recordings and thing-sounds as art
is an introduction
to musique concrete, where Pierre
Schaeffer and Pierre
Henry started it all.
can be found at EarthEar.
more traditional recordings are indexed
field recording collage from asia and around the world.
At times hypnotic, frenetic, and just plain weird. Very
close to my heart, and thank God I found my own voice
before I heard them.
above, denser juxtapositions from similar sources. Another
project eerily similar to my own. Highly recommended.
minimally modified recontextualization. His work with
water sound is stunning.
guide and inspiration. His touch is often haiku-like:
only the single, most necessary gesture. He draws attention
to the ineffable heart of sound, offering up textures
made by magnification. A personal idol.
recent personal discovery with a long history. He finds
new soundscapes hidden in the old. (Here is a biography.)
of binaural field recordings. We were fortunate enough
to experience his anechoic
chamber installation, featuring recordings, at the
NTT InterCommunication Center in Tokyo.
great explorer of the hidden language of everyday things.
His work view hears San Francisco the way I do. He often
manipulates objects, encouraging them to sing.
an explorer of landscapes, things and their desire to
speak. Active with Jim Haynes in the collaboration coelacanth.
has worked extensively with recordings of the spoken voice,
and is currently documenting the changing (audible) landscape
of China through mobile volunteer 'sound units.'
first album rocked my world. It proved that everyday things
could rock, pop, and swing.
listener, documentarian with perfect ear and instinct.
I envy his equipment, his stunning uses of it, and the
fact that he seems to get paid to do so. His albums on
Soleilmoon are fantastic.
ethnomusicologist and ambient musician with a knack for
soundscapes. His indonesian
soundscapes contemplates that country through a collage
of field recordings, as I do some I have visited.
Peyronnet's project exploring the music of landscapes
and things. More introspective than my work to date, sometimes
achingly beautiful. (Here is more.)
researcher into hidden implicit sound. As this biography
suggests, sound sources are not always identifiable.
sound walks, exercises in guided intentional listening,
are only part of her work, but close to my heart. As far
as I know, none are available as CDs; you must experience
New York-based composer active in many areas. His Human
Sounds is one of the best manipulations of its subject
matter I've ever heard.
discovered Slavek Kwi when he was credited with the (amazing)
soundscapes on Laila Amezian's Initial.
Not nearly as passive as many of these artists, he often
plays the world. I have learned a lot from his understanding
has done some very interesting work to capture the resonances
of whole landscapes using contact microphones attached
to (fence, utility) wires.
recordings made by Richard Harisson at a place of that
name. He's in a band called the Spaceheads, apparently.
album trein documents train rides from Arnheim
to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, using contact mics. I'm
told one channel is the trip out, the other the trip back.
An interesting contrast to my own s3.
He's connected to Staalplaat, but I can't find a page
for his artist work.
seminal pioneers who helped define a new culture of listening
in the 1980s. Included as they were the first who ever
taught me it was OK to listen to things.
very high-profile performer, who has defined whole new
territories through manipulations of the sounds of the
world. At times very, very harsh; occasionally very open
and intimate. Challenging.
Graz, Austria, he works extensively with live (intuitive)
manipulation of field recordings, both in the studio and
in performance. I can't find any web resources for him.
Davignon, distribution czar of the chain
tape collective, using the named equipment. Elegant
processes, beautiful results.
found this review, written by frans de waard, while looking
for web resources for trein. If I can find it,
I'll order it.
friend recently introduced me to her album small
sounds, which uses field recordings (and other sounds)
to extend the preexisting soundscape. Soft then sudden,
punctuation and frosting for your room. This one is making
me rethink a lot of things about what I can do with my
Studio for Audioscopic Research conducted unusual field
recording techniques in hopes of capturing the voices
and other communications of the dead. Here's information
untraditional use of field recording, if it can be so
called: the Conet Project extensively documents shortwave
broadcasts of encrypted information. Some stations
have been broadcasting for decades. Chilling: espionage,
mafia, and drug trafficking are all popular theories as
to what these stations are used for.
pioneer and popularizer of natural field recordings. He
documents his incredible life and career in the book Notes
from the Wild, which includes a CD.
high-profile maker of natural field recordings, such as
several based on sounds from Antartica.
highly influential tape
pieces such as Come Out and It's Gonna Rain
brought musique concrete to a new life in America. Here's
Francisco-based nonprofit nonprofit organization dedicated
to the development and increased awareness of sound works
in the public arena, and to the support and education
of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound.
