Costis Drygianakis | The ApproachHxoi Kato Apo to Spiti (CD/DL) I read the accompanying text simultaneously to listening through The Approach by Costis Drygianakis.  I can’t recommend experiencing this contemporary orchestra any other way.  Created from January 2018 through January 2019, now presented in a limited pressing of 300 copies. The two-track (each over a […]

Chantal Dumas | Oscillations planétairesempreints DIGITALes (CD/DL) Out of Montreal’s electroacoustic/acousmatic spearhead in sound art, empeintes DIGITALes, comes Chantal Dumas’ debut, Oscillations planétaires [Planetary Oscillations].  With a press kit that reads like a science textbook, the album explores some of Earth’s more intimate phenomena.  Some of these oscillations are familiar: quakes and geysers. Other naturally occurring […]

Joe Colley | Psychic Stress SoundtracksMisanthropic Agenda (LP/DL) Joe Colley is a superlative composer, yet few refer to his output often enough. One of his “faults” is the use of untrendy instrumentation to delineate the themes of interest: essentially, “activate a consciousness set apart from a rational understanding in a different way from visual or verbal means” as […]

Laurisilva by Laura Agnusdei and Mare di Dirac’s Ophite Diagram were both recently released.  This pair of Italo acoustic-electronic releases offer strategic sound art which incorporates wind instruments, mixed with electronic processing.  Agnusdei collaborates with several contributing artists who play traditional instruments.  Mare di Dirac employs the use of handmade instruments.  While the theme of […]

leastupperbound | domestic tapes Vol.IISecret Press (CD/CS/DL) domestic tapes Vol.II by leastupperbound is now released ten years aged and remastered with an extra bonus track!  Saleverio Rosi teams up with Czechian imprint Secret Press to bring forth the cool ambient stuff once delivered by Laverna and Discreetrecords.  These tapes, arranged numerically simply one through seven […]

Giona Vinti | OrcElli Records (DL) Hold on for a vicious ride in these brute four ‘layers’ conjured by Milanese composer Giona Vinti in Orc.  All four tracks consist of arrhythmic chaotic effect layering.  They are numbered simply one through four. This is how I hear it: Layer 1: With video game like blips interface […]

DC33.33 | Ibis Color Milletpan y rosas (DL) As if the eurotrack fidgeting in the improved audio isn’t enough, this reviewer is thoroughly confounded by the express association Dave Gabriel (DC33.33) shares with Imelda Marcos.  If this is some kind of quack at the food poisoning fiasco of Marcos’ 90th birthday celebration in the Philippines […]

Just as the temperatures begin to cool some, the ears begin to warm to what’s coming next. Four phenomenal experimental electronic albums from around the globe all release on Friday October 25th, 2019, oh – that’s today!   Giulio Aldinucci | No Eye Has an Equal99 Chants (CS/DL) No Eye Has an Equal by Giolio […]

Jon Rose & Alvin Curran | Café Grand AbyssRer Megacorp (CD/DL) Musicians operating in the realm of instant synthesis (this usually translates as “finest improvisers”) are defined by the ability to exploit the elusive qualities of information overload. What appears as a chaotic, and ultimately insufferable cacophony to idle ears and brains transmits instead a refreshing sensation […]

Four very different records coming from various corners of the Earth, all out today for your listening pleasure. Each of these bends and prods beyond singular genres in scope and musicality. Unexpected, provocative, and otherwise cerebral, each will take you some place – so people get ready! Out of Berlin, first up is Alessandro Cortini […]

Stefano Pilia | In Girus Imus Nocte et Consumimur IgniDie Schachtel (LP/DL) Stefano Pilia is an Italian guitarist who has been active for many years in that gray area crossing electroacoustic experimentations, film scores and the most avantgarde outcomes of the Italian rock scene. He has collaborated with many artists in Italy and abroad, from […]

Mariska Baars & Rutger Zuydervelt | Eau Self-released (CD/DL) Rutger Zuydervelt and Mariska Baars latest collaboration – and their first since 2008’s Drawn – is a swirling tapestry of affected vocals, an emergent sea of abstract utterances that is as beguiling as it is restrained. The album revolves around a single theme, perhaps even a […]

