Sound Impression: Singles Vol. 1 by Slow Meadow

Since being welcomed by Hammock in 2015 as the first artist outside the band to appear on their label with the eponymous debut of Slow Meadow, Houston-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Kidd has created an exceptionally lovely body of work a great deal of which has been released as singles and B-sides. If you were tally them…

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PREMIERE: Dum Aurora Finem Daret by Orange and Mountains

Formed four years ago after a chance meeting at a gathering in Aachen, Germany, Orange and Mountains is a project which founders Edoardo De Din and Lorenzo Pesci describe as “a musical conversation between two musicians, sound designers, producers, and friends”. Of course there is no conversation without language, and in the short time they…

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Sound Impression: Muqataea Reworks by Francesca Guccione

For her 2021 opus Muqataea, Italian composer & violinist Francesca Guccione blended strings with synths, beats, and audio samples to present a vibrant neoclassical vision of her Sicilian hometown of Modica.The title of the album is a word which means county in Arabic, a nod to the region’s history prior to being established as a…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: A Journey Through the Particles by Valeska Rautenberg

Imagine a piano song accidentally ending up in a Berlin night club… That is how Valeska Rautenberg frames “A Journey through the Particles”, the latest single from her forthcoming EP River Soul, the third in her Songs For Piano, Wind & Water series after Veins and Into the Still White. Born in East Berlin to…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Summerfallow by Michael Scott Dawson

The field recordings at the heart of Music For Listening by Canadian sound artist, multi-instrumentalist Michael Scott Dawson were originally collected with something different in mind, an album of prairie birdsong using fragments collected during walks through the pastures and farmland on the outskirts of his childhood hometown that never came to fruition. A phone…

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A Conversation with Michael Scott Dawson

Michael Scott Dawson is a Canadian sound artist, multi-instrumentalist and community builder who explores ambient and electro-acoustic compositions through synthesis, field recordings, tape loops and manipulations. While much of his solo and collaborative work focuses on efforts to reconcile his relationship with music and technology, he is also a member of the free jazz collective…

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Field Journal: Piano Day 2022

Another Piano Day has come and gone and once again much has transpired on this planet during the trip it has taken around the sun since last year’s 88th day and not much of it has been good. For anyone new to the blog or not already familiar, Piano Day is a celebration founded on…

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Sound Impression: Open by Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola

Prior to connecting on social media a little over a year ago, Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola were strangers despite both being active players in the Finnish music community for years. Tapani’s career as a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer on commissioned and collaborative works as well as solo releases dates back to the mid-1980s while…

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PREMIERE: Toumani by Tom Rogerson

As founder off the electronic rock band Three Trapped Tigers and curator of Proof Positive improv nights in East London, pianist, keyboardist and composer Tom Rogerson is no stranger to the studio and concert & festival stages around the world, but it was in a church next to his parents’ home in his Suffolk where…

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