1) symbol 2) léopard et moi 3) gem trails 4) marie davidson 5) meadowlands 6) moonwood 7) scott tuma & mike wies duo 8) silent land time machine
OCT 16-27 2012 - choice tracks from performances experienced by SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE and SYMBOL whilst on tour to New England and Canada // these are some of the fine folks we played with, and we thank them kindly & warmly for undertaking this course of life and for that course crossing ours in the beautiful season of Fall (the leaves were changing and it was magnificent).
***to see so many pictures that you’ll feel like you’ve gone on tour yourself, go here***
FFVI opera scene Maria & Draco (latter movements) by New Japan Philharmonic
I would be an absolute liar if I didn’t mention these movements as being integral to my individuation process & affinity for orchestral / chamber music from the age of six and onward. beautiful, that Nubuo Uematsu composed this music knowing that it would be broken down into a 16bit format (or 8bit? it was SNES) and comprised exclusively of MIDI sounds. Nonetheless, the transfer was successful and the drama’s information-loss negligible. SQUARE waves can be beautiful but more-so when synthesized with humans (above).
Silent Land Time Machine -I am no longer alone with myself and can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude EP (formerly known as summer 2011 tour EP)
To tide us over before the early 2012 release of his second full-length, the one-man bedroom-recording project that is Silent Land Time Machine released a batch of six songs under the name Summer 2011 Tour EP. Each piece begins from a single point - a plinked piano melody, a smirch of guitar feedback, a soft drum beat, an open space of whooshing silence - and builds upwards from that point, layering doleful viola, violin, cello, accordion, wordless vocals, percussion, ambient found sound and various other electronics until the original source is obscured in the electro-acoustic maelstrom. The results are haunting ear worms that feel ethereal and nearly fleeting, like you’re remembering these songs as they bloom into existence.
• NEW SOUNDS SOON // please keep your ears to the groundxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxo
Confirmed Suoni Per Il Popolo Artists - June 5 - 25, 2011
Charles Gayle, Greg Burk’s Many Worlds, Satoko Fujii ma-do, David S Ware, Farmers By Nature (William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, and Craig Taborn), The Thing with Joe McPhee, Atomic, Peter Brötzmann’s Full Blast Trio, Joëlle Léandre/François Houle/Raymond Strid, Keiji Haino, Preterite, Esprits Frappeurs, Omar Souleyman, Shadia Monsour, Molly Sweeney, Geneviève Castrée’s Ô Paon, Noveller, U.S. Girls, Bill Orcutt, Shalabi Effect, Kaie Kellough, Dead Rat Orchestra, Colin Stetson, Dolphins Into the Future, Rene Hell, Raglani, Le Révélateur, ARP, Outer Space, Lichens, Soft Circle, Souffle, Volcano the Bear, Pierced Arrows, Daniel Higgs, Hanged Up, Radio People, Eric Chenaux, Doug Paisley, Jason Sharp, Sundrips, The Pink Noise, Locrian, Mammifer, House of Low Culture, thisquietarmy, Parlovr, The Sound of Obsession: Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo by The Lost Orchestras, Ames Sanglantes, Samian, Mozart’s Sister, Les Beyond, AroarA, Héliodrome, Thames, Gambletron presents SOUNDTRACKS, silent land time machine, Nick Kuepfer, Khôra, Will Eizlini and a six vocalist rendition of Stockhausen’s Stimmung, Weird Canada and their traveling Wyrd Fest (Dreamcatcher, Lantern, Duzheknew, Shortpants Romance, Hobo Expanding Cult Band, Ultrathin, D’eon, Headaches, and Feral Children)
»»»»»» courtesy of OMGVinyl.com, who gave a great review of &hope still earlier this year /// really cool site for vinyl nerds, too ««««««
&thanks to OMGVinyl for their kind words about almost putting my album as #1, but were honest and realized it came out a really long time ago…
"First of all, I had my “best of 2010″ list written for about a week with Silent Land Time Machine’s album at #1, then I realized it came out in 2008. Jon sent us his favorite albums from the past year, enjoy."
Kemialliset Ystävät – Ullakkopalo (Fonal) – When I bought KY’s self-titled album years ago, I set it down after my first listen and said something to the effect of ‘what the hell did I just hear?!’ and wasn’t ready to return for nearly a year. Now KY is the most fascinating of musical projects that I know of, and has warped my mind enough to now seek out the 9 books that Jan speaks of in the liner notes.
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp) – Do the Astral Plane might deserve album of the year, too. Really satisfying controlled chaos.
Ous Mal – Nuojuva Halava (Preservation) – Another collage-d-nostalgia gem from Ous Mal; was totally blown away with some of the tracks on this album. Moving between the here and now, and weaving so many layers it is difficult to imagine that all these sounds weren’t born together, the Finnish couple really wove another amazing aural-sweater of memories that I never had, but am thankful that I do now…
Scott Tuma – Dandelion (Digitalis) – Year upon year, Scott Tuma logs in another amazing space-soaked journey through his head; I kind of assumed he’d be quiet for a while after the *amazing* Not for No One, but then this comes out and sits in a place all its own.
Prisma – The Cosmic Coil (TIME-LAG) – Straight from the forests of mysterious Maine; two female voices over lots of hazy synths and guitars, chanting, and ends with a beautiful lullaby goodbye…first release from this group, and a really nice surprise. Crazy textured insert and simple & beautiful TIME-LAG packaging…
Grouper – Wide (Weird Forest [Reissue]) – Really great vinyl reissue of Harris’ album from 2006 (I think?). Self-multiplying voices stuck in stasis in a cave with really great reverb. Really got lost in this, and hadn’t heard it until this year…
Yellow Swans – Going Places (Type) – Trance inducing drone + noise; incredible gray-scale explorations that focus on metallic aural-minutia…sorry to have caught Yellow Swans on their swan song, but I was really blown away with their ‘final’ gift.
Nick Kuepfer – Avestruz (Constellation, from Musiqe Fragille #1) – Western-tinged Montréal-based guitar experiments; funny that this does not sound like an album made by a classical guitarist! Plays with structure nicely, and discards it sometimes, too; awesome thick LP jacket and packaging that Constellation is known for so fondly (comes in the Musique Fragille 3xLP set, which was done awesome-ly).
Max Richter – Infra (130701) – Mr. Richter just kills me with simple processing and string arrangements that are always deceivingly archetypal, which could seem to be bland, but are anything but, and frequently interrupt whatever it is that I’m doing otherwise. A very worthwhile listen each and ever time…really grows on you.
Big Blood – Dead Songs (TIME-LAG) – After following Cerberus Shoals’ 90′s transition, seeing their post-millennial psych-out and then onward to Fire on Fire, it was awesome to see some of those same folks hone in on a specific idea and go all the way with it; this is the first “rock” record I’ve heard in a long time that saturated so well…the closer on this track is amazing, and has an amazing gate-fold jacket.
…I may put some other awesome things I heard on here too…time will tell! - xo