Robinson Out Of Context by Dirk P. Haubrich

Dirk P. Haubrich | Robinson Out Of Context Quanta Records (12″/DL) This is my introduction to both Paris imprint Quanta as well as to German improvisational composer, Dirk P. Haubrich who has been known to collaborate with choreographers and other artists. This is his debut recording which includes two works, 7 to 8 and the title track, Robinson Out Of Context. From the top this latter piece wastes no time making its presence with a tweak of electronic noise right into a melodic, elongated drone. A repeated intermittent glitch breaks the fluidity, but only along its surface. The floating silky … Continue reading Robinson Out Of Context by Dirk P. Haubrich

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Subjectivation by Antoine Chessex

Antoine Chessex | Subjectivation Fragment Factory (LP/DL) These two lengthy tracks are culled from live material by Swiss noisemaker Antoine Chessex. Subjectivation is the composer playing solo. Beginning with the flared electronic open sources in San Francisco _ Berlin _ Zurich 2010-2014 he bends a series of pedals or wires attached to a tenor sax into submission, and the results are a searing pure white noise. The raging cacophony is an avalanche of noise, and it’s hard to imagine this not being a huge orchestra making such a burring racket. I’m reminded of early Wolf Eyes here, as his radical … Continue reading Subjectivation by Antoine Chessex

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Interview with Fabio Perletta of 901 Editions

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

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Space Happy by Håvard Volden

Håvard Volden | Space Happy SOFA Music (LP/CD/DL) This recording consists of eleven tracks, simply numbered I through XI, one spacier than the next. Space Happy by Oslo-based experimental electric guitarist Håvard Volden is flavored with cosmic dust and syncopated drone. The acoustics are a unique abstract space rock, a nu-musique concrète, rising, falling, drifting. The effects are a raw collage mix, soft pockets of quiet space, hazy jazz interludes, announcer-like voiceovers, and lots of planetary plotting into the bliss of the unknown.  Though he’s been recording since in and around 2009, this is actually his first solo record which … Continue reading Space Happy by Håvard Volden

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Mistpouffers by eRikm

eRikm | Mistpouffers empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Mistpouffers is a selection of three compositions completed between 2014-16, composed by French artist and improviser eRikm. Each piece runs approximately 17-18 minutes in length with two based on 8-channel fixed medium and one in stereo. Opening with Draugalimur where, poof like smoke, the setting is a quiet distant storm, some electronic squiggles and free-floating static. This is eRikm working in an atmosphere where a pin could be heard dropping, that is until a narrator like a public radio host, in French, reads from a text. The wind howls and electro-waves are emitted. While … Continue reading Mistpouffers by eRikm

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Illuminated by the Moon by Alvin Lucier

Alvin Lucier | Illuminated by the Moon Black Truffle + ZHdK Records (Box Set: 4xLP + CD + BK) Alvin Lucier hardly needs an introduction as one of the pivotal minimalist composers in the crossover between the 20th + 21st Century. This “Second Edition” of Illuminated by the Moon as printed on back of box, is hand-numbered in 500 copies (on 180 gram vinyl), comes with a gorgeously illustrated 120pp book – the Swiss publisher Züricher Hochschule der Kunste pairing with Oren Ambarchi’s incredible Black Truffle imprint has done a superb job on this set, delivering striking historical content. Since 1952 … Continue reading Illuminated by the Moon by Alvin Lucier

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Chordis et Machina by Ikue Mori x Christian Rønn

Ikue Mori & Christian Rønn Chordis et Machina (Resipiscent; LP) Out on August 7th is this striking new set of five pieces by the duo of Tokyo’s veteran sound manipulator Ikue Mori and Danish composer Christian Rønn. In what starts off like a carnival game of synth loops and swoops is the delightfully playful Beyond The Forest. It’s as though you are the shiny ball bearing being flipped through a cosmic machine, the effects are fueled by animated sci-fi and puzzling intercommunication from an unknown source. The crackles and pops seem erratically aerated, light as a feather, and full of … Continue reading Chordis et Machina by Ikue Mori x Christian Rønn

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