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Releases of the Month, October 2021

Who would have thought that a US late-night show host wouldn’t be able to wrap his head around Peter Brötzmann ! When Jimmy Fallon made fun of...

David Toop, Akio Suzuki, Lawrence English – Breathing Spirit Forms (Room40, CD+book/digital)

It was a busy month for sound artist and Room40 founder Lawrence English: » Observation of Breath ,« an LP with four haunting organ pieces, was...

Petr Kotik – The Plains at Gordium, performed by Talujon (Unseen Worlds, LP/CD/digital)

Petr Kotik is the founder and leader of the S.E.M. Ensemble , which in the past five decades has made a name for itself with interpretations of...

Sarah Davachi – Antiphonals (Late Music, LP/CD/MC/digital)

Sarah Davachi is very fast at composing slow music. » Antiphonals « is her 17th solo album since 2013, and what is perhaps even more impressive is...

Ensemble d’oscillateurs – 2 Transcriptions (Oliveros • Pade) (LINE, digital)

The posthumous acknowledgement of the groundbreaking work of Pauline Oliveros continues to run at full speed even five years after the death of...

FRKTL – السَّمْت Azimuth (Bandcamp, digital)

The film » الس َّ م ْ ت Azimuth « is part of the Nomadic Signals series, curated by artist Leyya Mona Tawil, which is dedicated to the...

Gordan – Down in the Meadow (Morphine, LP/digital)

Andi Stecher, Guido Möbius and Svetlana Spajić are Gordan . The Serbian singer and the two Berlin-based musicians, who also work together under...

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus – Slåttepiano II (LabLabel, LP/digital)

The first literary mentions of the »slåtter,« a form of Norwegian dance music played on the fiddle, can be traced back to the 14th century and are...

Jan Jelinek – The Raw and the Cooked (Faitiche, LP/digital)

In »Le Cru et le Cuit,« the structuralist anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss analysed myths of the Indigenous population of the Americas with a...

KMRU & Echium – Peripheral (KMRU, digital)

It's not so long ago that Joseph »KMRU« Kamaru moved from Kenya to Berlin and yet the sound artist seems busier than ever. Just this month, he...

Machinefabriek – Re​:​Moving (Music for Choreographies by Yin Yue) (Geist im Kino, CD/digital)

The Geist im Kino imprint of the British label Phantom Limb specialises in so-called rescores of avant-garde films that were thought to have...

Maria Chavez – ASLEEP​/​AWAKE​/​EKAWA​/​PEELSA, Spring 2021 (Bandcamp, digital)

In recent years, the meditation practice of so-called sound baths has experienced a hype. With » Namora ,« the sound therapist and meditation...

NikoLFO – Aurality -20°10’45​.​3176” -044°04’01​.​4329” (Famous Grapes Recordings, LP/digital)

» Aurality -20°10'45.3176" -044°04'01.4329 « is the second release on the Berlin label Famous Grapes Recordings , which was founded in 2020 and...

Paroxysm – Paroxysm (A Front Recordings, MC/digital)

A paroxysm is an uncontrollable physical or mental outburst such as a convulsion or a fit of despair. Paroxysm is also the name of Roy Carroll...

Purbayan Chatterjee – Unbounded (Abaad) (Sufiscore, CD/digital)

The influence of classical Indian music on western pop and avant-garde music is well documented. The sitarist and composer Purbayan Chatterjee...

Territorio del eco: Experimentalismos y visiones de lo ancestral en el Perú (1975​-​1989) (Buh, LP/digital)

The compilation » Territorio del eco: Experimentalismos y visiones de lo ancestral en el Perú (1975-1989) « marks the start of the new Essential...

Graphème – a publication for experimental musical scores (Volume 1) (smallest functional unit, magazine)

Last year, Magda Mayas, Mazen Kerbaj, Racha Gharbieh, Tony Buck and Ute Wassermann joined forces to form the smallest functional unit . The basic...

Irene Kurka – neue musik leben. Das Buch zum Podcast Band II (ARE Verlag, book)

When Irene Kurka launched her podcast neue musik leben in 2018, she filled a gap in the field of contemporary music in the German-speaking...

