Anacleto Vitolo | ObsidianPrimrose/Flipper (CD/DL) Despite having lived about 50km away from each other for many years, I never had the chance to personally meet Anacleto Vitolo. Nevertheless the resonance of his diligent work, being the head MANY FEET UNDER of one of the most prolific and interesting electronic music labels in southern Italy, had […]

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 […]

Hans Castrup | Das 7. Siegel Submarine Broadcast Company (CD/DL) A document of a 3-channel electroacoustic sound installation at Museumsquartier Osnabrück by musician and visual artist Hans Castrup. Das 7. Siegel (aka The 7th Seal) is based on a print by Albrecht Dürer from 1498. The piece runs for over thirty-six minutes, opening with a […]

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly […]

Cæcilie Overgaard | There Is A Home Clang (DL) Out tomorrow is the latest from Danish electroacoustic composer, Cæcilie Overgaard. The work is somewhat austere, opening with a crackling icy sound and other vibrations. On a few tracks you will hear additional trumpet by Tim Ewé and vocal by Mathias Hammerstrøm. Mic Test One balances […]

David Berezan | Cycle Nautique Empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano David Berezan is a notorious and well acclaimed Canadian electroacoustic composer. Teaching at the University of Manchester, where he also founded MANTIS: a loudspeakers orchestra designed to perform electroacoustic music, he boasts an exceptional background. Everything in his career, from his studies with […]

Gregory Büttner | Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) Hamburg-based field recordist Gregory Büttner delivers his latest, Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt, a singular work, an electroacoustic composition based on the stereo sound of two contact mics upon a metallic steamboat, runs for about thirty-six minutes. The recording starts with lots of jittering, growing slightly voluminous in short time. It’s as though […]

Ipek Gorgun | Ecce Homo Touch (CD/DL) On her third record (released this week), her second with Touch, Turkish electronic/electroacoustic composer Ipek Gorgun explores humanity on Ecce Homo from the inside-out. Currently she’s a doctoral student at the Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, and I find that making your studies public […]

Stephan Mathieu Radiance (Schwebung; CDx12; DL) Special to Toneshift.net: Review by Darren McClure The Radiance series began with a crowd-funded request by its creator, Stephan Mathieu, the best part of two years ago. From that point, 12 installments were released digitally on a semi-regular basis, and the physical edition has been released this month. 12 […]

Lance Austin Olsen Plato’s Cave (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) I’ve been following this British Columbian label since their inception back in 2001 and have always found their output to have resilience and artful restraint. One of two recent releases is this twenty-seven minute work by one of the imprint’s stalwarts, multimedia artist Lance Austin Olsen. Since […]

Ilia Belorukov Nobody Ever Escaped From There (Moving Furniture Records; CD/DL) Saint-Petersburg-based musician Belorukov begins Nobody Ever Escaped From There with a moderately low reverb pulse on At His Side Was Someone, the first of four long tracks. He often plays sax, but here we have a sparse electro-acoustic-only minimal work that’s more like a […]

Jana Irmert Flood (Fabrique Records; CD/DL) Berlin-based intermedia artist Jana Irmert will release her Flood (in three parts) on July 20 via Viennese imprint Fabrique Records. Broken into Pt. 1: standing on breaking ice; Pt. 2: silence on a string + Pt. 3: the sound of the universe spinning this is a bit of a […]

Matthias Urban Passagen (Experimedia; CD/DL) After a few quiet years the innovative label who always puts quality ahead of quantity has recently released a limited edition cd (ed. of 300) and its complimentary Bandcamp download with Austrian sound artist Matthias Urban‘s Passagen. Starting with Studie I (Stabil) a simple buzz-tone increases and splits waves, it’s […]

Montreal-based Parisian Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is releasing her breakout album, Nano-Cosmos on Empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL). The label has been producing high quality records back to 1990 and often remains coolly under-the-radar often celebrating some of the best French Canadian electroacoustic music work, paralleling anything out there. Dall’Ara-Majek is also one half of the multidisciplinary duo Jane/KIN […]

Stridulations (LP, Digital) is released tomorrow from French sound artist Pali Meursault on UK’s Discrepant label. The composer has been recording since 2002, though this is my introduction to his work. With one track per side the musique concrète rattle and tick of pour chaque solution il y as un probleme kicks things off. This […]