19 02 2014
#3601

"Terrestrials" framed on the wall at Stoughton Printing


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That's the real hall of fame folks!
Been designing and pressing records since 1994 and they take the cake, hands down.
Stoughton is the Jeruslam of record sleeve printing.

A pleasure.
19 02 2014
#3600

DHRUPAD – MANI KAUL – 1982 VIDEO

Thank you ROOTBLOG

 

Dhrupad
Director: Mani Kaul
Year: 1982
(1:10:31)

rudraveena: Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
vocal: Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Bahauddin Mohiuddin Dagar

A nostalgic sepia-toned wonder, right from the opening shot of a very skinny little boy learning to play the rudraveena - let’s put it this way, if a total beginner practicing his scales sounds this good, wait until you hear what’s next.

Sunset jugalbandi on the walls of Gwalior fort, Mohiuddin Dagar’s hands, Fatehpur Sikri, sun-faded forests and birdsongs climb the ruins at Mandu, a mustachioed Raja Man Singh stand-in stalks through a fortress reciting poetry; there are medieval astronomical observatories, music and sandstone, and drone. Mani Kaul understands that presenting dhrupad — for the most part — means getting out of the way, leaving the camera still — beautifully still — and letting the musicians speak (and sing and play) for themselves. Resolutely emic in its orientation (perhaps to a fault, I can imagine some saying), I find it refreshingly devoid of musicological talking heads explaining things; instead get ready for a full dose of dhrupad lore from deep inside.

Because this is Mani Kaul, the film closes with a long, sad, aimlessly drifting shot of Bombay chawls set to Zia Fariduddin Dagar’s vocals. It’s as though the camera — so still and disciplined for the last hour and six minutes — has become unmoored, unhinged by the modern city. We are left wondering at the contemporary fragility of the dhrupad tradition, and its inescapable modernity.

Of all the many excellent FDI documentaries about music and musicians, this one is, hands down, my favorite. enjoy.

“The idol and the Christian child are the manifest light, 
The source of light is the face of the idol. 
It charms every heart, and 
Sometimes it is a singer, sometimes a sāqī.” 

Mir ‘Abdul Wahid Bilgrami’s Haqā’iq-i Hindī (1566) (“Indian Truths”)

special bonus: the name of the bearded american seen playing the tanpura at several points in film is Jeff Lewis, who was ZM Dagar’s senior disciple for many years, and was in India with him from 1981 to 1983. He now teaches in Seattle.

http://filmsdivisionindia.tumblr.com/post/75406608081/dhrupad-director-mani-kaul-year-1982

18 02 2014
#3598

TRAILER: "Breadcrumb Trail" by Lance Bangs (SLINT doco)

Teaser for the feature length documentary "Breadcrumb Trail" by Lance Bangs about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from

17 02 2014
#3594

Web Eye Candy Week 8 2014


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17 02 2014
#3592

IDEOLOGIC ORGAN #7 @cafeoto: AI ASO + NORBERT MÖSLANG + KASSEL JAEGER 2nd Apr 014


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TICKETS: http://cafeoto.co.uk/ideologic-organ-7-ai-aso-norbert-moslang-kassel-jaeger.shtm

IDEOLOGIC ORGAN #7: Ai Aso + Norbert Möslang + Kassel Jaeger
Wednesday 2 April 2014
Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £10 adv / £12 on the door

Edition number of 7 of Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ series featuring Tokyo's Ai Aso, Swiss somposer Norbert Möslang and Swiss-French artist Kassel Jaeger. Ai Aso is a Japanese psychedelic pop singer-songwriter whose work brings a level of fragility and hypnotism to the stage recalling lost memories, small flavors of COIL and serial playing on the verge of evaporation. Since the break up of Voice Crack in 2002, Norbert Möslang enlarged his practice to cover all noise and experimental practices, from lo-fi “Everyday-Cracked-Electronics”, saturation/overdrive work, performance and improvisation, field recordings and multi layered ambient-noise composition. A member of the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales), Kassel Jaeger crafts densely beautiful electronic collages of deceptive intensivty.


