Monty Adkins’ alternate soundtrack to Warhol’s static 8 hour ‘Empire’ *** Eliane Radigue‘s ever-changing sonic stasis on a 14-CD box set. Ever moving, ever standing still.
Monty Adkins’ ‘Moeror’ is dedicated to Jóhann Jóhannsson; Halftribe‘s latest album can be played in the summer (…or in any other season…)
With his impressive back catalogue, Monty Adkins has become one of my favourite artist.
So it’s great news when TWO new albums are released almost simultaneously!
Monty Adkins he often chooses a single instrument to work with and then starts exploring its possibilities and manipulating its sounds.
And while the starting point and sounds are very different to begin with, he manages to create a ‘sound-field’ that is immediately recognisable.
“Unfurling Streams”, his recent release on Crónica, is based on recordings of percussion instruments made by Jonny Axelsson (a much praised percussionist with impressive experience in playing contemporary music by composers like Stockhausen, Ligeti and Kevin Volans) and Monty Adkins himself.
‘Borderlands’ is an extended meditation for multitracked cellos recorded by cellist William Mace. The composition ‘comprises of six interludes and six extended panels, each comprising twenty-eight short melodic fragments. Each panel uses the same fragments to form new melodies and harmonies.” – but for the listener it feels – and can be enjoyed – as one single uninterrupted piece.
A piece in which every single detail has its place, a piece that conveys that everything is as it should be. A very, very comforting piece.
It’s a digital download release (no physical counterpart) that comes with an interactive iBook containing music, text, moving image and film, created by Deborah Templeton (writer), Jason Payne (video artist), and Stephen Harvey (photographer, graphic designer) in response to Monty Adkins’ music.
When I first read the title of Monty Adkins‘ latest album, “Four Shibusa”, I imagined a Shibusa would probably be some kind of exotic Japanese wind instrument.
I was wrong: it turns out ‘Shibusa’ is a japanese concept ‘describing the inherent simplicity and beauty in everyday objects’.
(Shibusa) “refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty, and can apply to a wide variety of subjects, not just art or fashion”.
- Shibui objects appear to be simple overall but they include subtle details, such as textures, that balance simplicity with complexity.
- This balance of simplicity and complexity ensures that one does not tire of a shibui object but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty that cause its aesthetic value to grow over the years.
- Shibui objects are not necessarily imperfect or asymmetrical, though they can include these qualities.
- Shibusa walks a fine line between contrasting aesthetic concepts such as elegant and rough or spontaneous and restrained.
This description strikingly seems to apply to what most ‘ambient’ music tries to achieve…so there’s a good start for further investigation!
Venturing into the darkness with Skrika (Monty Adkins) and the Lovecraftian tragedy of Jason Köhnen’s The Lovecraft Sextet.
The february edition of DreamScenes, with some great tracks from new and forthcoming releases.
This editions presents new music from Monty Adkins, Loscil, Sonmi451, Hessien, K. Novotny, Sonae, Ricardo Donoso, Eric Holm, Sankt Otten, Second Moon of Winter, Lost Trail and Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà.