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Disquiet in Print

The sixth issue of e/i magazine is out. In it I interview dub figure Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi and one half of Sub Dub) about working with downtown Manhattan out-jazz elite, branching into film music and facing the self-fulfilling prophecy of paying musical tribute to Franz Kafka.

I also review the following albums: Alarm Will Sound‘s Acoustica (Cantaloupe), the broadly reported collection of Aphex Twin covers by an almost entirely acoustic new-music ensemble; Autechre & the Hafler Trio‘s aeo3 & 3hae (Die Stadt), a pairing that’s got more psychedelically abstract Hafler than it does beat-bashing Autechre; Christopher Bissonnette‘s Periphery (Kranky), one of my favorite records of last year (“Best of 2005”); Boduf SongsBoduf Songs (Kranky), sad folk tunes played with funereal grace; Converter‘s Expansion Pack 2.0 (Ant-Zen), a union of industrial music and minimal techno; the Dead Texan‘s very introspective The Dead Texan (Kranky); Dub Gabriel‘s Bass Jihad (Azra), with its Middle Eastern affectations and urban inclinations; Zbigniew Karkowski‘s static and solitary One and Many (Sub Rosa); Daniel Lanois‘ rootsy Belladonna (Anti); Morgenstern‘s Teutonic Two Different Faces (Ant-Zen); M2‘s bracing The Frozen Spark (Ant-Zen); Silk Saw‘s Empty Rooms (Ant-Zen), a score for a play; the Village Orchestra‘s Et in Arcadia Ego (Highpoint Lowlife), all glistening epiphanies and flash-forward road music; and one compilation, the Danish Rump Comp Vol. 1 (Rump).

All that material will be ported to Disquiet.com around the time the seventh issue of e/i hits newsstands. More info at ei-mag.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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