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Sleeping Dogs Lie 04dec09: Term

pe lang, born 1974, switzerland

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores; which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon.

The way that Los Angeles-based musician and sound artist Steve Roden presents his music is a perfect match for the music itself. He has long been a proponent for what he terms “lowercase” sound: music constructed from some of the quietest raw materials available, the sonic equivalent of sculptures made from dust.

And he announced his latest release as follows: “to be honest, I don’t remember making this recording at all”. He isn’t joking. The comment comes from the brief liner note he penned to accompany the track, which is titled “Amnesia (Live in Berlin, 2004), based on his deduction, long after the fact, that the piece was recorded during a gig there. The piece was released this week as a free half-hour download from the Term netlabel, a spinoff of the 12k record label. The casually funereal track moves from a creaky rhythm to a light whir of noise. In the process, Roden continues to redefine “headphone music” — what once meant a dense psychedelia best experienced in the sonic equivalent of a private arena now refers to music so fragile that it should be experienced in the anechoic chamber of one’s own noggin. More info at 12k.com/term and at Roden’s website, inbetweennoise.com.

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 27nov09: Term

12k is an electronic music label based in Brooklyn, New York, run by composer Taylor Deupree since 1997. 12k specializes in synthetic microscopic sound designs and minimalist compositional aesthetics. In september 2000 12k launched Line, a sublabel focusing on ultraminimal, conceptual soundworks that explore the relationship between sound, silence and spatial metaphors. In 2002, 12k introduced term., an online-only series of minimalist sound explorations. term. is an extension of 12k’s output but its mission lies in careful balance to 12k’s aesthetic. While 12k’s emphasis lies not only in sound but on design and presentation as well, term.’s function is the exact opposite: existing entirely in the digital domain with no tangible object or package, term. is the representation of pure data and imageless sound information. The antithesis of physical form. term. is an ongoing series of MP3 releases by sound artists from around the globe. All downloads are free and will remain online as long as possible.

In the imperium of 12K, Term. is the most unknown country. 12K, Line and Happy are all labels that release materials people can actually own, but with Term. you can download nice music for free. Yet Term. isn’t a big store of music, it’s carefully selected tunes. The latest is by someone named Asher, and Term. doesn’t provide any information, except a quote from Samuel Beckett, about music at night. That was apt chosen since I was playing this at night for the first time. Both of the pieces are carefully, microscopic and detailled glitches that are embedded in a bath of drones – which are almost inaudible. Most suitable music to dimm your lights, open your curtains and watch the stars and moon on a clear night. As much as I enjoyed this, in a world with more light (the next day), I must also state that whatever Asher is doing is nothing new under the sun, but if you buy the Chartier CDs from Line, you certainly can’t pass on getting this for free at the same time. (Frans de Waard, vitalweekly.net)

0/r is the collaborative project between sound artists Nosei Sakata (*0) and Richard Chartier. 0/r recorded two critically acclaimed full length compact discs for 12k: “0/r” (12k1006, 1999) and “Varied” (12k1018, 2002 ). While 0/r suggested a sense of chaos with its jarring and syncopated digital sound, Varied utilizes much more refined compositional techniques to create highly deliberate passages of whispering sine waves, extreme frequencies, and looping rhythms of noise and detailed sonic pops.
Jodi Cave is a sound artist and musician from the UK. He was brought up in a small town near Sheffield playing the clarinet, went to study music, and then in 2006 completed a research internship at the IRCAM in Paris. Jodi’s work encompasses studio-based electronics, laptop performance and instrumental composition.

Since Jason Corder decided that becoming a weather man was farcely over-rated, he coined the ambiguously fitted moniker “offthesky” which was in reality birthed in transit of his experimenting with converting chaos theories (especially those relating to weather systems*) into musical forms. And really its just an apropos title summating this atmospheric and acoustic communal project emanating from his studio in Kentucky ergo USA. Sounds pretentious I know, but offthesky is truly a humble handle that reflects both Jason’s mild manered nature and his “in-the-clouds” mind-set when relating to others. His musical miasmatic manifestations are loosely inspired by chaos theory mathematics, dark foreboding jazz, and various natural susbstances… ‘form creek’ is an excerpt from a long-play work entitled ‘creek caught fire’. these songs stem from travels and personal studies of appalachian landscapes in particular to the region of kentucky where i’m from. a series of phonographs, drawings, and writings were taken at various naturally energetic hot spots such as ‘red river gorge’ and ‘sugar creek’. also a tally of weather patterns were interpolated then used to manipulate aspects of the music. all this eventually evolved into several humble odes to the haunting fire of bluegrass history.

