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[Archive 5.21.14]

The Upstate Soundscape, 5.21.14

 

1) Mike Cooper, “Trout Steel” Trout Steel (Paradise of Bachelors)
2) Steve Gunn, “Untitled” Steve Gunn/ Shawn David McMillen Split LP (DNT Records)
3) Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper, “Suadade Do Santos-o-Vehlo” FRKWYS Vol. 11: Cantos De Lisboa (RVNG Intl.)
4) Neil Young, “Guitar Solo No. 1” Dead Man OST (Vapor)
5) Dusted Lux, “A Horse in the Orchard” Neverended (Preservation)
6) M. Mucci, “Along the Speed of River” Under the Tulip Tree (Tall House Recordings)
7) Low Prospects, “Broke Rraga” Discovery Zone (Bad Drone Media)
8) Leyland Kirby, “Wanting an Absolute Beyond” Intrigue & Stuff
9) The Residents, “The Sleeper” Residue of the Residents (Superior Viaduct)
10) Josh Millrod, “Cutting Out its Silhouette” Seeking the Millinery Kingdom (Solid Melts)
11) Petra Glynt, “Fantasy Fieldtrip” Of This Land (Healing Power)
12) Hoover Party, “Track 4” Some Liquidity for These Troubled Times (Healing Power)
13) Blues Control, “Blues Danube” The Space Project (Lefse) NASA Space Voyager
14) Follakzoid, “Pulsar” II (Sacred Bones)

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[Archive 08.07.31]

The Upstate Soundscape, 08.07.31

1) William Tyler, “The World Set Free” Impossible Truth (Merge)

2) M. Mucci, “Dangerous Summer” Dangerous Summer (Tall House Recordings)
3) Bill Orcurtt, “Zip A Dee Do Dah” A History of Every One (Editions Mego)
4) Dustin Wong, “The Big She” Meditation of Ecstatic Energy (Thrill Jockey)
5) The Dead C, “Courage (excerpt)”  Armed Courage (Ba Da Bing Records)
6) Craig Leon, “Donkey’s Bearing Cups” Nommos (Takoma/Superior Viaduct)
7) Martin Rev, “Jomo” Martin Rev (Lust-Unlust/Superior Viaduct)
8) Oneohtrix Point Never, “Problem Areas” R Plus Seven (Warp)
9) JD Emmanuel, “Expanding into The Universe” Wizards (Important Records)
10) Notational, “Manipulated Journal 1”
11) Downsampling, “Shit Storm 77” Cutups #0
12) William S. Burroughs, “Sound Piece” Break Through in Grey Room (Sub Rosa)
13) Andy Kaufman, “Andy is Making A Record/Andy and His Grandmother/Andy’s Land Live” Andy and His Grandmother (Drag City)
14) Frankie NP, “Sightless Oscillation of White Light”
15) Charles Gordon, “Known Unknowns Part 2 (Live at the Vault 3.22.13)” The Upstate Soundscape Vol. II: Summer 2013
16) Panabrite, “Abyssal II” Cortex Meridian (Constellation)
17) Ariel Pink, “Rainy Den” Thrash and Burn (Human Ear Music)
18) Freeman-Borden-Cain, “Live at the Jungle Gym 7.31.13”

[The Upstate Soundscape Vol. I: Winter 2013]

‘Vol I: Winter 2013’ is the first compilation to be released by The Upstate Soundscape radio show/blog. It features experimental artists at work exclusively in Upstate NY/Southern Ontario region. The compilation features a mix of previously recorded material, including live recordings, with material that was recorded especially for the comp.

Look for the next comp to come out in the Spring. Artists interested in submitting a track in consideration for future comps should get in touch. And thank you to the artists for contributing their work to this comp.

Enjoy.

