Jared C. Balogh just had a slew of music released and good for us! With Detaching Realities Vol. 2 on Headphonica, Rhythm of Life on Happy Puppy Records, and Drifting Soul on 45 Echoes Sound, we are blessed with hours of interestingly good music. I’ve been listening to Balogh’s jazz releases consistently over the last week while trying to write a review about them, however in the review I wanted to stay away from any comparison to Frank Zappa, but as you can deftly see that turned out to be impossible. Take a listen to the following track from Rhythm of Life:
The two reasons I didn’t want to bring up Zappa in writing these reviews is that listeners how like Zappa might attribute too much importance on this comparison and not download the albums or listeners who do not like Zappa — there may be some — might not download these albums. Regardless of your feelings towards Zappa, these are must have albums for your iPod.
Balogh creates a sonic world that is ever changing and pleasing to the ear even in it’s odd syncopation and nuances. According to notes supplied by Balogh, these works are highly personal in their genesis. Whether or not this is the reason for such fine work, I don’t know. But these three albums start 2012 with some wonderful music.
Experimental sound artist Lee Rosevere has put together an extremely interesting compilation out on his netlabel Happy Puppy, The Classicality of /’Zəeppə/. Rosevere came across this commercial release and what he did next shows the power of Creative Commons. Going into the wilds of the internet, Rosevere scoured and searched for Creative Commons licensed tracks of the music from the various composers that a known influences of Zappa.
Back in 1966, Zappa famously added list to the liner notes of Freak Out! called “These People Have Contributed Materially in Many Ways to Make Our Music What it is. Please Do Not Hold it Against them.” Some of the composers included in Classicity also show up in this list: Bulent Arel, Maurice Ravel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varèse, and Anton Webern. As I’ve written before in this blog, I’m not a huge fan of various artist releases by Creative Commons labels as they are seemingly hastily thrown together and usually a kitchen-sink compendium of the netlabel. Rosevere in Classicality has not done that. Even how he structured the album is done with certain flair, not only with the selections, but also in regards to the pace of the album — I’m thinking of tracks 6,7 and 8 where we hear Varèse followed by Ravel and then Arel. Though Rosevere might not have matched up track for track with the commercial release, Rosevere should be commended for a job well done and the publishing of one of the best releases of year. I, for one, can’t wait for Happy Puppy to release Volume 2!
Avant Garde Project’s version of Bulent Arel’s “Stereo Electronic Music No. 1″ (