there is too much excitement in the world. (nothing like starting the day with a big bold statement and yes, you can quote me on that) and everyone is vying for your attention -- which I do believe has become the most valuable commodity. microsound or lowercase or whateveryouwanna may be one method to counter the break neck pace of A.D.D. info saturation - by furnishing your living space with unassuming and un-obtrusive sound objects which one relates to for certain periods. or constructing some conscious or sub-conscious situation which gently unfold in time, the process inducing states of mind, body, or emotion. the interaction may be subtle, but can be multi-layered and open to interpretation - thus arriving at an art which gives, gives, gives, and does not take much in return. (of course the same can be said of some other musics, such as Feldman or Sugimoto)
since Mr. Roden has expressed clearly that he does not mind, but in fact encourages the giving (there's that bizarre concept again) away of his music for free, here are a few more pieces of lovely object/situations by him and a couple of others.
Steve Roden - Speak No More About The Leaves
"The cd contains 3 pieces inspired by Arnold Shoenberg's 'The Book of the Hanging Gardens' and in particular the poems by Stefan George that Shoenberg used as lyrics. Track one uses my voice reading/singing part of the text as the only sound material. Track two uses the vowel structure from the text as a score for striking five tones on a small chime and was originally used for an installation at the pomona college museum of art. Track three uses samples from the Shoenberg work as well as my voice singing the same text as track one."
Steve Roden & Jason Kahn - Shimmer Flicker Waver Quiver
"In September 2002, Jason Kahn and Steve Roden joined forces in the Extrapool studios. Steve Roden played small acoustic objects, electric guitar, contact microphones and guitar pedals whereas Jason Kahn played minimal percussion, laptop and analogue synthesizer. Their focus on sound is a central factor in this work. Six beautiful pieces of microscopic, precise music - like watching through the looking glass at the smallest particles available. - www.kormplastics.nl"
[rit 16] STEPHAN MATHIEU - Wurmloch Variationen
a dreamlike digital blizzard in the hard-drive of your brain - snow, impressions, remnants and after-images focus and blur - a mesmerizing play of static and memory.
"]This CD has five pieces out of 26 different pieces, which were all based on a piano recording. That source recording is enclosed here as the final track, which is a very open piece of occasional hammering on the piano and lots of free space. This recording is sampled and pieces of the processings are used to create new pieces. The overall sound might be classified as 'ambient', as in: soft music, but made with clicks, hiss and drony, deep end sound. It's a well-crafted work, very minimal, with great emphasis on, there we go again, microscopic details." - Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly"
[raster-post] mitchell akiyama - temporary music
akiyama is too soft for the bb; whose objection I think runs somewhat along the lines of noodly, polite, DSP-overdose, pastel-y, boring, IDM-wank. but while I think some of these descriptors fit, this is non-the-less an artist with an unusual number of ideas; his inventiveness and charm of execution clearly making him stand much taller than the thousands of other purveyers of geek-tronica which I absolutely take bb's stance on (like some on Mitchel's own intr_version label).
this release is actually very different from his usual sound - which is synthy and relatively playful. there are actually some similarities to Stephen Matheiu's Wurmloch Variationen. I had to include this because in addition to the quality music, the first track is titled "Big Sur".
[quote]"temporary music", is a collection of fragments - shards of pianos, pieces of field recordings, digital interruptions. all pieces are homages to places and people whose images have changed and faded over time. "temporary music" is a representation of the ephemeral nature of experience and the instability of memory.[/quote]