Continuumix #12

Continuumix #12 – Slower ligh-years

Continuumix #12 – Slower ligh-years
Mix by Continuo, March 2012
Total time 57:26


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Jeremy Couillard
Over And Over Again (2012)
In this video from Brooklyn, NY, artist Jeremy Couillard,  your personal avatar will guide you through a supernatural, Second Life-like world inhabited by uncanny 3D artifacts. A staunch adept of reincarnation theory, the avatar narrates a progressive acquaintance with painful reminiscences from the past and memories from other people, all channeled through the artificial, genderless voice of the Google translator and text-to-speech routine.

Chris Vaisvil
Electronic Dream #1 (2002)
In addition to being a microtonal and Just Intonation music composer, American Chris Vaisvil likes to experiment with as many different instruments as possible, from modified guitar, synthesizer or piano, to self-build instruments, among others. This scintillating ambient electronic track uses the Casio CZ-101 and Korg MS2000 synthesizers only, and was recorded live in 2002. Chris offered the mp3 on his blog in 2011.

Jean-Marc Montera
– guitar solo (1987)
Great, if short, guitar solo from Jacques Diennet’s Mante LP, 1987, as posted earlier on the blog.

Harri Hertell
Isät Levällään Maailmalla (2011)
Finnish poet Harri Hertell spreads his poetry through readings, slam contests, collaboration with rock bands and YouTube videos, like this wonderful reading with electronic accompaniment. He’s a familiar figure of the Helsinki Poetry Connection public readings.

La Chambre de Swedenborg
Le Long Couloir Blanc (2012)
La Chambre de Swedenborg is the reunion of Swedish vibraphonist Linda Edsjö, Danish singer Birgitte Lyregaard and French multi-instrumentist Jean-Jacques Birgé (formerly of Un Drame Musical Instantané). Named after Swedish, Christian mystic Swedenborg, the trio was introduced during a live performance as part of the Europe and the Spirit World exhibition in Strasbourg, France in 2012. The excerpt (archived on features the voice of Jean Cocteau reading his occult manifesto Le Discours du Grand Sommeil (full text in French here), in which a dead man explains how he can have contact with feverish, sick livng beings, as their internal speed has slowed down to that of deceased people.

J’ai une grande nouvelle triste à t’annoncer : je suis mort. Je peux te parler ce matin, parce que tu somnoles, que tu es malade, que tu as la fièvre. Chez nous, la vitesse est beaucoup plus importante que chez vous. Je ne parle pas de la vitesse qui se déplace d’un point à un autre, mais de la vitesse qui ne bouge pas, de la vitesse elle-même.
Jean CocteauLe Discours du Grand Sommeil, 1922
[I came with important, sad news: I am dead. I can speak to you this morning because you are dozing, because you’re sick and feverish. Our speed is much higher than yours – not the speed from one point to another, but motionless speed, or speed itself.] (own translation)

Georgios KaramanolakisFor Cello and EMS Synthi E (2010)
The duo of Greek experimental music composer Karamanolakis with cellist Aigli Drakou (nice video here), this track is a mindblowing exploration of radical cello tonalities ala Xenakis with noisy and psychedelic sounds from an EMS Synthi E. Via SoundCloud.

Aidje Tafial
Symphonie Diagonale soundtrack (2008)
Svenska Filminstitutet commissioned this new soundtrack to Symphonie Diagonale, Helmuth Viking Eggeling’s visual music masterpiece, to French percussionist Aidje Tafial, who composed a wonderfully intricate web of small percussion, drums and mysterious vocal samples.

Per NørgårdA Light Hour (2008)
A Light Hour is an hour-long composition for percussion by Danish composer Per Nørgård (born 1932), here interpreted by ensemble Percurama on a 2010 Da Capo CD. The 4 movements also include improvised parts.

Christian PegandLa Carmensijazz ( 1982)
Rock solid drum solo from a RCA April Orchestra LP (vol. 46) titled La Carmensijazz, by Christian Pegand and Thierry Mineau. This is the drum solo from the title track, with Pegand on drums.

Unidentified (date unknown)
Great techno effort from a single-sided, 10-inch single found in a second hand record store. The flip bears a multitude of hand-written engravings, but no record label name or track title I could identify.
[Actually, artist name is: Pnau, and track title is: Again. See Discogs. Thanks to reader A Cheffe, who identified this in the comments]

Victoria Vinamaragui  – Secretos
A Mexican artist born in 1987, Vinamaragui‘s work encompasses various techniques, be it drawing, painting, installation or film. Despite her young age, she already launched an art gallery titled La Galeria de las Pistolas, or The Gun Gallery, in her hometown Ciudad Juárez. Secretos is a sound installation based on intimate secrets told by volunteers on small pieces of paper, and read aloud to form a tapestry of confessions.

Supersilent10.3 (2010)
In 2010, after the departure of drummer Jarle Vespestad, Norwegian supergroup (!) Supersilent was reduced to a trio. Their music then took a more chamber-like orientation, especially thanks to the collaboration with pianist Ståle Storløkken. On this evanescent excerpt from album #10, both piano and syntesizer evoque Olivier Messiaen, with almost exact quotes from Fête des Belles Eaux on synthesizer and Catalogue d’Oiseaux on piano.

Tony McPheeThe Hunt (1973)
Guitarist with British blues-rock band The Groundhogs since the 1960s, Tony McPhee also has a prolific solo career with a dozen albums under his name. The B-side of the 1973 “Two Sides of Tony McPhee” LP is an epic, side-length composition for synthesizer and voice, of which some of the electronic rhythms sound more like 1978 than 1973. Included in this mix are 3 excerpts from the 18-mn track The Hunt.

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15 Responses to “Continuumix #12”

  1. 1 Zepelim March 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Continuo
    Great mix and amazing beginning! Love it!

  2. 2 continuo March 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you, Zeppelin. Glad you enjoyed.

  3. 3 Exeter March 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Very interesting mix!
    Thanks a lot!

  4. 4 continuo March 27, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Thank you very much.

  5. 5 makako March 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Me ha encantado, incluso algunos temas los he tenido que buscar porque son magistrales. thank!

  6. 6 continuo March 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Gracias, Makako.

  7. 7 josephnechvatal March 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    nice light trance space. congrats.

  8. 8 continuo March 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Hi, Joseph. I fell upon rather cosmic sounds during the making of this mix and had to follow that wave. Glad you enjoyed the ride.

  9. 9 A Cheffie April 5, 2012 at 2:26 am

    The unidentified techno track is Again by Pnau. It turned up on Vice Magazine’s CD compilation #7. Nice mix!

  10. 10 continuo April 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for the info.

  11. 11 jeremycouillard April 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

    hey i’m so honored to be in your mix! love what you did with the video track!! good stuff!

  12. 12 continuo April 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Hi, Jeremy. Thanks for your appreciation. Some striking artworks on your website really caught my eyes, especially the paintings with hi-speakers or LEDs, and the astonishing Over and Over Again video.

  13. 13 fab April 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    j’adore vos compilation, j’ai pu écouter, mais je n’arrive pas à télécharger pour archiver ! ! ! comment faire ? (la page de téléchargement est gavé de publicité)

  14. 14 continuo April 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Download from SoundCloud or try here.

  15. 15 fab April 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    GREAT thank’s !

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