C. Reider Benefit: Call For Submissions

C. Reider Benefit

As some of you know, C. Reider had medical issues at the end of 2015. His health is better, but he has been left with staggering medical debt. I am putting together a benefit album and I am looking for some submissions. Through much persuasion on my part, Chris has agreed to this project.

Chris has a wide variety of tastes in music, so any genre is game, from drone to vaporwave and from experimental to noise. If we receive more than 2 hours or music, I will be doing a blind selection. Experimental musician, Cinchel volunteered to master the album. Michael Gregorie of blocSonic volunteered to produce and design the album cover. Expect the album to be released around the beginning of March 2016.

Here are the submission requirements, such as they are:

  • Deadline is the end of the day of the 7 February 2016 where ever you might live.
  • Please keep the track under 5 minutes or so
  • Track must be in .AIFF or .WAV format
  • By submitting a track, you are allowing us to sell your music in this benefit album through out the year 2016.
  • All tracks will be licensed CC BY-NC-SA
  • Send your selection to reider.benefit@gmail.com

C. Reider is an experimental composer living in northern Colorado in the United States. He manages several netlabels and is an active supporter of the free music scene. You can download Chris’ music and view his netlabels at Vuzh Music or at his Bandcamp site. You can find him on Twitter as well, @vuzhmusic.

Thank you.

C. Reider – Certainty Reducing Signals

C. Reider - Certainty Reducing Signals

Feeling like David Wallechinsky of late, I itch to get back to reviewing. One of the albums released on Netlabel Day is C. Reider’s Certainty Reducing Signals on the netlabel Happy Puppy Records which is run by Lee Rosevere. Both men are big proponents of sharing music, the Creative Commons culture, and the Netlabel scene. Rosevere is a radio producer in western Canada, and beyond running the wonderful Happy Puppy Records for 15 years, he is also a accomplished musician and composer. You can find his work on Free Music Archive and Bandcamp. C. Reider’s began his musical sharing journey in the tape trading culture of the 90s. The Coloradan composer has released many experimental albums as well running his own netlabel, Vuzhmusic.

I bring up their biographies, such as they are, any discrepancies are of my doing, because I wanted you to understand that their connections to the Netlabel scene run deep and strong. It is simple enough to share one’s own music, but to promote other musicians’ work, for free no less, shows a wonderful sharing spirit.

C. Reider’s Certainty Reducing Signals is both a fragile and harsh record. Reider talks about the quiet noise (or let us say, the fragility of music), ambient works that embrace the world noise and process it into an opaque musical pieces. The easy opposition, the yin to the yang, of quiet noise would be something like a harsh noise wall, but that’s really not what Reider’s music is about. I don’t know if Reider has a harsh noise wall record in his discography and I would not be surprised if he did, but the coarseness found in Certainty Reducing Signals is not that and it is not necessarily an anti-ambient statement, rather Reider’s music expands on the instability and agitation of ambient sound.

There is no signifying C. Reider sound as each album stands in its own place and time, each is a by-product of Reider’s encompassing environment; he is quite open about this. The ten tracks on Certainty Reducing Signals are a testament to the diversity of Reider’s approach to music; listen to “Twisted Bridge Dub” and “Unpermissive” as an example. Though these tracks might be different from each other, they derive from an artist confident in sound and space. Like many musicians, Reider speaks publicly about his artistic insecurities, though it’s Reider’s uncertainty which builds a auditory world of strength coexists with frailty. A wonderful example of this is “A Harsh Bunny Town”, an whimsical and contrary title, that explores Reider’s sonic outlook which is full of bends, augmentation and reduction.

Artist: C. Reider
Title: Certainty Reducing Signals
Netlabel: Happy Puppy Records
Release Date: July 2015
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Download mp3: zip

Unhuman Sounds

Unhuman Sounds

When I listen to C. Reider’s Linguism (Treetrunk) which focuses on the speech disfluences of Morm Chomsky such as sturrering, umms, ahhs, and filler, I want to reach out and grab Chomsky and yell, “Get on with it!” Reider recently posted his 2003 work, Aughtet, on the Archive and it doesn’t force me to impatiently scream at my portable listening device.

It was nice to listen to this work as vocal experimentation seems to be more prevalent in the netlabel scene than ever before. (I realize that I am probably only hearing what I want to believe to be there.) Reider tells us that that Aughtet is made up almost entirely if human mouth sounds, so I guess it reaches the Ivory soap litmus test of 99% pure. Even though Aughtet is smoother than most vocal experimentation out there, Reider has transformed human vocals into other sounds, not human sounds, effortlessly disarming the listener with his particular sonic view.

Artist: C. Reider
Title: Aughtet
Netlabel: Vuzh Music
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Release Date: 2003
Download mp3: zip

The Tape is the Message

The Tape is the Message

I was very pleased when I heard that C. Reider had released a new album based on experimenting with cassettes and cassette recorders. Not Subliminal cries out to be released on a cassette, but Reider bucked that trend and went digital. Don’t get me wrong, if he released a cassette of this type, my PayPal account would be all over it.

The premise of the Not Subliminal, Reider writes, “involved recording some stuff onto one tape while playing back previously recorded stuff on the other tape players, and letting it all mix together out loud … recording everything onto the shitty little onboard microphones that these handheld tape recorders had.” Not Subliminal‘s dissonance and self-referential audio recordings point the work into the genre of manipulated field recordings as well as the experimental. Genre lines are usually quite gray with Reider.

Over the last year, Reider has been releasing a lot of older work which bordered on “real music” [see my review of Malaventura’s Malaventura04], so this reviewer was quite happy to read that Reider will be releasing more of this cassette work in the future.

Artist: C. Reider
Title: Not Subliminal
Netlabel: Control Valve
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Download mp3: zip

Photograph by Sam. Licensed: CC BY-NC-SA.

Seeing Is Hearing

When C. Reider released his new album, Edge and Artifact, he wrote a blog post using only images to explain the process. In light of that, the following review will be all images as well. Click on the photograph to see Creative Commons photograph hosted in flickr.


Artist: C. Reider
Title: Edge and Artifact
Netlabel: Ilse
Release Date:  15 January 2013
Download mp3: Bandcamp

An AoS Podcast: 24 August 2012

A podcast made on 24 August 2012 featuring the experimental music from the Creative Commons / netlabel scene of the last two weeks.

Download: http://archive.org/details/aos004

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Below is a list of albums as they appear in the podcast.

Raw N^D Untitled (h-a-z-e)
Heddy Boubaker X (Amplified Music Pollution)
Leo Bettinelli and Pol Nieva Pale (tecnoNuclea)
Luís C. Pino Hhard Drive (Amplified Music Pollution)
900piesek/rbnx Prague Bratislava (Pan y Rosas)
Ten Thirty Le rêve d’Endymion (Etched Traumas)
C. Reider One of the Drone Boys (Linear Obsessional)
Lienullnoyz Jet Thundery Twin Part 1 (aReW)

The CC licensed photograph is by Göran Arvidson. You can follow him on Twitter, 6ft5.

Removing Noise from Noise

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Artist: C. Reider
Title: Buddha Reduction
Netlabel: Vuzh Music
Released: 07 July 2012
Download mp3: zip