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Recent Releases: September 17th, 21st and 22nd

I don't have any blurbs this week, but I will be making some big moves to catch up soon! A lot of very special music has been released recently, and I really want to be correct about how I highlight them. In the meantime, here's an overview of some of the music from today, and a couple that are imminent:

September 17th, 2021

Blue Lick - Hold On, Hold Fast (American Dreams)

Will Guthrie - People Pleaser Pt.II (kythibong records)

Jan Jelinek - The Raw and the Cooked (Faitiche)

Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of the Air (Anti- Records)

RP Boo - Established! (Planet Mu)

Luke Stewart - Works For Electric Bass Guitar (Tripticks Tapes)

Byron Westbrook - Mirror Views (Ash International)

September 21st, 2021

Aryo Adhianto - Sintaksis (DIVISI62)

September 22nd, 2021

Prolaps - Ultra Cycle Pt. 3: Autumnal Age (Hausu Mountain)

It feels like the RP Boo, Will Guthrie, and Moor Mother releases are all getting some deserved attention, and I am psyched to check out all three. But you also won't want to miss that Blue Lick album, it's Havadine Stone nailing a long text all in one take while Ben Baker Billington joins in on synths, such a good mix. I'm also excited to check out that Jan Jelinek, I thought that one was going to be vinyl only, but there's a digital version, so I'll actually be able to hear it relatively soon. Moor Mother isn't the only bandmember of Irreversible Entanglements showing up, Luke Stewart is here as well, always a welcome sight. And Byron Westbrook has his second release of the year following Distortion Hue from back in February (great album!). Once the weekend wraps up, there's this Aryo Adhianto album from the DIVISI62 label from Indonesia, they came to my attention a little while back for this awesome gamelan techno thing by Uwalmassa, I haven't been great about keeping up, but this Adhianto release seems like it's getting into some very fascinating far out electronics, seems like it'll be a big one for anyone interested in that world of sound. And then on Wednesday, Prolaps' third entry in the Ultra Cycle series will ring in the Autumnal Equinox with their strangest music so far.

Before that weekend comes to a close, I'll be playing some songs I like alongside some friends at https://www.twitch.tv/chagrecords, Saturday at 8PM EST. I put some visuals together using OBS, taking a compilation of commercials from September 1998, using a luma key to only let through the sliver of brightness that produced the best outlines, and then using display captures cropped to the approximate area of the preview window (with slight differences so that they produce some directional movement in the initial feedback off of the commercial outlines), and then adding on an additional level of complexity with a free roaming camera with luma key pointed at the screen, to try and get some feedback with motion that had some synchronization with the music. This output was recorded and then used to produce a displacement map over the first episode of Columbo (directed by Steven Spielberg!), and then that video was overlayed with the video feedback, so that the Columbo episode would appear to be getting pushed around by the motion of the colors (when the conditions of the video allowed it to be legible). It's possible that spending all that time playing with video feedback is why I don't have any blurbs this week, but in my defense, it's a lot of fun and it looks really cool.

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