New releases – May 2020 (1)

Songs For A Tired City – Songs For A Tired City (digital, self-released)

Indian musicians Shiv Ahuja (Eurorack synthesizer and tape loops) and Jayant Manchanda (computer with Max/MSP) composed here a minimalistic ambient album that often includes voice samples, glitches, drones, sometimes gentle beats. A music that sometimes evokes some lost radio transmissions and forgotten post-industrial soundscapes. [cdrk]


group A – Circulation (vinyl, digital, mecanica)

The Japanese duo group A comes back with a new album, such as the previous one (70 + a), while they keep their uniqueness, industrial music influences as well is 1970s-1980s minimalist electronic music spread through their compositions : tiny bits of Cabaret Voltaire, SPK or Tolerance references here and there.
This new album is also more instrumental than what they released before. [cdrk]


KMRU – Continual (digital, self-released)

Two new tracks by Kenyan artist KMRU : cinematica ambient with field recordings. [cdrk]


Kid Fourteen – Love (Side B) (digital, self-released)

Lebanese singer project led by Khodor Ellaik (ex-Beirut Scum Society) together with Karim Shams and Dani Ghassan released four tracks that didn’t make it on his latest album Love. While electronic (rock ?) Love is still strongly influenced by Suicide, three of the tracks take another direction, quieter but still deeply rooted in the 1970s. [cdrk]


Slikback – Lasakaneku / Tomo LP (vinyl, digital, Hakuna Kulala)

Kenyan artist Slikback comes back with a new LP that includes two of his previous digital releases (Lasakaneku and Tomo as you may have understood) and several more tracks.
Slikback presents a minimalist rhythmical music that contains heavy and deep bass drums, treated voice samples and electronics ; Slikback develops his own style but grabs some influences here and there from trap (on Kite) to hardcore techno (on Zuhura), some touch of gqom or heavily distorted beats and East African rhythmic structures are never far away.
If you are used to what the label SVBKVLT releases, this new LP might be of interest, this new album is less distorted and not as punchy as his collaboration with Chinese musician Hyph11E but nevertheless very interesting. [cdrk]


Dirar Kalash / Joke Lanz / Utku Tavil / Jasper Stadhouders – KALATA​(​JA) at Loophole (digital, self-released)

Intense free improv, noise jazzcore, hatever you name it, well known figures of the Berlin and international scene (Palestine, Switzerland, Turkey, the Netherlands) who really go to the extreme, take Sudden Infant‘s noises, spoken words and screams , BEEATSZ v2.0999e‘s heavy noisegrind drums, Dirar Kalash‘s noise experiments and Jasper Stadhouders‘ distorted free improv guitar, put this in a blender and here we go, all recorded at Loophole, Berlin. [cdrk]


Taku Sugimoto – DDDD (digital, self-released)

Originally released as cassette in 1985, these three tracks were composed with guitar, objects, tape. Sound experimentations, free improvisation and sometimes noise. [cdrk]


iPlayAlone – Falling rain (digital, self-released)

Thai guitarist iPlayAlone (Pengboon Don) improvises with guitar and field recordings or do the birds, frogs and insects improvise with him ? [cdrk]


AtheerSoot – Like we’re spinning in a glass Carousel (digital, self-released)

Syrian composer AtheerSoot presents two ambient tracks : Like we’re spinning in a glass Carousel where sad and slightly distorted melodies and drones let you dive into a state of trance until you suddenly wake up next to a river while Let the sea washes it all away brings you back to an eerie and melancholic place. [cdrk]


Omar Fadel Hadi – Horizon (digital, self-released)

13 minutes of relaxing ambient music by Iraqi musician Omar Fadel Hadi. [cdrk]


Asher.Zax – The Last Shall be First (cassette, digital, self-released)

Meira Asher and Eran Sachs (who is also a member of Hyperion Ensemble, Lietterschpich and more), well known politically active Israeli musicians present here an album that explores noise, industrial, experimental music with a touch of power electronics, together with Ben Riftin featured on several tracks.
The album includes L’abolition De La Croix (Antonin Artaud) and Resist my people, resist them, a text by Palestinian poet, photographer, and activist Dareen Tatour.
Asher.Zax directed their machines at the occupation and the anniversaries of: 69 years of Israeli state occupation of Palestine, day 21 of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, the death of Bobby Sands who died on day 66 of his hunger strike in 1981.” [cdrk]


Yasuyuki Uesugi – I Have A Lot Of Insistence That No One Else Understands (digital, self-released)

Old school noise composed with (very) old and also new gears (such as some Japanese-built JMT synth and effect). The music is very repetitive and gives the impression to the listeners that they are visiting a factory, the sounds are not abrasive but mesmerising, sometimes close to harsh noise wall. [cdrk]


Gen Thalz – 8​=​=​=​0 {o} (digital, self-released)

Filipino composer Gen Thalz presents four tracks whose sound source are electromagnetic noises of laptop and cellphone. The result is a drone, ambient, lowcase, onkyokei album, if I may summarise it so : extreme minimalism. [cdrk]

New releases – April 2020 (2)

Alternate African Reality – Electronic, electroacoustic and experimental music from Africa and the diaspora (2CD & digital, Syrphe)

Alternate African Reality could be seen as a drastic improvement of 30.2, a compilation released in 2012. The CD included nine artists from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Angola, Mauritius, South Africa, Réunion and Madagascar/France. But even if I was very happy with the result, I always thought I should do a deeper research, and another issue I faced was the fact that I didn’t manage to include any women in the project.

Alternate African Reality is musically diverse, including abstract but also beat-oriented music such as ambient, electronica, electroacoustic, noise, singeli, bass music, industrial hip hop, etc.

