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From Poland With Love #4: Lutto Lento vs. Piotr Kurek

February 12, 2016

From Poland With Love #4: Lutto Lento vs. Piotr Kurek Welcome to the fourth installment of From Poland With Love, our column focused on new and notable Polish music. In previous episodes we reported on two festivals in Poland, discussed two Polish underground labels, and interviewed the Polish art and design duo Pussykrew. This time we are back to present... 

Tachyons+ Transmits #5: Lunchmeat VHS Zine

December 17, 2015

Tachyons+ Transmits #5: Lunchmeat VHS Zine The past few years and beyond (for all you future dwellers), we’ll all have witnessed the return of VHS to “prominence” via underground, with musicians releasing VHS tapes, labels cropping up, reissues of impossible to find shot-on-tape films, and boiled down right to the point by... 

New Interfaces #7: Notice Recordings

September 8, 2015

New Interfaces #7: Notice Recordings I think this is becoming a common theme for me, but I first became attuned to the Notice Recordings label via David Perron’s FFFoxy Podcast. Evan Lindorff-Ellery and Travis Bird have been slowly dropping cassettes from artists equally rooted in improvisatory exploration, avant-garde theory and... 

From Poland With Love #3: Mi$ Gogo and Tikul, aka Pussykrew

August 31, 2015

From Poland With Love #3: Mi$ Gogo and Tikul, aka Pussykrew Among the many awaiting a robotic paradise in the near-after, the Polish art team Pussykrew seem particularly enthusiastic. The prolific duo of Ewelina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas — hailing from opposite ends of western Poland, Świnoujście in the north and Mysłakowice in the south, respectively... 

Tachyons+ Transmits #4: Exploring the Analog Drum Circuit Pathways of Delptronics

April 10, 2015

Tachyons+ Transmits #4: Exploring the Analog Drum Circuit Pathways of Delptronics Possibly the best analog drum machine created in the past few years was not made by a big famous company out of Japan and not stocked at the local corporate music store. You would have to do a little digging into the realm of DIY electronic crafting, the scary and bizarre world of modulars, ala Dr.... 

From Poland With Love #2: Two Warsaw Experimental Imprints – Wounded Knife and SQRT

March 25, 2015

From Poland With Love #2: Two Warsaw Experimental Imprints – Wounded Knife and SQRT In the first installment of our From Poland With Love series, we compared two interesting Polish festivals that took place last fall, with the Kraków-based Unsound Festival well recognized and advertised across all sorts of music-related media while the other, Avant Art in Wrocław, remained in relative... 

New Interfaces #6: Physicalia

February 13, 2015

New Interfaces #6: Physicalia Electronic press kits are the norm now that the internet pervades so much of human existence. They’re easy to put together, easy to disseminate, and low cost. There’s no postage involved. I enjoy getting music electronically, because there’s no waiting: the songs are usually just a... 

From Poland With Love #1: Unsound & Avant Art

December 10, 2014

From Poland With Love #1: Unsound & Avant Art [Editor’s Note: The concept for a “From Poland with Love” column focused on Polish music developed late this past November, at least a month or so after both the Unsound and Avant Art festivals had already taken place. Though a discussion of the two events can no longer be “timely,”... 

Tachyons+ Transmits #3: The Spinning Realms of Bobby Ganush

November 26, 2014

Tachyons+ Transmits #3: The Spinning Realms of Bobby Ganush ”You know a party is tight when the crowd begins to howl at the selections being cut by the DJs, then disperses into two groups and dancers start rolling down the Soul Line. One after the other, taking the bar higher at every break we cut.” —Bobby Ganush How would one think of the man... 

Studio Apartment #9: Raphi Gottesman

September 4, 2014

Studio Apartment #9: Raphi Gottesman You will recognize Raphi Gottesman because you’ve seen him behind the drum kit with Odawas, The Black Swans, Sonny Smith, The Fresh & Onlys, Fisherman Three, and The Dry Spells, but the purpose of today’s speech is to recognize his escalating body of fine solo work and his crib of smooth... 

