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CHRISTOPHER WILLITS ASIAN TOUR DATES June 23, 2008

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JAPAN

TOKYO
June 14 – Christopher Willits, FilFla, Akane Hosaka, Misato Kinoshita
EVENT: Tron
DATE: 2008.6.14 (Sat) 19:00 open / 19:30 start
VENUE: SuperDeluxe (T: 03.5412.0515)
FEE: rev. 3,000yen / door 3,500 yen (with 1drink)
COOPERATION: commmons, SuperDeluxe, p*dis, Headz, Sonore
ORGANIZING: cubic music
INQUIRY: cubic music (T: 03-5771-5708 / info@cubicmusic.com)

OSAKA
June 18 – Christopher Willits, library tapes, tickles, appetite for destruction
EVENT: Metal Heart
DATE: 2008.06.18 (Wed) open17:00 start18:00
VENUE: Unagidani Sunsui
FEE: adv. 2,300 yen / door 2,800 yen (+1drink 500 yen)

KYOTO
June 19 – Christopher Willits, Sonir (samurai jazz), Marihiko Hara + Shunsuke Kato, Attic Plan (Ken’ichi Itoi (PsysEx))
EVENT: Pod at Metro
DATE: 2008.06.19 (Thurs) 18:30-21:30
VENUE: Club Metro
FEE: adv. 1,980 yen / door 2,500 yen (+1 drink 500 yen)

KANAZAWA
June 21 – Christopher Willits, Sigiriya, 3000 NDL
EVENT: Connecting Vol.7
DATE: 2008.6.21 (Sat) open19:30 start 20:00
VENUE: Kanazawa mero-mero pocchi
FEE: adv. 2000 yen / door 2500 yen

CHINA

JUNE 26th – SHENZHEN CITY
Mooka Space
address: F3 Block,Mooka Space,Enping Road,Oversea Chinese Town, Shenzhen, China
http://www.myspace.com/mookaspace
time:20:00
ticket:50 RMB
organized by: Noise Asia
co-organized by: Mooka Space

JUNE 27th – GUANGZHOU CITY
Gula Space
address: NO.1 Jian She Liu Ma Lu, Guangzhou, China
http://www.myspace.com/gulatang
time:20:00
ticket:50 RMB
organized by: Noise Asia & Gula Space

JUNE 28th – FOSHAN CITY
Ninliho Gallery
add:No.1402,Hai’er road,Guicheng,Nanhai,Foshan,Guangdong
http://www.sayyes.cn/blog
time:20:00
ticket:free
organized by: Ninliho Gallery & Noise Asia

THAILAND

BANGKOK
July 5 – Christopher Willits, Zbigniew Karkowski, Talkless, Koichi Shimizu
venue: “Cafe” (located in Chinatown) doors at 7:30pm.

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MACHINEFABRIEK + STEPHEN VITIELLO ON BOOMKAT June 19, 2008

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available HERE

Fewer and fewer CD-Rs seem to be coming our way from the Machinefabriek camp nowadays, but perhaps that’s because Rutger Zuydervelt has taken his place among the ranks of the most established, household names of the microsound genre. Being published by 12k generally means you’re in the club. If there is any one label at the top of the tree in terms of its profile and all-round creative accomplishment, 12k would be it, and so this new collaboration between Zuydervelt and the sound artist Stephen Vitiello might be seen as a handing over of the key to the executive washroom, so to speak. The concept behind Box Music is that each artist would send the other a package filled with (usually non-musical) objects with which to start a composition – it’s certainly a neat way around that time-tested collaboration mechanism: file-swapping; something that to the outsider has embodied the dehumanised, solitary processes of electronic music making. The first piece showcases the results of Machinefabriek’s treatments of materials, namely bells, books, tin foil and buttons. Cards on the table though, people: Vitiello could have FedExed Zuydervelt an Ostrich and this would still have ended up sounding utterly lovely. The excellent third exercise ‘Field Recordings, Rocks, Speakers’ makes hints towards melodies, establishing a charged up atmosphere that bursts into life once that low end starts moving around in the second half. Perhaps the real revelation here is Stephen Vitiello: his solo pieces are grounded in a more academic mindset, operating via the language that widely informs acousmatic music and sound art, exploring a wider variety of timbral properties innate to his sources rather than leaning towards the sculpting of out-and-out drone tapestries. The real triumph of Box Music is the album’s incredible closing piece, a direct collaboration between both artists using chocolate sprinkles, rice, plastic bags, tape and an egg cutter. That doesn’t sound like an especially convincing way of starting the compositional process, but in fact, the end result is quite marvellous, culminating in a crescendo of activity and grain texture. Exemplary work from both parties – Essential Purchase.

