The Humble Bee & Offthesky – All Other Voices Gone, Only Yours Remains

France’s IIKKI has a ninth entry in its series of book-CD combinations. Visual artist Nieves Mingueza produced the former, The Humble Bee & Offthesky the latter. Like the eight releases before it, All Other Voices Gone, Only Yours Remains is described as a “dialogue” between the artists and is meant to be consumed either as … Continue reading The Humble Bee & Offthesky – All Other Voices Gone, Only Yours Remains

Adrian Corker – Music For Lock Grooves

The locked groove was introduced in the early days of vinyl record manufacturing for a purely practical reason – to prevent record-player needles from running onto the paper label if left unattended. These locks were silent. Unintentionally locked grooves soon followed. Damaged vinyl records, in addition to skipping, sometimes had flaws that caused the needle … Continue reading Adrian Corker – Music For Lock Grooves

OTSO – AAVE

It is remarkable how little music instruments change over time. Percussionists still pound drums and various other found objects. Symphony orchestras, even those with the most modernist repertoires, are not fundamentally different than they were one or two centuries ago. And the synthesizer, arguably the 20th century’s most significant musical step forward is still operated … Continue reading OTSO – AAVE

Mike Hansen – Paradox (a study of musique concrete)

One of my more embarrassing radio moments came in the early 1990s, as I began to develop an interest in the history of experimental music. Not having paid sufficient attention in French class, I was forever mispronouncing words containing the language’s various accents: l’accent aigu, l’accent grave, etc. This meant that the enthusiasm with which … Continue reading Mike Hansen – Paradox (a study of musique concrete)

Francisco López and Miguel A. García – Ekkert Nafn

Artists who produce instrumental music – or to put it more precisely, music that doesn’t feature vocals – are often asked how they decide on titles. At the risk of sounding elitist, that always struck me as one of the dumber questions in music journalism. Sure, not all music lends itself naturally to a pithy … Continue reading Francisco López and Miguel A. García – Ekkert Nafn