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Dated 2008, yet released in late 2007
184 pages – the most substantial the magazine has ever been
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- Philip Sanderson – electronics and DIY genius, the UK’s own Gyro Gearloose. Member of Storm Bugs with Steven Ball in the 1980s, ran Snatch Tapes, released David Jackman’s early work. Now makes experimental videos.
- Tetuzi Akiyama – syndicated interview by Michel Henritzi, first appeared in French in another experimental music magazine. The great Japanese guitar improviser knows no bounds when it comes to musical taste and style. He answers many a poser based on his back catalogue of releases.
- Joe Frawley – exquisite miniaturist from Connecticut. Only two short released works to his name, but what stunners. Without doubt the Joseph Cornell of electro-acoustic music.
- Cultural Amnesia – post-punk electronic and guitar band rescued from the deep UK cassette underground, associated with Jhon Balance; they make a few brief self-effacing statements about their vinyl reissue programme.
- Frank Rothkamm – German-born lone wolf genius, mini interview to discuss details of his daring tape-work from the 1980s, represented on the Russian Moers Music reissue.
- Unseen – ???
Other highlights this issue:
- A new section on DVDs. After vowing for years that we wouldn’t review moving images of any kind in the magazine, the harsh editor has finally capitulated. The selection is mostly based on experimental films made by musicians and sound-artists, rather than (for example) documents of live concerts. As Deep Purple might say, “Hello, Budokan!”
- Vinyl Viands covers a clutch of small-run weird LPs, fiddly little seven-inch singles, and numerous luxury editions of albums which repress and collect music originally issued on cassettes. One belt from these mighty fists and you’re out for the count!
- Another huge catch of fiendish BLACK METAL terrors dredged up from the lower depths by Jennifer Hor, and John Bagnall with his ‘New Blasts of Foulness’. Shriek!
- In ‘Tablets of Stone’, the three earliest LPs by stoner-art combo EARTH are assessed in detail by Jennifer Hor. What links Moses to their part of the USA? Read on and find out.
- Rik Rawling engraveth many a thrilling and unsettling tableau with his brushes to sear your eyeballs. He also reviews wild and hairy American rock and ultra-weird free folk releases. Frontal lobes of brain will shortly explode.
- Some little drawings from the mitts of Anla Courtis, the far-out Argentinian loon, are used to decorate many areas of the page. It’s what’s upfront that counts.
- A fine new published study on Faust, those demented kings of Krautrockery, is examined in some detail for its academic and musicological qualities.
- Regular review sections include: FIELD RECORDINGS, ATOMS OF PURE NOISE, TAPE MASCHINES MAKEN KLANG, IN THE ART GALLERY, WOMEN COMPOSERS, FREE FOLK, UK UNDERGROUND, USA UNDERGROUND, STONER AND DOOM, THE NORDIC REALMS (Finland and Denmark mostly), THE DRONING ONES, THE CRACKLING ESTHER, GUITAR MUSIC, FREE JAZZ, THE UTTER FREAKDOM, THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY, ROCK, quiet music, SONGS, and quite a lot more.
The Magazine that’s a Fish in the Air of
Your Sound Projector team this ish:
Ed Pinsent, Jennifer Hor, Aaron Robertson, Rik Rawling, John Bagnall, Richard Rees Jones and Michel Henritzi.
A Hawk and A Hacksaw
A Middle Sex
Agents at Midnight
Aymrev Erkroz Prevre
Bachi Da Pietra
Birchville Cat Motel
Black Seas Of Infinity
Black To Comm
Burning Star Core
The Caution Curves
Clay Man In The Well
Collection of the Late Howell Bend
Das Synthetische Mischgewebe
Frans de Waard
The Dead C.
