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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,... 

Psychocandy and Vertigo: An Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson

February 5, 2015

Psychocandy and Vertigo: An Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson Jóhann Jóhannsson has built a staggering body of work that lends itself a certain freedom that many other modern classical composers are either too “academic” or “dry” to achieve. Through film scores, music for stage work, and albums on various experimentally-minded labels...