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Anne La Berge – Love Suite
from gruntCount – improvised pieces for player and computer by Martin Parker

gruntCount is a computer music system as much as it is a piece of music. Like playing a computer game, the performer steps through a landscape of possibilities that teeter between the scripted and
the surprising. Rather than a joystick interface however, it’s the player’s sounds (or grunts) that move the piece forwards. The order of the settings is decided in advance of a performance but their behaviour has to be coped with in situ. The shifting relationship between player and computer makes it impossible to play in the same way twice.

More information about gruntCount is available at www.tinpark.com.
Martin Parker, September 2013

 

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R.A.N. is the dark electronic / rhythmic ambient music project by HÜMA UTKU.

“Hailing from İstanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, HÜMA UTKU has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. (Roads At Night) she released her debut album ”Her Trembling Ceased”, followed by the remix album ‘Remixed: Stories Retold’ (both 2015, PARTAPART RECORDS), and contributed several tracks and remixes to various compilations. Besides studio production, she travels the planet to perform live or as DJ, and in November / December 2017 UTKU was Artist in Residency at YARA MEKAWEI’s Submarine Studio, Cairo.
The title of her debut on KARL, “Şeb-i Yelda” (pronounced Shab-e Yalda in English), is a Persian term that signifies ‘the longest night’. Inspired by the Ottoman poet BOSNIAN SABIT EFENDI’s verses, R.A.N. created four new, very personal tracks, developing further her musical language by fusing traditional instruments with deep electronic sounds, distortion and dark ambience, in order to create intense atmospheres of anger, anxiety, grief – but also empowerment and hope. These compositions are UTKU’s personal reflections on the long lasting devastation and turmoil in the Middle East as well as witnessing the individual experiences related to these happenings. The titles translate as:’“Şeb-i Yelda” (The Longest Night), “Ay” (The Moon), “Sabah” (The Morning) and “Kul” (The Servant).

 

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Eiko Ishibashi more than just the tags alternative, Japan : )

Reblog – Selected Early Keyboard Works by Catherine Christer Hennix

Part of Womens Work Week – a celebration of international women working in experimental and electronic music genres. If you enjoy this review you may also be interested in one of these additional releases that we are covering this week on Toneshift.net:

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Empty Editions/Blank Forms (2xLP/DL)

I’m always thrilled when I have the opportunity, amidst so much new talent that I’m exposed to regularly, to discover an artist’s work, an experienced septuagenarian, for the very first time. Four of Swedish composer (and Renaissance woman) Catherine Christer Hennix‘s works are nicely showcased in this co-released collection (a volume of writings is forthcoming via Blank Forms) of Selected Early Keyboard Works.

I find it quite interesting when unknown creatives who have been better known as scientists, visual artists, mathematicians and philosophers (like Hennix) are brought into the light of public consciousness, especially when they have worked on their craft for four plus decades with little recognition. This is all so much more satisfying (to these ears) when the focus is on the minimal. As a youth Hennix also worked at Stockholm’s…

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Reblog – The Space Lady – greatest hits

You can never have enough of The Space Lady : )

 

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: The Space Lady
Title: greatest hits
Keywords: pop, electronic, synthesizer

I know… I know.. and I’m even fully aware of already having discussed this lovely album over here, but sometimes it’s nice to have it ripen in the back of my head and return to it like a fine wine that has stood through the seasons to make all the flavors pop out for the best. When I first heard it I was just fully flabbergasted and surprised about its discovery through a good friend (graham Boosey) who had seen this lady perform in concert. I was fully blown away by just hearing this album so imagine how blown away his enthusiasm was, but now with the time passing gracefully and the music flourishing like a flower over time in my own memory storage system, I thought reviewing it for a second time was a nice little thing to…

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Reblog – EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN IN MUSIC : PART FOUR — Empowerment of Women in Music : India

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I have enjoyed reading the series these last weeks and recommend this highly informative and positive series of posts. Sounds like there are big plans for the future and I hope they come to fruition. More of the series here

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“Components of local experimental beats and a wide gamut of electronic music draw from Taiwan’s irregular view / architectures and buildings, muggy, emissions-filled air, and hectic streetscapes, while Mandarin Chinese and Japanese influences marry intricate beats and whispering lyrics. All these tiny elements serve as pondering-points on the darkness that underpins the most intense emotions of the city’s aggregations.”