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MP3 Discussion Group: Brian Eno’s ‘Small Craft on a Milk Sea’

Following a brief hiatus, the Disquiet.com MP3 Discussion Group returns with its first full-length-recording consideration since pondering the reissue of Thomas Köner’s glacial Permafrost, back in August. This time around, we’re deep in the varied chambers of Brian Eno‘s first ever album for Warp Records, Small Craft on a Milk Sea, which is also credited to guitarist Leo Abrahams and to electronic musician Jon Hopkins.

Participating with me in this week’s MP3 Discussion Group are:

Alan Lockett: “I write music reviews and commentary on ambient/drone, the more adventurous end of techno/house, post-dub, and IDM. Based in Bristol, epicentre of the Dub-zone in the Wild West of England, I can mainly be read on igloomag.com and furthernoise.org.”

Julian Lewis: “I write much of Lend Me Your Ears, a UK/Spain-based MP3 blog that appreciates less obvious music.”

Joshua Maremont: “I record as Thermal and pursue my musical and other obsessions in San Francisco.”

Evan Shamoon: “I write about video games for various publications (EGM, PlayStation magazine), and music technology for some others (XLR8R magazine, Switched.com). I also make electronic music as giantmecha, 99.9% of which sits on my hard drive.”

And I’m Marc Weidenbaum; I have run disquiet.com since 1996, and have written for Nature, Down Beat, newmusicbox.org, and other publications; I live in San Francisco.

The conversation will play out in this post’s comments section.

A little note on the MP3 Discussion Group format: This is by no means a closed conversation, so do feel free to join in. The initial posts by participants were all written before they had an opportunity to see each other’s take on the release in question, but after that it’s intended to play out in real time.

More on Brian Eno at brian-eno.net and the Small Craft album at warp.net.

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MP3 Discussion Group: Thomas Köner’s Glacial ‘Permafrost’

The Disquiet.com “MP3 Discussion Group”returns with its first full-length-recording consideration since pondering Autechre’s Move of Ten EP (see: disquiet.com) last month. This time around, we’ve been listening intently to the glacial ambience of Permafrost, the third in Thomas Köner‘s triptych. The Type record label has this year reissued Permafost (originally released in 1993) and its two preceding volumes, Nunatak and Teimo. Type streams all its releases for free, which makes this album a particularly good one for an online discussion:

If for whatever reason that music player fails to load, you can listen to Permafrost at its soundcloud.com/_type page.

Participating with me in this week’s MP3 Discussion Group are:

Alan Lockett: “I write music reviews and commentary on ambient/drone, the more adventurous end of techno/house, post-dub, and IDM. Based in Bristol, epicentre of the Dub-zone in the Wild West of England, I can mainly be read on igloomag.com and furthernoise.org.”

Joshua Maremont: “I record as Thermal and pursue my musical and other obsessions in San Francisco.”

Tom Moody: “I am a visual artist who also makes music, and blogs at tommoody.us. My informal ”˜statement of musical principles’ can be found at tommoody.us. All my music is at tommoody.us.”

Nick Seaver: “I’m an anthropology and media studies grad student who studies automation and experimental music, and I collect things along those lines at noiseforairports.com.”

And I’m Marc Weidenbaum; I have run disquiet.com since 1996, and have written for Nature, Down Beat, newmusicbox.org, weallmakemusic.com, Stereophile, and other publications; I live in San Francisco.

The conversation will play out in this post’s comments section, below.

A little note on the MP3 Discussion Group format: This is by no means a closed conversation, so do feel free to join in. The initial posts by participants were all written before they had an opportunity to see each other’s take on the release in question, but after that it’s intended to play out in real time.

More on Thomas Köner and Permafrost at typerecords.com.

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MP3 Discussion Group: Autechre’s Follow-Up EP

The Disquiet.com “MP3 Discussion Group”returns with its first full-length-recording consideration since pondering Oh, Oval’s recent return to commercial recording in almost a decade (see: disquiet.com). This time around, we’ve been listening intently to Move of Ten, the new EP by Autechre, the duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth — it follows quickly on Autechre’s full-length album Oversteps. The 10-track Move of Ten has characteristic titles like “pce freeze 28i,” “ylmo0,” and “Cep puiqMX” — what sonic characteristics it shares with previous Autechre releases is up for discussion.

Participating with me in this week’s MP3 Discussion Group are:

Alan Lockett: “I write music reviews and commentary on ambient/drone, the more adventurous end of techno/house, post-dub, and IDM. Based in Bristol, epicentre of the Dub-zone in the Wild West of England, I can mainly be read on igloomag.com and furthernoise.org.”

Joshua Maremont: “I record as Thermal and pursue my musical and other obsessions in San Francisco.”

