Drawing In Sound by Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz

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

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The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume than anything else. Though she’s been at it for years this is her debut album. The eight pieces (an additional hour plus work is available in the full set) presented on The 5th Apple are atomized like fine molecules bursting in mid air. It runs … Continue reading The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

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A Certain Grief by øjeRum

øjeRum | A Certain Grief Shimmering Moods Records (CD/CS/DL) Danish artist øjeRum (Paw Grabowski) just delivered a delicate and masterful work, available in a few formats via Amsterdam’s Shimmering Moods. Nine tracks, simply separated by Roman numerals that are delightfully airy, melancholic, and dare I say — romantic. The atmosphere is soft and lush, without much edge, the brightness is in moderating pastels. And then there’s the physical release, which includes some assorted handmade details by the collage artist himself – and as I am writing this most have sold out and some have extremely limited quantity remaining. By employing … Continue reading A Certain Grief by øjeRum

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Basalt by Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse

Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse | Basalt threadneedle community (DL) DIG THIS!: Basalt is a split record by Precocious Mouse and Carsten Boer, each contributing two live session tracks of differing experimental and glitchtech styles. There is a physical release associated for the first twenty who purchase the digital file via Bandcamp. Though the recording is sequenced intermittently between artists I am going to listen to each artist’s tracks separately. Starting with the lead track by Precocious Mouse (Caleb Wood), Root opens as if we are situated deep inside the annals of a cave, the bass low reverb, almost tribal. This percussive effect … Continue reading Basalt by Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse

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N (46) / [BOLT]

N (46) / [BOLT]Midira Records (LP/DL)   Eschewing an album title, and having songs titled only by length, the already unadorned entity that is N (46) / [BOLT] return with a third full length that abandons much of the more ambient amblings of their previous work.  Comprised of 4 long-form tracks, the album walks a fairly respectable, if well-trodden path, through the sort of doomy, post-metal drone popularised by Sunn O))) and their ilk. It takes some getting used to the fact that their is no drummer – the whole affair is contingent upon the type of heavily distorted guitar … Continue reading N (46) / [BOLT]

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Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue | Geelriandre/Arthesis Important Records (LP) Released tomorrow, this welcome reissue is the first vinyl pressing (1000 ltd ed; black + clear) of this work by the lauded French composer Éliane Radigue which was originally recorded back in 1972-73 (previously released in 2011 by Senufo Editions on CD). They have put each singular, lengthy composition on one side, giving these works the space and grooves they require to open up like a fine wine. Radigue will be 87 years old this month, so this treatment is a warranted tribute to her legendary career as a composer of delicate, complex … Continue reading Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

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Toneshift presents People’s Choice 2018

Toneshift.net is constantly evolving. We do our very best to offer a curated perspective at the edge of electronic and experimental sonic sound, embracing an international community of artists and discerning listeners. As our virtual, social-media driven universe continues spinning we declare that Two Thousand Eighteen Anno Domini was an incredibly memorable year for music from all angles, especially genre defying intersections and other incredible collaborations. Though the site was established back in 2010, this past year we added three additional international contributors (and a brand-new writer for 2019) who really help broaden our collective perspective by adding their own … Continue reading Toneshift presents People’s Choice 2018

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