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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A Conversation with Philip G Anderson and Laura Masotto

As I prepare this interview for publication, it is an unseasonably mild Sunday afternoon in January. The windows are cracked open to let in a rejuvenating breeze and to complete the illusion of spring, a lively pas de deux between piano and violin pirouettes in the air. The instruments belong to American composer & multi-instrumentalist…

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Travelogue: The Last Leaves of Autumn

The days are growing shorter and the last leaves of autumn are fading embers that will soon disappear. The transition of fall into winter seems especially dispiriting in a pandemic year, but there is still comfort and consolation in the anodyne effects of music. The six albums that comprise this journey come from artistic voices…

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Travelogue: A hibernate recordings Collection

After a relatively sparse 2019, it is very nice to see a flurry of new activity over at hibernate recordings, the Yorkshire-based ambient label founded a little over a decade ago by Jonathan Lees. The catalyst has been something called the 2.6 challenge, a charitable initiative intended to fill the void left by the cancellation…

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Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

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Video Premiere: The River Passes, yet the River Remains by Olivia Belli

Born in the Renaissance city of Mantova and now residing in the picturesque Marche region of Italy with her family, pianist & composer Olivia Belli has been playing piano since she was  nine years old.  Her debut full album Where Night Never Comes was released in October 2018 after a successful crowdfunding campaign and since…

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A Sense of Place: Lower River by Michael A. Muller

In 2006, multi-instrumentalist Michael A. Muller co-founded the Austin-based ensemble Balmorhea which went on to create six full-length records and numerous EPs over the past 13 years while touring globally and producing original scores and track placements for TV & film. Now, Muller makes his full-length debut as a solo artist with Lower River, an…

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Sound Impression: ‘Hothocleana’ by the volume settings folder

Since starting his ambient-drone-post rock music project in 2011, M. Beckmann has been making a unique brand of music as the volume settings folder while drawing on the “countryside ambience” of North-East Italy as his main inspiration. As Beckmann tells it, his process usually begins with a spontaneous rush of ideas which he then nurtures…

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Sound Impression: Sallaw by Porya Hatami, Aaron Martin, & Roberto Attanasio [Dronarivm]

“Sallaw” is a Kurdish word that expresses the passing of time and this album by the same name finds three distinctive instrumental artists collaborating seamlessly to explore this theme across four compositional soundscapes, each one named after a month representative of the changing seasons – Xakelêw (spring), Pûşper (summer), Gelarêzan (fall), Rêbendan (winter). The group,…

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