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KONONO NO. 1
2008 repress. Limited LP version of the 2004 Crammed Disc CD release. "Konono N°1 was founded over twenty-five years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the
(a traditional instrument sometimes called '
' or 'thumb piano,' consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band's line-up includes three electric
(bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts and plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring megaphones dating from the colonial period. Instead of apologizing for the heavily distorted sounds of such DIY amplification, Konono N°1 have embraced them, provoking a radical mutation of their sound, and has accidentally connected them with the aesthetics of today's most underground forms of music as much through their sounds as through their sheer volume (they play in front of a wall of speakers) and merciless grooves. Hailing from Africa and rooted in a very social form of folk music-making, Konono N°1 is one of the main exponents of a spectacular style of music which has developed in the suburbs of the capital city of Kinshasa. The Congolese refer to this style as 'tradi-modern,' meaning electrified traditional music. These are musicians who have left the bush to settle in the capital and, in order to both continue fulfilling their social role and make themselves heard above the urban din, they have resorted to DIY amplification of their instruments, and the use of megaphones."
RAUHAN ORKESTERI & LAUHKEAT LAMPAAT
"We are proud to announce the release of Rauhan Orkesteri (Peace Orchestra)/ Lauhkeat Lampaat (Meek Sheep) CD originally released on LP in 2005 on Italian label, Qbico; ten pieces of free-improv-folk-jazz from Finland, with a distinctive foundation of playful vigor and heartening spirit. It's an organic improv session that breathes countryside air, sensing the grass between its toes. Deeply routed in the incestuous Finnish psych-folk-experimental scene, the family tree of this four-piece has many branches, including the duo, Lauhkeat Lampaat who are peppered throughout this release. These pieces are differentiated by higher timbres and a slightly more tongue-in-cheek air (they are also distinguished by the asterisk in the song listing). Rauhan Orkesteri has to be one of Europe's most exciting new free jazz outfits, filled with a rarely encountered joyful energy floating on a fantastic search into the free realms of the outer possibilities of sound. No cause for intellectual drama here, Antti Tolvi, Ville Jolanki (reeds), Jaakko Tolvi (percussion) and Tero Kemppainen (bass) need no more then the direct physical contact between body and instrument for their sonic onslaughts that in no time go from hectic outbursts to warm and mellow soft blows."
"Eleven electronic / electro-acoustic artists from eight countries unify to pay homage to what listeners of BBC Radio 4's You and Yours radio program have voted as the most significant invention since 1800, beating computers, the internet, and even the combustion engine with more then half the total votes. The concept is simple: Give a handful of today's most progressive sound designers only one sample to work with. They are able to manipulate this sample in any way they choose, but their entire song must be composed entirely from the single sound byte. The supplied sample is a stuadio recording of a bicycle, recorded by Jesse Gander at The Hive Studios in Vancouver. This gives equal importance to the materials as well as the method used in
. This, along with the beautifully written essay on bicycle riding and it's social, environmental, and physical benefits by Green Party Candidate, Sean Orr, offers a deeper concept to the project. With the inevitable threat of peak oil in our not too distant future, it is time we opened the lines of communication to other forms of energy and transportation. Each artist has chosen to tackle the project uniquely, embracing his own particular style. Whether it's the playful, electrifying outbursts of Sun Ok Papi K.O's 'Pizza Boy's Bike'(Belgium) and Aelters' 'Roulé Brouillé' (France), or the smoother approaches of Wobbly's 'Flee You' (USA), and Romanhead's 'Bicycle Work' (UK), the various techniques in composition and style offer an incredibly dynamic listen given
strict guidelines." Featuring: Aelters, Jab Mica Och El, Sun Ok Papi K.O., Secret Mommy, DJ Elephant Power, TU M', Romanhead, Uska Niko, Greg Davis, Wobbly, Jason Forrest.
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