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[Archive 01.19.12]

1) Tycho, “Cascade (Live), Hours (Ghostly Int.)
2) Vladislav Delay, “Levite,” Vantaa (Raster-Noton)
3) Co La, “Vanity Plate,” Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes)
4) Heatsick, “Taxi Zum No,” Intersex (Pan)
5) ProEf, “Slow Motion Through My Window,” All Eye Know (Otnorot Recordings)
6) Sculpture, “E.M. Percolator,” Toad Blinker (Dekorder)
7) Forest Feeling, “AM Introduction,” Aitken Jamhouse
8) Daniel Padden, “Rattling Belt,” Ship Chop (Dekorder)
9) Vans Deferense Organization, “78 Revolving Potentiometers,” Eye Peels and Brain Picks (Puer Gravy)
10) Skeleton Zoo, “Choclate Elbow,” The Busride EP
11) Abstract Random, “Goodness,” Siren Songs —dub hop electro from toronto  slits meets
12) Ensemble Economique, “To Feel the Night as It Really Is,” Crossing the Pass, By Torchlight (Dekorder)
13) Andrew Pekler, “The Twilight of Your Smile,” Sentimental Favorites (Dekorder)
14) Tony Conrad, featuring MV Carbon,  Angharad Davies, and Dominic Lash, Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective,” Live at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern
15) Eli Keszler, “EK Pan B MA 081911,” Cold Pin (Pan)
16) John Wiese, “Don’t Move Your Finger,” Seven of Wands (Pan)
17) Occult Modem Setting, “Submit (Directly to Chef),” Compression Artifacts 
18) Marla Hlady & Friends, “A Case for Sound: Nite Ride”

[Preivew 1.18.12: Skeleton Zoo, Tony Conrad, ProEf, Occult Modem Setting, Marla Hlady]

Despite observing a blackout earlier today due to the SOPA protest, The Upstate Soundscape will be on the air tonight as usual. Here is what you will hear….

New stuff from ProEf, experimental turntablist from Toronto, an extended sound piece from Marla Hlady who currently has an exhibition up at Hallwall’s, and a live performance from Tony Conrad and MV Carbon, who will be performing together at the closing ceremonies of Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room this Friday.

We’ll also hear songs from regional artists Occult Modem Setting (see our review of his album, Compression Artifacts here) and Skeleton Zoo, whose EP The Busride we will be reviewing later this weekend.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.



[2011 in Review: Occult Modem Settings, ‘Compression Artifacts’]

Occult Modem Settings–a name that evokes the concrete and the intransigent, the mystical and the material. On Compression Artifacts, Rochester’s Steven Danglis blends this duality into a series of soundscapes–or perhaps a better term would be ‘tone poems’–as the notion of conventional song structure is completely absent. What we have instead is essentially a single drone piece that is divided up into six smaller fragments, i.e. songs, over the course of the album.

There is not much “music,” per se, on Compression Artifacts; instead, most of the instrumentation consists largely of sustained guitar and synth feedback, coupled with synthesized pedal tones. Along with that there are strategically sprinkled bits and pieces of vocals, hushed and dreamlike, sometimes so hushed and dreamlike that they are rendered unintelligible, conveying more mood than message.

The actual notes being played are rather fixed and don’t change much over the course of the album, as is consistent with the whole ‘drone’ philosophy. It is a type of minimalism taken to an extreme, almost to the point of it being a form of theta-wave meditation inducement, something that all the art freaks and the cyber-stoners will enjoy zoning out to.

Toward the middle of the album, however, the listener is confronted with the most dramatic tonal shift of Compression Artifacts, whereby the steady drone swings from a major key into a minor key. While this represents a pivotal moment in Compression Artifacts, it is perhaps the only one. Instead, this is an album built more around subtler changes that demand close attention to detect.


Review by Liam McManus