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[Archive 8.7.14]

The Upstate Soundscape, 8.7.14

1) Hobo Cubes, “Involuntary Hiatus” Slow Summer Roll (Old Frontiers)
2) VWLS, “Titanic on VHS” VWLS/Chapels Split Cassette (House of Alchemy)
3) Josh Mason, “B3” Line Drawings (Desire Path Recordings)
4) Brian Eno, “Dunwhich Beach, Autumn, 1960” Ambient 4: On Land (EG Records)
5) JD Emmanuel, “Evening Devotional” Trance-Formations I: Ancient Minimal Meditations
6) Terry Riley, “In The Summer” Les Yeux Fermes & Lifespan (Ellison Fields)
7) Aphex Twin, “#10” Selected Ambient Works II (Warp)
8) Stereolab, “Animal or Vegetable [A Wonderful Wooden Reason]” Refried Ectoplasm: Switched on Vol. 2 (Drag City)
9) OOIOO, “Don Ah” Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
10) Can “Serpentine” Out of Reach (Mute)
11) No Neck Blues Band, “Pulse” Two Million Tongues Festival Compilation CD (De Stijl)
12) Zelienople, “All I Want is Calm” Give it Up (Type)
13) Troy Schafer, “Side A” Untitled No. 1 7″ (Signal Dreams)
14) Parashi, “Double Wide Hippocampus” Tovarich (Fabrica)

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[Archive 2.12.14]

The Upstate Soundscape, 2.12.14

 

1) Orphx, “Secret 13 Mix 050 (excerpt)”

MIKA VAINIO – ELVIS’S TV ROOM
DANIEL MENCHE – INCINERATION (PART TWO)
DAPHNE ORAM – PULSE PERSEPHONE
EXPERIMENTAL AUDIO RESEARCH – BEYOND THE PALE
CONRAD SCHNITZLER – UNDERWATER CHURCH
THE INFANT CYCLE – 4 AM WALLPAPER (PART FIVE)
ZOVIET*FRANCE: – NOT JUST WHAT TO SAY [CHARRM, 1993]
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR – THEIR HELICOPTERS’ SING
SWANS – A PIECE OF THE SKY (PART ONE)

2) Jeremy Nathan Dziedzic, “69°39’59″N 37°34’57″E” The Upstate Soundscape Vol III: Winter 2014
3) Hobo Cubes, “Subtle Sleep” Structurte of Stasis (Debacle Records)
4) Damian Valles, “Five” Excursions (BLWBCK)
5) VWLS, “Under Deep Cover, Lost in Light”
6) Cian, “Date and Time” Gemlux (Umor Rex)
7) Je Suis France, “Feeder Band” Afrikan Magik (Antenna Farm Records)
8) AlphaStare, “15Kg Nitrate 1”
9) Dolly Dolly with Ekoplekz, “No Stars (Rekplekz)” AnitMacassar (Exotik Pylon)
10) Actress, “Gaze” Ghettoville (Werk Discs)
11) Prolife, “Gold Leaves” Overheated (Sacred Bones)
12) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Phoebus Palast” Lover Boy (Ballbearing Pinatas)
13) Aidan Baker, “Doors as Possible” Souvenirs of the Eternal Present (Anthem Records)
14) A Winged Victory for the Sullen, “Atomos VII” Atomos (Erased Tapes/Kranky)

[Archive 1.29.14]

The Upstate Soundscape, 1.29.14

 

 

1) Nathan McLaughlin, “The Window So Cold” The Upstate Soundscape Vol. III: Winter 2014
2) Hobo Cubes, “Infatuation” Structures in Stasis (Debacle Records)
3) Patrick Cowley, “Primordial Landscapes” School Daze (Dark Entries)
4) Spike and Horn, “Grace Vandals” The Upstate Soundscape Vol. III: Winter 2014 (kyle butler)

5) in-studio mix:
Iasos, “Crystal White Fire Light” Celesital Soul Portrait (Numero)
“Ultimate Thunderstorm” Environments: Totally New Concepts in Sound (Syntonic Research)
Adrian Rew, “3/31/13 – Horseshoe Casino, Cleveland, OH” Slot Machine Music (Ergot)
Nichaolas Szezepanik, “Not Knowing” Tangents-001 (Desire Path Recordings)
Eli Kezler, “Untitled” Livingston (Rare Youth)
Mike Parker, “Voiceprint: Voice Three” Dispatches (Geophone Records)
Northern Spy Records, “Thanksgiving Dinner”
Aidan Baker, “Pure I” Pure Drone (Beta Iactam Ring Records)
Janeck Schafer, “Radio 111 FM” (12K)
Orphan Fairy Tale “Dragons of the Deeps” My Favorite Fairy Tale (Aguirre Records)
Nonhorse, “Live at The Tinnitus Suites”

6) Klop, “Tailed Adder” To Mould the Deceiver’s Song
7) Explosions in the Sky, “Alone Time” Prince Avalance OST (Temporary Residence)
8) The Beta Band, “The Hard One” S/T (Regal/Astralwerks)
9) Rutherford Chang, “The Beatles: Side 1 x 100 (excerpt)”


[Archive: 2013 in Review]

The Upstate Soundscape, 1.1.14

 

 

1) Patrick Cowley, “Out of Body” School Daze (Dark Entries)

2) Haxan Cloak, “Miste” Excavation (Tri Angle)

3) Mike Parker, “Lustrations Eight (Contours)” Lustrations (Prologue)

4) Rashad Becker, “Themes I” Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I (Pan)

5) Rambutan, “Flying Through Glass” Inverted Summer (Fabrica)

6) Tim Hecker, “Black Refraction” Virgins (Kranky)

