Stream New Merzbow Album 'MONOAkuma'

Stream New Merzbow Album 'MONOAkuma'

Merzbow has a new album coming out on Room40 this week entitled MONOAkuma, and you can listen to an advance stream of the album at The Wire’s website here. The album was recorded in 2012 at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art and the release marks the 40th anniversary of Merzbow’s career. Of the performance, Room40 owner Lawrence English remarked that it was “one of the most memorable and euphoric” that he played role in. “As people walked out of the room, many described a sense of disorientation, like they had been overcome by some psychedelic experience.”

The album is comprised of a single 50-minute track. You can preorder the CD or digital album on Room40’s Bandcamp page here.

New World Records Releases New Standards Double Album from Alvin Curran

New World Records Releases New Standards Double Album from Alvin Curran

New World Records has released a new double album from Alvin Curran. It’s entitled Endangered Species and finds the composer re-imagining standards on his Yamaha Disklavier. You can listen to a clip from “(I'm) Confessin' (that I Love You)” above, a track that was originally composed by Doc Daughterty, A. J. Neiburg, and Ellis Reynolds. Of the Yamaha Disklavier, Curran has said that it is a “grand piano which allowed [him] the luxury of playing not just its own hammers and strings but [his] entire archive of sound-files: a magic act where the whole world becomes audible directly from [his] finger tips—an 80-proof blend of analogue and digital.”

You can find more information about the album at the New World Records website here. The album is currently available for purchase on the same page. There you can download the full liner notes for Endangered Species.

Wolf Notes Holding Open Call for Submissions to Next Issue of Publication

Wolf Notes Holding Open Call for Submissions to Next Issue of Publication

Wolf Notes is hosting its first open call for submissions. Submissions that are accepted will appear in the ninth issue of the publication. Wolf Notes, which is co-edited by Sarah Hughes and Patrick Farmer, has featured numerous composers, performers, and writers associated with experimental music. Past contributors include Michael Pisaro, Manfred Werder, and Olivia Block. You can see a full list of past contributors here.

The information for the open call is as follows:

For our first Open Call, we invite submissions from musicians, composers, writers, artists, critics, curators, and listeners (mechanics, children, lawyers, cleaners, baristas, area managers, precarious workers, the unemployed, the over-employed…).

The writing can be in the form of an essay,  interview, or rumination.

Submissions guidelines:

• Submissions can be up to 5000-words

• Please include a short abstract at the beginning

• Submissions should be written in English or with an English translation

• Please submit as a Word document (email us if this is tricky)

• All submissions should be sent by email to compostandheight@gmail.com 

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2019

You can find more information here. One can view previously published works on the Wolf Notes site here.

Glistening Examples Releases New Albums from Kate Carr and Luca Sigurtà

Glistening Examples Releases New Albums from Kate Carr and Luca Sigurtà

Glistening Examples has announced two new releases. Its first new release comes from Kate Carr, the person behind record label Flaming Pines, and it’s entitled the thing itself and not the myth. The album is comprised of sounds that were gather underwater, specifically "drones played by a synchronised swimming speaker broadcasting into a fjord, many spluttering radios, morse code, and geese." The album’s title comes from a poem by Adrienne Rich. You can stream the album and purchase it on its respective Bandcamp page here.

The second new album to come from Glistening Examples comes from Luca Sigurtà and is entitled Goddess. The album is “an homage to the actresses of old silent movies, assembled from tangles of homemade tape loops and washed with analog synths.” Each song’s title is consequently named after or references a silent film. You can stream the album above and purchase it on its respective Bandcamp page here.

Public Bath Press Announces English Translation of Soejima Teruto's 'Free Jazz in Japan: A Personal History'

Public Bath Press Announces English Translation of Soejima Teruto's 'Free Jazz in Japan: A Personal History'

Public Bath Press has been releasing English translations of essential books about Japanese music for the past few years. Arguably their most exciting venture was just announced recently: a translation of critic Soejima Teruto’s Free Jazz in Japan: A Personal History. As usual, Kato David Hopkins handles the translation. The image above shows a prototype of the art, and Hopkins has stated that the final version by Ohno Masahiko will be “even better.”

Hopkins describes the book as such:

[Free Jazz in Japan] is the musical memoir of a man who moved from fan to critic to tireless promoter of the jazz avant-garde. He was there from the beginning and knew everyone. I hope his considerable charm comes through in translation. He was primarily a supporter of the live jazz scene, so while there is information about record culture, the focus is on events and performances. And personalities, with many interesting anecdotes. Anyone interested in Japanese musical undergrounds will find something of interest here.

The book is slated for sale in December. Keep an eye on the Public Bath Press website for ordering information.

