While idealstate's physical-release wing has been relatively quiet, attention and energies have of late been invested in the no-number series with two releases already this year and two more due spring/summer 2013.
The first, released late february, is C. Spencer Yeh's 'None', a live solo performance from his 2011 Australasian tour.
Latest in the series is Piotr Tkazc & Alice Hui-Sheng Chang - 'micro', an ep-length study in microscopic textures realised with amplified objects and extended voice.
Next up will be feedback works for solo-sampler recorded mid 2012 and release of a live performance of Lee Noyes & Radio Cegeste, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Jan. 2011. Meanwhile, plans are afoot to prepare a summer release on idealstate, the first since the trio of Jan.'12 releases; more info as the project progresses.
Recordings from late 2012/early 2013 are surfacing - new recordings in trio with Bruno Duplant and Barry Chabala are forthcoming on Travis Johnson's Ilse label later in the year. January marked Ilse's two year anniversary; a 32-track celebratory compilation, including a track I recorded especially for the comp. is available here.
New solo works have been released on the soundcloud, along with recent duo improvisations with guitarist Finn Loxbo. Finn and I are solidifying a trio-project with Norweigian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø with recording sessions planned for mid-April.
On the live-front, I will play Labor Sonor in Berlin together with composer Johnny Chang on 6th May 2013, which should contribute to the finishing of the recording project he and I have been engaged in since August last year.
Banned Production tape release was made available this month. bp207: 'truth in opposition' is a composition for laptop-processed input-loop mixer based on James Beattie's Essays, on the nature and immutability of truth in opposition to sophistry and scepticism. On poetry and music as they affect the mind. On laughter and ludicrous composition. On the utility of classical learning (1776)
FBI civil-rights abuses in Portland, OR in mid-2012 has prompted Ilse's Travis Johnson to sponsor a compilation to support detainee's legal costs - Experimental Musicians In Solidarity With Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resisters is a pay-what you like download with all proceeds going to the cause. I was quite chuffed I was deemed fit to have the last word in response to these events.
Wrapping up the year that was, review site A Closer Listen, who in February reviewed ISR1-12 lee noyes & radio cegeste - 'to orient themselves with coastlines' have this month included the release in both its 2012 album-covers of the year and field-recordings/soundscapes categories.
Was pleased to be invited this month to participate in RE_MOTE, an experimental video-performance as part of Jamie Drouin's Sounds In A Room concert series. As Drouin describes, RE_MOTE brings together musicians from different parts of the world to 'perform' together through video documentation. Working independently, without any score, or information from the other artist, the resulting two unedited videos are presented together for the first time at the bi-monthly concert series.
A new release also this month on isr no-number series is the ad-hoc trio Jeff Henderson (alto sax), Hermione Johnson (prepared piano) and myself, recorded live at Threave Historic Mansion in April of 2011.
Like all in the series, it is a free/name-your-price download and available here.
isr no-number series released this month - Matt Earle, Tim Green, Adam Sussmann, Massimo Magee - "Opera". It's a copyleft download and available here.
Roeba #12: Miguel A. Garcia, Tomas Gris & Lee Noyes 'la axacra de llano' is in production, I'm told
I was recently invited to contribute a page work for the now-published nz music compendium Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand. Edited by Bruce Russel and produced by Richard Francis & Zoe Drayton under the auspices of Audio Foundation New Zealand, the book aims to "survey the full range of 'non-standard' audio practices in contemporary NZ culture" and is available worldwide here.
Currently collaborating with violin/violist/composer Johnny Chang, most recently interpreting text scores; descriptions of others' experience in places we've never been. Potential live performances tipped for Jan/Feb 2013. Some recent solo work using the electronics rig i've been employing with Johnny i've uploaded to the soundcloud as well as a piece for solo snare drum, marking a return to percussion after an enforced 6-month, international-relocation break.
The mid-2011 realisation of Bruno Duplant's graphic score "9 by 5", featuring Duplant with Anders Dahl, Christian Munthe, Massimo Magee and myself has just been released on Travis Johnson's ILSE label. Copies can be purchased from the Ilse Shop for $6USD shipping worldwide; or contact me directly and I can arrange a copy to be sent. There's also an audio-excerpt streaming for preview on Ilse's soundcloud.
The trio of discs are packaged in 300gsm gatefold sleeves in limited editions of 100.
ISR3-11 'white & red | LUX' has been favourably reviewed recently, both on Brian Olewnick's Just Outside and Richard Pinnell's The Watchful Ear. There are still a number of physical copies of this + ISR1-11 dHialogue - Fine As Diamonds and ISR2-11 hargreaves/noyes - pared available directly from idealstate recordings.