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Music From The Film – Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg CD (Zero Moon)
I’m not really sure how useful a review of a soundtrack to a film you haven’t seen can be but I’ll have a go. Now some readers may be lambasting me for not making the effort to watch it but I’m pretty broke, trying to rent a movie you’re not sure how to pronounce is embarrassing, Blockbuster Bridgend sucks. Beside that, I had a cursory listen and it was a bit bat-shit crazy and freaked me out a little if I’m honest.
Then I realised it wasn’t a movie soundtrack for some obscure, European, art-house, head-fuck and felt like a bit of a dick. Score to you Music From The Film, score to you. I think fucking with people is part of M.O. for the trio of Gary Young, Arthur Harrison and Kevin Buckholdt; introduced for this record which is their fifth full length and first on Zeromoon (Intelligent Noise Music of the Non Entertainment Genre)!!!
Featuring a huge list of ‘instruments’ including but not limited to: thermin, cacophonator, hammered dulcimer, glock (not the gun!), toy raccoon whizzer, Tibetan singing bowl, Sarah Palin, fireplace and pongo spinner alongside more conventional instruments, the album; “We’re Going To Get You” in Norwegian, is an eerie, druggy, semi-ambient, semi-psychotic sprawling mass of sounds and samples over sparse drums and/or beats, that doesn’t ever really fall into the form of songs. This may sound horrid and it easily could be, but it isn’t, I don’t think. It’s not going to be to many people’s taste but it’s weird, interesting and vibey enough to hypnotically keep you there wondering ‘what the fuck’s gonna happen next?’ if you get past ‘what the fuck’s going on?’. I may be more open to this sorta thing since reading Simon Reynolds book “Rip It Up And Start Again” which looks at post-punk music and movements from 1978-1984 and comes highly recommended by me. I’m not sure I can fully say the same for the cd but I’d say read Reynolds, give it a listen, question how ‘punk’ all your fave bands really are AND, you’ll always have a way to stop a party and/or scare away drug casualties at your disposal. Score.
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Ha! Last week Music From The Film charted #9 on the overall charts at CKUT in Montreal as the band Zeromoon! http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/ckut.cfm?intChartTypeID=4
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Review of Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg from the August 2012 edition of Baby Sue:  http://www.babysue.com/2012-Aug-LMNOP-Reviews.html :
When you consider the state of commercial music today…you may tend to think that music is no longer relevant for listeners with the ability the think. Commercial music has sunk so low that there’s hardly anything listenable that ever even sinks into mainstream consciousness. But there are always things happening underneath the surface. And although it takes some effort treading around the internet to find it, there is more creative credible music being made now than ever before in the history of mankind. Music From The Film is the duo of Gary Young and Arthur Harrison…joined on this album by Kevin Buckholdt. We love the introductory statement on the press release that says these guys “…have been basking in obscurity together for over 22 years.” It’s a statement about modern music. If you make music that is creative and credible…it will almost certainly be appreciated by only a very few. But popularity isn’t really the point though…is it? Folks with a conscience and soul aren’t making music for money or fame anyway. They’re making music out of a pure genuine desire to create and express themselves. As such, the strangely titled Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg is a complete success. Sure, the average listener would be frightened off by these tracks. But that’s not who these guys are playing for anyway. Twenty-two heady peculiar and inventive cuts. Cool.
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From His Voice Magazine, Czech Republic:

Music From The Film: Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg

Autor: Jan Faix

Music From The Film: Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg

Zeromoon (http://www.zeromoon.com)

Američané Gary Young a Arthur Harrison spolu v různých projektech zkoumají všeliké možnosti nestandardního zvukového projevu již po více než dvě dekády. Od roku 2007 pracují pod jménem Music From The Film a nyní pod ním vydali již páté album, na němž se duo rozšířilo navíc o bubeníka Kevina Buckholdta. Norský název Vi Kommer Til A Fa Deg znamená něco jako “chystáme se vás dostat” a je nutno říci, že desce nebyl přisouzen s přehnanými ambicemi.

