Promeni by Zavoloka

Zavoloka | Promeni Kvitnu (CD/DL) In Ukranian Promeni translates to ‘rays’ and that is what beams from the first chords of the title track of the latest recording from sound artist Zavoloka (Kateryna Zavoloka). From Kyiv but based in Vienna her wavy rhythm here takes an expansive shape that is formatted fully forward. It’s a sound that blooms like the best minimal techno, but never breaks out for the dancefloor, only reaches over and beyond, but mostly along its edges. It’s a bright balance of melody and electronics. Her church organ-style synths get crunchy, like boots on snow and ice … Continue reading Promeni by Zavoloka

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A Decade Ago: TJ Norris x Christian Renou Collaboration

LOOKING BACK + AHEAD: Ten years ago I was honored with a grant to create my last installation piece (of three) in a larger installation trio series called Tribryd: Genometrics (2003), Nucleo (2005) + Infinitus (2008). The final of the three was shown at the (defunct) New American Art Union. These three exhibitions, all held at various locations in Portland, OR dealt with the gentrification of working class urban environments. Infinitus concluded the series with a collaboration between American interdisciplinary artist TJ Norris and French composer/sound artist Christian Renou. Renou’s 71 minute soundtrack played on a repeat cycle in the … Continue reading A Decade Ago: TJ Norris x Christian Renou Collaboration

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Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

Frédéric Nogray | Ondureñas Unfathomless (CD/DL) It’s late night, and the cicadas are out making for a blend of peace and quiet. There’s a slight chill in the air, and other slight disturbances, maybe some kind of hen or other proud bird – but Punta Bujaja is rather haunted. Of course this blends well with the season. The gentle rustling of the wild has a strangely balanced stillness. There’s a single long drone note that plays like a line being drawn that fades in and out of perception, reverberating like a content feline. These two lengthy recordings on Parisian sound … Continue reading Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

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Interview with Fabio Perletta of 901 Editions

We are talking with Italian sound/installation artist Fabio Perletta today. Aside from his own work he is also an active curator and label runner for the now defunct Farmacia901 and the upcoming launch, now on Kickstarter (18 Days Left), of 901 Editions. It’s an exciting prospect, to launch a completely new imprint, and Perletta does it with a keen eye on diverse international makers. We talked about the launch, his work and more. Toneshift/TJ Norris: Hello Fabio, how are things where you are right now? Speaking of which, where is that, Berlin? And where are you originally from? Fabio Perletta: … Continue reading Interview with Fabio Perletta of 901 Editions

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Cycle Nautique by David Berezan

David Berezan | Cycle Nautique Empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) David Berezan is a notorious and well acclaimed Canadian electroacoustic composer. Teaching at the University of Manchester, where he also founded MANTIS: a loudspeakers orchestra designed to perform electroacoustic music, he boasts an exceptional background. Everything in his career, from his studies with legendary personalities such as Jonty Harrison up to the many residences in famous studios and institutions around the globe, becomes solid grounding which places his well rounded, and clear aesthetic statements in the form of beautiful compositions that display all the skills and craft behind the sculpting of each … Continue reading Cycle Nautique by David Berezan

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Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

Brian James Griffith | Inner Work Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Los Angeles-based sound artist Brian James Griffith‘s new tape Inner Work hit me right in that bright spot that tranquilizes the expectations and tribulations of the everyday. It’s a morphing and moody ambient set of eight pieces that neutralizes the sappiness of new age and somehow manages to stay sedate. The synth is melodic, rounded, with a bit of abandon that drifts into the corners of your psyche. Griffith blends bass guitar, casiotone, piccolo and other transmissions to form this abundantly layered and stretched work, showcased in the secretive Warm Autumn … Continue reading Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

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Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

Grand Mal X | Retrospektiv 2010–2016 Ant-Zen (DL) Swedish duo Grand Mal x flirt between old school electro patterns and more modern DSP shapes, combining the two into an irresistibly propulsive funk on some tracks and a much more abstract terrain on others. Retrospektiv 2010 – 2016 is a collection of previously released material, originally from various tape labels and one track that had until now been unreleased. The album crackles into life with “laced pork chops”, an oblique soundscape that bristles with electrified energy and dark synth tones. One of the most experimental tracks, it is also the track … Continue reading Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

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