©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 […]

Stereo Hypnosis & Christopher Chaplin | Bjarmi Fabrique Records (CD/DL) Collaborating here are a trio of Icelandic electronic artists, Stereo Hypnosis (Óskar Thorarensen, Pan Thorarensen + Thorkell Atlasson) alongside British composer Christopher Chaplin on Vienna-based imprint Fabrique. Here, on these four tracks these gentlemen explore some interesting cross-textural style that only comes from combining various […]

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 […]

Ingar Zach | Floating Layer Cake Sofa (CD/DL) This is Ingar Zach‘s Floating Layer Cake. The disc consists of two lengthy tracks beginning with The Lost Ones, a collab with Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini and others. Low frequency tones fall in the hollows and as slow booming percussion takes steps an alert violin leads […]

Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens | 2 Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) In follow-up to 2017’s 1 here are composers Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens continuing their journey as a duo with 2 which includes two alphabetic twenty minute long tracks. The tones are low and minimal on C, the first half opener. Well it’s actually […]

Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak | Kubus Feral Note (DL) In these six tracks, Kubus I-VI, the Berlin-based first-time collaborative duo of composer Robert Lippok and (augmented) pianist Kaan Bulak flex their newfound synergy from light to dark, and back again. We begin in a fairly ambient sweet spot, with only a half-sweetened tinkling of […]

Hugh Marsh | Violinvocations Western Vinyl (LP/DL) I Laid Down In The Snow is the opener to Canadian musician Hugh Marsh‘s latest, Violinvocations. Oozing with air-brushed drone and a fly-like buzz at first, the setting is somewhat barren, the mood distinctively peculiar. There lay Marsh’s strings, in there somewhere, amid the solitude, the static and […]

Lori Goldston and Judith Hamann | Alloys Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) In two long-form pieces Melbourne-based Judith Hamann and Seattle teacher Lori Goldston both bring a new language to their common instrument, the cello. The first piece seems an ‘amalgam’ of several shorter works: Silver | Amalgam | Mother of Pearl | Felt | A Thin […]

Gleb Kanasevich | Subtraction Flag Day Recordings (CD/DL) Just out on Flag Day Recordings, from composer (and clarinetist) Gleb Kanasevich, is his latest, Subtraction. The recordings starts with a four and a half minute excerpt of the title track which follows and runs for just about forty-five minutes. What initially opens as the hum of […]

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 […]

Ulex Xane | Stances/Semblance Cipher Productions (CD) Stances/Semblance (edition of 300) is both a forty-year retrospective of musique concrète and electroacoustic works of Ülex Xane (1975-2015) and my personal introduction to his work. Though I’ve been listening as long as he’s been making my tastes have shifted and evolved over time, as has his sound […]

Alvin Lucier | Ricochet LadyBlack Truffle (CD) Alvin Lucier’s I am Sitting in a Room is one of his most associated works, the concept of which uses the room itself to process and reform sounds.  The notion of different spaces impacting on the quality of the sounds inside has been explored often in the world […]

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 […]

Spill | Stereo Corvo Records (LP/DL) Spill is a Berlin duo made up of Magda Mayas (piano) and Tony Buck (percussion) and here are their latest full-length improvisations, Stereo. On this record they lay out two twenty minute plus tracks, Magnetic Island and Sway – one per side. They start with an abstract, sporadic arrangement […]