You probably don’t have to worry when you walk out your door. Will you be judged? Will you get comments? Will you get stares? Will you feel helpless? Will you be followed? You’ve got to walk in pairs. Don’t we have anything else to offer? You only see the surface. Your unwanted opinion is worthless, but not harmless. Our looks, our bodies, are none of your fucking business. We don’t exist for you to appraise, not a compliment, no fucking thanks.
– Punch, “Worth More Than Your Opinion”
Correction: The artist behind 964 Pinocchio, whose wonderful “I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary’s Honour (Yeah, right))” was previously included in this mix, has asked that the track be removed because their music does not feature female vocals. A perhaps thematically fitting reminder that despite my best efforts to recognize my own privilege I still fall back on the narcissism of assumption. My apologies.
A collection of pieces on the fringes of folk music, where the communal, earthy atmosphere has been lifted from the bounds of rhythm and conventional structure and carried into a realm of unbridled beauty. These tracks are often ecstatic and sublime, but there is also a mysterious energy that lurks beneath.
This one is about how the most earnest emotional expression can be found amongst the furthest edges of “music.” A collection of works, improvisations, and excerpts from artists whose creations are removed and subversive yet profoundly personal.
00:00. Daniel Löwenbrück – “Gebet in den Wind” from 1800m (Recordings for the Summer, 2014)
I actually originally made this as a mixtape for a friend of mine, but for some reason I was thinking about it today and wanted to post it. Still one of my best mixes I’ve put together, in my opinion. It collects my favorite tracks that would be best classified under the umbrella of abstract or experimental hip-hop. Enjoy.
00:00. cLOUDDEAD – “Pop Song” from Ten (Big Dada Recordings, 2003)
If you can’t tell, I’m just a bit fascinated by the ability of creatively captured environmental recordings to convey profound emotion. With this mix I’ve compiled a collection of my favorite instances where a phonographer or composer has used unadulterated sonic vignettes to explore elements that may not have been present before, where the line between the objective reality of what’s being recorded and the much less identifiable, much more abstract presence of the music becomes blurred.
00:00. Daniel Löwenbrück & Marcellvs L. – second untitled track from Stallgewitter (iDEAL Recordings, 2014)
03:54. Toshiya Tsunoda – “Seashore, Venice Beach_31 July 01” from Ridge of Undulation (Häpna, 2005)
On Saturday, the second annual Dayton Noise Symposium was held, beating out its predecessor in both duration and scope (20 sets over nine hours, in comparison to 13 over seven). It was an exhausting but fulfilling experience, displaying all of the best that Midwest noise and friends have to offer. For those who missed out, I’ve again put together a supercut of excerpts from all of the sets. Enjoy. (I tried to include an image of the poster but the WordPress editor is irredeemable garbage)
When AMM brought the subversive practice of freely improvised music to the public eye, it wasn’t exactly accompanied by a championing of accessibility. With their extensive backgrounds in jazz, arcane philosophies, and overall air of impenetrable mystique, they embodied the truly unlimited potential of improvisation on the end of the perceivers, but not so much the other wondrous aspect: the fact that this form of music all but eliminated the need for any formal training or experience whatsoever. This is not to say that the performers of this curious “outsider improv” lack musical talent, but instead that the only thing of importance is the textures, sounds, and the harmonies between them that are created. This mix collects my favorite instances of the amazing results that can come from these elusive, mysterious, singular collectives and artists.
It also acts as an homage to Davey Williams, who died earlier this month. Williams performs on the first track as part of Trans-Idio.