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Reblog – Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice — a closer listen

Reblog – Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice — a closer listen

What is the purpose of recorded sound? As music lovers, we live and breathe it. But what is its raison d’être? Recordings transport us into distant places or timeframes. They prompt emotional and intellectual responses. The aural can complement visual and spatial arts. It can be raw material for further sonic explorations. Perhaps multi-disciplinary artists […]

via Amy Cutler ~ Örö Tape: Fieldtrips of the Damned / Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida ~ Vertice — a closer listen

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Chimères (pour ondes Martenot)
by Christine Ott

Alternative, cinematic, electronic, experimental, ambient, avant-garde, contemporary, electronica, ambient minimalism, modern classical, neo-classical, noise, ondes martenot, soundtrack

Lovely review here at A Closer Listen

My short review –  How fresh and new sounding is the wonder that is the  ondes martenot on this beautiful release : )

 

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Lament by Patricia Wolf

Experimental, dark ambient, drone, field recordings, noise, sound art

I came across this beautiful ethereal release via this review in A Closer Listen 

Beatriz Ferreyra ~ Echos +

At the moment, like many, I find myself taking a step back and reflecting on how to move forward but not sure how my little journey in sound will progress.
In the meantime I am using my time to catch up and revisit sites and reviews I have missed, this being a case from A Closer Listen.
Actually, I spent this afternoon listening in full to Echos+ and it seems sonically to reflect the mood.

a closer listen

There’s a memorial aspect to acousmatic sounds that can lead towards a conceptual end-point usually avoided by Schaefferian humanism: the severing of the sound from its source is a kind of death. Echos + is an in-depth exploration of their afterlife, the composer turned into a caretaker (without the apocalyptic overtones of the famous project of the same name) dedicated to the consideration of sounds’ new state. Like a written document, the recording marks an aural element’s transition from life into its other, a technological aid that turns preservation into an art of re-signification. To care for these sounds in death is not to simply reproduce them, nor is it to circumscribe them in a narrative about mourning for the loss of a certain world, but to help reconfiguretheir meaning in a context that is no longer their own.

Echos +is made up of three pieces that work precisely…

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Review Reblog – Laughing Ears ~ Metamorphosis 形变 — A Closer Listen

 

Instability, incompleteness, a certain kind of relativity. These are the sources of Laughing Ears’ Metamorphosis, which avoids totalizing effects and holistic conceptions of style in order to present listeners with an ever-shifting music that sounds like dance but is more akin to walking the streets of a city. For instance, the rhythms come mostly from […]

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Yes…all of this and more : )

Review – Various Artists – Noise Bombing – Local Time | Green

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artists: various
Title: Local Time | Green by Noise Bombing
Keywords: experimental noise Indonesia
Label: Noise Bombing

Are you ready to have your imagination stimulated by a diverse group of artists that knows exactly how to pickle your senses through sound and music? All willing to take you into multiple adventures, escapades and unknown sceneries normally reserved for real life adventurers? Well, this is your chance as this compilation is dropping you off in multiple settings that you probably did not think to be finding yourself in!

It all starts with SARANA who comes at us like a low lying tiger that reaches slowly but surely towards its prey. In this case this must be us; clearly completely unaware with whatever it is that awaits when SARANA strikes. With the slippery ease of a snake and the industrialism of a mechanic on a respective job this comes closer and closer…

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Review Reblog – Shadow of a Shadow by Cyanching —

Shadow of a Shadow by Cyanching
By TJ Norris – Toneshift – August 10, 2019

 

Cyanching | Shadow of a ShadowBezirk Tapes (CS/DL) From London-based Taiwanese composer Cyanching comes an ear-catching debut. Her work, at least at first, comes off subtle with a shroud of harmony slowly emerging from a quiet space. Perhaps Shadow of a Shadow is the sonoric equivalent to mise en abîme, as it transmits what sound […]

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” “I try to redefine sampling,” she explains. “If I like a sound, I don’t just record it, I try to recreate it. If I love a bassline on a track for example, I try to play it myself and capture the qualities that attract me. By doing that you create a new sound within an old pattern.”

Reblog – Mohrer – Guilt of Man — Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Mohrer Title: Guilt of Man Keywords: experimental ambient dark ambient noise occult seattle vocal vocal noise London Label: Dubbed Tapes The seductive sound of the unknown has coming out from under the gravel. As attractive as it was sounding to my ears I had to go in and check it all out. There I […]

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Experimental, ambient, dark ambient, noise, occult, vocal

“…improvised and intuitive exploration of Humanity Realizing Itself as we come to terms with the nature of our species on the Earth.”

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.

ICYMI – Heejin Jang – Trouble in the Camp — Yeah I Know It Sucks

At the moment, I am in semi offline state trying to get some projects of my own finished. However, I will not be abandoning things completely and anyway it gives me a good chance to finally post things that have mysteriously been left in my drafts, for a long time.

Let’s begin with this excoriating in a good way release from 2017 –

 

Artist: Heejin Jang Title: Trouble in the Camp Keywords:electronic experimental avant-garde experimental indie rock noise psychedelic rock synth United States Label: Doom Trip Unleashed on the special day of spookiness, the one that people named ‘Halloween’ are the fearful sounding spooky sounds from ‘Trouble in the Camp’ by Heejin Jang. It is best to hear […]

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