Tahle deska se umí posluchačovy pozornosti zmocnit již od úplného začátku. Minimalistické ostináto analogového syntezátoru tu napadají melodie akordeonu, další surovější elektronika, osamělé tóny zvonkohry a různé akustické perkusivní zvuky, které můžeme podle dalšího vývoje desky přisoudit právě Buckholdtovi. Nečekané a k našemu vnímání nečekaně invazivní zvukové kombinace však pokračují dál a můžeme se jen dohadovat, zda kapela své bizarní koláže vytvořila s nijak neomezovaným humorem či v nějakém freakoutovém vytržení, možné mrazení v zádech nám ale může napovědět, že až zde se může nacházet účinná obrana proti všeobecně diktovanému konformismu. V logice se jménem kapely bychom si mohli některé pasáže představit jako ty divnější zvukové útržky třeba z filmů Franka Zappy, bez této logiky se ale můžeme ocitnout kdekoli podle vlastní fantazie.

Všechny zvuky mají svůj rovnocenný prostor a každý mezi ostatními zaujímá sebejistou i překvapivou pozici zároveň. Například ve skladbě Cup se noisově expresivní elektronické fráze kříží s přímočarou (ne však zdivočelou) hrou na bicí, hlasovou deklamací různé nálady či intenzity, pobrukáváním baskytary a brnkáním na struny elektrické kytary někde za nultým pražcem, do toho si však bezstarostně hvízdá teremin. Takovéto několikaminutové pestré koláže ale mohou kdykoliv prostřídat také různé miniatury, jako např. Don’t Shoot The Theremin Player, jejíž zvukový průběh si můžeme podle názvu představit v různých podobách, ale pouze ta nejprimitivnější představa odpovídá skutečnosti. Nástrojový arzenál se s každou skladbou rozšiřuje, dojde na levné varhánky a další lo-fi elektroniku, cimbál nebo vokodéry přelaďované a jinak upravované vokály a jednou z mnoha hádanek může například zůstat, kde že je použit instrument nazvaný Sarah Palin.

Vše je tu radikální i hravé zároveň. Stylové souvislosti s touto nahrávkou si může každý posluchač najít po svém dle svých dosavadních zkušeností. Může to být klasický americký underground a noise, německý krautrock, nebo i leccos dalšího, jak si lze při poslechu nebo stažení zdarma ověřit přímo na stránkách netlabelu Zeromoon. Smyslu pro absurdní humor, kompoziční invenci i okouzlující zvukové estetice této kapely lze podlehnout velmi snadno.

Maryland twosome, Gary Young and Arthur Harrison have been creating improvisational noise together for more then two decades under many different monikers. On ‘VI Kommer Til A Fa Deg’ which is Norwegian for ‘We’re Going to Get You’ they have added Kevin Buckholdt to the mix. This is their fifth full length album as the group Music from the Film on their first release on the Zeromoon label. These 22 tracks are not easy to describe, and that is a good thing as each track twists and turns with a cacophony of improvisational noise that is uniquely original never knowing what you may hear next. These guys work in the land of bizarro and give a new definition to the term experimental improvisation. They list 32 instruments on the liner notes ranging from Pseudorandom noise sequencers, Theremin, Dulcimer, sound wands, to a series of toy noise makers and something called a Sarah Palin. This is a rather dark album which incorporates every imaginable tone, pitch and beat that you could only hear in your hellish dreams. The voices throughout are mostly poetic nonsense, much of it unintelligible yet you find your ears yearning for more of this delusional prose. These guys are incredibly unpredictable and very original with their approach to chaotic sounds.

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KZSU Review of BIT / CRUSHFACE Seven Inch
Your Imaginary Friend Reviewed 2010-04-25
THIS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR AT KZSU!! Fucked up amalgam of drums, train whistle, rain stick, maracas, bass, glockenspiel, casio, turntables, kitchen sink. Artist sends us a 45rpm 7” each side containing the soundtrack to my brain on a an average day. And to top it off he suggests playing it at 33 rpm “for an extended ‘swimmier’ mix”. Then on closer inspection he’s included a little 45 cut out with three holes punched into it so that if you choose to use it instead of a standard 45 spindle adaptor the record plays off center and even more fucked up than it “normally” does. This is the shit (Byrd says if you record the record using each of the three holes and play them back to together you will hear the voice of satan and/or get messages to overthrow the govt).

Bit: sick banjo with bursts of synth, tones and occasional voice, mid paced weirdness

CRUSHFACE: Clangier fucked upedness. Play me.

