Public forum on the status of electronic equipment in Montreal

A collaboration between articule and the Artifact Institute, this interdisciplinary event will explore perspectives on the consumption, use, disposal, repair, re-use and obsolescence of electronic equipment. The forum will consider how the Montreal community is responding to the ever-increasing volume of electronic equipment that is perceived as obsolete, valueless or disposable, and engage the wider contexts of these issues.

Public forum on the status of electronic equipment in Montreal

Jen Reimer & Max Stein @ Suoni Per Il Popolo 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 11:59pm @ St. Urbain Underpass - Mtl. QC
Jen and Max met in 2008. With a shared interest in reverberant spaces and urban soundscapes, they began collaborating on a series of site specific performances for horn and live electronics. Their compositions are conceived, composed, rehearsed, performed and recorded in the spaces themselves, resulting in a soundmass of layered harmonies and field recordings that blend into the surrounding soundscape. They have created performances in the New City Gas building, Griffintown, the rotunda in the Square Victoria Metro Station and in the Saint Urbain underpass. They will release their LP on June 11 during the Suoni per Il Popolo Festival, 2012. ( on Noisy Kitchen & VVN) www.jenreimer.com

Basketball * MAW {+ Remixes} – OUT NOW

“In a time warp of traditional and ancient patterns synchronized with futurist paradigms, this album conjures up a tapestry of shamanic disco coupled with hypnotic and nocturnal hooks. From the Persian scales to the gypsy-esque spirit, their live performances, like pseudo-religious rituals, induce mass dancing, roping bodies into possession. Many days and nights of tracking a near copy of their live shows have culminated in a sonic opus, a revelry that will continue far after the sun has come up. This record will suitably re-enact the experience of the moon-soaked masses grinding away during the band’s notorious illegal park parties. Their cargo: drum machines, a constellation of percussion, Turkish zurna, and electric guitar, anchored by deep bass and cloaked with snaking vocals.”

Remixes by Andy Dixon, Taal Mala, Ben Ulis and Ao Olm sustain the rising of chrome pyramids.

OUT NOW!

ONCE TOUCHING NOW

This video’s about want & need & the feeling during a particularly conscious instant: moments of discovery, rise to protest, personal needing, freeing, forgiveness, longing, or ultimate regret. There’s a microscopic sound painful to hear, seeking to hear, could we ever bear listening, were we even physically able to bear to hear. The video’s about an instant or moment, like a particle, an instant of PTSD, a cloudless explosion, a blast, something zoomed in on, the moment an STD’s shared. The main character of the movie (hand & eye) has been whispering their whole life. :( Then the child becomes a teen – in the video, they reach out for connection. :) When grown – in the video, everybody’s generally failing but in these blinding instants, the subject of the video, sitting in sound, can share feelings of liberation/satisfaction. The moment in the video, as in other promotional materials & products has been drawn out for pleasure’s sake.

Grimes

Grimes - Geidi Primes
“has a strange air of being created unconsciously…It is a vastly intriguing set of pop tunes highlighted by its amazing fifth and sixth songs: “avi” and “Feyd Rautha Dark Heart”, which are each frighteningly reminiscent of an unaccountable psychic experience…it touches on many different tones without exploiting any. It manages to be playful without being precious, clean without being sterile, cryptic without being obscure, and operates in a deceptively complex melodic structure without calling attention to the artistry therein… a small child, listening to adult contemporary radio in the back seat of your mother’s minivan when a special kind of song comes on. You are still maddeningly susceptible to the sympathetic rise and fall of a maternal voice, yet this is a different sort of mother, one more primeval and distant. Icily it falls over your entire body, begging for an escape you know you cannot give it… It calls to mind the glowering of a child king amidst the many vestments and decorations of his coronation.” - Arbutus Records

ON SALE here.


Grimes -
Halfaxa
“…Grimes can be the soundtrack to a witch hunt and a tape dub from a night at Danceteria simultaneously. She harnesses dark and light…”Wereglid” opens with synths that sound like plates falling and disintegrating. This gives way to vocal pitching, ominous pads, delayed drum programming and, despite any sonic abstraction, could still be said to fit neatly within a traditional pop song structure.” - Arbutus Records

ON SALE here.

Listen to Weregild:

Hotel Castle Ruins * Montreal

Everyone, this is a new project, it’s a DIY hostel here in my house @ St. Laurent & Fairmont in Montreal. I’m calling it Hotel Castle Ruins (http://www.hotelcastleruins.com). I have 5 sets of keys on attractive chains, 2 beds plus extra cots… There’s tea everywhere, good water pressure, heat & AC, a Wii with Zelda & the stereo downstairs has loud power.

