Through a Musical Lens: Sumida Colours by Wil Bolton

London based artist & musician Wil Bolton truly is a global citizen, often weaving environmental sounds from places all around the world into his electroacoustic soundscapes. Previous albums have referenced locations ranging from close to home in Britain to continental cities like Vienna, and Budapest all the way to the Arabian Sea and points east.…

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Field Journal 2021.05.22

It has been a delightful spring in Virginia but this week has served notice that another hot southern summer is on our doorstep. This group of singles, EPs, and albums have just seemed like the right kind of company for these languid and sunny days.

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Through A Musical Lens: Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come

Continuing its ongoing series of dialogs between musical and visual artists, the first IIKKI Books edition of the new year is a delightful spring offering that pairs the painterly photographic images of Miho Kajioka with the filigreed sounds of Observatories, a collaborative duo made up of Ian Hawgood & Craig Tattersall. The bringing of these…

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Premiere: Critter by Ishmael Cormack

Located in rural Somerset in South West England, Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist whose practice focuses on gathering found sounds and weaving them with electro-acoustics to create delicate atmospheres. It is something he does exceedingly well as evidenced by his increasingly prolific output, which includes four excellent albums released last year on as…

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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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Duologue: A Conversation with Melissa Pons

Melissa Pons is a field recordist and sound designer whose main interests revolve around anthropology, forests, culture and social justice. In recent years, she has explored sounds around the world from forests in Brazil and Sweden to Portugal where she is now based. In addition to her audio works, Melissa, maintains a fascinating and well-written…

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2020 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually provides us with memorable outsize moments and the year in music would not have been the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2020 in Review: Ambient & Drone

In a year that has deprived so many of us from interactions that we once took for granted, music can be a great companion allowing us to feel connected, comforted, and even transported through just the sounds that fill the space between our ears. I’ve always found that to be especially true of ambient music,…

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2020 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

Each of these sixteen albums is conceptually or thematically connected either to a sense of a place or to capturing a moment in time. While this is a fairly common motif in a lot of instrumental music, especially ambient, it is the very essence of these works released in 2020. Some are personal narratives and some…

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