1) Alfred Brown, The Flowers Open As If to Praise Their Creator (Buffalo)
2) Damian Valles, Old Quarters (Fenelon Falls, ON)
3) SIGHUP, x87 (Toronto)
4) Claymation, Candlelight Eggs (Troy, NY)
5) Thoughts on Air, Glory Skies (Those Eyes) (Hamilton)
6) M. Mucci, Live at MSAC (Nov. 29, 2012) (Guelph)
7) Mandala Channel, Writhing (Buffalo)
8) Leah Rico, Bëacen (Albany)
9) Andris Balins, Its All Through Us (Oneonta, NY)
10) Shape Shifting Shepherds, Stratified Myriad (Jackson/ Charlton)
11) SlowPitch, People for Dolls (Toronto)
12) Chapels, Teeth (Buffalo)
13) Stone Baby, Leap Into the Void (Rochester)
Bonus Track: Needles Numark, In-Studio Soundscape Mix (Buffalo)

Released by: The Upstate Soundscape 
Release/catalogue number: UpSS01
Release date: Jan 3, 2013

[2012 in Review: Needles Numark, host of the Upstate Soundscape]

Needles is the host The Upstate Soundscape radio show. Here are 10 releases that he dug from 2012.

 

 

Sax Tape, S/T 

 

This insane 60-minute romp came from Guelph’s Bry Webb. An unbelievable collage of looped beats, sonic twirls, and honking saxes. Funky, twisted, and psychedelic, this one hit all the right notes for me.

 

 

 

Alfred Brown, Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)

 

Probably one of the most graceful records of 2012. It could easily serve as the score for one of Terrence Malick’s majestic films.

 

 

 

Cinnamon Aluminum, We Ate the Wrong Crab Spirit (Level 4 Activated)

 

This Buffalo trio (now a four piece) perfectly straddles the line between experimental and pop. The songs on this album are as catchy as they are whacked out.

 

 

Venn Rain, Bioharmonics (House of Alchemy)

 

It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly I like about this cassette, but I just found it totally compelling. Four very simple recordings, all of which are mesmerizing.

 

 

M. Mucci, Days Blur Together

 

60 minutes of true drone bliss from Guelph-based M. Mucci. One of the most patient and refined pieces I have ever heard. Very few pieces present listeners with this type of challenge and subsequent reward for committing to it. Basinski-esque.

 

 

Phillips-Borden, System Vandross

 

A really discombobulating listen. Following the intersection of Borden’s crazed cello and Phillips’s turntable manipulation is like trying to walk on shifting ground in the dark.

 

 

Tony Conrad and HangedUp, Transit of Venus (Constellation)

 

Such a simple formula. Big sloppy drums combined with thick vibrating drones. The result is what I always imagined the Theater of Eternal Music would have sounded like. Great for both sitting in a chair and zoning out to or flailing around the room and breaking shit.

 

 

Damian Valles, Non-Parallel (in Four Movements) (Experimedia)

 

I am a sucker for any sample-based drone. Valles’s re-use of classical avant-garde sounds from the Nonesuch label is a fantastic example of the possible directions sample-based sounds might go in the future (even if they don’t sound at like sample-based works).

 

 

Thoughts on Air, Random Tandem (Old Frontiers)

 

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Scott Johnson (ToA) one night in Hamilton this past summer. We traded some tapes, and this was one he gave me. The art work immediately blew me away but it wasn’t until driving home the next day hung over with the window’s down and music blasting that I actually heard this amazing double cassette. The graceful tones poured out my windows down the QEW. Then I got stuck in traffic on top of the Rainbow bridge in 90 degree heat with no air conditioning. A faint mist from the falls blew over me ever so often. I just sat there listening in a sweat induced trance. This tape will always run through my mind whenever I cross that bridge.

 

 

Loud and Sad, Fales Intimacy (cae-sur-a)

 

At times, there is so little going on in this cassette, which is what I love about it. You can really only absorb this by listening with all your might.

 


[Archive: 06.27.12]

1) Can, “Abra Cada Braxas,” The Lost Tapes Box Set (Mute)
2) Magic Shadows, “Golden Knife,” Sunburned Mind 7″ 
3) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Ending of All Odds,” Bring me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn (Low Point)
4) M. Mucci, “”Apri L’Occhi Part 3” Apri L’Occhi Part 3 and 4 (Cassettestival)
5) High Aura’d, “Mercy Brown (excerpt)” Sanguine Futures (Bathetic Records)
6) Lefterna, “Somerwhere Else,” Not Here (If Anywhere) (cae-sur-a)
7) Alexander Ross, “Grandfather Paradox Part 1 (excerpt)” (Vauva)
8) Keith Fullerton Whitman, “Occlusion (Rue De Bitche),” Occlusions (Editions Mego)
9) Medumpolis, “State of the City Redress”
10) Damian Valles, “Nonparralell (in 4 Movements)- Movement II” (Experimedia)
11) Nonhorse, “Swollen NOVA Fruit” Nova Crimes (Green Age)
12) Public Speaking, “Bomb Swell” Tape Strangle 
13) Fossils from the Sun, “Blood 08,” Blood 08 (cae-sur-a)

