An adaption or setting of poet Matt Shear’s work, “Dear Everyone,” this is an incredibly diverse and ambitious album. Veering from new classical, to improvised music, to prog, this probably comes closest to sounding a bit like some of the recordings of Henry Cow.
I was unfamiliar with the poetry of Matt Shears and his semi-topical poems about the mundane, profane, and befuddling nature of 21st century existence seem perfectly apropos to where I find myself.
Likewise, Mr Bruckman’s arrangements and improvisations, which skirt noise, harmony, and chaos, are equal parts jarring and pleasing.
Vijay Iyer augments his working trio of Stephen Crump (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) with 3 more players. Graham Haynes on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Electronics, Steve Lehman on Alto Sax, and Mark Shim on Tenor Sax.
The additional horns, the outstanding playing, and interesting arrangements, make this my favorite release from Iyer, yet.
Pieces flow organically from Bebop, to Headhunters-esque funk, to classical inspired atmospherics.
A Little Milky Way of Sound Day 16, Arasa, by Roland Kayn.
The 16th and final disc of “A Little Milky Way of Sound”. After the abrasive menace of Icursim, Arasa is an interesting contrast. Much of it is very quiet, perhaps the quietest piece of the entire 14 hour composition.
Contemplative and gentle would be the words I used to describe it.
A Little Milky Way of Sound Day 15, Icursim, by Roland Kayn.
13 hours in, and I can’t say I feel any more confident in detecting an organizing principle or finding motifs in, “A Little Milky Way of Sound,” than I was on day one.
There is definitely a sonic palette that Kayn uses and reuses with varying tweaks applied. The shimmering fields of static sound. The streaming, whooshing, noises like pressurized air or water.
It is interesting how the lack of definable or typical “musical sounds” affects your listening. The slightest nearly recognizable sample, whether it is a creaking door or a processed voice, stands out, calling attention to itself.
Of course, it’s always possible, that those sounds are just my mind attempting to make sense of the boiling sonic chaos.
In any case, Icursim is more menacing, than threatening, with louder than usual percussive events at intervals among the other sounds.
A Little Milky Way of Sound Day 14, Ritaces, by Roland Kayn
Ritaces starts in the neighborhood of the previous haunted Ecerit pieces, then starts to sound like a summing up. Pieces of previous strategies, that would have been allotted significant time, flash by. Familiar sounding events crop up and fade into others. Foghorns bellow, water streams against pitch charged plates, and many doors creak open in quick succession.
A Little Milky Way of Sound Day 13, Ecerit I, II, and III, by Roland Kayn.
Maybe it is my mood, but the three Ecerit pieces seem to have more dramatic tension than many of the others in A Little Milky Way of Sound. Definitely, horror movie soundtrack worthy material. Something about swelling swoops and tone slides. Enjoyable, if menacing.
A Little Milky Way of Sound Day 11, Prahoxx, by Roland Kayn.
Prahoxx starts quietly humming, then moves to some of the most relatively raucous and ominous sounding events in this unusual Milky Way.
Jim O’Rourke, the endlessly hyphenated musician and engineer, took on the task of engineering and restoring these works from the DAT tapes they were recorded to. He was a long time fan of Kayn’s, describing some of his more adventurous attempts at electronic composition as “lame attempts at Kayn inspired music.” Mr O’Rourke, describing aspects of the recording, “But this does seem like it was Kayn’s ‘summing up’ of his work. At this point since I am working on it on a very microscopic level instead of a macro level, I am learning a lot about his work just by looking at the waveforms. I always knew phase relationship was a big part of how his pieces worked, but actually looking at it has been kind of eye opening.”
A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound, Disk Nine: Qyrials I; Qyrials II, by Roland Kayn.
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As long as it doesn’t affect segments of the military, Dept of Homeland Security, ICE, or incoming tax revenue, he, and his brain trust, (Mulvaney, Bannon, Ryan, etc.) would prefer that the government gets a lot smaller. Preferably pretty much nonexistent.