[Eg0_142] Jeff Sampson : Mining Obscurity

After the minimal and droney Energy of the Multiverse, Jeff Sampson offers us a quite different album containing pieces recorded between 2003 and 2015,  Mining Obscurity. This album lets us discover a wider part of his rich sound palette, while the whole remains very cohesive, demonstrating that the author has a clear and mature vision about his own work.

The foreground vocal melodies in Unaware & Kage are very touching and catchy despite (thanks to?) their sober atmosphere – far away from the stereotyped & overdone gimmicks of most pop singers. The other tracks (using mainly synthesizers and field recordings) are more abstract, while keeping a strong emotional background. Each one has its own nuance, from serenity to darker shades, and contributes to the unique atmosphere of “Mining Obscurity”, an album that manages to blend the smoothness of ambient music and the rough edges of sound experimentation with the depth of human feelings.

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Notes by the artist:

This is a small collection of songs created over a slightly larger period of time.
Working the Stream was started in 2006, sat forelorn for several years and completed in 2014.
The original recording for Unaware was in 2003. It was hiding in a hard drive folder waiting for rediscovery in 2014, which is when it was finished.
The Morning After: most of the work was in 2010. Tweaked and mastered 2015.
Kage also began life in 2010. Worked on it off and on. An earlier version was released on Necktar 2017 Volume 7.
Slopes of Ngranek was begun in 2009 and promptly put into hibernation. Large and small parts were added this year. There’s also a thing in it I had saved from 1984.

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Jeff Sampson: voices; synthesizers; field recordings; found sounds; sundry hits, slips and blips

Jeph Jerman (on Slopes of Ngranek): clarinet; additional sundry noises

[Eg0_141] XtetX : Nabemono

XtetX is a free improvisation collective that was founded around the end of 2014. It comprises from 2 to X members depending on the occasion. After various sessions as a trio and duo, their first playing time as quartet took place in may 2015 and gave birth to the material published today on their first album Nabemono.

Don’t be mistaken by the introductory track : XtetX is not a rock band, but they’ve decided not to restrain themselves to a specific esthetic. They are able to produce catchy melodic tunes, but also storms of chaotic noise, minimal drone, and unidentified sound objects, taking advantage from the diverse backgrounds of each participant and the unpredictable results of their blending. Nabemono unveils only a small part of these possibilities…

Et pour les franciliens : ne manquez pas leurs prochains concerts

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Credits

All tracks recorded may 3, 2015, featuring

Doedelzak : analog synthetizer
Missing O : laptop
Torbill : guitar
Kecap Tuyul : prepared guitar, voice

Recorded and mixed by Kecap Tuyul

Artwork: paintings by Héloïse, design by Doedelzak

[Eg0_140] Kecap Tuyul : Tunnel Songs

With Tunnel Songs, Kecap Tuyul delivers his possibly darkest batch of half improvised ritual tunes to date. Prepared guitar is still at the core of his music, but voice and melodies are getting more in the foreground than before.  The tracks of the album were loosely recorded between 2009 & 2014, and patiently mixed between 2012 & 2015 in various places.

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[Eg0_139] Ayato & Naoki Ishida : Red_control rec​.​played

Ayato & Naoki Ishida have been collaborating online since a few years. Their blending of field recordings from their two countries (France, Japan) create a new, unstable but welcoming sound territory. Their latest album Red_control rec​.​played has a dream-like quality: a somehow arbitrary mixture that you accept as a coherent whole – as long as you accept the trip as it comes without thinking about where it can lead…

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[Eg0_137] Slo-Blo : Périgée

The eclipse of the sun that was visible in Europa on 20 march 2015 inspired some music to Slo-Blo, an experimental DIY musician who also runs the Tape-Safe label.  Périgée was recorded mainly with a cicruit-bended bontempi synth, guitar, a low-cost phone, loopers, effects . The result is a dense vibrating drone enhanced by hypntoic muffled beat. High quality abstract tambient with a good balance between darkness and light.

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[Eg0_136] Gusev K.P. : Mnogoodin

There are different ways to use electronic devices and computers in music. Some works that are produced with such tools are often criticized for being too mechanical : just a mix of various samples and effects. On the opposite some composers use electronics in a rather traditional way: like instruments they have to master in order to give life to what they have in their mind.

Gusev K.P ‘s relation to electronic tools sound different to our ears: his works remind us elements of early electronic improvisations, 90s “glitch”, generative music. His latest album Mnogoodin seems to countain a part of randomness (like complex patches evolving by themeselves), but we also feel a distinct warm / human feeling in it, an almost “jazzy” way of playing. We don’t know much about the intentions and methods of Gusev K.P., who simply presents himself as “a musician (from Moscow, Russia) with an interest in merging styles and experimenting with formal aspects”. Anyway the result of his live playing is in the same time strange and pleasant, irregular (in details) and cohesive as a whole.

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