Reblog – Meuko! Meuko! ~ 鬼島 Ghost Island — A Closer Listen

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A fast and fierce story accompanies this intriguing EP by Taiwanese artist Meuko! Meuko! It tells of a dream in which the narrator finds herself a part of a small gang of scavenger children in a Blade Runner landscape of a city seemingly too old to represent the future. The music is industrial both in […]

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Reblog – Lunisolar by Mayuko Hino

There’s so much going on , too much for one person to keep up so looking through the Toneshift site I stumbled on this gem. Better late than never : )

Toneshift: The Future of Music Today

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From UK-based Cold Spring Records comes the new release by Mayuko Hino (from the band CCCC) titled Lunisolar. It’s two lengthy tracks starting with the crusty drone vs. monastery bells on Fantainhead. It’s like an open circuit mixed with heavy rough winds, a low-fi reverberating buzz and a centering tone of a gong-like bell. 日野繭子 makes no bones about her wide-ranging noisician flexability here, nor her honored place in the contemporary Japanoise scene. After all, she’s been actively at it since the early 90s, even though this is only her second solo record. Unlike a bevy of artists who just make ear-splitting sonic somersaults, Hino’s sound is more impressionistic and staggered in its delivery, incorporating a yin/yang of the industrial and environmental.

The severe blast of wired drones sound like a giant firehose battling a blaze in the final minutes of track one. The half-stops and firestarts are…

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Review Reblog – Thembi Soddell – Love Songs

Listening to –   Love Songs by Thembi Soddell

“….resides in a zone of unrelenting darkness and physical affect.

Working at the nexus of raw emotion, sound design and musique concrete, she creates sound worlds that are effortlessly dense and abyss-like”

 

Aural Aggravation

ROOM40 – RM491 – 12th April 2018

Christopher Nosnibor

It’s not even as much as a distant rumble. It’s barely the sound of air. An uneven hum eventually creeps into the realm of audible perception, but it’s still so quiet as to be questionable: is my mind playing tricks? Am I imagining sound to fill the silence. The whir of the disc in the player is still louder, and stands to the fore because of its higher pitch. But no, the rumble is growing now. I’ve been sitting here for three minutes or more, but now, the sound is upon me, and it’s like an approaching helicopter, thick, beating the air. It reaches a point of sustained crescendo, from whence if continues to grow, from a low roar to an excruciating multi-tonal blitz that fills the room and fills my head. Treble whines and drones above the gut-clenching low-end and…

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Review Reblog – Valentina Villarroel ~ Mares

Since first hearing “Paisajes Sonoros” near the beginning of this personal sonic journey, I’ve had a love for the quiet, understated sound of Valentina Villarroel, so was so pleased to see this new release, thanks to ACL.

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Valentina Villarroel is one of the most unassuming artists we’ve even encountered.  Content to let her work speak for itself, she provides only sparse descriptions. In a single sentence, she writes that Mares was recorded at “different locations around the region of Bio Bio, Chile.”  The rest is up to us.

This is her second release of the season on Sonospace, arriving on the heels of the recently reissued Pequeñas Composiciones, an experimental set comprised of field recordings, found sounds and studio manipulations.  Mares is more straightforward, a collection of crisply mastered recordings captured where land meets sea. It’s the best recording of its kind since Chris Silver T’s Salty Spots, and pairs nicely with Simon Šerc‘s Bora Scura: one set wind, the other one waves.

For those who can’t get to the beach, Mares makes an evocative sonic companion.  The nine numbered tracks rise in…

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Review Reblog – tendencyitis – Constant Consequence

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Artist: tendencyitis
Title: Constant Consequence
Keywords: world experimental feedback free improvisation live electronics love noise outsider queer virtual Detroit
Label: BASTARD GIRL UTOPIA

This album might be for the brave adventurous kind of listener. That must be you, right? As Constant Consequence is one big experimental adventure that even though feeling consistent in it’s sound, will not pass by like something you would take for granted. It made me think and even experience to feel certain things. Let me give you some kind of walk through:

Listening to ‘Taps run dry’ made me feel like there has been something stuck in my teeth, something squeaky; perhaps a tool placed in by the dentist and rambling among my calcified items in my mouth. But because of its length and creative weird squeaks it also made me think of an alien dog in the half life series. Something that has a anus…

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Focus – A Closer Listen – The women of pan y rosa discos

 

This warms my heart. –
” The percentage of women on the pan y rosa discos label is equal to the percentage of women in the world. This makes the label a true find: their dedication is impeccable, their selection superb. Stay tuned as the next release is never far away.”

 

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Many labels make an effort to raise the profile of female electronic musicians, but pan y rosa discos goes all out.  Of their fifteen releases so far this year, eight are by women.  Their music demonstrates an incredible variety of styles and is drawn from a wide variety of countries.  Incredibly, all of the downloads are free!  Our respect for label head Keith Helt continues unabated as quality music comes our way multiple times each month.

When listening to the first few seconds of attractive synthesis by Latvia’s Līga Smirnova, one thinks, “oh, it’s just another club-based synth track.”  But listen just a little longer, and all preconceptions will be destroyed.  The five-part piece eradicates all traces of club culture on its way to becoming a thick, drone-based suite.  Part two alone begins like a cyclone and ends like a forest fire.  By the fourth segment, the cycle has…

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Review – Daylight Dreaming by Liz Helman — The Future of Music, Today.

 

 

From the top of Interzone there is an instant sublime rush of rippling static and vibration. Liz Helman‘s Daylight Dreaming on Montreal-based K o h l e n s t o f f Records is off-running. In her second release London time-based artist Helman incorporates what sounds to be rainy day field recordings with an […]

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