Monthly Archives: October 2018

Album Review: Tim Hecker – Konoyo

Konoyo by Tim Hecker, Kranky

Konoyo by Tim Hecker, Kranky

With yet another midterm season upon us, it is sometimes easy to neglect the notion that professors lead careers outside of their lectures, and Tim Hecker is no exception.  The Vancouver-born McGill professor began his music career as a DJ and techno producer, the influence and experience of which resonate thoroughly across his September 28th release Konoyo.  For his 9th studio album, Konoyo shows concise stylistic refinement, employing synthesizers and software that emphasizes the importance of the samples Hecker is isolating and manipulating.  The foundation of the musicality and inspiration of this album stems from a form of Japanese imperial court music known as Gagaku; an intense ‘drone-style’  produced by the incorporation of instruments such as bamboo mouth organs and double-reeded aerophones.

I want to preface this review by admitting that I am fairly unacquainted with the electronic genre, and Konoyo was my first introduction to this distinct style of experimental minimalism.  While I don’t have precedent albums to compare this one to (including Hecker’s previous works), I can say that my first impression of this album was overwhelmingly positive.  Released by Chicago-based label Kranky, the tracks intertwine with each other perfectly, keeping the listener in a suspended tranquility deprived of jarring breaks as the album completes its hour-long play.

Konoyo opens with “This life”. Comprised of only jarring synth tones until approximately 30 seconds in, this track sets the atmosphere for the rest of the album.  It is, tonally speaking, clinically cold and through immense tension the songs create a sense of apprehension.  The sounds emulate waves as the tension pulses through its eight-minute course and demands the full attention of the listener.  On an interesting note, while it obviously connects seamlessly to the following track “In Death Valley”, it also pairs perfectly with the closing track “Across To Anoyo”.  At the 15 minute mark, the song’s intensity ties together the elements of the first six , with a significant call back to the first track as the music fades out into more ambient.


Moreover, t
he length of these pieces gives Konoyo a highly introspective quality.  The meditative nature of Hecker’s style makes this unavoidable, regardless of whether the listener is closely analyzing and dissecting the music or just throwing it on as background music while studying.  This is an amazingly versatile album, that can be perceived as complex or as simple as the listener wants, and serves as a virtuous introduction to this genre.

~Review by Madison Palmer, Noise Architect

 

 

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: OCT 30, 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 for OCTOBER 30, 2018

1. jerusalem in my heart – daqa’iq tudaiq – constellation CC*
2. alanis obomsawin – bush lady – constellation CC*
3. marie davidson – working class woman – ninja tune CC*
4. fire-tools – skinless x-1 – hausu mountain
5. cmd – haptic controls – jacktone CC*
6. brahja – you out sasquash haolin – friends and alien tapes CC
7. adult – the behavior – dias
8. sarah davachi -gave in rest – ba da bing!
9. hekla island – spinning star kick – self
10.alpha strategy – the gurgler – antenna krzyku CC
11.ital tek – bodied – planet mu
12. kinnie starr -feed the fire – podia CC
13. fucked up – dose your dreams – arts and crafts – self CC
14. sumac – love in shadow – thrill jockey
15. mitski – be the cowboy – dead oceans
16. william parker – voices fall from the sky – centering/aum fidelity
17. obuxum – h.e.r. ep – urbnet
18. bruce haack – the preservation tapes – telephone explosion
19. capital punishment roadkill – captured tracks
20. denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista
21. low – double negative – sub pop
22. tawanda – freak of nurture – self
23. orcutt/corsano – brace up – palilalia
24. guerrilla toss – twisted crystal – dfa
25. joyfultalk – plurality trip – constellation CC
26. forma – semblance – kranky
27. andrew bernstein – an exploded view of time – hausu mountain
28. electric indigo – 511593 – imbalance computer music
29. le shok – we are electrocution – burger
30. oren ambarchi & jim orourke (feat u-zhaan) – hence -editions mego

ckut rpm – october 23, 2018

1.various – spectral 139 – spectral sound
2.aos – violent light – second nature
3.auton – la lotta continua – jacktone
4.puce mary – the drought – pan
5.orphx – learn to suffer – sonic groove CC
6.rkss – dj tools – UIQ
7.hiro kone – pure expenditure – dais records
8.isabella – whistle – peder mannerfelt produktion
9.helena hauff – qualm – ninja tune
10.jaclyn kendall – paradox of structure – perfect location CC

