Richard Franecki & Hadley Kahn — eemn
(Auricle AMCDR 226, 2004/2016, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-04-23
When guitarist / synthesist Richard Franecki (F/i & Vocokesh) and drummer Hadley Kahn (Escapade) get together to record a one-off, you know it’s going to be one wild and crazy ride. Both of these guys have had long tenures in bands that take experimentalism to the extreme and push the sonic envelope at every turn. It seems fitting that this gem of sonic abstractions and experimentations that enjoyed a brief release as a CDR way back in 2004 gets another lease on life in 2016 on the Auricle label, though again as a CDR. The nine tracks here vary widely from under one minute to nearly twelve. While Franecki is credited with bass, Buchla 200 synth, guitar, Arp Odyssey, samplers, pedals, and processing, and Kahn plays drums, some bass, Octave Cat synth, loops, and processing, these two guys make a lot of strange and mysterious sounds that bridge the worlds of psychedelic rock, sonic chaos, and noise, producing a very unique collection of sound sculptures that transcends much of what’s been done on these fronts in their respective bands. Strange voice samples haunt some of the pieces, often in sound collages that challenge the senses. It’s even harder to believe that this was a mail collaboration that evolved over a three year period, Kahn recording at Mother West studio in NY, and Franecki recording at the Purple Room in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Listening to this, one could almist swear that these two guys are in the same room recording, their heads filled with swirling psychedelic chemicals. This is a hard disc to describe, because it’s all over the map, but in general terms way out there beyond the norms and standards of conventional music, rock or otherwise. Some pieces eclipse others, but that all depends on what frame of mind the listener is in when absorbing the program as a whole. For all those who missed this one the first time around – like me – it’s back again, though stil this time as a very limited edition.
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more