Sound Impression: Hopkinson 4 by Tobias Svensson

While many of us were settling on rather mundane new ways to occupy our time at home at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown, Tobias Svensson decided to pursue a long-held interest in piano restoration. As both a pianist and sound engineer, that certainly seems a fitting choice for the Swedish composer who is now…

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Video Premiere: Beginnings (Extended Live Version) by James Heather

Recorded in a home built studio during the pandemic lockdown period, Modulations: EP2 is the first collection of original compositions in four years from London-based pianist & composer James Heather. The five songs on the EP map the arc of a journey of grief and recovery which started with the tragic loss of his father.…

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A Sense of Place: Haunts by Grasscut

In 2015, Brighton duo Grasscut released Everyone Was A Bird, an album author Robert Macfarlane tells us in his liner note essay was “born of footfall”. Its eight pieces explored places important to composer Andrew Phillips and writer/musician Marcus O’Dair from the north coast of Jersey or a fallow field in the South Downs of…

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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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Video Premiere: “As Nature Returns” by Gifts From Crows

Inspired by reconnecting with a beloved piano that had been in his family for more than a century, musician and composer Richard Laurence conceived a new neoclassical music project during the that would become the first new music he would release in 15 years. He chose the name Gifts From Crows as a poignant nod…

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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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Video Premiere: Lonely Men by JARR

JARR is a new collaborative project from two artists whose creative paths converged two years ago at a live performance in Derby, UK by journeyman guitarist Jon Atwood aka Yellow 6 attended by Ray Robinson, an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who began his own foray into recording under the moniker of Wodwo only the year…

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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: Miscellany by Origamibiro

This spring welcomes Origamibiro back from a hiatus that lasted nearly six years in the form of album that comprises a body of work amassed since the release of 2014’s warmly received Odham’s Standard. It also marks the project’s return to its origins as a primarily solo enterprise from Nottingham based composer & producer Thomas…

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