Friday, May 7, 2021

Faith Coloccia + Philip Jeck "Stardust"

 Touch Newsletter #264:

touch33.net/mails/2105.html Preorder the limited edition CD by & , “Stardust”, to be released worldwide on 21 May 2021. The CD comes in DVD-format packaging with artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft.




Nice review from the WIRE magazine: 



Saturday, November 28, 2020

Daniel Menche "The Soaring" CD available from SIGE today




Available HERE: SIGE


Over the course of Daniel Menche’s three-decade career, the esteemed experimental composer/musician has explored the textural dimensions and emotional weight in an endless variety of sound sources. On his 2008 release Cerberic Doxology, Menche collaborated with Joe Preston (Thrones) by embedding his colleague’s rich singing voice into his layered composition. “I realized that the human singing voice contains the most dynamic harmonics and stands on top of that list of true music purity,” Menche said of the experience, and he began investigating the option of composing a large-scale piece centered on vocals. The initial vision for The Soaring was to commission four classically trained vocalists to follow his notation and later manipulate the voices into a sprawling ambient record, though Menche came to realize that the piece held more emotional resonance when he collaborated with like-minded artists. He enlisted Preston and Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, Mara) to provide the vocal source material. “It struck me that a baritone and a falsetto voice of the two would get the job done—to make an hour-long piece of continuous music that melts gravity and gives the sense of soaring,” Menche says. Given that Menche’s last release on Sige Records was titled Melting Gravity, it makes sense that his...  more

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released November 27, 2020 

Faith Coloccia: Voice 
Joe Preston: Voice 
Daniel Menche: Bass Cello 

Recorded on Vashon Island and in Winlock, Washington throughout the Autumn of 2019 
Mixed and mastered in Portland, Oregon 

Mastered in the analog domain at Stereophonic Mastering 

Photography by Daniel Menche 
Design and photo manipulation by Faith Coloccia

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Mamiffer "Mettapatterning for Constellation" available today at SIGE

Here is a promotional photo by my good friend Ethan DeLorenzo

Mamiffer "Mettapatterning for Constellation" is available today from SIGE Records
Mamiffer is Faith Coloccia + Aaron Turner
Composition by Faith Coloccia (2016) 
Orchestration and string arrangement by Eyvind Kang
Performed by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble (Poland, 2017) 
Mixed by Randall Dunn (2017)







Friday, November 13, 2020

"Voice lll Continuum"




I made a song for The Wayward Music Series: https://www.waywardmusic.org/?p=5766

Faith Coloccia is an artist and musician who works under the names Mamiffer and Mára. Her recordings have been released on SIGE records, Karlrecords, Room 40,Blackest Ever Black and Hydra Head. She is the co-founder of the experimental music label SIGE Records. 

Voice III Continuum

Halfway through the shutdown and the pandemic I started going through all of my cassette field recordings from when my son was first born. The current state of our collective consciousness was layered on top of the sounds recorded before I knew that the events and hungry ghosts of 2020 were even a possibility. I couldn’t unhear the “Before” and “After” of this year. Recordings of the past are now laced with a heavy urgent present.

The work I have been doing with the recordings corresponds to my son learning language, first abstractly and now more concretely, as he learns individual letters removed from their subjects. How does communication develop if sounds are missing, or if time or limitations take a consonant away? What if you cannot be heard, or if someone has forgotten how to listen? Communications through click and vibration. There is a window of time where language can take root in a child, along with ideas that the language carries. How does this information become a story, passed down through families? In making this song, I was reaching for a sound antidote, and a lineage prayer.

Source material: cassette field recording of Needle Creek on Vashon Island while walking with my then 2 year old son, 2018.

Voice and Organ recorded and mixed at home August-October 2020 by Faith Coloccia. Mastered by Kevin Ratterman.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Mamiffer "Mettapatterning for Constellation"



Available for pre-order here: https://sigerecords.bandcamp.com

LP version / limited to 300 copies / 100 on clear vinyl, 200 on black / housed in heavy weight tipon jacket with 18" x 24" oversized insert / art and design by Faith Coloccia.


1. Mettapatterning for Constellation 

2. ))((Mettapatterning for Constellation <ll> 


Mamiffer is Faith Coloccia + Aaron Turner 


1. Mettapatterning for Constellation 

Composition by Faith Coloccia (2016) 

Orchestration and string arrangement by Eyvind Kang 


Performed by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble (2017) 

Małgorzata Mikulska - flute 

Bartosz Sałdan, Aleksander Wnuk - percussion 

Martyna Zakrzewska - piano 

Paulina Woś, Barbara Mglej - violins 

Gabriela Biel - viola 

Jakub Gucik - cello 

Mateusz Rusowicz - conductor 

Aaron Turner - cassette players 


Recorded by Robert Szczukiewicz (FS Audio) on 30th September 2017 in Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury, Krakow 

