REVIEWS

KENNETH KIRSCHNER & JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE – FROM THE MACHINE, VOLUME 1 (GREYFADE, 2021)

Two experimental composers use technology as a compositional tool for acoustic instruments, in the first of an exciting multi-part musical series. Composers Kenneth Kirschner and Joseph Branciforte aren’t satisfied with normal methods of composition. Their curiosity and sense of adventure branch out beyond the sounds they dream up and into the actual method of composition. …

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ROSS GENTRY – PRISM OF DUST (POLAR SEAS RECORDINGS)

Recording under Villages and under his own name, I’ve heard Ross Gentry’s work across a variety of mediums and labels including some GOAT American and European experimental documenters like Bathetic and Oscarson. Landing on Polar Seas Recordings seems like a natural fit compositionally and as a torch bearer for earlier boutique labels focusing on ambient …

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SHMU – THE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE MY BODY (ORANGE MILK RECORDS, 2021)

The latest album from Austin-based artist Samuel Chown, a.k.a. Shmu, sees him veering out into even more experimental territory – with often thrilling results. A peek into the discography of Samuel Chown, also known as Shmu, shows a voyage of intense creativity and artistic restlessness. On past albums like Bliss, Vish, Shhh!!!!, and Discipline/Communication, Chown …

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ELMOREA – BEND EP

Reacting with the chance connections and neuro-landscape of the modular synth brain and watching these decisions branch and spread from their source, Bend by the Canadian artist Elmorea is a beautifully configured and highly generative piece of synth based composition. In it we hear the crackling of noise gates being turned on and off at …

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NICK SCHOFIELD – GLASS GALLERY (Backward Music, 2021)

The latest release from the Canadian composer sees him using classic architecture and a vintage synthesizer to create a collection of immersive, ambient beauty. The ambient and new age music that thrived in Japan in the ‘80s (lovingly compiled in Light in the Attic’s Grammy-winning collection Kankyo Ongaku) was, in part, a celebration of the …

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WOLFF PARKINSON WHITE – VERITABLE RAPUNZEL (Self-Released, 2021)

Drummer Jochen Rueckert revives his experimental (and drum-less) electronic project Wolff Parkinson White, and it’s another wild, adventurous ride. For more than a decade, the German-born, New York-based drummer Jochen Rueckert has enjoyed stepping away from the drum kit to indulge in what he refers to on his Bandcamp page as “hard-to-listen-to electronic music.” Indeed, …

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