7) Hobo Cubes, “Membrana” Hobo Cubes/Charles Barabé split cassette (La Cohu)

8) M. Geddes Gengras, “Side A (excerpt)” Re-Vision (Cae-sur-a)

9) Annie Shaw, “Dip in The Wavelee (Never Knowin) The Upstate Soundscape Vol. II: Summer 2013

10) Clay Cantrell, “Rain, Night, Farm” High on the Gallows (House of Alchemy)

11) Grouper, “Cloud in Places” The Man Who Died in His Boat (Kranky)

12) NYMPH, “Battle Funk” New Millennium Prayer (Northern Spy)

13) Fresh Snow, “BMX Based Tactics” 

14) Zacht Automaat, “Unknown” Zacht Automaat (Calico Corps)

15) MGMT, “An Orphan of Future” MGMT (Columbia)

16) Flaming Lips “Always There…In Our Hearts” The Terror (Warner Bros.)

17) Mary Lattimore, “Poor Daniel” The Withdrawing Room (Desire Path Recordings)

18) Dustin Wong, “Emerald Atmosphere” Meditation of Ecstatic Energy (Thrill Jockey)

19) Tsembla, “Aivojen pimeydessä” Nouskaa Henget (New Images)

20) Parashi, “Salt Diggers” The Book of Nothing (Cave Recordings)

21) Tuluum Shimmering, “Side A (excerpt)” Red Bird Messenger (House of Alchemy)

22) Damian Valles, “The Malpais After Dark” Badlands (Some How Recordings)

23) Chris Watson, “Winter” In St. Cuthbert’s Time (Touch)

24) Lee Noble, “December∞” Ruiner (Bathetic)

25) Dirty Beaches, “Landscapes in the Distance” Drifters/Love is the Devil (Zoo Music)

26) Martin Rev, “Temptation” S/T (Superior Viaduct)

27) Diamond Terrifier, “Shrine Flu” The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow (Terrible Records)

28) Lea Bertucci, “Swarm” Resonance Shapes (Obsolete Units)


[Preview 10.10.12: Godspeed, Cage, Dirty Beaches Shows.]

God Speed You! Black Emperor

A really great week of shows is about to start in the Upstate region and we will try to preview as many of them as possible on tonight’s show. Here is a list of shows we can hopefully cover:

Thurs., 11/11: Torus and DJ Undersound at the Vault (Buffalo)

Fri., 10/12: John Cage’s Europera 5 at Burchfield Penny Art Center (Buffalo)

Fri., 10/12: Gnurl and SlowPitch at New Harbours Music Series (Hamilton)

Mon., 10/15:  Godspeed You Black Emporor w/ Tony Conrad at Town Ballroom (Buffalo)

Mon., 10/15: Vinyl Mondays at Essex St. Pub (Buffalo)

Wed., 10/17: Dirty Beaches, Hobo Cubes, and Thoughts on Air at New Harbours Music Series (Hamilton)

Wed., 10/17: The Moon and Bazckowski/Bacon Duo at the Vault (Buffalo)

Also going to try and get to some new new stuff from Carbon Records, Pam Swarts, and Tony Conrad.

Show starts at 8pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[Review: Code Suite: 104, ‘Gateway’]

Gateway is the debut release from Montreal’s Frank Ouellette (aka Hobo Cubes) under the Code: Suite 104 moniker and comes to us via Albany’s Tape Drift label. The cassette consists of two tracks, “Time Key” and “Exit,” both of which clock in at about nine minutes; and, besides the incidental similarity in length, these electro-acoustic recordings share just enough in common to be considered of a single piece.

A pulsating and looped patting provides the backdrop for “Time Key.” Moments into the track, a tone, reminiscent of a dial-up modem, is lain overtop providing a theme which is returned to at the end. Other sound fragments add complexity: faint static, throbbing distortion, occasional sustained notes hinting at the emergence of melody that never arrives. Midway through the track, the rhythmic patting gives way to another more insistent tapping pattern. It is difficult to call the rhythms ‘beats’ as they stay in a bass-stripped trebly register, but they do generally point the way forward musically.

“Exit Area” resumes on the low vibrating wave which “Time Key” rides out and pursues the conceptual theme of the melody’s non-emergence: first through tonal repetition, then tonal disfiguration. It is always the background noise, however, that is gradually brought forward (but never fully pronounced), hinting at the artist’s preference for music’s neglected spaces.

Where “Time Key” tapers off into electro-cricketdom, “Exit Area” is transfigured into an interplay of droning and mangled tones. The rhythm all but disappears by the end and the last couple minutes sound like a Peter Brotzmann number arranged for a band of junkyard insects. If the pitches seem too high and the changes too subtle, it’s likely owed to the diminutive nature of their instruments.

The recording never rises too far above the surface, which means you might have to wade a little further into the deep end than you’re accustomed.

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Review by Shane Meyer


[Archive: 08.08.12]

1) Deep Listening Band, “Jungle Howl,” Needle Drop Jungle (Taiga Records)
2) Alfred Brown, “Drawn to a Withered Hand,” Library Catalog Music Series Vol. 16: Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)
3) Damian Valles, “Movement IV,” Non-Paralleled (In Four Movements) (Experimedia)
4) Alex Durlak, Seconds (Komino Records)
5) Thought on Air, “Commuter Special,” Random Tandem (Old Frontiers)
6) Hobo Cubes, “Side A,” Involuntary Hiatus (Old Frontiers)
7) Ouresboros, “Dissolving in Light,” Dreaming in Earth, Dissolving in Light (Ant-Zen)
8) No Shoes and One Sock, This is Our Raga (Terapin Tapes)