ckut jazz – october 16, 2018

1.devin grey – dirigo rataplan II – rataplan
2.nicole mitchell / tomeka reid / fay victor / aruán ortiz – maroon cloud – fpe
3.steve coleman & 5 elements – live at the village vanguard, vol. I (the embedded sets) – pi
4.dave rempis / tomeka reid / joshua abrams – ithra – aerophonic
5.hearts and minds – electroradiance – astral spirits
6.michael formanek elusion 4tet – time like this – intakt
7.miles okazaki – work – _self_ / bandcamp
8.courvoisier / vandermark / woolley / rainey – noise of our time – intakt
9.the cluttertones w/ lee pui ming – leeways – snailbongbong ©
10. don fiorino / andy haas – american nocturne – resonant ©

ckut global – oct 16 2018

1.okan – laberinto – lula world records CC
2.dur dur – volume 1 & volume 2 – analog africa
3.jupiter and okwess kin sonic – everloving
4.various – chevron vol 2: french boogie 1979- 1982 – born bad
5.don cherry – home boy sister out – wewantsounds
6 michalis terzis and vasilis skoulas – a tribute to greece – arc music
7. chancha via circuito – bienaventuranza – wonderwheel recordings
8.pierre sandwidi – le troubadour de la savane 78-82 – born bad
9.catrin finch & seckou keita – soar – bendigedig
10.the irish rovers – the unicorn – rover records

ckut beatbox – oct 30, 2018

1.kinnie starr – feed the fire – aporia
2.lexiglass – shades of blues – alighting
3.denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista
4.flawless gretzky – aie aie aie
5.sa-roc – goddess gang – rhymesayers
6.young rj – detroit project –
7.buck n nice – emag – busy inc.
8.atmosphere – mi vida local – rhyme sayers
9. dem boys from da 6 – s/t – self
10..lil wayne – the carter v – cash money

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: OCTOBER 23, 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 FOR OCT 16, 2018

1. jerusalem in my heart – daqa’iq tudaiq – constellation CC*
2. alanis obomsawin – bush lady – constellation CC*

3. marie davidson – working class woman – ninja tune CC*
4. fire-tools – skinless x-1 – hausu mountain 

5. cmd – haptic controls – jacktone CC*
6. brahja – you out sasquash haolin – friends and alien tapes CC

7. adult – the behavior – dias

8. sarah davachi – – add
9. hekla island – spinning star kick – self 

10.alpha strategy – the gurgler – antenna krzyku CC
11..ital tek – bodied – planet mu
12. kinnie starr -feed the fire – podia CC
13. fucked up – dose your dreams – arts and crafts – self CC

14. sumac – love in shadow – thrill jockey
15. mitski – be the cowboy – dead oceans
16. william parker – voices fall from the sky – centering/aum fidelity
17. obuxum – h.e.r. ep – urbnet 

18. bruce haack – the preservation tapes – telephone explosion
19. capital punishment roadkill – captured tracks
20. denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

21. low – double negative – sub pop
22. tawanda – freak of nurture – self

23. orcutt/corsano – brace up – palilalia 

24. guerrilla toss – twisted crystal – dfa
25. joyfultalk – plurality trip – constellation CC 

26. forma – semblance – kranky

27. andrew bernstein – an exploded view of time – hausu mountain
28. electric indigo – 511593 – imbalance computer music

29. le shok – we are electrocution – burger

30. oren ambarchi & jim orourke (feat u-zhaan) – hence -editions mego

ckut rpm – october 16, 2018

1.various – spectral 139 – spectral sound
2.aos – violent light – second nature
3.auton – la lotta continua – jacktone
4.puce mary – the drought – pan
5.orphx – learn to suffer – sonic groove CC
6.rkss – dj tools – UIQ
7.hiro kone – pure expenditure – dais records
8.isabella – whistle – peder mannerfelt produktion
9.helena hauff – qualm – ninja tune
10.jaclyn kendall – paradox of structure – perfect location CC

ckut jazz – october 16, 2018

1.devin grey – dirigo rataplan II – rataplan
2.nicole mitchell / tomeka reid / fay victor / aruán ortiz – maroon cloud – fpe 
3.steve coleman & 5 elements – live at the village vanguard, vol. I (the embedded sets) – pi
4.dave rempis / tomeka reid / joshua abrams – ithra – aerophonic
5.hearts and minds – electroradiance  – astral spirits
6.michael formanek elusion 4tet – time like this – intakt
7.miles okazaki – work  – _self_ / bandcamp
8.courvoisier / vandermark / woolley / rainey – noise of our time – intakt
9.the cluttertones w/ lee pui ming – leeways – snailbongbong ©
10. don fiorino / andy haas – american nocturne – resonant ©

ckut global – oct 16 2018

1.okan – laberinto – lula world records CC

2.dur dur – volume 1 & volume 2 – analog africa
3.jupiter and okwess kin sonic – everloving 