AI ASO

Tokyo’s Ai Aso is a Japanese psychedelic pop singer-songwriter whose work has a whisper-thin acid folk quality to it. She started performing as a solo singer around 2000. Her solo work, infrequent collaborations with White Heaven members You Ishihara and Michio Kurihara, Yurayura Teikoku, and Boris bring a level of fragility and hypnotism to the stage recalling lost memories, small flavors of COIL and serial playing on the verge of evaporation.

As for her recent activities, she has performed on bills together with Sunn O))), Boris, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Touri Kudoh, Kim Doo Soo, Mark Fry, Simon Finn etc.




NORBERT MÖSLANG

For over 30 years, Norbert Möslang is making the world sound. He does not use things as instruments, but rather captures their vibrations. He immerses himself in the hidden world of vibrations and convert them into loud sounds and thick textures. Living simultaneously in spheres of inside/outside, micro-vibrations, spacial structures, underground music venues, art galleries, underwater, glass windows, body movement, precise equalizers, insects microcosm and electronic devices, Möslang constructs a fascinating and infinite world of both philosophical and physical power.

Möslang’s music achoes clearly Brian Eno’s words when he says : « the idea of music as a highly physical, sensual entity – music free of narrative and literary structures, free to be pure sonic experience. And the idea of music as a highly intellectual, spiritual experience».



Through interconnecting heterogeneous everyday objects; linking the outside sound environment into a quiet art museum by fixing microphones to its windows; filming the underwater Venice’s canal in order to set off never ending imagery flux; allowing a movie to play its own sound track by triggering photo-sensors; Möslang proves to our entire nervous system that the world we inhabit is no more than infinite continuum.


KASSEL JAEGER

Kassel Jaeger is a swiss-french composer and theorist. He’s a member of the Groupes de Recherches Musicales in Paris, France. Kassel Jaeger’s works are a complex balance between concrète experimentalism, ambient noise, and electroacoustic improv. His works are released by Editions Mego, Senufo Editions and Unfathomless. He currently collaborates with Giuseppe Ielasi, Stephan Mathieu and Akira Rabelais. He also runs the tiny Antisolar label producing small-run endless loop cassettes tapes in series.

His last album, Toxic Cosmopolitanism is out on Editions Mego since March 2014.




IDEOLOGIC ORGAN SERIES CURATED BY STEPHEN O'MALLEY

O'Malley is a founding member of several groups including Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, Khanate. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Merzbow, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Attila Csihar, Peter Rehberg aka PITA, Lee Dorrian, Kristoffer Rygg, Aaron Turner, Oren Ambarchi, Alexander Tucker, and percussionist Z'EV.

O'Malley also worked with the French choreographer and theatre director Gisèle Vienne, American sculptor Banks Violette, the Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari and the Belgian film maker Alexis Destoop. He also curates the Ideologic Organ label.

www.ideologic.org

16 02 2014
#3591

Framed Kate Bush photo from TKI sessions


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Shots from this session were used on the Japanese editions of the album (and single) and the EMI promo poster... I suppose we can all appreciate these kind of promotional efforts.

16 02 2014
#3590

MYSTIFIER (Brazil) in London 7th June 2014


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Mystifier, Bölzer, Cruciamentum, Spearhead, Malthusian, ZOM

The Dome (Upstairs of Boston Music Room),
2 Dartmouth Park Hill,
Tufnell Park,
London NW5 1HL.

SATURDAY 7TH JUNE

16 02 2014
#3589

Gisèle Vienne, Ennio Morricone (program at Theatre Orleans in Feb)


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Two shows this week in Orleans are the last we (Peter Rehberg and I play the score live) have scheduled on the tour of Gisèle Vienne's theatre piece THE PYRE. Been a great run starting with five shows at Pompidou and traveling across France and Europe. Hope to see more in the future, but this "double billing" (a stretch) will have to satisfy for now. Thanks to all who came out to a performance of THE PYRE in the last 10 months.

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