[Preview 06.27.12: Oh Canada, Can, and G. Lucas Crane]

So much good stuff to get to tonight on The Upstate Soundscape. We’ll hear a trio of new tracks from Canadian artists Magic Shadow (Hamilton), M. Mucci (Guelph), and Kyle Bobby Dunn (Ontario).

We’ll preview a great show in Troy this Friday featuring DC’s Insect Factory, Brooklyn’s Public Speaking, and Troy’s very own G. Lucas Crane as Nonhorse.

Some other great new sounds to get to as well from the likes of Damian Valles and High Aura’d, plus we’ll hear a selection from the just released (and totally sick) Lost Tapes Box Set by Can.

As usual there will plenty of other surprises in store. The weirdness will hit your airwaves starting at 9pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[Review: M. Mucci, ‘Days Blur Together’]

Even casual students of drone will immediately notice the sonic similarities between The Disintegration Loops, William Basinski’s magnum opus, and Days Blur Together, an expansive 65-minute drone recording from Guelph, Ontario native M. Mucci. These grand compositions share a number of similarities, including an internal rhythmic engine that churns with a breath-like quality and the use of soft tones that are fuzzy around the edges like a Rothko rectangle (this no doubt the result of both artists utilizing tape as their primary medium).

There is an obvious distinction that defines these two works from one another, however, and that distinction is hinted at in their respective titles. While Basinski was literally studying  disintegration–as his magnetic tape loop slowly consumed itself–Mucci is instead investigating transition or transformation. This semantic distinction sets a trajectory for Days Blur Together that is altogether different in its conception and thus in tone. While Basinski’s work–which is graced with a cover image of Manhattan smoldering in the wake of the 9/11 attacks–is melancholy (to say the least), Mucci’s work is infused with a sense of serene, yet empowering contentment. The sort of contentment one encounters when the timeless secrets of the universe seem to reveal themselves, even if only for a moment.

Days Blur Together is an extraordinary simple recording that consists of Mucci looping guitar recordings onto 1/4″ tape and then playing it back on a busted reel to reel deck. The result is a gorgeous shimmering sound that unfolds ever so slowly, so slowly in fact that that change within the piece can be very difficult to detect. In fact, listening to Mucci’s piece all the way through–which is the only way one should listen to it–requires a fair amount of mental energy. The payoff, however, is more than worth it.

Mucci’s disciplined approach to drone construction has to be commended. It would be completely understandable if Mucci had elected to litter this piece with suggestive field recordings, twinkling bits of electro-acoustic sounds, or other random cliché noises that would break the monotony that is surely to set in for listeners unwilling to commit to this challenging composition. Admirably, however, Mucci–who also hosts the Sounds from the Tall House radio program on Guelph’s CFRU 93.3FM–correctly forgoes these distractions. By doing this he is able to preserve and focus the listeners’ attention on the fundamental lesson that this drone conveys–change that is seemingly non-existent has actually long been in motion whether one has had the perceptual tools to pick up on it or not.

From its onset until its conclusion over 65 minutes later, the beautifully crafted multilayered drone that comprises the whole of M. Mucci’s Days Blur Together demands the listener’s singular and focused concentration. So much so, in fact, that perhaps the CDr’s hand-made packaging should come with some sort of warning label to alert unsuspecting ears that this CDr is encoded with a work that is not intended simply for the traditional consumption by one’s ears; rather, this work seems to function as an audio mechanism that trains the mind to perceive things at a slower almost glacial rate. Perhaps a second warning label should also be attached; embracing the perception-altering regimen contained within will result in a fascination with observing things that appear to be still, but are in fact changing, like the growth of grass or the rotation of planets. As the title of this piece indicates, Days Blur Together is an appreciative meditation on the often unperceivable pace of change that is occurring around us at all times.

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Review by Taylor Waite