Nurse With Wound - Nylon Coverin’ Body Smotherin’
Art school pop and South Asian ravers in the spotlight.There’s long been a dearth of decent music programming on UK television, but at least Channel 4 has been pulling its weight this year, both with the recently launched Four To The…
Attn: music doc nerds.
Go fullscreen/good headphones on this one.
"There was no post production or digital work done at all. There are probably only three or four actual cuts or edits- so the rest of the images, are a collection of fragments of moments as they were shot and manually layered by the Bolex camera I filmed with."
With a head-spinning new composition due out this month, following up on last year’s startlingly brilliant Pipes, Katie Gately talks to Tristan Bath about moving into music from film sound design, utilising technology and how the voice can be a means of personal reinvention
The Quietus is crushing it into a fine dust today.
The Quietus bubblegumcageiv is crushing it into a fine dust today.
First time to hear her work, it’s quite something: dynamic, ticklish, ear-warming. Knowing she did sound/foley for films makes perfect sense.
”I was completely amazed that this whole world of sound existed. The relationship between picture and sound, and how sort of absurd it is. Your intuition about foley is always wrong; whatever seems logical’s never right. What you see is never what you hear - and that’s so cool. I really liked that, and it felt like an opportunity to expand how I thought about sound.”
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On? (PBS American Masters 2008 Documentary)
The PBS “American Masters” docs are always rock-solid. The David Geffen one is worth your while as well.
Taken from Operratorr single released 15th September on Diskotopia.
BD1982, one half of the Tokyo-based Diskotopia label brings murky dubwise thump full of echo and skitter. “And You Kno” is the standout, sounding like a 3 a.m. radio transmission a la “Crepuscular”-era Cabaret Voltaire and Tackhead updated for the 21st century with cabinet-shaking bass whomp. Think: solarized scratch video filmed off a TV monitor.
Source: SoundCloud / BD1982
Review: T. Wiltshire - The Sandringham EP (THKS003)
Part of a welcome vogue for taking the hardware-only approach to making tracks, T. Wiltshire’s work sounds artisanal, creating a rough and slightly- awkward thump full of cassette-hiss fog and an atmosphere bordering on the eldritch/hauntological.
Overall, it’s moody and daresay old-timey techno, in a slow-boiled Virgo Four/1994 bedroom demo kind of way but all four tracks stand out with their own idiosyncrasies. Highlights include “Memory Boy” which lumbers along encircled by tinselly apparitions, while “Run From Fires” burbles along like Moroder riding shotgun with Carl Craig on a night-drive through Detroit.
Recommended- though I’m sure the limited-vinyl release (300 copies or so) has come and gone by the time you read this.
Release date: 8 September 2014
So you know Sir Richard Bishop has 12 of his albums (including the excellent Fingering the Devil) available for free download now, right?
You didn’t? Well, hit it.
REVIEW: No Age live in Nara, Japan. 9/13/14
"No Age? In Nara? What the heck are they doing playing here?”
Don’t get me wrong, I love it here- it’s just I’ve grown used to taking the train to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe to get my live music kicks. I’ve become part of the “bridge & tunnel” set, something younger, callower me would have definitely harsh-ridiculed myself for. So, the idea of LA’s art punks crossed with old archival footage from the former ancient capital of Japan for a special event in the small-but-vital Nara International Film Festival seemed like an interesting proposition.
REVIEW: MACHINONE - Tokyo (Flau)
Unless you grew up in a major metropolitan area, the whole “lure of the big city” thing is one of the most reliable, even predictable coming-of-age narratives. In terms of rapid urbanization and the emergence of megacities, the stats seem to reflect it as well.
It’s a common cultural trope - think: the restrictive, stifling small town, village, farm, rural area or even mid-sized city and how it gives rise to the the young & aspirational who want, or hope or are driven by a need to leave the nest, break free, take the big step towards self-actualization, reinvention, escape, start a new chapter, the journey of a thousand miles begins with “I’m shaking the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world!” and fill-in-the-blank etc etc etc.
Example/tangent: My mom left a small Manitoba farming town called Winkler for the bright lights and vibrant buzz of —uhh, swingin’ 1960s Winnipeg.
Growing up, I saw my large pockets of my own generation join the annual mass exodus from Winnipeg to bigger, buzzier Canadian cities with more distractions and cultural amenities. Cities like Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto lured them away from their two-horse hometown and we watched, sometimes with dry “told ya, you owe me 5 bucks” glee when the boomerang effect brought some of the previous years’ escapees back and dumped ‘em in a snowbank.
My turn came when my love for the coastal landscape and my educational pursuits led me-twice- to Vancouver, a largely transient city where everyone was from somewhere else. Before I moved on for Japan, it seemed like every third Emily Carr artskool grad made the running post-graduate swan-dive toward toward Berlin. Talkin’ ‘bout my gentrifica—-er, generation.
TL/DR: Either you stay, or you go, and all of this was brought to mind while listening to Tokyo, by Machinone. According to the one-sheet:
"6 years ago, machinone (Daizo Kato) from Tohoku, moved to the west side of Tokyo, and opened a new chapter of his life. During these 6 years, he has been drawn to the fascinating surroundings of the town he stayed – a wonderful mix of modernization from the current time and nostalgic vestiges of the urban past. his debut album “Tokyo” is a collection of machinone’s delicate sketches of the town."
It’s a tidy little bit of narrative to carry with you through this collection of gentle acoustic work: instead of depicting the somewhat tired cliché of hypermodern Tokyo full of noise, bustle, neon wackiness and giant plasma screens barking Exile and AKB 48 everywhere you look Kato/Machinone seems intent on picturing the small magic found in daily ordinariness of backstreets and smaller neighbourhoods instead of the famous “must-see” districts (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku etc).
There’s a distinctly wistful sense to the proceedings: everything is self-consciously gentle and small- almost twee- but relaxed, kind of like browsing around in a zakka shop. With no grand gestures, and an atmosphere is more saudade than sad, there’s a sense of imagined nostalgia, evoking the poetics of place and location, similar in feel to the films of Naoko Ogigami (Kamome Shokudo, Megane) and Kana Matsumoto (Tokyo Oasis, Mother Water). Tracks like “Vihrea” and “Flower Stamp” perfectly capture the sound of Japan’s ura-dori: the tableau-like backstreets full of century-plus old houses and closed, abandoned or repurposed Showa-era shops and machiya.
It’s fitting that they have a cinematic, almost utilitarian feel: they could easily accompany a short film or a documentary showing us the nooks and crannies of his town, and if there’s any reflection of the big city with all its noise and bluster, then it’s coming from an interior POV, perhaps a score for a smalltown transplant swimming in the sea of concrete and people, a little lonely, a little homesick, not quite alienated and happy in the better future they left home for, all viewed from the inside out.
Source: SoundCloud / _flau