It includes 32 artists and bands from 24 African countries and the diaspora, and last but not least, 14 women are among those vibrant musicians and composers from South Africa, Nigeria, DRC (Congo), Lesotho, Angola, Morocco, Senegal, Mauritania, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, eSwatini (Swaziland), South Sudan, Ethiopia/Somalia, Cameroon, Egypt, Mozambique, Rwanda/Belgium, Algeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Réunion, Madagascar/France, Ghana/France, Tunisia : Sukitoa o Namau, Mash, Pö, Jako Maron, Robert Machiri, Cobi van Tonder, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, Shadwa Ali, Hibotep, Ibaaku, Emeka Ogbo, Chantelle Gray, Yao Bobby & Simon Grab, Catu Diosis and more ! [cdrk]


Yasuyuki Uesugi – I Deny Others Because My Heart Can’t Afford To Accept Others (digital, self-released)

Japanese artist Yasuyuki Uesugi plays some old school repetitive noise, somehow mechanical and mesmerising, listening to this album is like visiting the core of some gigantic machines. [cdrk]


Sooncrazy – Live at sanen sessions (digital, POTONG JARI)

Powerful harsh noise live session recorded at Kedampunk, in Denpasar (Bali). Not for the average tourist ! [cdrk]


SAABA – Inside out (digital, POTONG JARI)

Three tracks by Indonesian artist SAABA. The first piece’s beginning slowly starts with a dark loop on top of which layers of noise and crackles are being added step by step turning into noise, a crescendo that leads the listener where it suspected to go : a fantastic harsh noise climax. The second piece is made of  dark repetitive loops, ambient but sinister. The third piece is a classic harsh noise wall piece. [cdrk]


Dirar Kalash and David Birchall – Dynamisms (digital, al-bayān)

Palestinian composer and improviser Dirar Kalash spent several years in Europe, especially in the Netherlands and Germany to study and perform a lot of concerts, solo and with other improvisers. This album includes three tracks recorded with David Birchall (electric guitar) while Dirar, depending on the tracks improvises with electric guitars, violin, electronics or oud. Three tracks, three different atmospheres in the field of jazz, experimental and free improvised music. [cdrk]


Sharif Sehnaoui – Concave​/​Convex (digital, Sounds from the Corridor)

Well-known figure of the Lebanese free improv scene, founder of the yearly festival Irtijal together with improviser Mazen Kerbaj and the labels Al Maslakh and Annihaya, Sharif Sehnaoui recorded two new acoustic guitar pieces this month during the lockdown. [cdrk]


BEEATSZ v2.0999x – You Should Already Know Where This Is Going (minidisc & digital, self-released)

Turkish project BEEATSZ v2.0999x is hyper active as always : “recorded in Berlin, 45+ days into the block on life with logistic support of BUSS: Big & Ugly Soundsystem”, a sound system made to resist the harshest and noisiest music ever produced here.
Expect very short radical noisegrind tracks with a touch of industrial sometimes. [cdrk]


Midori Hirano – And I Am Here (digital, self-released)

Japanese artist Midori Hiran first published this album on Staaltape in 2014.
It mostly consists of short piano pieces, some mixed with field recordings from Europe and Japan and unlike some of her other releases contains almost no electronics.
Here slightly detuned piano creates intimate and ambient atmospheres, tiny postcards sent from some peaceful countrysides. [cdrk]


Sun Dawei – 現時之光 / Light From Now (digital, self-released)

Chinese composer Sun Sawei aka Sulumi presents two versions of an instrumental ambient electronica track, a bit pop, a bit melancholic. [cdrk]


Grisha Shakhnes – the lesser the water the firmer the jelly (digital, self-released)

Israeli composer Grisha Shakhnes aka Mites published three 20+ minutes pieces made of field recordings creating a minimalistic, eerie and sometimes oppressive atmosphere.
Two of the tracks have been recorded at home during the quarantine so rather than sounds of nature or urban traffic, expect more intimate sounds. [cdrk]


Li Nashao – L’intuition d’un devenir (cassette & digital, Senko Issha)

Improvised  electric guitar solo from Taiwan. Two live tracks, between dark free improv and noise, with a touch of space rock here and there. [cdrk]


Kamal Sabran – Obat Bunyi II (digital, self-released)

Malaysian composer Kamal Sabran presents the second part of his Obat Bunyi series.
Meditative ambient music where electronic and folk music blend. Malay and Indian instrumentations meet 1970s minimalistic and psychedelic music without falling deep into nostalgia or new age. Highly recommended. [cdrk]


Individual Distortion – 808acidgrind (digital, self-released)

Individual Distortion mixes various genres for years, from metal to harsh noise. This time as the album title tells it, acid music with cybergrind, hence, acidgrind as a new (?) genre. It starts with gentle acid techno that quickly becomes cybergrind. Interesting hybrid, Indonesia will never cease to surprise me ! [cdrk]


v.a. – Social Isolation (digital, Social Isolation)

“Created and compiled during the last week of March 2020, this compilation brings together the sound of artists in isolation creating music that’s reflective of our collective struggle during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Fifteen Indian ambient artists (mostly, a few tracks are rhythmical) : PhilterSoup, Corridors, Eashwar Subramanian, Coma Conscience, Swaroopa, Mallo, etc. [cdrk]


v.a. – Social Isolation II (digital, Social Isolation)

“This is the second edition of Social Isolation that was compiled during the first week of April 2020. The compilation brings together the sounds of various artists in confinement and quarantine who are creating music that’s reflective of our collective struggle during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Twenty Indian ambient artists and a pinch of ambient electronica and techno : Liquid Memoirs, Jayant Manchanda, Bidisha Das, Kaali, Manyu, Yidam and more. [cdrk]


Cenk Ergün & JACK Quartet – Sonare & Celare (digital, self-released)