Review of Seven Inch by Ed Pinsent for his Sound Projector Magazine and Radio Show:
American enthusiast from Maryland Gary Young sent us a coupla copies of his nifty single recorded under his alias Music From The Film and pressed in clear orange vinyl which spins at 45rpm but could also be heard at 33 and comes with a home-made adapter to generate eccentric revolutions. For Bit c/w Crushface, he recorded layers of instrumentation and electronics to produce some seven minutes of cheery looping and lolloping insanity, clearly having an enormous amount of fun while doing so (a spirit of playfulness is often lacking I find from many of the sober and serious records that are sent to this magazine). His use of the banjo is particularly frolicsome. Using the adapter to play the record produces a rather queasy and slightly idiotic effect (he calls it the “Swimmier” mix) and sends the record players tone-arm out for a long and bizarre walk, and less adventurous music fans may just enjoy playing this record “straight”. This was first broadcast on The Garden Of Earthly Delights radio show in Milton Keynes; Young is an active supporter of “free form” radio and his press kit comes with a huge list of international radio stations (mostly American it must be said) providing the sort of unique aural creativity that satisfies him. I am honoured to find that TSP Radio is on his list. 500 numbered copies only.

Review of Seven Inch by The Organ radio show (Resonance FM London) for their “Thing Of The Day”

 Music From The Film? What film?

February 13th 2011

Today’s thing is Music From The Film – not music from an actual film you understand, more a ‘band’ called Music From The Film…

Nice yellow vinyl from Music From THe FilmMUSIC FROM THE FILM – How The West Was Once (self release) – You have to like the way ‘Breaking Glass’ is on the instrument list, kind of sets the tone. Now this is different; different doesn’t always mean good of course, only a couple of minutes ago we were listening to something that certainly was ‘different’, awfully so.. This is differently good, strange sounds and rhythms that sound so unconventional yet somehow are pulled together to form something that resembles conventional notions on what a tune is. Who would have thought power-tools could be so melodically soothing?
There are organically ‘conventional’ instruments here, there’s some very clever percussion, subtle rhythms that head all over the place, rhythms that make perfectly strange sense. Strange things that make the Theremin sound relatively normal, slow moving grooves and guitar sounds that might have flown from Captain Beefheart’s paintbrush. This is extremely experimental and there’s all sorts of sounds, textures and instrumentation in here but, unlike most experimental music, this makes perfectly reasonable sense, like they’ve used a whole new language to form something that in the end comes out as familiar tunes and songs… wel,l yes, weird-ass tunes and very strange songs and things that go boing and doing and twang and it does sound like Plan Nine From Outer Space aliens have descended or that maybe the BBC Radiophonic Workshop has been taken over by acid-crazed music-making fiends from the desert somewhere out near Area 51 and they’ve got Delia Derbyshire tied up in the corner while they poke at her with glockenspiels,  Dulcimer sound wands, springs, banjos and brazil nut shakers (for all of those are on the instrument list alongside the cacophonator, the drill, the Tibetan singing bowl, the rubber bands and the Guinness..)

Music From The Film  Peyote? Laughing scorpions and burning ice tea? Sightings of the Starship Enterprise over the desert? They say they saw Kirk with a bottle of whisky doing what?  Actually things are getting a little too deranged now – aren’t they? Are these the kind of people who you dismiss completely when they tell you they were abducted by aliens, that they were probed in all kinds of places, then put back down on the street corner or the Northern Line? None of this is making any sense now and I’m sure they did sound like regular tunes a couple of hours ago and well, who knows who they are? Where they’re from? The press release is obscure, the postmark on the envelope blurred, the stamp already pulled off. They have a MySpace page but that’s equally as vague, they have music on there but nothing anywhere near as good as anything on this full length album. No idea who they are or where they’re from. No sign of anything besides a yellow post-it note stuck to the front and a hand written note saying “please consider for airplay, G”,

We like this ‘band’:  “Regardless of what they say, we are a standard Lounge band” reads their Facebook page…  Don’t ask us, we’re just putting up the signposts, writing the words and playing things on the radio…

www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm
www.facebook.com/pages/MUSIC-FROM-THE-FILM/118342806126?

 

KFJC Radio review of Seven Inch Music From The Film – “Bit B/w Crushface” – [Self -released]
Weird sounds abound on these two songs recorded by Maryland musician Gary Young to be broadcast on a UK radio program. There’s everything from banjo to glockenspiel to rain stick to theremin (played by Arthur Harrison) to wind-up toys, all designed to create playful noise. Side A is more melodic, while Side B is more crunchy, but each is delightful in its own cacophonous way. There’s even a cardboard adaptor to play at “warp mix” speed. Enjoy!