Cofounded by my crazy/wonderful brother and sister, Scot
and Maria Jenerik and dear friend Larnie
Fox, who officiated my wedding.
San Francisco underground institution, the venue regularly
showcasing international noise and sound artists. Run
by the inimitable Scott Arford of radiosonde,
TEST: and the Infrasound
collaboration with Randy
incredible source for field recordings and information
on their creation, including essays, artist biographies,
and a subscription program. Please support this labor
of love by Jim Cummings; this is really a unique resource.
EarthEar is contributing sound to the NPR show Living
to the art of phonography, or field recordings... a place
where phonographers can present themselves to a larger
audience as well as developing a pool of references and
resources." Compilations are available, and there
is an active list. Tracks from many members can be heard
at this related
to "the preservation, appreciation and creative use
of natural sounds." Hear, hear.
active in promoting appreciation of natural sound; with
information on making field recordings.
(I believe) sound arts organization based in Limoges,
deep world-famous collection of beautiful, interesting,
often esoteric recordings made over decades. Browsable
and, incredibly, orderable.
Library maintains an extensive sound archive, only a taste
of which is available online.
Ranier and Catherine Girardeau run this innovative sound
design house, if commercial sound design is an interest.
on the air
and Catherine also run this KPFA radio program dedicated
to promoting world soundscapes.
Bay Area proponents of new music in its many forms.
you're in Melbourne don't miss Andrew Hollo's radio show.
Otherwise his extensive artist listings should give you
and found sound
popular NPR program showcasing the historical importance
and personal impact of recordings of all kinds.
another fabulous NPR demonstration that we hardly scratch
the surface of what can be done with creative recording
of recordings, mostly interviews and documentary, but
I must include it; it's an American treasure, fully archived
in RealAudio. If you have time, listen to an episode now.
You won't regret it. I [heart] David Sedaris.
sprawling webring is home to many experimental artists.
Yes, there are needles in the hay.
journal of experimental art. Only three issues, but in
one they interview
Keens puts a lot of energy into thoughtful, informed reviews
of work that otherwise slips through the cracks.
Duke's in the mix was named to the top 200 sites
by the Wire. A good place to keep tabs on the new electronic
online source for reviews of music out of the public eye.
More focused on the industrial genre.
house of information on undergound music, eponymously
cafes are popping up everywhere, at least in Asia. It's a
blessing and a curse. During our honeymoon, my wife and I
kept an online travelogue here..
travel guides are thoughtful, dense, meticulousrly researched,
often filled with informed opinion. A great alternative
to Lonely Planet guides, which everyone else will be carrying
Stanley wrote many guides on the region for Moon; his personal site has a wealth of information for anyone
considering a trip to the region. Be sure to read Theroux's
Happy Isles of Oceania before you go.
India book is half-seriously known as "The Bible"
among backpackers there. The Baedeker of our generation.
Ubiquitous, which is fair since they reinvented the shoestring
travel guide. They have something on everything -- not
infrequently they provide the only guide to a given place
number of calories I've burned lugging their gear around
must be scary. De facto staging grounds for we west coasters.
indestructable watertight cases at a very reasonable price.
I carried two on my last trip to protect my recording
gear and camera. Available at REI.
you'll learn to do this in your head, quickly enough.
more than ever, read these before you go.
stay on top of what's going on while you're away.
make sure you get immunized. I've caught enough and am
still, apparently, hosting a few parasites. God knows
what I've avoided thanks to a few shots.
can now be had many places (a situation that has changed
over the last few years), but this is an environmentally
web-based email. Use their "check other mail"
to collect mail to your other POP or even IMAP accounts.
alternative, perhaps less secure way of checking your
(non-Web-based) mail, but useful in a pinch at internet
everyone has the pleasure of acquiring these books directly
off my shelf, as Kaveh
does. Not comprehensive; what crossed my mind or caught my
eye. So many more.
and zine artists go first, cause they don't get no respect.
me with wanderlust. Ride the Wohl Whip. Incredible integrity
and thoughtfulness and humor;
look for the volumes of short stories and travel musings.
Acme Novelty Library should
win him a genius grant. Really. Ever more beautiful, dark,
impossibly quiet, sad, warm, human. One of favorite things.
Thank you. (The new collection of vernacular sketchbook
drawings is wonderful).
and not for everyone, in a Frank or Lynch way. As odd
a man's view of women as R. Crumb, but as necessary in
its frankness. What does it say that I eagerly await each
year's Nobel Laureate for literature is still dour,
precise, frank, and occasionally difficult. Try A
House for Mr. Biswas or In
a Free State for fiction, or Among
the Believers (quite topical these days) and A
Million Mutinies Now for non-. (An interview.)
I'm currently reading Half a Life.
honest and compassionate, a favorite and famous curmudgeon.
I've derived great pleasure from the Collected
Stories and went to India because I read The
Great Railway Bazaar. My box set of train recordings
will, of course, be dedicated to him. (An interview.)
Cities is nearly perfect in
conception and execution. Italian
Folktales should reside by every bed.
particularly "Spring in Fialta." In my youth
I contributed to the
Annotated Lolita. Pnin.
Chess players should appreciate The
Defense. For fans: Nabokov's
Blues, by Kurt Johnson and Steven Coates.
can't imagine being without the Collected
Stories. And such a beautiful edition (there are dozens
of lesser known gems such as Blumfeld,
an Elderly Bachelor).
all others. If you find Around the Day in Eighty Worlds,
buy it. Hopscotch
should make you drunk. Cronopios
and Famas divides the world like a Gordian knot.
if you haven't, but how could you not have?
the Lighthouse quietly surrounds
the Great War. The
Waves looks Ulysses
in the eye.
You have read Ulysses,
right? If not, get on it. Skip the boring
bits. Hell, skip the first three chapters and a couple
of the later ones in their entirety. It's not considered
the greatest novel in English for no reason.
of Malte Laurids Brigge is seen
too infrequently in homely cafes these days.
Up Absurd, which you glimpse
at the end of Slacker, is still as relevant as
it was when written.
in the Family will take me to
Sri Lanka, whatever the cost. (An interview.)
Noise burns out early but is
still an awe-inspiring etching of contemporary self-definition.
Nothing else has quite done it for me as well.
you set down White Noise with a sigh, pick up My
Cousin My Gastroenterlogist with a smile. (An interview.)
First read the stories
but also Love
in the Time of Cholera. One
Hundred Years only after these.
Playwright and chess champion, now dismissed along with
Stanislaw Lem by folk of small vision into the "speculative
fiction" ghetto. Love
The Hashish Man, read The
King of Elfland's Daughter. I am looking forward to
inspired him to write The
Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, his hypnotic, hypnagogic,
phantasmagorical masterwork. It still directs my dreams.
While I'm in those parts, let's not forget Switch
Bitch and Dahl's other profoundly unsettling and well-drawn
stories for adults. Dark, dark, dark.
was hypnotized by The
Passion. As if I didn't have enough guilt over never
having been to Venice.
never gave back the copy of Natural
History of the Senses we borrowed from Jim and Melissa.
How could I? Better than you'd hope it was. (An interview.)
only I knew who I'd lent my much loved copy of the Collected
Stories to. The measured tone of the stories surpasses
the scale of The
Sheltering Sky. There is an amazing double CD of Bowles
reading his stories, if you can find it.
you're going to travel, you should at least read Tristes
Tropiques, and failing that, the contemplation within
it entitled "a little glass of rum." Claude
and his rum, Benjamin with his hash.