D. Lippel say about this release : “Turkish-American composer Cenk Ergün writes music that achieves a hypnotic effect through masses of sound, repetition with subtle variation, and microtonality. Sonare & Celare are paired works written for the JACK Quartet that stand in opposition to one another. Sonare is mostly vigorous and loud while Celare is ethereal and soft. Despite the drastic contrasts between the two, both demonstrate Ergün’s fascination with delicate shadings of pitch and subtle shifts in phrase syntax that constantly reveal new vantage points on limited material.”
And there is nothing more to tell, this is a brilliant recording !


hashtag_blacknoise – SANS CoV​-​2 (digital, self-released)

One 27 minute piece by South African noise artist hashtag_blacknoise. Distorted vocal (I suppose a talk by Cyril Ramaphosa), distorted ambient and looped atmospheres. Perfect sound track for a dystopian sci-fi film telling about a pandemic… Oh, wait ! [cdrk]


Sulk Station – Dheere / Deewarein (digital, self-released)

Based in India, Sulk Station is a duo made of Tanvi Rao (vocals) and Rahul Giri (from Nepal, if I’m not mistaken, and living in India), their minimalist production are a mix of ambient electronica and synthpop with traces of Indian classical music. [cdrk]


Thylasine – weight  (digital, self-released)

Thylasine is a duo based in Cape Town, they play music based on cello, electric guitar, electronics and voice. They are heavily influenced by the new wave and post-punk scene from the 1980s, sometimes taking the most abrasive part of it. This new piece, between ambient and new wave is simply fantastic, sad, emotional, if I may give my humble opinion. [cdrk]


Government Alpha / scum – Live At OTOOTO Collaboration with Government Alpha (digital, self-released)

Collaboration between Japanese 1990s noisician Government Alpha and 2010s noisician scum. [cdrk]


Aragorn23 – Selected modular atmospheres vol. 2 (digital, self-released)

“As with my first volume of modular atmospheres, the pieces gathered here represent snapshots of longer sonic spaces created for inner travels.

Each track is composed using generative techniques on a modular synthesiser – once I’ve created a musical space with knobs, buttons and patch cables, I leave the system running, typically for several hours, while I sit with headphones on and allow myself to drift off.

Several of the pieces in this collection were created in the shadow of Covid-19 and the lockdown in South Africa; creating and listening to them has helped me tremendously with remaining grounded and calm. I hope you benefit from them too, in whatever way.

The final track, Lockdown, contains a rather beautiful poem by Franciscan monk, Brother Richard Hendrick. The hour-long mix was created as a soundtrack for my friend Neil’s Covid-19 virtual art exhibition, which you can read more about at 212 Productions.

This collection of music is totally free, but if you do wish to pay for it, all proceeds will be donated to local food outreach organisations that serve meals to vulnerable people.” [Aragorn23]


DJ Die Soon – Kappa Slap (vinyl & digital, Morphin Records)

Japanese beat maker DJ Die Soon join force with some great names of the Ugandan and Kenyan radical hip hop and death metal scene : Ecko Bazz, MC Yallah, Lord Spikeheart, as well as British MC Infinite Livez and Japanese MC and spoken word artist MA.
Here is finally the result of some great solo sets and collaborations performed in Jinja (Uganda) during Nyege Nyege Festival 2019 : electronic experimentations, industrial hip hop, distorted dark hop, spoken words, death metal growling, all combine to create this unique LP. [cdrk]


Don & The Multiverses – Up in the air. Suites (digital, self-released)

Don & The Multiverses is an ambient folk musician from Bangkok. This new album includes four tracks made of looped and processed electric guitar, harmonica, and sometimes distant voices. Don & The Multiverses explores ambient and drone atmosphere that could perfectly be featured in a surreal or horror film. [cdrk]


Wukir Suryadi – @home#01 (digital, self-released)

One track composed with a Thai jaw’s harp (pretty similar to the Vietnamese ones) by Indonesian instrument maker Wukir Suryadi (Senyawa). [cdrk]


Ash Koosha – FOREST (digital, self-released)

Based in London, Iranian composer Ash Koosha composed 17 electronic music pieces in the field of electronica and glitch occasionally tinged with some ambient pop and eastern melodies. [cdrk]


the nois society – Transmission (digital, self-released)

From Nepal, Ritesh Maharjan collects sounds from his daily life, experiment with them and seems to like distortion and feedback a lot. He is this time playing with wave transmissions, the result is less noisy than some of his other pieces but nevertheless interesting. [cdrk]


Menzi – Impazamo (cassette & digital, Hakuna Kulala)

Ugandan label dedicated to East African and Congolese electronic music goes down to South Africa, Durban to be precise. Durban is the centre of gqom, a very minimalistic version of kwaito, which is already a pretty minimalistic form of afrohouse, Menzi is one of its pioneers.
I often find that  many gqom artists all sound the same, partly due to the minimalistic aspect of the music but this one is an exception. All typical element of gqom are here : slow, deep, minimalistic, typical toms, voice samples but the darkness of Menzi’s music and the way he manages to turns this into a ritual is impressive and pretty unique, especially in the track GQOM Tera that features Uganda MC Ecko Bazz. [cdrk]


Aurat – Zeher (digital, self-released)

Aurat is a Pakistani-US duo whose music is deeply rooted in the 1980s post-punk scene. There new EP will make you travel in time from pure new wave (Waiting For You, Rehem, Aana) to minimal wave (Nasha), industrial (Saanp) and noise (Aaghaz). [cdrk]


Ytamo – Limited Leaf (digital, Room40)

Ytamo comes from Osaka, her music follows the tradition of minimalistic experimentations of some of the Japanese avant-garde from the 1970s and earls 1980s ( Haruomi Hosono – Coincidental Music or sometimes Phew but more gentle and perhaps a bit more gloomy), a fusion of pop, synthetic melodies, piano, minimalist and repetitive music, arrangements that seem to be out of sync but perfectly work together. [cdrk]


madam data – for Agnes Martin, six architectures in light and water (digital, self-released)

