Echofluxx 14

IMG_0084Echofluxx 14 had a whole different vibe from the preceding year, even though it was in the same place and many of the same people were there. This is a tribute to Dan Senn’s ability to keep everything fresh and new from year to year. It is a festival about which very little can be predicted. A big plus to my thinking, having been to many festivals over the years that were cookie-cutter versions of themselves, even though different people attended and different pieces were played.

This one, the fourth annual, opened with well-known Prague artist Phaerentz, whose set was as solid as you might expect. So you might have been able to predict that much at least. His set was almost forty minutes long, and, after some noodling at the beginning (factory-type sounds, as was appropriate for that space) settled down to a throbbing drone that made me think at the time, “I hope this goes on for quite some time.” It did.

Echofluxx 13

Echofluxx returned to Tracfačka Arena for the 2013 and 2014 festivals. This is a large space with an impossibly high ceiling. Its sonic personality is quite strong, a force to be reckoned with. And interestingly enough, the first music for Echofluxx 13 was a set of two pieces by Michael Schumacher that had been performed…

Felipe Otondo’s Tutuguri

Tutuguri is a really splendid CD. In the first place, the sounds are gorgeous. All of them. In every track. Ear-grabbingly gorgeous. And in the second place, the pieces are well made–so cunningly constructed as to sound fresh and new even after they have become well-known and familiar. The first track, Irama, starts the album…

Emmanuelle Gibello @ Instants Chavirés

As you may have already noticed, Asymmetry has recently reviewed Gibello’s first CD, Labyrinthe/c104 goto N901, and had a little conversation about her on this podcast. We were already planning to attend the INA-GRM Présences electronique festival, so when we found out that she would be presenting the MOLF at Instants Chavirés only days before…

Echofluxx12

Echofluxx is, I think, unique in Czech festivals. It presents the very latest of the latest, which is naturally very risky. But without festivals like this, willing to ride the very edge of the edge, where would tomorrow’s music be? Having traded a donation to the first Echofluxx festival for attending in person, Asymmetry decided…

Asymmetry on the road, spring 2013

Upcoming shows that Asymmetry will be attending: 1 April. Emmanuelle Gibello at Instants Chavirés I’m writing this report on 1 April. I apologize to everyone for leaving it literally to the last day. If you’re in Paris already, go see this show. http://www.instantschavires.com/spip.php?article797 5-7 April. INA-GRM: Présences électronique You have a couple of days left,…

Adam Stansbie–Isthmus

The five pieces on Adam Stansbie’s Isthmus are presented in chronological order, tempting one to draw conclusions about the evolution of style. But when I succumbed to that temptation (in my mind) all I found was that these five pieces are different. And really, isn’t that all that’s necessary? That a composer gives you something…

Emmanuelle Gibello–Labyrinthe/c104 goto N901

Your first step into the labyrinth is with the hollow creaking and clanking of Bamboo Cry. The background, which started out as silence, gradually fills with other sounds until the whole thing becomes very rich and dense. Not too gradually, though. Bamboo Cry is only 2′ 39″. But it’s as sweet a two and a…

Asymmetry on the radio

Asymmetry founding editor Michael Karman will be Robert McBride’s guest on Club Mod this Saturday. Club Mod is a show on All Classical KQAC in Portland, OR. And while the realities of programming on a classical station means that some of the things Asymmetry values could not be played, I think we have still come…

Donating from outside the US

Up until this past Christmas, the donate button for Asymmetry Music Magazine did not allow donations from outside the United States. I have had all the information necessary to have concluded this all year long, but lacked the intelligence necessary to draw the conclusion. This Christmas, the problem was shoved under my nose and then…