12K + LINE BACK CATALOGUE SUMMER SALE (JULY) June 17, 2008

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for the month of July the 12k and LINE back catalogue will be on sale.. to clear out some room for new releases! the perfect opportunity to grab those 12k and LINE titles you’ve been thinking about…

all cds will be half price their current list. titles include:

FOURCOLOR “LETTER OF SOUNDS”
SEBASTIEN ROUX “SONGS”
ANTTI RANNISTO “ÄÄNIESINEITÄ”
BRETSCHNEIDER + STEINBRUCHEL “STATUS”
DEUPREE + KIRSCHNER “POST PIANO 2”
SHUTTLE358 “CHESSA”
MOTION “EVERY ACTION”
VARIOUS ARTISTS “TWO POINT TWO”
KENNETH KIRSCHNER “SEPTEMBER 19, 1998 ET. AL”
DORON SADJA “A PIECE OF STRING, A SUNSET”

DOUBLENDS VERT “CISTERN”
CHESSMACHINE “LIVE IN LOS ANGELES”
VEND “WIEL”
RICHARD CHARTIER “SET OR PERFORMANCE”
DUUL DRV/NIBO/VEND “CLEAN”
ROEL MEELKOP “TO BE ANNOUNCED”
MIKI YUI “LUEP PEUL EPUL”

JODI CAVE ON MYSPACE June 16, 2008

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sorry no photos taken from mine and ken’s studio session last friday… we were just too busy! but we finished painstakingly editing and mastering the Live in Lisbon recording and we should see a release later this year on Room40.

The release will be the entire concert from start to finish.. the only thing we edited out were coughs and small noises from the audience.

also.. and, the reason for this post, 12k’s JODI CAVE is now floating around MySpace.

go befriend him here!

http://profile.myspace.com/jodicave

DEUPREE + KIRSCHNER IN STUDIO TODAY June 13, 2008

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kenneth kirschner and i are spending the day in the studio today editing what will be an upcoming release on Room40.

the title will probably be “live in Lisbon” or.. something like that.. as it is a 30+ minute live recording of our concert at last month’s brilliant OFFF festival.

we’ll be tightening up the recording, editing out some crowd noises, a few coughs… maybe adding in back a touch of room ambience.. and mastering it.

the CD is due out this year on Lawrence English’s Australian Room40 label.

studio pics from the day coming later…

NEW 12K + LINE RELEASES AVAILABLE TODAY June 6, 2008

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IN THE ONLINE SHOP NOW.

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MACHINEFABRIEK + STEPHEN VITIELLO “BOX MUSIC”

what happens when 2 sound artists send each other a box full of non musical objects to create music with…. like chocolate sprinkles and rice…

LINE036
JANEK SCHAEFER “Extended Play [Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict]

inspired by the ‘Jodoform’ system of secret musical messages, that were broadcast by the BBC World Service, during World War II.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ELECTRIC PRESIDENT “SLEEP WELL” June 6, 2008

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the latest cd from Electric President (morr music) is here… and it’s brilliant. their debut from a couple of years ago was one of my favorite releases of 2006… but it had its faults. tracks like “good morning, hypocrite” were absolute masterpieces of songwriting and programming… but there were moments on that album that fell into a lot of electronic music cliches.

