Features

Quicker Than a Binary Search: Eric Frye, Roy Werner, & Jeff Witscher’s 2015 East Coast Tour

May 21, 2015

Quicker Than a Binary Search: Eric Frye, Roy Werner, & Jeff Witscher’s 2015 East Coast Tour Readers of this site are undoubtedly familiar with the work of Jeff Witscher, most likely via one of his many alter egos (the most well-known likely being Rene Hell). For around a decade, Witscher has pumped out release after stellar release for a plethora of underground imprints — Monorail Trespassing,... 

Raymond Castoldi & X-Ray Records: Early 90s House in New York

May 19, 2015

Raymond Castoldi & X-Ray Records: Early 90s House in New York There’s a common adage that popular culture moves in twenty year cycles. As sure as the cutting edge cools, new ears resurrect and reassess as they find importance in the ideas of the past. One need only flip through fresh pressings of Nirvana LPs or see the persistent popularity of nostalgia... 

Evan Caminiti: ‘Meridian’ & The Shift To Electronics

May 13, 2015

Evan Caminiti: ‘Meridian’ & The Shift To Electronics Evan Caminiti‘s upcoming new album Meridian represents a shift into truly “immersive,” organic electronics. According to Caminiti himself, the goal here is to “transport” listeners. Though the depth of detail in the rest of his solo output (this will be his second solo... 

MUTEK Montréal 2015: European Acts

May 12, 2015

MUTEK Montréal 2015: European Acts Now entering its 16th year, MUTEK has grown co-continuously with the electronic music and media of the 21st century. Born in Montréal by the opportunity to create a festival focused on digital sound and its many intersections with culture, the festival has become known for impeccably-curated lineups... 

Embracing Contingency: An Interview with Benoît Pioulard

May 12, 2015

Embracing Contingency: An Interview with Benoît Pioulard It’s easy to introduce Thomas Meluch and his music as Benoît Pioulard by talking about dreams — for example, by mentioning how parts of his new album Sonnet (and even his moniker) came to him while he was asleep. But I really want to begin by emphasizing how beautiful Sonnet is. It’s... 

On Chance and Randomness: Sketches for Albinos and Bastardgeist

May 7, 2015

On Chance and Randomness: Sketches for Albinos and Bastardgeist The Spacesuits is an international collective of musicians working in tandem to generate new-media artworks on utopia. Together with my partner, Winston Scarlett, we’ve provided each musician with a unique set of prompts, which usually deal with concepts like utopia, reincarnation, apocalypse, and... 

Mountain Show #18 (curated by Decoder)

April 27, 2015

Mountain Show #18 (curated by Decoder) On April 18th, Decoder (as represented by Liz and I) and several dozen others folks from in and around New York hiked up, down, and alongside Mt. Taurus in Cold Spring, a beautiful and relatively well-to-do seeming little town on the Hudson River. While many of the attendants arrived via the Hudson... 

Heavy-Ass Freaks: An Interview with CCR Headcleaner

April 22, 2015

Heavy-Ass Freaks: An Interview with CCR Headcleaner The San Fran weirdo quartet CCR Headcleaner have been making their mark in the sonic mire of the Bay Area since 2008 via various projects — they run Pollen Season (a label/collective), and have played in Long Legged Woman, Waste Rig, and The Hospitals, among others. They’ve also had releases... 

At the Fringe of the Caldera: An Interview with Ariel Kalma and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

April 16, 2015

At  the  Fringe of the Caldera: An Interview with Ariel Kalma and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Though they pursue their recordings in much different environments, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe from his current home in Brooklyn and Ariel Kalma at his Main Arm studio outside of Mullimbimby, Australia, both were in fact born to city life. Lowe was born in Kansas City before first moving to Chicago, while... 

Translating Daniel Wyche’s ‘The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder’

April 14, 2015

Translating Daniel Wyche’s ‘The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder’ In autumn of 2014, guitarist Daniel Wyche took the stage at The Burlington, a noise-friendly Logan Square dive in Chicago, with drummer Ryan Packard, which opened a series of collaborations between the experimental musicians. The duo worked together on a blistering debut performance of his composition,... 

