PRINT December 2004

Music: Best of 2004

Christoph Cox


1. Various Artists, Radio Java (Sublime Frequencies) From the teeming airwaves of Indonesia’s largest island comes this frantic and mind-blowing collage of gamelan-driven pop, saccharine jingles, muezzin calls, histrionic film dialogue, DJ banter, Javanese punk rock, and other gems, compiled by Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop.

2. Sachiko M/Toshimaru Nakamura/Otomo Yoshihide, Good Morning Good Night (Erstwhile) The reigning triumvirate of Japanese experimental improvisation presents its sublimely understated aesthetic of emptiness by way of no-record turntable, no-input mixing board, and pure sine-wave oscillator.

3. Christian Marclay, DJ Trio (Asphodel) The father of art turntablism mixes it up with some of his most adventurous offspring: Toshio Kajiwara, DJ Olive, Eric M., and Marina Rosenfeld. Marclay’s hyperreferentiality is beautifully complemented by the compelling abstractions

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