Selva Oscura by William Basinski + Lawrence English

William Basinski + Lawrence English | Selva Oscura Temporary Residence (LP/DL) Two new lengthy tracks on wax by a pair of the most gifted sound-based artists of our era, William Basinski + Lawrence English. Opening with Mono No Aware, a fluted drone permeates the space in soft modified tones. The vibration rises into your head and stays there like a dense fog, and with a title derived from Dante’s Inferno there remains this gestural quote between the divine and the lurid.  The works here also are “dedicated to Paul Clipson, a close friend whose work celebrated the wonder that is … Continue reading Selva Oscura by William Basinski + Lawrence English

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A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

Geneva Skeen | A Parallel Array of Horses Room40 (DL) I first encountered LA-based Geneva Skeen’s music in 2016 when she released Dark Speech on Dragon’s Eye Recordings. It was a departure from that label’s output, one that usually focuses on lowercase sounds, as Skeen’s was heavier, more industrial at times and utilized dramatic gestures. Two years later, her new album on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint explores themes of “mutant consciousness”, melding voice, electronics and field recordings. The processed vocals throughout this release lend it a unique character: ghostly, haunted and ephemeral. Meditating on the slipperiness of time, perception and … Continue reading A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

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Interview with Fabio Perletta of 901 Editions

We are talking with Italian sound/installation artist Fabio Perletta today. Aside from his own work he is also an active curator and label runner for the now defunct Farmacia901 and the upcoming launch, now on Kickstarter (18 Days Left), of 901 Editions. It’s an exciting prospect, to launch a completely new imprint, and Perletta does it with a keen eye on diverse international makers. We talked about the launch, his work and more. Toneshift/TJ Norris: Hello Fabio, how are things where you are right now? Speaking of which, where is that, Berlin? And where are you originally from? Fabio Perletta: … Continue reading Interview with Fabio Perletta of 901 Editions

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The Inside Space by Vanessa Tomlinson

Vanessa Tomlinson | The Inside Space Room40 (CS/DL) Lauded Australian percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson has often been a collaborator in various ensembles and with other artists, but this may only be her second solo record thanks to the good folk over at Room40. Her new tape The Inside Space runs just over a half hour and consists of two tracks of near equal length starting with Waiting For The Passing For Solo Bass Drum. With soft rumble, like thick storm clouds drawing near, the sounds is described as “vertical music, one that starts on a single plane and descends and ascends … Continue reading The Inside Space by Vanessa Tomlinson

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After Vacation by Norman Westberg

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg breaks out on his own again on After Vacation, which is officially released on July 13 via Australia’s Room40 (LP/Digital). Since 2012 he’s been releasing various solo efforts, and though I fancied his previous effort, MRI on the same said label, this seems the most well-rounded in construct to date. When he starts off Soothe The String, there is an ambiguous scape of cool drone, and tangy sparse guitar. The jangle is loose in the mix, faded from stage left to right, never upstaging the background, only in compliment to the encased mood, slowly developed. The … Continue reading After Vacation by Norman Westberg

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Lines by Distant Animals

Just released this month is the 180 gram LP (+ Digital) Lines by Distant Animals (Daniel Alexander Hignell) on Swiss label Hallow Ground, this one is mastered by sound artist Lawrence English. One lengthy track per side, starting with A Pure Drone. That’s exactly what it is. It’s dense and makes my entire office quiver in a rumbling resonance. Hignell has been involved in film scoring so its easy to say that though the drill down depths of this track is atonal and shaped by white noise, the shaping itself is down to a science. It’s like an aural tractor … Continue reading Lines by Distant Animals

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Soundfields from The Vinyl Factory

RECOMMENDED VIEWING: A very cool short documentary directed by Sam Campbell on modern field recordists is now out via The Vinyl Factory and includes appearances by Nabihah Iqbal, Equiknoxx, Lonelady, David Chatton Barker, Lawrence English, Félicia Atkinson, Jonáš Gruska and Cheryl Tipp. Beautifully captured, with musings by each artist about their craft. The video travels from city streets to canals and deserts – through the cold, heat, and the rain – to catch these sound librarians in mid-process of sound capture. As you’ve likely read in our past pages, live and in-situ situations intrigue the ear, offering the world an … Continue reading Soundfields from The Vinyl Factory

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