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Samuel Andreyev Interviews

12 Mar

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Two superb recent interviews with composer and TVR recording artist Samuel Andreyev:
Jordan B. Peterson
The Badassery Show

Electric Ruckus About Samuel Andreyev’s Latest Book of Poems

28 Apr

TVR’s Samuel Andreyev reaps acclaim for his distinctive collection of poems The Relativistic Empire (Book Thug).

THE TUBULAR WEST

14 Apr

The Tubular West

The Relativistic Empire

30 Sep

A new book of poetry by TVR recording artist Samuel Andreyev!

Last stages of Andreyev disc fundraiser! Musical and other rewards!

14 Jul

ENSEMBLE PROTON BERN’S NEW CD OF MUSIC BY SAMUEL ANDREYEV: JUST A FEW DAYS REMAIN TO HELP MATERIALIZE THIS PROJECT!

Among other items being offered in appreciation of your contribution is Evidence, Samuel’s 2009 book of poetry from Quattro Books.

Evidence by Samuel Andreyev (Quattro Books)

Evidence by Samuel Andreyev (Quattro Books)

Samuel Andreyev and ensemble proton bern

27 Jun

Another exceptional Andreyev recording project!

“intense, exotic, disorienting, utopian and extremely complex”

Last Summer

11 Feb

This post from the great Richard Kirk makes me very happy. In the midst of his fascinating career, Rick made time to create two wonderful covers for Torpor Vigil releases—Songs of Elsewhere by Samuel Andreyev, and The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor. Thanks, Rick!
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rickandsteveLast summer, my friend Steve Venright, and a car load of his wonderful family, came through for a visit. I’ve known Steve since we were teenagers (gasp). I just found this photo, which I had quite forgotten about, in my camera. It’s a good one don’t you think? Besides being an amazing poet, Steve is also the producer of Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor. That beautiful art work is by Kerry Zentner. Check out Steve’s website at TVR.

– Richard.

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The Tubular West Turns Two!

31 Jan

The Tubular WestTwo days after the Esprit Orchestra’s world premiere of Samuel Andreyev’s Flash of the Instant at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, we have another Andreyev-related occasion to celebrate. Two years ago today, his marvellous, category-defying album The Tubular West came into the world. Torpor Vigil Records lights the birthday cake with pride by striking up “Pluto’s Matches.”
https://samuelandreyev.bandcamp.com/track/plutos-matches

Samuel Andreyev on composing and the upcoming premiere of his latest work

12 Jan

Samuel Andreyev Interviewed by Alessandro Porco in Northern Poetry Review (2011)

3 Jan

Samuel Andreyev

http://nprarchived.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/interview-samuel-andreyev/

A Fine Year for the Sounds of Vigilant Torpor!

31 Dec

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Thanks to all friends, fans, and supporters of TVR for what has been a fantastic year. Here’s a summary of some of the highlights.

Samuel Andreyev’s Tubular West turned one year old and continued to get prime airplay on shows such as Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (BBC6). Jazzology’s Jean Daniel called it “Un magnifique album de pop contemporaine”—took the world’s right out of my mouth!
The Tubular West: https://samuelandreyev.bandcamp.com/album/the-tubular-west

A successful Kickstarter campaign drew funds towards the CD release of Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor, and drew the attention of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today’s Pop Candy. Kickstarter’s Sam Hockley-Smith interviewed me about the project: http://kickstarter.tumblr.com/post/80276920042/sleeptalking-will-never-not-be-weird-its-the

The audio version of Christian Bök’s deservedly famous Eunoia, recorded by TVR and released by Coach House Books, was uploaded for streaming on the Torpor Vigil Soundcloud site: https://soundcloud.com/torporvigil/sets/eunoia-by-christian-b-k-1

Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor was released on July 20th, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first McGregor album from Decca: https://dionmcgregor.bandcamp.com/album/dreaming-like-mad-with-dion-mcgregor

The TVR remastering of that original 1964 album—The Dream World of Dion McGregor—was subsequently released as a free download: https://dionmcgregor.bandcamp.com/album/the-dream-world-of-dion-mcgregor-he-talks-in-his-sleep-remastered-free

The Torporwear department of Torpor Vigil Industries was revived with the release of new t-shirt and tank top designs featuring art by Kerry Zentner and Richard A. Kirk: http://www.torporvigil.com/012TVR/SectorPages/Store.html

Some of the first signs that Dreaming Like Mad would be well-received came in the form of spirited endorsements by Gotye on Twitter and Facebook:

Enthusiastic reviews from USA Today, The Equal Ground, Media Funhouse, Bang the Bore, and The Sound Projector followed.