SA26: The OCCAM Ocean Issue (Sound American, magazine)

The 26th issue of Sound American magazine is dedicated to the work of Éliane Radigue and her instrumental cycle OCCAM Ocean , on which the...

Releases of the Month, August 2021

Did William Basinski want to send us a transatlantic greeting before the start of the Month of Contemporary Music ? At the beginning of August,...

Amelia Cuni – Parampara Festival 13.3.1992 (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Oren Ambarchi continues to gift his audience with some real, well, musical truffles. Next month will see the release of » Becoming Air / Into The...

Anushka Chkheidze, Eto Gelashvili, Hayk Karoyi, Lillevan, Robert Lippok – Glacier Music II (Establishment, Buch+CD/digital) 

»Glacier Music II« is nothing less than a mammoth project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Georgia and bringing together musicians from...

Saadet Türköz & Beat Keller – We are Strong (Chinabot, MC/digital)

The label Chinabot , run by Saphy Vong, is unpredictable, to say the least. Hectic club beats, gruelling sound art or even folkloristic sounds—on...

Asmus Tietchens – Seuchengebiete 4 (aufabwegen, CD)

More than three and a half decades after the release of the first part and 24 years after the last one so far, Asmus Tietchens continues his...

Bendik Giske – Cracks (Smalltown Supersound, LP/digital)

The saxophonist Bendik Giske moves musically between the realms of contemporary and advanced club music. His second album »Cracks« reflects...

Cornelius Cardew – Treatise (19’40’’, CD/digital)

The graphic score for »Treatise« is a whole 193 pages long and yet the most important instructions—at least in conventional understanding—are...

Francesco Cavaliere & Tomoko Sauvage – Viridescens (Marionette, LP/digital)

For their joint project, Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage originally wanted to reinterpret »Music as Green« by the Danish Fluxus artist...

Konstrukt feat. Thurston Moore – Turkish Belly (Karlrecords, LP/digital)

Is this the belated answer to »Ege Bamyasi?« At least the cover of »Turkish Belly« makes you think of either that or Andy Warhol's soup cans....

Kristen Gallerneaux – Strung Figures (Shadow World, CD/digital)

Kristen Gallerneaux recently attracted attention with the publication of her book »High Static, Dead Lines.« In this »literary mix tape,« the...

Li Yilei – 之/ OF (Métron, LP/CD/digital) 

The early pandemic experiences in particular left their mark on our individual understanding of time and space. This is what also happened to Li...

Lucy Railton & Kit Downes – Subaerial (SN Variations, LP/digital) 

How does Lucy Railton do it? Hardly anyone seems more active than the Berlin-based cellist, who last released an album with the group PDP III...

MOFAYA! – Like One Long Dream (Trost, LP/CD/digital)

Jaimie Branch is the punk among contemporary trumpeters. In May, she released the thrilling live interpretations of her album diptych »Fly or Die«...

Timothy Archambault – Chìsake (Ideologic Organ, LP/digital)

The loss of Peter »Pita« Rehberg weighs heavily. The fact that his seminal institution Editions Mego and the sub-label Ideologic Organ run by...

Walt McClements – A Hole in the Fence (American Dreams, LP/CD/digital)  

Walt McClements used to play in indie bands, but was then steered in a different direction thanks to artists like Kali Malone and Pauline...

The Austrian composer and organist Wolfgang Mitterer cannot complain about a lack of success and yet the concept of the anthology »temp tracks«...

Christina Vantzou, Jan Matthé, Christophe Piette, Lieven Martens – Serrisme (Edições CN, CD+book/digital)

The Belgian town of Hoeilaart has barely more than 11,500 inhabitants and a nickname: It is called the »glass village.« In the past, there were...

Christoph Dallach – Future Sounds. Wie ein paar Krautrocker die Popwelt revolutionierten (Suhrkamp, Buch)

Krautrock was when the students of the post-war avant-garde wanted to reinvent pop music on their own terms. While there is no shortage of...

Kikommando (PAN, book+digital)

The Ugandan capital Kampala has long been a hotspot for electronic music. The collective Nyege Nyege was founded there and runs two labels as well...

