In the Garden of Sonic Delights

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Sonic DelightsArriving on the heels of last year’s Soundings exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art is In the Garden of Sonic Delights, a new sound art exhibition located in Westchester County, New York.  Richard Allen reports on the opening day festivities.

Soundings was a huge step forward for the sound art community, as it was MoMA’s first exhibition of the kind.  This was a major coup for a wide field worthy of wider recognition.  But the central setting of Sonic Delights – the stunningly beautiful grounds of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York (30 miles north of NYC) make an even greater impression.  In Manhattan, one is surrounded by activity, and MoMA is a busy place; but to walk through fields and pavilions, surrounded by birds and bees and nary a car is to experience impressions of nature embedded in nature.


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Into the Woods: A Brief History of Wood Paneling on Synthesizers*

A very interesting article from Tara Rodgers

Sounding Out!

*a companion piece of this research, on electronic sounds as lively individuals, is forthcoming in the American Quarterly special issue on sound, September 2011.

Not long ago, while researching the history of synthesized sound—or taking a break to troll for interesting synthesizers for sale online (activities that, for me, inevitably blend together)—I came across a thriving industry of small companies that offer custom-made wood panels to adorn the sides of old and new synths, like Synthwood, Custom Synths, Analogics, and MPCStuff.

As Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco note in Analog Days, their history of Moog synthesizers, an “analog revival” is underway: “Today in the digital world, there is a longing to get back to what was lost” (9). The music technology magazine Sound on Sound concurs, documenting a renewed interest among electronic music-makers in modular synthesizers like those popularized by Moog and others in the…

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EM15  Festival

Dedicated to live performance and forward thinking visions in sound and image, EM15 promises festivalgoers an expansive and multidimensional experience!

Artists who are involved –


france jobin i8u

France Jobin

alicia hush

Alicia Hush

Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Le Fruit Vert

Le Fruit Vert

Lucrecia Dalt

Lucrecia Dalt



Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson

Mutek + Elektra = EM15

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The 15th edition of the venerable electronic music festival Mutek begins in Montreal Tuesday May 27, running until Junday June 1. Opening night features performances from Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Kangding Ray (and many more), with the programming getting progressively clubbier as the week progresses, including long sets from Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, and Nico Jaar.  What began as a small festival to show off Montreal’s best electronic musicians and foster the connections between Europe and North America has become one of the most anticipated and consistently innovative festivals in electronic music, having long since branched out to successful editions in Barcelona and Mexico City.

See the complete festival PROGRAM

This year Mutek have joined forces with (erstwhile rivals) Montreal’s Elektra festival of digital arts to jointly celebrate their crystal anniversaries. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will serve as their HQ, one…

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Celebrating the eclecticism of Electronic Artists who identify as female

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