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Lê Quan Ninh – French Free Improv


I‘m pretty confident any french man who reads this will explode
with disgust at any attempt I make to summarize Lê Quan Ninh,
I imagine them passing this page around from beret’d screen starer
to starer, but I first encountered Mr. Ninh via The Wire and picked up
His release on erstwhile, Today a friend of mine told me how hard it
was to record a French violinist at her Dad’s new music festival in Brazil
because he kept moving around. Possibly to avoid the mic.s she was dangling in
front of the French man’s face, or possibly because he, like Ninh, has
begun to utilize the microphone as part of the performance.

Anyway, pictures of Ninh’s performance look more like stills from a
Godard picture, with a team of recording agents moving around him as he stomps
tones of a drum kit. Some recordings are minimal blips of nascent music
making other are toned down improvisations that approximate jazz. What makes
all of this so compelling is the way these improvsers can’t seem to keep from
inventing new ideas. Ninh and company here sounds like
a clatter of congressmen argueing with each other in their own
respective kitchens before a slight moment of vocal tranquility recalls the quiet moments
of Pharaoh Sander’s work, and then back to more racketing gizmos, boredom done up as
entertainment, and surprises. The whole track keeps itself busy volleying from new
idea to idea breaking constraints and ending out more beautiful than any complacent
piece of pop music could ever hope to be. That’s what I really enjoy in Le Quan
Ninh’s engagement with improvisation, the groups he plays with makes free improv shine,
you wanna give it your friends and say here, look, it’s not all just a bunch of noise.

To many
clips
to
mention at his website http://www.lequanninh.net/.

December 20, 2004 at 4:34 am 1 comment

Matthew Derby — Super Flat Times

Discovered matthew derby via the usual angry letter to the editor
(he was stuck on reviewing emo for the believer)
Anyway, his writing is a pretty interesting semblance
of modern pessimism and a click and paste juxtaposition, kinda like
Walter
Abish only with a sense of humor (he even had Timanderic.com
at his book reading). Along with Benjamin Weissman, and others
might be part of a new American post-post-modern ahh fuck it I
don’t wanna be part of a movement movement.

http://www.failbetter.com/Winter2002/Behavior%20Pilot.htm

http://www.superflattimes.com/
Tim and Eric provide the deleted scenes commentary.

Peace,
Andrew Jones

December 19, 2004 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Hawks and Sparrows


Just found this through a link on erock’s blog.

Hawks and Sparrows is formed from

the lucky dragons, wrist and pistols, and Narnack’s Aa

dates in Taiwan are either a traveling bunch or artists
of some repute. All sounds were recorded at a protest and messed with.

This one is
kinda Pan sonic-ee then ends out on a hip-hop break that i wish could
have been elaborated into an entire song, but Hawks seems to be into
that entire Lacan self-destructive drive to individuality here, i.e.
making an abject statement by pulling it all back, it’s what gives the
song it’s feel or difference.

Here simple
acoustic strumming provides that contemplative relief of a Fahey piece
only slightly tweaked to again cut out those morsels of the typical,
but feels a lot like OCS’ stuff. Minor touches, but intelligently done.

And this one
(rounding out the mp3 review thing) is still downloading. With
like 10 seconds on, it’s a skittering field recorded pastiche naive to
the extreme (sounds like a kid’s mic and a tracker). Reminds me of
early Lucky Kitchen stuff (alejandro and aaron right?). It still hasn’t
downloaded… damn you dial up…

Check out their website for more of the naively mixed ennui, careless
theorizing, and abject lessonings:

http://
www.hawksandsparrows.org

Edit, turns out I like his old band a little bit better.
Lucky Dragons

December 15, 2004 at 9:05 pm 1 comment

RA – Raouls loves You – Coredump

RA is a graphic designer from France who’s done videos for
planet-mu and incidentally produces some of the most interesting
tunes to fit into the tired old mold of IDM. Raoul Loves You, his first
album,
is scattered around at times with a brown hue that seems to draw from
dub and hip-hop with out sound derivative of either.

Fude
Brownie Brain

You’ll Be

December 15, 2004 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Factory Records Returns w/ Grime? Raw-T mp3s

Saw this on the Record Camp List and checked it out

Tony Wilson the man behind Factory Records has returned

with a new version of factory records called F4 Records or maybe Red Cellars…
somehow no one knows and reports differs.

Regardless, Further
showing that grime is making it out of England and slapped into your
regular rotation of the old-skool, new-skool, and art-skool hip-hop,
Tony’s first release comes from Grime act Raw-T who turned out, after
listening to a few mp3s, to be pretty sick. Check these:

Track 1

Dancehall-esque one

December 13, 2004 at 8:56 pm 1 comment

Shibusashirazu more Japanese Improv (from David F)

Repost
of David F’s
latest find. New improv group from Daisuke Fawa called
Shibusashirazu.


Mp3 Here

On another note there seems to be a lot of these really amazing
Japanese big band improv groups like Seigen Ono’s Dragonfish ensemble,
whatever one Otomo Yoshide has etc. But this is definitely a high-light

December 12, 2004 at 3:20 pm 1 comment

Fog – We’re Winning

Andrew Broder aka FOG going way indie here, with help from Grew Lewis
on horns and my man of the IDM hour Cepia aka Huntley Miller on laptop.
I’m not hearing the proposed micotonal click-ee-s promised in the
description but the track is still good.


We’re Winning

December 9, 2004 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

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