Sleeping Dogs Lie 120 26_27nov09

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 20nov09: Term

12k is an electronic music label based in Brooklyn, New York, run by composer Taylor Deupree since 1997. 12k specializes in synthetic microscopic sound designs and minimalist compositional aesthetics. In september 2000 12k launched Line, a sublabel focusing on ultraminimal, conceptual soundworks that explore the relationship between sound, silence and spatial metaphors. In 2002, 12k introduced term., an online-only series of minimalist sound explorations. term. is an extension of 12k’s output but its mission lies in careful balance to 12k’s aesthetic. While 12k’s emphasis lies not only in sound but on design and presentation as well, term.’s function is the exact opposite: existing entirely in the digital domain with no tangible object or package, term. is the representation of pure data and imageless sound information. The antithesis of physical form. term. is an ongoing series of MP3 releases by sound artists from around the globe. All downloads are free and will remain online as long as possible.

Stephan Mathieu (born 11.October 1967) is a German musician and sound artist whose work is based on digital and analog processing techniques. He lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany. Stephan Mathieu works in the field of digital art, mainly as a composer and performer of his own music. He creates audio installations, works as a hobbyist photographer and graphic designer, and taught Digital Arts and Theory at the HBKSaar University of Art and Design in Saarbrücken and as a guest lecturer at the Royal Academy of Arts in Göteborg, the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Merz-Akademie in Stuttgart. Since 1999 his music has been released on 16 albums and several compilations on numerous international music labels, most notably on Häpna, Orthlorng Musork, Mille Plateaux, Ritornell, Fällt, Headz, Cronica, Lucky Kitchen and Tigerbeat6. In addition to his solo work he cooperated with Akira Rabelais, Douglas Benford, John Hudak, Ekkehard Ehlers and Janek Schaefer. Mathieu’s music, based on recordings of acoustic, mainly old instruments, which are transformed by digital and analogue processes, has been compared to the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, and described as “… slowly shifting washes of sound (…) are simply gorgeous. The predominantly acoustic origins of the source material, however camouflaged and extruded beyond recognition by the software, imbue Mathieu’s music with a warmth and richness of timbre often lacking in the overpopulated world of contemporary electronica.”

Under the assumed alias of Si-cut.db, Douglas Benford has recorded several albums alongside collaborations with Stephan Mathieu, Benge, Saint Etienne, Andrew Weatherall, Marc Weiser of Rechenzentrum and Momus amongst others. In 1999, Si-cut.db was ranked in the top 200 of US College Radio acts. Since 1996 Benford has also co-curated the London-based experimental music club Sprawl, and has performed at various venues such as London’s Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, Science Museum, Brentford’s Watermans and Colchester’s Art Centres as well as international festivals Synch, Mutek, Transmediale, and Bestival.

In 1999, the electro-acoustic group Minamo was formed by Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga. In 2000, Minamo’s self-released CD-R “wakka” was reissued by the New York label Quakebasket. This release was selected by Matmos as one of best sounds in 2001 in The Wire magazine. In 2001 two new members joined, Yuiichiro Iwashita (guitar) and Namiko Sasamoto (sax, organ), to make the band a quartet. In 2002, first CD album “.kgs” has released by the Tokyo label 360 records. Having performed as the opening act for several groups, including Microstoria, Simon Fisher Turner, Vert, Oren Ambarchi, Otomo Yoshihide, On Filmore, Tim Barnes, I-Sound, Ikue Mori, Josh Abrams, Michael Schumacher, Incapacitants, Aki Onda, Masakatsu Takagi, Ogurusu Norihide, Michael Prime, Jonathan Coleclough, oblaat, HIM, BusRatch, Def Harmonics, Aero and more.

Jürgen Heckel, also known as Sogar, was born in Nuremberg in 1970 and has been living in Paris for 14 years and is now located in Munich. He started playing music when he was 19 and became part of several groups as a guitarist. He then got interested in creating and processing sound in unconventional ways. Thus Jürgen manipulates accidental sounds to create light and fragile melodic textures. The sources of these arrangements are guitars as well as sounds from mixing consoles, amplifiers, cables or other aural finds. These sounds are then reworked on a computer to become a music made of cracklings, and rich melodic oscillations exploring the extremes of the sound spectrum by associating acoustic technique and software. Sogar’s music is formed of richly layered textures, a delicate transmutation of static and formerly “nonmusical” sounds, a music where the melodic elements are created out of particular sounds of uncertain origin. All elements in this music slide and cover one against each other, running into itself yet still keeps a very controlled balance, while creating myriads of peaceful new lifeforms in the process. This music call attention by the constant wish to escape from any attempt of qualification or any act of nomination. Extremely dense and abstract as much as it becomes impossible to apply a classical epithet like “melancholic”, “sad”, “happy”, “beautiful”, etc, the music of Sogar is no less than a source of a new musical grammar. Without any conceptual thoughts his music is slightly but constantly transforming to become a sensitive translation of a state of mind nurtured by his subconscious.