Releases of the Month, July 2021

In the morning, at noon, in the evening and especially at night: the city is buzzing, as long as it doesn't rain at least. Is this the »great...

Kate Carr – dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday (Bandcamp, digital)

Kate Carr has always been a good listener. For nearly a decade and a half, the British artist has been exploring the relationships between human...

Kei Watanabe – Whisperings (Syrphe, CD/digital)

Cedrik Fermont is releasing a whopping six new albums in one fell swoop at the end of July via his Syrphe label. In addition to a solo release...

Saba Alizâdeh – I May Never See You Again (30M, Vinyl/digital)

When Saba Alizâdeh released his debut album »Scattered Memories« via the Berlin label Karlrecords in 2017, it was received with great...

Asemix – Asemix (Warm Winters Ltd., MC/digital)

Previously based in the UK, now in Bratislava, Slovakia, Warm Winters Ltd. is always a reliable label to turn to for engaging sound experiments....

BJ Nilsen – Irreal (Editions Mego, CD/digital)

BJ Nilsen is a notorious wanderer, a traveller, and so it comes as no surprise that his new album »Irreal« combines field recordings from...

Broeckaert//Berweck//Lorenz – Bernard Parmegiani: Stries. for three synthesizers and tape (Mode, CD/digital)

Bernard Parmegiani's oeuvre was as broad as it was versatile and will probably offer many points of creative departure and moments of surprise for...

Erik Griswold – Wolf Moon (Room40, digital) 

Music for 16... detuned pianos!? Yup, that’s right. On »Wolf Moon« , Erik Griswold layers 16 40-minute recordings of improvisations on the pianos...

Incident Occured by Incoherent Accident (Carrot Tapes, MC/digital)

The Berlin sound art and sound poetry label Carrot Tapes has previously released field recordings from Berlin supermarkets (hot tip: listen to the...

Since »RRR 500 (Various 500 Lock-Grooves By 500 Artists)« or Stefan Goldmann's »Ghost Hemiola« at the latest, the principle of the locked groove...

Karkhana – Al Azraqayn (Karlrecords, 2LP/digital)

Attention: supersupergroup alert! The seven-member band Karkhana counts greats like Maurice Louca, Mazen Kerbaj and Umut Çağlar from the Turkish...

Leila Abdul-Rauf – Phantasiai (Cyclic Law, LP/CD/digital)

The multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf has already played in death metal bands, but her output as a solo composer moves in less direct musical...

Lisa Ullén / Anna Högberg – Step Up a Second! (Plugged, CD/digital)

Saxophonist Anna Högberg and pianist Lisa Ullén are teamworkers who have been highly active in the Swedish jazz and improv scene over the past few...

Memory Pearl – Music For 7 Paintings (Altin Village & Mine, LP/digital)

Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg was previously active as an indie musician, but on his debut album as Memory Pearl he devotes himself to washed-out...

Ora Clementi – Sylva Sylvarum (Black Truffle, 2LP/digital)

The sound artist crys cole and the composer James Rushford have let their joint project Ora Clementi rest for quite a while, but now return with...

Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective – Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế (Subtext, digital)

The Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective from Ho Chi Minh City has immortalised its numerous activities over the past six years on a series of releases that...

Henry Flynt – Three Essays on Spirituality and Art (João Simões, book)

»Modern authors on art have been unable to write about emotion and spirituality in art (unless they are satisfied to offer kitsch about...

Flora Yin-Wong – Liturgy (Primary Information/PAN, Buch)

The sound artist and DJ Flora Yin-Wong has been active as a journalist for quite some time, and in the recent past has dealt with a variety of...

Swantje Lichtenstein – Am Ende der Weißheit | Verschalte Verbindungen (Verlagshaus Berlin, Buch)

Swantje Lichtenstein lives a multiple life. She is an academic and a performance artist, works as a writer as well as a sound artist. The double...

Releases of the Month, June 2021

The temperatures have risen and also the mood is soaring high. Concerts are possible again, even the ban on dancing has been lifted! Finally,...