Reviewed by humana on May 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Review of Seven Inch by Razaorcake:
MUSIC FROM THE FILM:
“Bit” b/w “Crushface”: 7″
I reviewed a CD from these noise artists not too long ago and found it to be too much, well, noise. However, the a-side track here, “Bit,” with its train whistle, theremin, glockenspiel, and banjo interplay has a frolicking spiritedness that is quite enjoyable. “Crushface” is a little less spritely with its droning rhythm, but still manages to maintain a sense of frivolity. I had fun with this record. Comes on clear gold vinyl, and they were also kind enough to include their own 45 adapter with multiple holes punched in so you can get a more wobbly, wavy sound out of it if you want. –Jeff Proctor (myspace.com/musicfromthefilm)

Review of Seven Inch by Mass Movement Magazine:
Music From The Film – Bit/Crushface 7″ (Self Released)
www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm
Nicely packaged orange vinyl 7″ from one man band Gary Young. The music is unusual to say the least; Instrumental and extremely experimental, way beyond the norm. The two tracks being part of six ’seeds’ recorded for radio play. Comprising of banjo, theramin, train whistle, wind up toy and an assortment of other random instruments this is a curious and hard to describe listening experience which I doubt will appeal to the majority of MM readers but may resonate better with fans of bands like Mogwai, Polyphonic Spree etc. Ian Pickens

REVIEW OF HOW THE WEST WAS ONCE BY THE SOUND PROJECTOR MAGAZINE AND RADIO SHOW BY ED PINSENT: Another bonkers release by Music From The Film, the American duo who brought us World War Tree in 2009. This time Gary Young and Arthur Harrison are joined by drummer Brett Gross on some tracks, as they demolish preconceptions and dissolve stylistic barriers on How The West Was Once (NO NUMBER), a cranky and gnarly item which they regard as a “slightly more rock-oriented” release. Most of the instrumentation on these nutso cuts is performed by Young, who makes no distinction between a musical instrument and a power tool or common household object so long as he can play it in some way. As he thrashes away with his surreal choice of objects in a very mad way, Harrison attempts to add shape to the tunes and songs with his Theremin and Cacophonator. This oddball release is not without its charms, but I get the feeling that MFTF never really know when to stop piling on the absurdity; “just one more overdub” appears to be their guiding motto, as they reach for the remote control on that vibrating chair they found at a thrift store.

Review by WUSB, Stony Brook, NY Music From The Film is possibly the strangest, weirdest, most irrational brilliance I’ve heard in quite some time. How The West Was Once is full of cans opening, creepy humming, guitars, banjos, chimes, maybe vacuums, children’s toys, synths, and who knows what else, all layered on top of percussion which seems to be the only binding element throughout the record. Gary Young and Arthur Harrison are the two masterminds behind the project and apparently Young is a living legend of the cassette noise realm. There is No Help is a long 10 minutes with everything I just mentioned, but with slimy down your neck vocals and really twisted percussion that drags you into this frightening dark trance. While you’re being absorbed by the insane percussion, dark synths, and weird distortions; make sure you hang onto the lyrics. Especially towards the end of the track, they’re kind of brilliant and hilarious, but mostly creepy in a sex-offender kind of way. You might have nightmares after jamming this, but it’ll probably feel like some acid induced trip with Pee Wee Herman with an army of nude dwarfs chasing you in slow motion. Maybe I’m the only one with Pee Wee Herman dwarf dreams. Posted by Krissy Rubbles at 7:55 PM ….

FROM WEIRDOMUSIC.COM IN THE NETHERLANDS: http://www.weirdomusic.com/reviews/musicfromthefilm/playfullyabrasive.htm …. Music From The Film – Playfully Abrasive [Music From The Film, 2007] Music From The Film – World War Tree [Music From The Film, 2009] Music from the Film inhabit the same ghoulish, cartoonish universe as The Melvins, just down the road from Mike Patton. They explore a similar throbbing low-end theory, interuppted by demonoid squeaky toy vocals, and any other noise-maker they could dig out of the toy chest; including aerosol cans, halloween door knockers, glockenspiels, and a slew of stringed and homemade electronic instruments. …. Music from the Film is primarily the project of Gary Young and Arthur Harrison, and whomever else happens to be around. They gather around a tape recorder in the center of the room, like a primeval campfire, as they ritualistically exorcise their cacophanous demons. No slick production tricks here, these are raw sounds straight to tape, and you are a fly on the wall, watching. These ramshackle, chaotic jams will not be to everybody’s liking, but fans of improvised music and stoned-out extrapolation will find many technicolor morsels on which to feed their ears. …. Music from the Film are refreshingly free; free of commercial constraints or label pressures, free of genre limitations, free even of the consideration of what is “music”, revelling in pure sonics, wallowing in the moment of creation. They are remarkably sensitive players, not drowning the sound in senseless ego notes. The stringed instruments are tuneful, not just amateurish bashing, and the recording sounds good, if homemade. The homespun aesthetic is conducive to this style of music. Individual tracks don’t particularly stand out; rather, the two albums come off as a continual pyrotechnic magma flow. …. Other reviewers make this band out to be a band of whimsical ADD gnomes. There is a sense of restlessness, exploration, and play, their sound reminds me more of the sarcastic misanthropy of The Melvins or post-punk legends The Fall. These records are challenging and engaging, and while i will not be playing them as i go to sleep, i will stop by and visit their strange world again. …. J. Simpson .. .. .. .. ….

