A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

3 REVIEWS/3 RECORDS: It demonstrates the versatility of both contemporary composition and the instrument in question, to arrive in the New Year with three very different, modern piano works up for review.  Although operating in different fields, and with different scopes and intentions, these three albums have been reviewed together, so as to showcase their relative strengths and diversity. Daniela Orvin | HomeSeasides on Postcards (CD/DL) First, is Daniela Orvin’s Home, a synth-washed, future-retro affair that owes no small debt to Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner.  It is a pleasant album that is minimal in nature without ever courting minimalism, … Continue reading A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

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Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

Åke Hodell | Verbal Brainwash and Other Works Fylkingen Records (3xCD/DL) Åke Björnsson Hodell (1919-2000) was a Swedish poet, author, text-sound composer, and visual artist. He was also trained as fighter pilot, but after a crash during a practice flight (1941) and few years of hospitalization, he became a dedicated anti-militarist; something very apparent in his work, especially his earlier pieces. He began experimenting with what he called “elektronismer” (later “text-sound composition”), a blend of sound collage, spoken word, recorded radio plays and musique concrete, based on narratives and their electronic editing/process. His collaboration with the music department of Sveriges Radio … Continue reading Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

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~ by Elnath Project

Elnath Project | ~ Focused Silence (CD/DL) “Music cannot exist without sound.
 Sound exists by itself without music.
 Music evolves over time.
 The sound is timeless.
 It’s the sound that matters.
 Sound is strength.” – Giacinto Scelsi Elnath Project consists of trumpeter Alessandro Ciccarelli and his new record simply titled by the tilde symbol is a rare bird of sorts. On ~ he was inspired by the work of fellow Italian and surrealist-era composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). From the very top of DA22~ we are drawn into a foggy, drone saturated world that buzzes with an evaporating reverb. An all … Continue reading ~ by Elnath Project

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Toneshift presents Top Three of 2018

THE TONESHIFT TOP THREE: Though we managed to crank out more than four-hundred reviews in 2018, there were certain releases that broke the highest of expectations, or came in from left field here at Toneshift headquarters. Instead of another boring Top 10 list we decided to be extremely shrewd in our curation and pare down to those rare records that hit us in that sweet spot between the ears. All of our contributors, including our newest member, have offered their very Top Three choice recordings of 2018, and it turns out to be a truly diverse selection of unexpected earcandy. … Continue reading Toneshift presents Top Three of 2018

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The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume than anything else. Though she’s been at it for years this is her debut album. The eight pieces (an additional hour plus work is available in the full set) presented on The 5th Apple are atomized like fine molecules bursting in mid air. It runs … Continue reading The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

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Basalt by Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse

Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse | Basalt threadneedle community (DL) DIG THIS!: Basalt is a split record by Precocious Mouse and Carsten Boer, each contributing two live session tracks of differing experimental and glitchtech styles. There is a physical release associated for the first twenty who purchase the digital file via Bandcamp. Though the recording is sequenced intermittently between artists I am going to listen to each artist’s tracks separately. Starting with the lead track by Precocious Mouse (Caleb Wood), Root opens as if we are situated deep inside the annals of a cave, the bass low reverb, almost tribal. This percussive effect … Continue reading Basalt by Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse

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End of Year Review Roundup

ON THE 12TH MONTH OF…..♬ Aside from the dusty white scapes of Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and the overly spangled reveals of Mariah Carey there are plenty of non-seasonal sounds wafting through the holiday airwaves that have nothing in common with tradition whatsoever. Or do they? Well, they sure do here at Toneshift where the season is always bright with the intersection of genres 365 days ’round. Here are a dozen of those records you don’t want to miss between candles on the kinara or menorah, passing giftcards or last minute stocking stuffer trips to Target… Instead, take a left … Continue reading End of Year Review Roundup

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