Wednesday 6 October 2004


I mentioned before that great musicians occasionally talk utter crap. And then today I stumble across J. M. Nasim. I have yet to listen to his Psychedelic Jew's Harp music, so cannot say whether it is any good. (I suspect it might well be.) But, really, listen to this:

I create this music live. No multi-tracking, no playback of pre-recorded material, no sampling. The raw signal of voice and Jew’s Harp feeds into a portable bank of automated processors. Here, various programmatic, architectonic sound spaces frame rhythmic zones within which certain acoustic potentialities reside. These sonic holograms manifest my musical explorations as shape-shifted sound. Seminal acoustics are gestated into new aural forms to birth multi- dimensional soundscapes of interpenetrating pulses and harmonics.

Would you want a conversation with this man?

Something else he says is interesting. I have no idea whether it's true, but I sincerely hope so.

The Jew’s Harp’s power as a courtship instrument from Bavaria to the Philippines alludes to a potent psychosexual association.

I wish I'd known that ten years ago.

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