René Lussier, Quinos, Mark Guiliana, Zlatko Kaučič, Spoelstra, and Sferos

René Lussier – Quintette (Pasunecenne)

I’m pretty late on this one. Even though I’ve been eyeing it for some time, I never actually wrote about it. René Lussier is a well-known figure in the avant-garde community of Québec, and Quintette is but his latest effort, and it came out in Autumn 2018. The featured quintet is nothing but usual: featuring René on electric guitar and daxophone—a sort of amplified piece of wood—Julie Houle on tuba and euphonium, Luzio Altobelli on accordion, and Robbie Kuster and Marton Maderspach on two independent drum sets. The ten compositions found on the album are … Read more

Marathon: Understanding Ratio Morphing

I’ve already written a bunch of posts on microrhythms and have since created a little free program to help create microrhythm in MIDI files. Now, I want to try and give a better explanation on how morphing works.

Morphing occurs when you put two rhythms in opposition. Let’s take the fairly easy example of the traditional Gnawa three-note rhythm. The two conflicting rhythms here are the straight triplet and a quintuplet feel “swing” version of itself. This conflict is made abundantly clear by Malcolm Braff’s conception of it.

Triplet notes (below) conflicting with a quintuplet swing version of itself

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Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 27 April

Antoje – 3D Printed Strap (experimental electro)

Montréal, Québec
On Static Plaza

Lunar Throne – Lunar Throne (progressive rock)

Boston, Massachusetts

Quinos – Lune de miel (experimental jazz, jazz fusion)

Saguenay, Québec


Sunday, 28

Spoelstra – West Side Story: Winner of Ten Academy Awards (experimental electro)

Amsterdam, Netherlands
On Narrominded


Tuesday, 30

Ayankoko – ກ້ຽວສາວ (Kiauasav) (experimental electro, jazz fusion)

London, UK
On Chinabot

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Monthly Recommendations: April 2019

The Mercury Tree – Spidermilk

Spidermilk is the first album from The Mercury Tree as a full-blown quartet. This experimentation started with the Cryptic Tree EP with Igliashon as a guest, but the result was so mind-blowing that they ended up joining the band altogether! The entirety of Spidermilk is in 17 tones per octave, which lends a radically different sound to their music. At the moment, there’s nothing quite like The Mercury Tree, they are a brand new burgeoning branch of progressive rock.

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Oort Smog – Smeared Pulse Transfers (Sweat Band)

Oort Smog is the collaborative output

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April in 187 Albums

Monday, 1 April

Dave Nasty & Antonio the Top Jawn – Unfair (experimental rock)

Chicago, Illinois

Ex fauna – Blue Moon [EP] (experimental punk, noise rock)

Chicago, Illinois
On Auris Apothecary

Gardenjia – Immortal (progressive metal)

Brindisi, Italy

Julien Favreuille, Christophe Motury, and Stefan Orins – Till mina vänner (contemporary jazz)

Lille, France
On Circum-Disc

Skeletonized – We Gladly Feast on Those Who Would Subdue Us (experimental jazz, free jazz)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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