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Number 1253

Week 41

JOHN WIESE — MAGNETIC STENCIL 1 (CD by Helicopter/Troniks)
JOHN WIESE — MAGNETIC STENCIL 2 (CD by Helicopter/Troniks)

Here are three new titles featuring the ever-restless John Wiese in-studio and live collaboration. Dude must never sleep, holy moly. The first two volumes of “Magnetic Stencil” are shades/variations of an idea he’s approached from different angles before: large-scale collaboration. With his group Sissy Spacek, he’s brought in large groups of artists for studio and live projects like “13-tet Oakland”, “15-tet Oakland” and “Duration Groups”. For the “Magnetic Stencil” project, which is slated to extend to five volumes, Wiese asked an assortment of composers/performers to send him long tracks of sound with space it, which he intended to layer and compose exquisite-corpse style. The first volume incorporates sonic material from Charmaine Lee, Aaron Dilloway, James Fella, Masaya Nakahara (aka Hair Stylistics), C. Lavender, Lasse Marhaug, Katsura Mouri (of DOOG, formerly of Busratch), Aaron Hemphill (ex-Liars) and C. Spencer Yeh. The second has a smaller cast: Aaron Dilloway, Toshiji Mikawa (of Incapacitants), Joe Potts (LAFMS, Airway) and Robert Turman.

Remarkably, “Magnetic Stencil 1” more closely resembles a live performance document than the studio creation it actually is. Wiese is careful to let each sonic element of his ensemble breathe and resonate off the others. Despite the sheer number of contributors, the music is never cluttered or diffuse. Both untitled pieces coalesce into phrasings and events that players might organically have gravitated towards if they were improvising together in real-time. The first track opens with Charmaine Lee’s voice is centre stage, bracketed by synthetic stuttering and record-skipping in vibrant stereo. As Lee’s voice retreats from recognizably human utterances into tiny pops and breath, the music morphs into a swirl of loopy tapes, rhythmic clomp and flurries of turntable scramble. A resonant bell-like tone surfaces on occasion to function as a sober, centring motif amid the electro-acoustic activity. The second track seems like a continuation of the first, sharing with it openness and deliberate pacing. The track starts with thunderous percussion, abrasive scrape and sombre piano upfront. The electronics are secondary to scraped cymbals and crashing piano keys, all of it seems to exist in the same acoustic space as if the players can hear and respond to one another… which is remarkable because, by design, they can’t. Volume two of “Magnetic Stencil” features fewer contributors, but it’s a denser piece of music. Unlike the episodic ebb and flow of “Magnetic Stencil 1”, “Magnetic Stencil 2” establishes a continuous, more vertical sound, a unified whooomph of soaring tones and clatter… which disintegrates after about six minutes, the drone replaced by convulsive tape-rewind stabs. Wiese takes his time here, passing through sections of instability while slowly building back to the piece’s initial heft. The second track leans on tape effects, voices elongated and pulverized but still (mostly) recognizably human-sourced. Towards the piece’s conclusion, musical fragments (from pop radio?) hiccup from inside a haze of dismal crawl.

“Electronic Extension” features three of the artists from “Magnetic Stencil 2” in live performance: first is a duo of just Wiese and Dilloway, then they’re joined by Turman for the second piece. If Wiese’s “Magnetic Stencil” albums impress for sounding as if they’re live when they are actually not, “Electronic Extension” is the opposite. The confident deployment of materials and textures unfolded in real-time in front of an audience but sounds as if it was carefully built in a studio. A section of resonant gong punctuated by slurred tapes and metal junk tumble is particularly effective; each element has sonic depth, each interjection purposefully sustaining the mood without seeming (as live improvised music often can) to impatiently search for the next zone. Wiese and Dilloway’s 25-minute duo track is atmospheric, the steady accumulation of breaking glass holding tension in place for long enough to let listeners notice how much is actually happening. On my third listen through, I could make out the slow-tape melodic fragment that pulls through the piece’s middle section. On my fourth listen, I’ll bet more details and complementary lines will jump out for me. The trio with Robert Turman is looser, more exploratory. Tape warble is the prominent sound component here (as it should be), slowly creeping along with the lower layers with controlled bursts of noise commentary, metallic scrape and haunted tones floating above a magnetic skeleton. (HS)

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T. Mikawa/John Wiese/Seiichi Yamamoto
Live at Akihabara Club Goodman
H 89

Premiere trio of T. Mikawa (Incapacitants/Hijokaidan), John Wiese, and Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), recorded live at Akihabara Club Goodman, Giganoise Festival.


