LISTENING TO…CATCH UP

Agora
by Alёna Korolёva

experimental, field recording

Dream Signal
by Heejin Jang

live performance, noise electronics, field recordings

The life of Insects
by Ale Hop

experimental, ambient, improv, psych, sound art

We Q
by clang
Edith Lettner and Dafna Naphtali

electronic, ambient, ambient electronic

Maja S. K. Ratkje: Corona lockdown concert for TUSK Festival 2020
by Maja S. K. Ratkje

experimental, avant-garde, contemporary classical, experimental electronic, improvisation, voice

Trans​-​Millenia Music
by Pauline Anna Strom

electronic, ambient, experimental, meditative, new age, pioneer, synth

fINALLY POSTING…

I’ve been looking through some of my drafts in a bit of a tidy up, and have found many that, for some reason, I forgot to post, like this one…Now’s as good as any…

National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Sept. 14, 2019 –

Laurie Spiegel: (1945- ) A composer whose work appears on NASA’s “Golden Record,” (shipped out on the Voyager spacecraft) Laurie Spiegel is known worldwide for her pioneering work with early electronic and computer music systems. A cutting-edge thinker, her experience with early analog electronic music systems led Spiegel to innovate musically and instrumentally. She has focused largely on interactive software that uses algorithmic logic as a supplement to human abilities, thereby expanding access to creative expression for a far greater number of people than was previously allowed through traditional methods of musical training. The aesthetics of musical structure and cognitive processes have also been a focus of Spiegel’s work. Spiegel’s work has been re-issued, having appeared in the popular Hunger Games movies, highlighted in the 2018 BBC Proms, and featured in various museum settings where the intersection of electronic music compositions, the machines, and software used to create those compositions, and the visual arts have come together in harmony.


Four Electronic Artists Reflect on the Influence of Composer Laurie Spiegel

Laurie Spiegel


Some Good Reads…

A little update…I’m still here but like many I’m taking stock of things.  In the meantime, here’s some reading that you might be interested in –

Mayanne Amacher Petra

Maryanne Amacher – Petra – The experimental composer’s Petra steps inside a cyberpunk cathedral. by Geeta Dyal

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Holly Herndon

Bristol in Stereo // Holly Herndon
Published on Apr 25, 2019

Holly Herndon talks about PROTO and not messing up the next internet in Bristol’s live and new music magazine.

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Chipzel has spent a decade making incredible music with Game Boys

 “I thought it was super cool and really punk, and really futuristic and weird and nerdy,” she says of discovering the chiptune scene. “I just loved everything about the aesthetic.”

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kate-bush
Kate Bush – http://www.katebush.com/

Kate Bush’s Never For Ever: From Promising Artist to Innovator and Influential Producer  – November 11, 2020

Sam Liddicott explores the importance of this now forty year old release and Kate Bush as writer, performer and producer.

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Wendy Carlos’s Switched-On Bach topped US classical charts for three years.

‘She made music jump into 3D’: Wendy Carlos, the reclusive synth genius

“She went platinum by plugging Bach into 20th-century machines, and was soon working with Stanley Kubrick. But prejudice around her gender transition pushed Wendy Carlos out of sight”

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Angélica Negrón--Photo by Catalina Kulczar

Resonance: Angélica Negrón and the Poetics of Musical Automata (November 2020)I Care If You Listen

“The world is fortunate to have artists like Angélica Negrón who continually expand what is possible in the arts, and thus the human experience.” Read more from Sun Yung Shin on ICIYL!

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Book Cover
Between Air and Electricity
Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments
Cathy van Eck

Cathy Van Eck – Between Air and Electricity is open access now, free and downloadable per chapter, you’ll find it here:

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Listening to –

Whities 030
by SØS Gunver Ryberg

electronic, idm, dark ambient, experimental, noise, techno

reblog – Moralix – 禅 — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: MoralixTitle:禅Keywords:electronic ambient drone drone ambient experimental meditation vaporambient vapordrone vaporwave CopenhagenLabel: Fireflower foundation 禅 by Moralix has the power to make it seem as if the concept of all that you see and feel had been all a bit of nonsense. Somehow by showing us a picture perfect church with cling clong bells at first sight has a lot to do with this unexplainable […]

Moralix – 禅 — Yeah I Know It Sucks

electronic, ambient drone, drone ambient, experimental, meditation, vaporambient, vapordrone, vaporwave

Moralix is an experimental drone/noise project founded by Seffi Starshine in 2004 and consists mostly of processed field recordings and other lo-fi experiments.

