The sands of time are running low for the August edition of Avant Anomalies Of The Month, so without any hesitation, let me introduce you to the eight entries of this month:
Year Of Release: 2005
Genre/Style: Experimental/Noise Rock/Psychedelia/Free Improvisation
Robedoor are a number of post-hobos, and the only junk they’re addicted to is noise.
Artist: Jacques Dudon
Year Of Release: 2005
Genre/Style: Experimental/Postmodern/Contemporary Classical/Microtonal/Photosonic
Indeed Dudon’s unorthodox method of using light as the main source for the target sound is as fascinating as it is a torch to pour light on the concept of just intonation — for the electronic music listeners.
Artist: Brion Gysin
Year Of Release: 1993
Genre/Style: Punk Jazz
When there are Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, and Lizzy Mercier Descloux involved in a record and the main contributing person is none other than Brion Gysin, what would you do? Or maybe the correct question is what could you do? Other than to play it over and over on the Sunday afternoon?
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre/Style: Sound Art/Free Improvisation
“Music Made From Objects Found In The Basement Of A Thrift Store In Pilsen, Chicago”
“Calcium Light Night”
Artist: Charles Ives
Year Of Release: 1970
Genre/Style: Modern Classical/Aleatorial
Facebook’s been redirecting the Wikipedia-generated page of the phenomenal composer Charles Ives to some ‘official’ page of a teenage rapper. I have tried too many times reporting the goddamn page and every time it was rejected; no idea if it’s still broken, but it’s frustrating to know the people in charge are as dumb as that. In any case, the 1970 release of “Calcium Light Night” might be the most brilliant Ives record around, having been masterfully conducted by Gunther Schuller and spanning highlights of his fruitful career.
“Fear Of Music”
Year Of Release: 1989
On the list, another hard-to-find, holy grail of an album after “Calcium Light Night”, is Gate’s “Fear Of Music”. While most people know Michael Morley’s Gate as a noise project, I happen to think of it as one hell of a post-rock effort.
Artist: John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury
Year Of Release: 2013
Genre/Style: Experimental/Free Improvisation/Noise/Postmodern Classical/Minimal
Animal sacrifice and concepts of such are often explored within the heavy metal spectrum. Often, not always. “Exta” is a sickening electroacoustic record, and a great instance of postmodern classical music where free improvisation, minimalism, and noise music converge. A haunting one, too.
“Requiem For What’s-His-Name”
Artist: Marc Ribot & Rootless Cosmopolitians
Year Of Release: 1992
Genre/Style: Free Jazz/Art Rock
No matter how criminally underrated most of Marc Ribot’s records are, “Requiem For What’s-His-Name” comes off as close as his all-time best, in my book.