4.various – chevron vol 2: french boogie 1979- 1982 – born bad

5.don cherry – home boy sister out – wewantsounds

6 michalis terzis and vasilis skoulas – a tribute to greece – arc music

7.chancha via circuito – bienaventuranza – wonderwheel recordings

8.pierre sandwidi – le troubadour de la savane 78-82 – born bad

9.catrin finch & seckou keita – soar – bendigedig

10.the irish rovers – the unicorn – rover records

ckut beatbox – oct 16, 2018 
1.kinnie starr – feed the fire – aporia

2.lexiglass – shades of blues – alighting 

3.denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

4.flawless gretzky – aie aie aie 
5.sa-roc – goddess gang – rhymesayers 

6.young rj – detroit project – 

7.buck n nice – emag – busy inc. 

8.atmosphere – mi vida local – rhyme sayers

9. dem boys from da 6 – s/t – self
10.lil wayne – the carter v – cash money

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: OCTOBER 16, 2018

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1. jerusalem in my heart – daqa’iq tudaiq – constellation CC*
2. alanis obomsawin – bush lady – constellation CC*

3. marie davidson – working class woman – ninja tune CC*
4. fire-tools – skinless x-1 – hausu mountain

5. cmd – haptic controls – jacktone CC*
6. brahja – you out sasquash haolin – friends and alien tapes CC

7. adult – the behavior – dias

8. sarah davachi – gave in rest – ba da bing CC
9. hekla island – spinning star kick – self 

10. alpha strategy – the gurgler – antenna krzyku CC
11. ital tek – bodied – planet mu
12. heathers – midnight is a place – bandcamp CC*

13.the woodshed orchestra and friendly rich present – the leonard cohen sweet – self CC

14. sumac – love in shadow – thrill jockey
15. mitski – be the cowboy – dead oceans
16. william parker – voices fall from the sky – centering/aum fidelity
17. obuxum – h.e.r. ep – urbnet 

18. bruce haack – the preservation tapes – telephone explosion
19. capital punishment roadkill – captured tracks
20. denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

21. low – double negative – sub pop
22. tawanda – freak of nurture – self

23. orcutt/corsano – brace up – palilalia 

24. guerrilla toss – twisted crystal – dfa
25. joyfultalk – plurality trip – constellation CC

26. forma – semblance – kranky

27. andrew bernstein – an exploded view of time – hausu mountain
28. electric indigo – 511593 – imbalance computer music

29. le shok – we are electrocution – burger

30. glenn jones – the giant that ate itself and other… – thrill jockey

ckut rpm – october 16, 2018

1.ital tek – bodied – planet mu
2.rkss – dj tools – UIQ
3.various – spectral 139 – spectral sound
4.auton – la lotta continua – jacktone
5.hiro kone – pure expenditure – dais records
6. aos – violent light – second nature
7. jaclyn kendall – paradox of structure – perfect location CC
8. shelley parker – soundcheck ep – structure recordings
9. isabella – whistle – peder mannerfelt produktion
10. helena hauff – qualm – ninja tune

ckut jazz – october 16, 2018

1.devin grey – dirigo rataplan II – rataplan
2.nicole mitchell / tomeka reid / fay victor / aruán ortiz – maroon cloud – fpe 
3.steve coleman & 5 elements – live at the village vanguard, vol. I (the embedded sets) – pi
4.dave rempis / tomeka reid / joshua abrams – ithra – aerophonic
5.hearts and minds – electroradiance  – astral spirits
6.michael formanek elusion 4tet – time like this – intakt
7.miles okazaki – work  – _self_ / bandcamp
8.courvoisier / vandermark / woolley / rainey – noise of our time – intakt
9.the cluttertones w/ lee pui ming – leeways – snailbongbong ©
10. don fiorino / andy haas – american nocturne – resonant ©

ckut global – oct 16 2018

1.okan – laberinto – lula world records CC

2.dur dur – volume 1 & volume 2 – analog africa
3.jupiter and okwess kin sonic – everloving 

4.various – chevron vol 2: french boogie 1979- 1982 – born bad

5.don cherry – home boy sister out – wewantsounds

6 michalis terzis and vasilis skoulas – a tribute to greece – arc music

7. chancha via circuito – bienaventuranza – wonderwheel recordings

8.pierre sandwidi – le troubadour de la savane 78-82 – born bad

9.catrin finch & seckou keita – soar – bendigedig

10.the irish rovers – the unicorn – rover records

ckut beatbox – oct 16, 2018 

1.lil wayne – the carter v – cash money CC

2.lexiglass – shades of blues – alighting 

3.denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

4.flawless gretzky – aie aie aie

5.moodie black – lucas acid – fake four inc.

