(via CHOCOLATE BOBKA) video: The Report “Trailer”

CHOCOLATE BOBKA: video: The Report, Bleeker/Mtn Man “Oh Boy”.

The Report, if you don’t already know, is a 100+ page bi-annual journal, compilation and DVD package, containing the weirdest, wisest musings on culture, art and music. Contributors include Dent May, Ben Chasny, Rob Mitchum (Pitchfork), Devin Wolfe (Naturalismo), Justin Gage (Aquarium Drunkar), Molly Sarle (Mountain Man), Matt Mondanile (Ducktails, Real Estate), Sawyer Carter Jacobs (Underwater Peoples, Family Portrait, Emilie Friedlander (Visitation Rites, Arthur Mag, Tiny Mix Tapes), Madalyn Merkey (Irma Vep Tapes), and Cian Traynor (SeeWhatYouHear, Guardian), amongst many, many others. The cassette compilation, which also comes as a digital download, features a bevy of exclusive unreleased tracks, as well as songs that simply were overlooked or are soon to be released.

The Report from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

The Necks at Issue Project Room

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It’s hard to overstate how much I love this band.  Such a curious and openhearted sort of improvisation. From their two night stand at Issue Project Room last week.

Weasel Walter Quintet at Silent Barn

Pleasantly surprised that this looks like more than a one off group and that they’re playing off of sheet music, hence the presence of a tune!  And it’s great.  (via Nat Roe)

Golden Hits on the Free Music Archive

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Completely feeling this out of the blue. I was having a conversation at work the other day about dublab and decided to do some digging around on their site and the Free Music Archive.  Golden Hits is a new seemingly improvised drone outfit featuring Dntel and a bunch of other “labrats.”  Fine sounds out of LA. Such style! Way more at the Free Music Archive.

iPad + Music Composition and Performance

(Lawrence Casserly of Evan Parker’s Electroacoustic Ensemble)

Watching the iPad video yesterday (and discussing with bandmate Pete) piqued my curiosity about the device’s musical potential. The release of the iPad is pretty exciting for followers and makers of electronic music, particularly improvisors.  It’s really only a matter of days before musicians start showing up on stage sporting one or more iPads.  For one thing, it’s big enough to display actual piano keys (or some version of a guitar neck), but also could function the same way any trigger pad like a tenori-on or monome or even a Wii remote or any other midi/OSC controller functions.  There are synth apps for the iPhone that already have Pd and Max/MSP guts (like RjDj).  This is a big (and relatively affordable) evolution in electronic music.  It will be exciting to see how experimental musicians use the iPad in the coming months, particularly in performance.

A Portrait of Eliane Radigue

via Fabio and via Pete Shambler.  Amazing short portrait with some revealing facts about Eliane Radigue’s process.  Some beautiful Radigue reissues are just out on Important Records and, if you can find it, Kyema, Intermediate Studies, is very much worth spending some time with.  I would love to hear this music live. The little nugget at the end about Eliane currently working with only acoustic instruments is pretty fascinating as well.