‘The Soundscape of Ine Town’ is a japanese field recording CD on the Nekomatsu label which came to my attention on Doroskedeho’s blog last February. In his post, he provided a link to a few awesome mp3s, audio snippets from field recordings made in this little fishermen’s town. The recordings are very lively and highly evocative, including seagulls, fishermen’s boats, interviews, all very clearly mixed.
Berlin resident DJ Zhao blogs at Different Waters. Last January he posted a fantastic extra-european mix called ‘Ngoma – Afrosia’, a collection of rare pop music tracks from Africa, South America and Asia, with the occasional balkan accordion accompaniment. Genres covered include bongo flava, bhangra, rai, afro-house, taraab, gamelan and balkan beat, among many other. [technical note: PC users might preferably unzip the file using 7Zip for better results].
Kosten Koper is running a radio show on Brussels’ Radio Panik, called ‘L’Etranger’ (The Stranger, obviously from Leonard Cohen). His show is one of the most unexpected around in Europe, mixing punk and post-punk songs, the occasional cabaret or drinking song, free folk and experimental rock. Kosten would kill his dog for a russian punk flexi disc (cf show #107). Sounds totally improvised, though cleverly programmed. Ambient-punk, maybe? – a term coined by the DJs at Wearie blog. Kosten usually include some netlabel or online self released music as well, which add to the freshness of his radioshow. Playlists available here.
Arguably the most exciting release to come out of french independent music in 2007, Gol’s ‘Chants et musiques concrete du Morvan’ (Concrete songs & dances of Morvan area), on the PPT / Stembogen label, collects recording sessions made in the countryside of the Morvan area, 2002-2003. The ensuing 3 CD box set is available for download on the band’s website, providing you know a track called ‘01a‘ is upped at the following address, and so on. The first CD of the set is ‘Chants et musique concrete du Morvan’, the 2nd is ‘Danses et musiques secrètes du Morvan’, and the last one is ‘Ocsid mobile’. Comprised of Jean-Marcel Busson, Frédéric Rebotier, Ravi Shardja and Samon Takahashi, Gol plays live, semi-improvised concrete music in the french tradition, most tracks including brutal editing of short concrete sequences, surrealist juxtaposition of sound snippets and the occasional ear-hostile elements.
‘Six Scenic Mixes for “Sylvie and Bruno” Vol. 1’ is a sparse and gorgeous mix by blogger HC Earwicker. Using only a few sounds at a time, a perfect combination of the most exquisite, ambient instrumental music. Real instruments are predominant throughout, including some of HCE’s own music for good measure. Exquisite taste.
This is a link to a fan’s archive recordings from post-punk band The Cardboards, out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The archive include studio tracks and live recordings from 1979 to 1982. Great use of synthesizer. Makes one feel young again! Their MySpace page.