Second Square To None





SHOW 1
Artist: Oren Ambarchi & Scott Horscroft
From: Sydney
Track: 19 Giutars
Album: 19 Guitars/Sonic Wave 2002 split with
Label: Textile Records
From: France
Year: 2006
Notes: Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK). Most recent releases: Indeed with Jim o Rourke released on Editions Mego; with Robbie Avenaim – Dream request, on Boweavil Recordings; and Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi - In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject, on Black truffle and Medama Records.
Artist: Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moore
From: Cyprus and Scotland
Track: Folia part 6
Album: Folia
Label: Unsounds
From:
Year: 2009
Notes: Andy Moor In 1990 moved to the Netherlands to join Dutch band Ex, The, and is still a full time member of the band. In recent years he has delved into a host of improvised collaborations with the likes of Dj Rupture, Mia Clarke, Kaffe Matthews, John Butcher, this is his second collaboration with Kyriakides which was followed by Rebetika released in 2010.
Kyriakides’ blurb is too much bullshit to be read on air but there is an interview with the two men in question on Dj Ruptures’ mudd up podcast that is fascinating in terms of the historical and conceptual motifs that inform their collaborations together.
Artist: Yellow Swans
From: Portland oregon
Track: 2-Opt out
Album: Going Places
Label: Type
From: Birmingham
Year: 2010
Notes: yellow swans are Pete Swanson (vocals, drum machine, electronics) and Gabriel Mindel Saloman (guitar, feedback, electronics). Going places was announced as the final Yellow Swans album they decided to split the duo in April 2008.
Artist: Fennesz
From: Austria
Track: July
Album: Seven Stars
Label: Touch
From: London
Year: 2011
Notes: Started his career as a singer songwriter, also a member of Fenn o’berg, and MIMEO, he usually processes guitar through max or similar programs to achieve his distinctive underwater layered guitars sound. Is a prolific collaborator with the likes of Biosphere, Rosy Parlane, Philip Jeck, Keith Rowe, Kevin Drumm, and is involved in the groups Fenn o Berg and Mimeo among others.
Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama & Jason kahn
From: Tokyo and New York
Track: Untitled
Album: Till we meet again
Label: For4Ears
From: Switzerland
Year: 2005
Notes: Tetuzi Akiyama is an experimental guitarist versed in free improvisation and noise. Besides guitar, he also plays electronics, viola, and self-made instruments. Is a regular collaborator with Toshimaru Nakamura and many many others, his most recent release being with the group Gul 3 released on Monotype records.
Jason Kahn is Percussionist, electronic musician and visual artist
He performs both solo and together with musicians like Dieb13, Steinbrüchel, Kim Cascone, John Hudak, Steve Roden, Günter Müller, Kevin Drumm and Toshimaru Nakamura. His most recent solo outing is called Beautiful Ghost Wave released on Herbal International and I would highly recommend his 2009 album Vanishing Point for those who like to listen intently.
Artist: Sonnamble
From: London
Track: Blindlight
Album: Blindlight
Label: Forwind
From: London
Year: 2011
Notes: a London based drone improv duo consisting of bassist/lap steel guitarist Peter Marsh and software designer and musician Conor Curran. Also highly recommended is their previous outing: seven months in E minor on Forwind. Tis well worth checking out the label soundcloud page Forwind for a gander at some serious music, improvised, composed, in-between and otherwise.
Artist: My Cat is an Alien
From: Turin, Italy
Track: Praying For the light to last forever
Album: What space is made for
Label: Elliptical Noise
From: Italy, it appears to be their own imprint
Year: 2011
Notes: as regards notes their own blurb does the trick quite well: MY CAT IS AN ALIEN (MCIAA) is the duo of radical instantaneous composition and audiovisual art formed by brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio in late 1997. They started their activity in Torino, Italy, before moving in a remote region of the Western Alps. Multi-instrumentalists, they primarily play electric and acoustic guitars, various toy instruments (so-called 'space toys'), modified electronics ('alientronics') and a wide set of percussion. Roberto Opalio's personal use of wordless vocalizations adds human voice as a further instrument in the list. 
MCIAA's work range over many artistic activities: musical performance, films and videos, audiovisual installations, photography, painting and drawing, poetry. They have a fairly serious back catalogue but from what I’ve listened to one of my favorites in Landscapes of an electric city from 1999.
Artist: Six Organs of Admittance
From: America
Track: Brilliant Blue sky between us
Album: Asleep on the floodplain
Label: drag city
From: chicago
Year: 2011
Notes: Six Organs of Admittance is the primary musical project of guitarist Ben Chasny. Chasny is also a member of the psychedelic band Comets on Fire, and has working relationships with Badgerlore, Current 93, and Magik Markers. His newest project is Rangda with Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls and Six Organs contributor Chris Corsano. My personal favourite from him is the School of the flower album 2005.
Artist: John Fahey
From: washington dc
Track: Untitled with rain
Album: red cross
Label: revenant
From: John Faheys own label, based in Nashville tennessee
Year: 2003
Notes: Last album he made before he passed away in febuary 2001. The legendary Fahey is probably well known to you all as the pioneer of the steel string guitar whose career took an interestingly experimental turn in his later years. Would have been a huge influence on the likes of Jack Rose, Harris Newman, Blackshaw.

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