From Grave Concerns Ezine:…. .. .. ..http://www.graveconcernsezine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2006&Itemid=34>.. .. .. ..Not actually a soundtrack but rather the name of a project, Music from the Film consists of Gary Young, a long-time participant in the cassette noise scene, and various friends, all banging away on such instruments as glockenspiel and ukulele, not to mention less conventional objects like children’s toys. This CD is aptly titled; it’s abrasive some of the time and playful all of the time, very much in keeping with the surrealistic approach to sound pioneered by such acts as Nurse With Wound, right down to the barnyard animal sounds that show up on “War Dance.” While the excessive randomness and repetitious toy noises can make this a somewhat grueling listen, a surprising number of songs actually cohere around specific themes. In some cases, samples make this fairly easy, as on “Consume,” which splices a pre-recorded sales call with bouncing spring percussion to make its point about consumerism, and “The Daily Commute,” which adds traffic sounds to random drumming and low-fi guitar noise to replicate the nervewracking experience of being stuck on a crowded freeway, but other offerings are far more subtle. “Wistful,” in particular, manages to conjure a sense of yearning with, of all things, the yowls of an irritated cat, layered with atonal strums and muffled whispers, and “Music in Paris” uses harmonicas and trumpet bleats alongside dripping water and metallic percussion to evoke street musicians of a European metropolis as heard from a distance and partially obscured by the day to day sounds of the city. That said, there are also moments of random lunacy and low comedy, like “Mom,” an Oedipal joke set to banjos and grumbling. Fans of improvised noise with an impish bent will appreciate this one, and the relatively brief compositions make this a perfect album for sound collage aficionados with short attention spans. .. ..

From Chain D.L.K.:…. ..http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/index.php?type=music&category=&sheet=2…… Artist: ..MUSIC FROM THE FILM.. .. Title: ….Playfully Abrasive…… Format: ..CD…. Distributor: ..CD Baby…. .. Rated: Self-styled as electro acoustic noise MFTF, the solo project of Gary Young (aka Pastor Irrelevant, member of New Killers On The Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny, and Entfred), accompanied by Arthur Harrison on theremin and “cacophonator,” gives us 24 tracks of sonic mayhem, most tracks under three minutes. Lots of jumping around from instrument to instrument and the occasional processed vocal sample. This has a very cartoon feel to it, combined with an unrestricted, free spirit of expression. Think Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the Residents and you’ll be close. .. ..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.. .. .. ..

From Jersey Beat:…. ..http://www.jerseybeat.com/.. ….MUSIC FROM THE FILM – ..Playfully Abrasive…… …. (..www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm..) ..The title of this album sure ain’t kidding. This music is very abrasive indeed. However, said music is also quirky, inspired, and highly original as well. We’re talking seriously hardcore avante-garde experimental atonal aural oddness that only the most devout aficionado of extremely weirded-out “screw it, do it” outre noise could possibly enjoy listening to. The wonky string-bending basslines, incessant drums, and such offbeat instruments as a glockenspiel, maracas, a theremin and chimes create a strikingly bizarre and mercurial sound that’s both arresting and unusual in equal measure. Granted, the music featured on this highly peculiar album might be an acquired taste (lovers of generic Top 40 radio shouldn’t even think of giving this disc a spin on their CD players), but for those adventurous souls looking for something fresh and different this one comes highly recommended. .. .. ..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…. .. …… ..

