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Monday, December 18, 2017

Cool Spring by David Rothenberg, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Jay Nicholas

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Skeleton Moon by Jodie Lowther

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Standing On The Verge Of Ascension by The Big Drum In The Sky Religion

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Granularities Vol​.​1 by Chelidon Frame

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cielo by Glice

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Methylated Demons from Wizard​-​Bird by Valtozash

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Eschatological Daimonos Pugnam by Grey Pale Sinister

Friday, December 8, 2017

Halfbird - Loomings

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Live at Iklectik by Some Some Unicorn

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sounds of Aeon Reverie by likebirdsinthestorm

Sunday, December 3, 2017

nostalgia by Yoko Miura & Teppo Hauta-aho

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mind inflamed, Soul adrift Vol. I by Various Artists

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Early Contact by Léo Hoffsaes & Loto Retina

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Interpret Composition #7, 1960 For Synthesizer, Sampler and Tape by Future Children

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Le Creuset

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Hell of You Come In by Lee Noble

Sunday, November 26, 2017

a fragile form by braeyden jae

Saturday, November 25, 2017

dugout canoe 7 by J Hamilton Isaacs

Friday, November 24, 2017

6​:​01am from The Clifton Hotel (Bristol Trilogy 2) for Cello & Moog by Ian J Cole

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Human Demo Version by Gopota

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Infosphere Slumlord by Cash Feminizer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Non​-​Places by Daniel Barbiero - Cristiano Bocci

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Solarnaut by Opollo

Saturday, November 18, 2017

lately, sprung up in appalachia by Bong Rodent

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eden Shoulders

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

8 Times Larger Than Earth by Nicey Nice World

Monday, November 13, 2017

AUTOMATiC RESPONSES by GUiLT

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I Wish to Die in the Spring​-​Sank to Grief by Rd Mauzy/I Wish to Die in the Spring

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Repeater EP by dystopiker

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nebula by Violet Nox

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Heh (discrete) by The Convoy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lame & Free by David Palliser

Sunday, November 5, 2017

And Drifted by DFFDL

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Systems for Simulating Professional Music by Emerging Industries of Wuppertal

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Use Bleach by Son of Radul

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fire by Hanetration

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

POLLENS interview

The Brooklyn duo Pollens releases their latest EP today, mister Manufacture. It’s a quirky, percussive album with plenty of yell-singing, lo-fi production and catchy, minimal beats. Some parallels could be drawn to Tom Tom Club, LCD Soundsystem, and if you want a more obscure name to look up: Foot Village. An ethos is perhaps shared with Dada or pop art as well ("low art" as they refer to it in their press release). There’s a certain charm to their minimal set up: just some danceable electro beats with what sometimes sound like cheerleaders shouting ponderous lyrics at you. It’s a simple combo but it manages to be intriguing and entertaining at the same time. Most of this has been said elsewhere however, so rather than drone on about it, I interviewed Jeff, one half of the band.

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Caliper (C): The lyrics to the opening track, “Close,” seem to be about the unintentional incorporation of others’ style or “patterns.” Confusing the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘we,’ you seem to be getting at a sort of loss of self. I’m curious, how much stock do you put in the idea of originality?

Jeff (J): EMay might have a different answer, but I don’t personally spend any time thinking about ‘originality’... It’s not useful to me. It also doesn’t make sense... like, rewarding the newness of a work ignores all of its unremarkable features; banal, known, compulsory aspects of that work. The ‘most original rock-and-roll song’ would still somehow need to be rock-and-roll, right? So then obsession with ‘originality’ is a dual-obsession with ‘newness’ and ‘sameness’. That’s crazy, bonkers, absolute madness. OR, whatever, ‘This year’s most original sit-com!’ just means that it’s awesome.

In our band, I feel like we try not to worry about being awesome. Instead, we try to make the thing specific. Also, we’re paying attention to what specifically changes if I say something, or EMay says that thing instead: EMay has a body that already means and performs something different from what mine is already doing. And more often than not, we say the same things at the same time... so what’s up with presentation and representation? What specifically happens when we share pronouns or points of view? And probably two people talking at once is a little muddy, so we’re always asking ‘how can we tighten this up?’. Sub-question: ‘is this idea specific to us?’... or, as EMay puts it ‘is this dumb enough?’


