London-based Steve Dunn and James Durrant have been experimenting with zinc oxide, a material that is cheaper and easier to work with compared to traditional silicon-based solar cells. However its efficiency of 1.2 per cent is far less than that of silicon-based solar cells, meaning the duo have had to experiment quite a bit to […]
Luke Twyman is an designer and sound artist. His project, Solar Beat, creates music based on the the orbital frequencies of planets in the universe. Ever wondered what the universe sounds like? Have a listen here and below.
Ryoji Ikeda is a DominaMatrix who decided to play with sounds and videos and our own minds getting them hypnotized and putting them in a marvellous trance without the need of any other psychotropic drugs except her own work. I’m in. And I’m addicted.
I worked on the production and mix of the album with Matthew Herbert at his studio in England. He was also in the process of completing an album about the life cycle of a pig, from birth to palate. His motivation was to learn more about where his food comes from, how it arrives on […]
The new mini-album from Nils Frahm, Screws, was the result of inspiration from his fans and friends while he recovered from an unfortunate accident that saw him break his thumb. These nine intimate recordings were offered to fans to download for free, and in return, fans thanked Nils by sending him their remixes, reworks, audio […]
Legend Recognize Legend is the first solo project from Lazerbeak, one of the most members of the experimental Doomtree collective: ‘Combining elements of indie rock, pop, and hip hop production, Legend Recognize Legend is bolstered by layers of keyboards, live strings, horns, drum breaks, and group vocals’. We like.
There are a lot of a bands called The Creepers, but by far the most unique is the keyboard and trumpet duo from Baltimore. Featuring Adam Endres from Blood Baby and his Wham City compatriot, Connor Kizer, the comedic outfit pens catchy and hilarious songs about love and dating, embodying the unabashedly trashy, underdog spirit of the city that John Waters calls home.
I first saw noise musician Zbigniew Karkowski in Beijing several years ago, and I had the good fortune to be able to catch him recently when he came through Baltimore. Both times, the rather cagey and brooding Pole assaulted the audience with cement-rattling cacophony — the first time I saw him he used an analog […]
Baltimore musician/artist Bethany Dinsick processes haunting folk music through noise methods, running her sparse guitar lines and beautiful voice through loop pedals and samplers. [photo by VJP Photography]
I recently caught Australian violinist/sound artist Jon Rose at Red Room in Baltimore. He used a motion-sensitive rig to his bow to manipulate sounds on a laptop while he played along. It was a very intense set. Among many other endeavors, Rose has been working on the ongoing Fence Project where he ‘plays’ the wire […]
People have drawn comparisons between Virus and Talking Heads. The Norwegian trio surely incorporates a lot of jazz, experimental, and metal (the band is a supergroup of sorts with ties to bands like Satyricon, Aura Noir, and Inferno) elements, but their distinct gothic rock sound has very little connection to David Byrne and company. That’s […]
Jon Ragel takes the stage as Boy Eats Drum Machine, with a saxophone, turntable, microphone, sampler and green tom drum. He’ll be touring all over the West of America on his way to SXSW in March with his deliciously proggy power trio labelmates, Finn Riggins.
These heady times call for heady music, something spaced-out, trance-y, weird, and devilishly ecstatic to distract us from reality. Chicago’s Cave heeds this call for musical escapism, channeling Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, funk, and tribal frenzy into their mothership-beaconing groove.
The latest in the flurry of experimental Brooklyn bands, Telepathe, have attracted some serious attention since the release of their debut LP Dance Mother last week. Although produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek — enough of an accolade to draw thousands alone — the band are by no means riding on the crest […]