[eh?126]KBD
III
[eh?125]Bong Watt
If It Works, It's Obsolete
[eh?124]Ricardo Arias // Violeta García
AÑAGAZAS, ESTRATAGEMAS, JUGARRETAS Y TRETAS
[eh?123]Eloine + Ypsmael / Coims
Split
[eh?122]John Collins McCormick
Healthy Alternative To Thinking
[eh?121]charles lareau
stasis
[eh?120]Ypsmael
Box of Black
[eh?119]Orasique
Ixtlahuaca
[eh?118]Jeff Surak
Eris I Dysnomia
[eh?117]Terrie Ex & Jaap Blonk
OZO BONN
[eh?116]Erin Demastes
Thing Music
[eh?115]Kal Spelletich
The Blessing of the ZHENGKE ZGA37RG
[eh?114]Realtree
SPLENDOR FALLS ON EVERYTHING AROUND
[eh?113]Tech Riders
For Eternity
[eh?112]Abigail Smith
Indochina Soundscraps
[eh?111]Coims
The Realisation That Someone Has Been Stood Behind You Your Entire Life
[eh?110]Johannes Bergmark / Guido Hübner
nisip noaptea
[eh?109]Seeded Plain
Flying Falling
[eh?108]APR
The Furies Inside Me OST
[eh?107]Jaap Blonk
Joyous Junctures
[eh?106]Sindre Bjerga
Hesitation Marks
[eh?105]Patrick Shiroishi / Arturo Ibarra
LA Blues
[eh?104]Wolkokrots
Atomnye Deti
[eh?103]Seeded Plain
Buffets Close Suddenly
[eh?102]Tania Chen & Jon Leidecker
Live In Japan
[eh?101]Cookie Tongue
Orphan Arms
[eh?100]arc
monument 36
[eh?99]Bill Brovold
Superstar
[eh?98]LSJ
Misty Nights
[eh?97]L. Eugene Methe and Megan Siebe
Revisited, Revisited, Revisited
[eh?96]Felipe Araya
Punata
[eh?95]Eoin Callery
Oakum
[eh?94]noisepoetnobody
Fissure
[eh?93]Bad Jazz
Daymare
[eh?92]Ernesto Diaz-Infante
My Benign Swords
[eh?91]Larnie Fox
In The Cathedral of Airplanes
[eh?90]Tom Djll
Cassette19
[eh?89]Leonard * Day * Jerman
Isinglass
[eh?88]Das Torpedoes
Qu Nar
[eh?87]Ben Bennett & John Collins McCormick
Pluperfect
[eh?86]Daniel Wyche
Our Severed Sleep
[eh?85]Seeded Plain
Spill Containment
[eh?84]Bad Jazz
Bad Dreams In The Night
[eh?83]Chefkirk & Andrew Quitter
Kaiju Manifestos
[eh?82]Venison Whirled
Tetragrammatones
[eh?81]Gary Rouzer
Studies and Observations of Domestic Shrubbery
[eh?80]Unrepeatable Quartet
Edmonton 2012
[eh?79]Stefan Roigk
Unpredictable
[eh?78]Lucky Bone
Borderline
[eh?77]Jeffrey Alexander
No Sacred Snow, No Sacred Show
[eh?76]Bruno Duplant / Pedro Chambel / Fergus Kelly
(Winter Pale) Red Sun
[eh?75]Horaflora
Live
[eh?74]Graves / Kreimer / Wilsey / Bachmann
The July Amalgam
[eh?73]Sky Thing
Virgin Journalist
[eh?72]Cactus Truck
Live in USA
[eh?71]Various Artists
Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup
[eh?70]Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Park Seungjun and Jin Sangtae
Live at Dotolim
[eh?69]Edward Ricart & Tim Daisy
Yiu Ja Ley
[eh?68]Chagas And Schafer
Gesture To The Declining Sun
[eh?67]Superlith
Plasma Clusters
[eh?66]Jeff Kaiser / Nicolas Deyoe
Chimney Liquor
[eh?65]Close Embrace of the Earth
At the Spirits Rejoice Festival
[eh?64]Jean-Marc Montera & Francesco Calandrino
Idi Di Marzo
[eh?63]Un Nu
Recoupements
[eh?62]Bailly / Millevoi / Moffett
Strange Falls
[eh?61]Jacob Felix Heule & Bryce Beverlin II
Intersects
[eh?60]Foust!
Space Sickness
[eh?59]Dislocation
Mud Layer Cake
[eh?58]Strongly Imploded
Twilight of Broken Machines
[eh?57]CHEFKIRK
we must leave the warren
[eh?56]Hag
Moist Areas
[eh?55]Eloine & Sabrina Siegel
Nature's Recomposition 33
[eh?54]KBD(uo)
Any Port In A Storm
[eh?53]Eckhard Gerdes
!Evil Scuff Mud
[eh?52]Psychotic Quartet
Sphaleron
[eh?51]Federico Barabino
Can You Listen To the Silence Between the Notes?
[eh?50]Soaf
Dynammo
[eh?49]Yana
The Fruit Witch of Ancient Salamander
[eh?48]Ember Schrag
Jephthah's Daughter
[eh?47]Massimo Falascone / Bob Marsh
Non Troppo Lontano
[eh?46]Delplanque / Oldman
Chapelle de l'Oratoire
[eh?45]The Epicureans
A Riddle Within a Conundrum Within a Game
[eh?44]Croatan Ensemble
Without
[eh?43]Man's Last Great Invention
None.
[eh?42]Sad Sailor
Link to the Outside World
[eh?41]Ricardo Arias / Miguel Frasconi / Keiko Uenishi
Object
[eh?40]Andreas Brandal
This Is Not For You
[eh?39]Gamma Goat
Beard of Sound, Beard of Sand
[eh?38]John Dikeman / Jon Barrios / Toshi Makihara
We Need You
[eh?37]David Moscovich
Ass Lunch
[eh?36]KBD
Four Plus One
[eh?35]Brekekekexkoaxkoax
I Manage To Get Out by a Secret Door
[eh?34]Diamondhead
Dirty Realism
[eh?33]Jesse Krakow
World Without Nachos
[eh?31]DBH
Wave the Old Wave
[eh?30]Bryan Day
Four Televisions
[eh?29]Giraffe
Hear Here
[eh?28]Nagaoag
Yama Labam A
[eh?27]Shelf Life
Rheuma
[eh?26]Papier Mache
2
[eh?25]Papier Mache
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John Collins McCormick - Healthy Alternative To Thinking
c26 (Parma, MI)



