The Last Days Of Reality by Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope

Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope | The Last Days Of Reality Room40 (CD/DL) – Performed by Decibel Ensemble It was 2013 when it happened to me, my chance to attend a concert of Decibel Ensemble. They were touring Europe performing John Cage’s Variations and I was lucky enough to have them in my city, at L’Asilo. By that time I was just developing a taste for electroacoustic and contemporary music and that concert was among the first of the kind I attended. I did not even know what to expect exactly and could not have imagined how that concert would … Continue reading The Last Days Of Reality by Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope

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Formlessness by evolv

evolv | Formlessness Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) From the bell tone styled separation at the very top of our nation’s capital comes new work from evolv called Formlessness. With its ghostly presence the static-laden melody of Such a Cosmic Joke opens up after ninety seconds, to a circulatory strumming. Mind you, its assent is no joke whatsoever. In fact, quite the opposite, the even keel of ambient drone is layered with great care and intent. In the final lap there are toy-like sounds that eventually breakdown into a muted backdrop. The album is dedicated to a loved one battling cancer, … Continue reading Formlessness by evolv

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Episodes by Bloom Offering

Bloom Offering | Episodes The Helen Scarsdale Agency (LP/DL) Seattle’s Nicole Carr is Bloom Offering and though she’s put out a small handful of tapes via various labels, this is her very first vinyl LP, Episodes offered through the always enigmatic The Helen Scarsdale Agency run by experimental sound artist Jim Haynes, serving deep listening audiences since 2003. The record won’t be disbursed until the very end of the month, but I was anxious to give it a whirl as this is my introduction to the work of Carr. The opener, Swallow Me Whole, has a synth frequency pinging from … Continue reading Episodes by Bloom Offering

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Degradation Loops by Jasmine Guffond

Jasmine Guffond | Degradation Loops Karl (LP/DL) Australian sound artist Jasmine Guffond‘s Degradation Loops was just released via Berlin imprint Karl who have been serving many delights in 2018. This half hour long singular piece starts with incidental chatter in a public place in what the artist refers to as being “initially a sixteen day process of sonic destruction created for an art exhibition.” What becomes evident rather quickly is that Guffond is unafraid of this sense of beauty in question, unbalanced detritus layered in a collage style of happenstance and assorted harmonies. I notice a quasi Middle Eastern feel … Continue reading Degradation Loops by Jasmine Guffond

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Most Beautiful Design by Bienoise

Bienoise | Most Beautiful Design Mille Plateaux (FL/DL) Out on November 16th is the mini album by Turin-based artist/producer Bienoise (Alberto Ricca) which will serve as the launch to the legendary Mille Plateaux imprint that was founded in 1994 (and being relaunched by) by Achim Szepanski, though went through various iterations and periods of radio silence over the past twenty-four years. And the five tracks that make up Most Beautiful Design will be released on, of all things, floppy disk (as well as available digitally)! The whole thing goes for a quasi DOS-styled throwback, but what’s it sound like? The … Continue reading Most Beautiful Design by Bienoise

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Beyond Torneo Vol. II by Alan Gleeson

Alan Gleeson | Beyond Torneo Vol. II Let In Music (DL) Part two of Beyond Torneo a three month release project in which Irish composer Alan Gleeson describes as “Themes such as neglect, decay, stagnation, and pollution of the real and imagined experience are explored. These themes are not necessarily the final destination, the work is the experience of traversing these zones.” Based in Southern Spain, Gleeson released Beyond Torneo Vol. I last month, and watch for the conclusion in this triptych next month. Broken into two tracks (Zone 3 and Zone 4) this opens with a warping sound wave that … Continue reading Beyond Torneo Vol. II by Alan Gleeson

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Colour Fields by Pascal Savy

Pascal Savy | Colour Fields Audio.Visuals.Atmosphere. (CS/DL) French artist Pascal Savy drops us into a dense cloud of foggy drones on his new album Colour Fields. This is his second album this year, following Dislocations on the Experimedia label, which plotted a similar route through amorphous drifting sounds. This new collection is released by the Belgian record label Audio.Visual.Atmosphere. It’s opening track is entitled “Shapes of A Mirage”, and is aptly named as a slow, spectral drone adds layers of low key noise and hints of quiet strings to the mix. “Phantom Absence” continues this theme, both in its title … Continue reading Colour Fields by Pascal Savy

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