Category Archives: ICYMI

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.

Listening to…

A day of complete contrasts…

You may be interested in –

015: Maggi Payne

An interview with Maggi Payne… Tone Glow. May 11 2020


 

Insane Creatures

Dark trance, electronic, forest psychedelic, psychedelic, trance, psy forest, psytrance, modular synth, synth.


 

Tibetan Book of the Dead, experimental, musique concrete, voice.

 

Beatriz Ferreyra ~ Echos +

At the moment, like many, I find myself taking a step back and reflecting on how to move forward but not sure how my little journey in sound will progress.
In the meantime I am using my time to catch up and revisit sites and reviews I have missed, this being a case from A Closer Listen.
Actually, I spent this afternoon listening in full to Echos+ and it seems sonically to reflect the mood.

a closer listen

There’s a memorial aspect to acousmatic sounds that can lead towards a conceptual end-point usually avoided by Schaefferian humanism: the severing of the sound from its source is a kind of death. Echos + is an in-depth exploration of their afterlife, the composer turned into a caretaker (without the apocalyptic overtones of the famous project of the same name) dedicated to the consideration of sounds’ new state. Like a written document, the recording marks an aural element’s transition from life into its other, a technological aid that turns preservation into an art of re-signification. To care for these sounds in death is not to simply reproduce them, nor is it to circumscribe them in a narrative about mourning for the loss of a certain world, but to help reconfiguretheir meaning in a context that is no longer their own.

Echos +is made up of three pieces that work precisely…

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Listening to…

De Eurodance by agnes pe originally released 2011

Devotional…and a joy to listen to tonight.

Agnes Pe – De Eurodance

Review Reblog – I’m taking things a little slower here at the moment for a range of reasons but I thought this would be a very good time to revisit and try to catch up with some of the reviews and releases I’ve missed over the past years. What better way than to start with this release and the Yeah I Know It Sucks review, both make me smile : )

 

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Agnes Pe
title: De Eurodance
keywords: devotional, Lleida, Eurodance, Europa, experimental, electronica

De Eurodance. What is it, and how does it sound or simply goes?
Anges Pe is the brave Professional professor who had spent a great amount of time in researching this non favorable subject. She has traveled all over Europe, visiting every country, absorbing every form of culture and took as many first hand examples of ‘De Eurodance’ No stone has been unturned, no corner untouched as Agnes Pe simply wanted to know the bottom and the finest essence of De Eurodance. From Greek Hoompa Loompa parties, wooden shoe circle dances in the Netherlands, to Italian folklore fetish euro festivals and Eurozone neopolk gypsy’s..
Everything she has seen, heard, lived and noted down for the sake of De Eurodance.
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Her research results have been widely published in over popular new wave children books, and for the illiterate…

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Buy Music Club #3

I thought I would put together some lists of Bandcamp releases, to help support in a very small way, artists, labels and collectives at this difficult time during the COVID -19 pandemic and also simply because it’s music that needs to be heard : )

Here is my third Buy Music List list .

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Buy Music Lists

Thought I would put together some lists to help support in a very small way, artists, labels and collectives at this difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic and also simply because it’s music that needs to be heard : )

I’ll add new lists regularly but here are the first two.

As always – No order. No preferences.

#1 – Collectives and Compilations

chiptune

 


Feminatronic Buy Music Club – Let’s Stick Together #2

Electro Strings

 

 

Listening to…

Compilado Feminoise México
released February 19, 2019

Valley Girl by Madalyn Merkey
released April 2, 2014

Suma Love by Tropical Rock
released January 1, 2015

Tropical Rock is Kathleen Baird & Camilla Padgitt-Coles


Radiant Stars by Lucette Bourdin
released December 12, 2009

Spotlight On…

I have been having a giant clear-out and I found loads of scraps of paper accumulated over the last 8 years with artist names on them.
So I’ve decided that for 2020 I will post a few here at a time and add them to the artist directory, as well as posting on Twitter and Facebook.

There are many…

As usual, no order – no preference

Alina Maldonado

Alina Maldonado

Violinist, composer, improviser.

Photo by Bradford Bailey

 

 

 

Also a member of AnaTrizas –

A women artists collective conformed by Alina Hernández, Daniela Falcón and Shanttal Saad, who explored through sound and transmedia the meaning of femininity and the dissolution of identity. Concerned about the empowerment of women in the improvisation and experimental music scenes they look up to collaborate with other women in order to create a stronger community in which they support each other.

  • Violin + electronics


Ka Baird

Ka Baird

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer

Feature Interview with Bandcamp Daily


Madalyn Merkey

Madalyn Merkey

Experimental, computer music, max msp, sine waves,

Bandcamp Website –

In 2015, Merkey translated the pioneer electronic music text, Due scuole di musica elettronica in Italia (1968) by composer Enore Zaffiri (b. Turin, 1928), from Italian to English. 

 

Madalyn Merkey on Sound as Material  – Creative Independent  –