Category Archives: Recommends

#Rolemodels – Lena Platonos

Lena Platonos is a Greek musician, pianist and composer and pioneer of Greek electronic and art music. She took a leading role in the electronic music scene in the 1980s, while her work constituted an inspiration for Greek electronic musicians in the subsequent decades. (Wikipedia)

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Lena Platonos and the secret sound of Greek electronica

Thanks to reissues by labels like Dark Entries and Into The Light Records, this electronic pioneer is reaching new audiences. Sarah Souli tells her story.

Wonderful overview here on Resident Advisor


Released in 1984, ‘Μάσκες Ηλίου’ (‘Sun Masks’) was Lena Platonos’ first record to feature her own words and vocals… “I began to reverse my thought process, to let melodies fade out, to turn to minimalism, to experiment on my Yamaha C60 synthesizer and a variety of “boxes” which I used to change the sound of my voice as well as the sound of the synthesizer” says Lena. The album featured experiments with different sounds and a new batch of electronic equipment, such as the legendary Roland TR 808 drum machine.


Lena Platonos – Shadow Of Blood



The album is made exclusively using analog synthesizers and heavily features the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine. Lena narrates each song, reciting her own surreal Greek poetry with unique skill.

 

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Sound Propositions 016: Félicia Atkinson — a closer listen

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 […]

via Sound Propositions 016: Félicia Atkinson — a closer listen

This is a wonderful in depth long read for a Sunday or any day afternoon.

Listening to…

Becoming is an Eventful Situation
by RUI HO

Electronic, dance, experimental,

I don’t want to sound cliched so here’s a good description –

” Berlin-based Chinese producer RUI HO makes electronic music that bridges modern club influences with traditional Chinese sounds.”

Manja Ristić ~ The Black Isle — a closer listen

“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 […]

via Manja Ristić ~ The Black Isle — a closer listen

 

“In her changed environment, despite sonic pollution, she is still able to find an oasis.” (Richard Allen)

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.

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Here are a couple of releases that really caught my ear when on a journey into sound art.

Obviously this influential piece …

7704A – Tiger Balm
by Annea Lockwood

Experimental, chants, folk, meditation, traditional…and cat purring

“Each piece is concerned with evoking a force-sound, making this force/energy materialize and become quite clear to all there. The players then can’t just simply ‘learn to play’ my pieces, They’ll find themselves going through a training course to discover what is meant by sounds and their energy. To discover how to transcend through themselves. To learn the fine edge of sound as a destructive or misapplied force (un-perceived tone perhaps) and sound as transformer or as something wholeness making.”


Secondly this beautiful strangeness to the ear which is on my Christmas list –

Realm
by Realistic Monk (Carl Stone & Miki Yui)

Abstract, electronic, experimental.

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Ethereal dark undercurrents –

KOMA
by Ekin Fil
Ambient, atmospheric, experimental, electronic, lofi, meditation, soundscape

Released May 3, 2019

#Rolemodels – Daria Semegen

An occasional series where I try and shine a little light on some of the women at the forefront of electronic music who I think should have more acknowledgement.

Daria Semegen

Daria Semegen (b. 1946) is a composer of instrumental, vocal and electronic music. She is a recognized authority on electronic music composition.

This article in New Music USA set me on a journey to find out more –

Daria Semegen: So Many Awareness Pixels Going On at the Same Time

Here’s a great podcast interview I enjoyed listening to from More from Art + Music + Technology with Darwin Grosse