Category Archives: Season

AN ALBUM A DAY

This is not totally different for me but last month I accepted the challenge, like many others, to listen to and write short notes on an album a day during February 2016. I thought I would post up these here as part of my Todays Discovery theme.

Not in any order of preference here are the first 5 –

GROUPER – RUINS

Beautiful Introspection…


VALENTINA VILLARROEL – ALKUN

Rhythmic electroacoustic / field recordings with a sense of place and culture.


KLARA LEWIS – ETT

Glitch DJing disparate sounds into a cohesive soundscape


ARS SONOR – TRANSIENT / ETERNAL

Awakening drone…Space with a barbed wire edge


SEA CHANGE – BREAKAGE

One to watch in 2016 –

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NEWS UPDATE – SYRPHE – TODAYS DISCOVERY – FAR EAST ASIAN ELECTRONIC ARTISTS

SYRPHE has a new website with articles, gig lists and this piece –

Feminism in electronic and experimental music, the failure of most Westerners.

syrphe

Interesting perspective here and a wonderful insight into what artists are creating in other parts of the World, namely Africa and Asia. I have cited Syrphe on many occasions as a site that tirelessly promotes the creativity of artists in the electronic and experimental fields and the original playlists that I had on 8Tracks were based on the discoveries that I came across via Syrphe. The 8Track playlists I am in the middle of replicating on SoundCloud but this exhaustive list will add to the roster of artists I have linked with from not only Africa and Asia but also South America.
Finally, I recommend you read this article and discover for yourself. It’s great that there is an index of many of the under represented artists as well as the more known.

Here is a recommendation from last year but it still stands –

Todays recommendation from the Syrphe label is this wonderful sampler of  Far East Asian  experimental electronic artists and I shall be discovering more in the coming season but in the meantime –

TODAYS DISCOVERY – VALENTINA VILLARROEL

VALENTINA VILLARROEL

SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLISTS – #39 SOUTH AMERICAN ELECTRONIC / ELECTROACOUSTIC

Feminatronic has been putting together playlists for some time on different platforms. At first, I used the 8Track format but with the recent changes on that platform, I found that I couldn’t continue to put together the eclectic and wideranging playlists any more. Unfortunately, I had to close that account.

Over the past weeks I have been replicating and creating new playlists directly on Soundcloud. I post these each Monday on Twitter and Facebook, where they are pinned for the week. Here is this weeks playlist inspired by a message I received from the artist Alma Laprida, who provided me with a great list of South American electronic musicians. There is a rich heritage of electronic music creation in that part of the world and this is the first part of my exploration. More to come soon.

TODAYS’ DISCOVERY – ONE MAN NATION

oNE mAN nATION

Really interesting interview here

 Perennially Peripheral – The fury of musician Marc Chia’s One Man Nation.

POSKOD.SG – 2 Jun 2012

This is a slightly revised version of a post from earlier this year.

ARTICLE REBLOG – Ritual, Noise, and the Cut-up: The Art of Tara Transitory

I first came across the artist Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation when I put together a season on African and Asian Electronic artists, so I have been looking forward to reading this article ( also recommend the series ). Just as an aside – I posted the article on the Feminatronic Facebook page and it has had a very positive response.

Sounding Out!

Sound and AffectMarginalized bodies produce marginalized sounds to communicate things that escape language. The queer body is the site of sounds that engage pleasure, repression, rage, isolation, always somehow outside of dominant language. Sound Studies tells us that we should trust our ears as much as our eyes, justifying our trust in sound, and of the resonating body. Affect Theory goes further, saying that all senses play into a body that processes input through levels of response, experience, and anticipation. Affect is the vibrational space that is both bodily memory and anticipation. So where do sound and affect meet in queer bodies? How do marginalized peoples use sound and the body to express liberation, objectification, joy, and struggle?

Our writers in Sound and Affect tackle these questions across a spectrum of the marginalized experience.  I opened the series by offering the concept of the tremble, a sonic form of affect that is…

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FEMINATRONIC SEASON – LOUD EXPRESSION

Feminatronic is focussing on Noise music in all its variants.

Here is the most recent playlist that demonstrates some of the huge variety of sound and genres ( but there are many more) that I will be exploring.