ICYMI – Review Reblog – Flaer Smin – IRA

There is so much music!, so I’m trying to revisit some artists and releases with ICYMI.

Here’s an artist I discovered via Yeah I Know it Sucks.

Flaer Smin is from Kazakhstan and if you are a fan of expansive New Age / Chillout / Downtempo then her music is for you and can be found at Archive.org

She has a brand new release – In Search of….. https://o2label.ru/releases/07-036/

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Flaer Smin
title: IRA
ca: o2 label 05 – 06
keywords: new age,instrumental
label: o2 label https://archive.org/details/@o2label
reviewer: Willem van O.

Imagine a piano on the beach, being played by a person with the urge to sing a song that sounds a bit like ‘holy night, silent night’ in a way as if the voice was a humming violin.  It’s a tiny bit odd as you can imagine that the little waves of the sea are softly splashing against the piano and slip back against the toes of the musician that is responsible for it. Nonetheless this is a bit what the first track seems to sketch in the mind. The piano music is very nice and fits quite nicely with the little waves and the soft beach background sounds; as if it is complimenting the scenery with every note of the key.

Than the weather seems to change…

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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 – Hyaena Fierling

Hyaena Fierling

Develops work in the field of sound action since 1999 as composer and investigator in the field of sound structuring; dedicates herself to experimental/improvised music since 1996.

Her work is based on improvisation and exploration, involving the capture of sounds and soundscapes (field work) as well as programming and editing (based on the canons of film sound) of sound sequences originated from unorthodox sound sources – wood and metal objects, stones, different instruments (prepared bass guitar, Hexluth – electrified luth, Moog and Micro Korg synths) or the exploration of sound possibilities in spaces with uncanny acoustic characteristics – the same sound sequences at a later time edited and sequence according to soundtrack assemblage composition, breaking the borders of experimental sound and music in cinematic space.



REVIEW REBLOG – Hyaena Fierling & Comrades – Emissaries

Strange ethereal wonder this and thanks to this review, Hyaena Fierling is Todays Discovery.

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artists: Hyaena Fierling & Comrades
title: Emissaries
keywords: experimental, soundscape, sound art, poetry, sound poetry, electroacoustic,
label: suRRism-Phonoethics

Hyaena Fierling’s ‘madrigal for sugar dogs’ begins with an atmospheric soundscape that comes across warm and mysterious. It feels natural and yet unnatural at the same time; something human made with the moving sounds similar to a damp propellor from a helicopter and rare daft firework explosions in the deep backdrop. Then voices appear as if they are sirens of first aid ambulances making their noises in the warm atmospheric surreal darkness. Somehow these sirens are not the sounds of an emergency response as they seemingly come across as if they actually quite enjoy themselves.

With ‘Sunrise in Utopia’ Hyaena Fierling gets joined by MUTATE to deliver a fierce and yet roaming track of warrior-like awakening. It’s as if the grainy color on the artwork is being penetrated by glorious hand drumming…

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ARMISTICE DAY 2015


Here is a sublime piece that sonically fits the day from my Artist of the Week

Sharon Gal


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

This is my Todays Discovery. Nothing more needs to be said…



WEB FOCUS – Many Many Women – About

Here is a fantastic index of innovative composers, improvisers, and sonic artists which if you fulfil the criteria as an artist you can request to be added. Follow the About link –

The focus of this index is on women in experimental/avant garde music: contemporary classical/post-classic composition, free improvisation and avant jazz, electronic/ electroacoustic music, sound art, sound installations, radio art, sound poetry, etc. A few of these artists may also work within relatively mainstream forms, but they are included here because of their other work that is more challenging (example: Yoko Ono)

Source: About