Sunday, August 06, 2006

acoustic information...

. the current issue of
the wire online, you can click your way through a multitude of free mp3s from different artists that span a cavernous range of sounds, but that are all tied together through a present intellect, through a clear intention in the music that they make. i discovered there a link to a collaboration between zavoloka and agf that explores an audial translation of visual patterning. wow. exactly what's been on my mind. in this project:
"both artists can be seen as huge fans and admirers of nature and the inspiration evolved out of structure of forest leaves and berries translated into musical rhythm and moods." bingo. and about the making of this music: "the record was mainly recorded in AGF's studio in berlin kreuzberg in july 2005. edited and crafted in kyiv, ukraine at ZAVOLOKAs studio and mastered and completed in berlin prenzlauer berg in vladislav delays studio the white room in autumn 2005." there are free downloads available from their site (linked above). i've uploaded a few short clips here for you to sample:


zavoloka & agf - rozmai
zavoloka & agf - v lisi
zavoloka & agf - kohaju
zavoloka & agf - efeu
zavoloka & agf - konvalija

and also along these lines, the work of kengo kuma. his words about some studies he made for walls at his stone museum: "The basic idea for the pourus masonry was to remove some pieces without affecting the structure. The possible patterns for removing were infinite, thus numerous studies were made. They are reminiscent of patterns on punch cards used in early computer systems or even music sheets. I actually asked my friend Ken'ichi Sakakibara, a musician, to read the spaces and had him play the music by scanning the walls. Le Corbusier saw the vertical louvers of the Monastery of La Tourette as musical notes, but the pourus walls of the museum contain much more acoustic information..."

i was thinking about defining edges through other means than visual markers or physical objects in public open spaces. about creating active boundaries that are verbs (active) and not nouns (not things). that is, about marking transition zones (for example, from a sidewalk into a park) with some sort of peceptive change other than with form. this might be: a moment where air pressure or temperature changes, a moment where only in a specific location can a certain sound be heard, a moment that has an electric charge that stands your hair on end. and then you pass through and it is gone. and you move back toward it in a kind of silly wonder, trying to find that exact place that grabbed you unexpectedly. just thinking about other ways to create space from apparent nothingness.

for those of you that are in the bay area this coming week, look out for the san francisco electronic music festival happening august 10 - 13 at somarts. check the website for artist listings and schedule...:::...

download: 060807-modyfier

little louie vega – africa-brasil (isolee dawn mix) : aug 2006 on vega
jetone – sufraise ii (restructured by alex under) : jul 2006 on apnea
martinez – underwater : jul 2006 on galaktika records
norman weeks – hold on (dixon edit) : jun 2006 on sonar kollektiv
damian schwartz – ryf3 : may 2006 on apnea
agf – my most amazing new patch : may 2006 on rx:tx
luomo feat joshua kit clayton – visitor : may 2006 on rx:tx
sono – open the door (extended version) : apr 2006 on pias recordings
tadeo – circunbalation 1 (alex under view) : apr 2006 on cyclical tracks

and for those of you who have been asking for lindstrom's 'contemporary fix', here is a clip and you can purchase it here.


Blogger Ben said...

hi modyfier,

that damian schwartz track is the proverbial bomb! would love to hear the a-side if at all possible??

9:33 AM  
Blogger ride said...

Got a present for you: a link back from on-off.

Your blog is excellent, excellent. We are inspired to be more cerebral/grown-up in our posts.

11:12 AM  
Blogger modyfier said...

ben: the tracklisting from damian schwartz's "ruidos y frecuencias 1"...
A R y F 1 (7:49)
B1 R y F 2 (6:19)
B2 R y F 3 (5:16)
you can hear that a-side by purchasing here:
...and yup. every little bit is good.

ride: thanks for the link. don't grow-up too much.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous bob terwilliger said...

dude, i don't know much about winrar files ... is it legit?

8:36 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

it's the same as a zip file. saves me time in uploading individual links for each track.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

Many thanks for the last three posts. I've found some real gems and will be making far too many purchases this week.

Good for the soul but bad for the bank balance. ; )

4:40 AM  
Blogger modyfier said...

gary: that's good. that's the part of the point. and what's money for if not to enjoy good things?

11:30 AM  
Anonymous gary said...

That's been the point since .......... : D

What's the other parts of the point? Just in case I've missed something?

1:52 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

umm. to think about how other things relate music a little? i dunno. hope that comes across.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

That was a joke. Without ; ) . Sarcasm's definitely an english thing.

The blog's great and I love it.

3:16 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

OOOHHHH! i get it. right. i'll stop being so serious now.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous bob terwilliger said...

its about time, modyfier. i've been sitting here, getting all the sarcasm and stuff, for, like ... geez, it must have been ... what's half of a fortnight equal to? yeah that long.

6:44 PM  
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