Maria W. Horn: Excitation – Frustration – Excitation

The title expresses everything in a good way..

 

We need no swords

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Less shot through the head with a diamond bullet than being walloped repeatedly with a crystal hammer, Maria W. Horn’s ‘Excitation – Frustration – Excitation’ matches elegance with brutality in admirably brain-wrenching fashion. Tough kickdrums and serrated noise jags serve the pain, their unquiet digital gristle occasionally recalling Ben Frost at his glowering best. The title track is a fine example, its percussion stomping holes in the space time continuum through which pour gibbering waves of sleety, saturated howl.

Despite all that slurry, Horn’s compositions have a stony grandeur that impress as much as they terrify. Rapid-fire squelches, carousel synths and silky keystroke jabs lift things from the abyss, their textures nodding towards the disco, even if Horn keeps things awkward and arrhythmic. The clubby bleeps of ‘Voluntary Auto Intoxication’ sparkle in the spluttering backdrop like gemstones set into a cliff-face, while the steely, D&B-tastic tessellations…

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Review Reblog – on pauline anna strom’s trans-millenia music, via rvng

It is a sad fact that some artists gain recognition late in their lives, sometimes due to a reappraisal of the “genre” they write. In hindsight some are realising that New Age and Melodic Instrumental music is really worth sitting down and listening to, albeit a bit late for some as in Pauline Anna Strom’s case, or too late for others. Without sounding preachy here – give things a listen, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Review Reblog – on éliane radigue’s occam ocean vol. 1, out via shiin

Today’s Discovery – Heraclitus in Iceland – Gail Priest

 

I’ve wanted to make this my Today’s Discovery since first hearing this beautiful and atmospheric piece and spurred on by the review from A Closer Listen , here it is.

Reblog – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Finds Her Inner “Kid” — Bandcamp Daily

 

 

The composer talks with us about music’s place in her personal ecosystem and tracing a coming to awareness with synthesizers.

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Some Weekend Reading……

Pioneering Italian Women in Electronic Music

September 15, 2017
By Johann Merrich


 

maddalena fagandini

Radiophonic Ladies by Jo Hutton on Sonic Arts Network


 

Pioneering Canadian Women In Electronic Music

September 29, 2016
By Robyn Fadden


 

Early Electronic Music in Québec: A Brief History

October 4, 2016
By Roger Tellier Craig


 

Today’s Discovery – Susan Drone

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“Electroacoustic Composition, Graphic Artist and Experimental Composer, who uses field recordings combined with computer processing and electronic sounds, in an attempt to create dreamlike, sensitive hypnagogic states.”

https://susanloop.bandcamp.com/

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