“sleep well”, as is the trend with many bands lately, sheds some of the “electronica” for a more rocky and acoustic production. not that the electronics aren’t there, but the real drums, guitars and instrumentation definitely take the forefront and do so in a slightly more mellow and melancholy way which helps make the album sound more mature and solid.

i may like it better than the first.. but only time will tell that. at any rate, it’s a fantastic album… going to be on repeat for a while.

June 2, 2008

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THE SILENT BALLET has reviewed the re-issue of Northern.

core: 8.5/10

Good ambient records are persistent: ageless, infinite, a fever you can’t sweat out, past drum blastbeats gasping for breath and soaring guitars with strings snapped from overuse, every setting, mood, and atmosphere is soundtracked by a respective sunny or chilly nature. Easy enough for the average artist: one-dimensional themes coincide with a checklist of jangling open chords and frozen harmonics. Yet exceptional compositions stand powerfully enough to suck the listener in and project a world onto them, as well as incorporate a variety of themes and ideas past the single layer of the obvious.
Anyone familiar with Taylor Deupree and his past work knows the story of his transition from bustling New York city-life to country stillness, coinciding with more prominent use of organic textures over electronic glitches. With this comes the decision between the sharp angles of technology and the exploration of lo-fi ambience.Northern is Deupree’s most personal work, an unpretentious autobiography cataloguing his own emotive shift without a heavy-handed message or over-bearing meaning to the work. Despite how scorching hot the temperature is outside, Northern erects snow covered forests of sonic bliss and flurries of white noise to burrow underneath. And we’ve hibernated in this sonic bastion for two years now, spouting “It’s no Northern” and content to never hear another crystalline soundscape. But stop hitting the snooze and wake up: Deupree just released the Directors Cut of Northern with a dollop of re-mixed tracks and a reinvigorating mastering.

Just as Deupree originally recorded Northern during a liminal phase of music creation, the re-release harkens back to his electronic roots: the highs are kicked up a notch, a glossy sheen covers the tracks and the whole album sounds richer and fuller. Opener “Everything’s Gone Grey” sounds extravagant in its tedium as the hissing and trickling of notes take on a more prominent resonance to push through the enveloping buzz. The 4/4 pulsing drone makes a perfect backdrop for wooden claps and sudden droplets of noise and eventually segues into a sparse outro of crackling fuzz unique to this re-release—not simply repackaged goods but a reimagining of familiar territory both sonically and personally.

Deupree walks a tightrope between his electronic past and the forward spanning organics of Northern and Stil. This equilibrium of reinvention is most apparent on the slow-building pop song “Haze it May Be.” The new version is structured identically to the original release, comprised of two movements; the first is a deliberate progression of noisy hissing and spacey ghost electronics; the second is a bare-bones expanse of twilight drone. The new mix features a condensed second movement and an altered mix in the first—tape whirring and crackling dominates the soft pulse, and high-pitched beeps break the somber spell. Yet the culmination halfway through “Haze It May Be” marks a high for the album, a grandiose swirling moment of technology and the empty expanse of space. The song summarizes the clash between past and present, electronics and organics, country and city, introversion and extroversion. While at first the shiny electronic mix reveals the album’s wrinkles and age, the bleeps and pops eventually vanish into a grey fog of drone, like Deupree into his forest home.

His tendency to explore both the subtle nuances and progression of drone and an inclination to shatter this constant for a more sporadic overture makes Deupree a radical artist: pockets of white noise punch the listener from a somber stupor in “A Dead Yellow Carpet” and an alien signal of post-rock noodling sprouts from the ethereal “Shell Shell Bye.” In my eyes, Northern is an essential record that sits with The Disintegration Loops and Pale Ravine as the Holy Trinity of Ambient, a blistering and relentless fifty minute slab of noise now leaner and fuller thanks to the unneeded but welcome re-issue: this is the version I’ll turn to in times of musical resuscitation. And if Deupree wants to change my definition of perfect again in two years, bring it.

-James Anaipakos