SYRPHE has a new website with articles, gig lists and this piece –
Feminism in electronic and experimental music, the failure of most Westerners.
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 –
Dee Byrne composes for and leads ‘space-jazz’ group Entropi (debut album, New Era was released on the F-IRE Presents label in June 2015), is one half of experimental electronics/sound art duo Deemer (debut album, Interference Patterns was released on Luminous Label in December 2015), is involved in numerous collaborations including six piece improvising electro-acoustic ensemble Zonica, eight piece saxophone ensemble Saxoctopus (debut album released on Raw Tonk Records in July 2015) and Word of Moth (debut album to be released on Luminous label in 2016). Dee also plays with Xantone Blacq (Platinum Fingers/Whirlwind) and the Soul Immigrants (P-Vine records Japan). She is co-founder of the acclaimed original and improvised music platform LUME with Cath Roberts and is Project Manager for the National Youth Jazz Collective.
Deemer employ, among other things, alto saxophone, drums, analogue electronics, tape, transducer microphones/speakers to instantly compose, activate space, and blur the boundaries between free jazz and sound installation.
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.