Saturday, 6 December 2008

new releases of note

several new releases that sound interesting (reviews to follow):

Available now on prele records:

prl004: revenant : topolò

with: yannick dauby, olivier feraud, john grzinich, hitoshi kojo andpatrick mcginley.

tracks 1-5 : 46°11'17" N, 13°36'4" E; 19.10.06, 13:55:26+0100 GMT (52m28s)
track 6 : 46°10'58" N, 13°35'56" E; 19.10.06, 17:14:02+0100 GMT (8m31s)

CD + 12 page booklet

photos: john grzinich, patrick mcginley, hitoshi kojo mastering: patrick mcginley design: hitoshi kojo --
"revenant : topolò" was recorded in a forest near the italian village oftopolò, not far the slovenien border, during the "pushing the medium 3"symposium in october 2006. All sounds from "revenant : topolò" originated from materials foundin-situ, or from the space itself. No overdubbing or editing was done inorder to document this specific action and location in time. “revenant” is an ongoing project with open membership that focuses onsite-specific acoustic actions, or activiated environments. Each action isa document of a specific moment in time in a specific location.

and/oar: and/32

ISOBEL CLOUTER & ROB MULLENDER - 'Myths Of Origin – Sonic Ephemera Of East Asia'
format: CD+ (includes a PDF of extra photos)

At long last, after a culmination of delays amounting to 3 years, and/OAR is extremely happy to finally present a full length release featuring "singing sand" and "booming sand" recorded in Japan and Mongolia by British sound artists Isobel Clouter and Rob Mullender. "Singing sand", "booming sand", "whistling sand" or "barking sand" is sand that produces sounds of either high or low frequency under pressure. The sound emission is usually triggered by wind passing over dunes or by walking on the sand.Also featured are field recordings of a traditional Japanese Sawara Matsuri festival, a Suikinkutsu (underground water zither), Uguisubari (or Nightengale floor), Chion-in temple and Saiho-ji temple .The recordings came about as a result of a project instigated in late 1999, which bears witness to a long held fascination with how the environment generates and shapes culture, memory and myth. There was no desire to conduct any scientific or anthropological field work, but to collect a set of recordings which would serve to illustrate how precious the sonic environment can be, and to act as founding materials for a soundscape collection at the British Library Sound Archive.Track listing:1. Sawara matsuri, Singing sand, Suikinkutsu2. Kotohiki-hama - Kotoga-hama beaches3. Chion-in temple, Nightingale floor, Saiho-ji temple4. Dune ascent / descent5. Aosigetunoer descent6. Baoritaolegainuoer Natural Booming7. Baoritaolegainuoer descent8. Dune 3 descent9. Tibetan Prayer wheels, XiaheThe audio CD also features a PDF of extra photos pertaining to the recordings that can be accessed on a computer, and comes packaged in a four color digipak and a 12 page booklet.

on Sonoris:

– T921 (33:31) Michael Gendreau2 – D156 (21:11) Francisco Lopez CD2:1 – D138 (29:19) Francisco Lopez2 – M928 (21:02) Michael Gendreau

This 2CD set gathers two compositions each by Michael Gendreau and Francisco Lopez. TDDM is based on sound materials recorded in factories in Asia.The 2 Michael Gendreau tracks focus on factories sound environment meanwhile Francisco Lopez works more on machinery and engines. The result is a strong and intense body of work, a total immersion into industrial estates sounds. This isn't a work on microsound or lowercase music but a real physical experience.

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