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On Chance & Randomness: Improvising with Mal Devisa

May 26, 2015

On Chance & Randomness: Improvising with Mal Devisa In this series for Decoder, I talk with some of the musicians in  The Spacesuits collective on the role of chance and randomness in their work. The Spacesuits is an international collective of musicians working in tandem to generate new creation myths, taking their cues from pioneer Afrofuturist, Sun... 

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: International Veterans & Techno Revisionists

May 12, 2015

MUTEK Montréal 2015: International Veterans & Techno Revisionists 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...