Thursday, January 6, 2022

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Bernhard Günter, Un peu de neige salie
  • J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos (Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini) (disc 1)
  • Kevin Drumm, New Old Card
  • Bernhard Günter, Un peu de neige salie
  • Jim O’Rourke, Tamper
  • Masami Akita / Mats Gustafsson / Jim O’Rourke, One Bird Two Bird
  • Peter Brötzmann / Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke, Two City Blues 1
  • Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey, Royal (disc 2)
  • Anthony Braxton, 12 Comp (ZIM) 2017 (disc 9)
  • Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt, Made out of Sound
  • Jemeel Moondoc, Judy’s Bounce
  • Grateful Dead, Live/Dead
  • Jim O’Rourke, All Kinds of People Love Burt Bacharach
  • Cynthia Dall, Sound Restores Young Men
  • The Verlaines, Bird Dog
  • Black Uhuru, Liberation: The Island Anthology (disc 2)
  • The Mighty Diamonds, Right Time
  • Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks, Cruisin’ for Surf Bunnies

Jim O'Rourke, Tamper

Revisiting early Jim O’Rourke recordings, I’m dazzled how they blossom on a decent stereo or good headphones, two things I couldn’t afford in the 1990s, my student years.

Back then, Tamper, which I dubbed to cassette and played through Walkman headphones, registered mostly as “drone”, not as the highly specific textures and layering of textures I hear now.

And I remember attempting, in my Chicago apartment, to listen to Bernhard Günter’s Un peu de neige salie — a CD Jim would rave about, circa 1994, to anyone within range. But I was driven to distraction by my humming refrigerator, my clanking and hissing radiator, cars passing by outside, and the failure of my crummy speakers to convey anything subtle. “The music on this CD is intended to be listened to at very low volume”, the liner notes said, taunting me.

On an acoustic free-improv date like Acoustics, the same speakers also smashed all the instruments together into one gnarled mass and sanded off their grain and sparkle. Revisiting that record now, it sounds like four people in a room, and I can almost hear the air currents in the room.

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