Man with the Golden Arm is still golden, especially
if you know its Chicago setting, which when we lived there
ten years ago was still recognizable (alas, no more).
The stories in Neon
Wilderness are fine too.
keeps getting better and better. Forget Awakenings,
Anthropologist on Mars.
Escher, Bach blew my mind and continues to inspire
me; I think about it every week at one point or another.
His collaboration with Daniel Dennett, The
Mind's I, has some wonderful stories and memorable
world was changed permanently byThe
Origins of German Tragic Drama, which advanced an
argument for definition through circumlocution
I have taken close to heart. He's best known for an
essay on the work of art in the age of mechanical
reproduction. Read his account of hashish in Marseille,
among other eminently enjoyable short gems, in Illuminations
this last trip a passing friend passed on The
Moviegoer. A wonderful gift, but nothing else seems
of uneasy ground and chance recommendations, the phantasmagoric
tour de force The
Lime Twig was pressed on me by an eccentric in the
stacks at the Northwestern library.
of the Former World accomplished one of its main goals,
to inculcate an appreciation of the fact that the notion
of deep (geological) time has itself been around a remarkable
short while. A fat tome with some skimmy-bits and many
can't-put-it-down bits. Good beach reading.
Monkey made me move to San Francisco; China
Men and Warrior
Women taught me some of its history. The latter is
particularly recommended, but Mark's had my copy for ten
Stories showed me another side to the city. He has
an eclectic and mannered style, but in this volume it
is always applied at the service of the story. A keeper,
a grown up's Skeleton Crew. Another one I shouldn't
have lent out.
in Hyperreality should be required reading for Americans.
the popular junk he wrote some odd works of profound honesty,
effort and insight. Of course they're out of print: the
Tarot series and Macroscope.
I am convinced he was an acid cosmonaut. These describe
an effort to come to terms with what elsewhere he decries
Swans is a compelling and difficult account of three
generations of women growing up in China last (20th) century.
A good starting place for understanding contemporary China.
Or so it seemed while we were there.
support independent music channels (I link to Amazon because
the links are stable).
these recordings are available from
Explore small labels such as New
Albion, Staal Plaat,
amazing uncle. A collection, the tip of the iceberg. At
one point he had a working repetoir of four hundred plus
songs. He kept a 3x5 notecard taped to the top of his
one-of-a-kind eight string Martin to remind him of the
most popular hundred or so. Buy the sampler, learn the
found him since he uses minidisc
as an artistic tool and serendipity engine. I did
not go wrong investing in his whole catalog.
the audio selections, found on the lower right of the
home page. Loop whimsy with a refined ear.
montage and lunacy of the most joyful sort.
A wealth of lovely textural ambient work. His subspace
project explored using multiple decks playing back tracks
in a shared space, an idea also explored by Dave LaDelfa.
I love i tand am going to steal it.
quiet. Tools for transforming space through subtle presence.
often stacatto miniatures, drifting from faux foley art
to faux nostalgia with the switch of a loop. elevator
3 is my faovirte to date.
sparse haunting noise collage, a true command of dynamics.
The work is composed live on a (at times) dozens of manipulated
turn tables. I dream of seeing this done before my eyes.
of the lid
from lullaby to groan. Avec
Laudenum is indeed an opiate. I'm still growing into
Sounds of... Found them trying to match:
of their collaboration Peripheral
Blur about sums it up. Haunting and still in my top
twenty after all these years.
idol. Attributed with a quotation that guides much of
what I do: 'Ambient is music that rewards, but does not
demand, attention.' Try the ambient series, starting with
for Airports and On
the above, slow moving slow changing heavy spaces. This,
with the scoring more discernable. Anarctica
is my favorite.
open, eerie meldings of bleeps, blorps, and disturbing
stories delivered in monotone. Try first full length album,
Popular Mechanics, and third, Low Birth Weight.
