Music for Empty Flats may have been recorded before the pandemic, but the conditions of its genesis are so fitting that the album now seems prescient. While alone in an undecorated flat in Reykjavik, Martina Bertoni spent a good amount of time listening to her favorite music while watching the snow through the window. To the outside world, […]
Can’t better the review….Thanks ACL for pointing me in the right direction again : )
Electronic music is cold and soulless. You’ve heard this truism from an acquaintance. They are wearing a Pink Floyd shirt. They refuse to believe that knobs and buttons have the same emotional capacities as strummed guitars. Point them to this debut album from San Francisco’s Xyla. This gorgeous record serves a kind of sonic affogato. […]
Artist: MoralixTitle:禅Keywords:electronic ambient drone drone ambient experimental meditation vaporambient vapordrone vaporwave CopenhagenLabel: Fireflower foundation 禅 by Moralix has the power to make it seem as if the concept of all that you see and feel had been all a bit of nonsense. Somehow by showing us a picture perfect church with cling clong bells at first sight has a lot to do with this unexplainable […]
Artist: Francesca HeartTitle: Ianassa Alga MiraggioKeywords: experimental ambient drone electronic new age vaporwave FairfaxLabel: ingrown records Francesca Heart lets us dive in the music with our beautiful bathing costumes, properly decorated with a designed pattern of colorful flowers and starfishes. Oh we feel so delighted as the music twinkles around our healthy body lines, how […]
Another ‘find’ from YIKIS and a lovely Sunday afternoon listen. Reposting some YIKIS posts here as they have an interesting take on sounds, as well as a platform that actually supports artists that would never get a lot of attention otherwise. I’m all for that : )
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 […]
Reblog – Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice — a closer listen
What is the purpose of recorded sound? As music lovers, we live and breathe it. But what is its raison d’être? Recordings transport us into distant places or timeframes. They prompt emotional and intellectual responses. The aural can complement visual and spatial arts. It can be raw material for further sonic explorations. Perhaps multi-disciplinary artists […]
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.
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…
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 Sucksreview, both make me smile : )
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.
Her research results have been widely published in over popular new wave children books, and for the illiterate…
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 […]