Reverberations 1 by Pauline Oliveros

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 of American composers she considerably steered away from the fashion that was common in Europe at that time, in Paris and Darmstadt, she led a way towards a music for the senses, the development of a new perceptual consciousness through the concept of Deep Listening. … Continue reading Reverberations 1 by Pauline Oliveros

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Stances/Semblance by Ulex Xane

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 evidently. The Australian composer is known mostly for his work under the power electronics moniker of Streicher. But to me he was the founder of the brilliantly evocative and always wildly edgy Extreme imprint, for which I am indebted for initially introducing me to Fetisch … Continue reading Stances/Semblance by Ulex Xane

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Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

Åke Hodell | Verbal Brainwash and Other Works Fylkingen Records (3xCD/DL) Åke Björnsson Hodell (1919-2000) was a Swedish poet, author, text-sound composer, and visual artist. He was also trained as fighter pilot, but after a crash during a practice flight (1941) and few years of hospitalization, he became a dedicated anti-militarist; something very apparent in his work, especially his earlier pieces. He began experimenting with what he called “elektronismer” (later “text-sound composition”), a blend of sound collage, spoken word, recorded radio plays and musique concrete, based on narratives and their electronic editing/process. His collaboration with the music department of Sveriges Radio … Continue reading Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

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Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its contents. With open mic in hand this is a survey of surfaces, of in-situ found object play, with small twists and crackle along the way. I feel as if I am sitting in the crook of a tree limb that is vaguely swaying in the … Continue reading Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

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Superelief by Andrea Borghi

Andrea Borghi | Superelief Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious and contained jumping sound. After a while the jostling grows a bit more organic, and slows down. These seven tracks are all assigned single digit numbers (ie: 0, 4, 6….) further anonymyzing the action. Though the range is stunted and rather low-flying, the activity sounds … Continue reading Superelief by Andrea Borghi

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A Heart From Your Shadow by Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin-Parker

Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin-Parker A Heart From Your Shadow (Mondoj; LP/CD/DL) Polish imprint Mondoj brings together two Americans who met a decade back at Oberlin College for their fresh debut, A Heart From Your Shadow. Electronic sound artist Michael Beharie and cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker have come together with purpose here. These ten tracks open with a nu-classical Intro that is as melodic as it airs just slightly on the suspicious side of sound – especially when it goes from light n’ airy, to a sudden whammy of guitar fuzz + a passing ambulance. Strap in folks and Happy World … Continue reading A Heart From Your Shadow by Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin-Parker

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Super Positions: Interview with Sam Hamilton

New Zealander Sam Hamilton is a multidisciplinary artist now residing in Portland Oregon describing to me as to what he does as being “about the intersections between sound, ecology, art, and the fundamental structures and construction of existential life“. Coming from a fellow artist, it’s a deep perspective. In his latest sound-based project, Super Positions, it is anything but ordinary in presentation, physicality and goes beyond the traditional player-listener experience. On this set of recordings are glimpses of electronica with neo-classical leanings, psychedelia and lots of intricate experimentation. We had the chance recently to hunker down to break down his … Continue reading Super Positions: Interview with Sam Hamilton

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