Bredbeddle – Steps on the Turning Year (Bezirk Tapes, 2MC/digital)

What composition begins with sustained organ tones, lets Big Ben melodies emerge in between and ends in Xenakis-like, atonal chaos? Correct: none,...

LUX:NM – Dark Lux (Genuin, CD/digital)

Dark Lux was a mammoth project: together with composer Gordon Kampe, author Sarah Trilsch, artist Florian Japp and Jan Brauer of Brandt Brauer...

Pamela Z – A Secret Code (Neuma, CD/digital)

Pamela Z's releases are always something special, and not only because they are far and few between, but also because the US-American is a...

»Blue« Gene Tyranny – Degrees of Freedom Found (Unseen Worlds, 6CD/digital)

The reappraisal of »Blue« Gene Tyranny's life's work was already in full swing when his label had to announce the death of the US avant-garde...

Antonina Nowacka – Vocal Sketches from Oaxaca (Takuroku, digital)

The Polish singer Antonina Nowacka, who was previously mostly active in projects such as WIDT, shone as a soloist on last year’s Lamunan for...

Fehler Kuti - Professional People (Alien Transistor, LP/digital)

Julian Warner's pseudonym already indicates that he understands music as a carrier of political ideas in a very Germany-specific context. After...

Dal:Um – Similar & Different (Glitterbeat, CD)

The name says it all: The gayageum and the geomungo look and sound similar, but what Ha Suyean and Hwang Hyeyoung get out of the traditional...

Gerald Cleaver – Griots (Meakusma, LP/digital)

Gerald Cleaver may be best known as a jazz drummer and composer, but he has always been a versatile jack-of-all-trades. The album Griots is...

Jana Irmert – The Soft Bit (Fabrique, LP/digital)

Berlin-based sound artist Jana Irmert has always had a knack for making the concrete sound abstract, and vice versa. The Soft Bit is her...

Kajsa Lindgren – Momentary Harmony (Recital, LP/digital)

The leitmotif running through the work of composer and sound artist Kajsa Lindgren is that of memory. On Momentary Harmony she nevertheless...

Pan Daijing – Jade 玉观音 (PAN, LP/digital)

Pan Daijing is an exceptional composer in every sense of the word, and thus each of her releases and each of her performances and exhibitions are...

Siavash Amini – A Trail if Laughters (Room40, CD/digital)

For almost a decade now, Siavash Amini has been hyperactive. A Trail of Laughters is his 16th album. While the Tehran-based sound artist often...

Tomasz Sroczyński – Symphony n°2 / Highlander (Ici d’Ailleurs, LP/CD/digital)

There is a certain contradiction in improvising on the basis of loops. Tomasz Sroczyński, however, proves with Symphony n°2 / Highlander how...

White People Killed Them – White People Killed Them (SIGE, LP/digital)

White People Killed Them is a collaborative project between Deerhoof guitarist John Dietrich, drummer Marshall Trammell and composer Raven...

Wooden Elephant – Landscapes, Knives & Glue – Radiohead’s Kid A Recycled (Backlash Music, CD/digital)

Techno in the concert hall, chamber ensembles in the club and everyone seemingly out of tune with each other: the attempts at a rapprochement...

Alan Licht – Common Tones: Selected Interviews with Artists and Musicians 1995-2020 (Blank Forms, book)

That the sound artist and improv musician Alan Licht is a good listener is proven by the abundance of his publications as a solo artist and all...

Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane – Sound Arts Now (Uniform, Buch)

Sound Arts Now is the third joint book project by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane. Like with its predecessors On Listening and In the Field:...

Jennifer Lucy Allan – The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast (White Rabbit, book)

The journalist and radio presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan wrote her doctoral thesis as a musicologist on foghorns and now, building on that, she...

Releases of the Month, May 2021

Everything is loosening up, getting ready for summer – only the weather in Berlin is far from being so determined. But that will change as well,...

Microtub – Sonic Drift (Sofa Music, LP/CD/digital)

Two years after their last release on the Berlin label Bohemian Drips , Martin Taxt, Peder Simonsen and Robin Hayward are now back on Sofa Music...