From Singapore, relocated in the USA, madam data presents six very minimalistic drone pieces : “Each piece is either the entirety or an excerpt of a long piece for modular synthesizer. Each had its beginnings in improvisation, but its details were refined over repeated recordings. Further small edits were made on a computer.”
The pieces are dedicated to and thoroughly fit her minimalistic abstract paintings. [cdrk]

New releases – December 2019 (1)

v.a. – VV​-​VA​-​00 (CD & digital, VV​-​VA​/٧٨-٧٧)

VV​-​VA​-​00 is the first release of VV-VA, a new Lebanese label run by Jawad Nawfal aka Munma, also known for his duo Tasjiil Moujahed. This collaboration includes a lot of his collaborations and collaborators, all based in Beirut : Mazen El Sayed (El Rass), Elyse Tabet (_Litter), Sharif Sehnaoui, Jad Atoui and Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs). Despite the sometimes very different scenes some of the musicians come from (from hip hop to free improv), the compilation maintains a very good unity, the tracks are for most ambient and electronica, many are instrumental, some include voices. (cdrk)


Serata Keiji – Ambiguous boundaries (digital, AMART)

Very peaceful and relaxing drone and ambient album with a pinch of field recordings ba Japanese composer Serata Keiji. (cdrk)


Normal Brain- Lady Maid (CD, cassette, vinyl, digital, WRWTFWW Records)

“Originally released in 1981 as a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Agi Yuzuru’s fabled experimental label Vanity Records (R.N.A. Organism, Dada, Sympathy Nervous, Tolerance…), Lady Maid is a testament to the creativity of the early 80s’ Japanese electronic and experimental scene, encapsulating a prolific era when audio gear became affordable for musicians to explore sounds in the comfort of their home, free from studio time pressure and major label rules.” (from the labels’ page)


Miftah Bravenda – It’s Alright EP (digital, self-released)

New EP for Tangerang (a town at the outskirt of Jakarta) based Miftah Bravenda. From post-rock to electronic pop music. (cdrk)


Mise_En_Scene – -O​-​R​-​G​-​A​-​N-  (cassette & digital, Crónica)

Mise_En_Scene is an Israeli solo project active for more than a decade.
-O​-​R​-​G​-​A​-​N- is a very minimalistic meditative drone album, except for the fifth track, remixed by sound artist Adam Basanta who provides a glitch/electronica piece. (cdrk)


Sankara Future Dub Resurgence – Drawing On Ancestral Knowledge (digital, Indigenous Resistance)

Excellent industrial dub made in Uganda and the UK. The release includes four heavy bass and distorted dub tracks with political lyrics, recorded in Kampala.
Sankara Future Dub Resurgence is a trio made of Ras Isaacs (percussions), Ras Charles (dj), Kabaka labartin Klacity (vocals) featuring Indonesian guest vocalist Nina and Dhangsha aka Dr Das, Churulian (Asian Dub Foundation) (noisy electronics).
You can watch their video on Vimeo. (cdrk)


Pengboon Don – I play Alone (digital, self-released)

Pengboon Don is one of the few free improvisers in Thailand. This new release contains one improvised piece for guitar, effects and field recordings. (cdrk)


Xu Shaoyang, Fiona Lee, Livia Garcia – live at cafe oto (digital, self-released)

This live recording is a mix of jazz piano and field recordings made in Honk Kong by Fiona Lee during the demonstrations happening in 2019, a field recording collage that you can hear here. (cdrk)


Fiona Lee – Hong Kong 9 June to 12 Sep 2019 (digital, self-released)

“This track is the field recordings on the protest to No Extradition Law in Hong Kong, from 9June 2019 to 12 Sep 2019.
From the first day till now, we Hong Kong people step out to fight for our right and freedom.
This track is including around 7 days recordings during the protest.” (Fiona Lee)


4lienetic – Abstract (digital, self-released)

4lienetic is a solo project based in Mumbai, India. This new album contains six ambient tracks, mostly electronic but here and there with post-rock or classical music influences, that remind of a film score. (cdrk)


DETHOMEGA – sub singularity (digital, Acid Distribution)

Filipino electronic music composer Dethomega is back with a new album that mixes plunderphonics, ambient, post-industrial, noise electronics that reminds of some music productions from the late 1990s. (cdrk)


madamdata – 3f requiem (digital, self-released)

One long onkyokei track by Singaporean artist madamdata : filtered minimalistic high pitch tones (feedback ?). (cdrk)


Fahmi M. – Climate Change (digital, self-released)

Hyper active Indonesian composer Fahmi M. provides us here some electroacoustic tracks made with modular synth. (cdrk)


BRRR. – Gendam Sukma (part1) (digital, self-released)

BRRR. is Mahamboro, a musician from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. This one track release is inspired by Javanase culture (no gamelan in here !) and rhythmical industrial music. (cdrk)


Arcade Ghoul – Heart of a Statue (digital, self-released)

Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Arcade Ghoul released a ten tracks album that oscillates between post-industrial, distorted electronics, rhythmic industrial and lo-fi ambient ballads. (cdrk)


Torturing Nurse / Bobryk – Vutuv / Why (cassette & digital, ЩЫЛ)

Split between Chinese harsh noise performer Torturing Nurse and Ukrainian noise artist Bobryk. (cdrk)


Reza Solatipour – The Gate (cassette, CDr & digital, Eighth Tower Records)

Reza Solatipour is an Iranian dark ambient artist. This new album contains ten dark and cinematic tracks that include many traditional ingredients of the genre : whispering, drones, reverberated choirs, tribal rhythm deeply buried in the background, dark melodies, and so on. (cdrk)


Ecko Bazz – Kyusa Embela (digital, Hakuna Kulala)

Great hip hop made in Kampala, Uganda, Ecko Bazz teams up with UK music producer pq to deliver three dark, distorted and heavy tracks between bass music and industrial hip hop. (cdrk)


Hoshiko Yamane & Mikael Lind – Spaces In Between (CD & digital, Time Released Sound & Time Sensitive Materials)

“Hoshiko Yamane is a classically trained violinist, and a current member of the legendary band Tangerine Dream. She’s also an accomplished composer, and whether releasing and playing under her own name, or as Tukico, her unique sound often features looped strings together with Moog synths and effects.