With all that’s been happening at the label this year, I didn’t really begin flogging the manuscript of my book about Dion’s dream world until this past month. I’m going about it the old-fashioned way: one publisher at a time. After a brief search for an agent, I decided just to push the work (which will include, depending on the edit, up to 200 new transcripts of Dion’s dreams) all by myself. I suspect its future in print will depend on my finding that particular publisher—out there somewhere—who will get a supreme charge off the subject matter (where most might simply raise an eyebrow and/or scratch a noggin). Meanwhile, those of you wishing to find Mr. McGregor in print will have to dish out for rare copies of the 1964 book from Bernard Geis Associates:
http://www.amazon.ca/The-Dream-World-Dion-McGregor/dp/B0007ES8BC
My own copy of the Dream World book (to bring these year-end observations full circle) was a gift received long ago from Samuel Andreyev. When Pippa Lambert and I visited Michael Barr at his modest Hollywood apartment in 2005, I got Mike to sign it. Though he hadn’t spoken or transcribed the words, they would never have been captured without him and his tape recorder.

Mike would have been ecstatic to see all the attention this anniversary year has yielded those recordings he made of his old roommate and songwriting partner Dion McGregor. With those two fine gents in mind, and with much gratitude for all the interest and support lavished on my little label these past twelve months, I wish you all a wonderful 2015!

Tubular Dreams,
Steve Venright
Torpor Vigil Records
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Over by the Freak Zone

13 Oct

The ever-adventurous Stuart Maconie has been playing Samuel Andreyev’s Tubular West again. His BBC6 Freak Zone  program aired “Over by the Mantle” from the album Maconie said he was “really getting into.” I’m really into it too—and I never want out!

Stuart Maconie of the FreakZone (BBC6)

Stuart Maconie of The Freak Zone (BBC6)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jtnws

Torporwear

30 Jul

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TVR Tees and Tanks now available here:
http://dionmcgregor.bandcamp.com/releases
and here:
http://www.torporvigil.com/012TVR/SectorPages/Store.html

Samuel Andreyev on Radio France

30 Mar
Samuel Andreyev (photo by Caroline Mareschal, 2013)

Samuel Andreyev (photo by Caroline Mareschal, 2013)

Here’s Samuel Andreyev’s latest appearance on Radio France:
http://www.francemusique.fr/emission/le-jour-d-avant/2013-2014/samuel-andreyev-et-philipp-maintz-03-30-2014-17-00

Vintage Andreyev!

21 Mar

Songs of Elsewhere by Samuel Andreyev
As we approach the release of Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor, all the attention’s been on the great somniloquist. So I thought I’d put some focus back on the other great TVR recording artist, Samuel Andreyev. Here are some (mostly remixed and all remastered) tracks from the 2004 compilation Regions Reach. (Above is the cover art of Samuel’s 2002 album Songs of Elsewhere, by the great Richard A. Kirk: http://www.richardakirk.com/)

Happy Birthday to The Tubular West!

31 Jan

Tubular West Street Sign and Crossing Sign

To celebrate the first anniversary of The Tubular West, here’s Half-Dream, and some classics from earlier Samuel Andreyev releases:
https://soundcloud.com/torporvigil/half-dream/s-PknJc
https://soundcloud.com/torporvigil/sets/regions-reach-by-samuel-2

My fond thanks and congratulations once again on a superb recording to Samuel Andreyev, Olivier Maurel, Ayako Okubo, Léo Maurel, Nicolas Dufournet and all the other musicians and recording engineers who were part of this remarkable project!
Steve Venright
Torpor Vigil Records

“Noisy fog” and other wonders of The Tubular West

3 Jan

Tubular West Back and Front Cover DetailsWelcome to the first TVR post of 2014 — a year in which we’ll mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Dion McGregor album (The Dream World of …. from Decca) with the release of an enthralling new compilation called Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor — Yet More Outrageous Recordings of the World’s Most Renowned Sleeptalker. Meanwhile, further news of The Tubular West,  Samuel Andreyev’s album of “haunting beauty” (Apparently Magazine).

In December, Jean Daniel did an hour-long Tubular West feature on his Radio Judaïca program Jazzology (Strasbourg), calling it “Un magnifique album de pop contemporaine”! In his between-tracks commentary, M. Daniel invoked a wide range of musical entities in an effort to convey the distinctive qualities and diversity of the recording:  Purcell, Schubert and Debussy through the Beatles, Bowie and Pink Floyd. One of the songs, he suggested, was like the soundtrack to an imaginary David Lynch film. Oh, and there was something about “noisy fog” (my translation) that I liked too.

http://www.radiojudaicastrasbourg.fr/category/podcasts/jazzology/

Next up will be a live appearance by Samuel on the Radio France show RenDez-Vous (date to be announced soon).

There you have it, for the moment, but much more to come!
Steve Venright