Tachyons+ Transmits #2: The Lo-Fi Future of Adam Gahan

August 7, 2014

Tachyons+ Transmits #2: The Lo-Fi Future of Adam Gahan Tachyons+ Transmits is a column about experimental visual production and DIY electronics by Logan Owlbeemoth of video glitch synth designers Tachyons+. ••• Who doesn’t want an easy to use Gameboy music-making station in their studio? Anyone who has attempted to make original 8-bit music... 

New Interfaces #5: Jacques Lejeune, Parages and Other Electroacoustic Works (1971-85)

June 26, 2014

New Interfaces #5: Jacques Lejeune, Parages and Other Electroacoustic Works (1971-85) Taking a few steps back in time, New Interfaces again looks to France for inspiration, exploring the essence of a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) whose electroacoustic output is singular in its expression of the mythical. Jacques Lejeune was born in 1940 in Talence and studied at... 

Tachyons+ Transmits #1: The Stop Motion Animation of Marina Sabio

June 5, 2014

Tachyons+ Transmits #1: The Stop Motion Animation of Marina Sabio Tachyons+Transmits is the new column from Logan Owlbeemoth, otherwise one half of the eponymous video glitch synth design team TACHYONS + and synth duo OS OVNI. Over time installments will form a future memory embedded in the extremities of the subconscious, offering a closer glimpse of experimental... 

Manifest Destiny #1: Permanent Records

April 25, 2014

Manifest Destiny #1: Permanent Records “We’re living in the golden age of vinyl reissues and new releases, the new Golden Age.” -Lance Barresi, Permanent Records LA Permanent Records began as a single brick and mortar shop in Chicago, and as co-owners Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi moved to Los Angeles, their westward expansion added... 

New Interfaces #4: Signal Dreams

March 6, 2014

New Interfaces #4: Signal Dreams This issue of New Interfaces is particularly special, because we get in on the ground floor of a fresh new label that is motivated by “process-based experiments, tape manipulation, and mutant synthesis” which is completely up our alley. As Golden Donna, Madison, WI resident Joel Shanahan... 

Unheard #17: Fedora Corpse Records

December 17, 2013

Unheard #17: Fedora Corpse Records Unheard explores the moist recesses of “unconventional music” and attempts to have fun doing so. Whether it’s pimply basement hounds jockeying weathered blocks of noise or beefy luddites clunking out waxy half-songs on broken Casio keyboards and even-more-broken electric guitars, you’re going... 

New Interfaces #3: Faces of the Modern Cassette Underground

December 5, 2013

New Interfaces #3: Faces of the Modern Cassette Underground So far, we’ve been focusing primarily on electroacoustic music from Western European countries, created during the decades immediately after World War II. It was during this period that early electronic and magnetic tape technology began to reach a broader audience: clusters of talented individuals... 

Studio Apartment #8: Kevin Earl Taylor (“The Dungeon”)

November 26, 2013

Studio Apartment #8: Kevin Earl Taylor (“The Dungeon”)   Studio Apartment is Jon Bernson‘s effort to document the interaction between musicians and their recording spaces. Jon is the prolific multimedia artist behind Exray’s, Window Twins, THEMAYS, Ray’s Vast Basement and numerous soundtracks for theater and film. ••• Kevin Earl Taylor... 

Rise Above #5: Local Boys Make

November 5, 2013

Rise Above #5: Local Boys Make You’ve got one or two. Maybe they were friends from high school or college, or you fell in love with them when they played your favorite bar and you, being drunk, thought  they sounded  like the best band you ever heard. Even when sober you held onto that as fact; ears and eyes finally agreed and... 

Rise Above #4: What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body?

October 9, 2013

Rise Above #4: What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body? Celebrating the body, and explicit discussion about it, ought to not only make us more comfortable with celebrating its natural beauty and functions, but also less squeamish when it comes to seeing the suffering body. I wonder what will happen, as “honest” talk about bodily functions becomes routine... 
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