electronic artist and frequent panda bear collaborator scott mou is the first person to admit that his debut album end times, released under the moniker queens a few weeks ago, isn’t quite what people expect. “when dial records asked me to do it, i was really shocked and very humbled—and i thought the label would expect something different—more techno, more house, more classic minimalist,” recalls mou. what he gave them was of another mood entirely.
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patrick cowley was born in buffalo, new york to ellen and kenneth cowley. cowley's family originated in the horseheads and corning areas of new york and lived in rochester. during his teenage years, cowley became a successful drummer with local amateur bands before attendingniagara university and later the university at buffalo to study english. in 1971, at the age of 21, cowley moved to san francisco to attend the city college of san francisco where he studied music, specifically the use of synthesizers.
white noise is an experimental electronic music band formed in london, england, in 1968 by american-born david vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in physics and electronic engineering. he was initially joined by bbc radiophonic workshop composers delia derbyshire and brian hodgson, who had formerly both been members of electronic music project unit delta plus.
rhys chatham altered the dna of rock music. the new york-born composer began as a classically-trained flute prodigy, but by 1975, chatham had drastically changed course---having studied under terry riley and la monte young (whom he later went on to work with)---and was fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of john cale and tony conrad with the relentless, elemental fury of the ramones
the very first cd release of the classic 1980 compilation album from brussels with love, which was also the debut release from chic belgian indie label les disques du crepuscule. originally released as a deluxe cassette/book package in november 1980 it featured 20 exclusive tracks from the international avant garde and new wave, as well as the celebrated factory records roster.
the short, mysterious career of aptly named french female duo deux filles is bookended by tragedy. gemini forque and claudine coule met as teenagers on a holiday pilgrimage to lourdes, during which coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident.
free improvisation charactrizes the music of the three sound engineers forming of sky walking. the members of the group are no strangers in the field: peter m kersten alias lawrence just celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the record label "dial records", which he runs together with david lieske. other members of sky walking are richard von der schulenburg from hamburg and the pianist and e-music producer christian naujoks.
susan dietrich, who performs as the space lady, is an outsider musician.
singing and playing a casiotone keyboard and other instruments, dietrich streetcorners in the boston and san francisco areas. she now lives in colorado and as of 2012, has revived her live career playing at the riverwalk and on union street in pueblo, co, and at the ufo museum and research center in roswell, new mexico.
"gastr del sol was the most prominent vehicle of indie rock stalwart david grubbs, a former member of squirrel bait and bastro. with gastr del sol, the louisville, ky-born vocalist/guitarist/pianist's evolution from conventional rock music into more intricate and sophisticated tone patterns became complete; debuting with the 1993 ep the serpentine similar, the group -- a shifting aggregate of talents initially including bassist bundy k. brown and drummer john mcentire -- began exploring a new approach, taking off from often improvisational performances to embark on highly idiosyncratic sonic adventures.
bailey was born in sheffield, england. a third-generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, initially studying music with his teacher and sheffield city organist c. h. c. biltcliffe, an experience that he did not enjoy and guitar with his uncle george wing and john duarte. as an adult he worked as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including morecambe and wise, gracie fields, bob monkhouse and kathy kirby, and on television programs such as opportunity knocks. bailey's earliest foray into 'what could be called free improvised music' was in 1953 with two other guitarists in their shared flat in glasgow. he was also part of a sheffield-based trio founded in 1963 with tony oxley and gavin bryars called "joseph holbrooke" (named after the composer, whose work they never actually played). although originally performing relatively "conventional" modal, harmonic jazz this group became increasingly free in direction.
bailey moved to london in 1966, frequenting the little theatre club run by drummer john stevens. here he met many other like-minded musicians, such as saxophonist evan parker, trumpet player kenny wheeler and double bass player dave holland. these players often collaborated under the umbrella name of the spontaneous music ensemble, recording the seminal album karyobin for island records in 1968. in this year bailey also formed the music improvisation company with parker, percussionist jamie muir and hugh davies on homemade electronics, a project that continued until 1971. he was also a member of the jazz composer's orchestra and iskra 1903, a trio with double-bass player barry guy and trombone player paul rutherford that was named after a newspaper published by the russian revolutionary vladimir lenin.
in 1970, bailey founded the record label incus with tony oxley, evan parker and michael walters. it proved influential as the first musician-owned independent label in the uk. oxley and walters left early on; parker and bailey continued as co-directors until the mid-1980s, when friction between the men led to parker's departure. bailey continued the label with his partner karen brookman until his death in 2005 along with a number of other musicians, bailey was a co-founder of musics magazine in 1975. this was described as "an impromental experivisation arts magazine" and circulated through a network of like-minded record shops, arguably becoming one of the most significant jazz publications of the second half of the 1970s, and instrumental in the foundation of the london musicians collective.
1976 saw bailey instigate company, an ever-changing collection of like-minded improvisors, which at various times has included anthony braxton, tristan honsinger, misha mengelberg, lol coxhill, fred frith, steve beresford, steve lacy, johnny dyani, leo smith, han bennink, eugene chadbourne, henry kaiser, john zorn, buckethead and many others. company week, an annual week-long free improvisational festival organised by bailey, ran until 1994.
in 1980, he wrote the book improvisation: its nature and practice. this was adapted by uk's channel 4 into a four-part tv series in the early '90s, edited and narrated by bailey. bailey died in london on christmas day, 2005. he had been suffering from motor neurone disease.
ela orleans (hb recordings, parental guidance) is a polish musician now based in glasgow, uk.
she was a member of pop collagists hassle hound, has played with various luminaries of the new york experimental and noise scenes and is a composer for the screen and theatre. over the course of orleans’ music career, her tagline and brief description for her music has always been “movies for ears”. in the work orleans pushes her pastoral pop roots into more cinematic terrain, experimenting with carefully considered sound art segments, complex electronic textures and orchestral flourishes. she has a number of solo recordings and numerous collaborative releases on labels such as all saints records, warp, parental guidance, la station radar, night people, clan destine records, twisted nerve and staubgold. she currently works on her upcoming lp with musician and producer – howie b. the record will be released by hb recordings in spring 2015.
an intersection of sound and vision. curated, created, and in many instances, imagined. it stems from a love for music, language, imagery, and collaboration; and while it's the work of a core unit, it's also an invitation to, and expression of, a community of artists.an intersection of sound and vision—curated, created, and in many instances, imagined.
it stems from a love for music, language, imagery, and collaboration; and while it's the work of a core unit, it's also an invitation to, and expression of, a community of artists.