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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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REVIEW REBLOG – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Tides

I have loved the sound of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smiths’ music for some time, (a lot to do with the use of the  Buchla Music Easel) ever since I first heard the track Sundry and this review has prompted me to make her the Artist of the Week.

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Artist: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
title:Tides
keywords: experimental, electronic

Tides by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a remarkable pleasant release for the ears and the inner soul. It opens up with the calm easy going birds exploring the temperatures of a lovely day; but instead of having just nature do its thing it’s the artist’s lovable kindness in music that will make the inner hearts smile. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith manages to use limited sounds to bring a melodically minimalism that seems to breath in and out love in the kindest order. It’s as if the artist captured the senses of naive innocence of a beautiful wishful day in natural surroundings; it’s soft, kind and cherishing.

This is not just the beginning if this amazingly soothing record; it’s a feeling that IS this record. In each ‘Tides’ track the artists explores a theme that is lovable and kind, the music that makes…

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INTERVIEW REBLOG – Phantasm Nocturnes (Betty Koster) interview

Phantasm Nocturnes has been on my Artist page for sometime and her music is on the Noise playlists. It’s pretty powerful music and so glad I can post this interview from Yeah I Know it Sucks

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Hello dear reader; good to see you here! I’m KN and on my way to the house of Betty Koster for an interview. In case you have been hiding away under a gravestone; Betty Koster is the music producer fairly known for her work under the Phantasm Nocturnes (and PN-lobit) moniker. Her music is pretty special and in general pretty damn spooky too!  I’ve always wanted to meet her, so recently I just asked if she would be up for an interview. She agreed and now I’m on my way to her home.. How exciting and glad you can come along, as I’m probably too excited to pull this one off all on my own.

Luckily it’s been a wonderful day weather wise, maybe she has a garden to sit and sunbathe for a bit.. We are close now.. A nice and posh looking neighborhood..

a nice looking neighborhood Betty Koster lives in a…

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ARTICLE REBLOG – A Conversation With Themselves: On Clayton Cubitt’s Hysterical Literature

Part two of the Sounding Out series on Hysterical Sound. This is a really interesting piece and raises important questions…read on

Sounding Out!

Hysterical Sound3Welcome to our second installment of Hysterical Sound. Last week I discussed silence and hysteria in relation to Sam Taylor-Johnson’s silent film Hysteria, suggesting that the hysteric’s vocalizations go unheard because we have tuned them out. In upcoming weeks Veronica Fitzpatrickwill explore how the soundtrack of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre can be considered hysterical in its rejection of language and meaning and John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis and Danny Thompson share an excerpt from their performance of The Hysterical Alphabet.

Today, Gordon Sullivan, considers the video art series Hysterical Literature in relation to a long history of women’s vocalizations serving as aural fetishes for the pleasure of male listeners. In doing so he troubles the dichotomies raised by the project, dichotomies between masculine visual pleasure and feminine aurality, between language and bliss.

— Guest Editor Karly-Lynne Scott

Each video in filmmaker and photographer Clayton…

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REVIEW REBLOG – See Pereria – On(e)

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artist: See Pereria
title: On(e)
keywords: electronic, experimental, instrumental, Sheffield

See Pereria is the one delivering the ‘On(e)’ in its electronic coat of coolness & perfection. See Pereria’s EP begins with ‘Ceres’ which features a bubbled up baseline, funky acid looniness and a sensual voice that sings as if she is one human synthesizer that keeps the humanity within this midnight groove of a tune.

The second track named ‘Eris’ has a very nice moving baseline, and spiritually fitting vocals. At times I feel like its having a similar effect on my ears as the big ‘I feel Love’ hit by Donna Summer, but then something more celtic, mystical… something that wouldn’t be out of place heard through a valley blasted from the top of a large hill with lookout.

The last track is ‘Leda’ which uses a nice dubby scene to fly away on. It has a relaxing vibe…

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