MICHAEL FAHRES
The Tubes

[Cold Blue Music, www.coldbluemusic.com]

For this collection of strewn together pieces, composer Michael Fahres travelled to El Hierro, which is the westernmost of the Canary Islands. Many centuries ago, it was thought of as the end of the known world. Each piece is more contemplative then the next. For "Sevan", Fahres utilized the voice of Parik Nazarian. Lake Sevan is actually a lake in Armenia where many metal pipes were left behind from the Soviet occupation. Fahres used one of these pipes as the basis for his piece. The sound it produces is hollow, yet full. It sounds industrial, yet retains a gentle, lulling quality about it. Nazarian's voice is equally tranquil as it is disturbing. As it sings a motif throughout the piece, you hear it not as one voice but a full choral section. "Coimbra 4, Mundi Theatre" was recorded in the Portuguese town of Coimbra. It's centered around the Coimbra Vibra! which was a sound spectacle organized by Carlos Alberto Augusto and Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The event involved more than 1700 musicians and sound-makers who performed throughout the town. Though Fahres didn't attend the actual event, his mental audio recreation is stunning nonetheless. The composer basically listened to the tapes of the actual event, then took the most representative music and built his own interpretation. There are drum rolls galore, choral sections, voices of wilderness, screams of people and incidental sounds. The whole piece works quite well not so much as a documentary but as a collage of pure sound. The bulk of the CD is taken up by the title track. "The Tubes" features sounds of waves crashing on the rocky shores of the El Hierro in the Canary Islands, along with sounds of seagulls. You can hear the gusting winds and a gathering storm slowly building. The apex of the piece features Jon Hassell doing some very translucent and soothing work, along with Mark Atkins playing the worbly didgeridoo. As the sounds build up, the waves intensify and the sound gets rather harsh, spelling danger ahead. After the climax, the piece falls back to its liquid state, with the didgeridoo growing ever so faint. Excellent release all around, if only to show the variety of talents of this often under-looked composer.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Anthony Braxton - Sextet (Victoriaville) 2005 / Roscoe Mitchell - Compositions/Improvisations Nos. 1,2 & 3
+ Älgarnas Trädgard - Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp, forankrat i forntiden
+ Henry Kaiser/Charles K. Noyes/Sang Won Park - Invite the Spirit 2006
+ My Cat Is An Alien - Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio
+ V.A. - Jukebox Buddha
+ Casio Casino Vs. Neville Attree - AAcid Code 8
+ Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
+ Vladislav Delay - Whistblower
+ Brian Ellis - Free Way
+ Thomas Fehlmann - Honigpumpe
+ Filewile - Nassau Massage
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Ah
+ Kiko - Tragolta
+ Lawrence - Lowlights From The Past And Future
+ Hakan Lidbo & Alex Van Heerden - Simple
+ Montag - Going Places
+ People Press Play - People Press Play
+ Phonique - Good Idea
+ Porn Sword Tobacco - New Exclusive Olympic Heights
+ Rancho Relaxo Allstars - The Answer Is Yes
+ Rother Vs. Beliayeva - Roses Remix/Don't Worry Remix
+ September Collective - All The Birds Were Anarchist
+ Throbbing Gristle - Endless Not
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - Aelita
+ Death Vessel - Stay Close
+ Apparat - Walls

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+ COR FUHLER - Stengam
+ MAD JUANA - Acoustic Voodoo
+ MARISSA NADLER - Songs III: Bird on the Water
+ AXEL DÖRNER/LUCIO CAPECE - Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece
+ SPOOKY - Open
+ DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - Renunciation
+ JUNE TABOR - Apples
+ PETER SCHARLI SPECIAL SEXTET - Hot Peace
+ BUFFALO AGE - Buffalo Age
+ JACKSON HARRISON TRIO - Land Tides
+ SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Lonelyville
+ RAN SLAVIN - The Wayward Regional Transmissions
+ ANTHONY BRAXTON & FRED FRITH - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 / WOLF EYES & ANTHONY BRAXTON - Black Vomit
+ CHILDREN OF THE STONES - The Bright Day is Gone / JOHN BUTCHER / CHRISTOF KURZMANN - The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz and MegaHertz / FELIX WERDER - The Tempest / Electronic Music / ARTANKER CONVOY - Cozy Endings CD/DVD / ROB BROWN TRIO - Sounds / THE CHROME CRANKS - Diabolical Boogie (Singles, Demos & Rarities: 1992 B.C. - 1998 A.D.) / MATHON - Muntsulej / FERGUS KELLY - Material Evidence / TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC / TOMAZ GROM - Tilt / WALKING BICYCLES - Walking Bicycles / UNITED BIBLE STUDIES - The Shore that Fears the Sea
+ PRIVACY - Without Mercy
+ PURE SOUND - Submarine
+ YABBY YOU - Deliver Me From My Enemies
+ TEXT OF LIGHT - Rotterdam.1
+ ENT - Fuck Work / URKUMA - Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree / (ETRE) - A Post-Fordist Parade in the Strike of Events
+ GUTEVOLK - Tiny People Singing Over The Rainbow
+ ENRICO RAVA QUINTET - The Words and the Days / JOHN ABERCROMBIE - The Third Quartet / PAUL MOTIAN - Time and Time Again / FRANCOIS COUTURIER - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky
>> MICHAEL FAHRES - The Tubes
+ ZMF TRIO - Circle the Path
+ GIANLUCA BECUZZI & FABIO ORSI - The Stones Know Everything
+ OV - Noctilucent Valleys
+ JIM DENLEY & SCOTT SINCLAIR - Gleanings
+ ADAM LANE / KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / PAAL NILSEEN-LOVE - 4 Corners / (((POWERHOUSE SOUND))) - Oslo / Chicago: Breaks
+ ANTONY MILTON - The End of This Short Road
+ DAVID LIEBMAN / RICHIE BEIRACH / RON McCLURE / BILLY HART - Redemption - Quest Live in Europe
+ KLIMA - Klima
+ ERSAHIN / TRUFFAZ / MADSEN / RUECHERT / PENMAN - Our Theory / WAX POETIC - Copenhagen
+ WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE - First Communion & Piercing the Veil - Summer Snow
+ TILOMO - Soft Lunch / SECRET VOICES - No Time For Silence

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Techno dekathlon master - rozmowa z Hakan Lidbo