Scorched Earth Policy Lab

Scorched Earth Policy Lab | Scorched Earth Policy Lab Self-Released (DL) French sound artist Thierry Arnal has been creating sound projects and collaborations since 2009 now introduces a new project called Scorched Earth Policy Lab and debuts four Void tracks here that run for over fifty minutes. Opening with an activated drone that sounds as though it’s rumbling, tumbling, circulating. Patching in other sound waves an industrial cyclone emerges, though Arnal keeps the setting rather mid-tone and low range yet there’s a very tactile nature to the way he’s crafted this. As it cycles ’round a wonderful albeit somewhat eerie … Continue reading Scorched Earth Policy Lab

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033186 by Alecsi

Alecsi | 033186 Hotham Sound (CS/DL) Vancouver artist and composer Alecsi‘s (Alexi Baris) 033186 is the 10th tape release from British Columbian imprint Hotham Sound whose been around since 2015. From the ridiculous cherry ‘trees’ made from stalks of broccoli on its cover, you know you are in for something from an alternate reality (which seems popular these days). With seven tracks to flip through this opens with the curious The Languid Loon. With a blend of watery effects and gaming bleeps the setting is swampy, crossing between disparate scapes. As he says this recording “is the first of a series of … Continue reading 033186 by Alecsi

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Songbook #7 by Mattin

Mattin | Songbook #7 Munster Records (LP/DL) Coming soon from Basque experimenter Mattin is his next Songbook #7 which features Farahnaz Hatam, Colin Hacklander, Lucio Capece, Moor Mother, Cathleen Schuster & Marcel Dickhage. Mattin, who has been making various sounds since ’01 released his first Song Book in 2005. This record takes two historical references as a point of reference: Revolutionary Russia (circa 1917) and anarchist Germaine Burton (who appears on the cover) combining them to respond to, in his words: “dissolution and disappointment of the social fabric, the rise of fascism, lack of coherence in a collective vision for … Continue reading Songbook #7 by Mattin

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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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