Alma Laprida is an Argentinian artist specialising in Electroacoustic, experimental and field recordings.
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.
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.
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.
The creativity and pure inventiveness of Eli Gras :)) An artist well worth watching all the videos and checking out more. Courtesy to Yeah I Know it Sucks for this overview.
Eli Gras is a multidisciplinary artist active in lots of creative fields, but mostly known for her excellent career in experimental underground music since the early eighties. Her experimentations have covered all kinds of musical paths, from pure experimentalism to electropop, minimalism, funk, and so much more. What is striking to me from this artist is that she invents her own instruments, which of course brings a completely new and unique sound perspective to the ears and minds.
There are lots of videos of her live performances playing her inventions, which of course is an exciting thing to see and hear on the digital highway; but its even better and more exciting when you can hear and see her performing live in front of you. In a couple of days (upcoming Saturday 14th November) she will be doing her magical thing on the experimental cozy toxic grounds of Gifgrond.
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Here is a sublime piece that sonically fits the day from my Artist of the Week
Naomi Kashiwagi is an award-winning artist who produces sound works, installations, performances and works on paper, that draw upon her cultural heritage, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, British and Japanese. Drawing is central to Kashiwagi’s practice and she makes drawings using a range of media including diamonds, typewriters, gramophones and pianos, as well as graphite and pen.
The reason this artist is my Todays Discovery is her work with Gramophone records entitled – Gramophonica
Some interesting thoughts here and includes sound artists Susan Philipsz and Louise K Wilson
Different spaces resonate in different ways.
The materials of a space will alter how a space sounds which also has an effect on how a space feels.
Sonic qualities of different spaces will all differ, whether the space is open and large, small and confined or outside and windy.
The environment can affect sound which is why if the same composition was played in a bedroom as opposed to a large hall, the listening experience would be completely different.
Materials can either reflect or absorb sound; reflecting surfaces provide and echo where as absorbing surfaces can dampen a sound.
Whilst visiting the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin last February, I experienced Susan Philipsz work ‘Part File Score’- 2014. Exhibited in the converted train station part of the gallery, Philipsz used the stations pillars to install speakers, thus almost hiding them away and revealing the true architecture of the space…
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This is my Todays Discovery. Nothing more needs to be said…
This is a pure ambient joy and wonderful collection of tracks that I can’t fail to make my Todays Discovery, including Christina Vantzou and Mia Hsieh to name a couple of artists.
Courtesy to A Closer Listen for the review.
Before podcasts, there were pod tunes ~ long, intricate songs flowing from underwater behemoth to underwater behemoth. These dynamic vocalizations carried stories of other pods in other oceans. Together, the humpback whales would learn these new songs, sometimes hours long, and share them with those they met. Even with dwindling populations, they continue this practice to the present day.
A humpback whale’s ability to memorize music is unsurpassed, and yet each rendition is different: a nuance here, an inflection there. It’s easy to project our emotions upon the whales, hearing plaintive cries in the drawn-out lower registers and joy in the higher tones. Yet their true depth of meaning lies beyond us. Whalesong provides a window into something ultimately unfathomable: the life of the earth’s largest creatures, connected by ancestry and geographic expanse.
Humans have been fascinated by whales for years, although the earliest fascinations had more to do with…
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Here is another review of the Tiny Portraits project from Flaming Pines, courtesy of A Closer Listen.
The always creative Flaming Pines label has just launched its third 3″ series, arriving on the heels of the successful Birds of a Feather and Rivers Home sets. Tiny Portraits is a year-long series in which artists are invited to reflect on place, in particular “somewhere small, overlooked or obscure”. It’s also a broadening of concepts first explored on Flaming Pines’ Australia-based 2013 compilation of the same name. The first four singles (released concurrently) come from Siavash Amini (Iran), Yuco (Japan), Zenjungle (Greece) and Sound Awakener (Vietnam). Arash Akbari’s sound map helps the listener to position the recordings in space. Yet while the inspirations may be international, the tone is similar; these singles sound like home.
Given the theme of the last series, it’s appropriate that the new series includes the sound of birds. Siavash Amini‘s Luminous Streams of Dawn (Doostan Boulevard, Tehran) isn’t what most people think…
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