February 11, 2015 - Patterning

February 11, 2015 – Patterning

Loscil - Sine Studies 1

1 – Lino Capra Vaccina – ‘Antico Adagio’ – Antico Adagio – Italy, 1978

Only recently brought to my attention because of its reissue on Die Schachtel (that is often the way), this album certainly flirts with New Age intonation, but the grace of its more Serialist elements save it from sounding too saccharine.

2 – Nick Hennies – ‘Settle’ – Work – United States, 2014

Simple in concept, but elegant in execution. A view of the waveform will give the listener a more tangible idea of the precision of Hennies’ technique. Also rather Serialist in structure, ‘Settle’ is essentially a long diminuendo of a small constellation of chords. Though this piece was more appropriate as a counterpoint to the program’s opening track, the second piece, ‘Expenditures’ is also excellent. Halfway through Hennies is joined by a small ensemble, and his characteristically minimal tones gradually transform into a lilting and engaging free jazz set with his vibraphone at the forefront. Worth checking out.


3 – Food Court – ‘Fumeux Fume Par Fumée’ – Food Court – Australia, 2014

Hands down one of my favourite releases on Kye yet. Strangely harmonic and eerily textured but dosed with the sardonic humour all but required on Kye releases. The confusion it leaves the listener with is not over its quality (undoubtedly excellent), but rather in its role as a sort of tragicomedy. An appropriate tack for a group named for a particularly destructive means of caloric consumption and lifting its song titles (the music itself?) from a 14th century plainsong composer.

Better yet, the financial advice it doles out is as accurate as that of any active investment advisor!

4 – VA AA LR – ‘Newhaven’ – Newhaven – United Kingdom, 2014

A live recording of an improvised piece by Vasco Alves, Adam Asnan and Louie Rice using only signal flares as the sound source. In addition to the marvelous spatial characteristics of the recording, it is easy to be swept up by the soothing mid-high pink noise frequencies the flares produce – all the more engaging as the the timbres and structures derived from these acoustic sources are so similar to the analogue electronics each of the artists frequently practice with. Great recording, but I imagine it makes for a even better, and pretty theatrical, live show.

5 – Enrico Coniglio – ‘OlivElegy’ – OliveElegy – Italy, 2014

While its opening movement brought me back to Eselsohr’s Voluntary Milking System, this is something of a different beast. While the former focused on the alienating mechanical rhythms of factory farming, this release broadens the scope to a more cultural and holistic approach. With more traditional fields alongside machines droning harmonically, Coniglio manages to make the mundane nature of food processing sound rather more interesting.

6 – Anne-F Jacques – Untitled [#1] – Plans Inclines de Forme Spirale – Canada, 2010

An early release in Jacques’ art brut oeuvre, and one that lays the groundwork for her more focused outings. A polyglot in timbre and metre, the album is messy, noisy, dynamic and fascinating. Despite its mechanical and occasionally harsh aesthetics, the mute presence of the artist herself is palpable through the extended techniques and faint harmonics scattered across the album – making for a surprisingly approachable listen. Canada’s Voice Crack, if you will.

7 – Nicola Ratti – ‘Halle’ – Ossario Volume 1 – Italy, 2014

Nicola Ratti continues to expand the diversity of his work, and the Ossario series finds him in a more electronic and beat-oriented mode. Some of the commentary I posted on Kostis Kilymis’s newest 7″ (here on Cut And Run) is similarly applicable here. While the approach is increasingly common, as in Kilymis’s case Ratti approaches from a much more textural and deconstructive practice. The result, while certainly less danceable than some of the material on L.I.E.S. or even Pan (much as I like both), better rewards repeated listening.

8 – Loscil – ‘Elements’ – Sine Studies 1 – Canada, 2013

This release seems to have unfortunately slipped through the cracks for many Loscil listeners. Having always preferred his more rhythmic material to the uninspired, if pretty, drones of his more recent records, this 7″ is a nice precursor to his partial return to dubbier glitch and minor techno on Sea Island. The gorgeous cover design doesn’t hurt.

Get the full show as a stream or download here.