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Kanada 70 – Meagre Means

Mysterious CD-Rs have been appearing in records stores across Toronto for the last few years, all housed in photocopied Letraset sleeves with a $0.00 price sticker on the front, all under the moniker Kanada 70, the nom-de-plume of Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Max Gross). Culling from several of these releases between 2006 and 2010, all recorded at home on a TASCAM digital 8-Track, Meagre Means reveals the musically literate range of Kanada 70; from Dusseldorf to Detroit, Mali to Berlin; at times angular and deconstructed, propulsive and motorik, and even popped and jacking. Meagre Means is the Polyphasic guide to the verdant DIY world of Kanada 70. This album is an absolute must for fans of Cluster, Pan Sonic, Mr. Fingers, Thomas Mapfumo and Basic Channel.

In keeping with the K70 xeroxed sleeve tradition, this download comes with a ‘print-your-own-sleeve’ PDF.

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VOWLS Plays Monterey Pop (Remastered)

 

About the Film

Inspired by Ron Hardy’s disco re-edits, Michael Marranda’s revised literary texts and Richard Prince’s appropriated photographs, this video is composed entirely from footage taken from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop music festival. Instead of using the iconic footage of the performances, VOWLS chose to focus on the audience, the colourful participants who they feel are the real spirit of the film. The edit attempts to revise the demise and failure of 60’s counterculture by focusing on rhythm, participation and unity rather than spectacle and consumerism.

About the Soundtrack

Originally released in 2007 along with the video, the original  soundtrack by VOWLS uses the tropes of 60’s psychedelic music,  re-contextualized as contemporary dance music. If David Mancuso’s egalitarian Loft parties had more influence on culture than the vapid fashion of Studio 54 then popular dance music might sound something like this.

 

Film Re-edit by Naomi Hocura
Soundtrack by VOWLS members Adam Trozzolo & Brandon Hocura
23 min

 

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Vowls Plays Monterey Pop – PART I from naomi no umi on Vimeo.

 

 

Vowls Plays Monterey Pop – PART II from naomi no umi on Vimeo.

One Minute Silence – Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

John Cage, the alchemist of silence first went to Japan in 1962 on the invitation of Yoko Ono’s then-husband Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cage had already been studying Zen Buddhism under the tutelage of  D.T. Suzuki and was thrilled at the opportunity to visit the birthplace of the philosophy which he drew so much inspiration from, not to mention the fact that his ideas had been receiving more coverage in Japan than they were in the US. It seems that this visit to Japan had as much influence on Cage as he had on its vanguard artists.

 

Of all the places he visited on that first trip to Japan, the one that had the most resounding influence, one place that he kept referring back to in his work and writings, is the temple of Ryoan-ji in Kyoto.  The 15th century temple is the distillation of Japanese Zen Buddhism, particularly the famous rock garden with its skillfully groomed sand and carefully placed rocks, of which only 14 are visible; the 15th can only be seen when one reaches enlightenment. In a photo taken during his first visit to Ryoanji Cage is seen from behind sitting, waiting, watching, thinking on the worn wooden steps in front of the rock garden. Appropriately, the photo is silent, a sonic emptiness that approximates the Zen concept of  ‘ma’ (emptiness), which is central to the experience one has in the presence of this barren garden. Nowadays the silence of the garden is punctuated regularly by an automated announcement asking you to be quiet, strangely adding technological quotation marks around the silence, but somehow keeping with the spirit of the space.

 

It is in the memory of John Cage and the victims that were silenced by the recent earthquake in Japan that we ask you to download one minute of silence and wherever you are, whatever you are doing pause and experience ‘ma’.

 

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS RECORDING GO TO THE RED CROSS JAPAN EARTHQUAKE/ASIA-PACIFIC TSUNAMI FUND.

 

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The Alpine Continuum – From Stars to Mountains

Very little is known about the enigmatic Alpine Continuum, all we know is that the return address on this recording is a very small mountain village deep in the Swiss Alps. What is certain is that this is timeless cosmic music; a hypnotic interplanetary journey either to or from the center of the universe. Sounding something like a celestial offspring of Tangerine Dream, Carl Craig and Demdike Stare, this 40 minute tapestry of sound sometimes drifts weightlessly, as alien voices can be heard being transmitted from the farthest corners of the galaxy, at other times it moves at motorik light-speed past solar events and lush planets, which are lost as soon as they are discovered. This is new dimensional music, way beyond the horizon of your hi-fi.

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    Mysterious CD-Rs have been appearing in records stores across Toronto for the last few years, all housed in photocopied Letraset sleeves with a $0.00 price sticker on the front, all under the moniker Kanada 70, the nom-de-plume of Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Max Gross). Culling from several of these releases between 2006 and 2010, all […]


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      About the Film Inspired by Ron Hardy’s disco re-edits, Michael Marranda’s revised literary texts and Richard Prince’s appropriated photographs, this video is composed entirely from footage taken from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop music festival. Instead of using the iconic footage of the performances, VOWLS chose to focus on the audience, […]

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