Monday, April 16, 2007

Sounds on Rotation - April / May - Books in Circulation

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So here's whats been playing at my place/on my pod this past month or so. Have been particularly pleased again with the past couple months of new albums I've acquired, these being mostly textural, melodic and atmospheric type sounds, few random new electronic titles, couple 'song' albums. Has really complimented both the (partial) change of season and the return of those things called 'sunlight' and 'being outside'.

Fennesz/Sakamoto "Cendre" (Touch)
Colleen "Les Ondes Silencieuses" (Leaf)
Arve Henriksen "Strjon" (Rune Grammofon)
Alog "Amateur" (Rune Grammofon)
Shining "Grindstone" (Rune Grammofon)
Opsvik & Jennings "Commuter Anthems" (Rune Grammofon)
Christian Wallumrod Ensemble "Year from Easter" (ECM)
North Sea "Exquisite Idols" (Type)
Mokira "...Will Bring Us All Together" (Type)
Adrian Klumpes "Be Still" (Leaf)
Seaworthy "Map in Hand" (12k)
Pjusk "Sart" (12k)
Moskitoo "Drape" (12k)
Islaja "Ulual YYY" (Fonal)
Boris "Dronevil - Final" (Inoxia)
Burning Star Core/Hototogisu "Heavy Blossom" / "Live 1" (Heavy Blossom/Drone Disco)
Marcus Schmickler "Demos for Choir, Chamber Quintet, Electronics" (A-Musik)
Marcus Schmickler & Hayden Chisholm "Amazing Daze" (Hapna)
Bernard Parmegiani "Chants Magnetiques" (Fractal)
Machinefabriek "Weleer" (Lampse)
Porn Sword Tobacco "Olympic Heights" (City Centre)
Kammerflimmer Kollektief "Jinx" (Staubgold)
Stillupsteypa/BJ nilsen "Second Childhood" (Quecksilber)
Rafael Toral "Space Solo" (Quecksilber)
Alva Noto "Xerrox" (Raster-Noton)
KTL "2" (Mego)
Pan(a)sonic "Katodivaihe" (Blast First)
Pole "Steingarten" (Scape)
Thomas Fehlmann "Honigpumpe" (Kompakt)
Vladislav Delay "Whistleblower" (Huume)
Burial "Burial" LP (Hyperdub)
Takashi Nishimoto "Monologue" (Buro)
Fonoda "Eventually" (Buro)
Andrew Pekler "Cue" (Kranky)
Stars of the Lid "Their Refinement of the Decline" (Kranky)
Toru Takemitsu "Complete Takemitsu Edition Vol.1 - 3rd Box Set" (Shogakukan)
Jim O'Rourke/Toru Takemitsu "Corona" (Columbia)
Luigi Nono "20 Jahre Inventionen" (Edition RZ)
Jim Fassett "Symphony of the Birds" (EM Records)


Books in question being split between a couple authors, few of these are re-reads from years ago:

Haruki Murakami "After Dark"
(new Murakami - finally translated and published stateside!)
George Saunders "In Persuasion Nation"
(rereading cuz its just such a great downer!)
Grant Morrison "Batman"
(I'm making a return to the world of superhero comics due to the fact that Mr. "Invisibles" himself is writing the most popular comic book franchise in the world)
Julio Cortazar "62: A Model Kit"
(surrealist, maze-like fiction from '68)
Hayou Miyazaki "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind"
(pretty profound eco-philosophical-war-epic manga, my personal favorite of Miyazaki-san's many masterpieces)

...and finished the new Issue 21 of McSweeney's and the March/April Film Comment. Its all been foods for the mind/ears/eyes.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

"Resolution" Tivon Rice : Lawrimore Project / "Neon Circle" Carsten Höller / "Elusive Signs" Bruce Nauman : Henry Art Museum


Tivon Rice

TIVON RICE "RESOLUTION":

Link to Lawrimore Project Site


CARSTEN HOLLER "NEON CIRCLE":
 
Link to Henry Art Museum Site


BRUCE NAUMAN "ELUSIVE SIGNS":

Link to Henry Art Museum Site


Three new exhibitions in town/forthcoming involving light as the basis of the work. All distinctly different, the Holler being neon and somewhat of a hallucinatory/environment experience while the Rice is more object-oriented. The object in question being the most mundane/synthetic of everyday materials; the Cathode Ray Tube and Plastics, but he transforms them into things of beauty, texture and warmth. The Holler runs til the 13th of May and the Rice is at the Lawrimore through April 28th. Nauman's work in this exhibit being more focused to his neons and less installation oriented, though there's a brilliant spacial piece included. This piece brought to mind some of the work in James Turrell's "Knowing Light" exhibit at the Henry in 2003, which will likely prove to be one of the great art experiences of my life. Check the links for more alluring images, warning: bit of a spoiler tho' - I recommend going into all of these shows 'blindly' - a few of them only running for a few more weeks, so don't miss it.