Category Archives: Experimental

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

Park Jiha ~ The Gleam

Korea’s Park Jiha uses an uncommon setup of piri, saenghwang, yanggeum and glockenspiel, which still seems exotic when one learns that those first three instruments are versions of oboe, mouth organ and hammered dulcimer.  But when using music to reflect the

Park Jiha ~ The Gleam

Korea’s Park Jiha uses an uncommon setup of piri, saenghwang, yanggeum and glockenspiel, which still seems exotic when one learns that those first three instruments are versions of oboe, mouth organ and hammered dulcimer.  But when using music to reflect the

Nyokabi Kariũki ~ peace places: kenyan memories

The first major release from Kenyan sound artist Nyokabi Kariũki follows a beguilng pair of videos and a number of works for everything from choir to marimba trio.  peace places: kenyan memories is not only a reflection on her home, but on

Nyokabi Kariũki ~ peace places: kenyan memories

The first major release from Kenyan sound artist Nyokabi Kariũki follows a beguilng pair of videos and a number of works for everything from choir to marimba trio.  peace places: kenyan memories is not only a reflection on her home, but on