Torba | Musica Convenzionale Edizioni Aaltra (CD) Mauro Diciocia is Torba, and Musica Convenzionale is his eighth or ninth solo recording (but his first official CD release), give or take some collaborations along the way. It is also my personal introduction to the Italian sound-collagist’s work. Here he has produced a singular thirty-nine minute track […]

Satoko Fujii | Stone Libra Records (CD) Celebrating her sixtieth birthday, Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii releases her latest, Stone. She presents fifteen mostly short pieces here with a ton of atmosphere and named for the elements and natural phenomena. Her playing is sparse and the setting is quite ambient. The notes slightly tickle ones perception […]

Pierre Bastien | Tinkle Twang ‘n Tootle Marionette (LP/DL) French composer Pierre Bastien has been recording since the late 80’s, solo as well as in ensembles and other collaborations. I’ve only been exposed his his work scantly over the years, and listening to this I wonder why I haven’t dug in much deeper. His sound […]

Rod Modell | Captagon Tresor (CD/LP) With Captagon, Rod Modell offers up some more of the minimal, dub-inflected techno for which he is known. Fans of his prior work will no doubt recognise the mode in which he’s working – a faintly gloomy electro-work-out mushed together with a liberal coating of compression, such is the […]

Ehsan Banitaba | In Parallel Focused Silence (CD/DL) In an attempt to make spiritual electronic music Iranian composer Ehsan Banitaba brings his own spin to the genre on In Parallel. The recording is broken into two tracks that run just about a half-hour in length. Banitaba invites the listener to question “if we are in […]

Rosalind Hall | Drift Cassauna/IMPREC (CS/DL) Australian musician and composer Rosalind Hall‘s newest tape is called Drift (mastered by Alan F Jones/Laminal Audio) including three microtonal compositions of sax reverberations, synths and field recordings.  On Burden (part of the Avant Whatever festival in Melbourne, 2016) she offers a submerged atmosphere. It is a gray space, […]

Gerald Fiebig | Gasworks Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) From what looks like an intensely researched recording by sound installation artist and composer Gerald Fiebig comes five live pieces (2010-16) relating to the former gasworks in Augsburg-Oberhausen (built in 1915 to turn coke coal into gas for the town) in collaboration with EMERGE and Christian Z. Müller. The […]

Régis Renouard Larivière | Contrée Recollection/Editions Mego (LP/DL) A former teacher of electro-acoustic music at CFMI in Poitiers (1990-99) this is only Régis Renouard Larivière‘s second full-length recording, and his previous, Futaie/Tchernoziom garnered him the Ars Electronica Prize in 1996 and was released in 2000. The album, full of quizzical musique concrète abstractions, is dedicated […]

Ellicist | Point Defects Morr Music (LP/DL) Springs have sprung on the opener, Hennepin, and the duo Ellicist (Thomas Chousos & Florian Zimmer) is off to an eventful start on their latest Point Defects. Their murky, quirky sound combines elements of abstraction, noise, electronics and synthetic nature. There’s is a swampy universe where engines don’t […]

Maryanne Amacher | Petra Blank Forms Editions (LP/CD/DL) Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) was a sound/installation artist known for her “psychoacoustic phenomena called auditory distortion products” where she coupled tones to create experiential situations. This recording of Petra (1991) was originally commissioned for the ICSM World Music Days and is the first time the late composer’s instrumental […]

Quest | Yesternights st.an.da. (CD/DL) Frans de Waard‘s long-running aka Quest has been consistently putting out quizzical electronics over the past few years, nearly one per annum. On Yesternights (edition of 100 on the Silentes sub-label) we are engaged with symphonic swelling synths that are like molecules of mist. The seven tracks open with the […]

Forest Management | Passageways (Whited Sepulchre Records) Deaf Center | Low Distance (Sonic Pieces) Evelyn Glennie & Roly Porter | One Day Band (Trestle Records) Li Yilei | 0:00 (Ferric:Flux) This short lot brings about some of the most current nuances in contemporary electronic music, on the ambient side of things. It’s sometimes hard to […]

Annabelle Playe | Geyser DAC Records (12″/DL)   Geyser is from French multidisciplinary sound artist Annabelle Playe and is her third full-length effort — it’s one to keep an ear out for. It offers something solitary, about infinitesimal fragments slowly expanding toward the far corners of the horizonline. It’s a balance of soft and hard […]

These four new releases represent some distinctively innovative directions in electronic music at the moment. From delicate sound design to nu-dub to multi-layered and restrained techno oscillation, each with its own distinct take on the medium. Belief Defect | Remixed 01  [ Raster – 12″/DL ] Efdemin | New Atlantis  [ Ostgut Ton – LP/CD/DL […]

Bionulor | Bionulor Oniron (CD/DL)   Here we revisit the 2009 debut of Sebastian Banaszczyk (Bionulor) out on Oniron, the artist’s own imprint, which has been remastered and extended with two additional tracks (both previously released on other compilations). This is described as “100% sound recycling” and was originally recorded between 2006-09. We also recently […]

Jeremy Sharma | Mangkhut or John Cage Blues Self-Released (DL) Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma opted to create a surreal album in a Hong Kong Hotel during typhoon Mangkhut (w/additional recordings from trips to Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam). This teeters between field recordings, old records (or live performance?) and electronic vibes (as in the instrument, not […]

dj. flugvél og geimskip | Our Atlantis Geertruida Records (LP/DL)   What has been described as “electronic horror music from outer space” is Icelandic musician dj. flugvél og geimskip‘s work, and she’s (Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir) just getting warmed up! Oh, if you don’t believe me, you can click here for a related game of loops […]

Phill Niblock | Music for CelloImportant Records (CD) This record sets together three works for cello that Phill Niblock composed between 1974 and 1981, all of them performed by the cellist David Gibson. It is very interesting to investigate backwards in Niblock’s works to find traces of the gestation of drone music as a genre […]

Pauline Oliveros | Reverberations 1 Important Records (LP) It is always hard to speak the right words when it comes to talk about classics. The work of Pauline Oliveros has been seminal for the experience of every composer, listener or simple aficionado who put their interest in electroacoustic music. Being part of that new group […]

Dolphin Midwives | Liminal Garden Beacon Sound (LP) The new record from singer/harpist Dolphin Midwives (Sage Fisher) arrives on Portland’s imprint Beacon Sound this Friday. Liminal Garden straddles psychedelic etherealism like the futuristic leftfield side of Björk yet untapped. The record is infused with Asian stringed melodies and electronic effect abstractions – all deeply steeped […]