Stadiums & Shrines
S&S-NewtownRadio-E60

 

The cloudy, kinetic free jazz of Japan’s woodblue has held our curiosity for much of Spring’s confused bloom. On the last March’s episode, we featured a piece from the artist in collaboration with Hiroko Arima and Yudai Suzuki aka Multi purpose studio. Correspondence since yields a guest mix of original and unreleased work woodblue calls Gray City. At first blush, the 30-minute exchange is barely there, but as our mind’s eye calibrates to the fluttering improvisations, a metropolis of light percussion, found sounds, and whirling horns illuminate the atmosphere.

Stepping right into the fog, without introduction or city-wide alerts, Patient Sounds take over the last portion of the first hour (35 minutes onward), sharing an unmarked sampling from fresh releases.

Stitched into the second hour is a recent S&S guest set for the Marilis Hour on the wonderful Montréal-based internet radio station n10.as. A few Dreams appear, alongside snippets from Yasuaki Shimizu’s Music For Commercials, a striking ode to the natural world by harpist Mary Lattimore, some woosy “vertical listening” from 81-year-old luminary trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell, and the modular synthesis water memories of Emily Sprague, who recently joined us at Moogfest to render the first ever live Dream interpretation.

Hour One: “Gray City” by woodblue
Gray city #6 at Myou Den
Gray city #7 at Narayama SATY
Gray city #8 at Hirokouji am 1:00
Gray city #3 at Araya (Multi purpose studio remix)
Gray city #2 at Route 46 (Multi purpose studio remix)
Improvisation session at “studio” featuring woodblue, Multi purpose studio, and tko (omu-tone)
Gray city #9 at Minami douri
Tam Tech
Blue Tuesday next future
[34:50 – 01:05:20] Patient Sounds

Hour Two: S&S set on The Marilis Hour
Blithe Field – Prelude
Yasuaki Shimizu – Tachikawa / Seiko 1
Dip in the Pool – On Retinae (East Version)
Anenon – Open
Meitei / 冥丁 – Sankai / 山怪
Cuddle Formation & Emily Reo – Bermuda (Yoshi’s Story)
Emily A. Sprague – Your Pond
Alexia Avina – Glove
Mary Lattimore – Never Saw Him Again
Jon Hassell – Dreaming
Bing & Ruth – Quebec (Climber)
Yumi Zouma – France (Grands Boulevards)
Terekke – wav1

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Dreams of Yugoslavia

 

Balkan decoys, elaborate and beautiful, affix, shielding a forgotten mist, a village; an archaeologist arches her architectural theory, squinting down at the photograph believed to be the only of its kind. The people, stoic and oversized, walk above rather than within… they must reside behind rather than inside, she figures. Water falls from the margin. But how — she scribbles into her fading field note book — how can it, with the homes so close. Perhaps they needn’t worry over being swept at all; nearly weightless, though real, floating, she determines, this paper town on a cliff.

Into focus: a frayed corner, peeling to another image beneath the first.

The archaeologist gently brushes off the original exposure, which, suddenly of its own accord, takes flight. Awestruck, she follows the winged photograph out the door, across a modest yard, beyond her wildest hallucinations, to the paper town, at water’s edge.

Snap, a camera echoes in the distance. A photograph ruffles its feathers.

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Raised on the Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a modular synthesist who has composed sound for musicals, films, the hidden worlds of national parks, and in this project, an imagined world within a static image. In 2017, she released The Kid on Western Vinyl, and earlier this year announced her new label Touchtheplants. The inaugural offering, “Abstractions,” is based on the works of filmmaker Harry Everett Smith, and comes accompanied by “a comic about two friends — a plant and a human being — having an existential conversation.”

Smith recently joined us at Moogfest to discuss “the value of dreaming in the present, interdisciplinary collaboration across mediums, engaging the surreal, and escaping into the ambient beyond.”

Head to Noisey for the history of Dreams (out soon on Cascine) in a thoughtful feature by Colin Joyce, who said this one “feels like looking at a cloudy summer sky through a kaleidoscope.”

Dreams of Quebec

 

Peripheral maroons, blues, and ecrus stretch beyond the sled’s icy spray. Accelerating downward, cascading slope, past cheers, speed’s climbing silence.

The children glide through unknown clearance, piercing the cavern, the illustrious halls of Perce Rock illuminated by temporal projections. Witness to their time-lagged descent broadcast onto the arched rock face interior, seeing their locale moments before, as they skim through time, touring new and absolute fantasias.

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Lead by pianist and composer David Moore, Bing & Ruth often swells into an ensemble as they did here in 2014 (two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech). We’re thrilled to revisit the piece in advance of Dreams, a double LP compilation and 20-page gatefold book out this June on Cascine. It can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp and the label’s site.

On July 1st, we’ll celebrate the release at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, featuring performances by Bing & Ruth and Julie Byrne with fellow Dreamers Yumi Zouma DJing soft sounds throughout, all organized by AdHoc Presents. Tickets go on sale this Friday, RVSP here.

Dreams of Quebec
Dreams with Yumi Zouma

 

Under the falling Alps, a drapery system

A1 – char 1 (drape/curtains) – shaken, caving from the weight of dusty constellations
B2 – char 2 (wax) – liquefying, a starry drool, down pillars, secrets
A3 – char 1 (drape/curtains) – being a ghost of the Alps, thrown back by the pull on a cord
B4 – char 2 (wax) – cooling into crystallized crags, hardened froth and rivers of ash
B5 – char 2 (wax) – casting forms for bells, or molds for vases, or visages
C6 – char 3 (wind) – pulling pressure from one quadrant to the next, across a valley
B7 – char 2 (wax) – clinging under a nail, after scraping a pillar in the dark
C8 – char 3 (wind) – gently deteriorating, glancing other passings in the halls of the heart
C9 – char 3 (wind) – rustling a cloth back from the dead, and making a vein dance
A10 – char 1 (drape/curtains) – being peeked through, parted slightly and looked past
C11 – char 3 (wind) – slamming a door as it exits, after entering through a window
A12 – char 1 (drape/curtains) – being drawn open
A13 – char 1 (drape/curtains) – being drawn closed

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Yumi Zouma is New Zealand’s Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder, and Josh Burgess. It is a true honor to collaborate with the Yumis, who usher us down ‘Grands Boulevards’ to the following news. Dreams is leaping to the physical world June 15th, 2018, thanks to our friends at Cascine. The double LP compilation and 20-page gatefold book are up for pre-order at Bandcamp and through the label’s site. Immense gratitude to every artist who’s dreamed with us since the start of this project, which will continue.

Art by Nathaniel Whitcomb
Words by Dave Sutton & Matthew Sage