John Di Stefano – For the Moment
Arcane archivists Concentric Circles, the Portland, Oregon-based workshop operated by Freedom to Spend’s Jed Bindeman, present another would-be vanished collection of self-released cassette recordings ripe for re-exploration. For The Moment introduces the composer John di Stefano’s distinctive synthesized, polyrhythmic kosmische music, conceived in transit from San Francisco to Japan, by way of Indonesia. Harnessing the experimental power of the Buchla and Serge modular systems available to him through University studios in 1980s SF, and drawing on a background in percussion, di Stefano expanded his practice through the study of Indian music and tabla, and became particularly influenced by Javanese gamelan music. New age lightwork transmissions carried with dexterous tabla detail (“Compos Mentis”) encounter post-punk musings (as in rhythm machine-driven instrumental “For the Moment” and sassy spoken-word guitar and live-drum slink “Knocking At My Door”). Unhinged ten minute modular, tabla and mallet jam “Nuage” meets its match in highlight “Ng’s Office,” which pairs the twinkling, chromatic gamelan ensemble melody with deft jazz drumming. For the Moment features tracks from early cassette releases on his own imprint Oktron Produktions amongst previously unreleased material from the early 90s.