From Rock & Roll Purgatory:.. .. ..http://www.rocknrollpurgatory.com/home.html.. ….Music From The Film “Playfully Abrasive”…. ….myspace.com/musicfromthefilm…. ..Having spent time since the 80’s in a variety of cassette-only noise bands, Gary Young has here assembled a little over an hour of his homemade sound experiments in which he plays glockenspiel, autoharp, Casios, chimes, toys, video games, bookends, banjos, turntables, ukeleles, horns, balloons, samples, and all manner of percussion. His long-time co-conspirator, Arthur Harrison, also adds some theremin and an “elaborate electronic circuit” called the “cacophonator,” which features “a group of 12 oscillators arguing amongst themselves.” The result is a fascinating parade of deranged ditties replicating the woozy effect of absinthe taken in a frontier saloon, poking at mutant babies through chicken wire with a wooden stick in the back of a rusty pick-up, or a soundtrack to watching rabies attack a dog’s brain in the microscope. Whether intense, brooding, or casually weird, Music From The Film creates a sort of scrambled consciousness that intimates danger but is tempered with innocence from the childish mind of a lunatic. – ..Ben…. .. ..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…. .. ..

From HEATHEN HARVEST:.. .. ..http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20080111205431626.. ..Gary Young has seemingly been around for a fair amount of time on the noise scene, releasing a variety of material on cassette-only under the name of Pastor Irrelevant as a member of such outfits as New Killers on the Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny and Entfred. Music From The film represents a bit of a departure for Young, as this is him performing abuse on banjo, glockenspiel and chimes along with various different people who happened to be in the same room with him at different times, and also caught in the act of abusing various other instruments. One of those other people is occasional Young co-conspirator Arthur Harrison, maker of theremins & cacophonators, the latter instrument described on the MFTF MySpace profile as twelve oscillators arguing between themselves. It would also be true to say that ALL the instruments used on here spent the entire time arguing between themselves; in fact if the tape recorder had suddenly developed a case of artificial intelligence during these sessions it would probably have had an instant and possibly fatal aneurysm… ..The ..‘music’.. on here is both playfully abrasive and playfully anarchic; anarchic in the sense that it’s like a group of children with ADHD being given a roomful of instruments to play with. An appropriate metaphor as there is also an air of childish innocence about this; people playing for the sheer joy of making noise and with no thought of a concept behind the music. Instruments of course is a fairly loose term when it comes to some of the items used – as well as traditional fare like guitar, maracas, bass, flute, ukulele and drums there’s also less conventional sound sources such as Halloween door hangers, Dust Off Spray, bookends, train whistles and sound wands from children’s interactive story books to name a few. There’s no pretence of compositional niceties here; the tape recorder in the centre of the room was switched on, people picked up whatever was to hand and just started playing something. Anarchic and as anti-intellectual as that is, however, there still remains a sense of accidental order and logic to it; in fact some of the tracks stray dangerously close to the border of the normal classification of music just by sheer accident… ..I have the distinct feeling that Gary Young couldn’t care less whether I loved or hated the music – he, along with his friends, must just have had an absolute blast putting all this together. And guess what? That joy seems to have found its way onto tape along with the music and positively seeps through to the speakers and on to the listener. If you want some infectious cacophonic joy that’ll leave you grinning and dribbling inanely (inspiring your mates to give you a wide berth) then I suggest you seek this one out (the album’s available from CDBaby)… ..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.. ……..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~..