Nikos Stavropoulos | Micro-lieuxEmpreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Nikos Stavropoulos is a Greek acousmatic music composer, formally educated in the UK and based in Leeds. His strong academic background links his work to the British school of Simon Emmerson and Denis Smalley but, despite his aesthetic being deeply rooted in that field, Nikos has a very personal […]

eRikM and Anthony Pateras are two of the most interesting and prolific figures in the field of contemporary electroacoustic music. While Pateras is known for his revolutionary approach to piano playing and his compositions which attempt to extract characteristics typical of electroacoustic music from regular instruments, eRikM is considered one of the most prominent experimentalists […]

Jacob Kirkegaard | Black Metal Square Important Records (LP) Based on the sculptural installation, Black Metal Square (2015), these three pieces are the latest work by field recordist and sound ‘alchemist’ Jacob Kirkegaard. This is a limited edition of one hundred copies. “The installation refers to Kazimir Malevich’s famous painting Black Square (made one hundred […]

Raffaele Pezzella has been very active in the past year producing and divulging experimental music from remote areas of the world such as Africa, Lebanon, Russia and Iran showing that often, beyond the vestiges of cultural post-colonialism, there is a realm of very skilled artists that are totally extraneous to our environment. I was lucky […]

Ehsan Banitaba | In Parallel Focused Silence (CD/DL) In an attempt to make spiritual electronic music Iranian composer Ehsan Banitaba brings his own spin to the genre on In Parallel. The recording is broken into two tracks that run just about a half-hour in length. Banitaba invites the listener to question “if we are in […]

James Rushford | The Body’s Night Black Truffle (LP) (Listen to Audioclips) Melbourne’s James Rushford‘s work is within the aesthetic concept of musical shadow, this is omnipresent on the two sides of The Body’s Night. This electro-acoustic suite dives deep into the psyche of the listener right from the very start with a warbling wind […]

Anthony Pateras | Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018)Immediata (5xCD/DL) The pure musical relationship between Anthony Pateras and me has always been somewhat incomplete. Despite having listened to some of his albums as an improviser and some of his piano works such as Errors of the Human Body and Ataxia where he plays trio with Sean […]

Jay-Dea Lopez | Pulse Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Oh, yes. The sweet, sweet sound of the cosmos, well beyond our understanding, in the far reaches of the universe, here lies the latest by Jay-Dea Lopez and his enigmatic Pulse. These ten short pieces, numbered I through X are coil pick up recordings captured last year on Canberra, […]

Gil Sansón/Lance Austin Olsen | Works On PaperElsewhere (CD/DL) The Elsewhere label marks its first year in business with a new release that is expansive and resolutely experimental.  “Works on Paper” is a long distance collaboration between Venezuela-based Sansón and Canada-based Olsen.  This method of electronic file transfer is common these days with high speed […]

Gintas K | M GK Rec (CD/DL) In following Gintas K‘s career trajectory over a decade plus I’ve noticed a keen focus on the conceptual bent of his approach, on M he’s in top form, delivering a slightly harder, more granulated sound overall. For all intense purposes, there are no overdubs here, and the record […]

Anacleto Vitolo | ObsidianPrimrose/Flipper (CD/DL) Despite having lived about 50km away from each other for many years, I never had the chance to personally meet Anacleto Vitolo. Nevertheless the resonance of his diligent work, being the head MANY FEET UNDER of one of the most prolific and interesting electronic music labels in southern Italy, had […]

Pauline Oliveros | Reverberations 1 Important Records (LP) It is always hard to speak the right words when it comes to talk about classics. The work of Pauline Oliveros has been seminal for the experience of every composer, listener or simple aficionado who put their interest in electroacoustic music. Being part of that new group […]

Ulex Xane | Stances/Semblance Cipher Productions (CD) Stances/Semblance (edition of 300) is both a forty-year retrospective of musique concrète and electroacoustic works of Ülex Xane (1975-2015) and my personal introduction to his work. Though I’ve been listening as long as he’s been making my tastes have shifted and evolved over time, as has his sound […]

Hans Castrup | Das 7. Siegel Submarine Broadcast Company (CD/DL) A document of a 3-channel electroacoustic sound installation at Museumsquartier Osnabrück by musician and visual artist Hans Castrup. Das 7. Siegel (aka The 7th Seal) is based on a print by Albrecht Dürer from 1498. The piece runs for over thirty-six minutes, opening with a […]

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly […]

Cæcilie Overgaard | There Is A Home Clang (DL) Out tomorrow is the latest from Danish electroacoustic composer, Cæcilie Overgaard. The work is somewhat austere, opening with a crackling icy sound and other vibrations. On a few tracks you will hear additional trumpet by Tim Ewé and vocal by Mathias Hammerstrøm. Mic Test One balances […]