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Phill Niblock ~ Music for Organ

Phill Niblock has a penchant for anagrams, as this record makes clear with the names of its two compositions, “Unmounted / Muted Noun” and “Nagro (aka Organ)”. In the same spirit, I note that Music for Organ might be rendered

Phill Niblock ~ Music for Organ

Phill Niblock has a penchant for anagrams, as this record makes clear with the names of its two compositions, “Unmounted / Muted Noun” and “Nagro (aka Organ)”. In the same spirit, I note that Music for Organ might be rendered

Jacoti Sommes ~ Travel Time / A Co. ~ SideQuest

During an early period of blissful naivety, electronic music embodied a high-tech future on the brink of beginning. The prophecy was true, insofar as synthetic replication or processing of sound is now a given in most genres. However, when we

Jacoti Sommes ~ Travel Time / A Co. ~ SideQuest

During an early period of blissful naivety, electronic music embodied a high-tech future on the brink of beginning. The prophecy was true, insofar as synthetic replication or processing of sound is now a given in most genres. However, when we

BABEL ~ Thirteen Exquisite Corpses

“Consequences” is a great rainy-day game I remember playing with my grandparents. Following the same narrative formula, each person writes one line of a story, before passing the folded paper to their neighbour. The end result is an absurdist, comical

BABEL ~ Thirteen Exquisite Corpses

“Consequences” is a great rainy-day game I remember playing with my grandparents. Following the same narrative formula, each person writes one line of a story, before passing the folded paper to their neighbour. The end result is an absurdist, comical

WaqWaq Kingdom ~ Essaka Hoisa

Never judge a book by its cover. But the hyperactive artwork of this album does tell us much about the music. Both are a kaleidoscopic frenzy, where shards of Japanese tradition embed themselves in a body of global influences. We might

WaqWaq Kingdom ~ Essaka Hoisa

Never judge a book by its cover. But the hyperactive artwork of this album does tell us much about the music. Both are a kaleidoscopic frenzy, where shards of Japanese tradition embed themselves in a body of global influences. We might

Sabiwa ~ DaBa

On some level, we wish for albums to converge on a unifying theme, idea, or mood. Not all albums should be “concept albums”. But when it comes to evaluating and appreciating, most listeners instinctively ask if the tracks hang together

Sabiwa ~ DaBa

On some level, we wish for albums to converge on a unifying theme, idea, or mood. Not all albums should be “concept albums”. But when it comes to evaluating and appreciating, most listeners instinctively ask if the tracks hang together

Michael Bonaventure ~ In Tenebris Ratione Organi

Pipe organs are custom built for one space, which forms part of the instrument. Anyone nosing around a cathedral and beholding the towering walls of pipes will suspect as much. Unfortunately, leftfield musicians may struggle to access these instruments. Conservatism

Michael Bonaventure ~ In Tenebris Ratione Organi

Pipe organs are custom built for one space, which forms part of the instrument. Anyone nosing around a cathedral and beholding the towering walls of pipes will suspect as much. Unfortunately, leftfield musicians may struggle to access these instruments. Conservatism

Moss Covered Technology ~ Slow Walking / Wil Bolton ~ Kochi

Since art exists in time, it is unthinkable that it be separate from space. As we become absorbed in the duration of a record, a new space is imagined – or relations with our environment are infinitesimally altered. To some,

Moss Covered Technology ~ Slow Walking / Wil Bolton ~ Kochi

Since art exists in time, it is unthinkable that it be separate from space. As we become absorbed in the duration of a record, a new space is imagined – or relations with our environment are infinitesimally altered. To some,