The Poet and The Worker: A Q&A With Tim Olive

April 9, 2015

The Poet and The Worker: A Q&A With Tim Olive Canadian ex-pat Tim Olive manages to wrangle a seemingly endless variety of sounds from a single steel guitar string accompanied by the simplest of electronics. Lightning storms, enormous resonant bodies, damaged machines, oceanic roars, and primal animal calls all emanate from his spartan set-up. It... 

It Sounds Cheap: An Interview with Kai Hugo on Palmbomen II

April 2, 2015

It Sounds Cheap: An Interview with Kai Hugo on Palmbomen II When I first streamed Dutch producer Kai Hugo’s latest album, Palmbomen II, I was transfixed. In my notebook, I scrawled cryptic notes to myself as I pored over the new LP, the accompanying promo films, episodes of The X-Files, and Hugo’s 2013 album Night Flight Europa (a product of the Hugo’s... 

Ever Hopeful: Tracing the Lineage of San Francisco’s Tiaras

March 26, 2015

Ever Hopeful: Tracing the Lineage of San Francisco’s Tiaras San Francisco’s Tiaras released their self-titled album last month on Sacramento boutique punk and garage label Mt. St. Mtn. Tiaras is a shimmering debut, ever-hopeful like much of lead singer Ryan Grubbs’ past work in Ganglians, and marks a turning point for two songwriters aligned since 2008.... 

From the Archives: Motion & Soundlessness – Lawrence English’s The Peregrine

March 25, 2015

From the Archives: Motion & Soundlessness – Lawrence English’s The Peregrine Originally released in 2011, Lawrence English’s The Peregrine saw the Brisbane, Australia-based producer and Room40 owner poised at the precipice of a long and hallowed discography, including revered works of processed sound on Touch, Line, Immune, Autumn, Baskaru, and his own Room40, among... 

Blood: A Look Inside REIGHNBEAU’s New Album

March 19, 2015

Blood: A Look Inside REIGHNBEAU’s New Album When I called Bryce Fletcher Hample of REIGHNBEAU, he was in his Albuquerque studio, painting. The musician was preparing for a show exhibiting seven of his newest paintings at The Harwood Art Center alongside a handful of other New Mexico-based visual artists. Hample’s career as a visual artist is... 

I Want It All: Blake Butler On Music & Writing

March 17, 2015

I Want It All: Blake Butler On Music & Writing In the last ten years, who in the world has listened to strange, crazy pieces of music obsessively, over and over… and written a widely published novel influenced by those experiences? Survey a few 21st century authors and their musical influences, and you might get some intriguing but unsurprising... 

Modular Republic: An Interview with Sam Prekop

March 12, 2015

Modular Republic: An Interview with Sam Prekop For the better part of two decades, Sam Prekop has been something of a household name in indie rock. Serving as a member of late-80s, early-90s darlings Shrimp Boat, recording jazzy pop with Archer Prewitt, Eric Claridge, and John McEntire as the Sea and Cake, or issuing dichotomous sets of pop and... 

Consciousness is a Tricky Machine: A Q&A with Jan St. Werner

February 27, 2015

Consciousness is a Tricky Machine: A Q&A with Jan St. Werner Jan St. Werner has been actively deconstructing electronic music since the mid 1990s, initially as half of the monumental Mouse on Mars (with Andi Toma) and Microstoria (with Oval’s Markus Popp). His solo material, originally recorded under the Lithops banner, is slightly more intellectually stimulating... 

Reclaiming Ordinary Rooms: Q&A with Insect Factory

February 25, 2015

Reclaiming Ordinary Rooms: Q&A with Insect Factory Getting to know experimental musicians is a bit like reading a superhero comic in reverse. One first observes them performing extraordinary feats of superhuman skill, improvising and innovating beyond the realms of our imagination; then when you meet them offstage, more often than not, they’re unmasked... 

Romantic and Corrosive: An Interview with High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet

February 19, 2015

Romantic and Corrosive: An Interview with High Aura’d & Mike Shiflet Collaborations can be tricky beasts to tame, for both players and listeners alike. From the musician’s viewpoint, walking a sonic tight-rope between an implosion of battling egos or dissolving from each player’s mutual over-appreciation is a narrow and perilous route to traverse. As a listener,... 
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