Sleeping Dogs Lie 119 19_20nov09

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 13nov09: Term

12k is an electronic music label based in Brooklyn, New York, run by composer Taylor Deupree since 1997. 12k specializes in synthetic microscopic sound designs and minimalist compositional aesthetics. In september 2000 12k launched Line, a sublabel focusing on ultraminimal, conceptual soundworks that explore the relationship between sound, silence and spatial metaphors. In 2002, 12k introduced term., an online-only series of minimalist sound explorations. term. is an extension of 12k’s output but its mission lies in careful balance to 12k’s aesthetic. While 12k’s emphasis lies not only in sound but on design and presentation as well, term.’s function is the exact opposite: existing entirely in the digital domain with no tangible object or package, term. is the representation of pure data and imageless sound information. The antithesis of physical form. term. is an ongoing series of MP3 releases by sound artists from around the globe. All downloads are free and will remain online as long as possible.

Freiband is one of the many projects by Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, Goem and more). Freiband was inspired by the tape-scratching of Asmus Tietchens on his CD ‘Daseinsverfehlung’, but here applied to an entirely digital context. Using recordings that were made for the new Beequeen, a record that has a lot of guitars, drums, organs, Frans de Waard started to rework them by scratching the hard disc. The result was warm, glitchy popmusic, in which the original instruments are barely recognizable, but sounding entirely electronical. Tongue in cheek, De Waard calls this pop music, music made out of popping sounds, rather then popular music, but entirely inspired by De Waard’s love for pop music. Since the inception of this new moniker, Freiband has played concerts in The Netherlands, Japan and a surprise gig at Mutek, Canada, 2001. The first CD ‘Microbes’ was released late 2001 by Ritornell, a side label of Mille Plateaux. In September 2002 the second CD ‘Homeward’ was released on Bottrop Boy and this is all with reworked pop music from the late 70s and early 80s. Freiband’s “Parallel” was released in 2002 by 12k’s online-only series of minimalist sound explorations: Term. It features remixes of “Theme’s On Parallel Shores Removed” album that was released on UK noise label Fourth Dimension.

TU M’ – Italian multimedia duo formed by Rossano Polidoro and Emiliano Romanelli in 1998. Their works include music, video and photography. They live and work in Città Sant’Angelo (Pescara, Italy).

Motion is the alias of UK minimal/experimental electronic artist Chris Coode.

Doron Sadja, a California native, had his debut cd on 12k in 2003. His CD, titled “a piece of string, a sunset,” mixes violin, guitar, clean electronics, and a very powerful sense of texture. “Landscapes, headaches, and heartbreaks” consists of 2 pieces he wrote while travelling in europe.

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 06nov09: Term

MugenThe latest free EP from 12k.com’s Term sublabel is a three-track live set by Alessandro Canova, who records as Mugen. The music was recorded like at Fabrica, the Benetton Research and Development Communication Centre, outside Treviso, Italy, on October, 25, 2002. With their lingering pulses of ethereal hum, these are among the loveliest releases yet from Term, which specializes in fragile sound works. The tracks are labeled Parts 1, 4 and 5. Two are about three and a half minutes long (Parts 1 and 5), and the third (Part 4) is a little over a minute and a half. Part 1 has a distant, white-noise groove like the locomotion of a nanotech train engine. Part 4 has, for its rhythm, an initial string of Geiger counter-like static, which gives way to extended long, round tones. Part 5 is distinguished by its opening, a light rupture of irritated beats, a cross between the locked groove at the end of a vinyl LP and the internal workings of a computer; eventually this beat-like material is joined by elegiac synth tones.  Term says of Mugen’s music, “In 1999 Canova started experimenting with sine waves and white noise as his only sound sources, developing a special interest in a micro sounds aesthetic. Influenced by his studies on Asian arts he aims to create a meditative dimension: a contemplation of sound that lucidly expresses a refinement of the frequencies.”

post_pianoA selection of recordings from the Post_Piano 2 Open Remix Project conceived as a logical continuation of Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner’s recent open source CD, “Post_piano 2?. Just as the original work, this album is based entirely on Kirschner’s piano sketch November 11, 2003, contributors to the PP2_ORP were invited to follow the same process that Deupree & Kirschner used on their CD by taking Kirschner’s sketch and using it as raw material for new compositions.

The response to the PP2_ORP was overwhelming: The label received over a hundred new recordings from around the world representing a tremendous range of creative approaches to the material. We are proud to present here a small cross-section of these contributions in order to showcase some of the diverse and innovative approaches taken by the project’s talented participants.

Sleeping Dogs Lie 117 05_06nov09

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Sleeping Dogs Lie 30oct09: Term

post_pianoA selection of recordings from the Post_Piano 2 Open Remix Project conceived as a logical continuation of Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner’s recent open source CD, “Post_piano 2”. Just as the original work, this album is based entirely on Kirschner’s piano sketch November 11, 2003, contributors to the PP2_ORP were invited to follow the same process that Deupree & Kirschner used on their CD by taking Kirschner’s sketch and using it as raw material for new compositions.

The response to the PP2_ORP was overwhelming: The label received over a hundred new recordings from around the world representing a tremendous range of creative approaches to the material. We are proud to present here a small cross-section of these contributions in order to showcase some of the diverse and innovative approaches taken by the project’s talented participants.

Sleeping Dogs Lie 116 29_30oct09

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