Side A:
- Healthy Alternative 1

Side B:
- Healthy Alternative 2

bandcamp


Include subwoofers in drum stands
amplified low frequencies
rattling odds and ends
I collected over the years

Reviews:
(Noise Not Music) Close to six years ago now, I met venerable multimedia guru John Collins McCormick at a show in Columbus, OH, and he recommended I check out another artist named Rie Nakajima. Needless to say, one of the best tips I’ve ever received, and it is also relevant when discussing Healthy Alternative to Thinking (McCormick’s fifth tape this year! Check out the others on Garbage Strike) which is very much in line with Nakajima’s motor-based object soundscapes, but in a richly colorful, ragtag way that no one else could pull off. This is the kind of raw sound that is both intense and beautiful in its simplicity. - Jack Davidson

(Disaster Amnesiac) [T]he heart, thus giving thought and thus being memory, gives itself in thought to that to which it is held. --Martin Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? Good 'ole Martin certainly had a way with words, especially as regards thought and its role in worldly manifestations, no? That's the case for Disaster Amnesiac, anyway, and I must admit that I went right to my well-worn copy of the quoted book after receiving John Collins McCormick's new eh? Records cassette Healthy Alternative To Thinking. Maybe I was just trying to be clever, who knows, but that being said the idea of thinking and its analysis appeals to me, so there you go. This post should be about the music contained within Healthy Alternative, though. Let's hit on that. Just under thirty minutes of sound produced by up to eight subwoofers in drum stands, low frequencies, and "rattling odds and ends" makes for a sound that is Industrial, in that it's characterized by a rumbling, ceaseless low grade thrum, much like the sound of dental drill on a tooth or a jackhammer a few blocks down the street. The musical aspect comes from the overtones which arise within the mixture of the elements utilized by Collins McCormick. The listener is advised to be patient; they're there, but they don't jump out at first. This is not easy music to digest, but it hits that nerve that many people have, the one that can become entranced by simple sounds that repeat over and over again. Disaster Amnesiac has noted as well the engineering for Healthy Alternative, in that I'm guessing that John utilized close mic techniques for what I'd imagine is sound capture from a pretty delicate configuration. Dude is a sculptor, after all. To put that another way, this release doesn't scream obscenities at the confluence of large avenues, but instead whispers peculiarities from an (imagined) sitting room that is filled with books about Topics. Imagine Martin Heidegger pulling up rich, German earth with a powerful tractor, and you'll have a pretty good mental film with Healthy Alternative To Thinking as its soundtrack. - Mark Pino

(Vital Weekly) Upon a quick glance of the information provided I only seemed to have registred the fact that John Colins McCormick is a drummer. I had not heard of him before. I listening to the music, thinking, that's one hell of a drum technique. The two sides have a single piece each and there is a rapid rattling sound going on. What a speed! I went back to the information, learned that McCormick played the drums in Dead Letter Auction from 1999-2002, and later on got a bachelors degree in sculpture, using sound as a material. He used the name Sky Thing but since 2013 he uses his full name. He doesn't play the drums on 'Healthy Alternative To Thinking', but "a multi-channel, portable sound system that employs up to 8 subwoofers in drum stands, amplifying low frequencies, rattling odds and ends I collected over the years.” Ah that explains! Most fascinating stuff that is best compared with a washing machine in full force. Ours is in the kitchen which makes all the stuff above that dance like mad when it is in full force. McCormick has an interetsing collection of objects which he places on the subwoofers. Metallic mostly, I think, but at the same time, it could be also many other things. The resulting pieces are most of the time very direct and in your face, but sometimes goes down a bit, giving the pieces a bit more dynamic. I was reminded of Paul Panhuysen's jumping mexican beans (which I don't think was reviewed in Vital Weekly) and McCormick performs his pieces with great and consistency. It is also a slightly tiring set of sounds, so twenty-six minutes was also enough for me. The message came across loud and clear. - Frans de Waard


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