Posts Tagged ‘Rhys Chatham’

Arthur Radio Voyage #8: The Bobby Bouzouki Episode

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Episode #8 of of Arthur Radio definitely makes Visitation Rites’ universal internet heart sing. Ivy Meadows and Harry Painter shower you in an ecstatic medley of psychedelic dirges from all four corners of the planet. Special guest Robert Damore (aka Bobby Bouzouki) whispers some bittersweet nothings on his Bouzouki, and even takes the time to recount some of the narratives behind the rebetika (Greek folk songs) he plucks. Visitation Rites concludes the voyage with an ode to the past, present, and future of drone.

A tentative listening guide, straight from mobile writing desk of DJ Harry Painter:

“The sun is here and opens the curtains slowly! It brings the slow glowing dust! It springs the earth out of polar jail, the winds blow the desert sand to make for better traction. If you sit, it will make your hair look sexier! The tectonic plates are shifting all around us, their quakes make the planet spin faster, and change the pitch! If you jump, you can land in buttes, the plateaus, or the Isle of Cyros! Through our earth’s muzak, the winds blow Bobby Bouzouki up to the Arthur radio treehouse for a jaunt upon rebetika mountain. Happy trials!”

“Arthur Radio Voyage #8: The Bobby Bouzouki Episode”

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This week’s playlist after the jump (we recommend listening before looking).

Arthur Radio Transmission #5: Amor Apocalíptico, with live set by Wish

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Collage: In-studio photo by Anna Gonick and artwork by Wish

Last Sunday, Visitation Rites returned to Arthur Radio to celebrate the astronomical conjunction of the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and President’s day, which just so happened be the release date for Excepter‘s almost eponymous new double L.P. Presidence (preview inside). Rather than make love songs the ordre du jour, we thought we would simply regale you with some tunes that have been pulling our heart strings of late. In the second hour, Zeljko McMullen of the music/visual/art collective Shinkoyo, and founder of Brooklyn’s Paris London West Nile DIY performance space, took us a thousand leagues under the sea of pop musical detritus with his electronic solo project, Wish.

Reviews: Doing the Dishes with Rhys Chatham’s “The Bern Project”

Friday, February 12th, 2010

l_8bd444b400f3405382ed044ceee2d720One of my all-time favorite Dave Hickey moments in when the rock star art critic describes his first encounter with Andy Warhol, over the course of a remembered “Underground Flick Nite” during his college years in Austin, TX. He and his leftist radical friends had gathered at the Y on the Drag in the hopes of watching burning cars and group sex, but when Warhol’s movie finally came on the big screen, they realized they were all in for a big snooze. What Warhol called “a movie” was in fact nothing but a stationary shot of a guy getting his hair cut: why, Hickey asked, where they sitting there nodding off to the “clip clip clip” of barber shears when people in Third World countries were starving and market capitalism was still waiting to be overthrown?

Open Letter to Mr. Glenn Branca

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

lp_longo_ascension-1Robert Longo, The Ascension by Glenn Branca, 1981.

The following is a response to a controversial opinions piece that composer Glenn Branca published yesterday morning on the New York Times’ Opinionator Blog, where he basically declares the end of music. You can read the full article here, accompanied by the hundreds of confused and irate comments it has generated.

Rhys Chatham’s Astrological Advice for Musicians: October

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

RhysVisitationjuneVisitation Rites is proud to present Rhys Chatham’s astrology column for experimental musicians, which draws on his experience as a composer and a meticulous analysis of the geometrical relationships between the sun and other planets in monthly astrological charts. Have fun reading the predictions for your sign, and do not be fooled by cheap imitations!

Noveller, Paint On The Shadows (LP) / Red Rainbows (CD), No Fun Productions

Monday, September 7th, 2009

affiche_imageIn 2005, Sarah Lipstate stumbles upon a call for submissions: Ubuibi Records is looking for a troupe of female noisemakers for its new compilation project, Women Take Back the Noise. Noveller, her solo project, is born. But Lipstate is by no means a novice; for one year now, she has been cruising the open roads of Texas with Carlos Villarreal under the moniker One Umbrella, Telecaster in the trunk and pedals in her pockets. After relocating to Brooklyn, she expands her repertoire to include the minimalist punk of Rhys Chatham (she is a regular member of his ensembles) and to the verse-chorus noise rock of Parts & Labor, with whom she recently ended a year-long collaboration. Following in the footsteps of Lydia Lunch, Pat Place, Kim Gordon, and other female bigwigs of the No Wave era, Lipstate resurrects both their hardware and their certainties: no, the electric guitar is not only for men. And yes, noise is for girls, too.

Remembering When Times Were Drastic: Rhys Chatham on the early ’80s

Friday, August 7th, 2009

guitar_trio_with_longo_lWalk into any spot in New York City where guitar nerds tend to linger and you’re bound to hear someone talking about it: minimalist composer (and Visitation Rites astrologist) Rhys Chatham is back in New York for round two of last year’s rained-out performance of A Crimson Grail, and somebody you know–or somebody who knows someone you know–is probably rehearsing for it. Boasting the combined decibel power of 200 electric guitars, 15 basses, and a high hat player, Crimson‘s North American premiere presents a monumental orchestral slant on Chatham’s signature cross-fertilization of rock and experimental minimalism–dating back to an ear-opening encounter with the visceral punch of NYC punk in the late 1970s, and culminating in what many now identify as the world’s first incarnation of “noise music.”

Rhys Chatham’s Astrological Advice for Musicians: July

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Visitation Rites is proud to present Rhys Chatham’s astrology column for experimental musicians, which draws on his experience as a composer and a meticulous analysis of the geometrical relationships between the sun and other planets in monthly astrological charts. Have fun reading the predictions for your sign, and do not be fooled by cheap imitations!


Jonathan Kane, Jet Ear Party, Radium/Table of the Elements

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Mining the vein opened by his first solo album, February (2005), and later by his very successful EP, I Looked at the Sun (2006), Jonathan Kane continues down the shores of “progressive blues” with Jet Ear Party. Kane winds and unwinds catchy loops, purging the genre of all incidentals, keeping only the essential: the telltale chiseled riff, repeated ad infinitum. A pursuit that began with his collaborations with some of New York’s most prominent minimalists, Kane’s quest travels backwards in time to the blues, the genre from which he draws his main inspiration: “Listen to Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, John Lee Hooker. These artists will often play pieces consisting of one droning chord and a hypnotic, repetitive riff!”


Guitar Parts: An Interview with Jonathan Kane

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Minimalist and pop music have always been closely linked, the vocabulary of the latter coloring the austere principles of the former. Terry Riley and Philip Glass drew inspiration from jazz, just as Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, in their monumental symphonies for electric guitar, did from rock ‘n’ roll. Since 2005, and February, his first opus, Jonathan Kane has been revisiting the history of the blues. What could be more logical? “The blues is an intrinsically minimalist art form,” he shares. “John Lee Hooker […] often played consisted of one droning chord and a melodic, repetitive riff. Minimalism, yes?”