REBLOG – Francesca Heart – Ianassa Alga Miraggio — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Francesca HeartTitle: Ianassa Alga MiraggioKeywords: experimental ambient drone electronic new age vaporwave FairfaxLabel: ingrown records Francesca Heart lets us dive in the music with our beautiful bathing costumes, properly decorated with a designed pattern of colorful flowers and starfishes. Oh we feel so delighted as the music twinkles around our healthy body lines, how […]

Francesca Heart – Ianassa Alga Miraggio — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Another ‘find’ from YIKIS and a lovely Sunday afternoon listen. Reposting some YIKIS posts here as they have an interesting take on sounds, as well as a platform that actually supports artists that would never get a lot of attention otherwise. I’m all for that : )

Ianassa Alga Miraggio
by Francesca Heart

experimental, ambient, drone, electronic, new age, vaporwave

LISTENING TO…

Due Matte
by Valentina Magaletti & Marlene Ribeiro

Experimental, uk underground music, concrete, tropical, tropical concrete

“Two of the most important artists of UK underground music: Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twins, etc) and Marlene Ribeiro (Gnod, Negrabranca) were invited to contribute to Hysteria, an artistic residency in Porto 2019. “Due Matte” is the fruit of it: an interaction game between styles and sounds, mesmeric in its echoes of distant landscapes and enveloping in its spatiality.
A music exercise in “tropical concrete”.

Around the world in 8tracks

Eclectic Electronic Soundscapes

In March 2020, TQ zine ( tqzine.blogspot.com/ ) put out a call for music related things for an upcoming special edition in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I thought it might be a good chance to get the word out there to a wider audience that there are many female identifying artists creating ” left field, NAU – No Audience Underground “music. To be honest, some of us have had no audience at all and is one of the original reasons why I began Feminatronic 8 years ago.

That aside, I decided to take one of the playlist themes I use here and create an 8Track list with links to tracks and artists based on my then recent listening, from some of the Covid -19 hit countries around the world. Of course, we all know that now in September 2020, this list could be so much larger and would probably include everyone I follow here. In lieu of that here’s the link to who I am following on Soundcloud, which I add to regularly – https://soundcloud.com/feminatronic/following

As with all the playlists there are no preferences. They are jumping off points to discoveries. They are not meant to be definitive. Just let some of the tracks play onto the next….follow up on “sounds like”….see who’s following, many artists follow other artists….

Artists on this playlist are Poulomi Desai (UK / India), _blank [also known by human alias: Blanca Rego] (Spain ), Marta Zapparoli (Italy / Germany), Lương Huệ Trinh (Viet Nam), Todas Las Anteriores (Mexico / USA ), Laughing Ears (China ), Ch. Webster (France ) and Yuko Araki(Japan).

As a final note, I was asked if I would continue to contribute 8Track playlists to TQ for both publication and online and agreed to do it. The playlists are primarily but not wholly electronic artists, as I listen to so much that doesn’t quite fit the genre. I do try and include as much as I can on Feminatronic but some things stretch the general criterias I work to. This is where creating my 8Track choices for TQ has been liberating, because there I can include these artists and sounds, although I am sticking with two general rules. Firstly, to focus on artists that create music who mostly, but not exclusively, just happen to identify as female. Secondly, my listening suggestions fit loosely into the NAU soundworld, although there may be some leeway with this, but I think it’s always good to expand your listening horizons.

Listening to…

No. 4
by christina vantzou

soundtrack, slow light, omnidirectional

I have been revisiting some articles from sites I have followed these past 8 years and came across the Christina Vantzou interview from March 2016 on Sound Propositions / A Closer Listen, well worth checking out here. I had posted it at the time but it spurred me to go check out new releases and here is this afternoon’s listen.

Here’s the review of No4 on A Closer Listen too.

Reblog – Sound Propositions 09: Kate Carr — a closer listen

These are strange times and like many I have been spending time taking stock. How to move forward when you feel like your feet are in concrete?

I decided to revisit and also finally visit other people’s sites and repost some gems here. This series Sound Propositions, in the words of A Closer Listen themselves is ” fusing narrative interviews with music, field-recording, and sound design” and there are some very creative artists doing that.

I thought I would post a couple here, well the start of the articles and interviews but they are well worth clicking through for the rest : )

Sound Propositions is an ongoing, semi-regular series of conversations with artists exploring their creative practices and individual aesthetics, conceived of as a counter-narrative to a dominant trend in music journalism which fetishizes equipment and new technologies. Rather than writing copy that can just as easily have come from a press release or a catalog, this […]

Sound Propositions 09: Kate Carr — a closer listen

Celebrating the eclecticism of Electronic Artists who identify as female

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