Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reviews of 2014

I've had the pleasure to be exposed to a lot of esoteric music this year, and was privileged to review it here on the blog.

Here's a quick list of the reviews for your year-end reference.

14-02-14 Eclectic Blah by Eclectic Blah

14-03-09 The Good Fight XE by Mr Bitterness and the Guilty Pleasures

14-03-23 Static Metal by The Geeky Disco Experiment

14-04-06 Things and Horologium by Chrissie Caulfield and Stuart Russell (Double Review)

14-04-20 TWO by Brash Flair

14-05-04 Ephemeral (Frameworks) by Fellfoxen

14-05-21 Rothko Room by Stuart Russell

14-05-25 Leading Edges by Helicopter Quartet

14-05-31 Black Dog Blue by Hilliat Fields

14-08-06 Meter Bridge by Meter Bridge

14-08-17 Berlinerisch by The Geeky Disco Experiment

14-11-02 Wires String Circles and Angels by Peter Cline

14-12-14 Random Machines by Herr Absurd

I look forward to reviewing more from these and other artists in the coming months. Happy New Year!

With special thanks to Linda Palmer for providing her original artwork for the blog.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Random Machines

The perception of music lies in the listener's mind, not necessarily the creator's mind. This is evident in the random series of albums recently created by Herr Absurd. As one can find music in Nature and in random traffic patterns, the album Random Machines can be heard as music, but is a collection of randomly generated sound.

Using spoken word taken from this blog, specifically last week's Some Definitions, Herr Absurd recorded it using various strategies to make decisions regarding just about everything for it's creation. He set up each song as a machine. In his own words "a device made to do a certain job and perform various repetitive tasks repetitively. And well. It is not asked to think, theorize or conceive. Merely to do what it does. What it was made to do. What it was commanded to do. So feel free to give these machines characters. The characters of machines."

Prolific as Hell, he continued to turn out random albums all week, following this effort with Indeterminacy Engine, Chaos Computer, and Entropy Device.

These are fun little devices to listen to. Varied with some depth, they are sometimes surprising, sometimes familiar. Surely the art here is in the strategies and design of these machines.

Find Herr Absurd on Twitter, @Absurd13t and on Bandcamp