Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

Soft Cell | Keychains and Snowstorms Mercury Records/UMC (9xCD + DVD + BK; DL + Streaming) An Exhaustive Survey. And I mean the good kind of exhaustion, the type that comes with an exhilarating batch of unexpected goodies – not the kind that has been seen in similar burnt-out 80’s boxes of late. I realize this may not be something you may expect to find in these pages, however, stay with me here, these guys really were outsiders whose quickly (if short-lived) rising star just happened to coincide with the earliest era of MTV where you may have spied a … Continue reading Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

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Interview with Aume

The following is my conversation with Aume, a Pacific coast duo consisting of Scot Jenerik (F-Space, 23five) & Aleph Omega (Chrome, F-Space, Altar De Fey) in preparation for their October release of CQ CQ on Mobilization Records – their third full length. Any ‘instructions’ herein are not (necessarily) endorsed by Toneshift.net or any of our (so-called) affiliates, with or without a net. Enjoy the silence/s, and other shocks to the system: Toneshift OK, hi guys, how are you doing today? Scot Lovely thanks, and you? Aleph Omega Barring the Kavanaugh issue, fine. Toneshift I’m good. It’s great to have an … Continue reading Interview with Aume

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Flashback: Scanner + Ryan Jeffery

A dozen years ago while working on adapting my visual installation work with commissioned soundtracks by various international composers I had the pleasure of working with the incredibly talented Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). For one of my installations I paired his with a young video artist, Ryan Jeffery (no based in LA) who previously presented at my long defunct a/v project space, Soundvision. This piece was shown at Sonic Circuits Festival and only recently did I discover the video on YouTube so I thought to share it as it has really stood the test of time, but at twelve years old … Continue reading Flashback: Scanner + Ryan Jeffery

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132 Ranks by Olivia Block

Olivia Block | 132 Ranks Room40 (CD/DL) I first heard of composer Olivia Block in the early 00’s when she was collaborating with Seth Nehil on the risk-taking Sedimental imprint. In the ensuing years, this here is her thirteenth record on Room40, either solo or collaborative, and her sound has only become more robust than ever. 132 Ranks is a 49-minute piece that begins with a very distant drone and organic microsounds up front. The work instantly comes off as reverent, but to what, at first, is unclear and mysterious. From the outset you may want to slip on a … Continue reading 132 Ranks by Olivia Block

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A Sneak Preview of Murcof’s Lost In Time

Releasing in one month’s time is the latest, a deluxe double vinyl set of work by Mexican electronic sound artist Murcof (aka Fernando Corona). This time around he’s collaborating with multimedia artist Patrick Bernatchez with a soundtrack for his film, which judging by the short preview reels looks quite spectacular. Of Corona’s many releases since 2002 he’s blended his own fusion between ambient with chamber music, granular synthesis, microsound and neo-classical. If you haven’t listened to either Cosmos (2007) of Martes (2002) among others, you are truly missing out on a whole other world of music. He’s one of the … Continue reading A Sneak Preview of Murcof’s Lost In Time

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Herman Kolgen’s ISOTOPP

Here’s a sneak preview of lauded Quebec-based sound bender Herman Kolgen‘s latest work, a performance/installation based on two years of collaboration with researchers Jean-Charles Thomas and then Thomas Roger. The ‘sonic scientist’ is ever-reinventing himself and has conceived a system linked to an interpretation of the GANIL research activities for a visual and sound performance and installation. On stage, the system is linked in real time with the laboratory. DYNAMIC + DIMENSIONAL: Isotopp goes much deeper into an exploratory space where a/v and science perfectly collide. Le GANIL proceeds to study this phenomenon by colliding nuclei at very high speed. … Continue reading Herman Kolgen’s ISOTOPP

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Impermanence by Vitor Joaquim

It’s always a good day when I have the opportunity to listen to and review a fellow interdisciplinary artist. And here we have Portuguese experimenter Vitor Joaquim and his ninth solo effort, the self-released Impermanence (USB & DL) out on June 7. There’s a lot going on here, so listen closely. Being both a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist allows Joaquim a bit more leeway to develop a signature sound that stirs up a whole lot of dusky atmosphere. For example, on Here and Now the wafting harmony is digitally generated like a quasi-ambient matrix of short buzztones and percussive flutters. … Continue reading Impermanence by Vitor Joaquim

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