C: In “Dinosaurs,” there’s sort of a comical, willful ignorance being described. The theme seems to be that progress/building on precedent isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, or that you just don’t “believe” in it. Is this with tongue in cheek? How much value do you place in this type of thinking (or non-thinking) when it comes to music, aesthetics, life in general?

J: Confirmation is a dead-end. Boom.

Pranksters, though, are playing with dynamics and pre-conditions... and bless them and their project. Problematize the site and situation! Not to be dark, or mean, but to win back the open question. Maybe I’m being stupid when we say we don’t believe in something we know exists... but also, the last line in any dialogue could be ‘OK, but are you sure?’

And forget progress. Progress is what’s holding us back. It’s a kind of stasis. It’s a wedding announcement from the status quo. It’s reptiles on a heat rock.

C: Ok, I won’t use the word “progressed” but has your approach to music changed at all on this album vs. previous releases?

J: For sure. right now, I think of songs as a vehicle for text (which is funny, because when I listen to music, I don’t listen to the words), and text a vehicle for performance. Musicality doesn’t interest me right now, and I think EMay agrees that the performative, antic material we’ve been doing is more fun than any of our material that’s pretty. Maybe its a function of moving to New York, or how old I am, or who cares, but I’m not very invested in beauty right now.

C: What are some of your non-musical sources of inspiration?

J: Curtain comes up on a theater-of-interests: The set, costumes, lights, sound are all advertising, commercials, logos, signs and symbols, special colors, regalia, and tarot cards... and the secondary characters are agents of those ideas (and news anchors). But then our lead actors and the action of the show are real humans who don’t know anything about that stuff or maybe they have no time for it. And alone or in groups, they say things; to themselves and to each other. And I think the title is like ‘Final Performance’ or ‘One Night Only’ but it runs indefinitely.

C: I have to ask, there’s a weird muted guitar sound that sounds not really guitar-like on a lot of your tracks. What is that?

J: Ya, forget guitars. For the melodic percussion, my primary instrument is a mash of tuned noise, and badly intonated pitches... depending on inflection, sometimes it sounds short and ceramic, sometimes its trashier and kind of woody.

C: Your Soundcloud bio says: “bogo beat music.” What is that? If I buy a beat do I get one free?

J: Totally! but the first one is free too. Hashtag value, hashtag salesevent, hashtag groupon.

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mister Manufacture is free through their bandcamp.


Matt Ackerman, Jeff Aaron Bryant

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The D7 Project by Mollbury Medical Research Centre

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Little Legs For Little Eggs by Quimper

Monday, October 23, 2017

Never in the Future that Dawned Earlier On by Gunther’s Grass

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

tourist by X.Y.R.

Monday, October 16, 2017

IM PEACH by The League of Assholes

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Remember Me In Passing by Clear Degrade

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"LIVE" by California's Bellow

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Altered State by Katalept

Monday, October 9, 2017

teeter by it foot, it ears

Sunday, October 8, 2017

First Dive by Pulvis

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Heavy Storyteller by Duendecitos

Friday, October 6, 2017

Transformational Variances by Modify

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Narvon Von​-​-​- loops and lost tapes vol. 1

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Field of Containment by Christian Carrière

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

These Things Elevate Me Above Animals by DunJIN

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Yagyu Beef from Sonic Anma by Sonatine

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Interview with Marc Weidenbaum

Marc Weidenbaum, it’s fair to say, is a kind of a pillar of the online experimental community. In addition to being an ambient musician, sound artist, teacher, and writer, Marc is founder and organizer of the Disquiet Junto. Each week since 2012 this online group has uploaded hundreds of tracks, each a unique interpretation of a particular challenge outlined by Marc and delivered to an email list of 1,100+ participants. The intent behind these assignments, according to Marc, is “to use constraints to stoke creativity.” As counter-intuitive as that might seem, there’s evidence to suggest it works. So, “what are some of these assignments?” You’re probably wondering. Some are specific: create an animal duet using samples from two different animals. Some are a little more vague and conceptual, like “what is the room tone of the internet?” Many encourage collaboration or remixing. Some mark anniversaries or honor someone who has passed, like the recent dual assignments honoring the late Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian open-source software engineer. This week in fact, marks the 300th week of the Junto, so it seemed like a fitting week to publish an interview with Marc I had over the summer.

