Reblog – Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E07 | July mix

If you like mixes there’s a lot of new and interesting releases from a wide range of artists on this one, including Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Mary Ocher and the more electronic shift in sound for artist Colleen.

FRACTURED AIR

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July saw the highly-anticipated return of world-renowned French composer Colleen (aka Cécile Schott) with her achingly beautiful new single “Separating”, taken from the forthcoming “A flame my love, a frequency” out October 20th via Thrill Jockey. On her new album, Schott’s viola da gamba – used on her last two records “Captain of None” and “The Weighing Of The Heart” – is replaced by solely electronic instrumentation: Moog pedals and Critter and Guitari synthesizers. The result is yet another otherworldly, far-reaching sonic odyssey from this visionary solo artist.

Following on from last year’s exceptional debut mini-album “Shady & Light”, Hamburg-born and Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Martyn Heyne has unveiled his stunning new single “Carry”, taken from the forthcoming solo debut album (coming out later this year on the neo-classical imprint 7K!). The divine guitar-based compositions crafted by Heyne carves out a ceaselessly rich listening experience for the…

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Review Reblog – Gaël Segalen ~ Memoir of My Manor

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After 2o years of sound work and field recording, Gaël Segalen finally released her first LP.  2016’s L’Ange Le Sage was melodic and abrasive in equal quantities. Memoir of My Manor continues in this vein, adding a new, nearly club-like sensibility.  The Parisian artist calls her compositions “danceable field recording”, but the first album only hinted at the dance floor, while the second flaunts this facet before drawing back to the shadows.  This is appropriate for an album inspired by monsters, although the creature on the cover doesn’t seem all that scary.

The thirteen-minute “Remember” pulses and broods, while failing to give an indication of the artist’s rough edges.  Instead, it operates as a dangerous mirror to Giorgio Moroder’s “The Chase”, inviting listeners to run rather than dance.  When additional synths enter, the track takes on a near-industrial sheen.  It’s a bold opening gambit, daring listeners to stick around for…

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Reblog – Pioneer Spirits: New media representations of women in electronic music history

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“Pioneer Spirits: New media representations of women in electronic music history” is a new important article by Frances Morgan in the current issue of Organised Sound, Vol. 22, Issue 2 (Alternative Histories of Electroacoustic Music) August 2017, pp. 238-249.

Teresa Rampazzi is numbered amongst those composers previously “either ignored or thought to be marginal […]. Some media representations of the female electronic musician raise concerns for feminist scholars of electronic music history. Following the work of Tara Rodgers, Sally MacArthur and others, [Frances Morgan considers] some new media representations of electronic music’s female ‘pioneers’, situate them in relation to both feminist musicology and media studies, and propose readings from digital humanities that might be used to examine and critique them”.

You can read the complete abstract here.

Frances Morgan is Deputy Editor of The Wire, former editor of plan b magazine, writes the Soundings column for Sight & Sound…

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Today’s Discovery – Music For Candy Shops LP by Poly Chain

 

Thanks to Machine Woman on Twitter, I came across Today’s Discovery –
Music For Candy Shops LP
by Poly Chain

” Brand new Transatlantyk release contains elusive synth works of Sasha Zakrevska aka Poly Chain. She likes to call herself “a Ukrainian ambient chavette” and the title of her debut album is a tongue-in-cheek spin on the Eno’s classic. “Music For Candy Shop” is much more sticky and syrupy than its famous predecessor though. In every track on this record Poly Chain’s rich and warm synth textures are glazed with another layer of radioactive sweeting. From atonal melodies on top to occasional spicing in form of odd reverbs, delays and drum sounds – it’s all there. Let me tell you straight up: this candy shop serves some weird sort of sweets, inducing hallucinations, anxious feelings of omniscience and transcendency. Use with caution!”

Released February 24, 2017

Today’s Discovery – Lego 10 Evas

 

A diverse and eclectic collection of 16 Latin American artists creating experimental electronic, voice and chiptune tracks. ‎

Today’s Discovery – Solitude Nomade – Christine Ott

 

Modern Classical release that demonstrates just how contemporary and modern the Ondes Martenot is, despite its age – avant garde, modernist, frail and ethereal but also experimental.

Reblog – Electronic music in 1937: a promotional 78 rpm record for the Ondes Martenot

A little bit of history.I just came across this wonderful old recording of the many sounds of one of the early electronic instruments, the Ondes Martenot.

 

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A promotional 78 rpm record for the Ondes Martenot released during The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne held in Paris in 1937. Transfer by Claude Fihman.

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