Mikael Lind has released several albums of experimental ambiances, often drifting between either more classical Warp style electronica, or a modern classically oriented sound. Early this year, Hoshiko and Mikael decided to try to compose two tracks together, mostly out of curiosity. Thrilled by the outcome of the first two songs, they ended up finishing this entire album!” (from the label’s page)


Miki Yui – wigawiga​/​wigawigawiga (casette & digital, Hasana Editions)

“Based in Germany for the last two decades, Japan-born Miki Yui’s music is relatively small in scale but exceptionally rich in texture. She is known for her peculiar minimalistic and organic approach towards sound, balancing a delicate tiny hiss to a distant hum, quirky electronic clicks and field recordings, and sculpted it into unhurried pieces of composition with suspense and narrative tension. wigawiga/wigawigawiga was recorded live earlier this year in her Düsseldorf studio, and is a manifestation of the memory of lived events. An ever-flowing streams, constantly rise and recede, reveal then erase its own traces, fading after having appeared or being awakened, crafting a poem of abstract landscapes.” (from the label’s page)


Das B – Canopy (CD & digital, ТОПОТ)

Das B is an international project founded in 2015 in Berlin and including Lebanese free improv musician Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), German improviser Magda Mayas (piano), Australian improvisers Mike Majkowski (double bass) and Tony Buck (percussion) well known for playing with The Necks. Excellent team for an excellent result, a perfectly crafted free improv live recording at the Konfrontationen festival in Austria.

New releases (August 2019)

Mireille Kyrou / Vox Populi! – Experimental Lineage (digital, nostalgie de la boue)

“This release is composed of the only two recorded works by musique concrète pioneer Mireille Kyrou (1931-2017), and of ‘Koro Wild’, played and composed by her son Axel Kyrou, main member of Vox Populi!”

Mireille Kyrou was born in September of 1931 in the town of Cairo. Her mother was French and her father was part of a family that migrated from Palestine to Egypt.

The only available recorded track by Mireille Kyrou is ‘Etude 1’, released on the mythical album from 1964, ‘Musique Concrète’, edited by Philips, also featuring music from giants of musique concrète, such as Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis, or Luc Ferrari. The main sound sources for this track were a comb and a feather. (Editor’s note : the track appeared on several electroacoustic music anthologies such as Archives GRM in 2004 and Traces One in 2012)

The second track featured here, ‘Film Musique’, is unreleased, and recorded in the same environment and historical period as ‘Etude 1’. It is the soundtrack of an experimental film, which nothing seems to be known about. Although Mireille thought that the track wasn’t supposed to be listened without the film, she eventually agreed to release it.

Mireille had a peculiar love for the Vox Populi! track called ‘Koro Wild’ and insisted that it would be played at her funeral. It proved to be a strong experience, felt by all friends and members of the family attending the ceremony.
‘Koro Wild’ was recorded over a long period, 1994 to 2007, in France, Japan and Burkina Faso. All field recordings and instruments done and played by Axel Kyrou. First released on taâlem.” (taken from Axel Kyrou’s note)


Yan Jun – Feedback (CD & digital, Yan Jun / ORAL_records)

“this is one of the first works i created in my new studio in beijing.
actually my first studio in beijing.
i enjoy to stay in the room without doing anything. except some cups of tea.
i let the feedback went on. without any of my manual manipulation.
when i started with this set up back to 2007, i’d rather play it, move it, discover its possibility. nowadays i have “feedback solo” performance that i move my body instead of the instrument. in this recording neither the body of mine nor the instrument.
thanx eric mattson! thanx taku unami!

这是我在北京的新工作室做的第一批作品之一。
这是我在北京的第一个工作室。
我很享受待在这个屋子里,什么都不干,可能喝几杯茶。
我让反馈自己进行。没有做任何的干涉。
2007年开始用这套设置的时候,我演奏它、移动它、探索它的可能性。现在,我有时候会表演“反馈独奏”,我移动自己的身体,不碰设备。在这个录音里,既没有动自己的身体,也没有碰乐器。
感谢eric mattson!感谢宇波拓!” (note taken from Yan Jun’s page)


Vo Ezn – Mo​.​ar (digital, self-released)

Georgia starts to be well-known for its techno scene but Mika Motskobili aka Vo Ezn is part of a more radical concept : she experiments with sound. Mo.ar is a extract of a live performed at Heart of Noise Festival, TRAMatic ride in Innsbruck, Austria. Her musical approach reminds of musique concrète, repetitive electronic minimalism and early noise music. (cdrk)


Phubber – Phun (digital, FunctionLab)

Phubber is a young Chinese electronic music artist who studied conputer graphics in Japan – a universe that can be reflected in his often dystopian ambient and electronica : science-fiction universes and Chinese music influences that sometimes reminds me of Zaliva-D‘s work but more gentle.


Grave Blankets/Gamnad737 – Split Tape (cassette, digital, Tenzenmen)

Split release including one collaboration between Thai noise wall artist Gamnad737 and drone-noise-punk (or something like this) project Grave Blankets. Nice mix of ambient, harsh noise wall and psychedelic-noise-punk with a touch of post rock at some point. (cdrk)


Rey Sapienz – Mushoro (cassette, digital, Hakuna Kulala)

“Hailing from the Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, exiled Kampala based producer Rey Sapienz new 6 track ep continues to explore his unique style of weirdly abstracted soukous and kalindula. Fitting into a trajectory of Congolese artists who were fascinated by the possibilities of progressive electronic music of their time such as Denis Mpunga and Zazou Bikaye.

