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 the same name. Warhol’s film is an epic, slow-motion, eight-hour vision of the Empire State Building. This new work was commissioned by the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, and I can only imagine what it was like to hear this while the original was projected. Adkins … Continue reading Monty Adkins: A Double Take
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 attention. Ranging from historical recordings to those based on the artwork of Zdzisław Beksiński to works based on the Krell patch. They are a far reaching group of various intimate to experimental takes on unique subject matter, with a few sound clips to grab the … Continue reading October Compilations
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
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 (so-called) affiliates, with or without a net. Enjoy the silence/s, and other shocks to the system: Toneshift OK, hi guys, how are you doing today? Scot Lovely thanks, and you? Aleph Omega Barring the Kavanaugh issue, fine. Toneshift I’m good. It’s great to have an … Continue reading Interview with Aume
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
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 thrive, locating various aural treasures, rarely overlapping. He had the idea to get to know each other a bit better by asking a handful of questions, and in kind we both did…. TJ: When did you first discover the genre of ambient? Can you describe … Continue reading Ambient Music Guide – An Interview with Mike G.
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 improvisation who played as if he were a quintet, wrangling his kit like a wild beetle. Admittedly I only had the privilege to see him play live once at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA, but his electric playing, even in his late 60s (circa the … Continue reading Cecil Taylor: 1929–2018