Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Are you an Artist or are you a Technician?" - Pean to Wilson - the durutti column

the quote that starts the durutti column disc Pean To Wilson is found half way through the clip. Excellent work.

Friday, November 20, 2009

*Venue Change* Felix Kubin - Blevin Blectum at Goethe-Institut Boston TONIGHT

Venue Change - Now at the Goethe Institut Boston in the Back Bay
Non-Event and Goethe-Institut Boston Present FELIX KUBIN
Friday, November 20th 2009 at 8:30 pm with Blevin Blechtum and DJ Ning Nong

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA
8:30 p.m. / $10

ALSO: Felix Kubin is performing live Saturday night at a
Montague Phantom Brain Exchange Special Event.
MPBE #22:

Felix Kubin
Gerty Farish
Schurt Kwitters
lecture by Deborah Frenkel
DJ Byron Coley

SATURDAY, NOV 21, 8pm, $7
National Spiritual Alliance Meetinghouse
2 Montague Ave
Lake Pleasant, MA

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FELIX KUBIN - BLEVIN BLECTUM (live in Boston) this FRIDAY - Novmeber 20, 2009

From the press release:

*** Friday, November, 20, 2009 ***

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

…making his Boston debut and only his second U.S. performance!
w/Blevin Blectum
and DJ Ning Nong (


MassArt, North Hall, Room 181
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA
8 p.m. / $10

About Felix Kubin:

FELIX KUBIN, born in a spring roll during a car accident, was a
lovechild of the homerecording era. His activities include futurist
pop, radio plays, electroacoustic, and works for chamber orchestra.
In 1998, he founded Gagarin Records. Kubin's music is saturated by
enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and 20th-century
avant-garde music. In the last 20 years he has released a large
number of diverse albums and played over 70 electronic music festivals.
One of electronic music's most dynamic performers, he likes to move
between high and low culture, clubs and concert halls, as his main
concern is the shifting of contexts and expectations.

Bevin Kelley (BLEVIN BLECTUM) is an electronic musician and multimedia
composer. Her performances are often loose narratives incorporating
live interactive electronic sound, manipulated field recordings,
film, action and costume. She holds degrees in English, Violin
Performance, Electronic Music and Recording Media, and Veterinary
Nursing. She has released four solo albums, and many more in
collaboration with other musicians and filmmakers. Bevin is one half
of the sonic/stage duo Blectum From Blechdom, recipients of the
2001 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Music. She
was one fourth of the audio/visual band Sagan. Her multimedia work
is often text-based, including a series of pieces based on Philip
K. Dick's short story 'The Preserving Machine', in which sheet music
is transformed into creatures and back again.

This concert is presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut Boston

Monday, November 16, 2009

OTC - NCP I - playlist November 13, 2009

"off the cuff" (NCP) with George 11/13/2009 07:00PM to 10:00PM

07:09PM Ovil Bianca "RaiDIO" from "Gravity = Love" (CD) on (K-RAA-K)3
07:14PM Felix Kubin "Lumiere Belge" from "Matki Wandalki" (CD) on A-musik
07:18PM Jay-Jay Johanson "It hurts me so" from "Whiskey" (CD) on BMG Sweden
07:24PM Mapstation "The protector" from "The Africa Chamber" on ~Scape
07:30PM Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie "Snowfall" from "Music from the Film Mysterious Skin"
07:36PM At Swim Two Birds "let her go" from "Before You Left" (CD) on Vespertine & Son
07:40PM The Durutti Column "the eye and the hand" from "The fruit of the original sin" on Les Disques Du Crepuscule
07:43PM Arbol "Summer and You" from "Acuarela Songs 3" on Acuarela
07:47PM Emptyset "Beyond" from "Emptyset" (CD) on Caravan
07:53PM A Band Apart "O My Beautiful Song" from "EP" (12 Inch) on Crammed Discs
08:00PM John Foxx "the shadow of a woman's hand" from "cathedral oceans III" (CD) on fullfill
08:05PM Nobukazu Takemura "wizard in circus" from "child & magic" (CD) on warner japan
08:08PM HYPO "The Perfect Kill" from "Random Veneziano" (CD) on Active Suspension
08:10PM Les Hurleurs "The Fall of Saigon" from "Blottie"
08:14PM Felix Kubin "hit me, provider" from "Matki Wandalki" (CD) on A-musik
08:17PM Gusgus "take me baby" from "24/7" (CD) on Kompakt
08:23PM Jimi Tenor "Sugardaddy" from "Intervision" (CD) on Warp
08:29PM Tuxedomoon "Luther Blisset" from "Cabin in the Sky" (CD) on Crammed Discs
08:34PM Coti "piccolo poema urbano" from "[metamoria\>" on vibrant music
08:39PM Jay-Jay Johanson "I'm Older Now" from "Whiskey" (CD) on BMG Sweden
08:50PM Mapstation "Return of the hunters" from "The Africa Chamber" on ~Scape
08:55PM Mark Van Hoen "Gifts and Prizes" from "Playing with Time" (CD) on Apollo
09:00PM Hiroshi Fujiwara "hard boiled dub" from "In Dub Conference" (CD) on Victor (japan)
09:09PM Christina Kubisch "Security" from "Five Electrical Walks" (CD) on Important
09:10PM Emptyset "Awake" from "Emptyset" (CD) on Caravan
09:15PM Telefax "0111101011010000" from "des courbes de choses invisibles" (CD) on dora dorovitch
09:19PM Felix Kubin + Coolhaven "arger dich nicht" from "suppe fur die nacht"
09:19PM Felix Kubin + Coolhaven "auf den stufen deiner schonheit" from "suppe fur die nacht"
09:20PM Felix Kubin + Coolhaven "There is a Garden" from "suppe fur die nacht"
09:29PM Domotic "smiles again" from "smiles again" (MiniCD) on Active Suspension
09:46PM Mountains "Melodica" from "Choral" (CD) on Thrill Jockey

