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[Archive 5.11.16: ft. Rambutan and Chapels Live]

The Upstate Soundscape 5.11

1) John Bohannon, Tom Carter, Eric Hardiman, Ray Hare, Michael Hente “Five Guitars for Tony Conrad” (Tape Drift)
2) Graham Lambkin “Questioned by Force” KSE 10th Anniversary Album (Kendra Steiner Editions)
3) Chapels Live in Studio Performance
4) Open Sex “Untitled” Forthcoming Release on Tape Drift
5) Rambutan Live in studio Performance
6) Steve Flato “Dissonance Quartet” Simulation of Another Thing (Tape Drift)
7) Rambutan and Chapels Live in Studio Performance
8) Sun Ra “The Wind Speaks” Spaceways (Org Music)

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[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)


[Archive 10.9.13]

The Upstate Soundscape, 10.08.13

 

1) Mary Lattimore, “Pluto The Planet” The Withdrawing Room(Desire Path Recordings)

2) Dustin Wong, “Helix Sky” Meditations of Ecstatic Energy (Thrill Jockey)

3) Steve Hauschildt, “Different Directions” S/H (Editions Mego)

4) Rambutan, “House of Shells” Live at Volcanic Tongue, March 23 2013

5) Alfred Brown, “Drawn to a Withered Hand” Library Music Catalog Music Series Vol. 16: Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)

6) Polmo Polpo, “Farewell to the Flyer” Innature (Barge Recordings)

7) Frank Napolski, “Live at the Wash for WSADA 7” September 27 2013.

8) The Haxan Cloak, “Dieu” Excavation (Tri Angle)

9) Ay Fast, “Opera Starring You Dead” Where Does He Come?(Banana Seat Girl)

10) Oneohtrix Point Never, “Still Life” R Plus Seven (Warp)

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

12) Gold Panda, “Marriage (Forest Swords Remix)”

13) Hovercraft, “Anthropod” Experiment Below (Mute/Blast First)

14) MC5, “Black to Comm” ’66 Breakout  (Total Energy Records)


[Archive 8.14.13]

The Upstate Soundscape, 8.14.13

1) Sun Araw, “Hustle and Bustle” Heavy Deeds (Not Not Fun)

2) Eric Copeland, “Tinkerbell” Joke in the Hole (DFA)

3) Focus Group, “The Elektrik Karousell” The Elektrik Karousell (Ghost Box)

4) Mercury Rev, “Loop, Lisse, Loop” Strange Attractor   

5) The Flaming Lips, “The Terror” The Terror (Warner Bros.) dave fridman tarbox studios mgmt

6) The Beta Band, “Monolith” The Three EPs (Astralwerks)

7) Spaceman 3, “Ecstasy” The Perfect Perscription” (Tang)

8) Rambutan, “Outside the Horizon” Inverted Summer (Fabrica)

9) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, “Korn Ring Finger” Safe as Milk (Buddah Records)

10) The Lost Domain, “Frankie & Albert” White Man at the Door (Digitalis)

11) NYMPH, “Beyond” New Millennium Prayer (Northern Spy)

12) Velvet Chrome, “The Russell Groove” Odds and Ends to a New Meaning (Old Frontiers)

13) Craig Leon, “One Hundred Steps” Visiting (Arbitor)

14) Boards of Canada, “New Seeds” Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

15) Dan Deacon, “Lots” America (Domino)


[Archive 04.11.13]

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1) Joseph Byrd, “Water Music” Joseph Byrd NYC 1960-63 (New World Records)
2) Brett Masteller, “Cutting the Corners of a Multi-Art Environment” Out of Nowhere: Electro-Acoustic Music from the Upstate Fringe (Big Orbit)
3) University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio, “Noises” Electronic Music 
4) Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, “Chemistry” Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (EGS)
5) Mercury Rev, “Night on Panther Mountain (Unreleased mix)” Deserter’s Songs (Tarbox Road)
6) JD Emmanuel, “Part IV: Expanding into the Universe” Wizards (North Star) 1982
7) Rambutan, “Typology” Inverted Summer (Fabrica) (Interrupted due to computer malfunction)
9) Mary Lattimore, “Side A” The Withdrawing Room (Desire Path Recordings)
10) Katze, “A Man A Plan A Canal Panama” Berg
11) Katze, “Meeps” Berg
12) Nadja, “Space Time and Absence” Dagdrom (Broken Spine)
13) Zelinenople, “Can’t Stop” Give it Up
14) Hanged Up & Tony Conrad, “Flying Fast N Furious” Transit of Venus (Constellation)
15) Purling Hiss, “Gypsy” Public Service Announcement 

[Archive: 12.26.12 ft. Guest Host Adam Richards]

The Upstate Soundsape, 12.26.12

 