Anyway, if you’re looking for space to stick extra friends, visiting bands, artists here for shorter stays: it’s a private room with great common space in an easy location for visitors.

For more info or to make reservation requests & payments, visit http://www.hotelcastleruins.com.
There are nightly, weekly and monthly rates, all flexible.

H.C.R. is also open for quiet shows, readings, art shows, interview taping? meetings & feasts.

I know this is funny, but if it might work out for visiting friends or acquaintances, send them my way as you wish!!!
Thanks!!!!!

B D R 

Blue Hawaii * Blooming Summer


Blue HawaiiBlooming Summer

$5 on VVN here.

Blue Hawaii is the blossoming project of Alex Cowan and Raphaelle Standell-Preston, a side project of her band BRAIDS. Their debut release, “Blooming Summer”, is a studio album which evolved in stages – each song being produced as vocal and melodic ideas worked closely with computer based applications. Given this, the warmth of the electronic element is shocking. Much care has been taken to ensure that no harsh taste remains from music arisen largely from software intended for dance music. Beautiful, haunting female vocal harmonies are layered upon a lush harmonic and rhythmic structure provided by synths, guitars and effected drum machines.

Listen to Floral (Bonus Track):

BRAIDS on BLACK LIGHT TIMES!

Braids inaugural interview posted on Black Light Times!! a new BLOG to capture bands and other artists in their perfect state! The premise & mission of the site is simple: film interviews under black light, have effects on the microphone. One will not hear & see everything but what you do hear & see will be under black light with effects on the microphone, like twins sharing thoughts and eyes!

Think About Life * Sweet 16 * REMIXES

Think About Life presents Sweet Sixteen Remix x3.
Three remixes:

KarnCadence Weapon | & a collaboration between Lynn T & MhMhMh.

LISTEN:

Think About LifeSweet 16 (Karn Noseguard Remix):
Think About Life- Sweet 16 (Karn Noseguard Remix)

Think About LifeSweet 16 (Cadence Weapon Remix):Think About Life – Sweet 16 (Cadence Weapon Remix)

Think About LifeSweet 16 (LynnT & MhMhMh Remix):
Think ABout Life – Sweet 16 (LynnT & MhMhMh Remix)

Download all 3 Here.

Double Doux * Mnnotaurrrrrr

VVN presents Double Doux – Mnnotaurrrrrr
New release for December 2010.

Double Doux is Willie Brisco (Frankfurt, Germany) & Max Kaario (Paris, France).
This record was recorded live to four track, 2 mics, no overdubs.
Drums & Saxophone. Preview some of the first song, “Side A “:
01 Excerpt from _Side A_

and the second: “Touch Your Bones to the Floor“:
02 Excerpt from _Touch Your Bones to the Floor_

5 Dollars for this release, exclusive to VVN. <)>

BUY Mnnotaurrrrrr for $5 HERE.

or

Enter download code:

the Breezes * U M H

The Breezes’ Update My High is a compilation of self-released limited-edition EPs the band recorded and put out: summer 2010. U.M.H. is “a mostly instrumental journey …equal parts bedroom psychedelia… homemade beat tapes… layered head-nod…”

Listen to “DEPTH”:
07 Depth

The Breezes – “Update My High”
1. Intro (update my high)
2. Greenhouse Visit
3. Heat Wave
4. Night Beach
5. Africa
6. Height
7. Depth
8. Width
9. Chancellor in the Building
10. Oceans
11. Pigeons in the Park

BUY Update My High for $8.69 HERE.

or

Enter download code:

Ramona Córdova + Space Ghost Cowboys + Rebecca Foon + Zombé Mugambe + Zsofia Zambo

Villa Villa Nola / NowItsRuined / BlackLightTimes.com / Clues Group Present:
Ramona Córdova + Space Ghost Cowboys + Rebecca Foon + Zombé Mugambe + Zsofia Zambo
November 13, 2010
9 pm

HOTEL CASTLE RUINS
Montréal, QC

5$ / PayWhatYouCan

Ramona Córdova
http://www.myspace.com/ramonacordova

Space Ghost Cowboys
http://www.myspace.com/spaceghostcowboys

Rebecca Foon
http://rebeccafoon.com/

Zombé Mugambe
(Nic Scribner / Julia Lewandoski / Hrair Hratchian / Neil Holyoak / Jon Paradise)

Zsofia Zambo
http://www.villavillanola.com/artists/zsofia-zambo/