Amirtha Kidambi & Matteo Liberatore – Neutral Love (Astral Editions, MC/digital) 

Amirtha Kidambi remains eager to collaborate. Her recent releases with the Elder Ones and Lea Bertucci are followed by »Neutral Love« a new...

Okkyung Lee – 나를 (NA-REUL) [Black Cross Solo Sessions 3] (Corbett vs. Dempsey, CD)

The pandemic separated Okkyung Lee from her instrument. For six months, she was stuck in South Korea and had no cello at her disposal. Even when...

An Moku | Stefan Schmidt – Raum (Karlrecords, MC/digital)   

»Raum« is the first part of a trilogy for which the Swiss sound artist Dominik Grenzler a.k.a. An Moku and the German Stefan Schmidt, also known...

Anton Bruhin – Speech Songs / Fruity Music (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Between 2006 and 2008, the Swiss avant-garde artist and poet Anton Bruhin explored the possibilities of the software Fruity Loops. The results...

James Ginzburg – crystallise, a frozen eye (Subtext, Buch/digital) 

This year, the Berlin-based Brit James Ginzburg celebrates the tenth anniversary of his label Subtext, and with »crystallise, a frozen eye« the...

Katharina Schmidt & Fahmi Mursyid – 52°27’ N 10°59’ W (Focused Silence, digital)

For »52°27' N 10°59' W« Katharina Schmidt and Fahmi Mursyid worked on a single field recording in an international dialogue between Berlin and...

KMRU – Logue (Injazero, LP/digital)

Joseph Kamaru's output is impressive and »Logue« represents a kind of breather for all those who cannot keep up with the constant stream of...

Magda Drozd – 18 Floors (Präsens Editionen, LP/digital)    

During the pandemic, many people deepened their love for indoor plants, but Magda Drozd had already checked that off two years ago with her LP...

Manja Ristić – Kairos & the Dwellers (Forms of Minutiae, LP/digital)

Forms of Minutiae is a new Berlin label by Pablo Diserens & Mathieu Bonnafous. Following his debut in July last year, »Kairos & the...

Natalie Beridze – Mapping Debris (Monika, digital)

When artists turn to their own early work, it usually doesn't bode well. Natalie Beridze, however, is not like other artists, which is why the end...

Simon Martin / Ensemble Musikfabrik – Musique d’art (Label Musikfabrik, digital) 

Simon Martin came across the Ensemble Musikfabrik thanks to his fascination with Harry Partch and describes a trip to their Cologne studio like a...

Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan – Inner Lift (Chant Records, LP/CD/digital)

»Inner Lift« was created in just one day of improvisations by the two vocal artists Sissel Vera Pettersen and Randi Pontoppidan, who accompanied...

Stefan Römer – Six Gun Shots – Deconceptualize 2 (Corvo, LP/digital)

After Stefan Römer had, well, deconstructed commentaries on performances by Conrad Schnitzler and Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett on »Decon...

Stéphane Garin – PARC)S( (Popmuzik, LP/digital)

For a soundwalk, Barcelona-based sound artist Stéphane Garin arranged field recordings from the southern French city of Pau, which were further...

Peter Brötzmann - Along the Way (Wolke Verlag, Buch) 

Peter Brötzmann is, if there is such a thing, a master of improvisation, and this does not only apply to music. Under this programmatic title, the...

Shara Rambarran – Virtual Music Sound, Music, and Image in the Digital Era (Bloomsbury, Buch)

Even in the music world, a kind of science fatigue has probably set in at some point, but an academic engagement with the unparalleled historical...

Sven-Åke Johansson – Dynamische Schwingungen mit Händen und Füßen gespielt (Wolke Verlag, Buch)

Sven-Åke Johansson's work is hard to survey and difficult to grasp. A single book can hardly create order in all this beautiful creative chaos,...

Releases of the Month, April 2021

Nothing happens and yet time passes. The fact that the world is turning at all can only be read from the position of the sun, as long as we can...

Alexandra Spence – A Necessary Softness (Room40, MC/digital)

Field recordings are much like postcards from other worlds and times. With her second album »A Necessary Softness« the Australian sound artist...

