Disformation – Liberating music from all kinds of context (interview)
By Wieland Rambke
How do you create a space without a context? This question lies at the heart of new-founded experimental music label Disformation, conceived by Casper Gottlieb and Jesper Bagger Hviid of Copenhagen-based noise act GOHV. In its output, the label seeks to release music that pits itself against the very notion of context: Disformation rejects the creation of narratives as a whole.
For the listener, every attempt at being able to personally relate to the label’s output is denied in favour of releases that seek to isolate music as much as possible from any associative frame. What remains is music that is as blatant as it is abject. Music that is simultaneously cloaked and in-your-face.
But how do you create a space with no boundaries, without any points of reference? What remains when the backgrounds disappear? Læs resten
Sandra Boss – Animal choirs outside of time
Sandra Boss ”Luft” (Falt, 2018) – review by Wieland Rambke
Air is the only invisible of the four elements; It can only be seen in its effects. Air is also, mythologically as well as naturally, the element of the voice, of sound and music.
With her most recent release entitled “Luft” (the Danish word for air), composer Sandra Boss has chosen a fitting title; One that encompasses all of these aspects and simultaneously connects them with the mechanical properties of the central instrument of her release: The organ. Læs resten
Roaring Abstraction – An Introduction To Basil Kirchin
By Jim Slade
Impossible to categorize or pigeonhole, Basil Kirchin (1927-2005), the elusive polymath of Britain’s musical history, left a rich legacy of melodic titbits that branches out across genre and context. Motivated by the recently released ”Basil Kirchin Is My Friend” record and following a spate of concerts, radio programmes and articles, there is new found attention garnering on this British composer. Who is this bushy bearded fellow who throughout a lifelong musical career played drums in the country’s busiest touring Big Band of the postwar era before morphing into the composer du jour of the best cult film soundtracks of the 1960’s? Balancing commercial success with experimental work, he seamlessly blended tape loops with the frenzied playing of free jazz too and yet, as his back catalogue would attest, Basil Kirchin has a sonic signature that is utterly unique. Læs resten
Percy Records – Vogteren på Heimdalsgade
Af Sandra S. Borch
Lige i starten af Heimdalsgade bag den Røde Plads i Nordvest har Troels Hastrup åbnet Percy Records, en ny pladebiks dedikeret til det fulde spektrum fra lydkunst til klubkultur. Det var navnet på Troels’ familiehund, titlen på et godt nummer og betyder “personal favorite” på god ‘Glasgow-tale’. Så der var altså alle gode grunde til at døbe biksen Percy. Læs resten
Jaleh Negari “Arch Waves” – A propagation of disturbances through space and time
Jaleh Negari “Arch Waves” review by Javier Orozco
The musical cartography of Jaleh Negari can be traced to her current role as drummer of the bands Selvhenter and Pinkunoizu, yet a distinct territory is trailed by the sounds advanced in her first solo album “Arch Waves” and published by Eget Værelse (a label and Copenhagen-based music collective she cofounded). “Arch Waves” shares some attributes with her two other projects: tags as experimental, drone, and avant-garde might fit well for any of her ventures, nonetheless this album has its own distinct identity and sonic approach. This distance is also salient in the choice of instruments, “Arch Waves” is not a drum record; synths, gongs, singing bowls, and bells play a prominent role, piano and saxophones are also featured. Læs resten
The Manipulated – tung dansk vintersludge
Af Alexander Julin
Den aarhusianske kvartet The Manipulated (førhen MEEK, The Manipulated Living) spiller instrumental metal med et perspektiv på eksperimenter af lyd. For at smide lidt flere farver på genre-paletten, kan det nævnes at bandet trækker på elementer fra ligeledes doom, sludge, såvel som den mere traditionelle rockmusik.
Efter diverse genreovervejelser udgav bandet “The Manipulated” 10-tommer på eget selskab (sort vinyl, 33 rpm på A-siden, 45 rpm på B-siden) i sommeren 2012, der dog mest af alt lyder som et sæson-forskudt soundtrack til den uimødekommende vinter. Gennem ep’ens knap tyve minutter lange længde, bliver man som lytter præsenteret for et isoleret kaos, hvoraf det mest af alt afhænger af ens egen interesse eller nysgerrighed, hvorvidt man vil lade sig opsluge.