CARL STONE – Baroo
BY MASSIMO RICCI MAY 24, 2019
The last few years have given us a chance to gather a sizable chunk of Carl Stone’s older material. A pair of archival releases on this very label reminded us of the reasons for our immediate falling in love with Mom’s way back in 1992. Now it’s time to celebrate, and perhaps dance to the tune of a completely new record.
Well, not exactly. Baroo’s tracklist comprises two opuses from 2011, the remaining ones having been composed in 2018. It doesn’t matter anyway; Stone’s researching between the cracks of an intercontinental aesthetic consciousness yields laudable results whatever the age of his sounds. If anything, we could jokingly describe this item as a rhythmically charged “mutant pop” album; however, its interlocking patterns and splintered harmonic elements betray compositional subtleties that might be missed by the casual listener’s (lack of) focus. And yet, the composer himself states his hope for the audience to have fun with this music. Mission accomplished, needless to say: the title track – an entrancing salsa kaleidoscope that would stimulate Steve Reich’s jealousy – is alone worth the price of admission.
Still, this writer’s favorite is the subsequent “Xé May”. It is entirely performed on the Electron Octatrack, a small-sized sampling device that can do miracles in the right hands. A persistent “panther walk” bass vamp is a hook for the mind to coordinate its components; from there on, everything but the proverbial kitchen sink is thrown in by Stone. Pseudo-industrial lo-fi-ness, synthetic substrata, looped-and-bent voices halfway through a misshapen invocation and a muezzin’s Japanese mistress trapped inside a washing machine. These apparently absurd cohabitations, plus the substances distilled from their gradual modification, trigger sensational repercussions.
Baroo is a sunray piercing the black clouds and the cold fog to warm human plants whose flourishing is delayed. When you’re down and troubled – but don’t need a helping hand – it will work wonders, improving the mood much better than any antidepressant. Keep it close.
Christuskirche Düsseldorf Kruppstr. 11, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany Düsseldorf Germany
Friday July 5 2019 Open 9PM Start 10PM
Carl returns to Hong Kong for another solo stint, once again in a cool spot high above on the 16th floor. The venue is Animato Audio, a synthesizer store specializing in modular synthesizers, also set up as a live venue with a soundsystem and lighting. First time in Hong Kong since 2016!
- 0900pm DJ set
- 1000pm Dennis Wong
- 1045pm Yumcheok
- 1130pm Carl Stone
16th Floor, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Map (English) at here
Saturday July 20 2019 14h00
Carl joins World Listening Day 2019 : Listening With
Every year in July, people around the globe gather to celebrate World Listening Day. This year the Tokyo Phonographers Union presents World Listening Day 201: Listening With at OOTE41221 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
Listening with an awareness that all around you are other life-forms simultaneously listening and sensing with you – plant roots, owls, cicadas, voles – mutually intertwined within the web of vibrations which animate and surround our planet.
Since its inception in 2010, dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day. Help us share and grow participation in this annual event please by adding your information to our online form.
July 18th is the birth date of renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer. His World Soundscape Project developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s. These inform the current, burgeoning interest in our changing acoustic environment. Thus, World Listening Day honors Schafer’s contribution to understanding our world.
14:15 – Listening Session
15:00 – Talk / Robert Millis
16:15 – Soundwalk
17:00 – Break
19:00~21:00 – Performance & screening (¥2000)
Sunday, July 21
10:00 – Soundwalk
11:00 – Discussion / Closing
- Marcos Fernandes
- Kio Griffith
- Robert Millis
- Yoshiko Mitsui
- Hiroshi Shimizu
- Carl Stone
Saturday August 10 2019 16h00
Carl’s Russia debut! He’ll come to Moscow for his first time performance, going to the Field Festival as a headliner, along with a wild and eclectic lineup of artists from Europe, the UK, USA, Java and more.
- Carl Stone
- Kemialliset Ystävät
- Carla Dal Forno
- Powell & Russell Haswell
- Not Waving
- Kate NV
- Vladimir Martynov
- Moa Pillar
- The Wire Soundsystem
- Graham Dunning
- Bad Zu
- and more
Sharikopodshipnikovskaya st., 13, Moscow, 115088
+7 926 389 52 85, +7 926 235 85 30
Friday September 13 2019 8:30 PM
Carl returns to Chicago after his sold out appearance at LAMPO last year. This time the venue is Constellation, the city’s premiere destination for resent performance and forward-thinking music with a focus on jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical. Also on the bill, local heroes Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society.
- Carl Stone
- Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
$15 Presale, $17 Day of Show
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago IL
Sunday September 15 2019 8 PM
Carl returns to the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival for their 20th Anniversary year. He was a founding member of the festival’s organizing unit and now proud to be returning for the auspicious occasion. Also on the bill the same evening will be Svenska Elektriska Operaensemblen from Sweden and improvising bassonist Dana Jessen.
- Carl Stone
- Svenska Elektriska Operaensemblen
- Dana Jessen