Photo: Giorgia Fanelli Mary Jane Leach is an American composer, who has overseen an impressive and diverse output since the 1970’s. Working primarily with small classical ensembles, as well as tape manipulation, her work explores the phenomena of difference, combination, and interference tones, often overlaying several voices or instruments to create rich sonic textures. Her […]

©Stephen Spera William Basinski. A name synonymous with atmospheric, transitory, eroded tapeloops. The man behind the mythos of such amazing recordings as The Disintegration Loops, Watermusic, El Camino Real and Nocturnes among so many glacial collaborations, made some time to speak between a European tour and the Moogfest, and I found him in great spirits. […]

©Tim Saccenti Kelly Moran is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose prepared piano works have found a wider audience since her signing to Warp Records. Her background includes playing in punk and rock bands, but it has been her nuanced piano recordings that have been making waves in the experimental music world since her early […]

Raffaele Pezzella has been very active in the past year producing and divulging experimental music from remote areas of the world such as Africa, Lebanon, Russia and Iran showing that often, beyond the vestiges of cultural post-colonialism, there is a realm of very skilled artists that are totally extraneous to our environment. I was lucky […]

©Pieter-Jan_Minnebo Under the alias Machinefabriek, Rutger Zuydervelt has made a name for himself as a diverse and experimental composer and improviser, whose work exists equally in areas of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic music. Over little more than a decade he has amassed an almost inhumane amount of recordings, collaborating with an […]

Martyria is a rather new dark/ritual ambient duo formed in 2015 and hailing from Greece. They use ritualistic instruments and their chants are based on eschatological texts, these two are the primary elements that define their music. Martyria is a path of studying the origin, nature and destiny of the human psyche. Want to know […]

For the past twenty years, Janek Schaefer has manipulated vinyl and found sounds into mesmerising soundscapes in his pursuit of creating beauty.  I spoke with him about his early influences, the helping hand of serendipity and how his approach has developed over the years.  His latest album, What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing, distills […]

Monty Adkins Empire (Line, DL) Still Juniper Snow (Huddersfield Contemporary Records, CD/DL) This month sees two releases featuring British sound artist Monty Adkins, both finding their origins and inspiration in the visual arts. Empire, released on Richard Chartier’s LINE imprint, attempts to create a soundtrack to Andy Warhol’s famous black and white silent film of […]

VARIOUS ARTISTS Historical Recordings Vol II  | Gagarin Records (LP/DL) Electroframework  | Unexplained Sounds Group (DL) Decay, Death and Darkness  | Eighth Tower Records (CD/DL) The Great Krell Machine – Vol. One  | Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) With Autumn color comes change, and new life. Here are four various artists selections that certainly need more […]

The following is my conversation with Aume, a Pacific coast duo consisting of Scot Jenerik (F-Space, 23five) & Aleph Omega (Chrome, F-Space, Altar De Fey) in preparation for their October release of CQ CQ on Mobilization Records – their third full length. Any ‘instructions’ herein are not (necessarily) endorsed by Toneshift.net or any of our […]

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 […]

Ambient lovers rejoice. In the spirit of deep-listenership, here’s a recent interview with Brisbane-based Mike G. (aka Mike Watson, or the other way around) of Ambient Music Guide. You can check him out on Mixcloud, Twitter and also on his podcast. Even within the somewhat niche field and sub-genres of ambient music, AMG and Toneshift.net […]

HE BROKE THE RULES: One of the true legends of experimental jazz has passed this month, the man who nearly single-handedly helped define “Free Jazz” – Mr. Cecil Percival Taylor. May he rest in peace. The man was a pure extension of the keyboard, as if like the hands of Ganesha, an ecstatic practitioner of […]

For April it makes sense to have a long gander at what is growing in the garden of unearthed video delights in the moment. And by george, we’ve plucked, what I hope may be a blend of future shock and other irrational stock. Keep in mind that many of these cuts are singles and/or fall […]

    Originally Published in September 2004           The Aural Organics of j.frede By TJ NORRIS In the last half dozen years j.frede (born James Frederick in New Mexico, circa 1975) has slowly emerged in the City of Angels as one of the world’s premiere young phonographers. His work embodies the […]

Only One Collage, Creativity (Originally published on December 29, 2011) MAURIZIO BIANCHI, the enigmatic Milanese sound composer (considered by many as the father of the noise movement) is back to business after a very short yearlong hiatus. His work, which grew out of the “cassette culture” of the late 70′s and 80′s embodies masterful principles […]

Away from the Unnecessary (Originally published in September 2011) Over the years Sasu Ripatti, better known as Vladislav Delay (among other aliases and monikers) has out-shined many other names that have since faded from the electronica/techno scene in general. He has recorded for some of the most respected seminal labels in the genre (Chain Reaction, […]

Originally published 5/29/2011   InFiné Music is a still somewhat young Berlin/Paris-based label (only five years old) dedicated to a certain wave of what some may consider rather cinematic electronica. With a roster that boasts such artists as Apparat, Francesco Tristano, Murcof and The Hacker their motto,”easy music for the hard to please” rings true. […]

Fields of Pure Sound   (12.12.05) LIKE-MINDED :: Non Visual Objects(NVO) is a small recording label based in Austria and operated by sound sculptor Heribert Friedl and Raphael Moser. Their initial three offerings have a strong minimalist slant and include work by Steve Roden, Roel Meelkop and Friedl himself. In the works are offerings by […]