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2019.9.4 ON RELEASE!!!!!!

CD/4tracks/Japanese Edition/1800JPY+TAX

1.Amok Time (非常階段 x Sissy Spacek) 11:42
2.Seven Directions (非常階段 x Sissy Spacek – テンテンコ参加) 04:47
3.Necro Ton (Sissy Spacek) 29:16
4.Live at Akihabara Club Goodman (非常階段) 29:50

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**非常階段 / HIJ0KAIDAN **
JOJO広重 / JOJO HIROSHIGE (Guitar/Vocal)
T.美川 / T.MIKAWA (Electronic sound)
JUNKO (Voice)
岡野太 / FUTOSHI OKANO (Drums)


SISSY SPACEK (シシー・スペイセク)

1999年ロサンゼルスで結成されたブラー / グラインドユニット。実験音楽家John Wieseによって設立され、ノイズコア、コラージュ、テープミュージック、フリーインプロビゼーション、ラージスケール・アンサンブル、そしてそれ以外にも、様々な要素を取り入れながら、グラインドコアのバンドして多彩な音楽シーンを超えて活躍を続ける中、多くのメンバーたちが、何年間も経つ間に、バンドに加わり、そして去っていった。このバンドは、数多くのジャンルをまたぐ、そして数多くのメソッドを駆使した30枚以上のフルアルバムを、すでにリリースしている。過去10年間のシシー・スペイセクは、ライブパフォーマンスで地獄から来たようなグラインドコアの演奏を容赦なく観客に叩きつけるとともに、幅広いジャンルのレコードをリリースし続けている。2018年には2013年からの編成であるCharlie Mumma (ドラム、2008年よりボーカル) とJohn Wiese (ベース、エレクトロニクス、ボーカル)のデュオで、結成20周年を記念し初の来日を果たした。



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Live At MOCA
Helicopter, CD/Digital
HEL 98071
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Airway began as a solo project of Los Angeles Free Music Society member Joe Potts. The first release was the Airway 7-inch, which featured subliminal messages to coincide with an art exhibition in Tokyo. Since their August 1978 live debut at the LACE Gallery, the group has performed many concerts with different large lineups, always with Joe Potts’ subliminal message experiments as a central feature. Airway’s “Live At LACE” LP, first released in 1978, and introduced to Japan by Takuya Sakaguchi, was a direct influence on the projects Hijokaidan and Merzbow. In their 42-year history Airway’s discography to date includes the albums “Live At LACE”, “Beyond The Pink Live”, a split LP with Hijokaidan, “Live At Mark Moore Gallery”, and now “Live At MOCA”.

“Live At MOCA” was recorded January 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The line-up includes: Ama, Ted Byrnes, Chip Chapman, Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Juan Gomez, Joseph Hammer, Kevin Laffey, Maya, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Dani Tull, Vetza, John Wiese, with additional sounds contributed by Team Airway Japan: Takayuki Hashimoto, Jojo Hiroshige, Kazuya Ishigami, Katsuyoshi Kou, Toshiji Mikawa, Masahiko Ohno, Atsushi Reizen, Takuya Sakaguchi, Shizuo Uchida. The recording was made by Tamaki Ueda, and was mixed by John Wiese. The cover was designed by Tinytown.

Joe & Joe
Helicopter, CD/Digital
HEL 98072
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Joe & Joe is the duo of Los Angeles Free Music Society staples Joe Potts and Joseph Hammer. Utilizing the Chopped Optigan and phonomontage techniques respectively, they create an immersive environment of great detail and gravity. Their performance at this year’s No Response Festival in Cincinnati marked the project’s first excursion outside LA. Their subsequent midwest tour is documented by this release.

