Film: I Dream of Wires – the Story of Modular Synthesis

The debut project of Toronto based production company Waveshaper Media. I Dream of Wires traces the history of the modular synthesis from its birth in the competing designs of Moog and Buchla, through its nadir in the digital age and up to the current Eurorack- led resurgence. The story is told through fascinating interviews, from pioneers such as Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender; eighties masters … Continue reading Film: I Dream of Wires – the Story of Modular Synthesis

Review: Variations, a Podcast looking at the history of the Audio collage

Variations is one of the many Podcasts produced as part of the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art’s Radio Web Project, about which more information can be found here. Part of the Curatorial strand of Programming Variations is the work of American Experimental Musician Jon Leidecker; himself a major figure in the world of audio montage. Originally made available in 2009 and consisting of seven instalments, … Continue reading Review: Variations, a Podcast looking at the history of the Audio collage

Profile: The Trautonium – Forgotten Sounds from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

One of the many things that make 1963 classic The Birds so chilling is the lack of any incidental music or conventional soundtrack. It is perhaps a testament to the faith that Universal Pictures placed in Hitchcock as an auteur that such a move was sanctioned. The prevailing wisdom being that audiences were incapable of responding properly to the emotions present in a scene if … Continue reading Profile: The Trautonium – Forgotten Sounds from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

Review: The Hollow Ward – experiment#508

Released on the intriguing German non-profit label Attenuation Circuit, The Hollow Ward represents a debut album of sorts for Portugal based experiment#508; featuring as he does on many a compilation album from the past two years. Much of this output to date has featured manipulated field recordings, glitchy electronics and foreboding drones. Like mini Radiophonic horror vignettes, his tracks are excursions down those paths of … Continue reading Review: The Hollow Ward – experiment#508

News: Latest Album from William Basinski Features 1.3 billion-Year-Old Source Recordings

On Time Out of Times is a collection of works originally commissioned for Berlin’s gallery Martin-Gropius-Bau’s 2017 Limits of Knowing. An immersive multi-installation exhibition that explored sensory perception, emotion and the borders of our understanding. Part of Evelina Domnitch’s ER=EPR and Dmitry Gelfand’s Orbihedron installations the music featured here takes as sonic raw material, among other things, recordings from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. And … Continue reading News: Latest Album from William Basinski Features 1.3 billion-Year-Old Source Recordings

Profile: Modern Trends In Tape Music and Contemporary Artists in The Field

This article is a follow-up piece to Profile: Vladamir Ussachevsky – American Tape music and the Electro revolution Background The history of so-called Electronic music, under the umbrella of which Tape music loosely shelters, is by definition short. The very first Electroacoustic compositions began to emerge in the 1930s with Walter Ruttman’s Weekend (1930) Johanna Beyers mysterious Music of the Spheres (1938) and John Cage’s … Continue reading Profile: Modern Trends In Tape Music and Contemporary Artists in The Field

Walter Ruttmann’s Weekend: The Genesis of Sound Collage and Radiophonic Art.

Weekend is not a piece that often features in discussions concerning the history of Electroacoustic music. It, however, predates the French School of Musique Concrete by at least a decade and is perhaps the only work of its kind recorded in the so-called “optical medium”; an early method of encoding sound onto cine-film. Originally commissioned and broadcast by Berlin Radio Hour, the piece was two years in the making and completely unique. Its’ … Continue reading Walter Ruttmann’s Weekend: The Genesis of Sound Collage and Radiophonic Art.

Radio Web Macba: A nonprofit resource of Radiophonic research and education

An offshoot of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art RWM is a purely Web based Radio project with a focus on arts education. In essence a vast archive of Podcasts, the site is split into a number of Channels or programs much like a conventional Radio platform. Son[i]a is focused on the museum itself and features interviews with artists, documentaries on Philosophical movements within the … Continue reading Radio Web Macba: A nonprofit resource of Radiophonic research and education

Review: Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music from the Unexplained Sounds Group.

Background This Album is the latest in a series of releases exploring the experimental music scene in a given country; with previous volumes shining a light on, among others, the Persian; Latin American and Belgian Electronic undergrounds. These anthologies are the brainchild of Raffaele Pezzella, otherwise known as Sonolygist; an Italian Sound Artist and owner of label imprint The Unexplained Sounds Group. A platform created … Continue reading Review: Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music from the Unexplained Sounds Group.