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Caliper(C): I guess I’ll start with something I’m always interested in: who are your influences, both musical and otherwise?

Marc(M): That's a hard question for me to answer. There's so much accumulated musical experience, and I don't have the list-maker gene. I don't really have top 10 favorites of things like movies or TV shows, for example, and I also go through a healthy spell of killing my artistic heroes, of thinking through all the stuff about their work that doesn't appeal to me so I don't fall prey to idolization. I initially made a long list to answer this question, and then it just didn't seem to be fruitful. The best I can do is write some names down of people who at this very moment come to mind: Brian Eno, for his thought-provoking work in blurring the realms of foreground and background sound, and also in generative art; Pauline Oliveros, for her exploration of Deep Listening; John Cage, for the sense of humor, childlike curiosity, and zen patience he brought to artistic abstraction; John Zorn and Billy Childish, for pushing hard outside the system long before the system was visibly threatened; Kronos Quartet, for their ceaseless pursuit of collaboration; David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, DJ Krush, Scott Tuma, and Jon Hassell for their interests in merging old and new musical traditions; Rick Rubin, for his ability to connect with musicians without himself having a signature sound; Christina Kubisch, for revealing the sounds all around us. Ask me next week, and some of the names will change, but the impulses they track to will remain largely consistent. I think in all those cases, I'm referring to something extra-musical, not just to musicians and artists whose work I like to listen to, but musicians and artists whose work has a conceptual fortitude that is inspirational. And they've all been around, or were around, a long time, which also speaks to their fortitude.

I have to say, I get an enormous amount of inspiration from the Junto participants. There have been far too many to name in detail, but at this juncture, a bunch of names suggest themselves to me: from early on, Brian Biggs, Stringbot, and the late Jeffrey Melton (aka Lofi), as well as C. Reider, Mystified, and Jason (Bassling) Richardson; also Naoyuki Sasanami, Ted Laderas (the Oo-ray), Rupert Lally, Ethan Hein, Marcus Fischer, Stephen Vitiello, Jimmy Kipple, and Peggy Nelson; and more recently Mark Lentczner, Erica Nesse, and Jason Wehmhoener, among numerous numerous others. It feels awkward to just name a few. Think of those as tips of a very large iceberg.

C: Where did the idea for the Disquiet Junto come from?

M: The Junto began as a single instance, an experiment. I had no idea if anyone would participate. It didn't begin as a series, per se, because I didn't know if anyone would even join in the first one. I had some ideas about musical activity, drawn from my work as a writer about music, and also as someone who occasionally had collaborated with musicians. My main collaboration with musicians prior to the Disquiet Junto was a series of free online albums I put together in which I'd ask some musicians to create tracks related to a specific topic, like remixing stems from Brian Eno and David Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, or coming to the defense of a sound artist disparaged in a major newspaper. In the process, I came to believe that the musicians' efforts benefited from certain aspects of what had been going on, things like the creative constraints inherent in the "assignment" I had proposed, and also the collegial if loose-knit relationship between everyone working simultaneously.

C: Was there interest at first? How many members were there initially?

M: I think the first Junto had somewhere between 45 and 60 entries. I don't really recall. I should probably do a more thorough accounting of the many hundreds of musicians who have participated over the years, but part of my approach to the Junto is to not track it too intensely. We live in a time of hyper-quantified cultural activities, and I’m cautious about its application. I was really heartened by the initial response. I felt like I'd put myself out on a limb a bit, and it was exciting to learn I wasn't out there alone.

C: I have kind of a funny admission. Before the Disquiet Junto, I actually tried to organize something similar but in “real life,” so to speak. It failed pretty miserably. I guess I was the only weirdo in my friend group interested in this sort of limitation based thinking. Do you think the Junto would be possible offline, or is it a testament to social media’s ability to facilitate niche groups?

