Category Archives: Experimental

Rie Nakajima/Takahiro Kawaguchi ~ Utsuho

Crickets chirping, cicadas whining, bees buzzing: the sonic charm of insects rests on their ability to make noise without thinking about it, to swell into a clicking, buzzing cacophony that seemingly has no intention or reason. We tend to work

Rie Nakajima/Takahiro Kawaguchi ~ Utsuho

Crickets chirping, cicadas whining, bees buzzing: the sonic charm of insects rests on their ability to make noise without thinking about it, to swell into a clicking, buzzing cacophony that seemingly has no intention or reason. We tend to work

Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Alex Bonney ~ Climbing in Circles Pt. 4

Our regular readers may recognize Callum Buckland’s cover image from our Spring Music Preview, and may also recognize Will Glaser, Matthew Herd and Alex Bonney‘s names from Climbing in Circles Pts. 1-3.  Pt. 4 is different in two obvious ways: it’s the first

Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Alex Bonney ~ Climbing in Circles Pt. 4

Our regular readers may recognize Callum Buckland’s cover image from our Spring Music Preview, and may also recognize Will Glaser, Matthew Herd and Alex Bonney‘s names from Climbing in Circles Pts. 1-3.  Pt. 4 is different in two obvious ways: it’s the first

Dead Air Fresheners ~ A Collection of Drone & Noise Shanties

One of the strangest music stories of the pandemic was the crossover internet success of Nathan Evans’ “Wellerman,” a 19th century sea shanty that became a TikTok sensation.  For a brief seasick moment, we imagined sea shanties taking over the

Dead Air Fresheners ~ A Collection of Drone & Noise Shanties

One of the strangest music stories of the pandemic was the crossover internet success of Nathan Evans’ “Wellerman,” a 19th century sea shanty that became a TikTok sensation.  For a brief seasick moment, we imagined sea shanties taking over the

Širom ~ The Liquified Throne of Simplicity

How confident are you in identifying international instruments?  Here’s a test: score ten points for each accurate answer.  Daf, ocarina, mizmar, balafon, ribab, guembri, tank drum, balafon, tampura brač, acoustic resonator.  We write about music daily, and still had to

Širom ~ The Liquified Throne of Simplicity

How confident are you in identifying international instruments?  Here’s a test: score ten points for each accurate answer.  Daf, ocarina, mizmar, balafon, ribab, guembri, tank drum, balafon, tampura brač, acoustic resonator.  We write about music daily, and still had to

Jakob Heinemann ~ Resonant Ocean

Sound is a resonant ocean, a term coined by Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu in an essay titled Sound Plasma.  Bassist Jakob Heinemann elaborates on this metaphor by transposing the harmonies, frequencies and pitches around him into a quartet of fascinating pieces. In the

Jakob Heinemann ~ Resonant Ocean

Sound is a resonant ocean, a term coined by Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu in an essay titled Sound Plasma.  Bassist Jakob Heinemann elaborates on this metaphor by transposing the harmonies, frequencies and pitches around him into a quartet of fascinating pieces. In the

Spring Music Preview 2022 ~ Experimental

Robot-human love, Sasquatch, the quetzal bird, astrology, earrings and Sophie the Giraffe ~ you’ve arrived at our Experimental section, across which the normal rules no longer apply.  We’ve all been pent up and stir crazy lately, and this music is

Spring Music Preview 2022 ~ Experimental

Robot-human love, Sasquatch, the quetzal bird, astrology, earrings and Sophie the Giraffe ~ you’ve arrived at our Experimental section, across which the normal rules no longer apply.  We’ve all been pent up and stir crazy lately, and this music is

Natasha Barrett ~ Heterotopia

Over the course of her career, Natasha Barrett has ascended from the label “Norway’s most promising composer of electro-acoustic music” to what The New York Times calls “one of the leading composers in 3D audio.”  This trajectory is the reflection of hard work and

Natasha Barrett ~ Heterotopia

Over the course of her career, Natasha Barrett has ascended from the label “Norway’s most promising composer of electro-acoustic music” to what The New York Times calls “one of the leading composers in 3D audio.”  This trajectory is the reflection of hard work and

V/A ~ A Collective Memoir

Sometimes the timing of a release affects an album’s relevance.  This is the case with A Collective Memoir, released less than 24 hours before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The album, commissioned by the Urkavan Festival, presents like-minded artists from both Russia

V/A ~ A Collective Memoir

Sometimes the timing of a release affects an album’s relevance.  This is the case with A Collective Memoir, released less than 24 hours before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The album, commissioned by the Urkavan Festival, presents like-minded artists from both Russia