Friday, November 20, 2020

2020 suggestions from here at Pen & Mallet

 


Some folks are putting together their end of the year lists. Lots to talk about as usual. I am sure a ton of great records will come out before the end of the year, but I thought I would help out the compilers with some titles that may not have gotten noticed. Since the latest aboombong album, asynartetic was the only official release from me this year, I guess it gets the local call. Some others to pay attention to this year include a string of releases from Sister Black Lagoon who are selling their whole discography for a tune. Also worth your notice are the releases from Hive Mind Records this year - including Jaipongan Music of West Java and "Aicha" from Maalem Mahmoud Gania. Another one to check out is Rabbit Hole Variations from Greg Nieuwsma of SawakAnd I would be remiss not to mention the work from Pen & Mallet regulars Dynamo Stairs album Nickel Chrome, or Kanawha's best yet



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

aboombong on bandcamp

 


My latest release is still available for the next Bandcamp Friday (starting 12am PDT on 8/4/2020). For 24 hours Bandcamp waives their fees to help out artists. Last month ya'll helped me raise $350 for http://redcross.org.lb who provides frontline relief to victims.in Beirut


artist: aboombong
release: 2020
style: jazz, ambient, piano
players: me - piano, trap set, double sanza, wooden-headed dumbek, taganing, elephant bell, temple bell.
artwork/photography: me
Design consultation: Random

Thursday, August 6, 2020

aboombong - asynartetic


My latest release is out on time for the latest Bandcamp Friday (starting 12am PDT on 8/7/2020). For 24 hours Bandcamp waives their fees to help out artists. I will be using that as a way to raise money to help the victims of the recent blast in Beirut. All proceeds raised this month from any aboombong purchase will go to http://redcross.org.lb who provides frontline relief to victims.
Most (not all, but most) aboombong songs involve improvisation at some level. I frequently use improvisations as source material and then editing and post-production manipulations to combine them into something coherent. On this album the improvisations themselves, the performances, are the focus. Taking cues from jazz - where the interplay between musicians is the substance of the performance -these songs were constructed "live" - with each performance played in direct response to the tracks laid down previously. Treatments and manipulations were applied (essentially) live as well (play, treat, playback while improvising the next track) for the most part. Enjoy and spread the word so I can raise some money for those in need. Thanks.

artist: aboombong
release: 2020
style: jazz, ambient, piano
players: me - piano, trap set, double sanza, wooden-headed dumbek, taganing, elephant bell, temple bell.
artwork/photography: me
Design consultation: Random

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Old music and new



Dave from Choke (and Dynamo Stairs, and splayfeet) posts a newly uncovered Choke rehearsal tape. 





Also, out for #BandcampFriday (approaching 24 hours). aboombong will be donating all proceeds to http://redcross.org.lb to help victims of the #BeirutBlast: improvisations for piano and other percussion - ambient free jazz? https://aboombong.bandcamp.com 

Details soon. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Psychic Enemies Network Updates

Just updated the Psychic Enemies Network page to include a link to our song that was released by Oddeo Netwerx


Pen & Mallet · Page psychic enemies Posting as icastico All psychic enemies network releases are available (name your price) at bandcamp.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

aboombong - AGNOSIS (2019)



artist: aboombong
album: AGNOSIS
release: 2019
style: 4th World Post-punk Goth, Kosmische Musik, ambient piano, liturgy
players: me - drum kit, percussion, piano, sequencer, treatments; Lana Van Boven -  vocals on track 1 & 3 (www.lanavanboven.com); David Liso - vocals on track 1 (dynamostairs.bandcamp.com); Brian Shaw - flugalhorn and recording engineer on track 3 (www.lsu.edu/cmda/music/people/faculty/shaw.php)
artwork/photography: me

Side One: 


Side Two


After nearly a decade of going it alone, this is the second release completed in collaboration with musical friends in so many years. Lana came to me with the desire to do some singing outside of her usual frame, and things snowballed from there - with contributions from David and Brian bringing it all together. As always, available via bandcamp pay what you like. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

10 years of aboombong

Ten years ago I decided to see if I could put together a full album of music all by myself - something I had never done despite years of collaborating with others. The result was the first aboombong release - named via onomatopoeia from opening of the first song I put together for the release, "Three Days 'til Sunrise." Not sure I thought this would result in 12 releases over the next decade. Anyway, here is the first one again.

   

Artist: aboombong
Album: aboombong
Style: ambientrance dub soundscapes
Release: June, 2009
Players: all me* - electronics, tapes, percussion
Available in a variety of formats from http://aboombong.bandcamp.com/ (set your own price)

Tracklist:
1. a
2. ab
3. abo
4. aboo
5. aboom
6. aboomb
7. aboombo
8. aboombon
9. aboombong
10. 3 Days 'til Sunrise (aboombong mix)
11. gnobmooba
12. birds

*aboom contains samples from Waltz Bop Shop and gnobmooba contains samples from ¡para!helion. Narrative in 3 Days 'til Sunrise recorded off of public radio in the late 1990's.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Forsaken Forest - Anna Beata Baranska



Ran across this film by Anna Beata Baranska (Poland) using a song of mine from almost a decade ago. Reminds me of the reason I release everything with a creative commons license. Apparently this won the 2019 Golden Leaf for Best Animated Short at  The Hazel Eye Film Festival

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Articulations: Poems, Polemics, & Pop Songs


aboombong presents the words and voice of artist and poet Raul Dorn floating on a jumble of post-punk, art rock, and ambient soundscapes.  

It is available from bandcamp, pay what you will. Proceeds will go to support arts education in Las Cruces, NM, so, really, pay what you can. Enjoy. Spread the word. 

Artist:aboombong presents
Album: articulations: poems, polemics, & pop songs
Style: Post punk, No Wave, Basement Tapes, 
Release: 2018
Me - music, guitar, drum kit, percussion, piano
Raul Dorn - words, singing, chattering 

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