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“Digital Junkies in Strange Times” reviewed by Chain DLK

Delving deep into the laptop, “Digital Junkies In Strange Times” is a genre-ignoring collection of electronic ambiences that draws ethereal samples shamelessly from any source that appeals. Most prominently this is R&B acapellas (some re-recorded presumably for legal reasons), processed to drift in out of our consciousness like a distant radio broadcast, but other found […]

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“Digital Junkies in Strange Times” reviewed by Data.-Wave

The brand-new Ran Slavin’s album, which was just released on the label Crónica, sounded incredibly awesome in my media player. I’ve always been interested in his music, but I was surprised to discover that Digital Junkies in Strange Times was even more intriguing than his previous work. Not long ago, Data.Wave hosted an interview with […]

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“Juryo: Durée de la vie de l’ainsi-venu” reviewed by Gonzo Circus

De Franse componist Emmanuel Mieville studeerde geluidstechniek bij een filmopleiding en musique concrète bij de beroemde Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). Verder verdiepte hij zich in noet-Westerse instrumenten en speelde hij in een (Frans) gamelan-orkest. Die verschillende leerscholen klonken door in zijn uitgaven die in de afgelopen ruime tien jaar her en der verschenen. Bijvoorbeeld […]

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“Geography” reviewed by HIS Voice

Do katalogu portugalského labelu Crónica přibylo po deseti letech nové dílo Vitora Joaquima, laptopisty, výtvarníka a online aktivisty, od osmdesátých let jednoho z nejvýraznějších představitelů portugalské elektronické scény. Nové CD nese název Geography a je inspirováno myšlenkami amerického vědce, fyziologa a geografa Jareda Diamonda, zejména jeho dílem Osudy lidských společností (Guns, Germs, and Steel: The […]

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“Under my Skin” reviewed by Bodyspace

Para estudar. O título pode, à partida, parecer enganador. Só quando chegamos aos minutos finais de “Under My Skin”, tema homónimo que é um de dois pontos finais do disco, e ao sample rouco da canção de Frank Sinatra com o mesmo nome, é que percebemos que existe, aqui, algo de humano ou de carnal; […]

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“The Mediterranean Drift” reviewed by Data.Wave

This time the spotlights are on the release called The Mediterranean Drift, another record made by a musician living by the Mediterranean Sea. The album begins with the track Losing coordinates inthe Mediterranean Drift that lasts more than 15 minutes. The first thing you hear are floating slow and viscous guitars with simultaneous rustles and […]

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“Geography” reviewed by The Sound Projector

Vitor Joaquim, Porto’s celebrated laptop geomancer, tries to nail it all down with Geography, which sounds like a statement of intent. The opening title track confirms his intentions, as it arrives with sampled speech from some sort of space mission documentary. It’s as if Joaquim is pulling back to show us the planet in its […]

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

Dopo trent’anni di pratica compositiva — a partire da THU20 sino alla pura ricerca sulle componenti struturalli del suono — passando attraverso varie esperienze a margine da co-editore di Vital Magazine e da fondatore della piattaforma web EARlabs.org, Jos Smolders negli ultimi anni ha applicato alla propria produzione artistica le pratiche Zen a cui si è […]

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“Juryo: Durée de la vie de l’ainsi-venu” reviewed by Sonic Seducer

GRM Absolvent Emmanuel Mieville betätigt sich auf “Juryo” als Veranstalter und Leiter einer akustischen Rundreise durch Asien — und liefert als Bonus eine Verbeugung vor Antonin Artauds Buch “Héliogabale, Ou, L’Anarchiste Couronné” ab. Diese eröffnet “Juryo” mit zittrigen Klängen aus dem Ringmodulator. Die Harmonien stehen kurz vor dem Zusammenbruch und man muss nicht allzu genau […]

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

The modular synthesizer has always been a remarkable instrument: a huge panel of boxes with knobs and sliders, with components that can be replaced, converted and connected at will. I would imagine that playing such a machine is quite similar to steering a space ship, and that compulsive players of flight simulation games must have […]

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