Dec 27, 2012

ibliss (rare earth XXIX)

 ibliss - supernova (spiegelei-aamok, 1972)

Borne out of the confused Kraftwerk history, and taken under the wing of Conny Plank, Ibliss were one of the most remarkable one album wonders. Featuring Basil Hammoudi (from Organisation) and Andreas Hohmann (one of the two drummers on the first Kraftwerk album) augmenting a trio of no less talent, Ibliss created a logical jazz-fusion diversion on the Organisation sound, heavily featuring flutes, saxes and an overdose of percussion. All this in a typically Teutonic cosmic concoction, kinda Kraftwerk meets Miles Davis and Rocksession era Embryo, and also hinting at the later Kollektiv. It's a great shame they only released the one album!  the crack in the cosmic egg

Al rastrear en los primeros y geniales Kraftwerk y, en sus electrificantes y experimentales sesiones es recurrente recuperar el mágico 'Tone Float' de Organisation. Entre aquellos restos (Andreas Hohmann, Basil Hammoudi) también quedó uno de los tesoros mejor escondidos del krautrock, que dejaría sorprendido al explorador de ideas preconcebidas, pues si hubiéramos de situar su contenido serían Annexus Quam, Ikarus, Niagara o Embryo símiles de excepción. Percusiones repetitivas y tribales con exploraciones de saxo y guitarra en la infecciosa 'Margah', el trance ya ha comenzado. Sigue el interludio cósmico de 'Drops', puro y sinuoso jazz cósmico sobre el que levitar de la mano del saxo de Rainer Buechel. 'High life' continúa por esa senda evocadora, dominada por una eterna línea de bajo e improvisaciones flautiles. La mántrica 'Athir' supone el despertar, veo la India a lo lejos cuando el chamán nos invoca de vuelta a la quietud de la noche y a sus extraños moradores.
 

Dec 15, 2012

atelier o divino


atelier o divino is mysterious and resides in brasil. atelier o divino is an art studio engaged in a wide diversity of practices ranging from painting and independent publishing to web art, video and recorded sound. the tracks produced by atelier o divino aim to construct atmospheres and imaginary landscapes rather than melodies. most of the records so far are made with the reprocessed sound of the recorded tenor sax. but divino's investigations are soon to be broadened to a wider range of sound sources.

pyr is a small netlabel based in chicago that focuses on experimental: noise, improvisation, and weirdo rock. pan y rosas began putting out music in 2008 as a way to make often overlooked music available to the public and as a way of building a community of artists, musicians and listeners. we believe that as media consolidation continues to reduce the avenues available to musicians, it is increasingly important to open up new paths for the dissemination of new music. we see pan y rosas discos, and netlabels in general, as offering one more path for artists to utilize. 

Dec 6, 2012

erkki kurenniemi (rare earth XXVIII)



One of the undeniable pioneers of Finnish electronic music is Erkki Kurenniemi (b. 1941), who founded The University of Helsinki Electronic Music Studio in the early 1960's. Kurenniemi built his own series of synthesizers, named as DIMI, which are nowadays mostly possessed by Swedish collector and electronic musician Ralph Lundsten, and published some of his experimental compositions like 'Dance of the Antropoids'. Alongside such Finnish pioneers as Eino Ruutsalo (for whose short films Kurenniemi composed music), Kurenniemi also did some early work on the field of Finnish media art and contributed to Finnish video art and happenings. These days Kurenniemi works as an independent researcher, specialising in such subjects as artificial intelligence. finnscene

A former nuclear scientist who composed computer-based music and designed his own instruments founding the University Of Helsinki Electronic Music Studio in 1962.  Kurenniemi's pioneering work included microprocessor-based digital synthesizers built in the early 1970's. discogs

Siempre he sentido una especial atracción hacia los primeros aventureros de la música electrónica, más allá incluso de sus propias grabaciones, sólo el hecho antropológico de indagar en sus técnicas, instrumentos y creaciones ya me fascina. Desde visionarios creadores y académicos como Stockhausen, Moondog, Morton Subtonick o el propio Erkki a inefables exploradores del underground como Brucke Haack o Silver Apples, estos nombres son fiel reflejo de la libertad creativa del momento y de su desarrollo al margen de la industria y sus tendencias. Esta recopilación de grabaciones del finlandés nos tranpsortará a un solitario collage sónico lleno de sugerentes improvisaciones y cintas maniupaladas en 'hana', 'antropoidien tanssi' o ' mix master universe 2' y hasta alguna melodía presa de inteferencias en 'invention'. 

Para los curiosos, en el siguiente paper encontraréis una revisión de los sintes y secuenciadores que Erkki construyó durante este período y que llegó a utilizar en sus grabaciones o directos, tales como su mítico Dimi.