The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

Francisco Meirino | The Ruins Misanthropic Agenda (CD/DL) Taken from multi-channel recordings that play like waves traveling from right to left cyclically Francisco Meirino opens his latest, The Ruins, with a twerky set of frequencies on Exposition. What sounds like sorting static becomes a vibrating central nervous system. Instructions: “Continuous playback recommended“. In this deeply layered wave field of sputtering electronic open sources there’s a infinite weave twisting the height and length of any room its played in. I had to literally shutter my office door as the tones leaking into the rest of the house were stirring the others … Continue reading The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

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Mistpouffers by eRikm

eRikm | Mistpouffers empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Mistpouffers is a selection of three compositions completed between 2014-16, composed by French artist and improviser eRikm. Each piece runs approximately 17-18 minutes in length with two based on 8-channel fixed medium and one in stereo. Opening with Draugalimur where, poof like smoke, the setting is a quiet distant storm, some electronic squiggles and free-floating static. This is eRikm working in an atmosphere where a pin could be heard dropping, that is until a narrator like a public radio host, in French, reads from a text. The wind howls and electro-waves are emitted. While … Continue reading Mistpouffers by eRikm

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Noize Mélodia by Vromb

Vromb | Noize Mélodia Ant-Zen (CD/DL) On his 10th solo record French Canadian electronic artist Vromb (aka Hugo Girard), delivers his sixth full-length with German imprint Ant-Zen. Here we have a dozen new compositions (compartmentalized to nine on the digital version), made with modular equipment, without presets or adjustments. The atmosphere is intense from the outset with a churning drone and incidental electrodes, and other sound effects. Réglages et radiations is a gentle wash of synths, the mystery of mechanization. There are up to four variations of vélectrobass on Noize Mélodia, and first up is vélectrobass (origine) with its pulse … Continue reading Noize Mélodia by Vromb

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la production interdite by Thomas Bey William Bailey

Thomas Bey William Bailey | la production interdite Elevator Bath (CS/DL) My Austin neighbors (down the road a piece from muddy Ft. Worth), Elevator Bath, have released the latest from psycho-acoustic sound artist, Thomas Bey William Bailey, with his new limited edition tape (only 50!) –  la production interdite. Consisting of one self-titled half hour long track per side, they have distinct variations as I flip through. Starting with la production interdite (instrumental mix) you are immediately transported to a tunnel of moving drone. Bailey accomplishes this by wielding “a full complement of analog and digital tools, including the famous Buchla … Continue reading la production interdite by Thomas Bey William Bailey

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Born Again In The Voltage by Caterina Barbieri

Caterina Barbieri Born Again In The Voltage (Important Records; LP/DL) Over four tracks and about thirty-seven minutes sound artist Caterina Barbieri takes us on a sweet synthetic spin, a wild card of electro-acoustics.  For vinyl lovers this will be a treat as you can get the standard edition or the sexy translucent yellow vinyl (only 25 remain). Mastered by one of my favorite minimalists, Giuseppe Ielasi, this record (recorded between 2014-15) catapults the Berlin-based Italian artist on to the scene with only her second or third full-length solo record over the past few years. With additional cello by Antonello Manzo … Continue reading Born Again In The Voltage by Caterina Barbieri

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A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire by Konstrukt + Keiji Haino

Konstrukt + Keiji Haino A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Karl; LP/DL) This is a rare exception to write about a live recording, as being there is always much more impactful to the overall experience of such things. But in this case, the legendary Japanese noisemaker Keiji Haino combines forces with the bent jazz of Turkish quartet, Konstrukt here celebrating their tenth anniversary as a unit. A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire consists of two pieces that run at about forty-four minutes in duration. The coverart is a painting by … Continue reading A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire by Konstrukt + Keiji Haino

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Focus Intensity Power by BJ Nilsen

BJ Nilsen Focus Intensity Power (Moving Furniture Records; LP/DL) Released in a limited edition of 300 via vinyl on August 24, the latest from BJ Nilsen, the Swedish sound artist and field recordist based in Amsterdam, harnesses a powerful new sound. Opening with the fifteen minute Beam Finder, a wavering sound field emerges. This is pure modern machine music. The trance-inducing pulse imitates the low oscillations of an industrial generator, and the longer it goes, the more intense its impressions. The pitch and tone seem to waver some about eight minutes in, though it could be a test of least … Continue reading Focus Intensity Power by BJ Nilsen

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