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This singles collection by Infinite Body is an apt reminder of how great his last two full lengths, CMBCMEINAPTD and Carve Out The Face Of My God, were. Those records deserve a place on the shelf right next to drone pop masterpieces like Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's Love Is A Stream.
Fabio Selvafiorita and Valerio Tricoli - Death by Water (excerpt)
“IV. Death by Water
Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passes the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.”
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, 1922)
As of today this mix consists unreleased Vladislav Delay material only.
The more dancefloor oriented and hectic December 2013 edition is well worth a listen too.
"The bedouins call this vast barren land the Rub’ Al Khali, literally the Empty Quarter.
This Desert of deserts stretches from the border of Yemen to the mountains of Oman; from the southern coast of the Arabic Peninsula to the Persian Gulf and the border of Nedjd.
The Soundwalk Collective went on a 45-day travel across this desert, in search of the singing sands, scanning and recording the infinity of Hertzian frequencies that stretch across the dunes of Rub’ Al Khali. In the least populated area of the world, these sound waves travel from the coasts of Eritrea through Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and the Persian coasts. In this empty vastness, one can distinguish millions of voices, from Bedouins on their voyage though the desert, to oil miners, to the sound of communication between cargo ships and trawlers sailing up the Red Sea, to shortwave radio transmissions along the Persian coast, all the way to North East Africa. The Empty Quarter is the crossroads of the Arabic civilization.
Much like an anthropologist doing fieldwork in a marginal land, Soundwalk recorded hundreds of hours of sonic fragments, guided by the movement of sand and following the whims of the winds. The result is a reflection on silence. To go in the desert usually implies looking for silence and escaping the din of civilization. The essence of such a project lies in the idea of hypnotic meditation on a forsaken world, transience and the footprints left by man on earth. Sounds collected know no boundaries, just as the nomadic traditions remind us.”
Sunn O))) & Ulver have delivered a majestic record here. Both parties break new ground while preserving substantial (read: in artistic, not technical sense) characteristics of their art. O)))’s idiosyncratic ultra low frequency rumble doesn’t even drop until some 8:30 minutes into the record and they even wander off to Badalmenti’s apocalyptic jazz territory on closing track Eternal Return.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Group 180 was a Hungarian ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music — that is mostly works of minimalist composers like Reich, Glass, Rzewski along with contemporary Hungarian composers like László Melis and Tibor Szemző (both of whom were members of the ensemble too) among others. The ensemble was essentially an all-star group of Hungarian new music in the ’80s.
Though the group was officially active between 1978 — 1990, they released only three records. The first two (from 1983 and 1985) are available for download here.