Cecilia Lopez | Red/Machinic Fantasies XI Records (2xCD) Out in the very last days of 2018, the two discs that make up this complex set of works in one package come from Argentinian composer and artist, Cecilia Lopez. Along with four additional musicians Red/Machinic Fantasies brings with it squeals, squeaks and a whole lot of dizzying unease right from the top of the twenty-two minutes of Red: Desastres civiles. The whole atmosphere swirls around as if in limbo, but they are only getting warmed up. The hyper intimacy may be coming from the play with contact microphones and speakers, every … Continue reading Red/Machinic Fantasies by Cecilia Lopez
Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz | Drawing In SoundKlanggold (12”/DL) Abstraction is the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events or the freedom from representational qualities. That being said, we’re about to venture into something bearing the above principal, but in a more fluid way. We’ll deal with abstraction, ideas and an event, free from strict representation. In spring of 2018, experimental sound artist Andreas Usenbenz (Ulm, Germany) and illustrator Christoph Lammers (Munich) came together and tried to approach the concept of “meadow”. They collaborated for the opening performance of the Wiese (meadow) exhibition, at Städtische Galerie, Rosenheim, Germany. … Continue reading Drawing In Sound by Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz
Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth, Journey Through A Body, Mission Of Dead Souls Mute (LP/CD/DL) Released this week as part of Mute‘s 40th anniversary reissue initiative to resurrect some of the seminal work of one of the world’s most beloved experimental art acts of all time. These do not include any new bonus material instead continues to celebrate their legacy by offering these obscure glimpses into the world of the underground to a whole new generation and wider audience. These three recordings represent the second wave of Throbbing Gristle‘s critical offerings circa 1980-1982 as follows: Heathen Earth (1980) – released on blue … Continue reading Throbbing Gristle – Reissues 1980-1982
This is a Recognition Test of the Mixlr broadcasting system, this is only a test. Tune into the experimental Italian radio program Unexplained Sounds today, July 1st (2-4PM Central Standard Time) as Toneshift.net‘s TJ Norris Guest DJ’s the final half hour! This is our first collaboration, and if you love sounds from the deepest reaches, you just might enjoy this program that we’ve curated for discerning ears. Listen…. The two hour show will be broadcast on Mixlr (hosted by Raffaele Pezzella), the live streaming service. Some of our selections feature: Georg Deuter (Germany), Federico Durand (Argentina), Takami Nakamoto (France), #Dome … Continue reading Toneshift is Guest DJ on Unexplained Sounds – Today!
Out of Left Field (& Back Again): Recently released on Faux Amis from Utrecht we are listening to Owlbites (Thanos Fotiadis) new live album, Live.Bites^^//.. [FA#08] (CD, Digital). The title throws me a bit, perhaps it’s simply a digital signature of some sort. Releasing music since 2015 out of the Netherlands, this is my introduction, and it’s a fully realized listening experience, and I mean that in an illuminated storytelling sense. Broken into three tracks that each run for a bit over twenty-three minutes I can’t help considering numerology. The meditative church is like a radio play, with a dogmatic … Continue reading Live.Bites^^//.. [FA#08] by Owlbites
Today I’m looking at the latest book/cd project by Jason Kahn, all the way from Switzerland. Here is Voice and Sky on Kahn’s Editions label. The 70pp book (5.5″ x 6″) includes color images of the artist’s installation, and on location, as well as short stylized prose set like concrete poetry. The disc includes 27 tracks with a 67 minute running time, consisting of taped field recordings and intriguing voice contortions, all created by Kahn. Each track is named for the in-situ location in which it was made. At times the voice seems to awkwardly mimic the action, gasping for … Continue reading Voice and Sky by Jason Kahn
From Khem One, an ensemble composed by Kim Cascone (Silent Records) comes a half-hour of moody guitar studies, Modal Gauzes No. 1. This very limited edition of only 50 was especially prepared for the upcoming 4th Annual Drone Cinema Festival taking place at the Chapel Performance Space (Seattle) on April 21st – Cascone also acts as curator of the event. More details about the fest can be found in the Slog. The record plays on like a spacious harbor, sometimes still, sometimes there’s a minor wake as small craft jet by in the distance. The tranquil strings are resilient in … Continue reading Modal Gauzes No. 1 by Khem One