Dark and stormy night music.
project of David Pajo, ex-Slint. The debut
album is simply put perfect. Rainy day melancholy
layered guitar lines. Listen and weep. Nothing has mathed
it since. Their last concert was a real let-down.
can't go on, they go on. Relentless, melancholy guitar
bombast in the best way, liberally spiked with field recordings
and borrowed rants. A force of nature. Side projects
Fly Pan Am is also highly recommended.
Early Warning is a wonderful result from
an arts concept I only partially understand. Waiting
to hear the newer work.
is shattered. It sparkles and cuts like a broken mirror.
Austerity that hurts as it cuts.
some point you should listen to Drumming
in its entirety. Reich changed the way I think about music.
was led to his work by Bruce Chatwin. The Walking
and Leaping songs do just that: European instrumentation
freed, as by Reich, but in a wholely original way. Spirited,
joyous, unlike anything I'd ever heard. Full credit.
Music for Bowed Piano you might love if you like Reich.
Just what the title empies. As Frey puts it, this is entirely
devoid of suck.
if you like that, you'll probably already own Possessed.
Joyful string quartet versions of Autobahn songs and a
few compositions by Balanescu himself, worshiping at the
idol of Philip Glass.
Never a personal favorite, other than a few film scores,
but then Richard turned me on to Northstar.
for the derby
and Repetition is another hypnotic guitar-fueld meditation
focused on the titular.
Can-rock. Their driving, relentless Zopalki astounds.
Awe inspiring in concert.
Red Shift Swing is a stunning mix of loops, field recordings,
and live instruments on Rune
captivating blend of meticulously scored and arranged
live instruments, voice and realtime manipulation. Droning
with strings. And I don't just like them because my roomate
plays with them.
for Egon Schiele was the first disc I bought at Aquarius
here in San Francisco back when it was on 24th. I was
sold on its beautiful packaging, put it back with a sigh,
then realized it was the impossibly sweet sad string and
piano arrangements we were listening to in the store.
would be my second favorite to date; it's their best attempt
so far at integrating chamber arrangements with electronic
blend of dark, Mingusesque trumpet and accordian ' Charms
of the Night Sky keeps this often in my mind and CD
player. Nothing of his has stuck as well.
is, as Richard said, magnificent. If you haven't heard
it, for God's sake, sit in a dark room and listen to Crescent
while you're at it. This stuff is way beyond Giant Steps.
cheb i sabbah
Durga is a most potent fusing of ambient sound from
India with traditional instrumentation and deep relentless
groove. An all-time personal favorite.
God I finally found Rothko
Chapel. It led me to this
boxset, which is a steal when it was about a third the
current price. My wife thinks the new recording by the
Kronos Quartet sounds haunted. I can't get enough.
and Fugues. Compare vs. the inspirational Bach.
Though I prefer Book
II (and that by S.Richter).
of Gould, though. if you saw 32 Short Films, you
got just a taste of the Solitude
Trilogy. Highly recommended, unique. Slow, quiet,
careful orchestration of voices and sound effects. Equisitely
tuned balance of sense with pacing.
reads four stunning stories on A
Hundred Camels in the Courtyard. Snap it up while
you can, for the measured, irreproducable delivery of
the writer himself. Excellent bedtime stories.
up little man
spoken word recommendation would be complete without this
unparalleled monument of San Francisco at its best and
worst. I'm so very, very happy these recordings were made.
or RealAudio player?
American is being made into a movie, However, this site
hasn't been updated in a long time, and I wonder if the
project is on hold.
with abandon. An amazing art movement most of us have
never heard of.
movement with a very long shadow, giving us Guy Debord
of the Spectacle.
are not worthy.
of the splice.
is trying to tell you something. You should listen. I
awesome resources for finding out about folks such as
bandwidth pushing on what the medium is capable of, when
the medium is flash.
multitalented man we met traveling. Buy the book.
of the more potent and inspiring individuals I've had
the pleasure to spend time with. Among other things a
Divya Srinivasan's animation now, before everyone is doing
it. You probably saw her work in Linklater's The
Waking Life, e.g. the upper right quadrant of the
and acid cosmonaut Kaveh Soofi's tour de force.
and acid cosmonaut R Holland's folly.