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In honor of World Listening Day, tonight’s show will be dedicated to phonography, field recording, and the music that makes use of pre-recorded sounds of the environment.
We’ll hear recordings from some of the greats including Christopher DeLauranti, Lawrence English, Francisco Lopez, Solo Andata, along with artists with local connections (and equally as great) including Tony Conrad, Michael Pisaro, Claymation, Bob Ohrum, SIGHUP, and Tired Wires.
Show starts at 9pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org
Also, make sure to check out post from the previous two days to get caught up on World Listening Day and our new [Soundmarks] series.
1) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop Label)
2) Chapels, “I Have Tried, Part 1,” I Have Tried (House of Alchemy)
3) Mold Omen, “The Driver/The Mechanic,” Blacktop (cae-sur-a)
4) Bob Ohrum, “For Dan (Excerpt),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)
5)Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Touhy’s Theme,” Ways of Meaning (Desire PAth Recordings)
6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears”
7) throuRoof, “Feathers & Blood,” Feathers & Blood (cae-sur-a)
8) Scott Valkwitch, “In the Red,” From the Deepest Depths of a Bottomless Light (House of Alchemy)
9) All of Them Withces, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
10) All of Them Witches, “That’s a Real Head Scratcher,” Breathers vs. Drivers
11) All of Them Witches, Tocqueville Owes Back Taxes,” Breathers vs. Drivers
12) All of Them Witches, “Party Car,” Breathers vs. Drivers
13) KBD Sonic Collective, “Native”
Tonight on the Upstate Soundscape we will continue checking out the releases that we have been reviewing for our [2011 in Review] section. We’ll hear tracks from the reviews of the past week including Chapels, SIGHUP, Bob Ohrum, throuRoof, and Kyle Bobby Dunn.
We’ll also take a listen to a new unreleased track from Kyle Bobby Dunn called “In Praise of Tears.”
We’ve got another week or so of reviews left and we’ll preview some of them including the one for All of Them Witches’ new album Breathers vs. Drivers. The review for Breathers vs. Drivers is scheduled to post tomorrow, while All of Them Witches will also play a show this Saturday at Mohawk Place.
Also going to preview the show going down at The Vault this Friday with the KBD Sonic Cooperative (no connection to Kyle Bobby Dunn), ChinaUFO, Malaria Control, Fluxmonkey, and Jason Zeh.For those of you planning on attending this show, make sure you head down to Merge afterward for Freeform Fridays with me and the Vinyl Retentives. All vinyl, no cover, and cheap PBR tallboys. Should be a good way to close out the night.
The Upstate Soundscape starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.
Combining dronescapes reminiscent of Windy & Carl with simple but impressionistic field recordings, Buffalo-based ambient artist Bob Ohrum continued to refine his sound in 2011 with All Around Me, his third release for the Relaxed Machinery netlabel.
Ohrum’s pieces are sparsely colored with delicate, far away sounding guitar work that rides along serene, but somehow tense soundscapes. His heavy hanging guitar strings resonate with muted emotion, while various supporting instruments like chimes or bells twinkle softly in the background.
There is an immersive feel to Ohrum’s compositions in that–like most quality ambient music–they are not trying to take you anywhere, but rather they are trying to draw you in. The focus of your attention is not directed toward an endpoint, but rather toward a center that may not be visible at first, but comes into view after careful listening. Attaining a glimpse of Ohrum’s ‘centers’ can be profound; something akin to sensing the divine fingerprints in natural phenomenon like a fleeting rainbow or the sounds of the deep woods on a dark night.
Because of the non-linearity of Ohrum’s work, tracks like the above “Beauty in the Aftermath” could easily work as a film score for a melancholic mood piece, like Gus Van Sant’s Gerry or Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. And like the beautiful, but hauntingly vacant desert settings depicted in both Gerry and Meek’s Cutoff, Ohrum’s worlds are filled with many paths that are mentally difficult to avoid going down and getting lost in.
Review by Taylor Waite
1) Bob Ohrum, “The Mess (You Left),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)
2) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop)
3) Jacob Gotlib, “Slow Splintering”
4) Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaeffer, “Side 1,” Day of the Demons (Desire Path Recordings)
5) Benoît Pioulard, ” Autochoral,” Benoît Pioulard Plays Themla (Desire Path Recordings)
6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Statuit,” Ways of Meaning (Desire Path Recordings)
7) Solo Andata, “Aggregate,” Ritual (Desire Path Recordings)
8) High Aura’d, “Side B,” Mooncusser (Ydlmier)
9) Cory Allen, “Shutter Echo,” Still (Quiet Design)
10) Nite Lite “Corvid,” Marlene (Stunned)
11) Shiflet, “(Sufferers),” Sufferers (Type)