Rey breaks down traditional Congolese pop music into its constituent elements of dramatic vocals, fluid bass chords and dark and slowed down Soukous Synth melodies.” (Hakuna Kulala)


Liew Niyomkarn – The Secret of Mountains and Tropical Fruits (CD & digital, self-released)

“Inspired by a novel, The classic of mountains and the sea. The secret of mountains and tropical fruits conjures an image of a warm-cool landscape and airy atmosphere that can drive us somewhere.” (Liew Niyomkarn)

Liew presents here a softer variation of her music than makes you travel between ambient, electronica and new age. Dreamy atmosphere, electronic glitch and melodies that reminds the listener of water, khaen (a Northern Thai and Lao mouth organ), cicadas and so on. (cdrk)


Wukir Suryadi – Industrial Mutant 01 Indiestrial Mutant live concert at Semeru Alt Space (digital, self-released)

Wukir Suryadi, one half of infamous Indonesian duo Senyawa has been involved in the improvised music, noise and experimental scene for more than a decade now, inventing and building new instruments, he then creates a form of improvised music that blends distorted sounds with classical Indonesian music influences and repetitive sequences that now and then remind of doom and industrial music. (cdrk)


Wukir Suryadi – Nginguk (digital, self-released)

Second live concert release for Wukir, this time perhaps a bit more in the field of ambient rock and drone with some parts that clearly remind of Senyawa. (cdrk)


Gabber Modus Operandi – HOXXXYA (digital, SVBKVLT)

Indonesia’s Gabber Modus Operandi comes back with a powerful hardcore techno album on Shanghai-based label SVBKVLT. The release includes strong influences of happy hardcore, dangdut koplo (a variation of dangdut music that emerge in the 1990s), gamelan and rave music, each track track presents its own variation of the genre, from more melodic pieces to pure fast beat oriented hardcore techno. (cdrk)

“For this album, we owe a lot to the metal/noise scene and to the small rapidly growing rave crew in Denpasar, while at the same time a ton of influence strongly came from all the sounds blasting out from our banjar (neighborhood) community, the loudest spirits of Dangdut Koplo and Indonesian happy hardcore, to gamelan sounds and everything in between.” (Gabber Modus Operandi)


Various artists – Noise À Noise 2019​.​2 (digital, Noise À Noise)

This is the second compilation published by Iranian label Noise À Noise run by experimental musician and organiser Soheil Soheili.
Twenty carefully selected tracks, mostly composed by Iranian artists Abtin Gholampour, Owrang ft. Ghodsea, Aruman, Yellow Cream, Xerxes The Dark, XSIX, but also German-Taiwanese duo Stampf! who recently toured the country and did this Music for bycicles project, Leonie Roessler, C-drík, etc.
Glitch, dark ambient, electronica, electroacoustic, field recordings, techno and more. (cdrk)


Omar Fadel Hadi – The Destiny (digital, self-released)

Four new tracks by Iraqi artist Omar Fadel Hadi : new age, ambient with a pinch of traditional Iraqi music influence. (cdrk)


Goh Lee Kwang – Operator (digital, self-released)

Due to his more than prolific, it is hard to review all Lee Kwang’s release but also hard to not at least present one or two now and then.
Operator is a noise-glitch 45 minutes piece, one of his numerous sound experiments published this month. (cdrk)


Mukta-feen – رحلة الضوء الأزرق – the Journey of the Blue Light (digital, self-released)

Palestinian artist Mukta-feen composes political ambient music that incorporates a lot of noises, field recordings, some electronics and voices.
According to Ahmad Zaghmouri, this work is a multi-layered philosophical installation exhibition. (cdrk)

 

New releases

IZ – Kөlêngkê – 影子 Shadow (vinyl, WV Sorcerer Productions, Old Heaven Books)

“IZ is a Kazakh/Chinese band founded by Mamer, “IZ” means “footprint” in Kazakh. “Kөlêngkê 影子 Shadow” was recorded in 2010, when IZ was mutating from Kazakh folk / epics to post-industrial music, this classic album is a mixture of their recent experimental sound and early Kazakh traditional music instruments. Dombra, kobuz, mouth harp, with metal junk percussions. Previously released in CD and tape format, after 7 years, now “Kөlêngkê 影子 Shadow” is re-mastered by James Plotkin and finally released as a beautiful gatefold LP by Old Heaven Books & WV Sorcerer Productions.”
IZ樂隊在當代中國音樂中不可忽視,多年以來由哈薩克傳統音樂一直蛻變到現在的實驗工業聲響,參與過IZ的樂手也涵蓋了當下中國音樂圈很多重要的名字。IZ在不斷的否定自己,也在不斷的變異。除IZ之外,馬木爾和張東還有眾多的分支計劃,出品過大量的唱片,馬木爾個人也十分高產,從國內外的實驗音樂人到新疆乃至中亞多個國家的傳統民族音樂大師,探索的腳步從來沒有停止。《Kөlêngkê 影子》是2011年IZ以三人陣容錄制的唱片,當時IZ正處在從傳統哈薩克音樂到現在的工業噪音的轉變階段,這張專輯同時涵蓋了IZ後期的暴力聲響和早期的民間原聲樂器,獨一無二,也不會再次出現。
時隔7年之後,舊天堂書店攜手遊走在中法之間的音樂廠牌巫唱片/WV Sorcerer Productions將這張經典專輯首次出版為黑膠格式(180克),由著名美國制作人James Plotkin重新制作母帶。
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Sun Dawei – 僧侶與藝術家 / Monks & Artists (digital, Shanshui)

