam Richards runs the Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy with his wife Katheryn. His recording project is called Chapels. He also records in the groups The Circle and the Point and Air Loom. Tune in to hear Adam guest host The Upstate Soundscape tonight (wed., 12/26) on 91.3FM WBNY at 8pm. Stream at WBNY.org.

David Kilgour- Here Come the Cars (De Stijl- reissue)
Of anything on my list, I definitely spun this the most in 2012. Perfect song craft, pure and simple. It’s so unassuming, it kind of just nudges you here and there until you realize that you’ve spun it four times in a row and you’re ready for another go.

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Vanessa Rossetto- Exotic Exit (Kye)
Following up last year’s excellent Mineral Orange  is this astounding piece of work. Her deft handling of sounds both random and exacted is dazzling. It all melds together to create 3 sweeping and engaging pieces of music. Field recordings mixed with hunks of composed sound, or so I guess. Either way, dive in. It’s intoxicating.

Henning Christiansen- Fluxid Behandlung Op 189 (Kye- reissue)
Major reissue of late 80’s Fluxus sound works. Jarring, odd, engulfing soundscapes. Unpredictable, mildly erratic and totally compelling. Essential.

Aaron Dilloway- Modern Jester (Hanson)
Aaron Dilloway/Jason Lescalleet – Snakes and Grapes (Pan)
Modern Jester is pretty much perfect. From start to finish, you are treated to some of the finest electronic quackery I have heard.  Abrasive, gritty, elaborate and spot-goddamn-on. Probably the best thing I have heard all year.

Riding shot gun with that substantial album is a heavy collaboration with Jason Lescalleet. His set here in Buffalo this summer was above and beyond. This album gets deep and murky.  These are two of the best modern sound composers out there right now. It’s a menacing slow burn. Wow.

Josh Mason/Nathan McLaughlin – “3440” split  (Tape Drift)
What a tape. Mason’s side is liltingly cyclical, minimally evolving with minute, subtle flourishes. Piano, then some guitar. Deliriously just outside of repetitive. Something tiny is added with every lap. Coma sounds. Perfect coma sounds. McLaughlin offers lonesome banjo plucked with menacing deep bass looming behind. Plaintive, then dark until distortion washes it all out. It goes from minimal to sub-minimal and then turns to disorienting. It’s a puzzling and remarkable tape through and through.

Can- The Lost Tapes (United Artists- reissue)
It’s not very often that an essential band opens their vault and comes out with 3 CD’s of unreleased material that ranks amongst their finest. Vibrant, visceral, urgent. We now live in a world with three more CD’s of Can. That’s a damn good thing.

The Congos/Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras- Icon Give Thank (RVNG Intl)
This record is the soundtrack of a dream. I find myself in a trance within the first few minutes of dropping the needle, every time. It’s a magical hybrid of different worlds. Reggae vocal lay over outer limits psych grub. It’s like jumping into warm ocean water.

Venn Rain- multiple releases
The soundtrack of 2012 for me. In and around everything else on this list and all the other great recordings from this year, I was listening to Venn Rain. Half a dozen glimmering, mournful, hazy, cassettes: each one a comfort, an escape into tranquility. Get all of it.

Pedestrian Deposit- Kithless (Arbor)
They played a breathtaking set here in Buffalo this spring, on edge from beginning to end. This record rides from terse, tense minimalism to cathartic release with lots of space in between. Skin-crawling and beautiful. Essential sounds.

Hanel Koeck- Piano Music (Robert & Leopold)
Not only is the music fantastic but this has the packaging and concept of the year for me. Improvised piano, every aspect of the piano. After the recording the piano was disassembled and a piece of it is included with each cassette. Completely engrossing.

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Work/Death- Phone About to Ring (Three Songs of Lenin)
He played a devastatingly good set here in Buffalo In July. A batch of new releases came out this summer as well. They’re all great but this one is astounding. There is a good amount of menace here. The electronic yelps slowly build to a crowd of howling. Everything is vibrating. Drone and sound at its finest.

Scott Walker- Bish Bosch (4AD)
Wow. Intimidating, bizarre, hilarious, entrancing, puzzling. Magnetic. Rattling saber blades. Amazing.

