For some reason or another, a lot of my recent research into current music has led me to England. Besides all those doom bands from Sheffield I recently wrote about, I’ve used Gwilly Edmondez as a springboard to a surprisingly huge English experimental scene. I’ll start with Andrea Rocca.
Not that Andrea Rocca, Andrea Rocca has got to be the only ReR musician without any plays on WFMU, and surprisingly so, considering Irwin’s impact on the exotica scene: Rocca’s exotic grooves are accompanied by high pitched whirrs and bleeps only a talented acousticelectrician would know how to make. It’s like if Chris Cutler joined Combustible Edison. You can stream tracks from Andrea’s upcoming CD Bad Vibrations on his Myspace page - highly recommended. Below is an incredible short film by Edoardo De Falchi with an avant-lounge, plunderphonic soundtrack by Rocca...a 'music video', if you will...
I'll go ahead and divide Gwilly Edmondez's work into two distinct categories: (1) manipulating sample speed with this weird little box he’s got and (2) making crazy, expressive cave man grunts while flubbing around violently on a guitar. The latter category, a little less pleasing than the former, is usually released under the Yesterday In Parliament moniker. YIP's approach reminded me immediately of Henry Flynt's ragas or Sun City Girls' channeling of feax-languages, but I think this stuff is drawing in particular from classic Brigand dada punks Radioactive Sparrow. As to the former category, Edmondez has been collaborating recently with shredder saxophonist Karl D’Silva to great effect. Their stuff sounds quite a bit like many of John Zorn’s duo recordings of the last decade. Funk Taxi is “As yet unedited, unmastered, but provisionally mixed. From the storming new album Tape Womb. I'll almost certainly cut some bits out where there are lulls - the high octane stuff is so mind-blowing, I want to sharpen its impact...” From the ICMUS Hub
.... A SITUATIONIST APPROACH is also characteristic, as demonstrated in this live set on a train.
Also wonderful and hilarious is Gwilly’s sound-poem Balls Roll Everywhere, from the recently reissued Morse Code Diary LP.
Paul Bell has a lot of good music available under the creative commons license on his site. Especially good is 2006's Anti Telos (which, when you learn that telos is greek for purpose or end, becomes a pretty good description of the record) record, which you can stream here.