Kyle Bobby Dunn
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.
Chapels, 'I Have Tried' (House of Alchemy)
Adam Richards, the mastermind behind both Chapels and the Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy, has long cultivated an audio/visual aesthetic that is both antiquated and, shall we say, creepy. Whether it is the strangely archaic pictures that adorn many of his label’s releases or the weird collision of disquieting tape-warped sounds found on his Chapels recordings, one would not be totally out of line to wonder if Mr. Richards was perhaps a rather odd fellow from decades past.
And while both of these assumptions prove to be a complete misconception when one listens to the rather pleasant interview that Mr. Richards conducted on air with Upstate Soundscape host Needles Numark back in September, his 2011 mini-CD-R release I Have Tried only seems to re-affirm this guy’s antediluvian weirdness.
In fact, to offer a visual comparison to I Have Tried–and much of Chapels’ work—one could look to the Japanese horror film Ringu or even David Cronenberg’s classic scifi-mindfuck Videodrome, whereby old analog sources like VHS tapes seem to serve as conduits to sinister supernatural realms. Likewise, this 3-track mini-disc could easily convince the unsuspecting listener that it—format aside—was created decades ago and contains within it latent paranormal possibilities. The purring voice that emerges among the bell-like clattering on “Part 1” or the warbled background discussion that underlies “Part 2” both infuse I Have Tried with a haunted aura that threatens to reach out and grab the listener by the you-know-whats.
The fact that I Have Tried was released on mini-disc–a format that many are no longer able to utilize—and in a super limited run only adds to this release’s well-crafted mystique.
Review by Taylor Waite
Ranging from drone, to noise, to improv, this compilation from Buffalo’s Bad Drone Media is perhaps the clearest testament to the breadth of experimentation occurring within the Queen City. The compilation is not strictly a Buffalo affair, however, and does include tracks from friends within BDM’s noise network, including Pregnant Spore from Baltimore, Death Beef from Athens, Ohio, and Hostage Pageant from Virginia.
Without the existence of a single weak spot, Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 presents 13 articulate tracks that draw from distinct sonic wells. Mutus Liber‘s “Hesitation Resources” and Alfred Brown‘s “I’m Not a Fox for Nothing” both employ the workings of drone and ambient, while Pacing’s “Battle Damage,” GOD DAMN DEVIL EYES‘s “The Lady Next Door,” and The Voidologists‘s “I Remember the Summer” all present different takes on harsh noise. Then VWLS meets the two sides in the middle with “Marauding Summer,” a screeching sci-fi trip down an eerie analog avenue.
Other standouts include Chapels’s “Stumbling,” a chattering lofi excursion, and Abramson Trump’s “Live at the Vault 1-30-11,” a masterful duet between two of Buffalo’s best musicians, drummer Jim Abramson and guitarist T. Andrew Trump. Both these tracks lend the compilation a stylistic depth by exploring territories outside of noise.
With several of these artists performing together on a regular basis at venues like Sugar City and the Jungle Gym it is hopeful that there will be a Glossy Eyes, Vol. 2 forthcoming from the Bad Drone Media label in the near future.
Review by Cameron Alexander
1) Output:NOISE, “Pica,” A Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (Output:NOISE)
2) Output:NOISE, “Catatonic Schizophrenia,” A Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (Output:NOISE)
3) Diamond Terrifier, “Porcupine Quills” Live on WKCR NY
4) Ay Fast, “Eat the Camera,” Always Crying (Schematic)
5) Ay Fast, “Yes Please (Vaetxh Version),” Always Crying (Schematic)
6) Ay Fast, “Extended Sickdays,” Always Crying (Schematic)
7) [n.], “Costae Spruriae,”
8) [n.], “[], Ein Klagelied fur 3f (cae-sur-a)
9) Chapels, “Stumbling,” Glossy Eyes Vol. 1 (Bad Drone Media)
10) The Love Story, “U$ Drone”
11) Thoughts on Air, “Slow On (Glow On Ike Moldfield Remix)”
1) Leather Tongue, “Negative Dialectics”
2) Occult Modem Settings, “Questing,” Compression Artifacts
3) War on Drugs, “Snake Tongues,” Slave Ambient Cassette (Mirror Universe/Secretly Canadian)
4) Unknown, “Found on an Elevator 205 W. 57 (excerpt)
5) Daniel Padden, “1,” Ship Chop (Dekorder)
6) Sculpture, “Data Corporation,” Toad Blinker (Dekorder)
7) Borful Tang, “Tides of Land,” Tides of Land (Gigante)
8) Chapels, “I Have Tried, part 1,” I Have Tried (House of Alchemy)
9) Output:NOISE, “Depression,” A Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (Output:NOISE)
10) Eli Keszler, “EK Pan A MA 081911,” Cold Pin (Pan)
11) Katastrophic, “Deep Sea Breathing”
12) All of Them Witches, “Somewhere, Sometime Just After Midnight,” Breathers vs. Drivers
Albany-based label Tape Drift got the feature treatment on Free Form Freakout’s excellent bi-monthly podcast. The podcast features music from Tape Drift’s recent batch of sick releases, a song from Buffalo’s own Chapels, and an extended interview with label head Eric Hardiman aka Rambutan. Hardiman offers some very interesting insight into his label, his involvement in the Albany Sonic Arts Collective, and his view on the importance of building a local experimental scene.
Rambutan “The Temple of Echo” The Temple of Echo CD-R (TD-43)
Parashi “Apparat” Counterweight CD-R (TD-48)
Jefferson Pitcher “11/30/08” To Light The Snow CD-R (TD-47)
Sparkling Wide Pressure “Untitled” (excerpt) split w/ Rambutan CS (TD-44)
Chapels “Pt. 1” (excerpt) Some Decay CS (TD-18)
Locrian “Omega Vapors” Dissolvers LP (TD-33)
Oddly Imploded “Atoms As Human Beings” Choke All Your Habits Before It’s Too Late CD-R (TD-41)
Rambutan “Passing Thought” For Conrad Schnitzler (*forthcoming release)
Rambutan “Ordinary Vertigo” Erasing the Past 7” (TD-39)
description from FFFreakout’s website:
We recently had the chance to speak with Eric Hardiman, the main man behind the always incredible Tape Drift label and recording project, Rambutan, based in upstate New York.With this past month marking Tape Drift’s biggest batch of releases to date, and with Rambutan set to unleash some new sounds on various labels in the coming months, we were fortunate to have Eric get us up to speed on the label, the music he has been making, and his involvement in the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. In addition to airing this conversation, we played various selections from the Tape Drift catalog, including a brand new Rambutan track from a forthcoming release entitled For Conrad Schnitzler.