Category Archives: Rolemodels

Some Good Reads…

A little update…I’m still here but like many I’m taking stock of things.  In the meantime, here’s some reading that you might be interested in –

Mayanne Amacher Petra

Maryanne Amacher – Petra – The experimental composer’s Petra steps inside a cyberpunk cathedral. by Geeta Dyal

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Holly Herndon

Bristol in Stereo // Holly Herndon
Published on Apr 25, 2019

Holly Herndon talks about PROTO and not messing up the next internet in Bristol’s live and new music magazine.

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Chipzel has spent a decade making incredible music with Game Boys

 “I thought it was super cool and really punk, and really futuristic and weird and nerdy,” she says of discovering the chiptune scene. “I just loved everything about the aesthetic.”

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Kate Bush – http://www.katebush.com/

Kate Bush’s Never For Ever: From Promising Artist to Innovator and Influential Producer  – November 11, 2020

Sam Liddicott explores the importance of this now forty year old release and Kate Bush as writer, performer and producer.

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Wendy Carlos’s Switched-On Bach topped US classical charts for three years.

‘She made music jump into 3D’: Wendy Carlos, the reclusive synth genius

“She went platinum by plugging Bach into 20th-century machines, and was soon working with Stanley Kubrick. But prejudice around her gender transition pushed Wendy Carlos out of sight”

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Angélica Negrón--Photo by Catalina Kulczar

Resonance: Angélica Negrón and the Poetics of Musical Automata (November 2020)I Care If You Listen

“The world is fortunate to have artists like Angélica Negrón who continually expand what is possible in the arts, and thus the human experience.” Read more from Sun Yung Shin on ICIYL!

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Between Air and Electricity
Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments
Cathy van Eck

Cathy Van Eck – Between Air and Electricity is open access now, free and downloadable per chapter, you’ll find it here:

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Spotlight On…

Ain Bailey

Ain Bailey

Sound Artist, DJ, Sound Play

” uses field recordings and found sounds and are inspired by ideas and reflections on silence and absence, architectural urban spaces, and feminist activism. Her electroacoustic compositions are created for a variety of forms, including multichannel and mixed media installations, moving image soundtracks, live performance and dance ”

Ain Bailey

British Music Collection 


Dr Norah Lorway

Dr Norah Lorway

Lecturer, Researcher, live Coding, drones and beats

Music on the xylem record label

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Anna Xambo

Anna Xambo, PhD
” Senior Lecturer at DMU. Experimental electronic music maker. Co-Founder of WoNoMute at NTNU. Co-Founder of online records label Carpal Tunnel.”

pyr247 – H2RI  Generated music using her self-built tool MIRLC

 

 

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Listening to…

 

 

Beatriz Ferreyra – Argentinian Pioneer of Electronic, Tape and Electroacoustic music.

Reblog – Ana Mazzotti’s Smooth Samba-Jazz is Rescued From Obscurity — Bandcamp Daily

The Far Out label reissues two LPs by the disciple of Hermeto Pascoal.

via Ana Mazzotti’s Smooth Samba-Jazz is Rescued From Obscurity — Bandcamp Daily

 

Not strictly electronic, but sometimes I think it’s good to plug something you really like and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ana Mazzotti is one such artist.

Brazilian jazz, latin soul, world, bossa nova, brazilian funk, jazz latin, samba, soul-jazz

Reblog – Teresa Rampazzi’s voice and her unique piece “Taras” — laura zattra

Curious to hear what Teresa Rampazzi’s (1914-2001) voice sounded like? This is a unique opportunity. This audio track I’ve uploaded on SoundCloud is part of a radio programme aired in 1985 “Le nuove frontiere della musica” (New frontiers of music; director: Tonino Delfino). Rampazzi and Delfino are discussing her piece “Taras su tre dimensioni”. The […]

via Teresa Rampazzi’s voice and her unique piece “Taras” — laura zattra


Here are a few links that you may be interested in courtesy of Laura Zattra –

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music – sound – musicology


Teresa Rampazzi Website

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Teresa Rampazzi

Teresa Rampazzi Facebook Page 


Short stories of electronic music #2 | A music perfectly edible: photography by Teresa Rampazzi by by Johann Merrich


 

#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.

 

Everything recommended : )

#Rolemodels – Suzanne Doucet

There seems to be an resurgence of interest in new age music created in the 70’s and 80’s and to me, on further listening in 2019, it doesn’t really differ from many of the “new” genres in electronic music and artists that are around now.

New Age music has had a bad press over the years but don’t dismiss it offhand. There are musicians who need to have a greater recognition for their creativity despite the tag New Age and Suzanne Doucet is a pioneer of New Age and is definitely a rolemodel.

 

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“New Age Music is the music of the new millennium. We are all pioneers, our work is on the vibrational level, which is the essence of all being. Our inner environment and the outer environment are co-dependent. This is the reason why music is so important for our lives. Whatever I can do to bring consciousness expanding music to as many people as possible, I’ll do… and I’ll devote my total being to whatever I am doing!”


 


Dark Entries announces five-LP box set from German New Age artist Suzanne Doucet



#Rolemodels – Jean Eichelberger Ivey

There was a long thread about pioneers of electronic music on twitter and the usual names cropped up but as is often the case  there were names I hadn’t heard of and Jean Eichelberger Ivey is one of those names…shame on me.

On further listening, where have my ears been?

Better late than never for me here –

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Jean Eichelberger Ivey

Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923 – 2010) founded the Peabody Electronic Music Studio in 1967. Dr. Ivey has a large catalog of works in virtually every medium and is frequently represented on the programs of major orchestras and ensembles.


Piano, sounds of nature and electronics


Composer Jean Eichelberger Ivey 

A Conversation with Bruce Duffie

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Music by Jean Eichelberger Ivey for Voices, Instruments and Tape

#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