Wave Maker Magazine’s Farewell

Technically not an Electronic music site but one Curated and Edited by Charmaine and only discovered by me recently but I will be reading back posts. Really sad to hear the demise of another wonderful music blog.



Boy, oh, boy, where do I begin?

As you may have noticed, Wave Maker Magazine has been inactive since March 6, 2014. Since that time, I’ve been thrown into a maelstrom of unfortunate events, which have forced me to put W.M.M. on hold.

On March 12, 2014, my father passed away. I lacked the energy and motivation to do anything, so I trashed my untouched, but always growing, to-do lists and tucked my fat agenda under my bed. Saying “No” to being busy eventually gave me the opportunity to not only savor the time I had with my family and friends, but also savor the stillness and quiet that surrounded me as I grieved my loss. Unsurprisingly, it was also during this time when I realized that I could no longer stand the business of music, especially music journalism. I say “unsurprisingly,” because I knew that my passion for music journalism…

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SO! Reads: Susan Schmidt Horning’s Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP

Sounding Out!

SO! Reads3 The recently published , Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture & the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP is historian Susan Schmidt Horning ’s first book. Veering away from the usual sound recording suspects (like the phonograph), Chasing Sound shows how the studio and the audio engineer are central to the cultural and technological changes associated with the production and reproduction of sound.

According to Schmidt Horning, such changes were reflected in the shifting ideal of recorded music as a representation of live performance to the ideal of recorded music as a studio-engineered creation. Using the accounts of those responsible for recording sound, Schmidt Horning constructs a rich narrative that manages to be accessible while still focused on the highly technical work required of studio workers. That said, by focusing so heavily on user practices and anecdotes she misses an opportunity to engage with the theoretical implications of the…

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Kate Carr ~ Lost in Doi Saket

a closer listen

Thai Sound Art ResidencyLost in Doi Saket  is a unique release that can only be experienced on  Kate Carr ‘s website: a Google sound map with approximately sixty pins representing sixty Soundcloud field recordings.  Click on the pin, see a photo of the location, listen to the sound: it’s that easy.  To travel around Thailand in this fashion mimics Carr’s own experience, in which she was able to rent a scooter with little training and set off to explore the countryside.  Her 600k experience now becomes ours: familiar and disorienting all at once.

The difference, of course, is that while the home listener/viewer is provided a computer rather than a scooter, and is able to set off in a non-linear fashion.  One can choose to follow Carr (or at least to guess her route) or to click randomly.  As a travelogue, it’s far more appealing than a slide show.  In a way, it’s…

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Mark Lyken | Emma Dove ~ Mirror Lands

a closer listen

cover We last encountered  Mark Lyken and Emma Dove  a year ago with their installation-based EP and video  The Terrestrial Sea.   Their new work expands on the work of that prior release and continues an investigation of the sonic and visual properties of Scotland’s Black Isle.  An installation is again the launching pad; a special edition CD/DVD version is in the works, while the digital score is already available.

Mirror Lands, the film, is directed and lensed by Lyken and Dove, who share soundtrack duties as well.  This ambitious 67-minute project represents a confident forward step.  One of the appealing components of the DVD is that the narration, music and field recordings can be separated.  While the soundtrack stands on its own, it makes a lot more sense in the larger context.

Sea birds cry and swoop against a black backdrop before the piano and narration are introduced.  A…

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Celebrating the eclecticism of Electronic Artists who identify as female

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