6.young rj – detroit project – 

7.buck n nice – emag – busy inc. 

8.elaquent – celebrate life! – urbnet

9. dem boys from da 6 – s/t – self
10.afro b – afrowave 2 – marathon

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: 9th October, 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 FOR OCT 9, 2018

1.marie davidson – working class woman – ninja tune CC*
2. alanis obomsawin – bush lady – constellation CC*

3.jerusalem in my heart – daqa’iq tudaiq – constellation CC*
4. fire-tools – skinless x-1 – hausu mountain 

5. cmd – haptic controls – jacktone CC*
6. brahja – you out sasquash haolin – friends and alien tapes CC

7. adult – the behavior – dias

8. sarah davachi – – add
9. william parker – voices fall from the sky – centering/aum fidelity

10.alpha strategy – the gurgler – antenna krzyku CC
11.beatrice deer – my all to you – self CC
12. heathers – midnight is a place – bandcamp CC*

13.the woodshed orchestra and friendly rich present – the leonard cohen sweet – self CC

14. sumac – love in shadow – thrill jockey
15.mitski – be the cowboy – dead oceans
16. hekla island – spinning star kick – self
17. obuxum – h.e.r. ep – urbnet 

18.bruce haack – the preservation tapes – telephone explosion
19.captial punishment roadkill – captured tracks
20. denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

21. carmel – the brave new waves sessions – artoffact
22. tawanda – freak of nurture – self

23. orcutt/corsano – brace up – palilalia 

24. guerrilla toss – twisted crystal – dfa
25. joyfultalk – plurality trip – constellation CC

26. forma – semblance – kranky

27. andrew bernstein – an exploded view of time – hausu mountain
28. electric indigo – 511593 – imbalance computer music

29. le shok – we are electrocution – burger

30. glenn jones – the giant that ate itself and other… – thrill jockey

ckut rpm – october 9, 2018

1. agf – enfys nest – agf produktion
2. ital tek – bodied – planet mu
3. rkss – dj tools – UIQ
4. shelley parker – soundcheck ep – structure recordings
5. rui ho – becoming is an eventful situation -objects unlimited
6. helena hauff – qualm – ninja tune
7. aos – so sweet – jungle gym records
8. neel – transition – token
9. Hiro kone – pure expenditure – dais records (end sept)
10. l.b. dub corp – roar – stroboscopic artefacts

ckut jazz – october 9, 2018

1.courvoisier / vandermark / woolley / rainey – noise of our time – intakt
2.nicole mitchell / tomeka reid / fay victor / aruán ortiz – maroon cloud – fpe 
3.devin grey – dirigo rataplan II – rataplan
4.dave rempis / tomeka reid / joshua abrams – ithra – aerophonic
5.hearts and minds – hearts and minds  – astral spirits
6.steve coleman & 5 elements – live at the village vanguard, vol. I (the embedded sets) – pi
7.marc ribot – songs of resistance 1942-2018 – anti
8.jessica ackerley trio – coalesce – _self_  ©
9.miles okazaki – work  – _self_ / bandcamp
10. the cluttertones w/ lee pui ming – leeways – snailbongbong ©

ckut global – sept 25, 2018

1.vicktor taiwo – joy comes in spirit – innovative leisure 

2.dur dur – volume 1 & volume 2 – analog africa
3.jupiter and okwess kin sonic – everloving 

4.various – chevron vol 2: french boogie 1979- 1982 – born bad

5.don cherry – home boy sister out – wewantsounds

6 michalis terzis and vasilis skoulas – a tribute to greece – arc music

7. chancha via circuito – bienaventuranza – wonderwheel recordings

8.pierre sandwidi – le troubadour de la savane 78-82 – born bad

9.catrin finch & seckou keita – soar – bendigedig

10. various – the ultimate guide to welsh folk – arc music

ckut beatbox – sept 25, 2018 

1.pro v – pro knows ckut – self/bandcamp CC

2.lexiglass – shades of blues – alighting 

3.denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

4.flawless gretzky – aie aie aie

5.moodie black – lucas acid – fake four inc.

