Nagl, Max / I Crashed My Snowplough
Album: I Crashed My Snowplough   Collection:General
Artist:Nagl, Max   Added:May 2003
Label:Rude Noises  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-07-21 Pull Date: 2003-09-22
Week Ending: Sep 21 Sep 14 Aug 24 Aug 3 Jul 27
Airplays: 1 1 2 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 17, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
I Crashed My Snowplough
4. Aug 18, 2003: Radio Red Well
Working on My Sax
2. Sep 11, 2003: Trip Over Zero
5. Jul 31, 2003: Trip Over Zero
3. Aug 21, 2003: Civil Society
6. Jul 30, 2003: press and release

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-06-26
Nagl is a Vienna based jazz and experimental composer and musician who frequently plays sax and uses electronics on his albums. So it is here, but I believe that the use here of such powerfully rhythmic ingredients as the tabla are new to his work. Nagl has a great sense of joy and humor in his work - not so much an ironic "hey, check out this coffee machine sound" (though there is that here), but more a sense of excitement in sharing what he's uncovered or invented. Good stuff.

1. Tabla is upbeat and lively, drone is contrapuntally reserved and ominous
2. The sax is strangled and frightened, cowering in the shadow of the growling drones
3. Note the instrumentation - "random objects, tools and toys"; so it is random, but does water dripping count as an "object"?
4. Tabla, kit drum, and other percussion lay down a solid groove with a hint of melody, while Nagl tweaks his electronics
5. Whooshing vortex of noise - difficult to believe that it's an alto sax
6. "Radiocafekaffeemaschine: field recording at the Radiocafe in Vienna"; so it is - abstract sounds and some foamed milk on top, please
7. "Working on my sax" ? - yes but what the hell are you doing to it to get these spaced out sounds out of it?

Track Listing
1. Scare   4. Races
2. I Crashed My Snowplough   5. Pffffhhhh
3. How to Be Tool   6. Radiocafekaffeemaschine
  7. Working on My Sax