1) Gamelon Son of Lion, “DNA” The Complete Gamelon in the New World (Locust)
2) Pengo, “Trans-Love Abattoir,” A Nervious Splendor (Haoma Recordings)
(*First two tracks failed to record. Set starts in middle of track 3)
3) Art Fleury, “Uno Spettro Si Aggriaq Per,” I Luoghi Del Potere (Die Schachtel)
4) Gastric Female Reflex, “C’mon Sarah….” (Bennifer Editions/Gold Soundz) 
5) Tony Conrad, “May” Tony Conrad/Gastr Del Sol 7″ Split (Table of the Elements) 
6) Graham Lambkin, “Glinkamix,” Salmon Run (Kye)
7) Ira Cohen, “Live at the Knitting Factory,” 1/23/91
8) “The Hee-ahh” Eavesdrop: A Wealth of Found Sound 
9) Rambutan, “Ordinary Vertigo,” Erasing the Past (Tape Drift)
10) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “New Pures,” Ways of Meaning (Desire Path Recordings)
11) Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, “Faceless Kiss” Alone Together # 6 (Emerald Cacoon)
12) Big Blood, “Curtain Call,” Dead Songs (Time Lag)
13) Steve Bazckowski, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, “Return to the Pasture of Ants and Sweet Rapture,” The Dim Bulb (Wet Paint)
14) Cruudueces, “Side B,” Human Error (Ghetto Naturalist Series)
15) MEV, “Track 4,” Rome Cansrt 
16) Lee Rockey, “Track 2,” Music (De Stijl)
17) “Beta Video” Eavesdrop: A Wealth of Found Sound 
18) Arto Lindsey, “Alisa,” Better a Old Demon than a New God (DIal-a-Poem Poets)
19) Gruppo Di Improvisazione Nuova Consonanza, “A5-4 (prove concerto ’67),” Aziono 
 20) Rust Worship, “Side B,” Your Dross, My Sustenance (Plant Migration)
21) Chapels, “Teeth,” The Upstate Soundscape: Vol 1
22) Tor Lundvall, “Blue Rain Ships,” The Shipyard (Dais)

[Review: Rambutan + Parashi, ‘Lesser Halogens’]

Here we have two of Albany’s finest, Rambutan and Parashi, teaming up for their first collaborative release via Frankfurt-based Sicsic Tapes. The title of the tape, Lesser Halogens, evokes images of half-dead blackened lamps barely illuminating the decaying space surrounding them. The tape builds on this theme conjuring up a bleak world shrouded in darkness, dim lights flickering over foreign objects and alien faces. Gone are the warm friendly tones found on Rambutan’s more recent releases, like his split with Tidal on Aguirre or his Typhoon Shapes cassette on cae-sur-a. Instead we are presented with a cold electronic hum that underpins most of the tracks with searing squelches of electronics cutting through the noise to rupture any sign of stillness.

The A-side keeps things dark slow-moving, allowing you to relish the noise as it envelops you. On “Halogen 1” large sluggish masses of distortion roll in over the underlying din. Giant sonic shapes drift over otherwise vacant landscapes, eventually slamming into each other. Sounds moan and contort as they crash together, their echoes calling attention to the vast expanses they roam.

“Halogen 2” opts for electronics that swarm around in a chattering and buzzing manner. This is the sound of chlorine being heated slowly so it reacts with whatever else is in the tube. Piercing noises emerge from the drone as the track gains energy. By the end the chlorine eats through its container and the escaped gas spills out chewing through the organic material around it with an increasing intensity.

Things slow down on “Halogen 3,” which drops to a slow eerie crawl. Digital ghosts float through a cold sterile world entirely alienated from any human presence. Electricity pulses in its quiet atmosphere, cracking and hissing as it moves through its circuitry.

The B-side picks up some, with each of its two tracks containing something of a beat. “Halogens 4” has a listless pulse buried behind an atmosphere full of dread, and couldn’t sound more like your heart as you hide in some cramped space waiting for some inevitable doom. The slow thump fills the space echoing louder than you would like, a turncoat calling out to the terror that is slowly sliding toward you.

The highlight of the album is the last track “Halogen 5,” also the cassette’s longest track, clocking in at 15 minutes. It is also the most upbeat and it rushes to an amazing climax that finishes off the tape in perfect fashion. At first though, the track starts with almost nothing. A synth, or a sample, and then silence. From there a cry calls out to you from somewhere off in the distance. Bursts of static gradually surround you. Slowly rhythm is added and you can even hear something like drums. Finally, a slow but steady rise in the tempo. Midway through the track the drone turns into a blur with a stream of incomprehensible things rushing past you. A myriad of small samples flit by for you to try to pick through. The drums begin to pound at a pace you could dance to, if it didn’t sound like you were in the middle of a war zone. Synths scream out to you, heightening the tension. Then, abruptly, at its peak, it fades away to nothing. All the energy is spent, the burst at the end destroys itself.

Rambutan, who runs the Tape Drift label, and Parashi, who runs the Skell LLC label, do an amazing job at dragging you into such a desolate world and holding you there captivated by the dark atmosphere while not letting you get tired of what could serve as bland source material in less capable hands. One hopes that this is the first of many collaborative recordings between these two Albany mainstays.

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 by Andrew White