M: Oh, definitely it could exist offline. Fluxus and Oulipo are examples of constraint-based artistic movements that flourished before the popular rise of the Internet. Mail Art would count, too, though it was by definition geographically distributed. I think with music in particular, a dense city would be useful for an offline equivalent. I have thoughts about doing Junto (and, more generally, Disquiet-related) live things in San Francisco, where I live, but there are only so many hours in the day. We did one show back in 2012, the same year we had Junto concerts in Chicago, Denver, and Manhattan. We’ll be doing more in the future, for sure. It’s helpful to keep in mind that the origin of the word Junto was an in-person organization of like-minded people that Benjamin Franklin put together in the late 1720s in the city of Philadelphia.

C: Soundcloud played a big role in the Junto’s initial growth. In light of SC’s perrenial money troubles, are you optimistic about the future of the Junto?

M: I'm optimistic, certainly. We're working at sorting out plans. The unfortunate SoundCloud situation has been a welcome kick in the pants. There are a lot of potential directions, and a lot of Junto people are pitching in on thinking about how to manage it. I'll say that in terms of a "post-SoundCloud" future for the Junto, I'm much more focused on a platform-agnostic situation than I am in one where we just trade one SoundCloud for another.

C: Do you take SC’s potential decline as a sea change or the exception to the rule? In other words, are social music sites in the vein of SC still relevant?

M: I think of "social" as an aspect not as a foundation. I think many web services, from message boards to the comments on blog posts to mail discussion lists, have social components. Just wanting to socialize online is like trying to survive on ice cream. Now, lots of people may find the concept of living on ice cream to be both a terrible metaphor (which it is) and a dream situation, but I'm not sure I'd put much stock in it. I'm less interested in "social music sites" than I am in music sites that have a social component. I'm fascinated by the limited social component in current streaming services, for example. There's so much opportunity there.

C: Changing gears a bit, thinking about all the weekly challenges over the years, is there one that stands out as the most interesting, productive, etc.?

M: No single one stands out to me. I'll say the ones that let the Junto members collaborate with someone outside the Junto (like when Brian Crabtree of Monome proposed one, or when we did a soundtrack for a short story read by novelist Richard Kadrey using his own voice as source material, or working with field recordings at the behest of Kate Carr, or when we've worked with architectural thinker Geoff Manaugh) is always exciting. I welcome more of that.

C: How do you manage to keep the weekly challenges fresh?

M: I come across things every day that I think may make good Junto projects. Like, a friend used a phrase recently to describe a kind of light effect, and I think we'll probably do a Junto project that tries to see what the sonic equivalent of that effect would be, how that effect experienced as a metaphor would apply to sound. I use text-to-speech services quite a bit, and one day I was listening and I noticed a few phrases had unintentional rhythmic components. That led to a project where we created text specifically to use the resulting rhythms as the foundations of tracks. It's endless, the opportunities to create Junto projects from observations about how sound and music function.

C: Which do you think produces the best results: following the challenge guidelines strictly, or breaking the rules?

M: I think it's best to follow the guidelines strictly, but I certainly have nothing against people who break them. I think it's great that people break the rules, so to speak. I learn from the changes they implement.

C: What’s your favorite sound?

M: I tend to think of sound in context, not alone. I teach a course about the role of sound in the media landscape, and I structured the course that way because I didn't want to do a sound studies project that suggested that sound must be considered in hermetic, theoretical isolation. The brain isn't an anechoic chamber. If anything, it's the opposite. If anything, we as humans are the opposite. Sound occurs in the context of the moment it resounds, in the way we experience it physically, and also amid the non-linear accumulation of personal and cultural associations it brings to mind. All of which said, if I had to choose one sound as a favorite, it would be the sound of ice in a glass. That is, specifically the sound of ice cubes put in a cold beverage, and especially when those cubes crackle and pop as they ever so slowly change composition. That sound is the subject of the very first Disquiet Junto, when I asked musicians to record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it. It was already a sound I liked. I drink a small glass of iced coffee every morning, always with a couple ice cubes in it. But because of what the Junto has become, that sound has become rich with personal meaning and associations, which have in turn reinforced it as a favorite, as a true touchstone. When I did the first Junto project, that sound was the subject of it because I liked the sound. Now every morning when I drink iced coffee, I think in turn of the Junto.

