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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by RNE 3 Atmosfera

Durante su preparación, colocando el papel, mojando el pincel y moliendo la piedra de la tinta, el calígrafo está profundamente concentrado. Luego, cuando está listo, realiza el dibujo en unos cuantos movimientos rápidos. Esta alegoría le sirve a Jos Smolders para afirmar que sus trabajos siempre han sido precisos, meticulosamente editados. En la última década […]

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“Intuited Architectures” reviewed by Sigil of Brass

Graeme Truslove is a composer and performer based in Glasgow, Scotland. His output includes sonic and audio-visual compositions, and improvised music – playing guitar and/or laptop in various solo and collaborative projects. He holds both an M.Eng in Electronics with Music, and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Glasgow. He currently lectures […]

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“Intuited Architectures” reviewed by Chain DLK

Graeme Truslove’s sonic mosaics use glitchy, electronic sounds to create gently disquieting ethereal soundscapes full of synthetic bubbles, clicks and pitter-patters. Exploring automation techniques, Truslove generates music that seems to be disassembling and reassembling itself. The opening “Suite II”, in three parts, is generally quite frantic. Tones and layers shift impatiently, never settling into one […]

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“Digital Junkies in Strange Times” reviewed by Rockerilla

Ran Slavin è un virtuoso del laptop, che si è ormai imposto nella cultura musicale contemporanea come uno strumento a sé a tutti gli e etti. E etti che nel caso della musica di Slavin si palesano in una manciata di pezzi techno dove a farla da padrone è un’ambient “sporca” e spuria nella quale […]

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“Hiku Komuro, Hikikomori” reviewed by Rockerilla

La Cronica non delude mai con le sue pubblicazioni e anche questa volta fa centro con la cassetta dell’artista spagnolo Durán Vázquez, autore di tracce sperimentali reperibili ovviamente anche in digitale. Il galiziano utilizza software di Windows, vecchi plug-ins degli anni 90, campionamenti da vecchi videogame anni 80 e varia strumentazione per un lavoro la […]

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“The Wayward Regional Transmissions” reviewed by Data.Wave

This is another chapter in our research project of Ran Slavin’s music, where we are listening to The Wayward Regional Transmissions. Artwork of the album is very original, we are looking down to the desert’s surface from a satellite, while receiving a transmission or from the command centre. Every single of Ran’s releases is a […]

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“Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording” reviewed by Vital

Ten years ago J. Smolders quit developing work from preconceived compositions, planned into the smallest details. Since them, he has been using ways of work more undefined and fuzzy. While taking these steps, he cultivates states of deep concentration, and then he makes the work with a few quick touches. He uses these elements when […]

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“Stikhiya” reviewed by Vital

Let go theorizing, theories, rational reasoning. Strive for Stikhiya. Or: primitive immediacy. Then and there, organic holistic experiences (may) emerge, dixit Yorgis Sakellariou. It’s where unfathomable and formless forces of perception are at play; awe-inspiring, myth-making. On his cassette Sakellariou manipulates field recordings from various sources; be it natural or technological/industrial, be it in the […]

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“Intuited Architectures” reviewed by Vital

From Scotland Graeme Truslove bridges the divide between fixed-medium electroacoustic composition and performance based on improvisation. From meticulous structuring of aural mosaics with sonic impulses placed at exactly the right time, place, texturing et cetera, Truslove moved into the realms of the recording and manipulation of these works. Consequently and rather ironically, as technology advanced, […]

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“Hiku Komuro, Hikikomori” reviewed by Chain DLK

On paper, you might assume an album structured from old Nintendo game sounds and 1990’s-era VSTs would be cheeky chiptunes- but this Durán Vázquez album is nothing of the sort. ‘Hikikomori’ is social reclusion and while the atmosphere here is insular, and isolated, this isn’t the sound of somebody playing computer games. This is tense […]

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