Better get out there and find yourself a tux and cummerbund and girdle and hoop-skirt and whatever-the-hell else a member of the elite class wears: because Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label is kicking off it’s first release of 2020 IN STYLE.
Seriously. Like: FERRARI-level style.
Brunhild Ferrari — wife of French/Italian composer Luc Ferrari and (per the measured prose of Forced Exposure) “a very refined and talented German composer” in her own right — has partnered with everyone’s favorite cosmopolitan American experimentalist Jim “Steamer Time” O’Rourke for a new collaborative album comprising “two side-long realisations of Ferrari’s tape compositions recorded in concert at Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe in 2014, revised and mixed by O’Rourke in 2019.”
The stupifyingly high-end long player that resulted from the duo’s well-mannered interactions is entitled Le Piano Englouti (“The Sunken Piano”). INTRIGUED by that classy title? You bet your graceless little ass you are:
The title piece weaves an immersive web of electronics, pre-recorded piano, and field-recorded sounds, including the raging Aegean sea, the tranquil atmospherics of a Japanese island, and the roar of a pachinko parlour. Far from a slice of audio vérité, these geographically distant sites intermingle in an unreal space where they often become indistinguishable. Shadowed by electronics and reverberant snatches of piano, the field recordings rise up and recede like ocean waves, creating a constantly shifting texture that is nonetheless warmly inviting. Chirping birds are confused with their electronic doubles; snatches of footsteps and voices are engulfed by ambience of unclear origin. Increasingly present throughout the piece, the piano rises up one last time before being swallowed up for good by the pachinko parlour.
And that’s just SIDE ONE, baby.
Soooo, yeah: quit combing the beach with that metal detector of yours, RSVP yourself a copy of the vinyl release — complete with its “deluxe gatefold sleeve” and liner notes from Ferrari herself — ahead of its January 10 release date now, and maybe (just maybe) you’ll finally fucking CLASS YOURSELF UP a little bit, for god’s sake. Yeesh.
Le Piano Englouti tracklisting:
01. Le Piano Englouti (The Sunken Piano)
02. Tranquilles Impatiences (Quiet Impatiences)
Hope you got some time off coming up for the holidays, because you’re gonna need it.
Chicago-born, internationally-infamous experimental composer/performer Jim “Everywhere You Wanna Be” O’Rourke has just announced the November release of a new, epic, four-hour work entitled To magnetize money and catch a roving eye.
The piece was recorded over the course of two years at O’Rourke’s Steamroom studio and, reportedly, is composed of “detailed and delicate electronic layers, processed instruments, and ambiguous field recordings” which “come together in a slow-moving, fascinating kaleidoscope with multiple reflections and wrong turns, always in constant state of flux.”
And yes, naturally, it will take FOUR COMPACT DISCS to contain this “hypnotic, multi-faceted, labyrinthine piece which flows as slowly as a river while speeding back through memory, and shows all the talent of Jim O’Rourke.”
Get your roving hands on these shiny, money-magnetizing discs — which are due out November SOMETHING-ISH(?) right here.
As for where you’re gonna get your roving hands on a working CD player? You’re all on your own for that one.
To magnetize money and catch a roving eye:
Part I – 49:53
Part II – 60:53
Part III – 65:31
Part IV – 76:20
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Pierre Schaeffer gets all the posthumous attention, but what if I told you that there was another founder of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales who helped to pioneer musique concrète and blow listener minds beyond the stratosphere of Earth II somehow?
Luc Ferrari had an extensive career in experimental music dating back to at least his time at the Conservatoire de Versailles (1946); and up until his passing in 2005, the French artist of Italian heritage worked consistently in a variety of mediums and became arguably one of the first unsung purveyors of drone and ambient music. Cult followings tend to become Kool-Aid-free if you give them enough time, so let’s consider it par for the course that a London event called Stereo Spasms took place at Cafe Oto this past February. An array of modern musical descendants gave Ferrari his deserved props!
Now, simultaneous with the release of a book that pledges to document the extent of Ferrari’s oeuvre, an abbreviated version of Stereo Spasms is scheduled to take place November 18 and 19 at the Pioneer Works venue in Brooklyn. The program includes the following musicians performing various Ferrari pieces: Tania Caroline Chen, David Grubbs, Eli Keszler, Jon Leidecker, Thurston Moore, Matana Roberts, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Jim O’Rourke, Brunhild Ferrari (Luc’s widow), and Christopher McIntyre.
Buy tickets and see more details here. Jim O’Rourke’s gonna be the only one not physically present, but I’m sure his remote rendition of the seamless Ephèmére will be worth it still. Stream the original below if you’re curious, plus a field recording piece of note.
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While we forever-denizens of the Tiny Mix Tapes Undersea News Compound were getting an early start on our Memorial Day weekend — via the cracking of brewskis and the feats of strength and the honoring of all news writers who came before us — Jim O’Rourke and C.M. von Hausswolff apparently went and dropped a whole-ass album on us on Friday.
In, Demons, In is out now on Ideal Recordings. It features two 20-minute slabs of drone, one per vinyl side (or, if you’re one of those “streamer” kids, two 20-minute “YouTubes” of drone, one per Spotify).
Regardless how you listen, a 40-minute slab of capital-D drone is the one (1) thing sure to give your shitty, post-holiday week a good kick in the pants. And hey, even if you missed out on Memorial Day, the fourth of July is just around the corner; a perfect time to let the demons in.
Order In, Demons, In! here, and view it’s (admittedly brief) tracklist below.
“Time flies,” they say? Pssssht. Not nearly fast enough.
The trio of Phew, Oren Ambarchi, and Jim O’Rourke are putting out an album together on March 29 — two whole WEEKS from now. What are we supposed to do until then?? Listen to other music?! Go about our daily lives?! Squeeze billiard balls in our fists?!?!
If you, like us, are feeling jittery with the adrenaline of anticipation (and so much coffee), you might try calming down with a bowl of patience soup…
Patience soup? Just kidding. Patience Soup—that’s the name of the album.
But hat label could be so lucky as to land this brilliant lineup??? Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (with distribution courtesy of Forced Exposure/Kompakt), naturally!
As for the pesky specifics: the album documents a live performance from the trio at the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center on November 4, 2015 which found the trio “inhabiting an uneasy landscape of moans, howls, and smeared electronic sonorities.” And its sleeve features photos by Traianos Pakioufakis and Mike Kubeck and design by Stephen O’Malley.
For now, scope out the album’s cover art out down below, followed by the album’s epic tracklisting — then, head here to some hear samples and pre-order… If nothing else, that ought to eat up a few MEASLY seconds of this interminable wait-time, right?
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