Los Angeles-based violinist Zachary Paul is a modern addition to the line of minimalist composers such as Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros, whose work encapsulates the transcendent nature of sustained tones. His new album on the Touch label contains two live recordings and one original film score.  The pair of live pieces here capture the […]

A Death Cinematic | Cagliostro Simple Box Construction (CD/DL) Though they have been around a dozen years now, this is my introduction to the intricate work of A Death Cinematic (and Simple Box Construction). This release is all pieced together in a handmade wooden box with various prints, die-cuts, silver foil, paint – all hand numbered […]

Richmond Avant Improv Collective | Lamentations Arachnidiscs (CD-LTD/DL) RAIC is short for the Richmond Avant Improv Collective. This innovative collective is just about to release an interesting box set (encased in a jewelry like box) which includes their new recording Lamentations (numbered and limited to 100 copies) along with a vibrant series of fourteen full-color […]

T. Gowdy | Pachira AquaticaShimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) “An predominate (holistic) bouquet of bright electronic sounds” Hailing from Montreal, Canada, T. Gowdy is an electronic music producer, audio/visual performer and musician who began his career as a professional choral singer at the age of eleven! There is this sweet looking CD that needs to be […]

Zeno Van Den Broek | BreachMoving Furniture Records (LP/CD/DL) The resonance of Zeno Van Den Broek’s work has grown exponentially in the past few years. His multiple releases on different prestigious labels such as The Tapeworm and Moving Furniture has proven him to be not only prolific but also to ensure an outstanding quality standard […]

Gerald Fiebig | Gasworks Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) From what looks like an intensely researched recording by sound installation artist and composer Gerald Fiebig comes five live pieces (2010-16) relating to the former gasworks in Augsburg-Oberhausen (built in 1915 to turn coke coal into gas for the town) in collaboration with EMERGE and Christian Z. Müller. The […]

An On Bast | Nothing Shapes Everything Marcus Fischer + Burke Jam | Vanitas øjeRum | on the swollen lips of the horizon Sonmi451 | Nachtmuziek Sven Laux + Daniela Orvin | The Writings Ambient is nothing new and its true roots are likely a bit of a mystery, cast in the shadows between a […]

Anthony Pateras | Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018)Immediata (5xCD/DL) The pure musical relationship between Anthony Pateras and me has always been somewhat incomplete. Despite having listened to some of his albums as an improviser and some of his piano works such as Errors of the Human Body and Ataxia where he plays trio with Sean […]

Hotel Neon | Vanishing Forms Archives (LP/CD/DL) In their follow-up to last year’s Means of Knowing (also on Spanish imprint Archives), is the Philly trio Hotel Neon (Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner) with their latest effort, Vanishing Forms. Eight new tracks comprise the record that opens with the meditative space-time-continuum of The Time […]

Angharad Davies / Rie Nakajima / Alice Purton | Dethick Another Timbre (CD/DL) An interesting trio combining a variety of instrumental practices meet in an old church in Dethick (Derbyshire) and develop ten works in two days, and this is the result. On the latest, Dethick by Welsh improvisational violinist Angharad Davies, Japanese installation/electronic artist […]

Maryanne Amacher | Petra Blank Forms Editions (LP/CD/DL) Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) was a sound/installation artist known for her “psychoacoustic phenomena called auditory distortion products” where she coupled tones to create experiential situations. This recording of Petra (1991) was originally commissioned for the ICSM World Music Days and is the first time the late composer’s instrumental […]

Quest | Yesternights st.an.da. (CD/DL) Frans de Waard‘s long-running aka Quest has been consistently putting out quizzical electronics over the past few years, nearly one per annum. On Yesternights (edition of 100 on the Silentes sub-label) we are engaged with symphonic swelling synths that are like molecules of mist. The seven tracks open with the […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

Anni Hogan | Lost in Blue Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) Seminal yet brand-new. Since the mid 80’s producer/musician Anni Hogan has been one of those collaborative musicians often subsumed into others’ work, but here on Lost in Blue, her first solo album since 2011 (and only her third overall) she is at the center of each […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

It is entirely indicative of the calibre of those involved, that Trondheim EMP manage to do something that is so often done terribly, so remarkably well.  Regardless of a listeners’ particular fondness for the types of sound they produce, there is no denying that the group is comprised of an extremely proficient membership, a fact […]

Bogdan Raczynski | Rave ‘Till You Cry Boban Ristevski | When Nietzsche Wept/My Name Is Red B + B: What’s in a name? Would Nietzsche have been a raver? These two records and performers have no relationship whatsoever except they are both electronic music releases this season, and their names may seem a little similar. […]

Nicolas Bernier | frequencies (a/archives) 901 Editions (CD/DL) frequencies (a/archives) will be the final release in a series by Nicolas Bernier for which he earned the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, a swan song to the tuning fork (which he subsequently gave away his collection as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched this). […]