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Bert posted this over on Hypnos and I thought I'd share it here... first few paragraphs below - but it's a long one! Rest is at his site - John K-N
The last half year I've been busy writing an informative feature on legendary '70's French synthesist Zanov;
the latter has surfaced recently after 30 years of absence, presenting his new self-released, factory-pressed cd "Virtual Future".
To read the Zanov feature, feel free to visit
Enjoy! - Bert / Sonic Immersion"
Echo Us releases II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé, New Videoclip, And 2001 Memoirs.
(9-17-2014- Portland, Ore.)
A recent series of articles runs through Ethan Matthew's distant past until the forming of Echo Us, his eventual hospitalization in Nov 2001, and the transition that bolted his music in a new direction:
Echo Us Memoirs on 2001
"I had lost complete contact with everyone. I was letting myself out of the house through the front window- I spent 2 weeks in the inpatient mental ward, which is essentially a glorified prison. They ran every test and practice they could, from speaking and personality tests all the way to Rorschach diagrams. I was close to having ECT done, but they couldn't find a big enough excuse, and thus just stuck me on anti-psychotic medication while I still was coming down off a massive binge of psychedelics"
"Echo Us was born under peculiar circumstances, and it's time to let the cat out of the bag after almost 15 years of silence", say's Ethan
Earlier in 2014 Echo Us signed a worldwide deal with Germany's Dust On The Tracks Records for the release of its forth full-length album, II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé. The album is now available on digipak through SPV, and worldwide partners. A Priori Memoriae is the last in a trilogy series started with 2009's The Tide Decides, and as such, represents the close of a journey through some of the strangest and most beautiful music produced by the former Greyhaven guitarist and composer.
II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé continues the Echo Us tradition of combining disparate musical elements seldom seen, from rapid-fire instrumental bravado and developments set apart by choral arrangements, concert harp and woodwinds. Dust On The Tracks writes about the release:
"It is somehow a return to the concept albums that dominated the progressive rock of the 1970s- the album is one the…
On tomorrow night's show (9/17): RAIN-BIENT! Time to get wet - we're focusing on tracks about rain, featuring music by Thom Brennan, Abstract Audio Systems, Altus, Jeff Duke, Altocumulus, Jeff Pearce, Medicine Man, Cluster Balm and Escape Philosophy. Starts at 7:30PM Eastern.
Watch/Listen in HD: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6407406/nsr-sept17
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Get Music by Jeff Pearce http://www.jeffpearcemusic.com/
Get Music by Escape Philosophy https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/340173/escape-philosophy
Get Music by Cluster Balm https://myspace.com/clusterbalm
Get Music by Thom Brennan http://thombrennan.net/
Get Music by Altus http://altusmusic.ca/
Altocumulus' Website http://www.pyracantha.com/
Get Music by Medicine Man http://relaxedmachinery.com/earthmantra/artist-detail.php?id=11
Put out a new release on my label's EX series today. A fantastic release of Chillout Electronic music to wind the day down with. Including swirling synths, pads, rhodes, laid back basslines and jungle loops slowed down to create a unique sound that is Beneath The World. At this time we only have a single to share of his music, but boy is it good stuff.
For those who might be interested: Eventide's Ultrareverb plugin is now available in a single native format plugin and is currently on sale for $79 (60% off) through October 17th.
David Bowie, Brian Eno and Tony Visconti record 'Warszawa'
Pinched from the hypnos forum:
Damo Suzuki was born in Japan in 1950. As a teenager, he left Asia to travel Europe and was quickly recruited to be the singer of Can, an avant-garde band from Cologne that lived in an abandoned Cinema who, depending on who you speak to, invented post-punk, ambient music, and The Stone Roses. The Fall even wrote a song about him. Damo left Can after 4 albums in 1974 to walk around the world, and since 1983 he has been on a never ending world tour, playing improvisational music with a network of hundreds of musicians worldwide. We caught up to talk 60s communes, nearly dying in the Sahara Desert, and channelling the Stone Age.
Noisey: What was Japan like when you were growing up? Were you playing music?
I was so young, like 17, so I wasn’t making music, no. Time was totally different compared to now. When I was 8 or 9 years old I got my first instrument, a flute I think, then a clarinet and saxophone. I had a sister who worked in a bank and every birthday she presented me with a musical instrument. I also had a guitar and an organ. She wanted me to play music.
You came to Europe in 1967 and were doing street performance, is that right?
No, not really. I was in a commune in Sweden in the countryside with 50 people just enjoying living and doing nothing, and being in nature. In big cities you don’t have too much air. Last week I was in Slovenia in the countryside by the river and the fishes, I miss these places because big cities - although Cologne is not as big as London - make me quite stressed, they make you lose time and…
This is an extremely well written, thought out discussion on stars and expectations and double standards tearing people apart. If not sure you want to read/skim it all... Scroll down to the last 2 paragraphs. - John K-N
This weekend at the amazing Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, New York, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves gave a spoken word piece that just might have become a manifesto. People wept, people laughed, people cheered, the New York Times enthused and one of Soundscape’s organizers suggested that Gravesrun for president. It was the talk of the whole festival and no one who saw it will ever forget it.
At the Talkhouse, we figured you might want to read what all the excitement was about. Here is Graves’ piece, in its entirety. We invite your thoughtful comments.
Hi! I work as art director for wednesday early mag, an argentinian magazine about photography and illustration. I'm looking for photographers (and visual artists) that would like to show their work on our next editon. There is no subject or theme, the editions pretty much happen as we find new artists and search for a conection between them. If someone is interested please send me a link of your work to my inbox :)
Here you can see september's edition
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