Category Archives: Drone

Sontag Shogun, Stijn Hüwels ~ The Floating World & The Sorrowful World

The Floating World & The Sorrowful World was always meant as a diptych, but for nearly a year the two tracks were cut off from one another, set adrift, seeking the balance of their complementary twin.  Ironically, this temporary excision adds

Sontag Shogun, Stijn Hüwels ~ The Floating World & The Sorrowful World

The Floating World & The Sorrowful World was always meant as a diptych, but for nearly a year the two tracks were cut off from one another, set adrift, seeking the balance of their complementary twin.  Ironically, this temporary excision adds

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

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient & Drone

Today we shift from the best music of the 10s to the first music of the 20s.  This one is our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, listing nearly 200 albums in five days! A new year starts with new hopes

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient & Drone

Today we shift from the best music of the 10s to the first music of the 20s.  This one is our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, listing nearly 200 albums in five days! A new year starts with new hopes

A Closer Listen’s Best Drone Albums of the Decade

Drone can be as soft and comforting as a refrigerator hum, or as loud and abrasive as a jackhammer.  The full range is represented here, from hum to noise, sine wave to distortion.  Some call drone the sibling of ambience,

A Closer Listen’s Best Drone Albums of the Decade

Drone can be as soft and comforting as a refrigerator hum, or as loud and abrasive as a jackhammer.  The full range is represented here, from hum to noise, sine wave to distortion.  Some call drone the sibling of ambience,

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

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