FROM KZSU Radio, Stanford, CA: http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?s=byAlbumKey&n=886440&q=&action=search&session= MUSIC FROM THE FILM – Playfully Abrasive By Your Imaginary Friend Reviewed 2009-01-12 Improvisational feel to this mostly collage organic cacophony of various organic instruments that borders on true music and dissonant noise. Great inclusion of vocal samples, spoken word (?) and lots and lots of weirdness. Soy Retardo, Brick, Chief, take heed. Its all good stuff. Strange. All tracks radio friendly length. I’ll vouch for these fuckers. Appropriately titled actually: Abrasive yet quite playful and listenable. 1) noisey, dissonant, brief, weird 2) incorporates banjo and lots of strangeness 3) dark, noisey, industrial noise feel 4) slightly plodding tri bal beat to this, buried lyrics, bizarre 5) like track 2 6) dark doomy guitar and fun percussion 7) strange noisey piece 8) “when I was a little boy I hoped I’d grow up and marry my mother”, like 2 and 5 but with bizarre lyrics 9) screaming, a pensive beat and percussion 10) odd, disturbing with female voiceover/samples, talking about ice cream men and their songs, nice percussion and dark toned 11) collage of obscure sounds and instruments 12) obscure collage 13) starts with radio noise then a subdued thrash out sounding thing, ends sparser, arty 14) sick swingy thing with a disturbing voiceover 15) a dark simple melody dominates a swirl of bizarre and scary noise 16) driving pensive rhythmic, but of course weird, musical somehow 17) noisey looping, nice 18) clanging slightly more tribal 19) slow plod feel, excellent 20) out of tune guitar with echoed undecipherable vocs 21) pensive drums with sick music and “vocals” 22) very strange music, intense layers with robotic voice message, great 23) more chill than the latest, chimes, horn-like tones appear and wane, noise bursts 24) heavily layered, noisey in fact but very organic, like all the previous tracks melded into one Track Listing 1. Welcome/Beware 13. The Daily Commute 2. Scene One 14. Consume 3. War Dance 15. Thought Walk 4. Fire 16. Monsters 5. Ballet Tiptoe 17. Boiler Room 6. Sillybear 18. Lambs 7. Scene Two 19. Thought Walk Ii 8. Mom 20. Wistful 9. My Hat My Hat 21. Different 10. Merry Tinkle 22. Perfection 11. Stumble 23. Music In Paris 12. Arson Scene 24. All For One ………………………………………………………………………………………….. ———————————————————————————-

From CelebrityCafe.com Music From The Film – Playfully Abrasive – What can one say about Playfully Abrasive’s Music From The Film? This is not so much a musical recording as it is a cacophony of noises, and they’re not particularly pleasing noises at that. It is nearly impossible to classify what one is listening to here, as there is no connection between what is traditionally defined as “music” and what is contained on this album . On the whole, the tracks are far too strange to be likeable, and the experience feels far more like an assault on the ears than a musical journey . There is not one single – I hesitate to use the term “song” – that stands out as being even remotely tolerable, and that is not an exaggeration by any means. One listen to the initial few seconds of the first track, “Welcome/Beware,” and one realizes that the title indeed says it all. “Playfully Abrasive” comes across as far more abrasive than playful, and will ultimately leave listeners baffled, shaking their heads trying to make sense of the inexplicable experience they’ve just been through. My advice – don’t bother trying to explain. Life is too short. Reviewer: JC Chute new Reviewer’s Rating: 2 Reader’s Rating: 0 Reader’s Votes: 0

Gary interviewed by Jack Hertz for the Living Archive (text) http://www.doncampau.com/livingarchiveFeatures9-10.htm

KZSU Stanford Experimental/Classical Music Chart for 5/23/2010

CLASSICAL/EXPERIMENTAL
  1. MUSIC FROM THE FILM Bit/Crushface7″ (None)
  2. BROKEN DEER Our Small Going(Gandhara)
  3. WARNING LIGHT Further On(Stickfigure)
  4. GLASS, PHILIP Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler, The(Orange Mountain Music)
  5. COTTON MUSEUM Pus Pustules12″ (Tasty Soil)
  6. GLASS, PHILIP Glass Box(Nonesuch)
  7. DAVIGNON, MATT Living Things(Edgetone)
  8. SONDHEIM, ALAN & MYK FREEDMAN Julu Twine(Porter)
  9. RICH, ROBERT Ylang(Soundscape Productions)
  10. OAE Oae(Gandhara)
  11. SKY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ME, THE Mysterious Place(Self)
  12. COLL Colorful Disturbances(Divorce)
  13. JLIAT Now Thats What I Call Noise Vol. 3(Jliat)
  14. MUCKY THE DUCKY J++2(Self)
  15. ILLUSION OF SAFETY Probe(Perdition Plastics)
  16. KLEIER, ROGER Night Has Many Hours, The(Innova)
  17. BRANT, HENRY Henry Brant Collection, Volume 8, The(Innova)
  18. HAMILTON, TOM Local Customs(Mutablemusic)
  19. STAROBIN, DAVID Favorite Tracks, Vol. 2: 20th Century Classics With Guitar(Bridge)
  20. ULERY, MATT Themes And Scenes(Self Release)
  21. Z_BUG Passings Of A Window Sil(Dbcl)
  22. GRIEF NO ABSOLUTION Eurosotopodus Argus – Ep10″ (Fss)
  23. O’CONNOR, MARK / IDA KAVAFIAN, PAUL NEUBAUCER, MATT HAIMOVITZ String Quartets: No. 2 “Bluegrass” And No. 3 “Old-Time”(Perfect Sound Studios, Inc.)
  24. HALADYNA, JEREMY Selections From The Mayan Cycle(Innova)
  25. MOZART, WOLFGANG A. / SIR CHARLES MACKERRAS AND SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Mozart Symphonies 29, 31 (Paris), 32, 35 (Haffner) & 36 (Linz)(Linn)
  26. LE GUERN, PASCAL AND ORCHESTRA DE PICARDIE/ FRANCIS POULENC / CLAUDE BOLLING Poulenc: Histoire De Babar / Bolling: Le Vent Tourbillon(Calliope France)
  27. GLASS, PHILIP Glass: Itaipu And Three Songs For Choir A Cappella(Orange Mountain Music)
  28. MARTIN, FRANK / DANIEL REUSS Martin: Golgotha(Harmonia Mundi France)
  29. TELEMANN, GEORG PHILIPP / ENSEMBLE CAPRICE Telemann And Les Gitans Baroques (Analekta)