Active in the Chinese scene since the early 2000s, Sun Dawei (aka Sulumi, also member of breakcore duo Panda Twin) has since relocated to Osaka, Japan.
This new release is above all a very quiet and ambient album with gentle techno influences on the tracks Cliff / 崖壁 and Replace / 替代. (cdrk)


Fahmi Mursyid – The Actualising Self (digital, self-released)

The Actualising Self is the final year project done in Lai Wei Min’s final year at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media for their specialisation in visual communications. the soundtrack (that contains voice over by Lai Wei Min) has been composed by Fahmi Mursyid (aka Idiologikal) from Bandung, Indonesia. Both mixes featured on this release are meditative ambient tracks, you cal also watch the original audiovisual work on Youtube. (cdrk)


Xu Cheng – IN RED (digital, play rec)

Xu Cheng is an ex-member of Shanghainese noise project Torturing Nurse,  who co-founded in 2017 the label play rec with experimental musician Wang Changcun. The three pieces presented in this release are re-works and adaptations of music composed in 2012, 2013 and 2018. The first piece contains samples of a previous performance together with Huang Lei and Wang Tian, such as in the third piece, Xu Cheng operates in the field of drone and electroacoustic  with a pinch of soft noise ; the second piece was part of a theatre play called Ge Le Mountain (歌乐山) by Yao Bo. Zhao Chuan and co. and is a more meditative work. (cdrk)


Audrey Chen – Runt Vigor (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“Audrey Chen’s long-awaited new solo album “Runt Vigor” is an adventurous sonic exploration of the voice, cello and analog electronics.

She began her relationship with sound through the cello and voice over 30 years ago and since the past 15 years, her predominant focus has been her solo work, joining together the extended and inherent vocabularies of the cello, voice and analog electronics.” (Karlrecords)


Konstrukt + Keiji Haino – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live) (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“Second album by Turkish free jazz musicians Konstrukt and the Japanese avant-garde / noise icon Keiji Haino, this time recorded live in concert. Celebrating their 10th anniversary these days, Konstrukt have since been creating an impressive catalogue including collaborations / performances with significant musicians like Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Akira Sakata, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Michael Zerang (and more) that gained them an ever growing audience and media attention.” (Karlrecords)


R.A.N. – Şeb​-​i Yelda (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“R.A.N. is the dark electronic / rhythmic ambient music project by Hüma Utku. “Şeb-i Yelda” is available as 12” and download. Hailing from İstanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, Hüma Utku has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. (Roads At Night) she released her debut album ”Her Trembling Ceased”, followed by the remix album ‘Remixed: Stories Retold’ (both 2015, Partapart Records), and contributed several tracks and remixes to various compilations.” (Karlrecords)


Zhu Wen Bo – Duo with Jun-Y Ciao (digital, self-released)

Chinese experimentalist Zhu Wen Bo (clarinet, founder of the cassette label Zoomin’ Night – 燥眠夜) and Jun-Y Ciao (sopranino saxophone), recently published three improvised music pieces performed live and infamous Beijing music venue fRUITYSPACE, in September 2018. (cdrk)


Domadana Kadodi Performers, Sun C, Bamba Pana – Kadodi (vinyl & digital, Nyege Nyege Tapes)

“After almost 15 years of peddling his own cd’s and tapes on the streets of Mbale, Robert Mugamba’s Kadodi finally get a proper introduction to the outside world thanks to the increasingly vital Nyege Nyege Tapes crew. ‘Kadodi’ pairs a transfixing percussive soundtrack with modern electronic contributions from Bamba Pana and Sun C, resulting in another remarkable document from the pearl of Africa.” (Boomkat)


Morego – Solivagant (digital, self-released & D.M.T. Records)

“Morego is the musical project founded by Tehran-based producer Morego Dimmer (aka Xerxes The Dark, Nyctalllz). Known for his cerebral and experimental vein of dark ambient music, Solivagant dips into peculiar, yet cohesive IDM/downtempo strains. Its nine tracks spanning just over 30-minutes, the release feels like an album with an extended player outer shell.” (D.M.T. Records)


BNSU – Brand New Shit Upcoming #1 (digital, Brain Pussyfication)

Noise ? Noisegrind ? Extreme industrial ? The Berlin-based Japanese-Turkish duo (Kazehito Seki : voice & BEEATSZ : drums, electronics) offers us ten radical live tracks recorded at Villa Kuriosum’s Krach Keller in Berlin earlier this year. The album clearly evokes Osaka’s radical japanoise scene of the 1990s, all for the best ! This is a pre-order. (cdrk)


sinin – V1 (digital, self-released)

Bengali electronic musician sinin just released four minimalistic gems, subtle intimate atmosphere that oscillates between gentle ethereal techno and ambient music. Don’t take me wrong, this is not minimal techno, fortunately ! (cdrk)


Jacqueline George (cassette & digital + magazine, Autogenesis)

Jacqueline George is a composer and field recordist from Cairo, Egypt. She is a member of the international collective Salims Salon. For this release (that comes with the first Autogenesis magazine), she was asked “to reflect on her coming to be, crossing individual and collective memory, in order to deliver a sonic piece to serve as a manifest of identity and empowerment.” The result is a sound scape made of field recordings, voices, whispers, cinematic atmospheres. Probably her most accomplished work until now. (cdrk)


v.a. – Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese music (CDr & digital, Unexplained Sounds Group)

Unlike the title seem to imply, the compilation is not about the electroacoustic music genre but music that blends electronics and acoustics. In any case, this is one more fine selection of artist done by the Italian label Unexplained Sounds Group : Tony Elieh, Marc Codsi, Jad Atoui, Youmna Saba, Fadi Tabal, Joseph Doumet, Sharif Sehnaoui, and more. Post-rock, free improv, musique concrète, ambient, drone, modular synthesis… Some of the biggest names of the Beirut scene on one album, there is nothing to complain about ! (cdrk)


v.a. – Girih: Iranian Sound Artists Volumes I – IV (cassette & digital, Zabte Sote)

