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Tarawangsawelas hail from Sundanese West Java, where they perform a personally updated form of the region’s traditional music. On Wanci they are accompanied by the maestro that taught them, Pak Pupung Supena, allowing them to really access the deepest, most sacred aspects of this wonderful sound. Produced by Rabih Beaini, released on Morphine.
- Vinyl LP (DOSER 032)
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Pauline Oliveros and the artistic director of her Deep Listening Institute, Ione, get together for a new LP on the Morphine label. Water Above Sky Below Now was produced using Oliveros’ very own Expanded Instrument System, which processes her accordion and Ione’s vocals into huge abstracted drones.
Pierre Bastien is a french composer who is famed for making his own experimental mechanical instruments. Most famously he built an entire orchestra out of the children’s construction toy Meccano in the mid-eighties. Morphine Records seem delighted (and rightly so) to have the pioneer of robotic music signed to their label. As Blue As An Orange is available on vinyl LP and has delightfully pleasing cover art.
Morphine records continue a killer run of 7” vinyl with this release from one half of Indonesian hardcore metal/folk band Senyama. Engineered by boss Rabih Beaini, also known as Morphosis, Wukir Suryadi’s Woven Sounds explores the same strange hybrid area as his group music. Traditional Indonesian instruments are played in novel ways and blended with abrasive avant-garde textures and hypnotic drones.
Huruf Hidip is a solo outing from Rully Shabara, the vocal provider for Indonesian hardcore metal group Senyawa. That band are pretty ferocious, but Shabara solo is even more of an intense experience: with no other music to shield you from the full power of the incredible extended vocal techniques, this short 7” will transfix you. On Morphine.
Indonesian spirits flow from vinyl grooves that run deeper than time itself. Menjadi is an hypnotic piece of tribal rhythms and magical drones, accompanied by near-transcendental vocals. Senyawa’s attempt at a recording to equal their normally energetic live performances will be an experience to say the very least.
Charles Cohen, he of the Buchla Music Easal synthesiser, has been anthologised and reissued a lot recently, but Brother I Prove You Wrong is brand new material, stretching its pointillistic bleep / bloop patterns across nine tracks. Explorative and inward-looking electronic wonder. Vinyl release from the Morphine label.
Retrospective of enigmatic synth innovator Charles Cohen. Preferring to focus on performing his Buchla free-improvisations live rather than recording, it has taken analogue techno figurehead Morphosis to compile a definitive two CD selection. Cohen combines early electronic experimentation with complex rhythms and rough edged composition, to get something completely unique.
When I first heard those mind-boggling rediscovered Charles Cohen Buchla Music Easel records put out by Morphosis, I don’t think I could of guessed that the next new material I heard from the reclusive synth improvisor would be a reinterpretation of an Indonesian hardcore band. But it is and it’s amazing. Robert Turman ‘recrafting’ Cohen on the B-side doesn’t do any harm either.
A purée of something sinister from Lack. Expect Night Work is the ominous grooves from the North Carolina native. Taking dance music into his cryptic lockup, Lack has blended dark tech with heavy duty noises and other weirdness. He's created unconventional doom which dares you to try and slip them into your set. Out on 12" vinyl from Morphine.