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Avant Garde Electro-Acoustic Experimental Musique Concrète Review

T. Jervell – (K) En sommerdag i Kroken (Ruter)

Picked this up on Bandcamp last week after casually scrolling over a post on the Ciat-Lonbarde FB group. Glad I clicked, as what awaited was a magical sound world, weaving electronic and found sounds into a tapestry of molten and frazzled textures. In parts it reminds me of Cornelius, especially the wry humour.

The nerd in me enjoyed listening out for the signature Ciat-Lonbarde sounds, especially noticeable on the aliased destruction of samples the Cocoquantus imparts on everything it touches. However, this shouldn’t detract from what is a really original, fun and considered body of work.

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Avant Garde Drone Electro-Acoustic Minimal Review

Christopher Otto – Rag′sma

greyfade 003 – Release: November 19th 2021

Christopher Otto, the violinist and founding member of JACK Quartet, brings a strict mathematical approach to acoustic composition and performance. Unfurling drones begin at a base frequency and methodically work their way outwards, causing shifts and minute imbalances between the (impeccably) recorded instrumentation. Utilising just intonation tuning techniques, the result is some really interesting and unique timbral combinations.

According to the blurb “Otto drew inspiration from a particularly complex interval known as the ragisma a ratio of 4375:4374. The size of this interval, 0.396 cents, is so small that most would say it cannot be perceived as such by the human ear.”

The record has a strong mathematical concept, however it works on levels that can be enjoyed purely as a great tonal record and which rewards deeper listening, especially when referencing the sleeve notes. Speaking of which, the sleeve and overall package follows in the gorgeously high production standard as set in previous greyfade releases.

Keep your eyes on greyfade for a copy.

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Ambient Art Avant Garde Culture

William Basinski – Disintegration Loop 1.1

Shot during the last hour of daylight on the evening of 9/11 from Basinski’s rooftop, this single-shot film coupled captures the decaying melancholic tragedy of events that would shape the passing decades.

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Ambient Avant Garde Drone Experimental Radio

Luke Sanger – Mutant Radio – August Show

Mutant Radio · Luke Sanger [Flatland Frequencies]

Tracklist:

AntiflowerLewis Hunter
Part 2 (extract)Polypores
Late Night Black NewsProgetto No Name + DuoSerpe
BenelevatoirLewis Hunter
Only Casino For MilesLuke Sanger
Zaruchejnaya feat. Lunar Abyss Deus OrganumSubterranean Source
Part I BDechmont Woods
Epsilove and Ployer Fower- Auguries of InnocenceEpsilove and Ployer Fower
Between This World And The NextGhostwriter
Part I GDechmont Woods
Phrygian PanLuke Sanger

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Avant Garde Beats Minimal Wave Premiere Synth

PREMIERE: Jack Pattern – Ufundab Ich Bin Durch Lasst Mich Arzt

Cosmic Pint Glass – 13/09/21

Mega premiere on our YouTube and soundcloud channels for this ace new chugger by Jack Pattern.

Flatland Frequencies · PREMIERE: Jack Pattern – Kosmische Kueche

12″ is out this Friday via our homies at Cosmic Pint Glass!

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Avant Garde Jazz

Sun Ra – Languidity

Strut – Release: June 25th 2021

To be honest, trying to write something meaningful on a Sun Ra release is always going to be an exercise in humility. Having seen the Arkestra perform live a couple of times and owning a few Sun Ra LPs, I’d class myself as a fan. Although by no means have I even gently brushed the vast surface of the Sun Ra back catalogue (well over a hundred albums).

In this re-issue instance, Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s classic ‘Lanquidity’ album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set and 2CD editions, featuring the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank. originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech. Both versions of the album are cut loud at 45 rpm over 2LPs each.

Recorded overnight at Bob Bank’s Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. “Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record,” explains Michael Ray. “As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid.” Bob Blank continues, “Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing.”