In the first edition of the ATTN:Magazine radio show, host Jack Chuter talks to Keith Helt of Pan Y Rosas Discos (a Chicago net label releasing improvisation, noise and weirdo rock from around the world) and runs through a few of ATTN‚Äôs favourite cuts from 2016.
shapes and monsters is an international collaborative improvisation project with two members in barcelona and two members in chicago. diego caicedo and gabriel millan play in snorkel quintet and etermortifera among others. reid karris is a solo improviser and member of step slow. keith helt is a member of catholic witches.
their first album, chkm, was improvised recorded between november 2011 and february 2013. tracks were sent back and forth. limited takes were allowed in order to maintain an improvised feeling/aesthetic.
get it here!
catholic witches are a duo of free noise improvisers featuring alex and keith of piss piss moan moan moan and sky event respectively. building on the years they played together in the rories they continue to explore stuff. their new album, holy the asshole holy is forty minutes of interstellar raw power, freezer burn. percussion shard blast. feedback pitch. sludge. baby talk string. swirl background. repetition. exclamation. this album also features jim cote iii of keji al feju on two tracks. get it here.
hey everyone. pan y rosas was late to the traditional end of the year best of list party, so instead here are some things that pyr artists are looking forward to in 2012!
next up: keith helt of sky event and catholic witches
1. taking my son to the zoo and aquarium now that he’s old enough to be excited about such things.
2. riding my bike more after taking the majority of 2011 off.
3. same thing for yoga.
4. george lewis with the international contemporary ensemble at the mca.
5. fallen words by yoshihiro tatsumi
6. the first moonrises album.
7. chicago fire 2012 season. hoping they’ll be as good as they were the second half of last season. cuz, that was fun.
8. i’ll optimistically include seeing more shows.
9. ada rave’s los improvisadores graficos album (hopefully it will be out this year).
10. the julie ruin album.
11. the new album by monarch!, omens
12. possible trip to new mexico.
the newness from pyr is from catholic witches, a duo of free noise improvisers featuring alex and keith of piss piss moan moan moan and sky event respectively. building on the years they played together in the rories, their new album questions about the hairbook is drenched with sheets of feedback and heavily reverbed noise. low end bass rumbles the speakers and crunching loops lurch forward over skittering free drums. ecstatic drones, pulses, guitar skree all build into an extended monolith of low end roar and scifi theremin squall. musical telepathic conversation. get it here.
it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. the newest release from pan y rosas discos is the skronk drone duo, sky event. using a cello, guitar and little instruments this improvising chicago group creates a joyous noise of microsound scrape and swirling strings. the two members are inspired by modern out composition and contemporary chicago creative music. submit and check out their self-titled debut now!