eRikM and Anthony Pateras are two of the most interesting and prolific figures in the field of contemporary electroacoustic music. While Pateras is known for his revolutionary approach to piano playing and his compositions which attempt to extract characteristics typical of electroacoustic music from regular instruments, eRikM is considered one of the most prominent experimentalists […]

SSSS | Walls, Corridors, Baffles Präsens Editionen (LP/DL) Samuel Savenberg is an electronic musician and producer hailing from Switzerland and this is his debut LP with the SSSS moniker. Walls, Corridors, Baffles is an electronic album above all. I am using this umbrella term on purpose. Moreover, it has its portion of abstraction, but its […]

Karen Willems & Jean D.L. | Twee Lindebomen Aurora Borealis Recordings (CD/DL) It is afternoon and quite hot outside. Initial summer scorching is evident from the tiny island from where I am writing these lines. Quiet afternoons are a perfect match for what I am about to share with you. A musical “agreement” between avant-garde […]

Neunau | Il Ciclo Del Vuoto Boring Machines (LP/DL) Industrial, drone, avant-garde cooked masterfully Sound research is a never-ending endeavor, unpredictable in terms of researched material. Structured or maybe chaotic, apocalyptic and almost hallucinogenic in its process. Neunau is the sound art moniker of Sergio Maggioni, hailing from Italy. His sound research is combined with […]

Empty Chalice | Mother Destruction Toten Schwan Records (CD/DL) Empty Chalice is the dark ambient moniker of Antonine A., hailing from Italy and Mother Destruction is his projects latest installment, an emotionally conceptual sequel of the previous album Emerging Is Submerging.    Color grey. My experience with Mother Destruction is splattered with color grey. A […]

Thomas Tilly | A Semiotic Survey Ferns (CD/DL) French field recordist Thomas Tilly releases his latest on the oft overlooked, but incredible non-profit imprint, Ferns (Paris). Consisting of seven new pieces, this kicks off with a minimal jutting pitch which leads to a similar call by outdoor crickets and cicadas, and the somewhat pleasant crackle […]

Sontag Shogun | It Billows Up Youngbloods (LP/CD/DL) This trio of Ian Temple, Jeremy Young and Jesse Perlstein combine field recordings, keyboards, tapes and electronics to create a delicate sound that is as if you are streaming in and out of consciousness. They deploy a deft hand when it comes to ambient textures that toy […]

Jordan Reyes | Close American Dreams Records (LP/DL) This is Close by Chicago-based musician and label-runner for American Dreams + American Damage, Jordan Reyes. Out on June 14th in a regular vinyl edition as well as a limited version (signed/numbered) that comes with a crazy colorful print by cover artist JJ Cromer of Virginia. The […]

There’s a chill in the air… Jason Lamoreaux (aka The Corrupting Sea) and company have begun a quasi re-vamp on the Somewherecold imprint that was born back in 2005, based in the American South. This year, alone, they have already released eight new recordings, and here we focus on two of the latest by the […]

Danielle de Picciotto, a nomad soul and a prolific visual artist, film maker, author and musician. Born in the army base of Ft Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, USA, where a life joyride begins. Keep reading, an almost cinematic life will unfold. Karl Grümpe/Toneshift: Danielle, thank you very much for your time and this interview. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

  Merzbow | YahatahachimanOther Voices Records (CD/DL) “Five mantras of noise absolution” Merzbow, is always a highly anticipated noise project hailing from Japan (since 1979) and also recognized as one of the earliest projects in what we now call “Japanoise“! A legendary and highly prolific figure, Masami Akita, the mastermind behind Merzbow, has created 333 […]

Yvan Etienne | Twist Aposiopèse (LP/CD/DL) In an edition of three-hundred here is the sophomore effort by French artist/activist Yvan Etienne. Twist is quite welcome as we haven’t heard from him since 2014’s Feu which was a great debut, also on Aposiopèse who have been quietly putting out minimal sounds for nearly fifteen years now. […]

Angelina Yershova | CosmoTengri Twin Paradox Records (CD/DL) One thing is for sure, our planet needs all the help it can get, and any record that puts this forward gets my attention. Here is CosmoTengri the new disc by Kazakh composer Angelina Yershova (dedicated to Bakhtiyar Amanzho) out on Roman imprint Twin Paradox. Issues such […]

Matthew Goodheart | Berlin Head Metal Infrequent Seams (DL) Broken into quadrants Berlin Head Metal (I through IV) is all about percussion, reverb, and ample space at first. Bay Area improvisational composer, installation artist and pianist Matthew Goodheart creates, with great depth, a ritualistic environment of drone and unknown. This comes off like some sort […]

A Death Cinematic | Cagliostro Simple Box Construction (CD/DL) Though they have been around a dozen years now, this is my introduction to the intricate work of A Death Cinematic (and Simple Box Construction). This release is all pieced together in a handmade wooden box with various prints, die-cuts, silver foil, paint – all hand numbered […]