16 01 2012

TRANSMISSIONS V Festival Ravenna 2012 curation

Pleased to announce the official press release for TRANSMISSIONS V festival 2012. The director Chris Angiolini and I have been talking about collaborating on something like this for a few years and for 2012 he made good on the talk. I suggested a small list of groups Id like to see, and everyone agreed! Also am working together with the artist Timo Ketola on some visuals for this... will post here in due time.

Here you go folks...

15 – 18 marzo 2012

Keiji Haino
Pan American
Tim Hecker
Grouper Violet Replacement
In Zaire
Alexander Tucker
Stephen O’Malley solo
Peter Brötzmann trio (Peter Brötzmann, John Edwards, Steve Noble)
Caspar Brötzmann Massaker

con il patrocinio e il contributo del comune di Ravenna e della regione Emilia Romagna
con il patrocinio della provincia di Ravenna | con il contributo di EniPower

«A forza di anni in tour si finisce per tornare nei luoghi. Si finisce per ritornarci. Questi luoghi diventano una sorta di isola in mezzo al mare dell’incoerenza e dello sconosciuto che costituiscono le nostre esistenze grandemente irregolari e nomadi. Uno di questi luoghi è stato, per me, Ravenna. E specialmente l’ospitalità di Chris, Federica e Dario, e dei locali che gestiscono, il Bronson, l’Hana-bi e il Teatro Rasi. È un grande piacere essere stato invitato ad aiutarli nella cura del loro festival TRANSMISSIONS V ed è un onore per me avere la possibilità di invitare a suonare alcuni dei miei artisti preferiti. Preparatevi per un’esperienza di suoni occulti». - Stephen O’Malley

Sarà lo statunitense Stephen O’ Malley il direttore artistico della quinta edizione di Transmissions, festival di musica contemporanea che l’associazione culturale Bronson organizzerà in vari luoghi di Ravenna tra il 15 e il 18 marzo 2012.

Già ospite di Bronson – e di Transmissions – come solista (la scorsa estate lo abbiamo visto al Ravenna Festival insieme al videomaker Yuri Ancarani) e in alcune delle sue tante e diverse formazioni (Sunn O))), Aethenor, Ktl), O’Malley, che da qualche tempo risiede a Parigi, ha accettato la proposta di dirigere un festival in costante crescita, il cui successo ha evidentemente varcato i confini nazionali.

Stephen O’Malley è il personaggio chiave del metal contemporaneo. È noto per le improvvisazioni supersoniche e distruttive dei suo gruppo culto SunnO))) – che ha ridefinito il metal come genere, e lo ha posto all’avanguardia nel panorama della musica contemporanea – e per i suoi lavori di design innovativo (copertine per lavori di Mayhem, Emperor, Burzum, Earth, The Obsessed, Probot). Come musicista e produttore, O’Malley vanta una discografia di oltre 50 album, e diverse centinaia di concerti nell’arco degli ultimi dieci anni. Oltre a SunnO))), altri suoi importanti progetti sono Khanate, Burning Witch e Thor’s Hammer; tra le numerosissime collaborazioni (con artisti che spaziano dal metal, al noise, alla musica elettronica di ricerca) segnaliamo quelle con Masami Akita (Merzbow), Peter Rehberg, John Wiese, Julian Cope, David Tibet, Oren Ambarchi. Ha realizzato installazioni sonore (alcune delle quali recentemente acquistate dal Guggenheim Museum), soprattutto in collaborazione con lo scultore New-Gothic americano Banks Violette. Il suo sound design, ibridato di elementi strutturali e scultorei, porta ad una reinterpretazione del suono in termini completamente fisici (peso, massa, presenza, gravità).

Più recente la collaborazione con Seldon Hunt: un enorme murale “stampato” per la First Amendment Gallery.

16 01 2012

European SOMA solo concerts Spring 2012



Have been humbly invited to play a few solo concerts this Spring.
Excited to develope or devolve on that course together with multitude of amplifiers.

March 15: Transmissions V, Ravenna, Italia
March 16: "The Old, the New, the Different" exhibition @ Bern Kunsthalle, Bern, Suisse
April 18: Impetus Festival, Montbéliard, France
April 28: Impetus Festival, Lausanne, Suisse
June 7: La Triennale 2012 (part of Instants Chavires curated event!) @ Palais Tokyo, Paris, France

There will also be a duo show together with Attila Csihar at Pompidou, Paris on March 14 TBC.

Please see [LIVE] for more information

photos @ Buffet Froid 0911 by Alexandre Caelles

16 01 2012

Belgium duo gigs with Chris Brokaw February 2012

My buddy Chris Brokaw and I have been playing/imrpovising a bit the past months and decided to do a few small concerts when we cross paths in Belgium next month.

feb 11: Les Ateliers Claus (Kraak) in Brussels
feb 12: Icarus @ DOK in Ghent
feb 13: Magasin 4 in brussels 

We are calling the duo THE CATAMITES. 2 guitar and guitar + drums imrovisations. Please arrive open to hallucinatory moods.