 

WCBN Chart for 4.20.2009

wcbn fm chart 20 April 2009

 wcbn fm chart 20 april 2009 “Baggy not Saggy”

1. Music from the Film “Playfully Abrasive” self-released
2. Wavves – “Wavvves” Fat Possum
3. Patrick Elkins “Wayang Kucing” Sleepy Mammal Sound
4. Extra Golden – “Thank you Very Quickly” Thrill Jockey
5. Uncle Woody Sullender – “Live at Barkenhoff” Kunstlerhauser Worpswede
6. Respect Sextet – “The Music of Sun Ra and Stockhausen” Mode
7. Univers Zero “Relaps” Cuneiform
8. King Khan and the Shrines “What Is?!” Vice
9. Black Dice “Repo” Paw Tracks
10. Amadou & Miriam – Welcome to Mali
11. Jason Robinson “Cerberus Rising” Circumvention Music
12. Jack DeJohnette “Music We Are” Golden Beams
13. Black Merda “Force of Nature” Vampi Soul
14. Rudresh Mahanthappa “Apti” Innova
15. Prussia “Blessed Be, Yours Truly in Spirit and Soul” Common Cloud
16. Volcano Suns “All Night Lotus Party” Merge
17. Prefuse 73 “Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian” Warp
18. Tony Malaby “Paloma Recio” New World
19. Black Joe Lewis “Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears” Lost Highway
20. Mr. Largebeat “Greetings from Out There” Flying Turtle Music
21. Various “Shiftless Decay” X Records
22. Condo Fucks “Fuckbook” Matador
23. Master Musicians of Jajouka with Bachir Attar “Jajouka Live Vol.
1″ Jajouka Records
24. Tim Hecker “an Imaginary Country” kranky
25. My Cat is an Alien & Enore Zaffiri – “Through the Magnifying Glass
of Tomorrow” Atavistic
26. Emeralds – “What Happened” No Fun
27. Blanketship – “Klangwunder” Gigante Sound
28. Bio Ritmo “Bionico” Locutor
29. Zach Wallace – “Glass Armonica” Root Strata
30. Various – “eccentric soul – smart’s palace” Numero
31. Booker T – Potato Hole
32. Land of Kush “Against the Day”
33. Arrington de dionyso – “I see beyond the black sun” Kj
34. Pontiak – Maker
35. Loren Connors “The curse of Midnight mary” Family Vineyard
36. MV+EE with the Golden Road “Drone Trailer” Dicristina Stair
37. Handglops “Ronk Ng Rool” Gulcher
38. Wooden Shjips “Dos” Holy Mountain
39. Svarte Greiner “Kappe” Type
40. David Liebman Group “Blues All Ways” Omni Tone
41. Elodie Lauten – “The Death of Don Juan” Unseen Worlds
42. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid “NYC” Domino
43. Ton Trio “The Way’ Singlespeed Music
44. Charles Boyd “Steal this Record” self-released
45. Dennis Gonzales “Renegade Spirits” Furthermore
46. Adam Payne “Organ” Holy Mountain
47. Interbellum – “Over All of Spain the Sky Is Clear” Flingcosound
48. Arwulf Arwulf “Reproductive Rights for All Women” Nich Schleppen
49. Peter Brotzmann/Fred Longberg “The Brain of the Dog in Section” Touch and Go
50. Colossal Yes “Charlemagne’s Big Thaw” BA-DA-BING

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