I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to work on music for Italian director Asia Argento‘s new film, INCOMPRESA aka Mistunderstood. The film stars Guilia Salerno, Gabriel Garko, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Max Gazzè, Anna Lou Castoldi, Alice Pea and Caroline Poccioni, with cinematography by Nicola Pecorini.
Over a period of months, I was asked to develop several themes that Asia had written, while developing a few of my own. Aiding me in this mission were cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, violinist Julie Pomerleau and clarinetist Weasel Walter. Other sections of the film feature scored music from Brian Molko (Placebo), The Locust and Gilles Toop. The experience has been life-changing and remains one of the most artistically satisfying things I have worked on to date. Incompresa will compete as an official selection in the 2014 Festival de Cannes, as part of Un Certain Regard.
Every year at Reckless Records, we’re asked to compose year-end lists of our favorite music. This was a great year for music and it’s impossible to remember it all. I shot from the hip and came up with this list in about 10 minutes. Without further adieu:
MAGAS 2013 FAVORITES
ADULT. – The Way Things Fall
Asia Argento – Total Entropy
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval LP
Basic Channel reissues
Francois Bayle – L’Experience Acoustique
Black Deer 12”s
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk mono reissue
John Carpenter – Assaullt on Precinct 13 reissue
Chrome – Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks ’79-80
Luciano Cilio - Dell’Universo Assente
Patrick Cowley – School Daze
Dark – Round the Edges reissue
Demdike Stare – Testpressing series
Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. IV
Kevin Drumm – Humid Weather
Gherkin Jerks reissues
The Gories – The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
Kyle Hall – Boat Party & Boat Party Bonus EP
Gunnar Haslam – Mimesiak
Icecross – 1. LP aka s/t
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Bob James – Rhodes Scholar LP
Raul Lovison/Francesco Messina – Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo
Magas – Pspoilers cassette
Mainliner – Mellow Out reissue
Charles Manier – Electrocution & S/T (Nation)
Ron Morelli – Spit
Omar S. – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
Bill Orcutt – History of Every One LP & 13×7” boxed set
Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
3 Chairs – CH 07 12”
Vangelis – Blade Runner & Sex Power reissues
Velvet Underground – At the End of Cole Ave, 2nd Night
Vox Dei – La Biblia reissue
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
Nate Young – Regression LPs
Beau Wanzer – 3 L.I.E.S. 12”s
V/A – Bang the Box: the (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987-88
V/A – Sounds of Silence LP
There will be a bit of Chicago action happening for MAGAS in the near future. I’ll be playing a little cluster of cool shows during the next few weeks.
Friday, September 13th, Double Door, Chicago
Riot Fest Afterparty with:
ANDREW WK full band
Sunday, September 29th, The Owl Bar, Chicago
Owl Anniversary Party with:
WOLF EYES live
JIM MAGAS dj set
DAN MALONEY dj set
Saturday, October 5th, Empty Bottle, Chicago
QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT live
In other news, my new EP, Music Is Easy that was supposed to come out this summer on New Jersey is NOT coming out, due to the
label going on indefinite hiatus. Definitely no hard feelings…shit happens. I will be holding out for a vinyl release of this, as it was tailor-made specifically for vinyl. That’s how I’ve been doing it for 20 years and that’s how I’ll be doing it until all the world’s petroleum dries up. Interested parties may feel free to get in touch. Serious inquiries only, please.
In addition to these public appearances, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on some very interesting things that will be announced when the time comes. Check my tweets for up-to-the-minute updates.
Tomorrow night, I will open for Tortoise (also with DJ Ryan Weinstein) at the Empty Bottle.
It’s already sold out, so the only reason to put it here is…to put it here?
I play at 10pm.
Start festival weekend off with live electronic music, performances, and great DJs of Detroit.
4454 Woodward Ave.
CHROMATIC JACKIE is a collaboration between a visual artist, a dancer, and a musician. Visual artist Dana Bell choreographs movements with CGI (computer graphics interface) software and pairs it with sound fragments provided by Sam Consiglio (formerly of Adult. and Tamion 12 Inch). The dancer Sari Nordman interprets digitally generated movements and modular, self-contained systems of choreography produced by software, synchronizing with an original sound piece written for this project.
MAGAS: James Marlon Magas has been creating unconventional music since 1992, with avant rock bands Couch and Lake of Dracula, and since 1999 as the solo electronic artist Magas. In the late ’90s, Magas became very interested in electronic dance music and set out to create his own. Humble beginnings with an MC-505 Groovebox attracted the attention of Detroit’s ADULT., who gave Magas a crash course in analog production, as well as releasing his ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Friends Forever’ on their Ersatz Audio imprint. Over the past couple of years, Magas has shifted focus from performance to production, favoring an instrumental, semi-improvised direction.
DJs from the massively popular and fun residencies Macho City and Disco/Secret play music all night.
MAGAS – Music Is Easy 12″
‘Music Is Easy’ is the new EP by MAGAS, coming soon on New Jersey. 4 new instrumental tracks of propulsive analog electronics. Clocking in at almost 30 minutes, this EP offers listeners extended opportunities for physical involvement.
All songs written and produced by James Marlon Magas at Wizardlook, Chicago, 2013.
A2: Music Is Easy
B1: Alfa Romeo
B2: Layers of Understanding
Here’s a preview:
Out now on Notes and Bolts:
MAGAS: Pspoilers cassette (Ltd. to 100)
Pspoilers contains 6 new instrumental works by MAGAS with a bonus live B-side recorded live in Chicago by Bob Konow. These six songs were composed on the Roland TR-808, the ARP Odyssey 2800 mk 1, Arturia Minibrute, Casio RZ-1, Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, Korg Monotribe, Korg Monotron Delay. Pspoilers represents a new stylistic turn in the Magas repertoire: all-instrumental music, as discussed in the Chicago Tribune with Jessica Hopper.
The 2nd track on Pspoilers, entitled ‘Checkers’, was reviewed by Marc Masters on Pitchfork. Listen here:
You can order Pspoilers HERE!