Labels- All Killer, No Filler: Tape Drift, Robert & Leopold, Cave Recordings, cae-sur-a, Imminent Frequencies, Hooker Vision, Tranquility Tapes, Skell, Obsolete Units, Desire Path Recordings, Kye, Numero, 905 Tapes, Dais Records.


[2012 in Review: Wrapping It Up and Looking Ahead]

At the end of 2011, we launched our [Reviews] section and to date we have completed over 65 reviews of releases that were put out by artists or labels from the Upstate region. Unfortunately, there were loads more releases that deserved reviews, but due to time constraints and limited resources 65 was what we had to settle with. Still, that’s more than we thought we’d get to when we launched the section. Plus, the reviews we did post expanded the blog’s audience to a size that was truly unexpected.

Despite everyone hating on music reviewers these days (and for good reason sometimes), people apparently still like to read reviews. Case in point: the reviews section has easily become the blog’s most popular section and the amount of visitors that it has brought to the blog, and then to the radio show, was totally unanticipated. So without further ado, a HUGE thanks to the all the writers who contributed their time and talent to this endeavor. You can read about these fine hard-working people on our [Contributors] page. Also, a huge thanks to the labels and artists for providing us with the music when we asked for it or–even better–just sending it in when it was ready for release. Hopefully, in 2013 we can build on the number and quality of reviews.

You may have noticed that there has been some very recent changes/additions to the site and the radio show, such as the [Events] page (which will be updated weekly and can be heard read on the air during each show), a master Upstate Soundscape Spotify playlist in the side column, and a FAQ that has been added to our [About] page for artists, labels, and other interested parties on how to get your recordings on the radio show and/or reviewed by the blog, etc. There are even more additions coming in 2013. Below are some of the new wrinkles we have in store for The Upstate Soundscape radio show and blog in the upcoming year.

Guest Hosts: We’ve already had Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings on to guest host back in November, while Adam Richards of House of Alchemy is coming in for the December 26th show, and Adrian Bertelone aka Ay Fast is scheduled for the January 30th show. These guest host slots are intended to–on one hand–give Needles a break and–on the other hand–get more people into the WBNY studio to share the music and sound that they’re either personally involved with or just digging at the moment. We’re shooting for one guest host per month, so stay tuned to see who else we get into the studio. Interested in being a guest host? Spots are limited, but send us an email and we’ll see.

Batch reviews: One change we’re making in an attempt to cover more ground with the reviews is to begin reviewing batches of release that labels like House of Alchemy and cae-sur-a put out, instead of trying to review each individual release within the batches. These batches of cassettes are artistic statements in themselves like curated exhibitions and perhaps should be reviewed as such. We’ll continue to do individual reviews as well of artists and releases that aren’t necessarily released in batch form. Are you a label or artist who has something you think we might want to review and/or play on the radio? Check out the new [FAQ] page for details on how to get us your sounds and what our review policies are.

Mixes: Recently both Soundcloud and Spotify made it easier to share and embed mixes on various platforms, so we will begin posting mixes on a regular basis from both of those sites, which both contain a plethora of sounds by experimental artists at work in or associated with the Upstate region. These mixes will be curated mostly by the Upstate Soundscape, but will also be curated from time to time by artists, label heads, DJs, and other people from around the region. We will also continue to post regular mixes by Upstate artists when they arise. Interested in making a mix for us or curating one on Spotify or Soundcloud? Get in touch.

Spotlights: We’ve done several [Spotlights] in the past on Upstate labels, but the [Spotlight] series is going to get ramped up a bit in early to mid 2013. The goal is to now use the [Spotlight] posts to cover other things like organizations, venues, radio shows, artists, etc. The hope is to provide a more in depth view on these other entities through an interview and/or profile. Look for the first one to be published early in 2013. Know of an artists, organization, or other entity of an experimental nature from Upstate that you think deserves a [Spotlight]? Get in touch.

Compilation Series: The first one is in the can and it is fucking awesome and we can’t wait for you to hear it. HUGE thanks to the artists that contributed a recording. It will be posted for free download in early January via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. As of now, the plan is to do quarterly compilations. Eventually, we may decide to focus an entire compilation on a specific genre, or city, or something else along those lines, but for now the comps will serve as samplers of the sounds being created of all kinds throughout the Golden Horseshoe, from Toronto to Albany, and all points in between. Interested in submitting a recording to be considered for the next compilation (or radio play in the meantime)? Check out our Soundcloud group or our [FAQ] page for more details on how to get us your sounds.

