Tag Archives: Electronic Music

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.

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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 –

REVIEW REBLOG – AOTY 2015 #8: Grimes – Art Angels

Great little review here and the final two sentences sums up nicely how I feel about this artist.
Courtesy to PonDeWayWayWay for the reblog.

Pon De Way Way Way

grimes art angels new album 2015 Grimes – Art Angels

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TODAYS DISCOVERY – Deemer / Dee Byrne

Dee Byrne

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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.

SOUNDCLOUD SPOTLIGHT – Alma Laprida

ALMA LAPRIDA

Alma Laprida is an Argentinian artist specialising in Electroacoustic, experimental and field recordings.

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.

REBLOG – Caterina Barbieri

Here is an overview of the artist Caterina Barbieri from Ekho :: Women in Sonic Art, which I recommend you visit. Thanks to Ekho, Caterina Barbieri is my Todays Discovery and her music fits in well with the Friday Culture Fix.

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“Caterina Barbieri (b.1990, Bologna, Italy) is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. Mostly interested in modular synthesis, three-dimensional spatialisation and psychoacoustic aural sculpture, her music arises from a meditative approach to primary waveforms, microtonality and the polyrhythm of harmonics, on the boundary between drone, minimalism and techno in multichannel systems.

Her minimalistic focus is rooted in the exploration of the stratigraphic potential of voltage-controlled synthesizers, in terms of polyrhythm and polyphony.
Synthesis, texture-based forms and immersive listening are three fundamental conditions for her to enhance an advanced cognitive and auditory art, not based on extrinsic links but solely built on the experience of the spectrum, able to develop our very limited ability of perceiving the vertical domain of music, involving us in a holistic way.” www.caterinabarbieri.com

Submission to ‘Ekho:: Toward a Repetitive Sounding of Difference’

Undular is an eight-channel piece composed by Caterina Barbieri. All sounds derive from a…

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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.

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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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REVIEW REBLOG – Eli Gras (a amazing multidisciplinary artist, performer, inventor,entertainer, musician…)

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.

Yeah I Know It Sucks

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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REVIEW REBLOG – Notes On… ‘Clean’ By The Japanese House

A couple of electro pop artist reviews today courtesy of Notes on Sound – a new site promoting primarily but not wholly new and undiscovered indie artists. Found a couple of posts that I can happily share here.

japanese house cleanIn March, a mysterious figure called The Japanese Housereleased their first-ever track, ‘Still.’ It was a minimal, moody piece of work from a person who clearly loved using vocoders and enjoyed experimenting with auto-tune (in a good way). At the time it was quite difficult to garner any information about the shadowy figure behind the project, yet the track still got one of its first major plays on one of Zane Lowe’s last Radio 1 shows. It soon emerged that The Japanese House was the project of 20-year-old Londoner Amber Bain, and on her debut EP Pools To Bathe In, released in April, she’d made a short collection of tunes that were atmospheric, emotional and touched on a wide range of genres.

Her latest effort, Clean, might come just a few months after her debut but it shows that Bain is far from being short on ideas…

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