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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Suzanne Ciani - Voices of Packaged Souls Part II

Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music and one of the few women to blaze a trail in the genre. She received classical music training at Wellesley College and obtained her M.A. in music in 1970 at University of California at Berkeley where she met and was influenced by the idiosyncratic synthesizer designer Don Buchla. In 1974 she formed her own company, Ciani/Musica, and, using a Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer, began scoring television commercials for Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric. Continue reading...

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

JOSHUA BONNETTA - Strange Lines and Distances

The award-winning installation 'Strange Lines and Distances' is a quietly compelling A/V invocation and exploration of Guglielmo Marconi's idea that analog sound never fully dies, it just becomes imperceptibly, infinitely fainter. Filmmaker and composer Joshua Bonnetta patiently considers that evocative conceit across a 2-channel film and soundtrack, shot on 16mm colour negative film at the original transmission (Cornwall) and reception (Newfoundland) sites of Marconi's first trans-atlantic radio broadcast, and accompanied by a lushly etheric soundtrack (de)composition created from fragments of site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Expanding on Marconi's belief that adequately sensitive receivers may be able to pick up the echoes of long-lost transmissions - to the extant he hoped one day to hear the final words of Jesus on the cross - Bonetta's piece creates schisms and correlations between the auditive and visual information from each site with hauntological incision and an ethereal effect reflective of the "medium's potential to conflate and fragment both space and time". In some senses it parallels Konstantin Raudive's EVP experiments and also the emerging practice of Archaeoacoustics - searching in the ether and the mists of time for answers to esoteric and scientific questions concerning the entropic fidelities of place, space and time - and also Thomas Köner's glacial 'Nuuk' album, or Gavin Bryars' beautiful 'The Sinking Of The Titanic' piece, which also came to be directly influenced by Marconi's ideas. It's a beautiful, meditative set that comes highly recommended.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

EP III On Radio Quantica

Mark Stewart - Hypnotised

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rick Owens x Adidas SS16 Preview


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Monday, January 04, 2016

Else Marie Pade - Faust (1962)

Else Marie Pade (born 2 December 1924) is a Danish composer. Pade was born in Ain Aarhus, and was educated as a pianist at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. She sudied composition first with Vagn Holmboe, and later with Jan Maegaard, from whom she learned twelve-tone technique. In 1954, she became the first Danish composer of electronic and concrete music (Bruland 2001). She knew and worked with Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Continue Reading

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

M.U. Podcast #88 (Jan 2016)

01. The Phychic Stewardess - Shinobi Theme
02. The Dirty Criminals - Mtt Inversion
03. Cadeo - Supermagia
04. Demdike Stare - Untitled 
05. Prurient - Every Relationship Earthrise
06. Palmbomen - Gerd Thomas
07. Lussuria - The Vanity Greater Than Misery
08. Africans With Mainframes - RB-1
09. Daniele Ciullini - Lipstick On The Glasses
10. Tropic Of Cancer - Stop Suffering 
11. Steve Moore - The Moon Occults Saturn at Dawn
12. German Army - Tuareg Woman
13. O $VMV $M - Flora

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Jabu Ft. Chester Giles – Slow Hours [NC7002]

Having previously released a cassette and 7” single on the label as well as an EP on Ramp Recordings, Young Echo members ‘Jabu’ return with this milestone – a slowly turning piece about love-sickness and longing… This is distilled soul music in it’s purest form.
From the first beat right through to the final chorus, the brooding tension and almost unbearable tranquility of chester giles’ words amplify the heaviness of the rhythm, controlling time until ‘Alex Rendall’ the voice of Jabu sets in with the chorus, echoing chester’s sentiments, elevating this feeling into higher heights. A masterfully executed love-song… ‘Achingly smooth’ as Steve Barker put it.

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Delia Derbyshire : The Delian Mode

Delia Ann Derbyshire (5 May 1937 – 3 July 2001) was an English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. She is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer's theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her pioneering work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Continue Reading

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