The Wire Tapper 24 Your track by track guide to this month’s free CD
01Callers“Dressed In Blue” From Life Of Love (Western Vinyl) Recorded in the Brooklyn studio Seizure’s Palace, Life Of Love is Callers’ second release – and the first since the New Orleans three-piece relocated to New York. Sara Lucas’s precise and haunting voice, backed by the vocal harmonies and Eastern-like rhythms of Ryan Seaton and Don Godwin, give full life to “Dressed In Blue”, an acoustic folk number reminiscent of Swedish guitarist José Gonzales. Callers will be touring their new album from late autumn onwards.
02Flatline Skyline “Unbound”PreviouslyunreleasedThemembersofPhiladelphia duo Flatline Skyline met in 2002 at a science fiction literature class, where they were drawn together by their mutual love of Eno, early Industrial music, Mute Records and vintage technology. Since then, they have released two albums; the latest, All Sound/No Vision, was released in April 2009 on Mechanoise Labs. On “Unbound”, Jacen Kemp’s alien-like voice fuses with Robert Andrew Scott’s melodious piano lullaby and their homemade instruments, resulting in a mournful, surrealistic piece of electronic spoken word.
03Locrian“Elevations And Depths” (excerpt) From The Crystal World (Utech) In 2005, painter, installation artist and singer Terence Hannum started the Industrial Noise/drone group Locrian with bassist André Foisy (Break Of Dawn, Unlucky Atlas). After releasing two studio albums, the Chicago unit added a third member in drummer Steven Hess (Haptic, Pan American, Ural Umbo). Locrian have just released a third LP, The Crystal World, their first on Utech. This excerpt from the song “Elevations And Depths” appears to be running at half speed, with Hess’s slow rhythm and Foisy’s heavy bassline drowning out Hannum’s muffled, subliminal screams.
04Schurer“Equivalency Of Dissimilarity Denotation (Track 2)” (edit) From Equivalency Of Dissimilarity Denotation (Domizil) Bernd Schurer is a prominent figure in the Swiss sound art scene. Born in Zürich in 1970, the former philosophy, film science and visual art student now co-edits and curates several electronic sound pieces for that city’s domizil.ch imprint. Schurer’s work is based on what he calls “a strong fascination in the study of the perception of sound and our interpretative patterns”. The noise on this computer based track is obtained using genetic algorithms to transform and reproduce patterns of sound. Schurer is currently studying electroacoustic composition and theory/media technology.
05Ninni Morgia &William Parker “Prism VI” From Prism (Ultramarine) Two members of New York City’s free jazz scene, Italian guitarist Ninni Morgia (Quivers and The Right Moves, and ex-member of 1990s Noise group White Tornado) and double bassist William Parker, teamed up for a one-off collaboration, resulting in the double LP Prism. The track “Prism VI” explores various fields, from early electronic music to Improv and free jazz.
06FaravelliRatti“RaiseYourVoice”ExclusiveWireTappertrack (Boring Machines) Comprised of Nicola Ratti (guitar) and Attila Faravelli (computer), this Milanese duo record with a tower of specially prepared speakers and a tape recorder, the idea being to feed the speakers with different languages and have them resonate in a controlled way within the same physical space. The ethereal “Raise Your Voice” is taken from the same session that created their first release, Lieu.
07Yann Novak & Robert Crouch “Untitled Landscape” (installation excerpt)ExclusiveWire Tapper track (Dragon’s Eye) This track is an exclusive extract from the sound installation Untitled Landscape, a collaboration between Los Angeles based sound artist and Dragon’s Eye label boss Yann Novak and visual artist Robert Crouch that was exhibited at Los Angeles gallery PØST last July. Novak and Crouch created Untitled Landscape following a trip to Joshua Tree in California, where they gathered audio field recordings and video recordings for use in the installation. The piece aims to explore the relationship between contemporary art making practices and the historical tradition of the Romantic landscape.
08The DSM 1V “Rest In Pieces” From Advertising (ASC) Manchester based duo The DSM 1V consists of Steve Plews and Mike Langley.
In this collaboration, Plews’s skills as a producer, jazz pianist and classical composer meet Langley’s experience as an engineer and producer at Big Noise Audio. Citing David Bowie and Arnold Schoenberg as influences, “Rest In Pieces” is a mix between jazz and triphop. Advertising is available on Plews’s own label ASC, whose previous releases have included music by the likes of Howard Riley, Mike Westbrook and Vladimir Miller.
09Gentleforce“TheDesertSong” (edit) From Sacred Spaces (Feral Media) Sydney based Eli Murray – aka Gentleforce – started out as a drum ’n’ bass, dubstep and Ambient DJ, then took part in the organisation of electronica night Submerged. But it was while experimenting with various instruments at home – chimes, a singing bowl and an African finger piano, along with synth, piano and guitar – that his debut album Sacred Spaces took shape. “I’m drawn to music that has a physical presence of weight and warmth,” says Murray. “Music you can feel with your body just as much as your ears when it’s played at a decent volume.”
10Israel Martínez “Xiriah”FromTriptych (Aagoo) Imagine an extraterrestrial orchestra rehearsing near a spaceship landing pad: this is pretty much the sound of Israel Martínez on “Xiriah”. A renowned Mexican sound artist, Martínez achieved an Award of Distinction in the Digital Music Category of Prix Ars Electronica 2007. Apart from co-running the electronic music label Abolipop, he has released three albums since 2008: Exorcisios, Nareah and Triptych – part of an audio-visual trilogy with artist Luis Felipe Ortega. Martínez is currently working on different projects, including a sonic sculpture and composition for theatre and dance.
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