All of these new components will launch once 2012 is in the rear-view mirror. In 2013 you will also see a continuation of our other regular posts, including [Free Music Friday], [Beyond the Upstate Soundscape], and [Soundmarks]. These have been going strong all year and will continue to do so in 2013.

For the remainder of 2012, however, we will begin posting Year-End lists by various people from around the region including radio DJs, label heads, and artists every couple of days starting tomorrow (Saturday, 12/15). These lists are intended to offer a different take on the critical posturing that has proliferated since the inception of music blogs. The lists you will see here are not intended to be any sort of “Best of 2012” lists, nor are they ranked. Instead, they’re lists compiled by sound enthusiast from around the region and feature very simply what they personally liked from the past year. Kind of a like a literary mixtape one friend makes for another. By no means are these lists intended to be the final word on music and sound from 2012. Instead they are intended to be a starting point to encourage dialogue within the region among people who are committed to and making experimental music and sound of all kinds.

Other things to keep an eye out for over the next couple of weeks. . .

-The Annual Year in Review radio program scheduled for this Sunday at 9pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org

-Catch host Needles Numark DJing at the End of the World Party at Nietzsches (12/20) and at the Vinyl Monday’s X-Mas Eve Party at Essex (12/24).

-House of Alchemy label head Adam Richards guest hosts The Upstate Soundscape on Wed., 12/26.

-The first release in our brand new compilation series, The Upstate Soundscape: Vol. 1 (Winter 2013). Coming in very early January. And its so fucking good, its not even funny.

. . . other than that, it looks like 2012 is a wrap. Here’s to hoping to an even better 2013 for the radio show, the blog, and the Upstate experimental community. Cheers!


[Free Music Friday: Air Loom, ‘Untitled’]

Here is an untitled recording from the dynamic duo of Adam Richards (Chapels, House of Alchemy) and Mike Mahoney (Leather Tongue).

You can catch these guys performing in Buffalo at The Vault this Sunday along with LA’s Pedestrian Deposit, Pusdrainer, and Malaria Control. This might be your last chance to see Air Loom live for quite some time as Mahoney is escaping Buffalo for the cushy confines of California very soon. Don’t miss it.


[Archive 05.02.12: House of Alchemy Special]

 

1) Afghanistan, “Cicada Song,” And Bide Your Time
2) Mister Matthew, “Innerspaced (excerpt),” Telecut Powers (Gift/Draft Tapes)
3) Digital Dog Party, “Life’s Intermission,”
4) Steve Baczkowski and Nola Ranallo, “Marrow Bird,” Live the Soundlab 
5) Rust Worship, “Side A (Excerpt),” Terrerestial Society (House of Alchemy)
6) Parashi, “Undulate,” Parashi/Chapels Splits (House of Alchemy)
7) Venn Rain, “The History of Things to Come,” Bioharmonics (House of Alchemy)
8) DeTrop, “Four Stages Apostasy (excerpt),” Man, Woman & Beast (House of Alchemy)
9) Mama Baer, “Track 1,” Perverted People Girl Fuckers (House of Alchemy)
10) Scott Valkwitch, “InfraRed Black Haze,” TBA (House of Alchemy)
11) Jason Lescalleet, “Accidental Orriental,” Electronic Music (RRR)
12) Hive Mind, “Side 1 (excerpt),” Elemental Disgrace (Spectrum Spools)
13) Yek Koo, “East Hollywood Studio,” A Plea for a Night Desert
14) Clay Cantrell, “Late Aster Girl,” The Tree Farmer (House of Alchemy)
15) Transplant Mountains, “So Shines a Good Deed in a Weary World (excerpt),” Transplant Mountains/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
16) Mundkrach & Kommissar Hjuler und Frau, “Track 3 excerpt,” A/N/T/I/Z/I/P/A/T/I/O/N (House of Alchemy)
17) Sheldon Siegel, “Side A excerpt”Midden (House of Alchemy)
18) Rambutan, “Midpoint (excerpt),” Rambutan/Fossils from the Sun Split (House of Alchemy)