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TODAYS DISCOVERY -Diane Thome

There was a bit of a buzz on Twitter today about a list compiled on RYM website covering women in electroacoustic, minimalism, tape music, musique concrète, free improvisation, and related genres  which I highly recommend.

This is a brilliant work in progress and although there are many artists I know there are many that I do not. Never missing a chance to discover new music I began to look through and just followed the links.

In doing so, I came across Todays Discovery – Diane Thome.

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Here is a wonderful collaboration she did with Robert Austin. He states on the Soundcloud page –

This is a collaboration with my longtime collaborator, Seattle composer Diane Thome. I designed sounds for her (usually hundreds), from which she selected a subset, and arranged the samples into an audio collage, typically 8-16 tracks. I would then nip, tuck, re-synthesize, adjust dynamics and panning etc. We would pass it back and forth until we both agreed that it was ‘done’. I would sometimes write sections for pieces myself, and the goal was to produce a computer-synthesized tape which could stand on its own, though typically a solo instrument would play together with the tape. “Estuaries” was scored for oboe and computer synthesized sound, and here is the latter.

ARMISTICE DAY 2015


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

Sharon Gal


ARTICLE REBLOG – Inequalities in classical music: why do they matter?

Christina Scharff

Interesting piece with a wider application, originally posted on The Sampler.

REVIEW REBLOG – Julia Kent ~ Asperities

I have loved the music of Julia Kent for some time and many may wonder why I would repost her here or have her on an artist page. Simply there has always been a movement in Classical music who have embraced electronic methods and processes to create an overall sound and track. This is an area that I will return to in the future and hey, what the heck – not purely electronic but beautiful.

Courtesy to A Closer Listen for the review

a closer listen

AsperitiesAsperities is as close to commercial as one can get in modern composition without compromise.  Accessible yet deep, Julia Kent‘s cello-based music provides an entry point to those who might not otherwise have considered listening to instrumental music.  Her new album offers a mix of pensive, emotional tunes and the stringed equivalent of bangers.  Credit her background in Rasputina and Antony & the Johnsons for the knowledge of how to walk the line.

Even apart from the music, Kent’s presentation exposes the workings of a complex and mature mind.  The cover seems to indicate two personalities cleaving together, or the resolution of duality.  The press release describes the album as “the layers of sound peeling back to reveal a beating, bloody human heart.”  Contrast this with the majority of releases in the genre, which bend over backwards to be polite.  As Kent puts it, “it seems like a particularly dark…

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SOUNDCLOUD SPOTLIGHT – Cristina Pullano

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Cristina Pullano – voice/lyrics, guitar, laptop, field recording

Continuing with the theme of poetry in sound this weeks Soundcloud playlist includes tracks that use text, voice and electronics –

REVIEW REBLOG – In the Light of Air: ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottír

I’ve been saving this review from ACL for a little while and then Q2 posted the overview and whole piece to listen to here –
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Carves Isolated, Icy Paths With ‘In the Light of Air’
The two fit well together.
Thank you A Closer Listen for the Review.

a closer listen

In the Light of AirLess than a month after Anna Thorvaldsdottír’s inclusion on Nordic Affect’s Clockworking, a new collection of her work has been issued.  This four-movement work (plus a concluding piece) premiered only a year ago, and is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.  At the 2014 Reykjavik Arts Festival, a series of breath-activated lights enhanced the experience, while many klakabönd (metallic ornaments known as a bind of ice) were used as percussion.  Much of this is apparent in the clip below, but home listeners might imitate the experience through creative lighting and sound-and-motion activated appliances.

Not that any of this is necessary to enjoy the album, a combination of filigree-thin solos and remarkable convergences.  Thorvaldsdottír honors both the contributions of the individual performers and their work as an ensemble.  At this point, fifteen years and five hundred premieres into their career, ICE’s resume is so long that it causes the…

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