“Opinions are like onions they are digestible but for best results you must peel back the outer layers until you end up crying and realizing that the core….”. Oh forget it, you can read that text on Doom Salad’s Bandcamp if you like. We prefer to listen to their music.
For Your Ears Archive
“Shrew Astronaut Destiny” is the debut EP by Riq Chiznik. It’s instrumental, except for the last track, a remix of the title track with comedic vocals. According to Riq “you don’t have to pay for it because it’s a free download”, which makes sense to us. So, grab your own free copy here.
Percussionist PC Muñoz and free-jazz pianist Ira Kamin, who is mostly known for his 1960s blues-based stuff with Michael Bloomfield, Mother Earth and Otis Rush, have recorded a percussion and piano duo album. It’s now available on Bandcamp and it’s free, in more than one sense of the word.
The Colours of Kings formed, as bands often do, over drinks at a local pub, where discussions became heated and ideals were solidified. Their debut “The Up EP” was recorded in basement studios and living rooms and is described as “Pet Shop Boys meets Postal Service.” The opening track is now available for free from their Bandcamp page.
“The Up EP” will be officially released to the world on September 24th.
Ah yes, we can finally offer you some authentic 21st century Exotica again: The Left Arm of Buddha call themselves an “exotic orchestra”. On stage, you will find the spirit of Tiki culture, burlesque dancing and music inspired by 1950s Rock & Roll, Jazz and Space Age Pop.
The band consists of eight experienced European musicans, a sound & video engineer, a light engineer, and several dancing girls. Actually, it’s what they like to call an exotic revue… an original and rare offer on the European scene!
More info at www.leftaobuddha.com.
Prevrat is a post-punk/synthpop artist from Kansas City. His sophomore album, Symbols, was released April 9th on Russian Winter Records. We’re happy to present you the video for his track “With Our Eyes Closed”.
The video was adapted from the experimental short film “The Illogic of a Dream Had Taken Over Completely”, directed by Ruby Quincunx. The album “Symbols” is available from Bandcamp.
Pianist and arranger Bruno Heinen was heavily interested in composer Karlheinz Stockhausen from an early age. The luminous presence of wind-up music boxes from his childhood are at the heart of his exquisite arrangements of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis.
Both Bruno’s parents – cellist Ulrich Heinen and violinist Jacqueline Ross – had worked with the composer and electronic music innovator Karlheinz Stockhausen in the 70’s in Germany when he composed Tierkreis (1974-5) for 12 music boxes. Bruno’s father had acquired 4 of the music boxes, and Bruno’s fascination with the piece began in the family home.
Tierkreis (meaning “the signs of the Zodiac”) has 12 melodies based on tone rows, one for each star sign. Heinen has adhered to Stockhausen’s brief instructions for the popular work, allowing for any combination of instruments, but that the performance should begin with the melody falling under the star sign of the selected date, and end with a repeat of the opening melody.
Heinen brings his classical training and jazz sensibility, with traces of funk, west coast flavour and Blue Note inflexions, to his substantial reworking of the composer’s ideas. Certain movements include improvising with the melodies and music boxes, while others involve reharmonising. His sextet of distinctive players bring their diverse experience to their readings and improvisations.
Stockhausen was a great believer in improvisation, and his influence rubbed off on a wide array of jazz musicians during his lifetime and since, including Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor and Herbie Hancock.
It’s five years since Heinen first arranged Tierkreis for a jazz sextet, but in 2010 he also arranged the work rather differently for cello, double bass and piano for a performance that also included his father Ulrich Heinen, the long time principal cellist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Tierkreis recorded with Markus Stockhausen’s blessing, in April 2012 at Eastcote Studios, was produced by Philip Bagenal and Bruno Heinen. The album is dedicated to Heinen’s former teacher, the pianist and composer, Pete Saberton, who died in 2012.
More info here.
“Ultra Violet” by Paul Hayworth was recorded on cheap home 4-track tape machine, left to gather magnetic radiation scars for two decades and then slowly roasted in a walkman, re-mastered on 16 track digital and now turned into an ‘atmospheric supernova’ on Bandcamp. So there you go.