Saturday, July 19, 2014

THIS IS HOW WE DEFORM: CRITTER & GUITARI KALEIDOLOOP

  


I'd sworn off most external signal processors and pedals when I decided modular synthesis was my primary "musical" focus generally because of the the expansive,  expensive,  and often confusing potential of formats like Serge and Buchla.  Didn't I have enough stuff to dredge through? Well,  apparently not.  The Kaleidoloop is great way to introduce an abundance of sonic detritus into the guts of my Buchla for even more processing,  and in doing so,  embrace the promising gap between the rational and the irrational. Keep looping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

BASS ARCHITECTURE: NATIONAL "RES-O-GLASS" MAP BASS


One of the more idiosyncratic basses that I've owned. This 1962 instrument screams both "space-age" and "vintage" simultaneously,  even retaining its oddball status as the years have passed.  I believe they were originally sold through the the Montgomery Ward catalogue, just as Silvertone was sold through Sears Roebuck.  Its extreme short scale (30") may feel quite strange to modern players,  yet its cache of cool is nearly infinite.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

OSCILLATIONS: #7885 ELECTROPUNK TO TECHNOPOP by Cabaret Voltaire


Although I have these tracks already in one form or the other,  just the thought of uniting the group's early independent (most via Rough Trade) singles with later commerce-oriented dance tracks (through Some Bizarre/Virgin) makes for an inviting listen.  These, along with Karlheinz Stockhausen's early electronic works were my introduction to noise as form, provocation, poetry and substantive experience. I certainly never would have bridged the supposed chasm between my work in the visual arts and that other idiom,  "music" without them.  For those who've never experienced the unremitting tension of "Nag Nag Nag" and the diseased funk of "James Brown",  this is certainly a convenient form of self-abuse.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IN BROOKLYN


                             Musicians Roe Enny and Robert AA Lowe at CONTOL

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WHEN IN ROME... A LETTER TO THE WIRE


I was both surprised and pleased to see your coverage of the Pigneto section of Rome in a "Global Ear" bite. I've been visiting that area for years because of its cultural diversity,  vibrancy,  and at least one really good record shop (Disfunzioni Musicali,  now defunct). I love Joseph Stannard's use of the phrase "insubordinate energy" to describe a milieu nearly vacant of tourists,  but brimming with creative energies of nearly every kind (although it's the only place in the world where I was almost mugged!). Thanks for giving others an opportunity to fine tune their travels.      Best Regards,  ap