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Reblog – Marta Sap – Live soft session Kożyczkowo 2018 Green Circles Festival

Another find thanks to Yeah I Know it Sucks (but it doesn’t)

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Artist: Marta Sap
Title: Live soft session Kożyczkowo 2018Green Circles Festival
Keywords: electronic world chill chill out chillwave ethnic ethnotrip ethnotronica kalimba Gdańsk

After really enjoying ‘breaths’ by Marta Sap and revisiting this electronic didgeridoo album many times in a fondly matter, I got this incredible urge to hear something different coming out of this artist’s inventory. With a few clicks there my answer was; a live session!

I drank some wine, closed my eyes and heard Marta play. She opened up the gates of dreams, with something that sounded like a well tuned kalimba. Something that got a magical touch with the help of spacious effects that really made reality look far and surreality nearby. There I say and listened in silence, cheered with brainwaves the upcoming peacefulness that this music was providing. I sipped the content of the glass and stroked my own ears fondly as Marta…

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R.A.N. is the dark electronic / rhythmic ambient music project by HÜMA UTKU.

“Hailing from İstanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, HÜMA UTKU has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. (Roads At Night) she released her debut album ”Her Trembling Ceased”, followed by the remix album ‘Remixed: Stories Retold’ (both 2015, PARTAPART RECORDS), and contributed several tracks and remixes to various compilations. Besides studio production, she travels the planet to perform live or as DJ, and in November / December 2017 UTKU was Artist in Residency at YARA MEKAWEI’s Submarine Studio, Cairo.
The title of her debut on KARL, “Şeb-i Yelda” (pronounced Shab-e Yalda in English), is a Persian term that signifies ‘the longest night’. Inspired by the Ottoman poet BOSNIAN SABIT EFENDI’s verses, R.A.N. created four new, very personal tracks, developing further her musical language by fusing traditional instruments with deep electronic sounds, distortion and dark ambience, in order to create intense atmospheres of anger, anxiety, grief – but also empowerment and hope. These compositions are UTKU’s personal reflections on the long lasting devastation and turmoil in the Middle East as well as witnessing the individual experiences related to these happenings. The titles translate as:’“Şeb-i Yelda” (The Longest Night), “Ay” (The Moon), “Sabah” (The Morning) and “Kul” (The Servant).

 

Review Reblog – Şeb-i Yelda by R.A.N.

R.A.N. | Şeb-i Yelda just shows what can be done creatively with techno and for me, what a find.

 

 

KR054_frontR.A.N. | Şeb-i Yelda
Karlrecords (12″/DL)

Berlin-based Turkish artist Hüma Utku, better known as R.A.N. (short for Roads at Night) releases her first recording since 2015 with a four track 12″ EP, Şeb-i Yelda – and it opens with the title track. A disgorged drone roams freely, and its bloated mane crisscrosses through the entire sound space in bulky air-infused layers.  The atmosphere initially finds equity between the ambient and the industrial. Here and there its encrusted with a sparse cragged percussive effect until a beat is formed, and you suddenly start to experience why this is a crystal clear 12″ rather than another format. Utku adds something akin to a high-hat and other beat-adjacent rhythms, all the while a mysterious discord on traditional musics of the Middle East emerge, but done with restraint in the underbelly of an otherwise funky exterior.  The track concludes with something akin to…

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Eiko Ishibashi more than just the tags alternative, Japan : )

Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Music for the DMV — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Recent listening on a recommendation –

 

 

Artist: Elizabeth Joan Kelly title: Music for the DMV keywords: experimental ambient classical collage electronic industrial instrumental trance New Orleans website: https://elizabethjoankelly.com/ Melancholic electronica comes at ya, when letting the music for DMV by Elizabeth Joan Kelly into your head and mind for a pretty unusual but wonderful listening session. Before we know it, the […]

via Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Music for the DMV — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Reblog – Selected Early Keyboard Works by Catherine Christer Hennix

Part of Womens Work Week – a celebration of international women working in experimental and electronic music genres. If you enjoy this review you may also be interested in one of these additional releases that we are covering this week on Toneshift.net:

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Catherine Christer Hennix | Selected Early Keyboard Works
Empty Editions/Blank Forms (2xLP/DL)


I’m always thrilled when I have the opportunity, amidst so much new talent that I’m exposed to regularly, to discover an artist’s work, an experienced septuagenarian, for the very first time. Four of Swedish composer (and Renaissance woman) Catherine Christer Hennix‘s works are nicely showcased in this co-released collection (a volume of writings is forthcoming via Blank Forms) of Selected Early Keyboard Works.

I find it quite interesting when unknown creatives who have been better known as scientists, visual artists, mathematicians and philosophers (like Hennix) are brought into the light of public consciousness, especially when they have worked on their craft for four plus decades with little recognition. This is all so much more satisfying (to these ears) when the focus is on the minimal. As a youth Hennix also worked at Stockholm’s…

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Reblog – Hidden Gems: People Like Us, “Lowest Common Denominator” — Bandcamp Daily

Great series Hidden Gems and this is a real gem, especially when you realise how it was created..

 First released in 1994, deleted for around 20 years now! It had uninspiring track titles but that’s what it was like in 1994. All composed pre-multitrack era – on an Amiga 500 computer tracker program with an 8-bit sampler (Technosound Turbo – cost 28 pounds!) and a bunch of willing friends. Original cover is a 12 inch square paper collage.”

 

A sound collage work that will warp all perceptions of reality.

via Hidden Gems: People Like Us, “Lowest Common Denominator” — Bandcamp Daily

Reblog – The Space Lady – greatest hits

You can never have enough of The Space Lady : )

 

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Artist: The Space Lady
Title: greatest hits
Keywords: pop, electronic, synthesizer

I know… I know.. and I’m even fully aware of already having discussed this lovely album over here, but sometimes it’s nice to have it ripen in the back of my head and return to it like a fine wine that has stood through the seasons to make all the flavors pop out for the best. When I first heard it I was just fully flabbergasted and surprised about its discovery through a good friend (graham Boosey) who had seen this lady perform in concert. I was fully blown away by just hearing this album so imagine how blown away his enthusiasm was, but now with the time passing gracefully and the music flourishing like a flower over time in my own memory storage system, I thought reviewing it for a second time was a nice little thing to…

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Reblog – Interview with Christina Vantzou — Headphone Commute

Hello Christina, where are you these days and what have you been up to this past weekend? I was near Brussels visiting a friend this past weekend and we went to a Neolithic grave in a forest. I must admit, back when you released No. 1 on Kranky I had a feeling that there would […]

via Interview with Christina Vantzou — Headphone Commute

released April 6, 2018

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“Components of local experimental beats and a wide gamut of electronic music draw from Taiwan’s irregular view / architectures and buildings, muggy, emissions-filled air, and hectic streetscapes, while Mandarin Chinese and Japanese influences marry intricate beats and whispering lyrics. All these tiny elements serve as pondering-points on the darkness that underpins the most intense emotions of the city’s aggregations.”