Monday, 25 November 2013


"Ethnography Drive the Pieces Together"
Year:   2009
Country:   US
City:    Lowell , Massachusetts
Artist:   Howard Stelzer
Label:   Intransitive recordings
Format:   cassette
Tracks:   1
Time:   23 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:     Experimental     Noise

"Drive the Pieces Together was a band that existed for one performance only. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if it was a band or a composition. Maybe it doesn't matter. It was borne from the community that existed around the Zeitgeist Gallery, a small below-the-radar spot in Cambridge, MA, where Dave Gross (and later James Coleman and a few other people) hosted Friday-night concerts of improvised music. I moved to Boston from Florida in the summer of 1998, and became a huge fan of Dave's band, FETISH, which played a particularly confrontational style of aggressive, dissonant, anti-jazz. I'd go to every gig they played, always sitting up close to the band, and eventually (nervously) I introduced myself to Dave".
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"This map is a gift"
Year:  2006
Country:  US
City:   Lowell , Massachusetts
Label:   Gameboy rec.
Format:   CD
Tracks:  1
Time:   40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:     Experimental     Noise


In 2006 the label "Game Boy Records" run by the experimentalist musician Mike Shiflet, decided to made and distribute this album as a physical CD but in a numbered very limited edition, only 100 copies. Few time after and due some people showed interest in this album, It was "Intransitive Recordings" which took the same decision and nowadays sell the work online in different places like bandcamp and similars. According to own Howard Stelzer: "(...) After making the "Mincing Perfect Words" EP for Chondritic Sound (which is also available here on Bandcamp), I felt more confident about my studio-based tape composition. This long piece was the first full-length work from this phase of my music to be published. It's still kinda rough, but I don't mind (...)". So, this time we are in front of an experimental disk which walks from field recordings to cassette manipulations, software noises and even some sound from an acoustic and non-electronic drums. In fact, this album is just an only one track recorded by Howard a Free Improvisation way, but with a little bit help of his friends: Richard Francis (computer), Stefan Neville (drums and tape) and Clinton Watkins (guitar). This is Stelzer's more drone oriented. It's still got the man's name stamped all over it. His distinct sounds are still there, they are just layered so thick, into such a haze, it's almost ridiculous. The web of walkmans is brilliant and beautiful.
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