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
Artist: Else Marie PadeTitle: Electronic Works 1958-1995Keywords: electronic, avant garde, experimental Else Marie Pade brings us on a journey through her electronic works made in 1858 to 1995. I guess we could ask uncle Google to spot out more information about this artist, but let’s be an alternative in the information age and just be […]Else Marie Pade – Electronic Works 1958-1995 — Yeah I Know It Sucks
As usual a different take on the works of Else Marie Pade but this is one of the best descriptions of her music…
“Dangling on the fine line of enjoyment and captivating interest. Things ploink and plink like smooth lines of water drips with enough sparkles to widen up your iris. Things play like electronic breaths that give life to the silence, that shovel around the furniture of vibrating sounds with great expense, leaving you in a state of mind that is equally reached when listening to the soundtrack of a strange movie in which you feel disoriented and yet firmly at home.“…
Instability, incompleteness, a certain kind of relativity. These are the sources of Laughing Ears’ Metamorphosis, which avoids totalizing effects and holistic conceptions of style in order to present listeners with an ever-shifting music that sounds like dance but is more akin to walking the streets of a city. For instance, the rhythms come mostly from […]
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Artist: Despicable Zee – Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani Title: Atigheh – عتیقه Keywords: diaspora drums electronic experimental farsi Oxford WITCHFORK We were lucky enough to be present at a live performance by Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani late last year, and we would like to say that far from being ‘Despicable’ we found ‘Zee’ […]
One of my favourite listens from 2019 : )
Artist: Sofía Bertomeu Title: And you, In which movie are you playing? Keywords: ambient experimental experimental electronicidm lars von trier sofia bertomeu technoglitch Spain And you, In which movie are you playing? I’m playing a fool in a silent black and white slapstick spaghetti western movie that almost hast seen the light of day, but […]
As usual, YIKIS have a wonderful off kilter review to go with this release : )
“My childhood was deep blue and foamy,” writes Serbian composer Manja Ristić. Her memories of Korčula Island are pristine. As she recalls the town streets “positioned in the shape of a fish bone,” and the “natural air conditioning of the Adriatic winds,” one can imagine long, carefree days and nights spent by the sea. But when […]
Maybe it’s because I recognise the methods in creating The Black Isle, this is a release that I loved from first listening. Thanks to A Closer Listen it would have otherwise escaped me.
It’s been a strange few weeks and I haven’t been able to keep up with things here but I’m kicking myself that I missed this…It is a wondrous thing to listen to…
Artist: Wetwe Feat. Tatyana Kalmykova
Keywords: electronic experimental abstract ambient bass music downtempo drone folk modern classical russian folklor techno Moscow
I don’t know much about this music as I evidently avoided all the information that came with it as it appeared through our illustrious request form, but from my own ears and mind I could make up that this was a bit of a holistic revelation in sound ways. It was a calming one, that featured the prominent voice of a certain Tatyana Kalmykova that seemed to sing among the walls of ruins, or perhaps a still standing church with great acoustics. Sometimes her voice gets bounced into a room in which it still feels warm, yet the acoustics feel flat, a bit as if the bigness gets suddenly beamed through some old time radio.
But it’s not all about Tatyana Kalmykova’s voice, it’s also pretty much…
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Sounding Out! is a definite recommend from me. It never ceases to amaze me how long term issues such as gender and class, amongst others, are covered in engaging, intelligent and interesting ways and this series is a welcome addition to their huge collection of writings, articles and ‘food for thought’.
co-edited by Praseeda Gopinath and Monika Mehta
Our listening practices are discursively constructed. In the sonic landscape of India, in particular, the way in which we listen and what we hear are often normative, produced within hegemonic discourses of gender, class, caste, region, and sexuality. . . This forum, Gendered Soundscapes of India, offers snapshots of sound at sites of trans/national production, marketing, filmic and musical texts. Complementing these posts, the accompanying photographs offer glimpses of gendered community formation, homosociality, the pervasiveness of sound technology in India, and the discordant stratified soundscapes of the city. This series opens up for us the question of other contexts in India where sound, gender, and technology might intersect, but, more broadly, it demands that we consider how sound exists differently in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Afghanistan. How might we imagine a sonic framework and South Asia from these…
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I came across Heejin Jang – Binary Breath via YIKIS last year and was interested to hear this new release. On listening, it’s excoriating…but in a good way.
Artist: Heejin Jang
Title: Trouble in the Camp
Keywords:electronic experimental avant-garde experimental indie rock noise psychedelic rock synth United States
Label: Doom Trip
Unleashed on the special day of spookiness, the one that people named ‘Halloween’ are the fearful sounding spooky sounds from ‘Trouble in the Camp’ by Heejin Jang. It is best to hear it in complete darkness with the sound up loud and yourself hiding underneath a blanket of comfort. This music will bring out the shimmering demons of the night, the creepy crawlers & the audio ghouls that hammer their wooden sticks of magic in fierce-full depths, ready to haunt you for some poisoned candy.
Some of them come across cold and slimy, as if the ghosts of the many snails you have stepped on all throughout your life had now come to scare the hell out of you for a good old-time case of revenge…
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In a world of horror, multi-instrumentalist Colleen’s loops, layers, and prose-poem lyrics feel medicinal.