Tom Moody: “I am a visual artist who also makes music, and blogs at tommoody.us. My informal ‘statement of musical principles’ can be found at tommoody.us. All my music is at tommoody.us.”

The conversation will play out in this post’s comments section, below.

A little note on the MP3 Discussion Group format: This is by no means a closed conversation, so do feel free to join in. The initial posts by participants were all written before they had an opportunity to see each other’s take on the release in question, but after that it’s intended to play out in real time.

More on Autechre’s Move of Ten at the website of its releasing label, warp.net. It’s available now as a download. Physical release will arrive July 12.

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MP3 Discussion Group: Oval’s ‘Oh’

The Disquiet.com “MP3 Discussion Group” returns with its first full-length-recording consideration since last December, when the subject was the Monolake record Silence (see: disquiet.com). The latest object of our collective, occasionally obsessive, close listening is the forthcoming EP Oh by Oval, aka Markus Popp, who is making a return to commercial recording for the first time in almost a decade (not counting one record as part of the duo So). Popp/Oval is synonymous with so-called “glitch” music, in which the errors inherent in digital technology become part of the composition process. Oh marks a new direction for Oval, with its inclusion of recognizable instrumentation. The EP will be released later this month, on June 15, by the label Thrill Jockey.

Participating with me in this week’s MP3 Discussion Group are:

Colin Buttimer: “I publish Hard Format, a website dedicated to the sublime in music design. My writing archive and photography is at eleventhvolume.com.”

Julian Lewis: “I write much of Lend Me Your Ears, a UK/Spain-based MP3 blog that appreciates less obvious music.”

Alan Lockett: “I write music reviews and commentary on ambient/drone, the more adventurous end of techno/house, post-dub, and IDM. Based in Bristol, epicentre of the Dub-zone in the Wild West of England, I can mainly be read on igloomag.com and furthernoise.org.”

Joshua Maremont: “I record as Thermal and pursue my musical and other obsessions in San Francisco.”

The conversation will play out in this post’s comments section, below.

A little note on the MP3 Discussion Group format: This is by no means a closed conversation, so do feel free to join in. The initial posts by participants were all written before they had an opportunity to see each other’s take on the EP in question, but after that it’s intended to play out in real time.

More on Oval’s EP Oh at the website of its releasing label, thrilljockey.com.

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MP3 Discussion Group: Monolake’s ‘Silence’

Every week or so, the MP3 Discussion Group gets together online to talk about a recent release. Monolake‘s new album, Silence, is the latest object of our collective, occasionally obsessive, close listening. The album’s 10 tracks are a resolutely percussive minimal techno from an individual with a unique vantage on the tools that generate his sounds. Monolake, aka Robert Henke, works on the development of Ableton Live, a popular music software suite. As a form of “production notes,” Henke included the following paragraph on his website, monolake.de, where brief snippets of the album’s tracks are all available for listening:

“Sound sources include field recordings of airport announcements, hammering on metal plates at the former Kabelwerk Oberspree, Berlin, several sounds captured inside the large radio antenna dome at Teufelsberg, Berlin, dripping water at the Botanical Garden Florence, air condition systems and turbines in Las Vegas, Frankfurt and Tokyo, walking on rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, wind from the Grand Canyon, a friends answering machine, a printer, conversations via mobile phones, typing on an old Macintosh keyboard and recordings from tunnel works in Switzerland. Synthetic sounds created with the software instruments Operator, Tension, Analog and the build in effects inside Ableton Live. Additional sound design and sequencing using MAXMSP / MaxForLive. Additional reverb: various impulse repsonses via Altiverb. Composed, edited and mixed in Live with a pair of Genelec 8040s. Mastering by Rashad Becker at Audioanwendungen September 2009. Field recordings captured with a Sony PCM D-50.”

Participating with me in this week’s MP3 Discussion Group are:

Colin Buttimer: “I publish Hard Format, a website dedicated to the sublime in music design. My writing archive and photography is at eleventhvolume.com.”

Julian Lewis: “I write much of Lend Me Your Ears, a UK/Spain-based MP3 blog that appreciates less obvious music.”

Alan Lockett: “I write music reviews and commentary on ambient/drone, the more adventurous end of techno/house, post-dub, and IDM. Based in Bristol, epicentre of the Dub-zone in the Wild West of England, I can mainly be read on igloomag.com and furthernoise.org.”

Joshua Maremont: “I record as Thermal and pursue my musical and other obsessions in San Francisco.”

The conversation will play out in this post’s comments section.

A little note on MP3 Discussion Group format: This is by no means a closed conversation, so do feel free to join in. The initial posts by participants were all written before they had an opportunity to see each other’s take on the album in question, but after that it’s intended to play out in real time.

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