14 01 2012

Kickstarter: Dylan Carlson "Wonders from the House of Albion" LP/CD/DVD/book


Dylan Carlson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance an ambitious artistic undertaking.

You can support him by pledging here.


Dylan Carlson is creating his first major solo project outside of earth.There will be a limited edition lp/dvd/book and cd/dvd/book(500 of each format) and a special pressing of 150 copies(lp only) with personalized ex libris by Simon Fowler (Who will also do the cover and end papers). The illustrations will be by Kiyo Lappalainen. The limited edition books will be pop-up style. There will also be an open edition with regular flat printing in a cd booklet and flat lp printing. The recording will combine field recordings from various megalithic and other sites of human/fairy encounters across the UK, also the use of ritual and folkloric magical practices. The expedition will be filmed by Clyde Petersen. These recordings will be layered with Dylan's interpretations of classic Scotch-English ballads about human/fairy encounters from early modern England and Scotland(15th-18th century). It will also feature guest vocalists to sing the songs. This is not being done through a label, as earth's output has, but is a labor of love/obsession of Dylan's. Being primarily of Scotch-English descent, this is an historical journey to his personal and cultural past, embracing music/folklore/the occult dimension and history. This is also result of personal experience's of 'the other side'. His blog,http://drcarlsonalbion.wordpress.com/ has details, if interested. The field recordings will be accomplished in April-May of 2012. The rest of the recording/mastering will be finished in summer and early fall, the artwork is an ongoing process, already begun. Dylan is planning to have it all done for a May 2013 release. Join in the restoration of magic, a return to a world of spirits. Where all objects have a will of their own and a language they speak in, and we have learned how to speak with them again. It will be titled "Coleman Grey presents 'Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion'."

10 01 2012

MASTER OF REALITY: Meditation for Lord Iommi pt 2

Please listen to this masterpiece.

10 01 2012



Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

1. Listen to the birds. 
That's where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.

2. Your guitar is not really a guitar Your guitar is a divining rod. 
Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you're good, you'll land a big one.

3. Practice in front of a bush 
Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush dosen't shake, eat another piece of bread.

4. Walk with the devil 
Old Delta blues players referred to guitar amplifiers as the "devil box." And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're bringing over from the other side. Electricity attracts devils and demons. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.

5. If you're guilty of thinking, you're out 
If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.

6. Never point your guitar at anyone 
Your instrument has more clout than lightning. Just hit a big chord then run outside to hear it. But make sure you are not standing in an open field.

7. Always carry a church key 
That's your key-man clause. Like One String Sam. He's one. He was a Detroit street musician who played in the fifties on a homemade instrument. His song "I Need a Hundred Dollars" is warm pie. Another key to the church is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty-making you want to look up her dress the whole time to see how he's doing it.

8. Don't wipe the sweat off your instrument 
You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.

9. Keep your guitar in a dark place
When you're not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. If you don't play your guitar for more than a day, be sure you put a saucer of water in with it.

10. You gotta have a hood for your engine 
Keep that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on your house, the hot air can't escape. Even a lima bean has to have a piece of wet paper around it to make it grow.
This is a repost, but I was reminded how great it was by Randall Dunn earlier today. Thanks Randall.
09 01 2012

WFMU Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine 050112/YEMEN 2012 full playlist


Folks, the full playlist is now available on the [media/shop] page

WFMU KAMAKAZE 050112 / YEMEN 2012 Playlist
SOMA12 tracks / 2:06:54 / 272.5mb

坂田明 (Akira Sakata) / 祇園精舎 / 9:00 / 平家物語 / 17.1 MB 
Iancu Dumitrescu / pierres.sacrees / 13:37 / 25.1 MB
Sutekh Hexen / Haunted / 4:59 / 7.6 MB
Unholy / The Trip Was Infra Green / 6:32 / 14.3 MB
Celestiial / Haunting Cries Beneath The Lake... / 8:56 / 20.6 MB
Woven Hand / Slota Prow / 5:54 / 8.2 MB 
Giancinto Scelsi / Konx-Om-Pax (1968): 1 / 5:42 / 13.1 MB
Giancinto Scelsi / Konx-Om-Pax (1968): 2 / 2:11 / 5 MB
Giancinto Scelsi / Konx-Om-Pax (1968): 3 / 9:59 / 22.9 MB
Michael Von Biel / Jagdsütck / 28:13 / 64.6 MB 
Iancu Dumitrescu / Galaxy / 8:27 / 19.4 MB
Shoshana Tubi / Yemenite Wedding Songs 1960 side A / 23:30 / 55.1 MB

09 01 2012

A meditation for Lord Iommi



News today "With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan--the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery. This comes as Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)--are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available."

SUNN O))) send all our most positive vibes to our Lord for a blessed recovery from this plague. Be well Sir. Please everyone meditate on a great recovery for Iommi.

08 01 2012

drcarlsonalbion "Edward Kelley's blues" cassette cover


Art by Savage Pencil. Coming soon on Tapeworm.

06 01 2012

Läkerol Salmiak... mmm



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