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ANNE GUTHRIE

Strongly Leaning with Irregular Crown

ANNE GUTHRIE

Strongly Leaning with Irregular Crown

Breathtaking, barely-there collage by the current MD of Brooklyn's S.E.M. Ensemble

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Ingram Marshall

Fog Tropes

Ingram Marshall

Fog Tropes

Deeply evocative American Avant-Garde composition circa 1979

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Papillon

La Cavale Des Chinois

Papillon

La Cavale Des Chinois

Kink Gong field recordings and Cédric Stevens' analogue modulators re-sculpted to abstract shapes

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Awkward Corners

Shaam

Awkward Corners

Shaam

Chris Menist's beautifully subtle recording of Pakistani vocal music

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RMillis

Secret Sentence

RMillis

Secret Sentence

Sublime Frequencies sound explorer isolates layered location recordings made in the Far East

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MOONDOG

In A Doorway

MOONDOG

In A Doorway

Louis Thomas Hardin jams with street noise in a New York doorway circa 1956-1957

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Kassel Jaeger

Exposure Scales: Poison

Kassel Jaeger

Exposure Scales: Poison

GRM engineer investigates properties of field recordings and exotic instruments

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ISTISHHAD

Motivational Prayer 5: At The Gates Of Paradise

ISTISHHAD

Motivational Prayer 5: At The Gates Of Paradise

Estonian black metal outsider pays unique tribute to the Sochi 2014 Olympics

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Klara Lewis

Muezzin

Klara Lewis

Muezzin

Enchanting, spectral canniness taken from a superb debut release

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HOWLROUND

неизвежбан

HOWLROUND

неизвежбан

Haunting tape music made in a decaying Belgrade building using no additional reverb or electronic FX

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DAVID TOOP

Apartment Thunder (Eros + sacrifice)

DAVID TOOP

Apartment Thunder (Eros + sacrifice)

The august sonic explorer melds samples and electronics with field recordings in humid new dimensions

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RICHARD SKELTON

The Shape Leaves

RICHARD SKELTON

The Shape Leaves

Filigree, elemental composition blurring distinctions between natural and man-made

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JANEK SCHAEFER

Radio 112 FM

JANEK SCHAEFER

Radio 112 FM

Made by the roadside, invoking JG Ballard's 'Concrete Island'

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Eric Holm

Andøya

Eric Holm

Andøya

Impressive contact mic recording of a telephone pole 300k north of the Arctic circle

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Psychoacoustic Cartography”

This selection explores a global soundfield making pointed use of location recordings to stimulate and heighten our spatial perceptions and sense of place in their compositions. They range from Eric Holm's processed contact mic recordings of telephone poles in the Arctic, thru etheric Pakistani vocal performance captured by Chris Menist aka Awkward Corners, with each individual piece integrating/disintegrating the unique audio fingerprint of their locale to beguiling degrees. Some, like Robin The Fog's Howlround piece or Moondog's 'In A Doorway', use buildings and environments as an instrument, whereas the likes of Anne Guthrie and Richard Skelton seemingly make natural landscapes and composed sounds indivisible, an approach contrasting with Janek Schaeffer and Ingram Marshall's use of man-made sounds almost as an extra player. In the cases of Istisshad and David Toop's pieces, field recordings are used as a spectral, spatial presence to evoke synaesthetic sensations, whilst others such as Klara Lewis, Kassel Jaeger and Robert Millis detach and abstract source material to transform and dislocate its cultural cache, finding unique new meanings and sounds in the process. We hope you'll hear a diffuse set of spatial coordinates, each evoking and questioning ideas of unity, discord and otherness in the acoustic ether.

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On 14 May 10:49 Nils Svennem Lundberg said:
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Hi guys!

Thanks for being such a great platform for discovering new music!

Is there a way to subscribe with your credit card. So that you guys can just go ahead and withdraw the amount automatically and send the tracks to me everytime there's a new batch out?

That would be sweet. You never share bad stuff anyway.

Thanks again,

Nils