6.young rj – detroit project – 

7.buck n nice – emag – busy inc. 

8.elaquent – celebrate life! – urbnet

9. dem boys from da 6 – s/t – self
10.afro b – afrowave 2 – marathon

CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS ::: OCT 2, 2018

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CKUT TOP 30 FOR OCT 2, 2018

1.marie davidson – working class woman – ninja tune CC*
2. alanis obomsawin – bush lady – constellation CC*

3. joyfultalk – plurality trip – constellation CC
4. fire-tools – skinless x-1 – hausu mountain

5. cmd – haptic controls – jacktone CC*
6. brahja – you out sasquash haolin – friends and alien tapes CC

7. adult – the behavior – dias

8. sarah davachi – – add
9. william parker – voices fall from the sky – centering/aum fidelity

10.alpha strategy – the gurgler – antenna krzyku CC
11.beatrice deer – my all to you – self CC
12. heathers – midnight is a place – bandcamp CC*

13.the woodshed orchestra and friendly rich present – the leonard cohen sweet – self CC

14. sumac – love in shadow – thrill jockey
15.mitski – be the cowboy – dead oceans
16. hekla island – spinning star kick – self
17. obuxum – h.e.r. ep – urbnet 
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8.bruce haack – the preservation tapes – telephone explosion
19. jübl – thinking sweet – eighth son 

20. denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

21. carmel – the brave new waves sessions – artoffact
22. tawanda – freak of nurture – self

23. orcutt/corsano – brace up – palilalia 

24. guerrilla toss – twisted crystal – dfa
25. sudan archives – sink – stones throw

26. forma – semblance – kranky

27. andrew bernstein – an exploded view of time – hausu mountain
28. electric indigo – 511593 – imbalance computer music

29. le shok – we are electrocution – burger

30. glenn jones – the giant that ate itself and other… – thrill jockey

ckut rpm – september 25, 2018

1. agf – enfys nest – agf produktion
2. lily ackerman – weiter ep – perfect location records
3. rui ho – becoming is an eventful situation -objects unlimited
4. dan snazelle – exposure to a steady stream – jacktone records
5. ramzi – phobiza “amor fati” vol. 3 – fati records CC
6. helena hauff – qualm – ninja tune
7. aos – so sweet – jungle gym records
8. shelley parker – soundcheck ep – structure recordings
9. ital tek – bodied – planet mu
10. neel – transition – token

ckut jazz – october 2, 2018

1.steve coleman & 5 elements – live at the village vanguard, vol. I (the embedded sets) – pi
2.nicole mitchell / tomeka reid / fay victor / aruán ortiz – maroon cloud – fpe 
3.dave rempis / tomeka reid / joshua abrams – ithra – aerophonic
4.courvoisier / vandermark / woolley / rainey – noise of our time – intakt
5.devin grey – dirigo rataplan II – rataplan
6.endangered blood – don’t freak out – skirl
7.marc ribot – songs of resistance 1942-2018 – anti
8.miles okazaki – work  – _self_ / bandcamp
9.the cluttertones w/ lee pui ming – leeways – snailbongbong ©
10. jessica ackerley trio – coalesce – _self_  ©

ckut global – sept 25, 2018

1.vicktor taiwo – joy comes in spirit – innovative leisure 

2.dur dur – volume 1 & volume 2 – analog africa
3.jupiter and okwess kin sonic – everloving 

4.various – chevron vol 2: french boogie 1979- 1982 – born bad

5.don cherry – home boy sister out – wewantsounds

6 michalis terzis and vasilis skoulas – a tribute to greece – arc music

7. chancha via circuito – bienaventuranza – wonderwheel recordings

8.pierre sandwidi – le troubadour de la savane 78-82 – born bad

9.catrin finch & seckou keita – soar – bendigedig

10. various – the ultimate guide to welsh folk – arc music

ckut beatbox – sept 25, 2018 

1.pro v – pro knows ckut – self/bandcamp CC

2.lexiglass – shades of blues – alighting 

3.denzel curry – TA1300 – loma vista

4.flawless gretzky – aie aie aie

5.moodie black – lucas acid – fake four inc.

6.young rj – detroit project – 

7.buck n nice – emag – busy inc. 

8.elaquent – celebrate life! – urbnet

9. dem boys from da 6 – s/t – self
10.afro b – afrowave 2 – marathon