Entries in A.r.t. Wilson (7)

Sunday
Feb052017

Gentle Daps XXII: DAPS DYNASTY 3 — Anniversary Special

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Celebrating three years of Gentle Daps with this two-hour special.

  1. Book of Love - "Modigliani (Requiem Mass Version)" [Square Records, 1987]
  2. Romeo Void - "Going to Neon" [415 Records, 1984]
  3. Visage - "Whispers" [Polydor, 1982]
  4. Barclay James Harvest - "Echoes and Shadows" [Polydor, 1981]
  5. Workdub - "Caravan (Revisited)" [Music From Memory, 1992/2016]
  6. Carla Dal Forno - "Dry in the Rain" [Blackest Ever Black, 2016]
  7. Deuter - "Gothic Velvet (History, Church Atmosphere)" [Kuckuck Schallplatten, 1972]
  8. Focus - "Someone's Crying ... What!" [Polydor, 1975]
  9. A.C. Marias - "To Sleep" [Mute]
  10. Nico Niquo - "Rendered" [Orange Milk Records, 2017]
  11. David Behrman - "Unforeseen Events: Fishing for Complements" [Experimental Intermedia Foundation, 1991]
  12. Vito Ricci - "Dance Too" [Jat Mann Proguctions, 1996]
  13. Seahawks - "Missed" [Ocean Moon, 2016]
  14. Neotropic - "Train to Katoomba" [Ntone, 2001]
  15. Medwyn Goodall - "Magical Carpet" [New World Music, 1989]
  16. Meredith Monk & Collin Walcott - "Cow Song" [Minona Records, 1973]
  17. K. Leimer - "New Misfortunes" [Palace of Lights, 2016]
  18. David Casper - "Dream Journey" [Hummingbird Records, 1981]
  19. The System - "Pendy! You're in Some Awful Danger" [Music From Memory, 1983/2016]
  20. Bill Nelson - "Echo in Her Eyes" [PVC Records, 1982]
  21. Mrs Jynx - "Long Lost" [Central Processing Unit, 2013]
  22. Laurie Anderson - "Kokoku" [Warner Bros. Records, 1984]
  23. Joel Vandroogenbroeck - "Veridian Song" [Coloursound Library, 1980]
  24. Dennis Young - "Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali Desert)" [Bureau B, 198?/2016]
  25. Paul Haig - "Lagondola 1" [LTM, 1991]
  26. Caroline K - "Between The Spaces 2" [Blackest Ever Black, 1987/2016]
  27. Percival Pembroke - "Lanzarote" [Genot Centre, 2016]
  28. Jon & Vangelis - "And When the Night Comes" [Polydor, 1983]
  29. Nicola Alesini & Pier Luigi Andreoni - "The Valley of Pamir" [Materiali Sonori, 1998]
  30. Daniel Lanois - "Low Sudden" [Anti-, 2016]
  31. Wilson Tanner - "Keith" [Growing Bin Records, 2016]
  32. Julee Cruise - "Questions in a World of Blue" [Warner Bros. Records, 1993]
Tuesday
May032016

Armchair Backlog, 2016 Q1

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The first quarter's best offerings in subdued music.

  1. Fatima Al Qadiri - "Power" [Hyperdub]
  2. Dorisburg - "Sagofabrik" [Hivern Discs]
  3. Andrew Cosentino - "Event of Default" [Hush Hush]
  4. Mary Lattimore - "The Quiet at Night" [Ghostly International]
  5. Phaeleh - "All That Remains" [Undertow]
  6. Wilson Tanner - "Long Water" [Growing Bin Records]
  7. Dawn Richard - "Not Above That (Deadboy Remix)" [Local Action Records]
  8. D.K. - "Evening Shadows" [Antinote]
  9. Anenon - "Body" [Friends of Friends]
  10. Max Casacci & Daniele Mana - "Like a Glass Angel" [Bad Panda]
  11. Imaginary Softwoods - "The Imminent Collapse Department" [S/R]
  12. Throwing Shade - "Underneath My Eyelids" [Ninja Tune]
  13. Tim Hecker - "Violet Monumental II" [4AD]
  14. Ex-Terrestrial - "Paraworld" [1080p]
Tuesday
Sep022014

Brenda Ray & A.r.t. Wilson - "Shimmer and Sway (Dawn Dance)"

Wednesday
Aug272014

A.r.t. Wilson - "Janine's Theme (Earth)" Video

Monday
Aug042014

The New Guard of New Age: Emerging Artists and Labels Shaping the Revival of New Age Music in 2014

New Age Revivalphoto by Monique Froese
The notion of a revival in new age music came stampeding to the attention of the music media sometime last year upon the release of two key reissue compilations: Yoga Records' I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950-1990 and Laraaji's Cosmic Tape Experiments, 1979-1987. Once these releases impacted, it seemed that every indie-leaning music site on the web had published its own lengthy new age feature. Media giants The New York Times, The Stranger and Boing Boing even grabbed a slice. Suddenly this entire counterculture-shunned musical discipline was a hot talking point and open for reexamination. Entire decades of meditative music were rediscovered and newly cherished by puffed up record collectors.

The coverage of this alleged revival seemed to fixate on reissues and the genre's early works. Artists and labels releasing new music under the new age umbrella were not discussed with much depth. So I've written some thoughts and observations on these emerging projects. My findings have shown me that new age has indeed returned, and it has a newfound reverence of the genre's lost heroes, who were explored on the abovementioned compilations.

Before we get started, perhaps I owe an explanation of what new age is, or at least how I think about it. Like "world music" or "electronic music," "new age music" is less of a genre and more of a broad category concerned with mood and function over any definitive tenants of rhythm or instrumentation. It started as a fragmented movement with roots in California in the 1970s. It was strongly aligned with new age literature, and new age bookstores became a romping ground for artists to peddle their limited-run home recordings. Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno campaigned against conventional "environmental music" in his linear notes for Music for Airports in 1978. (It's easy enough to assume that he was targeting many examples of new age.) "Conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest)," he wrote. In a crueler world, Eno might have written, "Calming music intended for a general audience doesn't tickle my hipster funny bone, so you shouldn't like it either." This was likely a landmark moment in the demise of new age as a credible musical discipline. By the mid '80s it had become identified as a more commercial enterprise.

The new artists and labels I've spotlit here are making music that harkens back to new age's golden age (as covered last year on I Am the Center and similar releases). While many of these artists align their work with the term new age, others do not and likely shudder at the notion of being labeled as such. In any case, this is merely my attempt at navigating a complicated and controversial reemerging genre.

Read about and listen to the nine featured artists and labels after the jump.

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Monday
May192014

A.r.t. Wilson - "Sarah's Theme (Air)"

Saturday
May032014

A.r.t. Wilson - "Water (Eternal Bliss Edit)"