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words
Die Stadt der Romantische Punk
Eastern Fox Squirrels
The Eric Moussambani Memorial Orchestra
Exquisite Russian Brides
For Barry Ray
The Free Players
The Fun Years
GASTR dEL SOL
Graf & Zyx
Grave In The Sky
CM von Hausswolff
Herpes Ö Deluxe
The Holy See
The Idle Suite
Izanami’s Labour Pains
The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble
Kode9 + the Spaceape
Le Peuplier de Simon
Lessons Around Us
Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere
The Lost Domain
Miss Violetta Beauregarde
The Missing Ensemble
My Cat Is An Alien
The New Blockaders
The Nihilist Spasm Band
Tirath Singh Nirmala
No More Music
The North Sea
Nurse With Wound
People Like Us
Points Of Friction
Sandoz Lab Technicians
Six Organs of Admittance
Le Stelle di Mario Schifano
Uncle Woody Sullender
Terminal Sound System
Text of Light
ting ting jahe
Ved Buens Ende
With Throats As Fine As Needles
Wolves in the Throne Room
Wooden Wand and The Vanishing Voice
World’s End Girlfriend
The Zanzibar Snails
“This thing weighs a ton. 184 pages, a thicker even than usual A4 sized tome wrapped in their trademark red, black and white cover graphics. England’s Sound Projector is back with its 16th issue, as always a must read for the sort of folks likely to be reading this review — that is, if you’re an avid AQ-list reader, you’re gonna love Sound Projector, ’cause each enthused (yet sometimes scathingly critical) issue of this fanzine consists in large part of many, many music reviews, exploring the unusual, underground, avant-garde sonic territory that we at AQ love. And we usually learn a lot from each issue, from their obscure selections and thoughtful opinions. This time the ‘zine is broken into five sections, starting with an international record review survey ranging the USA and UK to the “The Nordic Realms”, where you’ll find the “world music” likes of Getachew Mekurya and Raushan Orazbaeva right next to sundry “Free Folk” folks… Section two is also right up our alley, “Noisy Rock, Evil Noise, and Black Noisy Music”, where you’ll find reviews of the first three Earth albums (that’s right, did we mention that the Sound Projector could care less about release dates, and just reviews whatever they want to from whenever it came out?) along with Darkspace, Forgotten Woods, Burning Star Core, and Darsombra among many more… Section three is all interviews rather than reviews (actually, there’s reviews too), featuring talks with Japanese avant-guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, UK experimentalist Philip Sanderson (of Storm Bugs and Snatch Tapes fame, among other things), German tape composer Frank Rothkamm, sound collagist Joe Frawley, and UK ’80s “postpunk electronic ensemble” Cultural Amnesia. Then with Section four it’s back to the reviews, of wide ranging “Art Music” from Annea Lockwood to Nurse With Wound… Finally there’s section five, “Remainder”, a miscellany of cassettes, drones, jazz, and much much more. Happily, page 184 of the magazine is an index, in very tiny type! Ackamoor, Idris right above Aethenor. Khlyst next to Kirchin, Basil. Softwar followed by Sombres Forets… nearly 400 reviews in all! A lot of things that we’ve listed too (now’s your chance to get a second opinion) -and- lots of stuff we haven’t even heard of at all! Recommended, even at the unavoidably steep import price (but it is the biggest Sound Projector yet).”
From our good friends at Aquarius Records
“Wow, what a find! Sound Projector is a print music magazine published in England that is as truly alternative as the idea can get. From the first pages I knew this was going to be a gem, seeing reviews of CDs on the Last Visible Dog, Digitalis and Fonal labels. The music covered is wonderfully all over the map. Every imaginable type of experimental, psychedelic, folk, ambient, metal and international music are all game for Sound Projector. There are separate sections for covering Black Metal, Noise, Stoner & Doom rock, avant-rock, improvised music, experimental music, free jazz and much more. The reviews are well written and informative, criticism is constructive, and they are DESCRIPTIVE (emphasis there as I hate reviews that only reflect the writer’s desire to be witty and don’t tell you what the music sounds like). And each review includes a web site address and/or email so you don’t have to Google to find everything that sparks your interest. They also have interesting interviews, some with artists I wasn’t familiar with that aroused my interest, particularly guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and experimental musician/filmmaker Philip Sanderson. And Sound Projector makes a stellar effort at digging into the depths of the underground. They even have separate sections on the UK and US undergrounds. And any format is game for coverage, as I saw lots of cassettes and CDRs along with the CDs and vinyl. You just don’t find many print music magazines of this diversity and quality. It’s very professionally done and is a whopping 186 pages!! Be sure and check out the web site and click the downloads link to download the full color, 116 page, PDF format Krautrock Kompendium, which is a collection of all the reviews of Kosmische music that have appeared in all issues of the magazine. US residents should note that given the double value of the UK pound over the US dollar, along with the cost of mailing this thick sucker makes it fairly expensive. But believe me when I say it’s worth it. It’ll take you weeks to work your way through it. I was reading at my computer because I kept finding bands I wanted to check out. Highest recommendation.” JERRY KRANITZ
From Aural Innovations #38 (January 2008)
special 2007/2008 double issue from the mind of ed pinsent & co., covering the last yearsworth of “black metal, doom metal, drones, rock, loud noise, art music, nordic realms, tape music, electronica, vinyl viands, guitar, jazz” … with special features on joe frawley, philip sanderson, tetuzi akiyama, cultural amnesia, unseen, and rothkamm (also: the earth trilogy, daphne oram, john duncan, luc ferrari, mattin, lasse marhaug, annea lockwood, clay ruby, david tudor, geoff mullen, lieutenant caramel …)
as with each new issue of tsp, i’m bowled over by both the sheer amount of effort the contributors have put in, but also by how much crossover there is with what’s covered in these pages vs. the sort(s) of seemingly disparate music(s) that filter into the mms stock-pool each month from the tens of thousands of albums released every week (srsly; what are the odds?)
for those that read ink instead of ions; in my mind the sound projector is still (and should continue to be) by far the best print representation of contemporary underground music. reading is compulsory …
Keith Fullerton Whitman, from Mimaroglu Music Sales