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RIYL-ty Bytes: Craig Leon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Craig Leon, to you ~

Some tracks I played on various radio shows so far this year: Celsius Drop on dublab, Charlie Bones’s Do!!You!!! Breakfast Show on NTS, Henry Rollins on KCRW, and others. Some are my own, but they’re mainly pieces from friends, colleagues, and musicians who I admire and have been listening to lately.

There are a few rediscoveries like the piano music of George Antheil which I’ve been listening to a lot along with various prepared piano pieces. I was inspired to revisit a few of these (including one I did in 1982) when I heard the work of Kelly Moran, who is continuing on in this area. I heard her when I played Moogfest earlier this year. She drew my attention back to the work of Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. There’s also a lesser-known piece from William Basinski which is piano-based…

I feel like it’s getting to be the time to write something new that features piano.

I am not particularly a fan of Spotify or streaming services and do not advocate that the format should be the sole purveyors of sonic entertainment. However, I’ve done this playlist to see if Spotify can unconsciously help fulfill the need that exists for the promotion of new and “difficult” music.

I’m going to leave this list up for a while and then contact my friends and colleagues who are on it to see if they experienced any response at all from listeners who may have first heard their work on this list. I hope that some have been able to contact new listeners.

Best,
Craig

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August 5, 2019

Anatolian Weapons feat. Seirios Savvaidis – To The Mother Of Gods – Out Today

Anatolian Weapons, the newest project of Athens, Greece-based artist Aggelos Baltas, debuts on Beats In Space Records with To The Mother Of Gods. Best known for a handful of celebrated EBM 12”s as Dream Weapons and a particularly heady brand of krautrock as Fantastikoi Hxoi, Baltas conceived of his Anatolian Weapons project as a way to bring together these two concepts within a distinctly Greek lineage.

On To The Mother Of Gods, Baltas reinterprets eight compositions from local musician Seirios Savvaidis, dissolving traditional recordings and folk lyricism into a Golden Pudel-approved percussive storm, where polyrhythms envelop soaring chants and basslines repeat and swirl. Baltas steers the listener through Athenian past and present, seeking a future sound as wind-kissed and mystical as his country’s oldest yet lifted by the swell of dancefloor dynamics.

To The Mother Of Gods is out now on limited vinyl and unlimited digital forms. Learn more here

June 14, 2019

Johannes Klingebiel – Positional Play


OUT TODAY

The latest 12” in a new chapter of Beats In Space Records, Johannes Klingebiel’sPositional Play comes in a sharp dressed sleeve, bumper-stickered and ready to rip under the needle’s sturdy pressure.

Positional Play – a carbonated collection of capers to stray and sway with – is available now in LP and digital formats at our shop.

May 17, 2019

Help Pauline Anna Strom

photo by Aubrey Trinnaman

Friends,

We’re writing on behalf of a friend: musician and remote healer Pauline Anna Strom (Paula). Paula is visually impaired (blind since birth), elderly (in her 60s), and lives in a rent-controlled apartment in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco with her two reptiles, Little Soulstice and Miss Huff. Since the 70s this apartment has been the center of Paula’s universe, and is the very place where Trans-Millenia Music , a collection of her sound explorations from the 80s that RVNG released in 2017, was conceived and recorded. 

Paula recently fractured a part of her hip after falling over some furniture on her apartment balcony. She crawled, with her twenty pound cyclura iguana in her arms, back into the apartment to call for an ambulance. Paula was admitted to a hospital where she had a successful surgery followed by almost a month at Jewish Home & Rehab Center, but was returned to her apartment last week when her appeal for additional rehabilitation time was rejected. She is slowly regaining her physical faculties, though is in an immense amount of pain. This pain was very recently amplified by the sudden / shocking passing of a close friend and caretaker. 

Paula is essentially – and fiercely – an independent person. Her insurance covered a part of her rehab, but now she is contending with the cost of additional hospital billing, in home physical therapy visits, and general living expenses. While Paula would much prefer to cover accumulating bills through her healing practice fees, her condition, recovery, and the (necessary) professional assessments / disruptions do not make that an immediately solvent solution.

With Paula’s permission, we’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help offset these bills (her insurance only covered $28 of the ambulance bill, to provide some perspective) and living expenses for the next few months.

Just before her accident, Paula was composing new music for the first time in decades. We are anticipating some of that music to arrive to our Brooklyn headquarters soon, and depending on her comfort level, offering some of it immediately on Bandcamp to help raise some financial support and awareness to Paula’s predicament.

We are also looking for volunteers in the Bay Area who may be able to contribute some time to her mutual care calendar. Almost more pressing than financial aid and in the absence of her trusted friend’s passing, Paula needs help with lifting / carrying dishes and groceries, feeding the reptiles (we’ve met them; they are sweethearts), sorting the mail, reading digital displays on her synthesizers and phone. It would be any day of the week after 2 pm. Paula is a reiki master and is able to offer sessions in exchange for help around her apartment.

Thank you so much for consideration. It means the world to Paula, and to us.

RVNG Intl.
https://www.gofundme.com/pauline-anna-strom-recovery

May 7, 2019

HERE004 – Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague – full/new

Now available in digital format

full/new is an expression of mutual planetary motion. Drawing a school of listeners to the floor of Commend’s relatively small interior on a late July Sunday afternoon in 2018, Emily A. Sprague and Lightbath (aka Bryan Noll) provided an hour of aqueous reflections that whispered with the trees outside on Forsyth street and tempered the activity of the surrounding island.

Mastered by Andrew Osterhoudtfull/new was originally presented as a limited run of cassettes in hand-numbered cases as part of our Commend Here series, which captures the magical moments of select Commend events. It is now available in digital format for enjoyment in the ether. 

March 29, 2019

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano “Anata”

A video by Spencer Doran

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano share “Anata,” the second offering from serenitatem, their upcoming collaborative album for the longstanding FRKWYS series. Recorded as a quartet in Tokyo at Sounduno Studios after Spencer Doran (one half of Visible cloaks, alongside Ryan Carlile) and Ojima spent months remotely exchanging sound sketches, serenitatem demonstrates a number of creative strategies. One of which, MIDI randomization, features prominently on “Anata.”

The process gave the quartet melodic lines that informed the composition and what Doran calls “randomized clouds,” or “tightly grouped notes that become smeared tonal clusters functioning more like chords in themselves.” Carlile would also feed Ojima and Shibano’s text into Wotja, a generative music software which produced a MIDI language around which the group expanded their compositions.

On “Anata, Shibano’s spoken word floats atop lulling swells of synthetic woodwinds and vocalizations. In Doran’s video, “Anata” is visualized over panoramic views of a hyper-pigmented lawn and sky.

March 28, 2019