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For more info on the Junto, origins, list of past projects, and to join the mailing list, visit disquiet.com


Matt Ackerman, Marc Weidenbaum

SCANS Vol. 2 by NO END

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rool by Fransis

Saturday, September 23, 2017

DUDS - Of A Nature Or Degree (Review)



“There’s nothing new under the sun”, so goes the rather discouraging adage. Artists and musicians have been trying to disprove this saying for some time. Whether or not there has been any success in that department is up for debate. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there came a new avant-garde ethos rising out of the punk movement. It went by many names: new musick, post-punk, no wave; but the desire to shed what artists saw as the tired tropes of punk was much the same. Fast forward to present day Manchester where a new post-punk band, DUDS, is impressing listeners and show goers with their pursuit of that post-punk dream. Their new album, Of A Nature Or Degree was just released on Castle Face Records and it’s filled with atonal guitar riffs, rhythm patterns that are both odd and visceral, as well as some funky grooves to break up the controlled chaos. As you’ll notice, there is a definite affinity for classic post-punk, no wave and experimental rock, but also some resistance to any such categorization.

One of the first holdovers from punk that you’ll notice is speed. The beginning of the album feels kind of like a caffeine overdose turned into music. Some of the pieces are also quite short, the shortest, “A Different Stage,” coming in at just 33 seconds. Not all tracks are frenetic, however. Pieces like “Elastic Seal” later in the album slow the pace down a bit, with a cool groove. A bent guitar string, acting as a metronome, playing simple quarter notes proves you don’t have to be complex to be weird. It’s also more in-key than a lot of the album (quite catchy actually). It eventually descends into tonal and rhythmic chaos, but it’s down right funky until then. The consonance isn’t alone on the album but it stands in contrast to the opening “No Remark,” “Signal, Sign,” “Of Nature,” (take your pick, really) where guitar and bass seem to have a tonality all their own. “Elastic Feel” features wild, James Chance style saxophone improv to finish the song off. “Signal, Sign” is interesting because of the simple yet strange two chord progression reminiscent of Wire. It’s also got a perfectly dark, not quite dissonant bridge that carries the song out. Another call-back to original post-punk era is “Irregular Patterns,” which features a classic drum machine with a guitar tone that would sound right at home on a Gang of Four record. In all these pieces the bass, although it echoes the crazy guitar melodies, seems to provide a foundation for the chaos. It would be hard to rock out to some of these pieces were it not for the revolving bass riffs.

The paradox of DUDS, and perhaps of the post-punk clothe from which they are cut, (some writers on the subject have pointed this out) is that in the pursuit of something new, an inevitable, eclectic borrowing is bound to occur. Bands of the classic post-punk era retained punk’s rebellion and DIY spirit while delving into other genres such as funk, electronic, dub, reggae, noise, and jazz in pursuit of a new sound. Now, nearly forty years later, DUDS, in their own explorations, perhaps are refining and codifying the results of this initial post-punk experiment. In other words: a copy of an eclectic copy. It's also doubly ironic because they are turning something that was arguably anti-style (e.g. “no wave”) into a style. Over the years, there have been plenty of bands donning the post-punk moniker posthumously that are responsible for this refinement as well. It’s also not the only “genre” that didn’t start as such (think of the original meaning of “indie”).



Does this described refinement however, mean that DUDS are unoriginal? This take is a little simplistic. Post-punk is not only a style, but a spirit, an ethos, a commitment to the unconventional. This means that if you’re doing it right, you’ll never sound exactly like the other guys. The ways in which the album departs slightly from post-punk tropes: it’s more polished and it’s more rhythmically adventurous. It sounds studio recorded (albeit with plenty of reverb), and the band almost has a math rock, or prog rock precision to their performance, inching away from punk’s anyone-can-do-it constitution. The average garage band would have a tough time keeping up with these guys. This has much to do with the practiced rhythm section, which makes the entire band sound tighter. The guitar playing too is virtuosic while somehow conveying the proper amount of aloofness or messiness to qualify as punk. This instrumental precision however, doesn’t quite extend to the vocals, which usually consists of a simple rhythmic talking or shouting. There are moments of course, when “normal” singing is approximated. But even then, the vocals are mixed in such a way as to push them to the back. This makes it tough to make out the words. Their Bandcamp page however, says that their lyrics “comment on the human condition and arbitrary, sometimes strange scenarios or themes.”

