Magnetic tape maestro Randall Taylor, aka Amulets, takes an old Mannheim Steamroller Christmas cassette in a totally different direction... a totally different dimension.
Just when you thought you were going to listen to some sweet christmas music it turns into a weird 7 minute ambient drone rework that no one wants to hear at your family/work/friendmas/holiday party! Give the gift of your obscure musical taste and Mannheim Steamroll your loved ones today!
- Custom Tape Loops
- Tascam Porta 02
- Library of Congress Tape Player
- Memorex Walkman
- Behringer Micromix
- AC Noises AMA
- Strymon Blue Sky
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Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi are Jogjakarta, Indonesia-based musicians melding the ancient, traditional sounds of their region with a very contemporary mode of heavy experimentalism. The duo, known as Senyawa, have just released a new album, Sujud, on the always-compelling Sublime Frequencies label, distributed by Forced Exposure. This is music that is best enjoyed at night, in the darkness, where the expansive, transgenre magick can wash over and through you. Listen below. From Sublime Frequencies:
The basic theme of the record can be summed up with one extremely powerful Bahasa Indonesian word, Tanah, which translates to "soil-ground-land-earth". Shabara's vocals are an expressive force, conjuring spirits from the soil with a deep humility and respect for the land and their existence in the universe. Suryadi has built a new guitar for these tracks and pushes the Senyawa sound into new territory, utilizing delay, loops, and other effects creating grounded backdrops of folk metal, punk attitudinal, and droning earthscapes - providing Shabara the perfect context to explore his whispering poetry and jagged, sharp-as-a-kris animistic powers.
Sujud by Senyawa
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Matt Werth of record label RVNG Intl. asks: "Do you agree that a spoken word track about a mythical being sucking out the insides of someone and turning them into a skin balloon" is appropriate for Boing Boing?
Yes, Matt. Yes it is.
Please enjoy "Edge" by Colombian experimental musician Lucrecia Dalt from her forthcoming LP Anticlines.
Video by Charlotte Collin & Jonathan Martin.
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Brandon Hocura of the excellent Seance Centre record label mined his (and his friends') rare and vintage cassette archive to create this sublime guest mix for the Noise In My Head show on NTS Radio. Listen below, preferably with headphones. Turn on, tune in.
Noise In My Head W/ Brandon Hocura (Seance Centre)
Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey - Bright Waves
Pablo's Eye - Blind And Quiet
Mo Boma - Jijimuge Two (Rebounders / Nanga Ningi)
Robert Haigh - Andante (For Strings, Piano, Percussion)
Sebastian Gandera - Chienne De Viel
The Field Mice - Let's Kiss And Make Up
Richard Truhlar - Portrait Of An Interview
Hearn Gadbois - Gaht Mayh Moh8joh3 Woykihn
John Celono - Instrument Flying
Bruce Russell - Indigo Pool
Joanne Forman - Codex
Antonio Zepeda - Cuando Los Dioses Juegan A La Pelota
Roberto Mazza - Artigli Arguti
Peter Griggs - Fragments
John Di Stefano - Nuage
Philip Sanderson & Michael Denton - Maps (Love In A Cold Climate)
Short Term Memory - Words
Houari Benchenet - Katrouli El Mhaine
Jack Charles - Traverse
John J Lafia - Life Is Short
Short Term Memory - Hysteria
John Di Stefano - Culture Schlock
Smith & Erickson - Blue Skies
Tony Wells - End Collage
Pauline Oliveros - Earth
Ellen Zweig & Gregory Jones - Sensitive Bones
Previously: "Keyboard Fantasies: exquisite New Age music you've never heard"
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Kronos Quartet, my favorite avant-garde classical group, is holding its Kronos Festival 2018 at San Francisco's SF JAZZ Center next week, April 26-28. I've attended multiple Kronos Festivals and they are always wonderful performances, each one an enchanting introduction to global (and local) sounds that are wonderfully unfamiliar to me yet open my ears and mind to new artists and perspectives. This year, the festival features artist-in-residence David Coulter and guests San Francisco Girls Chorus, Vân-Ánh Võ, Zakir Hussain, Mahsa Vahdat, Trio Da Kali, Jolie Holland, and avant-folk duo CocoRosie!
Special note: The Saturday matinee concert, "Around the World with Kronos," is meant for families with children ages 3 and up!
Here's the full schedule: Kronos Festival 2018
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***PHOTOSENSITIVE SEIZURE WARNING***
"Thunder" (1982), a 16mm short directed by Japanese experimental filmmaker Takashi Ito, with sound by Yosuke Inagaki.
"Film is capable of presenting unrealistic world as a vivid reality and creating a strange space peculiar to the media," Ito said in a 1984 interview with Image Forum. "My major intention is to change the ordinary every day life scenes and draw the audience (myself) into a vortex of supernatural illusion by exercising the magic of films."
(via /r/ObscureMedia, thanks, UPSO!)
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Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky makes compelling cut-up movies from "found" 16mm and 35mm footage and samples from other movies. All of the frames and clips are treated in the darkroom, without digital tools. For Outer Space (1999), seen above,
Tscherkassky chopped up and decolorized bits from The Entity, a 1982 horror film starring Barbara Hershey. Read the rest
Filmmaker Joaquin Baldwin shares a beautiful new short film with us: composed from footage shot with the Sony HVR-Z5U at some of California's most beautiful wilderness sights.
The title "He Walked Among Granite Spires And Heard Celestial Music" came from a tombstone we found up on a graveyard on a hill north of Mono Lake, contemplated by a Saint Francis statue. It can seen in a few shots of the video. Sigur Rós' heavenly music fit perfectly with that image.
More at Joaquin's blog here, and here's a direct video (YouTube) link. The song is All Alright, by Sigur Rós. Read the rest
"Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2" is a just-published, Creative Commons licensed multiformat volume from the The Electronic Literature Organization. It comprises 63 works:
* Countries: Austria, Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, The Netherlands, Spain, UK, US
* Languages: Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
You can get it packaged as a DVD. The Web-based version linked below is a little browser-unfriendly (mysterious icons without descriptors), but the projects themselves are pretty interesting!
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