Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

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 soft smouldering drone. A dragging clang and whistling wind enter. The atmosphere just drifts, that is until a series of what sound similar to the magnitude of computer dial-up penetrates the peace. And suddenly its whispery winds once again. This cyclical channeling of pitch is … Continue reading Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

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The things that objects can tell us about ourselves by David Vélez

David Vélez | The things that objects can tell us about ourselves Flaming Pines (CD/DL) Found sounds and field recordings are the specialty of Colombian artist David Vélez. I’ve been following his trajectory since his early output on various online labels back in the mid-2000s, and his career has been one full of exciting developments. Besides his own work, he also operates the Impulsive Habitat label, issuing work by like-minded sonic travelers. The things that objects can tell us about ourselves is his new release on the Flaming Pines label and is inspired by his teaching of foley and sound … Continue reading The things that objects can tell us about ourselves by David Vélez

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A Decade Ago: Christian Renou x TJ Norris Collaboration

LOOKING BACK + AHEAD: Ten years ago I was honored with a grant to create my last installation piece (of three) in a larger installation trio series called Tribryd: Genometrics (2003), Nucleo (2005) + Infinitus (2008). The final of the three was shown at the (defunct) New American Art Union. These three exhibitions, all held at various locations in Portland, OR dealt with the gentrification of working class urban environments. Infinitus concluded the series with a collaboration between American interdisciplinary artist TJ Norris and French composer/sound artist Christian Renou. Renou’s 71 minute soundtrack played on a repeat cycle in the … Continue reading A Decade Ago: Christian Renou x TJ Norris Collaboration

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Binary Supremacy by Andreas Lutz

Andreas Lutz | Binary Supremacy Kasuga Records (SD Card/DL) In his follow-up to Zwölftonform (2016) Andreas Lutz presents his latest set of eight new pieces, Binary Supremacy. The Kasuga Records (Berlin) release is in a limited edition of 100 copies via SD card and digital. The offering is quite unusual and off the beaten track, yet has a resounding balance between minimal techno and abstract sound art. He is an artist who has shown internationally and who deploys his work in installation form (which I can, of course, appreciate). Lutz’s works, while experimental, have a form and structure that seem somewhat familiar, … Continue reading Binary Supremacy by Andreas Lutz

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Flashback: Scanner + Ryan Jeffery

A dozen years ago while working on adapting my visual installation work with commissioned soundtracks by various international composers I had the pleasure of working with the incredibly talented Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). For one of my installations I paired his with a young video artist, Ryan Jeffery (no based in LA) who previously presented at my long defunct a/v project space, Soundvision. This piece was shown at Sonic Circuits Festival and only recently did I discover the video on YouTube so I thought to share it as it has really stood the test of time, but at twelve years old … Continue reading Flashback: Scanner + Ryan Jeffery

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Voice and Sky by Jason Kahn

Today I’m looking at the latest book/cd project by Jason Kahn, all the way from Switzerland. Here is Voice and Sky on Kahn’s Editions label. The 70pp book (5.5″ x 6″) includes color images of the artist’s installation, and on location, as well as short stylized prose set like concrete poetry. The disc includes 27 tracks with a 67 minute running time, consisting of taped field recordings and intriguing voice contortions, all created by Kahn. Each track is named for the in-situ location in which it was made. At times the voice seems to awkwardly mimic the action, gasping for … Continue reading Voice and Sky by Jason Kahn

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