As far as rhythm, the occasional odd time signature, or polyrhythm bucks any comparison to the 4/4 standard of most punk and post-punk drumming. “No Remark,” a re-recorded track from their earlier EP, Wet Reduction, has a bizarre four and a half beat riff. The simple opening guitar line almost mocks the simplicity of a 4/4 beat, lingering just a little too long on the last note. The atonal break down mid-song ending with a couple of clicks of the woodblock is a perfectly quirky reset before getting back to the ecstatic groove. “The Nose” is an intense piece with obtuse timing. The three notes at the end of the riff prevent you from rocking out, instead forcing you into a sort of rhythmic spasming that’s probably more fun anyway. Much of the seeming chaos on the album can be explained in musical terms if you know what you’re talking about, rather than free form, Beefheart style expressionism. An impressive exception is “Pro Tem” which slips in and out of a disorderly spoken word break-down with ease. Throughout the album there is various arrhythmic improvising on top of a more regular foundation as well, an attribute more common perhaps to the no wave scene than to post-punk.

In addition to all this formal stuff, there are intangibly unique elements one can’t exactly put their finger on. There’s something ineffable that transcends form. One can’t say with any honesty that there is another band quite like DUDS. Anyway, does being different trump being good, enjoyable, entertaining, etc.? After all, the experience of music is not purely intellectual. Of A Nature Or Degree is a delightfully crazy record that hooks the listener from the start with it’s spastic grooves and unconventional melodies. For those that seek something unique in their music, it’s an inspiring album worth multiple listens. But, if you’re still stuck on the reoccurring philosophical question of originality, the experimental composer Harry Partch had a pretty good answer: “Originality cannot be a goal. It is simply inevitable. The truly path-breaking step can never be predicted and certainly not by the person who makes it … He clears as he goes, evolves his own techniques … and his path cannot be retraced, because each of us is an original being.” Brian Eno has a slightly opposing but equally convincing theory about how music and art evolve. In fact, it’s fitting to mention the no wave compilation he produced, perfectly demonstrating his theory of scenius. I’ll sign off with one thought: if there is a new sound out there to be discovered, one certainly can’t do so through lazy formula. That’s one word I don’t think can be thrown at DUDS, “lazy.”

The album is available on CD or Vinyl through Castle Face Records.

Matt Ackerman

Friday, September 22, 2017

O by Onirologia

Thursday, September 21, 2017

IT LO by It Lo

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(null) point ex_ by Chelidon Frame

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Prisoner of Pink by Metalique

Friday, September 15, 2017

Of A Distorted Star by Opollo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fluid Electric by Corsica Annex

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eaton Flowers - Epəkə

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

10 Hours Best Relaxing Music For Stress, Health, Sleep, Dream, Love by Olm

Sunday, September 10, 2017

nursing room sessions by martin rach

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Eponym by Sleight of Hand

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Alyosha by Patkus

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Paintings That Honk by Jess Tambellini

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Double by David McCooey

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ekphrasis / Plastics by Future Daughter / Matthew D. Gantt

Saturday, September 2, 2017

PURE ENERGY by Religious Girls

Friday, September 1, 2017

Of Heaven​/​Of Hell by Derivitive

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Body Shame - Open Sores

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Raineater by Ryan Carraher & Erik van Dam

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Phonogetic Ouch by moduS ponY (review)


Possibly a forgotten aspect in the art of record making, overall aesthetic considerations are something that appear to be rare in our modern music culture. As hundreds of thousands of albums get pushed out onto the unsuspecting masses each year, aesthetics, by which I mean the craft, attention to small details, overall atmosphere creation, track sequence and flow, etc., seem to either be forgotten in the process or never even considered at all. Phonogetic Ouch, the latest record by moduS PonY, picks up this neglected practice of artistically creating a record and molds it to fit his own brand of experimental music.

Phonogetic Ouch (PO) is a delicately crafted album with carefully layered tracks and a cohesive ambiance throughout, which gains momentum as it progresses. The songs are connected by a series of cool, clean, smartly played guitar lines that loop and weave throughout. One of the record’s strengths is the use of space and creating interesting layers of percussive and melodic lines that are minimal yet musically interesting at the same time.

