Friday, 4 December 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Saturday 12 December at Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Featuring solo and collaborative tape performances from
In workshops held before the performance, led by educator & curator Cara Bell-Jones, the artists and a number of selected workshop participants will create a series of unique, tape-based compositions from an archive of rare cassette material. On 12th December, these collaborations will be realised in front of a live audience, culminating in a vast tape orchestra concert exploring obsolete technologies, lost performance techniques and underground artist networks.
Live recordings from the event, commissioned photography by Marion Auburtin, speculative fiction and critical writing on cassette culture will be released in 2010 by experimental UK label NO-FI (home of Sir Richard Bishop, Yellow Swans, Burning Star Core, Emeralds) as a limited edition CD and publication (designed by Supanaught).
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Lovesliescrushing are a shoegaze band of sorts, consisting of Scott Cortez on Guitar, 4 track tapes and general sonic manipulation, and Melissa Arpin-Duimstra on vocals. This is their first album, and is more or less a showcase of their various different styles, ranging from ethereal pop to pure guitar/tape experimentation and everything in between. Perhaps what is most interesting about this release (and for that matter, most of Cortez's music), is that it is completely devoid of synthesizers, and all of the otherworldly sounds achieved are done so with prepared guitar and a fairly large stack of effects, the only exception being some subtle drum machine parts and of course Melissa's vocals. Of all their releases, Bloweyelashwish is arguably their most diverse, darkest and beautifully ethereal release to date, and shows just how far the guitar can be removed from its original context into something entirely new and fresh.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Album: Live I
One of Keiji Haino's earlier projects, Fushitsusha created some of the darkest, loudest and most beautiful psychedelic rock of their time. This untitled LP (most commonly called Live I) shows Haino on top form, delivering somewhat more conventional psych-rock, laced with his signature guitar and vocals. this record is Fushitsusha's first LP, released eleven years after their formation in 1978, on the now legendary PSF label. This is really a must have for any fans of Haino, or indeed anyone familiar with the PSF label and their vast catalogue of Japanese psychedelia.