Furthernoise issue December 2010

Dear all who listen,

Welcome to the final Furthernoise issue of 2010 (sister site of furtherfield.org).

Full of new reviews and sound for your reading and listening pleasure over the holiday period.

Furthernoise issue December 2010

“Effective Disconnect/Endless Falls/Powers of Audition” (feature)
The venerable Kranky continually, coherently, renews its ambient-drone-space-postrock mission with refinements to its blends. 2010 is no exception; from Brian McBride’s neo-classical soundtrackery to the latest doleful Loscil is an appreciable leap, yet in line with house style. Jonas Reinhardt’s Kartoon Kosmische, however, might have been best kept out of the house.
feature by Alan Lockett

“59 Airplanes Waiting For New York” (review)
Early on in 59 Airplanes Waiting for New York the air of a strange familiar wafts through its ambiguous lulling loops. Liner notes ID Dirk Serries and Premonition Factory’s use of a synthesizer and loop devices further point to Obmana’s ghost and a mentor in the wings. No charges of derivation, though, more a positive proclamation: Vidna Obmana is dead, long live Premonition Factory.
review by Alan Lockett

“Amerika and The Birth of Primary Cinema from the Spirit of Sound – Frank Rothkamm” (review)
Frank Rothkamm will need little introduction for Furthernoise readers. He has been both a contributor and guest reviewer, and continues to push the boundaries of conceptual music, sound and film theory in contemporary media discourse. This review examines what he describes as the final chapter in his self proclaimed “Magnus Opus”, as the final Tetralogy encompassing the Birth of Primary Cinema DVD, and accompanying soundtrack Amerika.
review by Roger Mills

“Don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…” (review)
Sound artist Simon Whetham’s CV bespeaks years of environmental auscultation and deep listening. Liner notes to Beneath the Swinging Bridge state that all source material was recorded in the Cumberland Basin, Bristol. As would be expected, water, variously voiced from drips to sluicings, plays a leading role, but the creaks and baritone lowing of the swing bridge are the stars.
review by Alan Lockett

“et Nighttide by Swartz” (review)

review by Derek Morton

“Gail Priest’s Spider Garden” (review)
Composed from electronics, field recordings and processed vocals, Gail Priest’s Presentiments from the Spider Garden is an extended web of unanticipated exotic territories, a suite inspired by the indefatigable spiders in her back yard, populated by recurring soundmark characters and visionary sonic environments.
review by Caleb Deupree

“Les Amusements – The Batteries Duo” (review)
The Batteries Duo are a New York based trumpet and electronics duo featuring trumpeters Gareth Flowers and Josh Frank, who met while studying at the esteemed Julliard school. Forgetting for the moment that this where innovators like Miles Davis and Steve Reich honed their skills…
review by Roger Mills

“Salvaged Violets/Generic City/The Die That’s Caste” (review)
Three from Celer: Salvaged Violets, a second coming for Infraction making an interesting contrast with earlier Discourses of the Withered; a collab with Yui Onodera, Generic City, distinguished by extensive deployment of field recordings; more tenebrous hues brought out by con-v curator, M. Tolosa, on The Die That’s Caste.
review by Alan Lockett

“Vicmod label debut” (review)
The modular synthesizer performance group Vicmod started their own label this year, and the first four releases display the breadth of invention and creativity from these vintage instrument that is the modular synthesizer.
review by Caleb Deupree

Roger Mills
Editor, Furthernoise