PAULINE OLIVEROS
The Roots of the Moment

[hathut, www.hathut.com]

Primordial Lift
[Table of the Elements, www.tableoftheelements.com]

Though I wish I were there, when Pauline Oliveros was recording some of her best works with Deep Listening Band in upper New York state caves during the 80's [check out "Troglodyte's Delight"], I only actually saw her perform once.  It was a concert she gave late last year in a church in Guelph, where she played a duo gig with Roscoe Mitchell.  For an hour, she utilized her Mac, Roscoe Mitchell's saxophone solos [along with acoustics of the church] to produce a complete surround-sound whole body experience.
Not to be confused with the book of the same name, the latest release from Pauline Oliveros' is actually a re-issue of her 1987 piece "The Roots of the Moment".  Featuring a single instrument - accordion, which is played in just intonation in an interactive electronic environment created by Peter Ward - the piece is a single hour long drone.  In the best minimal traditions of minimal gurus Terry Riley or say La Monte Young, Pauline takes it upon herself to show off her chosen instrument from every angle possible.  Though in parts it does in fact sound like an actual accordion - full of zesty waning beauty - most of the time, her instrument actually resembles other instruments.  During the latter part of "Slipping Away", it sounds more like a high-pitched church organ; while on "Blow Winds" it's more akin to a didgeridoo.  As in any good drone piece, the pacing is slow, allowing the whole picture to come into view with intricate care.  Delicately arranged, electronic environment which encases the whole piece holds many surprises as Pauline's accordion undergoes a metamorphosis in a manner of seconds from a recognizable sound to that of an alien one.  As Joe McPhee so fittingly points out in his linear notes, "For Pauline Oliveros, like Sun Ra, Space is the place".  Essential listening for aliens and humans alike.
Another release that follows the same mould is 1999 release "Primordial Lift".  Though recorded by a sextet, the music follows the same, familiar, drone-induced scheme.  Along with Oliveros on accordion, electronics and occasional vocals, we get a stellar cast, made up of Anne Bourne and Alexandra Gelencser on cellos, violinist Tony Conrad, David Grubbs on harmonium and Scott Olson on low frequency oscillator.  Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, the sounds are percolating, moving and yet still. 
From an on-going zig-zagging accordion motif, to layers of buzzing electric violin movements, onto the constant humming harmonium and the ever-present low frequency oscillator, the ensemble feels at ease with each other's tasks at hand.  Oliveros digs her leadership role, shutting off certain players during a section and then returning them to the fold during another.  Apparently, the reason behind the release is the resonate frequency of the earth.  Frequency acceleration from 7.8 Hz is "Primordial" [first section of the record], while "Lift" represents acceleration beyond 13 Hz.  As the two elongated pieces begin and die off, without a formal climax, without any huge commotion, you realize these drones are highly addictive and proceed to press the play button one more time for another helping.

-  Tom Sekowski


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+ Brasil - Wander Till Spring
+ Dom - Edge of Time
+ Ribot/Taylor/Campbell/Grimes - Spiritual Unity
+ Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar
+ Orkiestra pw. św. Mikołaja i Roman Kumłyk i Czeremosz - Huculskie Muzyki
+ Uusitalo - Tukenkantaja
+ Dawid Szczęsny - Unheard Threats
+ Like A Stuntman - Stan Place
+ Shinto - Sekai
+ Guido Schneider - Focus On
+ Sasse - Made Within The Upper Stairs Of Heaven
+ My Robot Friend - Dial O
+ The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
+ Savas Pascalidis - Saigon Nightmare
+ On/Off - We Are On
+ OMR - Superheroes Crash
+ Monolake - Plumbicon Versions
+ Jeff Mills & The National Orchestra Of Montpellier - Blue Potential
+ Lofty znalezione w sekendhendach
+ Living Things - Ahead Of The Lions
+ The Liars - Drum's Not Dead
+ Lesbians On Ecstasy - Lesbians On Ecstasy
+ The Lasergun Compilation Vol. II
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ Inch-Time - As The Moon Draws Water
+ The Hacker - A.N.D. N.O.W.
+ Guther - Sundet
+ Renato Figoli - Serotonin Smile
+ Eccentris: Skin Is In
+ The DFA - Remixes
+ Vath & Rother - Springlove
+ DAT Politics - Wow Twist
+ Codec & Flexor - Killermachine
+ Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Etiquette
+ One Second Bridge - One Second Bridge
+ Blood Music - Sing A Song Fighter!
+ Birdy Nam Nam - Birdy Nam Nam
+ Benni Hemm Hemm - Benni Hemm Hemm
+ Aux 88 - Aux 88
+ Split EP 2

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+ JASPER LEYLAND - Margin
+ WILL HOLSHOUSER TRIO - Singing to a Bee
+ OUTPUTMESSAGE - Nebulae
+ MARCO FERNANDES / HANS FJELLESTAD / HACO / JAKOB RIIS - Haco Hans Jakob Marco
+ SPUNK - En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom
+ BRIAN LEBER - Till
+ THE NETHER DAWN - Whiskey Mute-Down
+ RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - Shining Boy & Little Randy / Chasm / Bricolages
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Creative Outlaws:  US Underground 1962 - 1970
+ THEME - Our Angels Dislocated
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - From the Closet to the Charts: Queer Noises 1961 - 1978
+ FUMIO YASUDA - Las Vegas Rhapsody - The Night They Invented Champagne
+ JUANA MOLINA - Son
+ TOMAS PHILIPS / DEAN KING - Á Travers Le Bord
+ SISSY - All Under
+ WIESENDANGER / WEBER / ULRICH - We Concentrate.
+ MORRISSEY - Ringleader of the Tormentors
+ EXPERIMENTAL AUDIO RESEARCH - Worn to a Shadow
+ ADEM - Love and Other Planets / PSAPP - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
+ JEHRO - Jehro
+ EXTRA GOLDEN - OK-Oyot System
+ GIOVANNI MANCUSO - Alphabet Music / LABORATORIO NOVAMUSICA EXPERIMENTAL UNIT - Compressione Dialettica alla Mente / GIOVANNI MANCUSO - Black Film
+ DAC CROWELL / KURT DOLES - Mercury
+ PETER WRIGHT - Pariahs Sing Om
+ KTU - 8 Armed Monkey / MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO - At the Center / BEANS - Only
+ THE SOUND DIMENSION - Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1
+ INCH-TIME - As The Moon Draws Water
+ POLWECHSEL - Archives of the North
+ TIVOL - Interstellar Overbike
+ LYCIA - The Burning Circle and Then Dust
+ VITOR JOAQUIM - Flow
>> PAULINE OLIVEROS - The Roots of the Momente / Primordial Lift

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Otwarta formuła - Rozmowa z gitarzystą zespołu Plum - Rafałem Piekoszewskim.
+ Pierwotne emocje - Rozmowa z Muńkiem Staszczykiem, wokalistą zespołu T.Love
+ Muzyka dla outsiderów - Rozmowa z wokalistą i gitarzystą zespołu Komety - Lesławem