The album’s climax, “bananafest destiny”, pulls together these various threads and weaves them into one of the album’s strongest tracks. It kicks off with an interesting beat, focusing on unique percussive parts instead of the standard drum kit. A funky bass line lays down the track’s main groove, while various synths, samples, and guitar parts fill out the rest of the track’s space. And, surprisingly enough, it features a sing-a-long chorus, not something normally associated with the avant-garde.



Other standouts include “yeah, that’s, ya know” and “protein”. The former starts out simply enough, with a rhythmically looped vocal sample and lone guitar line, but soon builds to a wonderful cacophony of synths, bass, guitar lines, drums, and other ambient noises. About midway through, the track takes a turn and locks into a nice, easygoing groove. “protein” gains it’s interest in the contrast between Trent Reznor-esque synth lines (The Social Network and Ghosts I-IV) and the carefree guitar parts found a bit later on in the track.

As with prior releases, there is a hint of a larger social commentary underpinning the music; on consumerism, pop culture, imperialism & banana republics? While there aren’t enough clues to know for certain, this album does what all great art does and creates the atmosphere and subtext for such ideas to percolate in the listener’s head of their own accord. Whether it’s sampled advertisements at the end of “looking at Chevrolets...”, bringing up the gun debate in “spilling Manwich on the gun debate”, or looping a narrator's voice over what sounds like 70s game show music in “fresh business”, there appears to be something larger occurring here.

Phonogetic Ouch is available in tape and digital formats via Strategic Tape Reserve.

Anthony Weis

Monday, August 21, 2017

Confrontation by SkinnyTrips

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Forma EP by Thoughts/Become/Long

Saturday, August 19, 2017

EP by TROMB

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here by GUILLOTINE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LOVE LOVE by Religious Girls

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All The Colors You Could Never See by The Painters

Monday, August 14, 2017

Boundaries by Tavishi

Saturday, August 12, 2017

turn the corner by Ryan McCormack

Thursday, August 10, 2017

AFFECTIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE VR HEADSET by pentu

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

saneLIV with Chaski Dye - Las Tres Reinas y el Oso

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bones by Albert Adams

Friday, August 4, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Walpurgis by Ruairi O'Baoighill

Monday, July 31, 2017

Album Review: Forest People Pop by Derek Piotr



There have been a few albums whose titles have imagined new musical categories to describe the sounds contained within. Brian Eno's “Music for Airports” (among many others of his), Equivel's “Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music” and, Atom TM's “Pop HD” come to mind, albeit as a somewhat diverse set of examples. “Forest People Pop”, an ambitious new album by New England based Derek Piotr, fits firmly into this noble tradition of music created for a bespoke genre.

Track 1 of the conceptual "Forest People Pop" provides some clues for what we should expect over the course of the 10-track album. “Tonic/You Move” begins with a light, pleasant drone, perhaps created via some grain-manipulation technique, which is quickly overtaken by heavily auto-tuned vocals. The "pitch-correction" here is applied as an effect, not a new concept in itself, but Piotr purposefully abuses the software's instability to create expressive arabesque trills, deep vibratos and stepped slides, which moves Antares' pop trope of robotic cool to an place of wildly ecstatic digital ululation. These unique vocal components are allowed space - there is a lot of air in the forest. As the reverb tails of the introduction linger in the generous fade out, we can hear faint sounds of woodland insects. Precise electronic percussion sounds, woodblocks and short noisier elements soon appear, flittering and stuttering, before eventually settling into syncopated patterns and incorporating coarsely snipped samples of exotic instruments as the song proper develops. Piotr returns to these building blocks on nearly every track. This consistent sonic vocabulary brings an intuitive coherence to his imaginary space, yet each track sees these elements combined in ways that produce a rich range of results.


“Hear You” stands out as the anthem of the album. Vocal lines snake around shifting stuttering drum patterns and a consistent, fierce, distorted stab sound building into a glitchy freak-out before eventually unraveling into sparse percussion variations. “Light” re-imagines Aaliyah-style R&B with all variety of bent percussion, a low-gravity bounce and a glorious noise outro. “Crush on You” teems with ideas, one section anchored by a 4-to-floor kick around which a deconstructed pop-maelstrom swirls, later melting into a repeated glitched-out vocal harmony under which an IDM electronic break beat builds up. While most of the tracks on the album are quick to evolve, “Sky” feels almost hypnotic. A regular repeating hip-hop beat underpins dueling vocal lines that blend into soothing mantra.

