Joostdb’s 2012 roundup

In no particular order some of my favorite music of the year. For each release a standout track has been selected that can be streamed for your listening pleasure.

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Watch: Experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson doing his thing

Great videos of experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson doing his thing in a series done for ‘La Blogotheque‘. His entirely instrumental saxophone album ‘New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges‘ was a personal favorite jazz record of 2011. If you like what you see check out the album!

Colin Stetson: “Red Horse (Judges II)” / “In Love and In Justice”.

Colin Stetson: “Awake on Foreign Shores” / “Judges”.

The evolution of my listening room

The evolution of my listening room as I have switched around electronics and speakers to fine tune the sound signature. The side wall reflection points are treated with acoustic panels and the response between 20 – 200Hz is calibrated using digital room correction resulting in an in-room frequency response that is within +/- 6dB flat.

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Roly Porter – Aftertime [2011, Subtext]

One that probably should have made it onto my best of 2011 list just for sake of originality alone. Huge release by Porter (one half of the Bristol dubstep duo Vex’d) after taking some time off under-impressed with the state of the catch-all genre tag he had been playing a large role in evolving. In this solo debut he carves into uncharted territory with hugely atmospheric ambient passages offering some breathing room a midst downright heavy and explosive soundscapes bringing a great flow to the album. An absolutely engrossing listen I keep coming back to time and time again.

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Generators [2012, Editions Mego]

An instant hit for me on the first listen. The release contains two live versions of Keith Fullerton Whitman’s “Generator,” recorded in 2010 and presented in a very special way. Instead of taking the feed from the soundboard the pieces are recorded through microphones in a live space allowing the room to shape the sound with it’s decay, resonances and ambient noise. The A side “Issue Generator (for Eliane Radigue)” is tuneful, melodic and rich whereas the B side “High Zero Generator” starts off far more experimental with 7 or so minutes of pure textures; bleeps, scratches and pops, building up to the more melodic and familiar synth patterns. A fascinating listen.

Below KFW doing a live take of “Generator” (September 2010, Silver Spring, MD, US).

joostdb’s Top 10 Releases of 2011

In no particular order my favorite releases of the year. For each release a standout track has been selected that can be streamed. If you like what you hear, support the artists!

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