I’ve been hearing rumors and discussion about this collaboration between Scott Worley (aka Jatun) and Tim Gray (aka Ethernet) for a long while now. A two-person exploration of modular synth and digital software improvisation brought into the world by two of the smartest players in the experimental electronic game.
The pair are finally making good on their promise with the upcoming release of a cassette/digital album under the name High Light. The three tracks that are available to stream (or to download if you pre-order) are just what a heart needs after the passing of Tangerine Dream leader Edgar Froese. These two locals are carrying the flame of mind-bending swirls of melody and cinematic drones and burbles. The added beauty of this collaboration is that it’s obvious how much the two are listening to each other and growing this sound as a unit. They put their individual musical identities aside for the sake of the whole project.
I was lucky enough to spend part of last night in the company of the Third Angle ensemble and one of my favorite writers, Alex Ross of The New Yorker, as the former presented a showcase of 20th and 21st century composers from the West Coast (incl. Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, and John Luther Adams) with narration and comments from the latter. It was a majestic and challenging and inspiring evening that reaffirmed what amazing work this small organization is doing to keep the spirits of both the chamber recital and contemporary classical music alive.
While the rest of the world slobbered over the accidental release of the new Kendrick Lamar album, I’ve been tingling all over while watching this video multiple times. Ted Laderas has been one of my favorite local artists for some time, an inspiring figure whose cello performances and recordings have delighted and soothed my ears to no end. But he has thrown down the proverbial gauntlet if these snippets of sound are to be believed. This new music, which will be heard in complete form on his upcoming album Empty Orchestra, is expansive and dense and daring in ways that I wasn’t expecting from The OO-Ray and now that it’s here, I want to hear nothing else for the next few weeks.
According to the man’s Twitter account, Empty Orchestra (which will be unleashed by Lifelike Family and New Ruin Tapes on April 3rd) took him “three years to write. It’s propulsive and urgent in a new way and I think it’s a new direction for me. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” I’m more than happy to agree with him on that.
I’ve never done LSD before, but, not too long ago, I visited a website that offered up some visual illusion trickery that allowed me to apparently experience what it was like it to trip. I stared at something for a long time and when I looked away, everything was undulating in waves like a heat shimmer. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, my next best suggestion is to stare closely at the video that Brenna Murphy put together for Eternal Tapestry. You get a similar effect but with better visuals than my dull apartment walls. And some great music to boot.
“Mountain Primrose” can be found on Eternal Tapestry’s latest album Wild Strawberries, out now on Thrill Jockey.
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if that noisy refrigerator of yours decided to start making experimental music? I believe AHAFAS has come up with the answer that question. This is your icebox unleashing all of its internal angst for having to put up with your rotting vegetables, cans of cheap beer, and that jar of pickled vegetables you just can’t seem to get rid of. Do the right thing, and listen up…and switch out the box of baking soda every once in a while, you heathen.