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Friday, 9 February 2018

SubVersion Stop 304: Wire Chart 2017

I'm a bit behind with this one but, belatedly, here's my fifth (2017) set of acquisitions, obtained according to the criterion “buying one record reviewed in The Wire each month” – plus three more to make up a proper Wire 15 chart. For whoever's interest (or not), the previous four years were: 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The # marks denote the issues in which the records featured.

SubVersion 2017 15

#395 Ariel Guzik - Cordiox (VON Archives)
#396 Bobbie Johnson - You & I (Escape Route Media)
#397 Harriet Tubman - Araminta (Sunnyside)
#398 various - Total Reggae: Special Request (VP)
#399 Dopplereffekt - Cellular Automata (Leisure System)
#400 Dead Neanderthals - Craters (Consouling Sounds)
#401 Sarah Angliss - Ealing Feeder (Bandcamp)
#402 Bill Orcutt - Bill Orcutt (Palilalia)
#403 Maggi Payne - Crystal (Aguirre)
#404 Myra Melford Trio - Alive in the House of Saints (hatART)
#405 Melaine Dalibert - Ressac (Another Timbre)
#406 Wadada Leo Smith - Najwa (TUM)

+#396 Tanya Tagaq - Retribution (Six Shooter)
+#402 Jo Thomas - Sunshine Over Nimbus (Bandcamp)
+#405 Anji Cheung - Spirit as Creature (Utech)

Compiled by Jonathan Tait, subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk

My favourite of those has to be Bill Orcutt's LP of standards ripped out on solo electric guitar. Go listen to Lonely Woman if nothing else.

Friday, 2 February 2018

SV Stop 303: Fractals And Auditory Hallucinations

Hi friends and acquaintances,

Working on a type of think piece on auditory fractals. This simple example:

  • Something playing on the stereo, can be transduced as something else.
Filling this out: it's understanding auditory hallucination. It does help that my "out of it / drunk 24/7" state does lend me a certain cloudiness. Importantly though, anyone can listen to a tune on someone else's stereo and think "hang on, x sounds like y". "Then z, maybe", after they've assessed the gap between reason and logic.

Since the concept of perception is logic and reasoning based anyway, and each person has more of one reptilian brain variable than the other, the monkey-brain and neocortex are responsible for y and z decisions. That for one is simply because the amygdala reptilian brain processes things first, then the two smaller brains within the brain come up with other options. Plus other three-brained options. And so on and so on.

  • Depends on amount of possible timbres, pitches, and algorithms possible at any 1-2 bar interval.
1 bar, 2 bar. Space between takes in all of these certain typesets in music. The timbre is the type and quality if sound. The pitch is its melodic consonance and key. The algorithm is the particular processing of sounds.

  • Losing data (lossy Mp3s?) can transduce the idea that something is not quite normal.
Personally it's one of the most intriguing notions in music today - generation and regeneration in digital files whatever the format (CD, vinyl, Mp3, FLAC, et al)...machine code being manipulated.

  • Also the repeat function (fn) on music players changes the tone sometimes.
  • Whatever the musical content, the idea of lateral (mapping) thinking onto another thing is relevant.
  • It’s related to cross-examination in law, but importantly the point of it is to uncover deeper facts.
  • Conclusively I do not need to listen to a huge amount of “surface different” music to get a good fill.
  • This type of thinking could be argued to have stabilised the music industry of “tried and tested” method.