Tuesday, November 29, 2016

rotational zine

zine now exists
digital version will come here soon
tape + zine pairing available here


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

soon come


i've been working on the first print zine and that should be ready to go in a few weeks. the zine will be paired with a cassette by the new york ensemble causings, who have a strong one-sided c-75 of a live performance/recording they did on wkcr last year. it's a beauty.




 


















available + in motion

my apologies for letting this fall behind a bit...




















my own tape + free digital label, power moves library, has had five releases come-and-go since the last post about layne garrett's terrific reportage

two of those albums are real-time collage/field recording/sound art documents from my own solo project called downer canada. breather attitudes came first, then hieronsong

live den is the second album by the duo project of cheryl fraser and myself called row. this album moves through textural live-playing in a dub/electronic/drone dream: hypnotic and searching.

there was a wild + heavy blistering droner tape by baltimore's mold omen duo as well. no edits in heaven was the title and they somehow teased out a cacaphony of minimalist squelching gunk from four mitts, emulating full band clutter and raga-like intensity in small-amp-in-a-small-room blowback.

then there was the first split tape for the library too, a c-50 of two singular albums combined on one, which had side one's patrick cahill/ocathail and side two's phil neff/hastío both exploring and lost in stretched-out fingerstyle acoustic guitar wonder. each invokes technique and time-place differently. patrick goes for mostly shorter vignetted back-forth brit-folk finger-picking, shouldering celtic-like flurries and bursts of directed intensity and precision. phil lays back into the hiss/lower-fidelity of chorded and strummed long-form meditational impulse, letting things cool and collect and come down again to the flow of the day, where the windows are open and alive.

and last saturday was the release of delphine dora's parallel world, a beautiful album of piano-and-voice soli equally psychedelic and folk-song inspired, bathed/inhabited by lullaby and folkloric imagination, and filled with lilting far-away melody and subtly-shifting repetitions.
 

all of these are free to download in whatever file-format that suits, and as i type, there are two copies of delphine's wonderful tape remaining. feel free to go back inside the earlier works from the beginning as well, there is plenty to grab onto. and as ever, there will be more to come.

will be back soon with the print zine, rotational #1

thanks for reading. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

rotational intermission - layne garrett

"i think my vision is cultivated on the fly."

new album called reportage by layne garrett released end of may on my power moves library imprint, but here's a really interesting q-and-a with layne that gets into his process and work, found here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

news from rotational

going to try putting a print zine together a couple of times a year, filled with interviews and reviews, so the online home will no longer house the individual reviews/etc as i've been doing, i will scan and archive the print editions after they have been mailed off/purchased and spoken for, so things will still land here, just in a different form.

will make them available here first, cheaply, before they get archived.


i would love if you keep sending stuff my way, i've heard so much amazing work from all over the place, and i'd hate to lose out on that gift. and i will do my damnedest to write about as much as i can, only now that writing will be in a physical shape that will be digitized later, so if yr okay with waiting a little bit to see the new branches spout from this here rooted tree, i'd be forever grateful.

yrs in action writing/exploring,
kev

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

gamardah fungus - herbs and potions (cd/digital, flaming pines)



plant mutational blow-up molecular, buzzing and chirping insect/bird-life growing old in amplified and sped-up outdoor grasp, veins on leaves creating melody and photosynthetic musical transportation. and when in the exacting prism, microphones extend as extra branch/limb instrumentation and drip the collected medicinal sap as footprint locators, as documented time-spots trim the greening score back to the human interactive, delicate enough to keep a dissolver's trace and collaged just right to fill the gardening foliage.

guitar takes over while staying camouflaged in the bushes, peeks out animal-like within the full-shrubbed shadings, undisguised by its breath and inflection, and sits somewhere between liquid and membrane. take a lay down in the grass and touch fader to reversing delays and field response.

a language not concerned with turning one thing into another or in masking any original source, though wordless, the composition flows through the organic ideas of slackened growth and hyper-tuned micro-listening. time-lapse of flowering/colouring shape and shadow attached to antique stem, shined up by dreaming guitar.

at times the background rains and gear-additionals create looping arrangements and can duplicate trains whirring past open window escapes, voices heard far off collect with the guitar and the drifting notes of sonic tree-ruffle/paper-sound separate out from a static underlay and slowly disband.

all dissonance sharpens against the electricity running from place-time root to leafing/living tip and catches up to the slow-flowing whole. lifted out and into handled aquarium. 

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

el is a sound of joy - plus (cd/digital, no index)















(album stream found here)

jangled cluttering peripheral waves, a great many mellow tones and silent bridging, full band in march/punch, the finer-tuned mathematical jazz thing mirrored by open spaces and crawling modern individual instrumentation. rollicking outer carefree wind-ups find solid in-the-pocket timing. 

call-response horn matching and braiding willing to finish each other's statements, riding/sliding on freewheeling speedy and colourful pulse, soft swings, doesn't always blow loud, finding matching backbeat and superimposing pattern. a larger band brewing group-play with rocking collaboration, playful and serious interplay in seconds-happening transitional think, sometimes sounding spliced and jump-cut rhythmic despite the improvising nature and open timbred semi-chaos. 

the quietest parts wield eerie otherness, i can't quite nail it down, the feeling is revelatory and accidental and heady, a connecting mind with synapses blinking, where chance moves add to a structural plan, blowing the air up, then resting back into a dazing and alien world-music folk-like sessional. 

guitars and synths and violins and woodwinds and rattling percussion, some subtler electronics and ngoni even, total this to a wild hybrid line-up, clacking and metred gamelan underneath electric piano, lilts from a bird-call horn or flute blowing breeze-tone breath, duos form trios and extend out into six for a few of the boomier moments. there's a coming and going where the sound is continuous and floating and the players walk into it and join it. they're making/realizing the music and finding intuitive notation in the cosmos simultaneously. a new thing working a small community harmony.

plus, capital a, plus.