Why intersect: Breadwoman is a minimal experimental album with wonderful, eerie sounds; Criss X Cross is a minimal solo-instrumental album with wonderful, peaceful music.
Where intersect: all tracks seem to complement each other. Try Sirens and Criss X Cross 4 & Gu She’ Na’ Di and Call.
Recommend intersect: Yes! Gibson’s beautiful playing meshes nicely with Anna Homler’s compelling, and sometimes creepy, sounds and noises. Both albums have a special place in the collection; together they open a new dimension of music.
Anna Homler – Breadwoman and Other Tales & Jon Gibson – Criss X Cross
Why intersect: Lapsed is a psychedelic classic, Sosleep is frantic energy and perpetually searches for more crazy as it progresses.
Where intersect: start at the beginning – Tommy Gun Angel with Sosleep1, and go from there.
Recommend intersect: this isn’t the easiest combination, but there are points where the incredibly different approaches to art can infect the ears to trip the mind, even more than each album does in isolation.
Bardo Pond – Lapsed & Pisitakun Kuntalang – Sosleep
Why intersect: an early release from Colleen is full of minimal beauty; O Yama O is unpredictably crazy.
Where intersect: Everything Lay Still and Leave The Fur Behind is kinda creepy; The Golden Morning Breaks and Yubu is fun.
Recommend intersect: I wasn’t so sure at first, but the two vastly different styles here mesh remarkably well. There were many points where I wasn’t sure which artist owned the sounds I was hearing, which is probably the finest outcome of the Intersection activity. Colleen is the first artist who I have featured twice in this effort; her wonderful music leaves openings to randomly construct even more greatness.
Colleen – The Golden Morning Breaks & oyamao – O Yama O
Why intersect: Emergency has a repetitive, bouncy energy while the this capture of the Fishtank series is full of slow emotion.
Where intersect: Try I Am The Jungle with When I Called Upon Your Seed.
Recommend intersect: It is hard for me to give a definite yes to this combo. There are some interesting crossings of the minimal guitars and haunting vocals, but the differences in pace between these two fun recordings do not make for the easiest listen when played together.
Intersection of art: Pit Er Pat – Emergency & Low / Dirty Three – In The Fishtank 7
Why intersect: Colleen consistently plays beautifully composed, minimal music; Nexus & Sō explore wonderful paths of percussion.
Where intersect: This Hammer Breaks and Mallet Phase is easily my favorite combination of tunes, albeit a little obvious to play together. Lighthouse and Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ is a little more experimentally fun.
Recommend intersect: Yes! These are two pretty remarkable albums to play independently. Minimal but very different in their construction, together they still leave holes to be filled in by the creative mind while presenting brand new songs to the familiar ear.
Intersection of art: Colleen – Captain of None & Nexus / Sō Percussion – Steve Reich
Why intersect: Springtime is a peaceful journey with Chinese Zither; In a Word is a quiet, slow progression of piano and soft noise. Vocals occasionally haunt over the music.
Where intersect: Try Many Little Flowers and Joyce, respectively. Demon of Jealousy Appears In A Dream and Erebus play together in a fun way as well.
Recommend intersect: Sometimes. There are points where the music meshes together and feels like one performance; there are others where the introspective styles feel at odds, particularly when the vocals are up front. But the music changes rapidly, especially with In a Word, so there is always something exciting happening together.
Intersection of art: Marianne Nowottny – Springtime of Desire & Ian William Craig and Daniel Lentz – In a Word
Why intersect: Grendel is a 17-minute prog-rock legend; The Last Human Gateway is a 19-minute prog-rock legend that opens the Lush Attic album.
Where intersect: the intent here is obvious…will these two lengthy ballads mesh into a single song that will somehow change the world.
Recommend intersect: Hell no. There is probably some scientific explanation as to why I feel compelled to listen to grey-haired prog-rock on Saturday evenings, but the desire to intersect these two epics – decent and memorable in their independence – was a colossal miscalculation of interest. The progressive deviations of volume, speed, and storytelling are at complete odds with each other, and not in a happy Merzbow way. IQ and Marillion deserve their own galaxies…light years away from each other.
Intersection of art: Marillion – Grendel (b-side) & IQ – Tales From the Lush Attic