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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/

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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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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.

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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.

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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… ‘Art Angels’ by Grimes

Here is review number two courtesy of Notes on Sounds…

Grimes_-_Art_AngelsWhen you get bored of me I’ll be back on the shelf” sings Claire Boucher on one of her poppiest and catchiest tunes to date, ‘California.’ Luckily for her, Grimes isn’t likely to be put on to the shelf anytime soon. Her fourth LP Art Angels has been three years in the making, and halfway through that process she claimed to have thrown out a whole album’s worth of material for it not being good enough. More recently, she said that she found her older works “embarrassing.” Apparently she found listening to the likes of ‘Oblivion’ cringe worthy.

That must have left fans of Boucher’s a bit worried. Her last, breakthrough album Visions was a sometimes abrasive but often intelligent dive into harsher electronic, analogue territory, moving on from the double-whammy of synth-experiments Halfaxa and Geidi Primes in 2010 and her collaborative LP with d’Eon, Darkbloom. In…

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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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EVENT – DD Day 2016 at HOME Manchester – Tickets on sale and funding in place

ARTICLE REBLOG – Sound and Space

Some interesting thoughts here and includes sound artists Susan Philipsz and Louise K Wilson

Hayley Wanless

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. 

Susan Philipsz 

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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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EVENT – “Can Composition and Performance be Research?” Forum, November 25th, London

Some interesting thoughts here about the process of composing and funding. Should be a lively debate…

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“Coffee and synths. KayoDot album “Hubardo” recording, 2013-06-13″ by Daniel Means – Flickr: Coffee and synths. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

Try to imagine a research funding application from Arnold Schoenberg. Research question: ‘can I make music in which all pitch classes are played equally often?’. In his article ‘Composition is not Research’ John Croft challenges a conception and ideal of compositional work in academia (download the PDF article).

The incongruity between the act of composition and the way we are required to portray it has not gone unremarked: the advice you’ll receive from a seasoned composer-academic is simply to make up some nonsense to get the money, and then forget the nonsense and write the piece you wanted to write in the first place. The problem with this is not just that funding goes to those most adept at writing nonsense, but that it is…

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REVIEW REBLOG – Various Artists ~ Pod Tune

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.

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4 POD TUNE Cover ArtBefore 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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