Felipe Otondo’s Tutuguri

tutuguri coverTutuguri 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 off with some of the most delightful clangor I’ve ever heard, with hard, bright percussive sounds mingled with rich, voluptuous electronic sounds. Delightful clangor is a particular favorite of mine, and this piece delivers it in spades. In fact, I have to confess that for awhile the other three pieces on this CD seemed less engaging to me. So much so, that I had to come up with a strategem for this review, which was to listen to them in reverse order. Fortunately, that simple little trick actually worked. Now they all seem equally engaging and delightful, and I can now write about each of them without any favoritism.

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…

The Future of Asymmetry

Aside from a very welcome donation last year from a staunch supporter, Asymmetry Music Magazine has operated solely from funding off of one source. After seven years, that source has dried up. For Asymmetry to continue its mission of reporting on new music concerts and recommending recordings of new music and interviewing the people who…

A Moveable Feast: The Odyssey of Anthem Records

Over the past eight years, one of Portland’s coolest music stores has wandered around the town, from just off of Belmont on the east side to Couch Street downtown then back to the east side on 28th and Flanders to its most recent location on Sandy and 28th (2706). For this last move, I had…