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Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita: Process And Reality

Read "Process And Reality" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since guitarist Richard Pinhas' returned to music in the 1990s, his appetite for touring and recording with various artists has produced an impressive array of albums. Another generation knows him from his 1970s work with the prog/space/electronic rock outfit Heldon. Current listeners await each new solo release and encounters with the likes of science fiction writers ...

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Richard Pinhas - Barry Cleveland: Mu

Read "Mu" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

French guitarist and electronics ace Richard Pinhas set high standards for electronic rock with the advent of Heldon back in 1974. But his voluminous discography as a solo artist and collaborator surges onward with two concurrent 2016 releases for Cuneiform Records: Process and Reality with drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and noise electronics whiz Masami Akita aka Merzbow, ...

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Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness

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The often repeated refrain to a complaint about music is, “If it's too loud, then you're too old," doesn't apply to An Untroublesome Defencelessness by Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Balázs Pándi. You probably should just agree, it is too loud. With any Merzbow record, it just seems to never gets old.

Of late, Merzbow's, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2014

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2014" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 15-19, 2014

Victoriaville, Quebec is a town of some 40,000 two hours east of Montreal, a regional center known for the sober pursuits of dairy and wood production. For the past three decades (beginning in 1983), the town has also hosted ...

Taking stock, a year half over

Read "Taking stock, a year half over" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This month, at the halfway point in the year of music, we are taking stock, and there have been so many great discs released. Here is my list (in no particular order) of the best albums so far. I predict many of these will make final top ten 2013 lists. Sorry, I couldn't keep my list ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Cuneiform Records: Growing Progressive Music for 27 Years

Read "Cuneiform Records: Growing Progressive Music for 27 Years" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Twenty seven years is a long time for a niche progressive music label such as Cuneiform Records not just to survive, but to remain inventive and, in the best sense, ambitious. Steve Feigenbaum founded Cuneiform back in 1984, and with his wife, Joyce, runs it from Silver Springs, Maryland. Hosting bands such as Universe Zero, digging ...

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Richard Pinhas - Merzbow: Rhizome [CD + DVD]

Read "Rhizome [CD + DVD]" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo Keio Line, il duo del francese Richard Pinhas e del musicista giapponese Merzbow pubblica questo CD/DVD dal titolo Rhizome. Esatttamente come nel precedente episodio, due elementi sonori si incontrato e scontrano, la chitarra elettrica e il laptop, con una leggera prevalenza in termini di volume e di sostanza da parte dei suoni prodotti dal computer. Questa volta, un ...

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Silver Ash: Silver Ash

Read "Silver Ash" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Brooklyn, NY-based drummer Jeff Arnal also runs Generate Records, a label steeped in a vastly experimental paradigm, featuring works by pianist Gordon Beeferman, reedman John Dierker, and a host of well-known improvisers. During the past few years, Arnal has been issuing 7" LPs which, in most instances, yield a classic analogue spectrum, enhancing the organic or ...

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Richard Pinhas: Metal/Crystal

Read "Metal/Crystal" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Think of sheaths of titanium splintering across a room at the speed of light, and a moveable wall of sound that poses a daunting proposition. These are components that signal the vivid imagery, supplied by pioneering French progressive space-rock guitarist and synthesist Richard Pinhas on a set that is based on mental disorder symptoms. Along with ...

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011

Read "Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 19-22, 2011
The 27th annual Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) was a remarkably consistent four days of concerts. It held high points, to be sure (the Ex, Zeena Parkins, Jaap Blonk), and inevitable low points as well. But there was also ...