Yeti Rain — Nest of Storms
(Crimsonic, 2008, CD)
by K. Leimer, Published 2009-07-01Subverted expectations are always a refreshing experience in music. In the case of bassist William Kopecky and sax artist Roger Ebner, the subversion is expected. Nest of Storms opens with “Aa,” a piece that, despite its instruments of origination, sounds for all the world like some rather expert singing by humpback whales. While not always pacific, the six pieces which follow show Nest of Storms to be more interested in timbre, a suspended soundstage and a tradition honoring the primacy of sound: one dating farther back than the still exemplary Guitar Solos by Fred Frith. That notion of extracting sounds not intended by the instrument’s design has exploded far beyond attaching alligator clips, bolts and pieces of mirror to embrace an array of processing and modifying technologies that put the old Mutron Bi-Phase to shame. Extensive enough for processing to become an instrument in its own right. Where Nest of Storms fits in this company is a little hard to say. As adventurous and fluid as the work is, eschewing structural concerns in favor of timbral profundity in ways that evoke a broad range of emotional tenor, there is still a limiting factor to the sources that sounds, like it needs more thought before the whole can become as articulate as extant works by Frith, or Toop, or Fripp – as Annie Dillard might say, teaching a stone to talk. Still, the music improvised here is legitimately part of the work gratefully hastening the collapse of “ambient” as a usable term.
Related artist(s): Yeti Rain
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Tammen / Harth / Dahlgren / Rosen - Expedition - Live at the Knitting Factory – The artist alone decides what music appears on their ESP Disk, and yet such is the nature of music, marketing, labels, and categorization that you and I can have fair idea what music they are going to... (2008) » Read more