Sunday, August 26, 2007

Some blatant plugs

A short post inbetween Wandelweiser musings to plug a few things by friends more than anything...!

I spent the afternoon at Sound323 today, and as new releases of interest seem few and far between I spent some time playing a few items fromt he second hand racks, mainly contemporary classical albums, and bought a good few discs that have so far been quite enjoyable this evening, one cut-price disc of solo cello pieces played by Taco Kooistra (previously unknown to me) is OK in general, but contains one little gem, a realisation of Helmut Lachenmann's Pression a piece of music I enjoy a great deal and this is a very nice performance. More about the other purchases in forthcoming posts I imagine.

So a couple of plugs; Simon Reynell is a nice guy with a long history as a fan of good music and has now launched a great looking label, Another Timbre with five (yes five) releases arriving in October. His catalogue can be found here. Some really promising releases there, and I've heard of some more intriguing projects planned. The Angharad Davies / Tisha Mukarji album is one I am particularly salivating over. Great to see another new English label starting up.

The other plug is probably a bit late now as its for a gig tomorrow (Sunday 26th) just down the road from here in Oxford at the Port Mahon pub at 5pm. I'm particularly interested in hearing everyone's favourite Welsh laptop trio Traw play with Oxford's double bass hero Dom Lash in a quartet, alongside the For Barry Ray duo of John Chantler and Carina Thoren amongst other acts. I know the chances of anyone living close enough reading this in the next few hours is pretty unlikely, but if you make it come and say hi, I'll be the old git sat wondering what hypno-improv dronesmithery is ;)

6 comments:

kostis kilymis said...

thanks for the heads up on the Another Timbre label richard, seems like mr Reynell has his hands on some really interesting material.
i do hope though that this is not exactly what the actual sleeves will look like; otherwise he could use some help from that friend of yours, mr. oxleay

oh, and the wandelweiser reviews are much welcome. i've been taking baby steps into their catalogue myself & any extra info on the discs comes pretty handy

Richard Pinnell said...

Heh, hi Kostis, I was kind of hoping the same re the design, we shall see. Simon very much puts the music first though, which is obviously the right way around. I can always give him Olaf's number if he ever wanted it though ;)

I'm interested to hear which Wandelweisers you have heard Kostis (or anyone else for that matter) Seems to me its a label that really should be stirring up conversation one way or the other, but it never seems to happen.

Jon said...

they don't have very good distribution for one, outside of sound 323. I've just inquired with them about possibly starting US distribution for them (prompted by these posts), so we'll see.

kostis kilymis said...

three titles so far: the malfatti disc, which i've had for quite some time, after that cage's cartridge music and the beuger disc you reviewed; both of which i acquired recently and haven't had the chance to listen to much.

as for distribution, metamkine also stocks wandelweiser (under the name timescraper music) as far as europe is concerned, but yes, they could use some extra presence in the US i suppose

Richard Pinnell said...

The Cartridge Music disc is really great Kostis, on eof my favourites.

Yeah there are quite a few distributors of Wandelweiser in Europe, 323, Editions RZ, MinimaMusic, Metamkine and probably others.

There is a US distributor out there with most of the catalogue in stock, but it looks like a pretty big concern and I'd rather Jon got the business so I won't mention who they are!

Jon said...

yeah, it looks like ErstDist will begin stocking quite a few of these soon, we'll see how demand is.