miércoles, 20 de abril de 2016

Ryuichi Sakamoto "Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia" (Midi Inc., 1984)




















Uno de los grandes. Los discos que sacó al principio de su carrera (cuando también militaba en la Yellow Magic Orchestra) no tienen desperdicio: excesivos y surreales, sí pero también tremendamente creativos y bien acabados. Si sólo conoceis a Sakamoto por su faceta de compositor de bandas sonoras os vais a llevar una sorpresa con este disco.

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Yasuaki Shimizu ‎"Music For Commercials" (Crammed, 1987)


Voy a empezar a poner discos de la escena electrónica japonesa de principios/mediados de los 80. Empezamos por este disco de Yasuaki Shimizu, una curiosidad que reune un montón de piezas breves grabadas para anuncios de TV. Si sois de los que pensais que "R+7" es el mejor disco de Oneohtrix Point Never flipareis con este disco.

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sábado, 16 de abril de 2016

C-Schulz "4. Film Ton" (Extreme, 1992)




















"4. Film Ton has a filmic quality that creates vivid images of mystery and intrigue. Unlike most sound tracks which rely heavily on the visuals, the music by C-SCHULZ creates its own narrative which carries the listener on an enthralling journey. “Pforte”, the reworking of “Il Portiere di Notte”, (The Night Porter), a song written by Danielle Paris as the theme for the film directed by Liliana Cavani, is a highlight of this evocative album.
C-SCHULZ is a classically trained oboeist who has branched into electronic instruments in the tradition of the renowned German artists of the 60’s, namely CAN, CLUSTER, NEU and STOCKHAUSEN. CHRISTOPH KAHSE is a pianist of mutual ability and intent who has worked previously with C-SCHULZ on other singles projects. “4. Film Ton” represents a major collaboration in composition and musical ideas to achieve a seamless
self-contained album.
The ability of “4. Film Ton” to draw the listener inside the music is a rare event, unfolding on many levels with repeated listenings. “4. Film Ton” is a seductive and imaginative experience."

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miércoles, 13 de abril de 2016

Tom Recchion "Chaotica" (Birdman, 1996)




















Daniel Lopatin mencionaba este disco en un artículo de The Quietus
"Tom Recchion plays pre-recorded stereo tape-loops, records, cassettes, analog and digtal effects and keyboards (no samplers). All tracks are live improvisations recorded originally without the use of overdubs or edits."

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domingo, 10 de abril de 2016

BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa ‎"Góða Nótt" (Mego, 2012)




















"Last winter we got snowed in, luckily we were at the studio, so with no food or drinks, we had to take our minds of the fact that we´ll have to spend the time locked in until the snow melted, so we decided to work on new recordings influenced by the situation. The snow is all up over the window, It might be even up over the top of the house, and from time to time we had the feeling that we may have been asleep for a week, for all we know.. We couldn't even tell what day it was, or whether we had slept one night, or two nights, or even longer. Looking out at the windows was like looking at a detuned TV set, reflecting just flickering green lights from the electronic equipment, sometimes vanishing and re-appearing in the blink of an eye. The only attempt of contact from the outside were by pointing powerful microphones through the masses of snow, trying to monitor any or little activity, whooshing noises, static bursts, buzzing melodies even voices. As we doctored the tapes of our recordings we seemed to have created weaknesses in space and we developed a total, complete darkness finding ourselves out of this world, traveling without moving, into the flickering green light."

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sábado, 9 de abril de 2016

World Standard "Country Gazette" (Asphodel, 1997)



















Mirad qué portada. Dios, amo internet. Reconforta saber que siempre va a haber discos como este enterrados en ese pozo sin fondo de las autopistas de la información.
Haruomi Hosono era uno de los tres componentes de la Yellow Magic Orchestra, y se sacó de la manga este proyecto a mediados de los noventa (todavía siguen publicando cosas, bastante distintas a esta, por lo que he podido escuchar). El clásico disco absolutamente inclasificable, algunas de las comparaciones que he leído: la OST de "Paris Texas", proto-vaporwave, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, John Fahey, post-rock, Brian Eno.. A la que yo añadiría que suena como una versión instrumental de High Llamas.

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viernes, 8 de abril de 2016

Lil Noid "Paranoid Funk" (LA Club Resource, 2015)

Perla del underground hip hop de Memphis reeditada por el sello de Delroy Edwards, LA Club Resource. Lil Noid producido por Blackout y los tres primeros tracks a cargo de Lo Key, producido por no se sabe.

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