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Insieme Musica Diversa

Author: Colin | Published: 26/6/11

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Insieme Musica Diversa

Artist Insieme Musica Diversa
Title Insieme Musica Diversa
Label Die Schachtel
Year 2009
Design Bruno Stucchi, Dinamo Milano
Music “Merging elements of DIY electronica, psychedelia, noise, progressive and free-form rock, Insiememusicadiversa created a sound even they don’t seem to fully recognise. Long hypnotic tracks and frantic drumming emerging seemingly by accident from the twilight of out-there chanting and radical electronic excursion.”
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Notes Another wonder unearthed from the Italian underground to receive exemplary treatment from Die Schachtel. The thick cardboard box contains all sorts of things. As well as the CD and booklet there’s a poster, graphic scores, the roulette wheel and a musical game. The game contains such wonderful instructions as “perform different sounds onstage using a tin can” and “reproduce a cow moo at regular intervals until it turns into a sigh”.
Listen Excerpts available on the Die Schachtel website
Also - Christina Kubisch, Stephan Mathieu
- Musica Improvvisa
- Die Schachtel Zeit – New Composers

Unknown Public – Talking Drums

Author: Colin | Published: 19/6/11
Previous Kraftwerk – Expo 2000 Next Insieme Musica Diversa

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Unknown Public - Talking Drums

Artist Various
Title Talking Drums
Label Unknown Public
Year 2001
Design Jonathan Barnbrook
Music Talking drums
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Notes Unknown Public in its own words:

Unknown Public is both a journal and a compilation CD, a creative music festival for the front room, beautifully packaged in a hardback book format that incorporates essays, notes and biographical details…

Unknown Public is actually more than a record company; it’s a hotline to the best things emerging in all genres of “creative music” – experimental, jazz, classical, world, left-field pop.’ – Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph 13/1/2007

The concept draws upon the creativity of thousands of musicians: performers, composers, DJs, producers and sound artists from every genre of new creative music. We are also looking for new approaches to writing about music, from specialists, generalists, academics, obsessives, humourists, fans, musicians and even journalists – in fact anyone with something to say about new creative music.

Unknown Public was a sonic periodical that sought to make connections across an incredibly wide range of music. Its first issue (Points of Departure) appeared in 1992, while its last (Re-invented) appeared in 2006. Each release provided a cornucopia of information, images and music. The first two editions appeared in a box as per the one illustrated here, while later issues were designed as small, handsome hardback books. These latter are still available.

Copies of the boxes are as rare as hen’s teeth nowadays. I used to own a copy of UP05, but it disappeared at some point over the years. This copy was kindly lent by the inestimable John L. Walters, co-founder of Unknown Public, musician, producer and now editor of the rather wonderful Eye Magazine.

Each box had a uniform brown paper exterior, replete with stickers, while the innards were guest designed and edited. Talking Drums is a particularly fine example designed by Jonathan Barnbrook whose music-related work to date has been all too limited (exceptions, John Foxx and the Maths).

Kraftwerk – Expo 2000

Author: Colin | Published: 12/6/11
Previous False Flag, Dante Augustus Scarlatti, Caleb Caudell, Iw, Unholy Triforce, Hail Architeuthis! (Auris Apothecary) Next Unknown Public – Talking Drums

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Kraftwerk - Expo 2000

Artist Kraftwerk
Title Expo 2000
Label EMI
Year 1999
Design Expo logo: QWER studio (Iris Utikal & Michael Gais), layout: LMP (update thanks to John Coulthart)
Music Kraftwerk
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Notes Anyone acquainted with Hard Format will be aware of the highest esteem in which Kraftwerk is held in terms of music, design, discipline, humour and conceptual rigour – to name but a few of the aspects of the forty year project that this year produced KlingKlang Machine 1. See ‘also’ below for other coverage on Hard Format. One day the breathtaking Catalogue will also appear here, it’s just not one of those things that can be rushed.

In the meantime, here are the vinyl and CD formats for what was the group’s first new material in 13 years. The music and lyrics are as incisive, ambiguous and high-concept as ever (although it was at the time dismissed by The Wire’s reviewer as a corporate anthem). The central visual motif may be understood as a combination both of abstracted techno/rave visual tropes and an envisioning of the sort of radical decentering at work in contemporary transnational capitalism. Such an assertion may understandably be dismissed as ridiculous pretension, but such structures were the impetus both for the expo itself and for the commission to provide the show’s sonic identity.

The ident itself is a brief vocoder piece which was expanded into the single’s three mixes. The group’s characteristic, though often ignored, sense of playfulness is here evidenced by the use of a lenticular overlay on the CD jewel-case to provide a shifting, multi-view treatment of the motif as illustrated in the last two images above. The design for the 12″ release is suitably elegant with its bright colours on silver.

Listen
Also - Kraftwerk – Autobahn (non-UK version)
- Kraftwerk – Autobahn (UK version)
- Kraftwerk – Minimum Maximum
- Kraftwerk – Neon Lights 12″
- Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator

False Flag, Dante Augustus Scarlatti, Caleb Caudell, Iw, Unholy Triforce, Hail Architeuthis! (Auris Apothecary)

Author: Colin | Published: 4/6/11
Previous lovesliescrushing – Girl Echo Suns Veils Next Kraftwerk – Expo 2000

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Auris Apothecary

Artist 1-3: False Flag; 4: Dante Augustus Scarlatti; 5-8: Caleb Caudell; 9-10: Iw; 11: Unholy Triforce; 12-14: Hail Architeuthis!
Title 1-3: Lucre/Teeth; 4: Hemispheres of Desolation; 5-8: Disciple of Nihilism; 9-10: Death Patterns; 11: Crucifiction; 12-14: Herald the Harbinger of Impending Acoustics, the Horseman who Revived Organic Institutions
Label Auris Apothecary
Year 2010-11
Design Auris Apothecary
Music Drone, electronic, avant-garde, lo-fi, metal, punk and other varying forms of underground art
Notes More loving wonders from the Bloomington Indiana-based label. Break the inverted black crucifix seal and thrill to the sheer bloody-mindedness of 80 kbps MP3s on twin 1.4mb floppy discs, sit staring uselessly at Crucifiction’s nail-pierced cassette and box, read about the discipline of nihilism, or marvel at the beauty of Hail Architeuthis! The choice is yours.

If you missed it the other week, be sure to check out the first post on Auris Apothecary linked below.

Listen Visit the Auris Apothecary website to hear samples and full downloads of out of print releases.
Also - Little Orpheus and the Rogue Lyons, Pusdrainer, Fair Fjola (Auris Apothecary)