2004 Favorites

Recorded Music

Keith Rowe / Burkhard Beins ErstLive 001 (erstwhile records)

For me no piece of music was more of 2004 then this one. It captures so well the anger, frustration and horror that has been this year of war, propaganda, deceit and ego. Consider as well the events just prior to this May performance: the failed initiative in Falluja with US troops pulled out just the week before, the horrors of Abu Garib all over the news with news of worse photos and official “apologies” coming from the Pentagon and the White House. The opening radio capture of dispassionate, almost numbers station-esque Iraq war reportage while ominous sounds stir restlessly below sets a tone of foreboding that the rest of the performance is contained within. The radio fades away, with bits and pieces of it saved to arise occasionally, but mostly replaced by a miasma of the sounds of unease. Arising out of the din, the faint sounds of Son of a Preacher Man uncharacteristically brought louder and continuing on until the noise of amplified chains obliterates it. This serendipitous and brilliant capture further underscores the times in relation to the relentless US election coverage. The anger, confusion and chaos in this short performance is inseparable from 2004 and will stand as one of the great performances created in reaction to the events of the day. Beyond that the energy, the unexpectedness, the choices, reactions and counter-reactions led to a powerful and moving piece of music.

Jonathan Coleclough Makruna/Minya (ICR/Siren)

The Necks Drive By (ReR)

Keith Rowe / Axel Dörner / Franz Hautzinger A View From the Window (erstwhile records)

Sachiko M / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide Good Morning, Good Night (erstwhile records)

I.S.O. s/t (Sound Tectonics/YCAM)

John Tilbury / Edwin Prevost Discrete Moments (Matchless)

Mimeo Lifitng Concret Lightly (Serpentine Gallery)

Filament BOX (F.N.M Sound Factory)

Martin Ng / Tetuzi Akiyama OIMACTA (IMJ)


Otomo Yoshihide/Park Je Chun/Mi Yeon (w/ Günter Müller/Tanaka/Sachiko M) Loose Community (IMJ)

Tim Hecker Mort Aux Vaches (Staalplaat)

Keith Rowe / Toshimaru Nakamura / Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler ErstLive 002 (erstwhile records)

Broken Hearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia (Sublime Frequencies)

Keith Fullerton Whitman schöner flußenge (Kranky)

Critters Buggin’ Stampede (Ropeadope)

Radian Juxtaposition (Thrill Jockey)

Album I wished I’d discovered earlier:

Alan Lamb Night Passage & Demixed (Dorobo)


Brian Eno Reissues (Astralwerks) (Especially Another Green World and On Land)

Arthur Russell World of Echo (Audika)

Chariles Mingus The Great Concert of Charlie Mingus (Verve)

Live Music

October 21, 2004
Vancouver New Music Festival
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Kaffe Matthews
May 14, 2004
Polestar Music Gallery, Seattle WA

Wayne Horvitz’s New Electric Quartet
January 23, 2004
Triple Door, Seattle WA

Anonymous 4
February 7, 2004
Town Hall, Seattle WA

Hesperion XXI
May 8th, 2004
Town Hall, Seattle WA

SIL2K MetaGame and The Great Learning
September 8, 2004
Cognitive Dissidents Bimonthly series
Coffee Messiah, Seattle WA

Wolfgang Fuchs, Anne LeBaron, Torsten Müller, Ronit Kirchman
May 15, 2004
Polestar Music Gallery, Seattle WA

Seattle Symphony Mahler 5, Haydn 100
June 27, 2004
Benaroya Hall, Seattle WA

Critters Buggin / Thruster
December 19, 2004
The Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA

Sweeter Than the Day
December 9th, 2004
The Jewel Box Theatre at The Rendezvous Theatre, Seattle WA