Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its contents. With open mic in hand this is a survey of surfaces, of in-situ found object play, with small twists and crackle along the way. I feel as if I am sitting in the crook of a tree limb that is vaguely swaying in the … Continue reading Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

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Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

Abby Lee Tee | Imaginary Friends I Czaszka (CS/DL) Austrian sound artist Abby Lee Tee has been on the scene since around 2011, and his sound has always maintained maximum minimalism. An uncompromising approach to his material floods these twenty minutes with even more experimental gestures than usual. By its title we may assume that Imaginary Friends I is the first in a series. Let’s hope so. On this tape, two tracks, one per side, Tee attempts to define this world as: “While imaginary companions are still mistakenly associated with deficits or even mental health issues most of the time, … Continue reading Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

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ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

Ilia Belorukov + Alfredo Costa Monteiro + Miguel A. Garcia ETWAS | Tanuki Records (CS/DL) A first time trio (all who have worked together in various configurations) offers two lengthy textural works, one per side, on this cassette from Belgian imprint Tanuki Records. All three are playing electronics here, and in addition you can experience Belorukov on fluteophone. Only identified as sides a and b, ETWAS opens with an incredibly sparse set of pitched test tones, followed by a rumbling drone. A cryptic atmosphere ensues, one that keeps you on edge. It’s made of of scraping accents that sound like … Continue reading ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

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November Wrap-Up

For the last three months we have truly been inundated with diverse new releases, and because of volume and curation many of them miss hitting the pixels we produce here at Toneshift.net. We are so lucky to be able to have access to such a wide breadth of innovative sounds. Out of these numerous works I have decided there are a small batch that I cannot just allow to pass into the ether. So I am taking on those holdouts here in a series of quickie session of shotgun reviews (don’t let my brevity dissuade you from listening longingly), consider … Continue reading November Wrap-Up

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Shared Meanings by Mumdance

Mumdance | Shared Meanings Shared Meanings (12″/CS/DL) Curated and compiled by Jack Adams under his Mumdance alias, Shared Meanings is an expansive project taking in a mixed and non-mixed version, a 12” of selected tracks and even a limited edition cassette for the tape collectors out there. The 32 track mix covers a lot of ground, tying many disparate areas of contemporary electronic music together seamlessly. Every track is previously unreleased, often specially requested by Adams of each artist, so this selection is both fresh and unique. A dedicated website promoting the project even goes as far as breaking down … Continue reading Shared Meanings by Mumdance

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Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

Patrick Shiroishi | Sparrow’s Tongue Fort Evil Fruit (CS/DL) As LA-based musician Patrick Shiroishi explains his new recording, his sixth solo album, on the Irish imprint Fort Evil Fruit: “All of the saxophone parts were recorded live with additional field recordings as well as my mother reciting some of my grandfather’s tankas. Two pieces focus in on overtones via tenor and alto, two pieces focus on playing the alto and soprano simultaneously, with the fifth piece playing the soprano into a snare drum to create a kind of feed-back with the instrument interplaying with an audio recording of an atomic … Continue reading Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

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Superelief by Andrea Borghi

Andrea Borghi | Superelief Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious and contained jumping sound. After a while the jostling grows a bit more organic, and slows down. These seven tracks are all assigned single digit numbers (ie: 0, 4, 6….) further anonymyzing the action. Though the range is stunted and rather low-flying, the activity sounds … Continue reading Superelief by Andrea Borghi

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