Joe Potts has composed electro-acoustic music exclusively since 1973, creating art/sound installations and performances internationally. A founding member of the LAFMS, he is also the man behind the curtain in Airway, combining walls of sound with subliminal treatments, utilizing both live musicians and the audience itself as electronic signals which are processed and manipulated. For the past 20 years he has been composing for an instrument known as the Chopped Optigan, a seventies optical sampling console organ that he has customized and rewired in order to create dense undulating chords of up to 64 notes at a time.

Joseph Hammer has focused on tape loops since the early 80s, using phonomontage as a live process to assemble source material by hand with vintage magnetic audio gear. As part of the LAFMS, his groups Solid Eye, Points of Friction, Dimmer, and Dinosaurs with Horns have had an active presence alongside his constant solo practice.


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T. Mikawa live at Torn Light Records, No Response Festival, June 18, 2017. Filmed by John Wiese

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T. Mikawa/John Wiese
Oblique No Strategy
Helicopter, H 78
Release Date: November 1, 2016

1. Cryptic Number
2. Camouflage
3. World of Other Stuff
4. Lung Capacity

Helicopter is proud to present the first ever collaboration between T. Mikawa (Incapacitants, Hijokaidan) and John Wiese (Sissy Spacek, LHD). Since their first meeting in Tokyo in August 2000, readers may remember Mikawa’s liner notes on Wiese’s 2005 Troniks release “Teenage Hallucination: 1992–1999”, but it took a full fifteen years before the two had the opportunity to sit down and record together. Recorded in Tokyo at Ochiai Soup in 2015, the pair’s electronics bleed into one another to form an immersive and astounding energy. Mixed and mastered by Wiese during a residency at the studio of Ina/GRM in Paris, 2016.


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Chichibu, Japan, September 27, 2015

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T. Mikawa at Ochiai Soup, Tokyo, Japan, September 23, 2015

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John Wiese in Tokyo
2015/09/23 (Holiday Wed)
@ Ochiai Soup

John Wiese (USA)
T. Mikawa
MURAI Keitetsu
Reizen / Hakobune
DJ: Y. Shirakura


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1972 年から現在まで
LAFMS こと Los Angeles Free Music Society と

それは Los Angeles を表す言葉。
“Dreamers” を意味する夢衆をそこに融合。
もちろん LAFMS の方々を指しています。

会場の TOKI ART SPACE は 1977 年と 79 年に
LAFMS の中核である Joe Potts の個展を

LAFMS の音楽を常時紹介するなど

期間 – 8 月 21 日 (木 ) ~ 24 日 (日)
時間 – 11:30 ~ 19:00 (24 日のみ 16:00 終了)
場所 – 〒150-0001


Mitchell Brown, Chip Chapman, Sue Chapman, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Kazuo Fuijimoto, Juan C. Gomez, Takayuki Hashimoto, Joseph Hammer, Doug Henry, Atsushi Horiki, Hideo Ikeezumi, Michael Intriere, Kazuya Ishigami, Kosuke Kawamura, Jun-icki Kawara, Katsuyoshi Kou, Krystine Kryttre, Kiyoharu Kuwayama, Paul McCarthy, Dennis Mehaffey, T. Mikawa, Chie Mukai, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Potts, Tom Recchion, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Reizen, Jonathon Rosen, Takuya Sakaguchi, Harold Schroeder, Migiwa Shimitzu, Jackie Stewart, Ken-ichi Takeda, Steve Thomsen, Shizuo Uchida, Vetza, John Wiese, Noriko Toki

8 月 23 日に下記メンバーが演奏を行います。
時間は 14:00 ~ 16:00。
ユニット名は “Orchestra Le Matin”。

Takayuki Hashimoto, Katsuyoshi Kou, Toshiji Mikawa, Atsushi Reizen, Migiwa Shimizu, Shizuo Uchida

そして Takuya Sakaguchi。


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T. Mikawa and Steve Underwood in London, 2009

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T. Mikawa in London, 2009


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