~ by Elnath Project

Elnath Project | ~ Focused Silence (CD/DL) “Music cannot exist without sound.
 Sound exists by itself without music.
 Music evolves over time.
 The sound is timeless.
 It’s the sound that matters.
 Sound is strength.” – Giacinto Scelsi Elnath Project consists of trumpeter Alessandro Ciccarelli and his new record simply titled by the tilde symbol is a rare bird of sorts. On ~ he was inspired by the work of fellow Italian and surrealist-era composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). From the very top of DA22~ we are drawn into a foggy, drone saturated world that buzzes with an evaporating reverb. An all … Continue reading ~ by Elnath Project

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End of Year Review Roundup

ON THE 12TH MONTH OF…..♬ Aside from the dusty white scapes of Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and the overly spangled reveals of Mariah Carey there are plenty of non-seasonal sounds wafting through the holiday airwaves that have nothing in common with tradition whatsoever. Or do they? Well, they sure do here at Toneshift where the season is always bright with the intersection of genres 365 days ’round. Here are a dozen of those records you don’t want to miss between candles on the kinara or menorah, passing giftcards or last minute stocking stuffer trips to Target… Instead, take a left … Continue reading End of Year Review Roundup

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Metahope by Silhouette Sect

Silhouette Sect | Metahope Focused Silence (CD/DL) Bristol-based Silhouette Sect (Alastair Tanner) has just released this new soft spoken (w/a twist) recording with the folks at the stylish UK imprint Focused Silence. Starting off this short cycle of five tracks on Metahope, all lengthy pieces running from seven to thirteen minutes is Waiting for Eva at the Tannhäuser. Immediately the listener is introduced to the natural environment, slowly draining water like in a small fountain, and gulls or crows squawking in the rear of the setting. Tanner has added this lovely organ-like drone that helps impart of a balancing act … Continue reading Metahope by Silhouette Sect

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8B5C3B++ by Chris Parmenidis

Chris Parmenidis 8B5C3B++ (Focused Silence; CD/DL) END/END ATMOSPHERE: Released today is this forty-three minute record from Greek producer Chris Parmenidis who creates a slow-moving ambient textured work filled with intense atmosphere. Consisting of the single title track it’s an awe-inspiring look at contemporary sound art and its ability to adapt to the unknowns of technology. There is a freeform sensibility here, no repeating cycle of effects, rather a continuum of visionary ideas. It’s a rare bird. With well balanced teeny tweets and scratches mirroring thick clouds of on/off again puffs of drone and distant transmissions the listener is situated amidst … Continue reading 8B5C3B++ by Chris Parmenidis

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Karesansui by Tantric Doctors

Tantric Doctors is Sheffield’s free jazz man Adam Woolf and his new album Karesansui (Focused Silence) is now out on CD/DL. One single forty-five minute improvised track fueled at first by clarinet and stony silences, jerky percussion and dubs. The channeled static is effective in that it breaks the teetering charm of the horn with atonal stops and starts. The word karesansui translates to Japanese rock garden. My guess is his interpretation is the intricate details of placing trees, waterways, rockery – like a game of chess, there is infinite strategy to get it just right. But instead this work … Continue reading Karesansui by Tantric Doctors

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