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
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
On Friday: Stand with Bandcamp to Protect Voting Rights for All Though Toneshift.net is in no way a political forum, we do believe in general fairness, especially when it comes to our unalienable right to vote. This is going to be an incredibly impactful midterm election period in the US, so it is refreshing to see Bandcamp take a stand on this movement. Be heard, register and don’t be left out. If you’ve been a regular reader here you might have noticed that we almost always offer Bandcamp clips for each of our reviews whenever available. This helps you link directly … Continue reading Bandcamp Gets Our Vote
Yoko Ono‘s chilling new full-length album Warzone (Chimera Music) will be released in October, though we are getting a glimpse of it with a few months advance with a video depicting the title track. One of the exciting things for me, aside from getting a new recording from Ono, who always puts out intriguing work, is that included in these compositions are field recordings of various animals like wolves, monkeys, marine life and various children’s voices. She’s also worked with Marc Ribot and cellist Eric Friedlander (among a handful of others) on this effort, so you know it will be … Continue reading Yoko Ono’s Warzone
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
The box set (Deluxe and Standard CD editions, Vinyl set) that some of us have been waiting for, for decades. This is a retrospective of one of modern electronic music’s most significant maestros, here is Brian Eno‘s Music for Installations (Opal Records). And happy birthday to him, a septuagenarian just today in fact. The collection was just released this month, and most of the work included on these half dozen discs is previously unreleased, some new while others have been derived from a/v presentations at the Venice Biennale, St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Beijing’s Ritan Park and illuminating the sails of … Continue reading Music for Installations by Brian Eno
GOT DATO?: This quirky instrument, built in the Netherlands, is a sight to behold, that makes sounds that are strangely quirky and retro. What’s even more fun, is that the controls are set up as a two-sided console so it’s not all just flashy lights and colorful buttons, it’s a plug-n-play synth that will encourage hopefully countless collaborations. DATO comes from designers David Menting and Toon Welling, and this cool tool made its debut after a successful Kickstarter campaign back in ’16. My guess that its friendly interface would appeal to those already out there tweeking knobs and wires, but … Continue reading Got DATO? A Synth Built for Two!