Today’s Discovery – Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

Latin American electronic / electroacoustic artists tribute and creative responses to, the writings and thoughts of Pauline Oliveros.

On September 13, 1970, a young composer named Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) published in The New York Times an article entitled “And Don’t Call Them ‘Lady’ Composers”, Ms. Oliveros addressed an unasked yet (tellingly so) critical question: “Why have there been no ‘great’ women composers?” Her argument is guided by a questioning of critical, historiographic and technical discourse. Oliveros explained how the cult of innovation constructs figures of “greatness,” and to what extent society promotes the virilisation of these discursive models…..

Read more of the background to this project, curated by Susan Campos-Fonseca here

Reblog – on palto flats and wrwtfww’s reissue of midori takada’s seminal through the looking glass

I have loved this record for so long and over the years have visited it on many occasions. It is “a masterpiece failed by its own time”. – like so many that I could name. While other artists are feted and gain all the publicity, there are many who deserve as much accolade and praise – and finally, Midori Takada is getting the recognition she long deserved.

Although it doesn’t quite fit into the electronic field as such, please try and listen, and take in the 40 minutes that demonstrate how often gems are lost due to fashion in music, lack of distribution, knowledge and being in the wrong time and place.

It is sublime.

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Today’s Discovery – Horse Follows Darkness by Delia Gonzalez

 

“Horse Follows Darkness is essentially a modern electronic soundtrack for the Revisionist Western.” but it’s more than that, it’s a wondrous sound on the ear that has a retro feel but also firmly rooted in the now.

Review Reblog – Christine Ott ~ Only Silence Remains

Christine Ott is “one of the few people in the world who can be considered an expert on the Ondes Martenot, a strange keyboard invented in 1928, which can sound like anything from a theremin to a screech of strings.” but it can sound otherworldly and beautiful.

 

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Only Silence RemainsThis is one beguiling record.  It starts with opera and ends with poetry, and in the end, only silence remains.  The opening soprano segment makes an immediate statement: this is not conventional music.  By the middle of the set, one may forget this fact, but on “Tempête” it returns with a vengeance.

The storied career of Christine Ott provides clues to understanding her approach.  She’s been part of Yann Tiersen’s band, collaborated with Radiohead, worked alongside Oiseaux-Tempête, and is currently opening for Tindersticks.  She’s also one of the few people in the world who can be considered an expert on the Ondes Martenot, a strange keyboard invented in 1928, which can sound like anything from a theremin to a screech of strings.  For most of the album she holds back on this instrument, but sneaks it in, bit by bit, until it takes over the sound field.  Those early moments…

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Friday Web Focus – SoundGirls

 

Mission Statement
To inspire and empower the next generation of women in audio.
Our mission is to create a supportive community for women in audio and music production,
providing the tools, knowledge, and support to further their careers.

Is SoundGirls.Org for women only?

No, SoundGirls.Org is for anyone who has a desire and drive to succeed in professional audio. The ratio of women to men members is approximately 65% women and 35% men.


Why does SoundGirls.Org exist?

SoundGirls.Org exists to provide a support network for women working in the professional audio industry and to assist those with a drive to be successful in audio. Women make up only 5% of the professional workforce in audio and music production. This profession thrives on word of mouth and networking. SoundGirls.Org gives women working in the industry an opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals, creating a strong support network.

Reblog – Writings on Teresa Rampazzi

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Teresa Rampazzi website has finally a new page containing a list of articles, books, and other material dedicated to this awesome pioneer pf electroacoustic music: http://www.teresarampazzi.it/writings-on-t-rampazzi/)

I contributed with many writings to this emerging literature, since my Master thesis in 2000, and I’m proud of this. The first text dedicated to her dates back to 1979, with an interview Teresa Rampazzi gave to M. Mollia.

Many of these items are available online. Enjoy the reading!

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Focus – Teresa Rampazzi

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Teresa Rampazzi

Pioneer of Italian Electronic Music

The long and mesmerizing single piece of analogue electronic music that develops over the two sides of the latest Die Schachtel “silver series” LP is a soundscape composed by Teresa Rampazzi for the artist Diana Baylon’s 1972 exhibition at the modern art gallery “Il Fiore” in Florence (Italy).