… In this months Future Music.
Wow! Does it mean that Thom Yorke knew about the Arc; or that he knew about gaffer tape?
he knew james would eventually throw it down
Can we revive this old thread and maybe rename it in just James Holden?
His album The Inheritors had such a great influence on me and how I think about making music.
And now his new album is out and again I just don’t really know what it is I’m listening to.
This interview is a great read about him and the new album: James Holden: "I got really bored of making music. But the moment I discovered modular and Live and Max/MSP, it all opened up again" | MusicRadar
what track are they talking about?
I think the whole album. I’m just listening to it again after reading the interview and now it’s a totally different experience
I like the transition between Contains Multitudes and Common Land. Perhaps that sound is the “birds on a wire” slinging around. Interesting interview and album. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
(Isn’t James Holden part of this forum?)
Yeah, JH has had a great journey. I’m totally aligned with what he’s been doing in recent years… just about how I’d imagine some of my music coming together,
Nice to see he’s a big advocate of Airwindows plugins as well!
About a decade ago I had a conversation with Holden and often I find myself reflecting on our discussion of the roles for magic and intuition: Interview: James Holden dowses sonic heritage by Jason Richardson
James Holden on using modular gear live and Max for Live patches | MusicRadar.pdf (133.4 KB)
^^ the interview at the top of the thread.
This was a great read. Thanks for sharing.
@airwindows has been seen in these parts. not sure about james however.
ps. luddites unite
Another verified “how did I not know about this artist until now” moment for me here on lines
I had never listened to James Holden before today, but listened to The Inheritors on my run today and it was like getting baptized in sound. Very, very wonderful.
I started playing around with modular + acoustic drums on my last record, and there’s just something about that approach that I find captivating. Inheritors is a master class.
This goes into the same bucket of gratitude that @dan_derks bringing Matt Davies + Church Andrews into my life went into.
@tehn thoroughly enjoyed that article!
You’re likely to enjoy his record with The Animal Spirits.
Deep Moroccan Gnawa vibes!
Ah welcome my friend. I saw him and Nathan Fake play live in Miami in 2005. Changed my life forever after that. Really great talent.
James Holden is a boss. The Inheritors is such a good album.
Everything sounds like it just on the verge of complete chaos or breaking into feedback.
I didn’t love the follow up (The Animal Spirits) as much, but it was still a great listen.
His new album has just had a glowing 5* review in the Guardian:
James Holden: Imagine This Is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities review – a dance album like no other | Dance music | The Guardian
From the description I would say it’s Gone Feral, which is the second track of the following live session. You can see he emulates the Maths behaviour described in the article using his Arc.
Ohh thanks for posting this! I love this new album. It’s so rich of textures, rhythmic changes and timbres. And his Outdoor Museum Of Fractals | James Holden & Camilo Tirado | James Holden is one of my favorite pieces for modular + percussion.
I don’t know much of his other music but this record with Mahmoud Guinia is one of my all time favorites (start with track 1):
He also gives a good talk on the Group Humanizer plug-in mentioned in the OP interview, I think at an Ableton conference.