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jay-Jay Johanson's playlist lately

from his blog post:

the songs played before the shows in France, Luxembourg and Russia was

Gong - the octave doctors and the crystal machine
Kraftwerk - harmonika
Astor Piazzolla - can't remember what song
Ryuichi Sakamoto - hwit
Pat Metheny - electric counterpoint, slow
Chet Baker - blue bossa
Radio String Orchestra - you know, you know
Kronos Quartet - after the war
Steve Reich - six marimbas
Penguin Cafe Orchestra - the sound of someone you love who's going away and it doesn't matter
Miles Davis - in a silent way
Charles Mingus - self portrait in three colours


Its funny to me - I play that Penguin Cafe Orchestra track on my radio show often.

NOTE: I will be on the air tomorrow night - 1900-2200 EST

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Felix Kubin - Momus (live)

"There is a Garden" and "Hello" (being a Lionel Ritchie cover).

just to get ready....

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Take Some Time Out

It is a beautiful crisp fall day. A time of reflection as all yearly passings are. The quiet semblance of clear landscapes. I strive for space and silence. Bathed in sunlight. An assessment and a drive forward into the future. I hope things will be better for all parties involved. That we could grow in a productive manner. I have so many books to read here. The main objective is to repair the damage and rebuild oneself as best possible. "when you pass so close to me to hold my emotions..." Another breath, another step forward. A whole month of this silence and remembrance. To learn that you can't get away with this forever. Someone will come to you. Bathed in sunlight.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Laboratory - Grand Opening - Ryoji Ikeda - U.S. Premiere of Datamatics [Ver.2.0]

The Grand Opening of the Laboratory here in Cambridge is on my Birthday, this Sunday, November 8, 2009. At Sanders Theater, there will be the U.S. Premiere of Ryoji Ikeda's Datamatics [Ver.2.0].

From the press release:

9pm Sunday, November 8th

Sanders Theatre
$20 general admission, $5 students

Buy Tickets

"THE LABORATORY at Harvard presents Ryoji Ikeda's audiovisual concert datamatics [ver.2.0] - the United States premiere of this work and his first Boston-area performance ever.

datamatics [ver.2.0] is the latest audiovisual concert in Ikeda's datamatics series, an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi-substance of data that permeates our world.

Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

The technical dynamics of datamatics [ver.2.0], including its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, challenge the thresholds of our perceptions and the capabilities of the technology used.

This performance coincides with the opening of The Laboratory at Harvard, a new exhibition and idea lab space catalyzing innovation in the arts and sciences.

Tickets available at the Harvard Box Office (617.496.2222 - 1350 Massachusetts Avenue - Cambridge, MA 02138) or online:"

ALSO NOTE: Kate Connolly's Article in the Guardian UK about Paris's Le Laboratoire.

SPECIAL THANKS TO JON of BRAINWASHED for pointing this out to me.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Three Days Left.

Its three days now. What have I learned so far? Where am I going? (I feel like Gauguin for a moment there- asking questions that are impossible to answer) From this life to another passing through time looking back on all that came before. Another quick scan, another place to be thankful for. I had one of the most exciting and somewhat heartbreaking summers in a long time. This is good. It is an adventure I want to continue. I’ve been focusing on those moments lately where one says goodbye. That past reflection when she left – it doesn’t matter who or when its just the few second of total disconnect replayed in my mind over and over. The chemical rush of excitement as I was confident and full of hope and not worried and waiting rest assured it would all continue the “o I should mention this but it can wait because I will certainly see you again soon”. Only to have those hopes crushed on the rocks and washed away in to the ocean of time. Or something like that emerged the next moment being cut off without equivocation. Perhaps it was the age, conflicting interests, divided loyalties, overcome by pursuit...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

That description

FRIDAY: NCP I – “Off the Cuff” with George – An investigation into the anxiety created by the pressures and loneliness of modern life. Anything that isn’t “rock”. Creative experiments in sound.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Another Setting
Five days left, as it were, embarking on a new journey perhaps. Then again, perhaps not my mind is consumed by the presence of memory. I feel locked in this stasis trying to comprehend past events. What could have led to this? Why am i so vulnerable now? Why do I long so much for ... the promise of a few more moments. Its difficult to keep drifting with no actual knowledge of what lies ahead. My life is "spun out of control", or it has run away with my ---- never to bring it back. Day to day advice helps, words that bring me back into the picture, that bring me hope. I don't know if I regret anything or its just a failure to understand what happened. Again, if I cannot communicate clearly how can I possibly comprehend past events? I move around for awhile asking myself the same questions. Hoping for closure or the promise of a new beginning.

Monday, November 02, 2009