Piotr's pop, much like his use of auto-tune software, takes something that is well known, and makes it new. In contrast to much of the music commonly placed in the genre, there is neither lazy nostalgia, nor arbitrary futurism in its construction. Each element that he uses seems carefully selected to add to the cohesive mixture that makes up these fourth world woodland hits. So who are these forest people? They are not rustic or provincial, and there are no beard-y folk-guitar pastorals. These forest dwellers are surprisingly sophisticated, pixilated sprites and tracks with names like “Sky”, “Light” and “Sunup” give a good indication of the tone that their popular music conveys. This forest bright, open and alive and while it is masked by technology, it's still very much connected to our world. Many of the sounds have a glassy, digital sheen, and perhaps the overall atmosphere is something akin to the worldly electronica of Fatima al-Quatari. The album is ambitious in concept and thorough in execution. Piotr succeeds in finding a mode of expression that feels both genuine, and genuinely new. This is an album that can be enjoyed both for its clever experimentation and also, simply, as pure, honest pop music.

Eamon Hamill

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Feral Split by Debutante

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Neatball by Ray Kosmische

Friday, July 28, 2017

East Boof by Requiem For Venus

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Liquida Vita by Walter Forestiere, Vito Pesce

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cubs Night @ A​.​E Randolph Presents by Kinsmen & Strangers

Monday, July 24, 2017

Meditations in Jazz by Arius Blaze

Some Dream by BOUT

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Grey Zone Collapse Nostalgia by Nac/Hut Report

Saturday, July 22, 2017

washing room sessions by martin rach

Sunshine Girl - Diary Death

Friday, July 21, 2017

of memory and dreams by Bill Thompson aka prof_lofi

Wasteland by Malicious Wonderland

Thursday, July 20, 2017

GⒶngstⒶ N⎔ise - Brist⎔l by Isn'tses

Plant Surprise by Decomposer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Unassumed by As Above | So Below

Hootenanny! by GORPLORD and Michael Beggs

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Touch Test

Psacredelia by The Big Drum in The Sky Religion

Monday, July 17, 2017

Population by Crown Larks

Pontou, France by Jack Hyde

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gel Nails - No Fun Deep Winter No Sun prod. Nightshade

The Isolation EP by Snuff American Style

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Steeple by Wovette

BLUFRANK "i am fine"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Piksel x Asthmatic Harp - State of Mind

Movnolawe by Noise Trinity

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Obsessive Compulsive by Luke Mawdsley

After Losing Our Sun by Daniel Lukehurst

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the sound of STEREO NO AWARE by STEREO NO AWARE

isabel nogueira and luciano zanatta - unlikely objects

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Points of Decay by Theo Alexander

An Ant And An Atom - "My Craft Broke At Launch"

Monday, July 10, 2017

Avril and Sean in Camden by VLK

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Golden Sickle (Mystic) from The Golden Sickle by Sonatine

Friday, July 7, 2017

You Are Not Stone by Heather Stebbins

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Creyon by dpath

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CLEAR by PLYERS

Monday, July 3, 2017

Araqsana EP

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bang​-​Rho by Wu Cloud

Saturday, July 1, 2017

innerenvironment by astral samara

Friday, June 30, 2017

YHVASCA by African Ghost Valley

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gamelon by Fortune Friedman Hemberger Krimstein and Smith

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stuff & Things by Carl Laukkanen.

Monday, June 26, 2017

<1 & JG-SPARKES

Friday, June 23, 2017

ARTICA - 2000 by RPM WATTS

Thursday, June 22, 2017

01 by Giovanni Cristino

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Phonic Grafts by Soiled / Marcus H

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Psalms About Fucking by The Big Drum In The Sky Religion

Monday, June 12, 2017

I Am​\​Never Was by Ryan Carraher

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shaking Hands and Looking Busy by Plastic Spoon

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Exterior by An Ant And An Atom

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bedroom Tapes by Anawak

cecilia lopez and wenchi lazo - abailable

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tâches by Rocio Cano Valiño

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bluster by lost masters

Monday, May 22, 2017

crying on a bridge by mickey chaos

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fault Line by Guy Harries

Friday, May 19, 2017

Chase The Spirit by Saleeha