Commissioned by and performed at 15. Sacrum Profanum Festival, curated by Krzysztof Pietraszewski 



-))((- Mettapatterning for Constellation <ll> 

Faith Coloccia: piano, mellotron flute, string patch, bells, cassette recordings 

Aaron Turner: guitar, percussion 

Jon Mueller: bells 


Recorded to 4 track cassette by Faith Coloccia, 2016 

Additional recording by Aaron Turner at The House of Low Culture, Vashon, WA, 2016 


Artwork and design by Faith Coloccia 

Score preparation by Brianna Atwell 

All tracks mixed by Randall Dunn at AVAST! Seattle ,WA, fall 2017 

Mastered by James Plotkin 



Special thank you to Krzysztof Pietraszewski and Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble. 


C+P Faith Coloccia BMG/ASCAP 

SIGE072


Faith Coloccia’s music as Mamiffer behaves as a living organism that feeds off its surroundings as it multiplies and evolves to live in harmony with its environment. This malleability is presented in Mamiffers’s latest record, Mettapatterning for Constellation. The album features two incarnations of a single composition by Coloccia, commissioned by the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, Poland. Side A documents the 2017 live presentation of “Mettapatterning for Constellation” as performed by the Półdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, orchestrated by Eyvind Kang, conducted by Mateusz Rusowicz, and mixed by Randall Dunn. The B side features the initial pre-notation home recording of the composition, “))((Mettapatterning for Constellation <ll>,” as performed by Faith Coloccia, Aaron Turner, and percussionist Jon Mueller. Together the two tracks not only depict the emotional depth and textural vibrancy of Coloccia’s vision, they model the organic breadth and variability of the work. The two versions have distinct intentions and diametric harmonic spiritual relations. A perfect metaphor for Mettapatterning would be that of eukaryotic organisms: those that can live freely as single cells, but can also aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures, just as a lo-fi 4-track creation can evolve into its own distinct, transcribed, and orchestrated form when presented to the world. 


-Brian Cook, August 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Particle Count on Room40

Particle Count is a compilation of field recordings from areas of the US west coast affected by recent wildfires, curated by 

Ian Wellman released by Room40. Comes out tomorrow!


All proceeds benefit wildfire relief organizations. 


My cassette field recording is from needle Creek Vashon WA 2018

-F

https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/particle-count




Friday, September 4, 2020

The Eternal Chord "Mutatis Mutandis" (Spire/Touch)

 



The Eternal Chord

“Mutatis Mutandis”

Spire 7.1D


12 tracks, 1:42:06. Digital download with .pdf booklet. Touch will pay all receipts to the artists; any donations above that will go to support the label. Buy “Mutatis Mutandis” on Bandcamp. Photography: Sydney Russell.


1. Olivia Block - Flue 09:17
2. Marta De Pascalis - Alexandria 08:30
3. Richard Chartier - State 08:32
4. Faith Coloccia - Voice 1 Grapheme 07:55
5. Daniel Menche - Minimal 11:09
6. Jiyeon Kim - Organ Tapes 1 05:48
7. Philip Jeck - 75 bus 07:24
8. Dahra - Abadan (Perpetuum) 11:00
9. Orphax - Aeternus 12:54
10. Jiyeon Kim - Organ Tapes 2 06:40
11. Fennesz - Crystal Canyons 04:44
12. Faith Coloccia - Artifacts (bonus)


“Mutatis Mutandis” - featuring 12 exclusive new compositions, using source material from “Semper Liber” by: Fennesz, Faith Coloccia (inc. bonus track), Richard Chartier, Philip Jeck, Orphax, Olivia Block, Jiyeon Kim, Dahra, Daniel Menche and Marta de Pascalis [UK, USA, Senegal, South Korea, Italy, Netherlands, Austria].

Liminal organ


Immersive and compelling, Mutatis mutandis expands the organ repertoire into new territory, with influences from Senegalese traditional folk music, modern composition, classical organ, pop and electronic music.

The four colour plates by the art historian and author Sydney Russell show cave art from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. Taken in Brazil on one of several expeditions she made around the world, these highly emotional works reveal the sophistication and ageless quality of the imagination of the peoples who were expressing themselves at this time; they have been slow to reveal their beauty to us, having survived all weathers; their acoustic soundtrack unfolds slowly, submersive and involving.

Sydney Russell writes: “These photographs were taken in 1976 in Brazil. We eventually obtained minimum radio carbon datings for levels covering the paintings from approximately 3750-2500 BCE. They originate from the rock shelter sites of Sucupira, (Lagoa Santa) and Lapa do Cipo (Santana do Riacho), near Minas Gerais and Quadrillas (Montalvania), Bahia.”

There are many other delights in the Spire section of Touch’s Bandcamp page. Please check them out: theeternalchord.bandcamp.com


Buy “Mutatis Mutandis” on Bandcamp