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.

Oyaarss – Bads [2012, Ad Noiseam]

Following a variety of hints of this guy’s extraordinary work here and there (an awesome 12″ on Creative Space, an excelent remix on Cloaks’ 3by3 and a free self released compilation) we finaly get to listen to the proper full lenght, only after the last minute switch from 3by3 to AdNoiseam. I really wish this would also come out on vinyl, but still it’s as much enjoyable as expected. Haunting atmospheres layered on top of bone crushing distortion and industrial infused breaks help put the sum of his work into a frame, with the tunes feeding off each other into a complete whole, as few like minded (and similar sounding) artists can accomplish.

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).

Duane Pitre – Feel Free & Split w/ eleh [2012, Important Records]

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What a beautiful set of releases showcasing two of the three different versions of Pitre’s latest minimal composition. More detail on the whys and hows can be found here and explained in better ways than I could. The LP has already become one of my favourites for the year and I can say I prefer it to the more condensed installation version of the split, which also features a 20 minute stretch of eleh doing what he does best in the lower regions of the audible palette, in a rather lethargic mode, endless as the title suggests…

My listening room

This is where most of the listening takes place:

A couple of B&W 684s driven by a NAD C356BEE integrated amp. Digital music is reproduced by a WDTV streamer fed to a Beresford Caiman DAC and on to the amp. The analogue part consists of a Technics MK2 sl1200 turntable equipped with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge.

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KTL – V [2012, Editions Mego]

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I never was a huge fan of KTL, what with their gloomy doom metal sound and all, without ever having gone into the series of live recordings they released over the years. This latest album though goes into unfamiliar territories, exploring the same aesthetics in their sound through a very different perspective. Electronic elements come to the foreground, with the orchestrated Phill 2 being a definite highlight, a french spoken theatrical ‘interlude’ that lasts 16 minutes longer than i could take being a definite downlight and the bonus 12″ showcasing an even more extreme approach to it all (which I hope they release in some other format, cause 300 are too few and this is what people should be able to listen from the whole effort). Everything from the amazing Mark Fell version of their logo on the cover (so glad they got rid of the blair-witchy one) to each side of each record containing exceptional audiophile material, makes this an essential release. What were they thinking with the artsy rear cover though, I really couldn’t say… />

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Demdike Stare & Slant Azymuth – Make Do And Mend EP1 [2012, Finders Keepers Records]

Not much to say about this one, after the solid a side of demdike stare’s dive into some cinematic horror territories stretching their digeridoo skills and the carthatic slant azymouth spaced yet chilling flip side, just try and find a way to listen to this.

Info here

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psontis’ favourite releases for 2011

In no particular order,they all stayed on the platter for much longer than anything else this past year, from the beautiful and soothing melodies of Deaf Center to the brutal beat incorporations of Machine Code, the repetitive thumps of Miles and Swanson lingering on the verge of techno and many more…read on, look them up, give them a listen…enjoy!

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