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#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 : )

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#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 – Sound Art

So you know when I said I had a lot in my draft file, well here’s something I put together in 2015 when I started this journey and forgot to post but fits really well in #Rolemodels.

I have often wondered…

WHAT IS SOUND ART?

This was part of a series on Sound  Art and the women who have been and are, at the forefront of this highly eclectic and diverse art form but I never posted this until now…

soundartSound art is here to stay

Sound artist Susan Philipsz’s inclusion on the Turner prize shortlist should make Britain sit up and listen

 

A listener takes in Susan Hiller’s Magic Lantern pieceHear hear: Artangel sound art comes to Radio 4

John O’Mahony asks leading sound artists if their work is moving closer to the mainstream

 

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ANNEA LOCKWOOD

          



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MARGARET NOBLE

 



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SUSAN PHILIPSZ

Who is Susan Philipsz?



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MIKI YUI

Listening to…

 

“Bribri Meditation” Deconstructred – Susan Campos Fonseca

Electroacoustic

Music and poetry by Marvin Camacho Villegas
“Meditación Bribrí” (1985-86) by solo contrabass
José Saavedra, contrabass, piano, voice
Ronald Bustamante & Carla Alfaro, electronics
Susan Campos-Fonseca, producer & music director
Sounddesign by Ronald Bustamante
Special colaboration with:
“IV Encuentro sobre estudios sonoros y creación experimental” (November 2017), Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica.
Bernal Chaves -Laboratorio de Experimentación Sonora

Art cover: “Sibö” by Adrián Arguedas (Picture by Susan Campos at Marvin Camacho`s home in Turrialba)

Live performance –

 

Listening to…

Complex layered sounds created on a Powerbook – electronic / avant garde / ambient
modified drum machines

Hiatus

As some of you may know, I am an electronic artist myself and sometimes I need some time to create things. It’s been a bit quiet here, I know, and my presence elsewhere has been pared back a little as I try to work on some music.

I will be posting but not as much, although I am trying to maintain the playlists, Twitter feed, Facebook and Instagram as best I can.

In the meantime, here’s some Furchick that made me smile today –

Review Reblog – Agnès Pe ‬- Para Ana (music video)‬

I came across Agnes Pe via Yeah I Know it Sucks some time ago and have followed her avant garde, witty and experimental work ever since.
“Wasn’t that a marvellous experience?”
Yes….and recommended too are her radio sound collages – Mitt Pate : )

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: ‪Agnès Pe ‬
Title: ‪Para Ana (music video)‬
‪Keywords:‬ devotional faux-utopian ambience devotional distorted e-stim malfunction muzak muzak-stun Lleida

It doesn’t happen everyday when two intriguing artists collaborate in a audio visual form, but when the odd moons align and such a special thing actually happens it’s for sure something to inform everyone about! Especially when the artists in question are ‪Agnès Pe & Jan Strach. The result is a spectacular experience in the shape of a excellent trip in music video form. Jan Strach heard ‘Para Ana’ by Agnès Pe and must have been incredibly inspired as the good man started to create the perfect visuals to the sounds. ‬

‪With his love for video games and the excellent trained ears for the bizarreness in the music spectrum, Jan Strach managed to make the track come alive. It’s a real trip, one that is best viewed…

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