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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trackathaday: Silver Apples - Starlight Noodle

Active between 1967 and 1969, the duo from New York reformed in the mid 1990s. One of the first bands to use electronic instruments in a rock context, their minimalistic style, pulsing rhythm and often discordant electronic melodies made them popular not only in the experimental and krautrock scenes of the 1970s, but also the indie rock and electro scenes of the 90s.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trackathaday: Zorch - E​.​M​.​F.

Not to be confused with the electronic U.K. band from the seventies, this duo from Austin Texas produces dense omnichord melodies, catchy, dynamic compositions, soulful vocals, and an all together weird/fun vibe. Their latest EP is Cosmic Gloss​/​E​.​M​.​F.
Side B - E.M.F. by zorch

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sparky and the Random Band: Making the Strange Things Happen (Everyday)

Patrick and Jami, the husband and wife duo out of Minnesota known as Sparky and the Random Band have been making free form experimental music and videos for about a year now. Ambient and bizarre, their music, as well as their videos, create an alternate sensory experience. Listening to the music, I find myself asking: “what’s making this noise?” Then I watch their videos and ask: “what am I seeing here?” Eventually I give up trying to guess how they made that weird sound and I’m simply absorbed in it like an acid trip. Its amazing that they are able to achieve this other worldly quality considering their material is improvised and recorded live in their basement, with an old multi-track recorder. "It's based on free form jazz and beat poetry but made with effects pedals” Patrick says. "We make music, make videos and then post them to the internet… sometimes all in one day.” The instruments range from an old Conn organ, Moog theremin, didgeridoo, vocal samples, and even their cat Ozma, all of which are diluted with effects until they sound like something else entirely. Always adventurous and experimental, they try to “make the strange things happen (everyday)” as their tag line goes. Their new EP is called "Organza." It is available for free download along with their other albums on Vibedeck. They also have a blog with a little more info including a completely true story about how the band started. And make sure you check out all their weird videos. Like this one:

Sunday, August 21, 2011


This is a video for a new little theremin gadget that I've seen some people posting around Twitter. It works by the electrical connection between people or objects, so you can turn almost anything into an instrument. Its a very basic little circuit but the idea of turning all your interactions with the world into music, I think, has huge potential. I love the idea of turning something visual, kinesthetic, or otherwise non-musical into music. It's an idea that has been explored by experimental musicians before (I'm thinking of John Cage poking holes through spots on cardboard with a pen onto musical staffs on the other side), but as far as I know, not quite this way.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Ladies (Zach Hill + Rob Crowe)

Thought I'd check up with Zach Hill to see what the busiest drummer alive is doing. Turns out: not much, but I realized I never listened much to The Ladies (the collab with Rob Crowe from Pinback back in 2006). They make a good two piece. Crowe's soulful yet somewhat mellow vocals and distinct melodic picking style is a good counter to Zach's furious, unconventional drumming:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Big Spider's Back - Black Chow

It's amazing what one can do with some old logging video and a sense of irony. I like all the trippy dissolves in the beginning. It goes perfect with the chill wave kind of vibe.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brian Eno and Generative Music

Brian Eno's concept of generative music is basically a musical system that feeds on itself and improvises (out of the control of a composer) under certain parameters. In other words, a system, game, or procedure created by the composer determines the music, not the composer. The history of experimental music is full of pioneers exploring this avenue, Steve Reich, John Cage, Terry Riley, etc. Each performance is unique, being just one of many possible musical outcomes, rather than a set composition. In 1996 Eno, with the help of SSEYO, developed Koan, the first generative music computer program. A few years back Eno and a software designer developed Bloom, a generative music iphone app. Makes me wish I had an iphone. Here's a demonstration:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chelsea Wolfe - Mer

Chelsea Wolfe’s upcoming album, due out August 23rd on Pendu Sound, is titled “Ἀποκάλυψις,” which is Greek for “apocalypse.” Obviously pretty dark, which I dig as long as it's authentic and not going for some generic goth sound (or the current "witch house" incantation). If it succeeds in giving me the chills, I'm in. You gotta love this rhythm, and the guitar line too:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Halloween Swim Team - Science Fiction

Sorry people, haven't updated in a while. I've been working on other stuff, including the new Twitter account (which you should follow... now!). Anywho, I'll try to update more frequently. Here's a little track from the LA band Halloween Swim Team. I like the retro synth/electronic sounds they are so fond of. They also did a cover of David Bowie's "Look Back In Anger" which is worth checking out.
Halloween Swim Team "Science Fiction" by howtobeamicrowave

Friday, August 5, 2011

Noise Room

This comp, Noise Room from Sonig, has a lot of cool electronic/experimental stuff from artists like Black Dice and Kevin Blechdom. Definately worth adding to your library.
Robomomma by blechdom

Fire! with Jim O'Rourke - (excerpts from Unrealeased?)

Jim O'rourke's new collaboration with the swedish avant garde group Fire! Read alabootit on the pitchfork.
fire! with jim o'rourke - unreleased (album preview) by experimedia

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tickely Feather - Trashy Boys

Philadelphia's Annie Sachs, better known as Tickley Feather (on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks records) achieves an almost eerie, ethereal yet fun and catchy sound, which is impressive considering it's all home recorded. This track, for instance, could easily be a pop hit from any decade depending on how you play it, but washed in effects, it takes on another, stranger quality. The video is kinda trippy/funny. White trash will never cease to make me laugh.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thao and Mirah w/ tUnE-yaRds - Eleven

Thao Nguyen of Thao With the Get Down Stay Down got together with singer/songwriter Mirah under the name Thao & Mirah. Their self-titled debut is out now via Kill Rock Stars. tUnE-yaRds mastermind Merrill Garbus co-produced, and wrote this song. It's a cool track, especially the intro, very tUnE-yaRds.
Thao and Mirah - Eleven (ft. tUnE-YarDs) by snipelondon