Jeremy Bible’s Top 10 & Beyond, 2014

Posted by on December 10, 2014


It’s 2014 and snobbery is finally dead, a dinosaur now extinct and laid to rest as the sediment piles on. The playing field has been leveled, opening the way to an era of creative freedom like no other. Infinite influences and styles are being thrown together in an eclectic stew of sounds. What we are seeing here is a sometimes awkward yet logical renaissance perfectly tailored for the ADD generation, as increasingly difficult to navigate as it is exciting. Amidst it all we witnessed the quiet revival of the CD and the computer as instrument. A renewed appreciation for all things digital. An eye opening reawakening to the benefits of that both digital and analog. The fog has lifted as we traverse our way past the post-digital and enter the post post-digital digital revival where the only rules left are the ones we make for ourselves individually.

It’s been an overwhelmingly enthralling year of music the world over with more sounds coming out in every micro genre from every corner of the world than one person can possibly consume. Here, for those interested, I simply share some of my personal favorite releases of 2014 out of what I had a chance to absorb and a mix of selections from my top 10 favorites.

Mix Tracklist:
00:00 Gábor Lázár – Ils.6 (from Ils) [Presto!?]
04:00 Stine Janvin Motland – Laboroing (from In Labour) [Pica Disk]
11:05 Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber – Aleph 0 (from Politiken Der Frequenz) [Editions Mego]
14:20 James Hoff – Blaster (from Blaster) [PAN]
18:34 Thomas Ankersmit – Figueroa Terrace excerpt [Touch]
26:22 Nicolas Bernier – Frequencies (A / Fragments) excerpt [Line]
33:56 Madalyn Merkey – Aggregate (from Valley Girl) [New Images]
43:05 Valerio Tricoli – In the Eye of the Cyclone (from Miseri Lares) [Pan]
54:15 Andrew Pekler – Replayed excerpt (from The Prepaid Piano & Replayed) [Entr’acte & Senufo Editions]
56:20 Eric Frye – 0063b (from Abyssal Folding) [Anòmia]

TOP 10 (in order)

1. Gábor Lázár – Ils [Presto!?]
Synthesized rhythmic abstractions unlike anything I had ever heard before. Closest thing would have been Mark Fell’s “Multistability” which is one my favorite albums of all time. Coincidentally there is Lazar/Fell collaboration in the works. See also: “Ep16” on The Death of Rave which also came out this year.

2. Stine Janvin Motland – In Labour [Pica Disk]
Motland does things using only her voice that shouldn’t be humanly possible. This particular album for Pica Disk finds Motland combines a site-specific approach where she often collaborates with the sounds of her surroundings. See also “Ok, Wow” on +3db also released 2014.

3. Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber – Politiken Der Frequenz [Editions Mego]
This is one of the most intense and disorienting listening experiences I have ever had the pleasure of. Blasting this to the face over a PA outdoors at VOV festival in the mountains of West Virginia at 4am while most everyone was asleep is a moment I will not soon forget.

4. James Hoff – Blaster [PAN]
Here Hoff experiments with the Blaster Virus exploring it’s effects on rhythms and utilizing the results as building blocks for a series of compositions.

5. Thomas Ankersmit – Figueroa Terrace [Touch]
The stunning results of Thomas’ invite to record new work on a customized and restored Serge modular system.

6. Nicolas Bernier – Frequencies (A / Fragments) [Line]
Extension to his 2013 album for Senufo utilizing computer-controlled solenoids which activate an ensemble of tuning forks.

7. Madalyn Merkey – Valley Girl [New Images]
Electronic compositions with a classic sensibility inspired by the agriculture and landscapes of Oakland, California.

8. Valerio Tricoli – Miseri Lares [PAN]
An epic work of modern musique concrete.

9. Andrew Pekler – The Prepaid Piano & Replayed [Entr’acte & Senufo Editions]
An extended documentation of Pekler’s interactive installation for grand piano, mobile telephones, and modular synthesizer. Side A features select recordings of the installation in action. Side B exploits the audio-to-midi function in Ableton Live by converting the recordings of the installation through the process with the resulting notations used to control and play a modular synthesizer.

10. Eric Frye – Abyssal Folding [Anòmia]
Unique rhythmic compositions utilizing computer and modular synthesizer.

BEYOND MY TOP 10 (in no particular order and growing)
ø – Konstellaatio [Sahko]
Gabor Lazar – Ep16 [The Death of Rave]
Stine Janvin Motland – Ok, Wow [+3db]
Russell Haswell – 37 Minute Workout [Diagonal]
Aby Ngana Diop – Liital [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba [Black Acre]
Aphex Twin – Syro [Warp]
SND Extended Reissues [SND]
Hecker – Articulacao [Editions Mego]
Mark Barrott – Sketches From An Island [International Feel]
Hildur Gudnadottir – Saman [Touch]
Traxman – Da Mind Of Traxman Vol 2 [Planet Mu]
Giant Claw – Dark Web [Orange Milk / Noumenal Loom]
Lawrence English – Wilderness Of Mirrors [Room40]
Fhloston Paradigm – The Phoenix [Hyperdub]
Arca – Xen [Mute]
Lord Raja – A Constant Moth [Ghostly]
Jacaszek – Piesni [Narodowe Centrum Kultury]
Luke Abbott – Wysing Forest [Border Community]
Maxim Wolzyn – Intercity Express [SVS]
Kink Gong – Gongs [Discrepant]
Good Willsmith – The Honeymoon Workbook [Umor Rex]
Grasshopper – Dark Sabbath: Symbols Of Evil [Hausu Mountain]
Population One – Theater Of A Confused Mind [Rush Hour]
Afrikan Sciences – Circuitous [PAN]