Category Archives: Recommends

LATEST READING AND LISTENING

Here are a few articles you may enjoy that also include listening…

If you are interested in Sound Art, I have just found this great site The Thames Submarine that combines audio and video into a deeper exploration of the sound art practice of artists – as it states An online space for sound works and ideas.

Here’s one of my favourites but it is well worth looking at the archive and listening on soundcloud

Ellen Fullman – Street Walker – The Thames Submarine – May 2021


Deeper Listening: An Introduction to Drone Composition
By Vanessa Ague · May 17, 2021


The Wall-Shaking Delights of Stockholm’s Experimental Drone Scene
By Samuel Tornow · July 28, 2020


via The Wire Magazine on twitter here’s a wonderful collection of sounds, archive, writings from Nameless Sound….everything you would wish to know about Pauline Oliveros from the Nameless Sound archives …

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF NAMELESS SOUND THROUGH FEATURED ESSAYS, NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED AUDIO, LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCES, AND OTHER MEDIA GEMS FROM THE HISTORIC VAULT.

MONDAY MUSING

Today I came across a discussion of how the history of electronic music often omits the women who had a major role in it’s development technically, as well as sonically.

I am putting together a few thoughts on this for a future post as it’s not so clear cut and to be honest, there aren’t many now, who haven’t come across the names Daphne Oram or Delia Derbyshire, via their social media platforms.

Not denying their importance at all but I do feel there is a pedestal effect which is often western centrist and white. With this in mind and back to my original morning read, I came across a discussion that sought to question, rightly, this western view, with a few suggestions of women from around the world AND a great mixcloud playlist.

“This episode is curated by theorist, collector and artist Cedrik Fermont.
Cedrik writes: “This mix took inspiration from Sisters with Transistors, a film that raises awareness about female pioneers in electronic/electro-acoustic music who have often been ignored or whose role has been minimized but unfortunately the film fails to include non-Westerners who were also active from the 1950s onward… I understand that one cannot include every single pioneer but failing to include non-Westerners is comparable to when male’s narrative excludes women. This is not the first time I notice this kind of behavior and my guess is that it is not only about gender, but ethnicity and sometimes class too. This criticism doesn’t mean that it’s a bad film, nevertheless it is incomplete”.

SUNDAY AMBIENCE

Oceanic Space
by Lucette Bourdin
2006

ambient, atmospheric, electronic ambient, new age

SUNDAY AMBIENCE

Les Chants de Milarepa
by Éliane Radigue
Songs of Milarepa (1983), 139’24

experimental, acousmatic, electroacoustic, electronic experimental, musique concrète

Éliane Radigue (1932-)

Éliane Radigue was born in Paris. She studied Musique Concrète techniques at the “Studio d’Essai” of the RTF under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry (1956-57). She was married to the painter and sculptor Arman and devoted ten years to their three children. She then worked with Pierre Henry, as his assistant at the Studio APSOME (1967-68). She was in residence at the New York University School of Arts (1970-71), the University of Iowa and the California Institute of the Arts (1973) and Mills College (1998). She has created sound environments using looped tapes of various durations, gradually desynchronising. Her works have been featured in numerous galleries and museums since the late 60s and from 1970, she has been associated to the ARP 2500 Synthesizer and tape through many compositions from “Chry-ptus” (1971) up to “L’Île re-sonante” (2000). These include: “Biogenesis”, “Arthesis”, “Ψ 847”, “Adnos I, II and III” (70s), “Les Chants de Milarepa” and “Jetsun Mila” (80s) and the three pieces constituting the Trilogie de la Mort (1988-91-93). Since 2002, she has been composing mostly acoustic works for performers and instruments. Her music has been featured in major international festivals. Her extremely sober, almost ascetic concerts, are made of a continuous, ever-changing yet extremely slow stream of sound, whose transformation occurs within the sonic material itself.

SUNDAY AMBIENCE

Harbors
by Ellen Fullman & Theresa Wong
2020

experimental, contemporary classical, long string instrument, minimal, new music

“… shifting drones, aberrant melodies and glistening atmospheres.”

SUNDAY AMBIENCE…

Ancient Memories
Lucette Bourdin
2008

SUNDAY AMBIENCE

This week end is Sound Reveil 2021, a 24 hr broadcast tracking sunrise around the earth with live audio feeds from streamers around the world at daybreak, so today’s ambience reflects this with what I can say is one of my all time favourite field recording releases…

Soundscapes of spring
by Izabela Dłużyk
2017

experimental, birdsong, field recording, nature

Various closeup recordings of blackbirds, mistle thrushes, golden orioles and many others are joined by natural ambiences of endangered Bialowieza primeval forest, Siemianowka lake or Biebrza marshes.

“As I am blind since birth, I have always been particularly sensitive to sounds. When I was a child, I became interested in bird voices, which soon led me to discover nature recording. I started with a noisy, hissing tape recorder, but what treasures those recordings seemed to me at that time! Now, sixteen years later, I am still following my passion, but with a fully professional equipment. Through recording the natural world, I try to capture its beauty, its subtle music, its gentle voice. I try to understand its mystery: the mystery of life – this indescribable treasure we share with all the creatures, the mystery of fleeting moments, of sadness and hope brought by changing seasons… It is through observing nature that I have received perhaps the greatest lessons regarding the meaning of life in general and the meaning of my own life. Through my recordings, I hope to share with you some glimpses of wisdom and beauty of the natural world.” – Izabela Dłużyk

SUNDAY AMBIENCE

Experimental Lineage
by Mireille Kyrou / Vox Populi!

Experimental, ambient, electroacoustic, field recording, musique concrete

Track 1 “Étude 1” originally released on “Musique Concrète” compilation LP (Philips, 1964).
Track 3 “Koro Wild” originally released on Vox Populi! “Soft Entrance To Nature’s Camino De Luz” CDr (taâlem, 2008).

SUNDAY AMBIENCE…

Not all Sunday’s have a quiet drift. Sometimes Sunday can sound like this and be challenging in a good way…

GOL, Ana-Maria Avram, Iancu Dumitrescu And Members Of Ansamblul Hyperion – Musique Directe (Full)

Volume 1, hence the title “Musique Directe”, shows the band facing the leaders of Roumenian spectralism Ana-Maria Avaram and Iancu Dumitrescu. Electric and intense spontaneous experiments, on the edge of electroacoustic music and primitive avant-garde.” – Soundohm

THROWBACK TRACKS 18/4/2021

Everything here…to space and back…

Water’s Edge
by Future Shuttle
2011

Spaced


Kissing Infinity
by Mira Martin-Gray
2019

Experimental, noise, ambient, drone, field recordings, glitch, improvised, musique concrete


MANIPULATION
by Lauren Sarah Hayes
2016

Experimental


IX Pieces for UPIC
by Christi Denton
2003

Ambient, experimental, experimental electronic, noise


AUTOSAVE
by may hd
2019

Experimental, bootleg, free improvisation, improvisation, mixtape, noise, sound art


Uno todo tres
by Clara de Asís
2016

Drone. electronic, experimental, ambient, concrete, contemporary classical, drone ambient, electric guitar, electroacoustic, minimal, sound art