Christina Kubisch | Schall und Klang Fragment Factory (CD/DL) In one lengthy work at over forty-eight minutes is celebrated composer/artist Christina Kubisch and her most recent work Schall und Klang. This record is “the result of Kubisch’s extensive fieldwork on the trail of Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966), conductor and key figure in 20th century new music.” […]

Spectral Cities, HeK Basel 2018 (photo: Boris Magrini) Christina Kubisch (b. 1948) is one of the most influential living German sound artist/composers, and one of the few women of note has has not simply stood the test of generations of technological changed, but embraced and invented her very own way of pairing various media to […]

Mnemonic45 is an ambient/drone project, hailing from Bitola, North Macedonia. Traveling and music is beautifully merged within the realm of calmness and abstraction. I had an extensive chat with Goce Gligurovski, the man behind the project and a dear friend. Here’s what he had to say, so let our voyage commence! Karl Grümpe/Toneshift: As an […]

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. […]

This month Toneshift is curating a selection of conversations with international sound artists. The series runs for the entire span of May, however, during this time we have received a number of outstanding work in various genres and hybrids thereof, some which it would be a shame to overlook despite our primary focus at the […]

©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 […]

©B.Ellison   Experimental sound artist Francisco López has been long developing and delivering what he calls sonogenic composition, since 1980. He has an extensive discography and has presented his work in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and has long maintained indulgences in cerebral minimalism. I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed his live performances […]

Wabi Experience | Wabi Experience Mikroton (CD/DL) “Seminal touch of electronic music, traditionally rooted” Wabi Experience is the result of the collaboration between Tomislav Federsel (Tomáš Procházka), Czech sound artist and actor, who had the idea for Wabi Experience and Jára Tarnovski, Czech experimental musician from the band Gurun Gurun, who came in creative support […]

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 […]

French field recordist Bruno Duplant presents an album of quiet, lowercase soundscapes for the Verz label.  Consisting of three tracks, there is a subtle repetition at work that lulls the listener into some very weird spaces.  Opening track “première” purrs and whirs for its duration, with strangely hypnotic loops that occasionally wobble out of sync.  […]

Marco Scarassatti | Cuatro crónicas acerca de la ciudad y la ancestralidad Buh Records (CS/DL) In these ‘four chronicles about the city and ancestry‘ (Egungun pasea por la “Serra”; Viento; Ritual y Deriva + Las historias sobrepuestas de Valparaiso) Brazilian sound artist Marco Scarassatti presents a collision and/or tipping on its side perspective of employing […]

Jon Wesseltoft & Balazs Pandi | Terreng Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) Soft Close-Up begins with a meager alarm, set right into a pleasant bit of abstract jazzy percussion and perhaps the lift of a helicopter. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of effects that kickoff Terreng, the latest from collaborative duo Jon Wesseltoft (electronics) & Balazs Pandi […]

Lingua Lustra | Red Shift Silent (DL) Opening with the title cut (or Redshift), this half-hour long recording has an undulating and synthetic quality. Red Shift is Lingua Lustra‘s latest ambient evolution and the Dutch wave bender Albert Borkent’s first release of 2019 (he put out four separate releases last year). This is not your […]

Maps and Diagrams | Azurescens False Industries + Handstitched* (CD/CS/DL) Tim Diagram (Tim Martin) and Yair Etziony collaborate on a release appearing on their own imprints (limited + numbered); Handstitched* and False Industries – the latest from Maps and Diagrams is Azurescens.  Once you dip your ears into this chilly production of hair-raising synths and strange […]

James Rushford | The Body’s Night Black Truffle (LP) (Listen to Audioclips) Melbourne’s James Rushford‘s work is within the aesthetic concept of musical shadow, this is omnipresent on the two sides of The Body’s Night. This electro-acoustic suite dives deep into the psyche of the listener right from the very start with a warbling wind […]

Harry Pussy | Riding A DovePalilalia Records (LP) “Honesty in musical destruction” Harry Pussy, was a noise (rock) band hailing from Miami, Florida, USA, active from 1992 to 1997. In their ranks were guitarist/vocalist Bill Orcutt, drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos with occasional support by accordionist Ian Steinberg and guitarists Mark Feehan (who appears on […]

Jared Sagar | Tombland + BRB>Voicecoil | Reclaim Here are the two latest editions from the always rightly curated Brussels-based Unfathomless, focused on phonographies, field recordings and other microsounds — both available on CD (limited + special editions) and downloadable via Bandcamp. Reclaim is broken into three parts. brb>voicecoil (Kevin Wilkinson) collected his organic source […]

Arovane + Porya Hatami | C.H.R.O.N.O.S. Karlrecords (LP/DL) As this begins there are these curious conditions, as if a life support breathing machine is opposing this gentle bounce of a ping pong ball. The low-range is intense playing over a distant drone. German electronic sound artist Arovane + Iranian field recordist/experimenter Porya Hatami are an […]