Remix for Frank Rosaly
February 4, 2016
A remix CD of Frank Rosaly is out now on Utech Records, and includes a track by me. I also mastered the CD. Get it here.
Personal Best #6
February 2, 2016
At last – Personal Best #6 is finally ready. 100 pages of interviews, artwork and photos. Order from Marhaug Forlag.
Paal Nilssen-Love “News From The Junk Yard” LP
January 15, 2016
Paal Nilssen-Love has a new LP out on his PNL Records imprint. It’s a quite unusual album for him, as he doesn’t play his regular drum kit, but rather various percussion items and sound objects he has collected on his travels across the world. It was recorded and produced by me in my studio last September, and if you like a good racket I recommend you check it out. Here’s what the press release says:
Press release: Norwegian drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the most prolific and hard-working musicians in the field of free-jazz, improvised and experimental music of the last 20 years. With his numerous collaborations, projects and band constellations he spends most of the year on the road, and the few days at home running his PNL Records label and organizing two music festivals. His discography is immense and displays an artist intent on documenting his activities, allowing listeners to follow his development. Now a new current in this discography is starting to appear: the solo. Previous solo recordings have been caught-in-the-moment live performances, like “Sticks and Stones” (2001), “27 Years Later” (2005) and “Miró” (2010). In 2014 there was a shift in this approach with “Cut and Bleed” – which not only was a studio recording made at home in his apartment in Oslo, but also saw Nilssen-Love completely step out of his sonic fortress: the drum set. The set was replaced with a wide range of percussive instruments he had accumulated across the world throughout his travels, from Korean gongs to scrap metal sheets from Ethiopia – and everything in between. If “Cut and Bleed” was the raw beginning of his new approach to solo percussion, with “News From The Junk Yard” it comes into full effect. Recorded and produced by noise musician and frequent collaborator Lasse Marhaug at his studio in Oslo, “News From The Junk Yard” is an incredibly intense album, with Nilssen-Love pushing the physical limits of his playing to the absolute threshold. Despite there being no overdubs or in-track editing the album is so sonically dense it at times resembles the music of noise artists like Merzbow, The New Blockaders and Organum – but the recording also reveals his interest in world music like Indonesian gamelan and Ghana gahu music. “News From The Junk Yard” is available now on vinyl LP from PNL Records and digital from Bandcamp and Subradar.
New Årabrot 7″
January 14, 2016
Norway’s long running blood rockers Årabrot has a new 7″ single called “For Lack Of Discipline You Will Die”. I’m helping out with some noise. Order/listen from the link above.
PBK / O’Rourke review
December 23, 2015
PBK / JIM O’ROURKE – Unidentified Again
BY MASSIMO RICCI DECEMBER 8, 2015
The story behind this long-distance joint venture – initially discussed in 1989 – testifies in favor of the “better late than never” motto. It is also a demonstration of how akin individuals remain linked throughout a whole existence, even in absence of “normal” communication. When the right moment comes, a sound or a series of sounds attribute a perfect definition to anything that seemed confused or scarcely understandable until then. It’s the real magic of music – and not that which follows “rules”. The music we’re referring to dictates its own generous commandments to the self by way of morphing from a state to another, letting our innermost responsiveness decide what is really needed in “that” temporal fraction. Once and for all: everything except the interrelation between frequencies should be (dis)regarded as a cosmic pleonasm.
Across the four sides of a double LP, a plethora of disparate sonic matters – mostly taking shape from O’Rourke’s Serge synth embedded in unspecified “audio environments” created by Klinger – removes the perennial frustration of a listener in constant need of variousness, pliability and depth. In a word, substance. Exactly what is missing from the bulk of today’s pitifully arid electronica, by now reduced to a set of minimal-sounding stratagems for obtaining influential coverage and financial betterment. Instead, in a track such as “End Of The Landscape” – a mere sample of this record’s unassailability – the mix of analogue abstraction and piercing noise causes enlightenment rather than disorientation. It is so engrossing, listening to the raucousness of distortion and the harmonic qualities of a synthetic wave finding a common ground; one is led to believe that the entire world’s conflicts could be settled just by making silence and observing the inborn eccentricity of these psyche-enhancing propagations. In a truly serious soundscape, there’s always peace inside an apparent war.
Countless excrescences and ramifications characterize this temperamental work, which seems to comprise all kinds of biotic (bionic?) forms, dynamic conditions and seemingly irrational juxtapositions. After having read the circumstances that ultimately generated this stunner, there’s no hesitation in calling Unidentified Again a symbol of persistence. In carrying on with a friendship in spite of diverging trajectories, in the avoidance of artistic commonplace, and – especially – in using consistent acoustic materials as a reinforcing nourishment against misleading examples and bogus values.
Personal Best #6 pre-order info
December 13, 2015
Personal Best #6 will be published in January 2016. You can pre-order now.