This brilliant compilation comes in two different versions (apart of the digital ones) : one box set of four cassettes with booklet and the four cassettes releases individually. I would consider it to be a follow-up of four other great Iranian compilations : Visions of Darkness (Unexplained Sounds Group & Cold Spring, 2017), Dūr Untash (Unexplained Sounds Group, 2017) and Iran experimental underground 016 survey (Unexplained Sounds Group, 2016) and Kollektive 1 (BITROT, 2015) – a compilation published in Tehran which also includes a few foreigners. Nevertheless, Girih does not only explore the dark ambient side of Iran such as the Unexplained Sounds Group one did, they let the listener reflect on the great variety of electronic music that is being produced in Iran and by the Iranian diaspora. 42 pieces and artists in the field of ambient, industrial, techno, electroacoustic, drone, electronica, such as NUM, mHz, 9T Antiope, Pouya Pour-Amin, Saba Alizadeh, Mehdi Jalali, Leila, etc. Not to be missed ! (cdrk)


Vo Ezn – Live at Red Light Radio x Tbilisi (digital, self-released)

Mika Motskobili aka Vo Ezn is a composer, musician, sound artist, painter, video artist and sculptor from Georgia. She works with acoustic sounds, loops, electronics and composes a kind of repetitive music concrète, a form of sound art that evokes little machines operating in a parallel universe. Live at Red Light Radio x Tbilisi is devided in three parts, all recorded live. (cdrk)


Fung | Sudarshan Chandra Kumar | Goh Lee Kwang – Mou Tou Rooftop Artist Run Space, July 21st  (digital, self-released)

Goh Lee Kwang is obviously the most prolific sound artist and improviser in Kuala Lumpur. The live session recorded in two parts with two other improvisers, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar and Fung is in the vein of Lee Kwang’s work but not as repetitive as his latest compositions, still minimalistic but more eclectic, concrete sounds, no-input mixing desk screeching high pitched tones and some “wilder” moments where all three musicians surf around free improvisation for electronics. (cdrk)


Yuen Chee Wai and Ryoko Ono DUO – NEWDUO series 009 (digital, self-released)

The NEWDUO series are improvised duo recordings series initiated by Japanese alto saxophonist artist Ryoko Ono (小埜涼子) who presents this time a collaboration with Singaporean electronic improviser Yuen Chee Wai. Abstract sound art meets free improv. (cdrk)


Barkın Engin & Tuna Pase – Rest (digital, self-released)

Turkish composers Tuna Pase (electronics, flute, voice & glockenspiel) and Barkın Engin (electronics, guitar & glockenspiel) started to play together in 2014. They are now back with a second album, a pleasant mixture of partly improvised, electroacoustic and ambient music with a touch of ethereal pop. As the duo mentions it, improvisation forms  the backbones of the pieces, nevertheless these improvisations lead to neatly composed tracks. (cdrk)


More links about those mentioned artists can be found on Syrphe’s database.

CTM Festival 2016 : New geographies

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Music is now more than ever integrated into the global circulation of ideas, knowledge, people and commodities. Musicians everywhere have increasing access to digital resources that revolutionize music making and distribution. Internet and telecommunications intensify exchanges across existing cultural boundaries. At the same time, extreme regional disparities continue to exist in regards to the participation of minority communities, to political freedom, possibilities for mobility and travel, or when it comes to access to entry points into the dominant music markets.

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This year CTM will include many artists from Lebanon, Turkey, Mexico,  China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Tunisia, etc.

CTM will also publish a magazine and some talks and lectures will happen in various places in Berlin.

I´m happy to have been invited to write an article for the magazine and give a lecture during the festival too – more about this later this month ; meanwhile you can find plenty of informations, links, music, details and buy your tickets on the CTM website.

 
Le1f [US]     OG Maco [US]     Jlin [US]      Rødhåd [DE]     Visionist [UK]     Gesloten Cirkel [INT]     Nidia Minaj [PT]     Night Lovell [CA]     Mumdance [UK]     nkisi [UK]     KABLAM [SE]     Esplendor Geométrico [ES]     Rabit [UK]     Gaika [UK]     André Bratten [NO]     Buttechno [RU]     zutzut [MX]     Baris K [TR]     Paul Marmota [MX]     Praed [LB/CH]     Slick Shoota [NO]     Hmot [RU]     Thug Entrancer [US]     Takuya Taniguchi [JP]     Why Be [INT]     Resom [DE]     Native Instrument [INT]     gamut inc [DE]     Alienata [DE]     Purpurr Purple [NO]     Charlotte Bendiks [NO]     Low 808 [RU]     Mobile Girl [DE]     Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong [FR]     Beio [CN]     Disco Halal [INT] feat Moscoman, Delfonic, Autarkic & guests     Opium Hum [DE]     Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation [SG/INT]     Mikael Seifu [ET]     and more.

And special projects and commissions:      Rabih Beaini [LB] “The Red Right Hand” with Tommaso Cappellato [IT], Liz Allbee [US], Sharif Sehnaoui [LB], Sam Shalabi [CA/LB], Daniele De Santis [IT/DE], Sofia Jernberg [NO / INT], Rully Shabara [ID], Mazen Kerbaj [LB]     Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram with Hyperion Ensemble featuring Stephen O’Malley [INT]     Christoph Schlingensief’s “African Twin Towers” re-played by Hanno Leichtmann & Carolin Brandl [DE]     Anna Homler & Steven Warwick – “Breadwoman” [US]     Love Cult & Alina Filippova – “Nada” [RU]     Pedro Reyes — “Disarm (Mechanized)” [MX]