Apr 30, 2012

Apr 14, 2012

ROBERT EENS • BE WARNED!

Robert Eens ("EE-INS"). Man, I heard this for the first time last night (thanks Jim Altieri). Bob Eens was the vocalist and cellist featured as part of a duo in Merideth Monk's "Facing North". He has worked with her for over a decade. Turns out he also performed in Arthur Russell's "Instrumentals" in the early 70's. This track is from his recent opera 'The Escape Artist'. Wow. Totally real transcendental folk music like I rarely hear and always seek out. Shattered my glass with resonance. "Be warned, your life beckons you..."

Jan 14, 2012

FACE-LIFTING: Mood Ring

Starting to re-compose several of my pieces which were originally part of the "faces of sound" genus (social geometries, etc). Here's a remake of an early one - from 2006 in Portland OR - originally recorded at an outdoor park + beaucoup de overdubs...

Jan 13, 2012

ARTHUR RUSSELL: Radishes Flying to Jupiter



Just discovered this awesome live Arthur Russell recording online (via, Greg Davis) at Achive.org from one of the bazillion incredible concerts (many by Arthur) that have been performed at Phill Niblock's soho loft, since its inception in 1972 (i went to an incredible show there just this past weekend). But... 1980?: Entitled "Radishes Flying to Jupiter", Arthur does a cosmic-comic cello solo over some fixed keyboard changes and percussion performed by Rome Neal.



You might notice the harmonies used here are also rooted in Russell's 24-24 Music (listen to the organ in "Go Bang"). Keep listening to "radishes" and you'll hear Rome gradually bring in the shaker, ultimately laying down a straight pulse, shyly pointing directly at the dance reference this music was moving into. Russell compiled this tape himself for group compilations, via EIF, that were sent off to numerous radio stations, if rarely played. The monologue, like the music, is pretty space-y stuff - definitely not born far from a marijuana leaf at this time, and god bless those loose joints. Regardless, there's something about those harmonies and that wanderous plucked cello. like a boat on the water. it so pleasantly floats.

Sep 11, 2011

LEWIS - L'Amour (1983)



Lewis - Romance for Two by ObscureSound

I am totally mesmerized by this forgotten album by disappeared mononymous Californian singer: Lewis. The tunes are straight-formed, loosely held, and slowly given by Lewis' guitar, piano, uniquely expressive synth lines, and Lewis' own soft-souled voice. And the surviving digital recordings bear the cloud-static of its original vinyl pressing. As angelic and tender as the album's unabashed cover. The mood and some of the piano playing, though much simpler, reminds me also of the incredible Ethiopian pianist/composer (now a Christian nun in Jerusalem), Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou. Absolutely levitating...



LISTEN TO IT ALL...

Aug 31, 2011

ORLAND NUTT: I Am Into Your Fire

Just completed sound/music for this wonderful new video by Portland, OR-based director Orland Nutt with performance by Amanda Riley. This is one in a series of videos of Orland's in which a poem is fantastically realized through cinema...

I am Into Your Fire from Orland Nutt on Vimeo.



You can seehear more of Orland's films here...