Field Journal: Piano Day 2021

Since Nils Frahm launched the first Piano Day on the 88th day of 2016, the event has seemingly been embraced more joyously with each passing year. Even under the dispiriting constraints of a long-running pandemic, artists and fans around the world found a way to connect through this beloved instrument. Here are just some of…

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Sound Impression: Misplaced by Francesco Giannico

Since taking the first musical ride with him on Line B of Rome’s subway system with his 2014 release Metrophony (Time Released Sound), I have been enjoying the evocative themes and soundscapes created by Francesco Giannico. A web designer and videographer as well as a sound artist with a thesis on the history of film…

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Premiere: Interior 03 by FAX

Best known as FAX, Rubén Alonso Tamayo is one of Mexico’s most prolific electronic musicians for the past two decades. His work stretches from minimal techno to contemplative landscapes, the latter of which is on majestic display in an upcoming new release on Rottenman Editions. Enclosure is a suite of six interior soundscapes which feature…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 9

It is an all video field journal edition this week featuring a truly wonderful collection of new music by Aukai, Balmorhea, Bruno Bavota, Deniz Cuylan, Eydís Evensen, Lost Horizons (feat. Karen Peris), Lorenzo Masotto, Masayoshi Fujita, and Simon Leoza wedded to entrancing visuals. Grab a pair of headphones and make yourself comfortable for a beautiful…

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Sound Impression: Citation Index by Olan Mill

Whether working on his own as Olan Mill or collaboratively as part of Pausal, Ampersand, or ilm, Alex Smalley has been among the most compelling artists in the field of experimental ambient and electronic music for over a decade now. After relocating to Germany and becoming a father circa 2018, Smalley signalled a conclusion of…

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Video Premiere: Requiem by Chrystal Für

Introducing itself with a “Requiem,” Chrystal Für’s third album Elusion is an “elegy to the cycle of loss, acceptance, and the promise of restored life”. The project was born three years ago in the high desert mountains of central Mexico while veteran composer and musician Christopher J Vibberts was taking a year and a half…

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Sound Impression: Dreamers and Tides by Federico Mosconi

Italian composer & guitarist Federico Mosconi is an artist with considerable experience as a live performer in solo, ensemble, and orchestral settings and styles ranging from classical to contemporary. In the studio, he is as much an explorer as a musician with a growing catalog of stunning experimental works that blend fluid guitar passages with…

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Premiere: Rivali by Orange and Mountains

Edoardo De Din and Lorenzo Pesci are musicians, sound designers, and producers who met completely by chance several years ago at a gathering in the city Aachen, Germany. From there, they quickly realized they had similar taste in music as well as a desire to produce it. After a few sessions of playing together, the…

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Sound Impression: Earth Awhile by Michael Grigoni, Chihei Hatakeyama, and Stephen Vitiello

Collaborating across geographical, temporal, and musical boundaries, Japanese sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama and American musicians Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello have conjured up a fascinating new album thematically centered around the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost. While Grigoni and Vitiello recently teamed up for the widely praised Slow Machines (12k, 2020) Earth Awhile marks the…

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