The Wire Tapper 28 Your track by track guide to this month’s free CD
01Bader Motor “Bader Sontag” From Grautag (Les Disques En Rotin Réunis/ Grautag) Bader Motor is an occasional group featuring Arnaud Maguet, Vincent Epplay and Fred Bigot. They first brought their mysterious and individual attributes together in 2008, releasing a swell of psychedelic space music and ‘riviera Krautrock’. After their first album about psychoactive plants (Musique Pour Les Plantes Des Dieux) on Maguet’s label Les Disques En Rotin Réunis, Bader Motor set the first concrete block in the foundations of a new label with Grautag. It’s music for pot plants – yuccas, rubber plants and fig trees; the kind of plants that grow in waiting rooms under fluorescent tube suns amid forest-printed wallpaper.
02Medicine And Duty “Deep Sea Heat Haze” From Sunken Carnival (Foolproof Projects) Made up of Matt Colegate, Jack Cooper and Andy Pyne switching between drums, electronics and voices, Medicine And Duty have been taking Industrial, No Wave, Krautrock and Techno influences and throwing out completely improvised bursts of psychedelic free motion since 2006, with eight releases on Foolproof Projects. The individual members are also involved in, among others, Teeth Of The Sea, Black Neck Band Of The Common Loon and Kellar.
03Rob St John “Your Phantom Limb” From Weald (Song, By Toad) Lancastrian Rob St John plays drawn-out and ghostly songs underpinned by the creaks and drones from musical saw, fiddle, skittering drums, analogue synth, field recordings and harmonium. Backed by a talented cast of collaborators and co-conspirators, he has just released his first album Weald on LP through Edinburgh DIY label Song, By Toad. Kraut, drone and psych influences sit alongside British folk guitar styles and the echoes of an American troubadour tradition.
04kelvox1“Loof”WireTapper exclusive (Aagoo) kelvox1 are a three-piece group from Cambridge, UK who use synths, sampler, voice, guitar and bass to produce longform, texturally explorative songs and harness the properties of the recording environment. Their music is always born of improvisation, and “Loof” is typical of the fresh bursts of ideas that lead to more crafted tracks like those found on Grazed Red, their debut album, which is out on Aagoo this month.
05Waves On Canvas “Flowers Of The Sea” From Into The Northsea (Psychonavigation) Sardinian composer and producer Stefano Guzzetti runs his Waves On Canvas project to channel his real-life experiences into highly emotive sound pieces and songs. He recently released “Angel”, a single featuring the beautiful voice of Louise Rutkowski (This Mortal Coil) and a remix by John Fryer. His album Into The Northsea will be out in July 2012, and includes contributions by Ian Masters and Pieter Nooten, as well as a series of electronica, IDM and piano pieces.
06JLIAT“Schönberg Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op 19” From the forthcoming release 1 Terabyte Of Noise James Whitehead aka JLIAT describes himself as a “UK conceptual/drone/Noise artist, who is seriously posing what might seem to be unanswerable questions of music”. Since the 1990s, he has brought out about 100 releases, beginning with Ambient droneworks, but his later pieces vary from guitar noise, conceptual records of silence, war sounds and pure noise. Some people describe Whitehead as the composer who has taken the concept of anti-music the furthest. In any case, he seldom makes use of the full auditory spectrum: you either get absolute cacophony or silence.
07Mark Harris “Angry Child” (edit) Wire Tapper exclusive (n5MD) Originally from a visual arts background, electroacoustic musician Mark Harris has always had a strong interest in systems and generative processes in art and music. He has developed custom software applications which allow him to work with these processes in live performance. Harris usually works from heavily processed samples of live instruments and field recordings along with live synthesis, adding improvisational techniques to generate the work in real time. Although his work has a strong analytical and systems based approach, Harris aims to create a sense of space and place, in order to generate a strong emotional response in the listener.
08Teho Teardo “Dance The Sauris” Wire Tapper exclusive (Specula) Teho Teardo is a composer, musician and sound designer interested in combining electronic and acoustic sounds. He has previously collaborated with the likes of Blixa Bargeld, Graham Lewis and Colin Newman (Wire) and Nurse With Wound, as well as creating soundtracks for directors such as Paolo Sorrentino, Andrea Molaioli, Daniele Vicari and Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores. The recent compilation Music, film. Music includes his prizewinning incidental music from Sorrentino’s ll Divo. He is currently composing for a theatrical adaptation of Céline’s Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit with actor Elio Germano.
09Nelson Gastaldi “Symphony No 3” (excerpt) From Symphony No 3: Siddhartha Gautama O El Poder De La Nada (Roaratorio) A self-described “musical nihilist with noble and mystic origins”, Argentinian composer Nelson Gastaldi (1932–2009) created homemade Sibelius-meets-Sun Ra symphonies that went virtually unheard during his lifetime. Symphony No 3 is the first widely available publication of his work, courtesy of his estate.
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