Banausoi – Imagines (Circum-Disc/13 raw, LP/CD/digital)

You would think otherwise, but Banausoi is not a band with decades of experience, and instead a rather fairly young trio. Petr Vrba, Václav Šafka...

Lea Bertucci – A Visible Length of Light (Cibachrome Editions, LP/CD/digital)

Last year, Lea Bertucci tu(r)ned heads with a second joint album with the vocalst Amirtha Kidambi and two longform compositions collected on the...

Angel Bat Dawid / Hanne De Backer / Signe Emmeluth – Angel Bat Dawid / Hanne De Backer / Signe Emmeluth (Smalltown Supersound, LP/digital)

Even outside jazz circles, it lately was hard to get around the singer and clarinettist Angel Bat Dawid. H er joint album with Hanne De Backer...

Ben Glas – Noise for Quantum Listening (Ferric:Flux, MC/digital)

Berlin-based US-American Ben Glas describes himself as a »compostmodernist/experiential composer/absurdist,« so it's hardly surprising that some...

Caterina Barbieri – Fantas Variations (Editions Mego, 2LP/digital)

The album »Ecstatic Computation« by Berlin-based composer Caterina Barbieri was a cross-scene sensation and the piece »Fantas« in particular was...

Christine Ott – Time to Die (Gizeh, LP/CD/digital)

Christine Ott is one of the leading Ondes Martenot artists and put the instrument at the centre of her work last year on the album »Chimères.«...

Cymin Samawatie & Ketan Bhatti – Trickster Orchestra (ECM, CD/digital

Singer Cymin Samawatie and percussionist Ketan Bhatti have finally brought their work with the Trickster Orchestra to the studio. Over nine...

Imaginal Soundtracking Vol.2: 鬼 / The Demon (Geist im Kino, digital)

The so-called rescoring of films has enjoyed great popularity in recent years. With Geist im Kino, the British label Phantom Limb founded an...

Katrine Grarup Elbo – Fold Unfold (Sonic Pieces, LP/CD/digital)

Lyhne Løkkegaard – Saturations (Important Records, LP/digital)

Michèle Bokanowski – Rhapsodia / Battements solaires (Recollection GRM, LP/digital)

Over the past nine years, Recollection GRM has primarily recovered old treasures from the archives of the Electroacoustic Institute, but...

PDP III – Pilled Up on a Couple of Doves (Shelter Press, LP/digital)

A sound artist, a techno and ambient producer and a cellist: PDP III is the name of Britton Powell, Huerco S. and Lucy Railton’s collaborative...

The Still – Got It (Bronze Rat, LP/digital)

Chris Abrahams (piano), Derek Shirley (bass), Rico Lee (guitar) and Steve Heather (drums) debuted under the name The Still in 2016 with a...

Yair Etziony – Further Reduction (False Industries, digital)

Bicyclists on Tempelhofer Feld: the cover artwork of Yair Etziony's album »Further Reduction« is oppressive in a way because it captures one of...

Zaumne – Élévation (Mondoj, LP/digital)

The Warsaw sound art label Mondoj is one of the most reliable of its kind. Polish artist Mateusz Olszewski has been exploring the interactions...

Jayne Brown – Black Utopias. Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (Duke University Press, Buch)

What separates a utopia from a dystopia usually depends on the perspective. In Thomas More's classic »Utopia,« for example, you will find a lack...

Bob Ostertag – Facebooking the Anthropocene in Raja Ampat: Technics and Civilization in the 21st Century (PM Press, Buch)

Ghédalia Tazartès – Quoi qu'il en soit (Bisou Records, Buch/CD)

Ghédalia Tazartès fell silent on the 9th of February this year. The Frenchman was one of the most idiosyncratic musicians of the late 20th century...

Releases & Publications of the Month March 2021

Contemporary music and sound art can currently only be experienced live to a limited extent or, worse, not at all. And yet it is possible to...

Kapsel: Träume (Magazin und 2MC, Kapsel/Econore)

Die in Berlin im näheren Umfeld des ACUD MACHT NEUs gegründete Zeitschrift Kapsel widmet sich chinesischer Science-Fiction-Literatur und hat...

