Author Archives: sjwrogers

Luca T. Mai ~ Heavenly Guide / Weston Olencki ~ Solo Works

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. So wrote John Donne in 1623. “Music makes the people come together”, sang Madonna a few centuries later. Such

Luca T. Mai ~ Heavenly Guide / Weston Olencki ~ Solo Works

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. So wrote John Donne in 1623. “Music makes the people come together”, sang Madonna a few centuries later. Such

JC Leisure ~ Mutations For / The Kendal Mintcake ~ (always in a straight line, from centre to edge)

Think back to the music you enjoyed as an adolescent. You can probably recall the artists, the treasured albums. But also, the media you were using. Did you grow up in the analogue age or the digital? For some, that

JC Leisure ~ Mutations For / The Kendal Mintcake ~ (always in a straight line, from centre to edge)

Think back to the music you enjoyed as an adolescent. You can probably recall the artists, the treasured albums. But also, the media you were using. Did you grow up in the analogue age or the digital? For some, that

Nazar ~ Guerrilla

“War is hell”, General Sherman reportedly said. Civil wars seem particularly hellish. As a country consumes itself from within, what happens to identity, to culture, and to art? Since 1945, many civil wars have been postcolonial in nature. When Angola

Nazar ~ Guerrilla

“War is hell”, General Sherman reportedly said. Civil wars seem particularly hellish. As a country consumes itself from within, what happens to identity, to culture, and to art? Since 1945, many civil wars have been postcolonial in nature. When Angola

Charles Curtis ~ Performances & Recordings 1998​-​2018

When does a musician become a master of their instrument? Once an apprentice knows complex pieces by heart, they probably feel mastery. More so when they gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument’s repertoire. But the best musicians reach a

Charles Curtis ~ Performances & Recordings 1998​-​2018

When does a musician become a master of their instrument? Once an apprentice knows complex pieces by heart, they probably feel mastery. More so when they gain an intimate knowledge of their instrument’s repertoire. But the best musicians reach a

Thomas Dimuzio ~ Sutro Transmissions

All the music on A Closer Listen wishes to communicate with listeners. Some of it also thinks about communication – the processes, technologies, difficulties, and contradictions that happen when information is transmitted. Last year, one album channelled the radio waves

Thomas Dimuzio ~ Sutro Transmissions

All the music on A Closer Listen wishes to communicate with listeners. Some of it also thinks about communication – the processes, technologies, difficulties, and contradictions that happen when information is transmitted. Last year, one album channelled the radio waves

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