Evan Parker's 'The Snake Decides' Gets Remastered, Reissued by Otoroku

Evan Parker's 'The Snake Decides' Gets Remastered, Reissued by Otoroku

Cafe Oto's record label Otoroku has announced a reissue of Evan Parker's seminal The Snake Decides. The album contains four solo recordings that took place in Oxford. The album was remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and features new liner notes by Brian Morton. Read an excerpt from the liner notes below:

The Snake Decides attracts a certain array of adjectives - intense, radical, fearsome, hypnotic, virtuosic – and occasionally allows a more ambitious reviewer to avoid platitude by talking more specifically about 32nd harmonics, circular breathing, multiphonics and Gerson's exact choice and placement of microphones. But this misses a point, too. Listening to this record, either for the first or the fortieth time, is an arousing experience.

The album is limited to 500 copies and can be pre-ordered on the Otoroku site here. There is currently a deal where one can bundle the release with The Topography of the Lungs (Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink) and The London Concert (Evan Parker / Derek Bailey). You can find more information about that deal here.

Akira Rabelais's 'Eisoptrophobia' Gets Reissued by Boomkat Editions

Akira Rabelais's 'Eisoptrophobia' Gets Reissued by Boomkat Editions

Akira Rabelais’s 2001 album Eisoptrophobia has been reissued by Boomkat Editions. The album was initially released on Ritornell, a sub-label of Mille Plateaux. It features recordings of pieces by Erik Satie, Béla Bartók, and Vincent Carté that were then transformed by Rabelais’s Argeïphontes Lyre program. You can listen to the album above via the artist’s Bandcamp page. The reissue marks the first time that the album has been pressed on vinyl. There is a limited edition run of 300 copies that were pressed on clear wax. Copies on traditional black vinyl are available as well. You can purchase the album here.

Edition Wandelweiser Records Announces New Albums from Tom Johnson, Ferran Fages, Rutger Zuydervelt, More

Edition Wandelweiser Records Announces New Albums from Tom Johnson, Ferran Fages, Rutger Zuydervelt, More

Edition Wandelweiser Records has announced six new records that are set to be released on November 30th. The first record is a recording of a couple of John Cage’s Number Pieces from Guy Vandromme. The second is of Tom Johnson’s spaces . an hour for piano performed by Keiko Shichijo. The third album is from Ferran Fages and is entitled detuning series for guitar and is performed by Fages himself as well as Didier Aschour.

The fourth album is from Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) and is entitled sileen II. The album features Zuydervelt and Gareth Davis. The fifth album comes from John McCowen and is entitled Mundanas i - v and features McCowen and Madison Greenstone both playing clarinet. The sixth album is a recording of Erik Satie’s Socrate by Olalla Alemán (soprano) and Guy Vandromme (piano).

You can pre-order all six albums on the Wandelweiser website here. You can find more information about every single album on the same page, as well as lengthy audio samples. For a limited deal, you can purchase all six together for €50. Wandelweiser released six records earlier this year back in May. You can see what those releases were on the label website here.

Reading Group Announces New LPs from Marcin Barski and Derek Baron

Reading Group Announces New LPs from Marcin Barski and Derek Baron

Reading Group has announced two new LPs. The first comes from Marcin Barski and is entitled Wanda’s Dream. The album finds the Krakow-based artist compiling a collage of different tapes from the 1980s, a time when microphones were commonplace in homes and recording audio became more popular amongst the public. You can read a detailed introduction of the record from Barski here. You can also pre-order the album on the same page. Stream a track from the album above.

The second new album comes from Derek Baron. It’s entitled Recollects and is the artist's follow-up to 2016's Crooked Dances. The album recorded in 2016 in the Boundary Waters between northern Minnesota and southwest Ontario. It’s described as featuring a “repeatedly postponed canoe trip” and various cassettes from the ‘90s. You can stream the track above and pre-order the LP here.

Crys Cole Unveils Radio del Museo Reina Sofía-Commissioned Piece "oftentimes": Listen Now

Crys Cole Unveils Radio del Museo Reina Sofía-Commissioned Piece "oftentimes": Listen Now

Crys Cole was commissioned a piece by the Radio del Museo Reina Sofía and it has now been released on the museum’s website. The track is called “oftentimes” and contains recordings that Cole took in Bali, Malaysia, Australia, Italy, and more. In it, she continues to explore the idea of using "dream logic" as a compositional tool and brings together a confluence of sounds that “would likely never meet in the real world.” You can listen to the piece here.

Last month, Crys Cole released a collaborative album with Oren Ambarchi and Leif Elggren entitled Certainly. The album was released on Ultra Eczema and the LP can be purchased here.