Tag Archives: thoughts on air

[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)


[Preview: Deep Listening Band, Alex Durlak and Tapes from Hamilton]

Deep Listening Band, ‘Needle Drop Jungle’ (Taiga)

Tonight on The Upstate Soundscape we will hear a track from the Pauline Oliveros-led Deep Listening Band and their new album Needle Drop Jungle.We’ll also feature a song from Toronto drone artist Alex Durlak, who has a new album called Seconds out on Toronto-based label Komino Records.

Hamilton, Ont

We’ll also dive into a bunch of tapes I got while I was in Hamilton a few weeks ago. I’ve got music from Oureboros, Thoughts on Air, Daniel Lanoise, and the Old Frontiers label. All good stuff.

Show starts at 9pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.

 


[Archive 06.20.12.]

1) Thoughts on Air, “Hop Scotch,” Randem Tandem (Old Frontiers)
2) Liars, “The Exact Colour of Doubt,” WIXIW (Mute)
3) Peaking Lights, “LO HI,” Lucifer (Mexican Summer)
4) Sandro Perri, “Changes (Eluvium Remix)” (DFA)
5) Laurel Halo, “Thaw,” Quarantine (Hyperdub)
6) Zelienople, “Out of It,” The World is a House on Fire (Type)
7) Mercury Rev, “Empire State (Son House in Excelsis),” See You on the Other Side (Beggar’s Banquet) 1995
8) Bill Nace, Chris Corsano and Paul Flaherty, “Untitled” Live at Flywheel (12.30.11)
9) Steve Baczkowski-Bill Nace Duo, Live in Buffalo (8mm)
10) Nels Cline, Wally Shoup, and Chris Corsano, “Lake of Fire Memories,” Immolation/Immersion (Strange Attractors)
11) Rangda, “Sarcophogi,” False Flag (Drag City)
12) Steve Baczkowski and Nola Ranallo, “Tusk and Drink,” Live at Soundlab 
13) Northampton Wools, “Sweetness,” Live at All Tomorrow’s Partie2010 (Free Music Archive)
14) Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, Chris Corsano, “Untitled” Live at Colour Out of Space (07.09.08)

[Preview 06.20.12: Corsano-Baczkowski-Nace Tour + more]

Gonna preview a doozy of a tour set to launch in Buffalo tomorrow at the Vault. Percussionist Chris Corsano, saxophonist Steve Baczkowski, and guitarist Bill Nace–all first class improv musicians–will embark on an 8-date tour that will take them through and around the Upstate region.

Stops include Toronto, Montreal, Hudson, and of course tomorrow night’s kick off in Buffalo. The list of musicians set to perform at various stops along the tour is pretty impressive as well. See details for dates and supporting artists here.

While each of the three musicians has performed with the other two on separate occasions, as a trio the three have only performed together once–and that was back in 2005. We’ll take a listen to some of those past collaborations to see if we can get a feel for what this trio might sound like on this tour.

Zelienople, ‘The World is a House on Fire’ (Type)

Other music on tap for tonight includes a new songs from Hamilton’s Thoughts on Air, Chicago trio Zelienople, an Eluvium remix of Toronto artist Sandro Perri, and more.

The weirdness will begin hitting your airwaves at 9pm. Tune in. 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org.


[Free Music Friday: Thoughts on Air, ‘Lazy Haze’]

DOWNLOAD: Thoughts on Air, Lazy Haze (Cloud Valley)

Here is some gorgeous, melancholic drone from Hamilton’s Scott Johnston aka Thoughts on Air. The man himself describes this cassette as “moon powered couch potato drizzle.”  Give it a listen and you’ll see that’s pretty dead on. Enjoy.


[Archive 12.28.11]

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)”


[2011 in Review: Hunting Rituals, ‘Brooding Forest’]

Hunting Rituals, 'Brooding Forest' (Ecstatic Peace)

Back in 2008 something sinister occurred up in Hamilton, Ontario, when Scott Johnson of Thoughts on Air and Jeremiah Buchan of Fossils met up for a jam session in the basement of Sonic Unyon Records. Both artists are of a similar wavelength in that neither is averse to utilizing grating sounds and uncomfortable textures to achieve their sonic aims. Thus the collaboration was a natural fit, even if the gut-wrenching, noise-drenched final product–titled Brooding Forest–was anything but natural sounding.

At first this disturbing noise–which came out under Johnson’s project Hunting Rituals–was limited to a very small tape run on Hamilton-based label Myasis Tapes in 2008. One of the 30 tapes though managed to finds its way into the hands of Sonic Youth member and underground excavator Thurston Moore. Moore then wrote about the release in his “Bull Tongue” column for Arthur magazine saying that it unfold[ed] like a sex-sweat sheet, each rumple a dank and sensuous dream.”

In 2011, Moore then decided to re-release Brooding Forest to a wider audience under his Ecstatic Peace imprint. Apparently, Moore found Hunting Rituals’ “moist grip on psyche-scuzz blanket motion” to be worthy of greater exposure.

Tiny Mix Tapes seconded the recordings value by describing its sound as “a field recordings from deep inside some dark labyrinth of poisonous trees on the edge of the gateway to the world of the Old Gods, swarming with foot-long mosquitoes and deadly rabid beasts howling out for flesh.”

Descriptions as such might seem a bit ridiculous, but only until you listen to Brooding Forest. There really is no place for the traditional critical lexicon with recordings like these.

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Review by Jamie Moore