It’s a new year, and after completing a full decade (2010-2020) of reviews, interviews, essays and so much more the site formerly known as is now officially defunct, and will become an archive, parked here at We continue on with our weekly podcast, unphased, to continue pricking up your ears, and to focus […]

“I’ve recently started waking up early in the mornings. I like the stillness of this time of day. Here in the Southern hemisphere we’re moving into autumn. The light is changing. It comes with less intensity, but with more shadows. This past summer was distressing for Australia, so it’s a relief to be moving into […]

Thirty-three is one of those magical double digits, odd-numbered dualities, referential to the longplay grooves of the ​33 1⁄3 rpm vinyl record platter otherwise referred as ‘wax’. We’ve come a long way in only a short five month period of time with this podcast, and we continue showcasing some of the most incredibly dynamic new […]

“Thanks to TJ at Toneshift for this opportunity. This is a pretty wide-ranging mix of both obscure and classic recordings from many artists I know personally and many more I admire from afar. This was an enjoyable exercise but challenging too, as there is seemingly no end to the stream of excellent work I’d like […]

BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Earlier this year we mentioned some of the artists invited to participate in the curated 2020 Guestmix Series — now Toneshift is extremely proud to announce the full roster for our podcast running every Saturday through the end of the year. With all the complexities of our fragile modern international world, sound still […]

Episode Twenty-Nine is jam-packed to the brim with hallucinatory sonic bits and peculiar noise. While you may be unfamiliar with some of these artists we wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to new releases that are merging from their own path on to the airwaves, even if it were originally recorded 65 […]

Our continuing series of tracks from the past returns. In this particular set of selections you might note some of the more significant contributors to the experimental field over the last several decades. Many of these tracks may not be instantly familiar, but together they become a bit of a newfound topography with patterns that […]

02.22.20: In moving forward we pause to celebrate our first ten years as a media source for the best, brightest + most complex, challenging sound artists on the planet. The main focus in our first decade was primarily as a source for record reviews, and in-depth interviews. Over time tastes have meandered, social media has […]

This episode starts off like a hive-mind one step removed and finishes with a twist of mystical, warped, stream of consciousness. Most of what falls in-between, some in excerpted form, falls outside typical norms, and somewhere that is silky smooth and subliminal. What’s come over us? TRACKLIST Raphaël Panis – Fragment 2Oberlin – Eine kleine […]

Hailing from The Netherlands, the prolific artist/musician Rutger Zuydervelt, aside from his sound bending, is also a graphic designer. Since about 2006 he’s worked under the nom de plume of Machinefabriek. In case you missed it, we had the pleasure to interview him during our extensive series last year here. “Not exactly my first guest […]

DEUX: Here we go again. Contributor Saul Bleaeck (aka Hïdrō) is back with his new monthly series, the eponymous BLEAECK. The second show, titled Droneruary II focuses on various drones and other emissions. He’s featuring several outsider artists who will surprise your senses. Follow our podcast to keep up-to-date on a variety of new programming. […]

This is, I hope you don’t mind me saying, an extremely eclectic selection of works that were recently released while some are sneak peeks (er earfuls) slowly being rolled out between now and March. Enclosed are tracks that will beguile some, tease and taunt of distant pop, digital disturbances, edited field recordings and other radio-like […]

This week, as the Winter takes hold a chill show. We officially expand our weekly podcast from one half hour show into two full hour-long shows, Monday + Thursday. On February 22 we celebrate our 10th Anniversary online! If you like the expanded format let us know – follow, share, like, etc. ((( TRACKLIST ))) […]

“We used to be able to fly back before geography and ego” – Youth Speaks, female teen poetry slammer (Bay Area, 2004) This week our Guestmix comes from French sound artist Gaël Segalen whose latest work was reviewed back in November. She’s been on the front lines and out on the fringe for two decades […]

YOU ARE GETTING WARMER! Mother Nature has long been witness to how its inhabitants have treated her surroundings. With all that is going on in the elemental environment, we thought it was about time to take action. In the spirit of those who care, and to officially kick-off our 10th Anniversary online this upcoming month […]

This week our Guestmix comes from a talented gentleman from stateside here in the US. Not only has he produced a sophisticated discography of his own compositions and nuanced work, Rafael Anton Irisarri has also worked with countless fellow artists in the process of mastering some of the most outstanding releases this side of Y2K. […]

2020 IS NOT HINDSIGHT Though we are only twenty something days into the new decade, so much new music has surfaced already. And instead of pacing ourselves, it makes much more sense to share the wealth of these incredible international discoveries with you. We like to stay on our toes, and here to prove our […]

This is the third in our weekly Guestmix series, where a different artist will be featured every Saturday until the end of 2020! This week we welcome British Canadian multimedia artist Jamie Drouin to the program. He also runs Infrequency Editions, a label that is always worth a double take. His focus on soundtracks and […]

This is part two (of two) in our Label Spotlight of Mikroton. They continue to move into their second decade of publishing incredible compositions, electronic and improvised sounds sound artist, graphic designer and curator Kurt Liedwart remains steady at the helm, offering exciting challenging sounds. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of tracks. Remember […]

Mikroton is going into its second decade of publishing incredible compositions, electronic and improvised sounds. Founded and run by sound artist, graphic designer and curator Kurt Liedwart his vision seems both diverse and seemingly singular. When asked how he founded the Moscow-based label, like many other artists and self-starters he noted: “The main thing is […]

As we move into our third full month of podcasting, our programming has slowly begun to expand. Here you can hear some new works by some of the most progressive sound artists around. Tomorrow we debut our monthly Label Spotlight series with Moscow’s Mikroton, and on Saturday please tune in for our next episode in […]

In this episode of our random, and ongoing Origins series you can expect the unexpected, with some beats, puzzling additions, some quirky, some mathematical. This episode attempts to cover tracks released over the past four decades, with the intent of delivering something with a sense of ease and grace. If your ears are tickled why […]

Though the decade has just started, we have produced a number of shows, and new series, to assist in keeping you warm (or chill) through the seasons, depending on your own personal climate and mood. And while not ‘mood music’ per se, there is something for all ears in this batch. So why not crank […]

An itch to scratch. ONE-OFF: And now for something completely different. Here are just a few of my personal “Guilty Pleasures” – songs that, not for trying, you just can’t get out of your head! Like a personal mix-tape for the gym? For shadow dancing (shadow boxing?). Please pardon the intrusion, the minor flight of […]

For years I considered sound, in general, to be one of the more passive senses, except when engaged at a concert, or while curled up to a favorite record. Then I entered my early teens. Looking back, pot multiple decades, how naive I must have been. These days I find, even passive listening, to be […]

The twang and meandering tones here and there will put you into a new headspace, and we could all use that sense of shift, yes? With a new decade and all? Sounds from as far as Lithuania and Singapore, Portugal and Ireland, Norway and Germany. You have the whole world, in your ears! FOLLOW / […]

Contributor Saul Bleaeck (aka Hïdrō) kickstarts his brand-new monthly series, the eponymous BLEAECK. The first show, titled Droneruary focuses on various drones and other emissions. He’s featuring several outsider artists who will surprise your senses. Follow our podcast to keep up-to-date on a variety of new programming. TRACKLIST Primal Synapse: Empty Convenience Hotdag RollerRemora: weakness-strengthInnesti: […]