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Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: Two 4 Dancin
Format: CD
Label: C/Psi/P
Country: New Zealand
Price: $14.00
"The latest from prolific musical explorer SIMON WICKHAM-SMITH, and one of his most out-of-left-field releases to date. Two 4 Dancin shows Wickham-Smith at his grandest, as his music explodes at the seams with wonderfully resonant contradictions with exquisite textures capable of blissfully enveloping daily life and driving ones neighbors batty. An infinite block-rocking beat melts into deep transparency, revealing a subterranean omniverse of Casiotone mantras, silicon chip psalms, and the mystical babbling of angels and derelict gutter drunks. Think Steve Reich, 50 Cent, and a Buddhist throat-singing Devo." - C/Psi/P. 2004 release.

Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: Rapt
Format: CD
Label: Disposable Thumb
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"On his latest release, with beautiful hand-printed foldover jackets of his own design, Simon continues to explore his obsessions and fascinations with reverence, wry wit and a skillful ear. Aesthetically similar to 2002s dyrø (PseudoArcana), the CD is an exercise in "wonderment and rapture" via the friendly conduits of electronic drone, cut and paste minimalism and mischievous white noise. Oftentimes a confluence of contrasting disciplines and perspectives, the document is a rich work of intricate spells merging tension and release. Says Simon of Meiji13: "Its a very uncharacteristic foray into program music: the fuzz over the top is like a patina of age, like hearing Caruso singing I Pagliacci." - Disposable Thumb.

Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: Giladji: Music for Glass Harmonica
Format: LP
Label: Giardia
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Shimmer gleam vibrate layers lovely spook tones movin always movin nowhere. Bump up against the table. Whistlin a happy happy happy distance ahhhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhhhh one or two maybe a few drums distanttttttttttttt. Glass table. Glass drummmmmmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Blue mooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Static breakbreakupppppppuuuppppppp. Mmmmmmmmmm. First solo LP by Wickham-Smith after a long series of LPs (Lake, couple on Majora, etc.) with collaborator Richard Youngs. Two long cuts. Yes." - Eddie Flowers; Slippytown.
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Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: Love & Lamentation
Format: CD
Label: Pogus
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The Sandokai (The Harmony of Difference and Equality) is a prayer written by the eighth century Japanese Zen teacher Sekito Kisen. The basis for this piece was a tape given to Wickham-Smith by a nun of a recital at her monastery. He wanted to create of this sample a prayer without borders, a follow-up to an earlier work, Ave Regina Caelorum (2000, released on Extreme Bukake), in which he used the Latin plainsong of a prayer to the Virgin Mary in much the same way. The organ sample at the end is from a piece by Erik Satie, whose spirituality was equally strange and eclectic. All the samples have been stretched and pitch-shifted beyond (immediate) recognition; to the ears they have melded into something that seems at once both ethereal and solid. The Kin-kindness of Beforehand grew out of his Multiple Tongues project, a series of pieces in which Wickham-Smith exposed the spoken word in many different languages to a series of digital manipulations. The Kin-kindness of Beforehand is divided up into several distinct sections, each of which took on a particular persona during its creation. For the composer, this was the most complex of all the Multiple Tongues works, because he wanted to use specific strings of words and the quality of writer Rachel Beckers voice somehow to comment on each another. Love & Lamentation started life as a setting for voice and electronics of part of the biblical Book of Lamentation, but it quickly became clear to that the literal setting of words was not going to convey the melancholic intimacy that needed to be expressed. As a teenager Wickham-Smith had heard Alain Gheerbrants wonderful ethnomusicological recordings of a blind Turkish troubador and had fallen hopelessly in love with his voice and exquisite playing of the saz. About the same time, through his friend Richard Youngs, he had discovered also the ex tempore psalm singing of the Scottish Isle of Lewis. Fifteen years later, he decided that these two could be made somehow to work together to show the love and lamentation which he felt they both held in their deeper recesses, and which he wanted to present in this new piece. The result is a strange melée of feelings, repetitions and textures."-Pogus

Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: Dyre
Format: CDR
Label: Psuedoarcana
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Price: $12.00
"New release from doyen of English bedroom underground scene. Two epic tracks, the first a very skewed take on religious chant which retains a genuine and relevant reverence at the same time as it forges a whole new path through both laptop electronica and devotional music. The second is a huge track characterised by ripping great digitally distorted drones which seem intent on tearing through the bullshit (Maya?) to reveal a clearer world beyond... All recorded on a small island off the coast of Scotland..." - Psuedo Arcana.

Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: A Hidden Life
Format: Cass
Label: Tanuki
Country: Belgium
Price: $8.00
Edition of 50 copies. "This seems quite a coup by Brussels based Tanuki Records: a ninety-minute tape by Simon Wickham-Smith, known as a solo musician but also a regular collaborator of Richard Youngs. That is one coup, but the title piece, which spans the whole first side, also contains the voice of the well-known composer Robert Ashley. A Hidden Life deals with the life of Tshangyang Gyasto, the sixth Dalai Lama, who died in 1706. Wickham-Smith translated a book on Gyasto and had texts recited by Ashley and Laetitia Sonami, and some sung by Joan Stango. He himself provided the electronic background of repeating electronic sounds. The music seems to be coming without any changes and the emphasis lies on the text and the occasional song. This is all first class radio play stuff. Sit back and listen to the story, or perhaps just sit back and contemplate and listen to this as a piece of Zen sound art. Four instrumental pieces are to be found on the other side of Wickham-Smiths electronic music, and here to we find some of that meditative spirit. Whereas on A Hidden Life, it boils in the background, here its out in the open and it moves between certain parameters, set out on whatever type of equipment he is using. Its like a perpetum mobile: once set in motion it moves around, freely, as wind-chime, but within certain boundaries. In Laude this is pretty much a living organism, full of spirit, but in the other three pieces it seems to me its all a bit darker, more calm and subdued, perhaps also spookier? Especially Cellules seemed to posses some otherworldly spirits and ghosts captured on magnetic tape. Excellent release!" - Vital Weekly.
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Artist: WICKHAM-SMITH, SIMON
Title: A Seventh Persimmon
Format: CDR
Label: Tape Drift
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Words are tough when it comes to describing music this astoundingly beautiful. A leading figure in the worldwide experimental music community since the early 90s, Simon Wickham-Smith adds to his sizable body of work with this masterpiece. Three tracks clocking in at almost 60 minutes, Simon s new work is the result of years spent honing his craft. His influences are drawn from sources far and wide, but the music that results is uniquely his own. Transcending genre altogether but most clearly informed by minimalism, this release is hypnotic, mysterious, and gorgeous. If you ve followed the arc of his career, you ll be pleased to see how mature and powerfully focused his musical vision has become. If you re new to his world, it s an excellent introduction. To say that it s an honor for us to be releasing his music would be a massive understatement. A true classic." - Tape Drift

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