David Wallraf: Grenzen des Hörens. Noise und die Akustik des Politischen (Buch, transcript)

David Wallraf steckt als Musiker und Veranstalter des Noisexistance-Festival in Hamburg selbst knietief in im Genresumpf von Noise, hat aber...

William Robin: Industry. Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace (Oxford University Press, book)

In a time when solidarity, togetherness and collective action are more crucial than ever, looking at tried and tested models from the past can be...

Unsound: INTERMISSION (Buch und 2LP, Unsound)

Next to CTM , the Polish festival Unsound is probably the most discursive festival on the European mainland. Last year’s edition had to be...

Paul Hegarty: Annihilating Noise (Bloomsbury, book)

Paul Hegarty is one of the most prominent writers in an academic field that could be dubbed noise studies. Annihilating Noise follows 2007’s...

Beatriz Ferreyra / Natasha Barrett – Souvenirs Cachés / Innermost (Persistence of Sound, LP/digital)

Beatriz Ferreyra and Natasha Barrett belong to different generations and have different musical backgrounds. Yet there’s more that unites...

Julius Eastman – Femenine (Sub Rosa, CD/digital)

It is very fortunate that the work of the composer Julius Eastman has received more attention in recent years. However, this does not make up...

Marta Forsberg – TKAĆ (Thanatosis, LP/digital)

The composer and sound artist Marta Forsberg now lives in Berlin, but is closely associated with the so-called Stockholm Drone Society around...

Auvinen – Akoosaari (Editions Mego, LP/digital)

Johannes Auvinen is primarily known to house and techno fans as Tin Man, but for Akoosaari the Vienna-based leaves the beats aside and...

Conrad Schnitzler & Wolfgang Seidel – Music is not language. Neither is it painting. Just music. (Edition Telemark, LP)

Wolfgang Seidel is something like the unofficial administrator of Conrad Schnitzler's comprehensive sound archive and regularly excels at his...

Driftmachine – Spume & Recollection (Umor Rex, LP/digital)

Men, machines and music: the Berlin duo Driftmachine is back on the Mexican label Umor Rex. Over four tracks, Spume & Recollection...

Dylan Henner – Great Prairie Plains: Studies of American Minimalism (Dauw, MC/digital)

Do we really need another In C interpretation? Yes, says Dylan Henner – and he is right, as Great Prairie Plains: Studies of American...

Erlend Apneseth Trio – Lokk (Hubro, LP/CD/digital)

Širom and Merope are not the only bands currently exploring contemporary forms of transcultural folk music. On Lokk , the Erlend Apneseth...

Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Ding Dong. You're Dead. (Rune Grammofon, LP/CD/digital)

Hedvig Mollestad stays busy: Ding Dong. You're Dead. follows shortly after the virtuoso fusion-jazz guitarist’s solo debut and not only gets...

Joke Lanz, Almut Kühne und Alfred Vogel – How Noisy Are The Rooms (Boomslang, LP/digital)

Noisician Joke Lanz, singer Almut Kühne and drummer Alfred Vogel present perhaps the most unusual and ear-splitting album of the year: How Noisy...

Maja S. K. Ratkje – Vannstand (Motvind, LP/digital)

Maja S. K. Ratkje adds another entry to her remarkable discography: On Vannstand , children perform musical scores based on sea level...

Phew/John Duncan/Kondo Tatsuo – Backfire Of Joy (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Oren Ambarchi has unearthed a joint performance by Phew, John Duncan and Kondo Tatsuo from 1982 that brings together radio experiments, tape...

Rutger Hoedemaekers – The Age Of Oddities (130701/Fatcat Records, LP/digital)

The Age Of Oddities is the solo debut of composer Rutger Hoedemaekers , who explores the work of his former companion Jóhann Jóhannsson...

Sugai Ken & Lieven Martens – Kagiroi (Edições CN, LP/digital)

Field recordings of folkloric Japanese music form the source material for this collaboration between Sugai Ken and Edições CN founder Lieven...

Tine Surel Lange – Works For Listening 1-10 (SOFA, CD/digital)

On her debut album , the Norwegian composer and sound artist Tine Surel Lange processes natural and everyday sonic material into immersive,...