Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma — FRKWYS12: We Know Each Other Somehow
(RVNG Intl. FRKWYS12, 2015, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2015-04-17
After first becoming acquainted with Ariel Kalma’s work through the Evolutionary Music collection, which contained odds and ends recorded over a period of several years, it’s interesting to listen to a CD that was intended as a unit. I’m unfamiliar with the work of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe on his own, but this collaboration presents a fascinating blend of environmental sounds, acoustic instruments, voices, and electronics, ranging from floating freeform ambiance to spaced-out drones to ethereal voices and burbling sequences and/or loops. The rhythms never reach Berlin School propulsion, although they do occasionally settle into easy-going grooves. But slow drones (some electronic, some by way of didgeridoo) are by far the dominant feature, often embellished with some kind of woodwind instrument, and the general mood is meditative without being soporific. “Miracle Mile” is probably my favorite track, the longest at nearly 19 minutes. It starts with forest noises, birds and insects, and at various times features a rhythm on shakers, echoing saxophone, and indistinct synthesizer parts — though many sounds are likely not what they appear to be. Lowe and Kalma have produced an electro-acoustic construction of impressive originality and great listenability.
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, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more