Photo by Lyndon French, courtesy the artist David Murrieta Flores (ACL): Hi Fire-Toolz! To begin with, please talk to us a bit about how Fire-Toolz came into being, and how it relates to other projects you have (like Nonlocal Forecast or MindSpring Memories). Fire-Toolz (FT): Fire-Toolz was born when I decided to graduate from my […]Physical Reality as Processed Spirituality ~ An Interview With Fire-Toolz — a closer listen
Maria Chavez is a pioneer of Abstract Turntablism, a self-described practice she developed under the guidance of Pauline Oliveros‘ Deep Listening. Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Houston, she cut her teeth as a DJ spinning techno and drum & bass, but the male chauvinism of that scene roused her to experiment further with […]SP* Episode 24: KAKAPHONY – with Maria Chavez [podcast] — a closer listen
Really worth a click through to read more and listen to Maria Chavez work.
7704A – Tiger Balm
by Annea Lockwood
Experimental, chants, folk, meditation, traditional
It’s with sadness that I write that one of my long term heroines has died. Constance Demby was an important pioneer of electronic New Age and Spacemusic, a composer, multi instrumentalist and instrument builder.
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 –
Maryanne Amacher – Petra – The experimental composer’s Petra steps inside a cyberpunk cathedral. by Geeta Dyal
Holly Herndon talks about PROTO and not messing up the next internet in Bristol’s live and new music magazine.
“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.”
Sam Liddicott explores the importance of this now forty year old release and Kate Bush as writer, performer and producer.
“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”
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!
Cathy Van Eck – Between Air and Electricity is open access now, free and downloadable per chapter, you’ll find it here:
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.
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
A day of complete contrasts…
You may be interested in –
Dark trance, electronic, forest psychedelic, psychedelic, trance, psy forest, psytrance, modular synth, synth.
Tibetan Book of the Dead, experimental, musique concrete, voice.
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
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
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer
Experimental, computer music, max msp, sine waves,
It is an honor to present this extended conversation with Félicia Atkinson, whose latest record, The Flower and The Vessel, has just been released on Shelter Press. We discuss her multifaceted art practices, her musical formation, the importance of running an independent press, and the power inherent in stones. Sound Propositions is an ongoing, semi-regular […]
This is a wonderful in depth long read for a Sunday or any day afternoon.