Category Archives: Experimental

Pan Daijing ~ Tissues

Is Tissues the best opera of all time?  Our immediate reaction is to say no, of course not.  There have been hundreds of operas written over the past 705 years.  But what if it’s the only opera we’ve ever liked?   We

Pan Daijing ~ Tissues

Is Tissues the best opera of all time?  Our immediate reaction is to say no, of course not.  There have been hundreds of operas written over the past 705 years.  But what if it’s the only opera we’ve ever liked?   We

Richard Ojijo ~ MORO20

Concurrent with an exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (which runs through February 9), MORO20 is a celebration of the work of German video artist Marcel Odenbach, as heard through the lens of the music. Long-time scoring partner Richard Oijio was invited to

Richard Ojijo ~ MORO20

Concurrent with an exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (which runs through February 9), MORO20 is a celebration of the work of German video artist Marcel Odenbach, as heard through the lens of the music. Long-time scoring partner Richard Oijio was invited to

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental

Wondering what to do with your winter lockdown time?  Perhaps you’ll make some instruments out of ice, like Terje Isungset, pictured here at the Norway Music Festival.  Perhaps you’ll sort through old tapes and make a sonic collage.  Perhaps you’ll

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental

Wondering what to do with your winter lockdown time?  Perhaps you’ll make some instruments out of ice, like Terje Isungset, pictured here at the Norway Music Festival.  Perhaps you’ll sort through old tapes and make a sonic collage.  Perhaps you’ll

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Our Experimental section boasts the widest dynamic contrast of all the fields we cover.  From near-silence to curdled wails, children’s classes to looped drums, every nook and cranny is explored and excavated. Where else might one discover an examination of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Our Experimental section boasts the widest dynamic contrast of all the fields we cover.  From near-silence to curdled wails, children’s classes to looped drums, every nook and cranny is explored and excavated. Where else might one discover an examination of

Johanna Elina Sulkunen ~ Koan / Terra

When a new album contains tracks titled “VIII” to “XIV,” it’s clear that some component is missing.  And so Terra sent us back to last year’s Koan to experience the Sonority project in its entirety.  There’s still one installment left in Johanna Elina Sulkunen‘s trilogy,

Johanna Elina Sulkunen ~ Koan / Terra

When a new album contains tracks titled “VIII” to “XIV,” it’s clear that some component is missing.  And so Terra sent us back to last year’s Koan to experience the Sonority project in its entirety.  There’s still one installment left in Johanna Elina Sulkunen‘s trilogy,

Oliver Barrett ~ Aerial

Aerial is short, sweet, fun, and a perfect example of how anyone can make music if they set their mind to it.  Making quality music is another thing, which is why Oliver Barrett‘s piece is so effective.  Why, this instrument may be on top

Oliver Barrett ~ Aerial

Aerial is short, sweet, fun, and a perfect example of how anyone can make music if they set their mind to it.  Making quality music is another thing, which is why Oliver Barrett‘s piece is so effective.  Why, this instrument may be on top

Christopher Chaplin ~ Patriarchs

The Bible has inspired some astonishing works of art, along with a plethora of maudlin works.  The material is so dense and rich that it deserves a powerful sonic treatment.  Christopher Chaplin has delved into this treasure chest before, adapting Milton’s Paradise

Christopher Chaplin ~ Patriarchs

The Bible has inspired some astonishing works of art, along with a plethora of maudlin works.  The material is so dense and rich that it deserves a powerful sonic treatment.  Christopher Chaplin has delved into this treasure chest before, adapting Milton’s Paradise

Patrick Shiroishi ~ Hidemi

Hidemi is a timely and relevant release, an album accompanied by a special edition chapbook.  While the name of the label is American Dreams, the subject of the album is dashed American dreams.  Patrick Shiroishi‘s grandfather Hidemi was incarcerated along with other Japanese Americans during World

Patrick Shiroishi ~ Hidemi

Hidemi is a timely and relevant release, an album accompanied by a special edition chapbook.  While the name of the label is American Dreams, the subject of the album is dashed American dreams.  Patrick Shiroishi‘s grandfather Hidemi was incarcerated along with other Japanese Americans during World