Dafna Naphtali – live sound processing & voice
Hans Tammen – endangered guitar
Mechanique(s) is the New York-based duo of Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen — live computer-based electronics and audio processing, endangered guitar and voice. In their active collaboration since 1998, the duo probes and playfully undermines the overlap of various elements of their technical and aesthetic practices. With Naphtali’s interactive processed sound/noise system and 4-octave vocal range, and Tammen’s mechanical and energetic laptop manipulations of modified guitars, the duo sets out on a crazed collision course of the acoustic and the electronic – all along the route paying homage (in a twirl of the radio dial) to music concrete, free jazz and European improvised music, as well as the contemporary classical and all manner of non-Western musics.
This album is a live recording of a performance in Schenectady, NY in 2009. Zachary Seldess provided the live visuals processing, an image of which is used for the album design.
Aũkštai (“Floors”) is a result of how overthinking leads the mind to multiple directions while searching for answers in the surroundings. These 5 stories reflect on how the mind works in different situations, whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning by the favourite clock ticking down the time of waiting, taking a dog for a walk with thoughts of self-doubt, or whether it’s stone-tied drowning in the sea of paralysed body cells.
Dreamlike walk through inner depths, as if you were walking on thick ice surrounded by misty void and could wake up any second. The sounds reflect a journey through grief, anxiety, finding peace in solitude.
Written using virtual machines controlled by haunting Taoist infernal dreams inspired hands. Driven by the awareness of the plaguing fact that the artist has to compete with others by implementing his own ideas, not attached to anything in particular but his mind only. Showing features of artist’s body, heart and soul while he’s being in a state of a magical drive. A theater of mashing abstractions sampled and processed ideas, where complex beats and smashing sounds emerge to evoke energy and will inside the listener’s mind.
I’m a little high right now from the Oxynorm my oncologist prescribed me and I hope you get high on this short four track idm EP. It’s about cigarettes while I’m about morphine. But I was a heavy smoker until I stopped about a decade ago. This release reminds me of an Analogues Legacy EP I did with Aunderwex for Proc Rec, where our last track was called The Last 2 Cigarettes. It was named for the devastating fact that we only had two cigarettes left at that moment. Is there a similar story to this EP? Or a different one? Or none at all? I have no idea.
Holorime is a new project that started this year and this is the third release.
“netBloc Vol. 52: Back to your regularly scheduled program”
Nearly three years after the release of netBloc Vol. 51, the much-beloved series returns and it’s a scorcher! 11 tracks deep and over an hour long… it’s a nice representation of what’s been happening in the Creative Commons music world over the past 3 years. Included on this one are old friends and new… including legendary Anticon co-founder and underground avant-garde rap pioneer, sole! So don’t sleep… download this and add it to the collection.
A huge thank you to all participating artists and labels! Much respect.
Of course, thanks once again to you for downloading & listening. We always strive to deliver the music you’ll love. Please spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!
Kalumet is back! The label veteran brings us his long awaited EP, delivering 3 original tracks and one remix. Each track is a refreshing wave of cutting edge music. The First Wave is tribalistic, the Second Wave is pumping, and the Third Wave is hypnotic. For the final track, the First Wave is waxed and polished for a deluxe retreatment by Immortal Sun. Each wave combines into a swelling sound trip into the deep!
27 february 2007…12 years ago… My first album in Pueblo Nuevo Netlabel.
“‘Mestizo‘ fusiona electrónica con sonoridades autóctonas y voces ancestrales, con el objeto de encontrar un lenguaje que se posicione en el presente, pero que a su vez, tenga su base en nuestra memoria sonora histórica.
‘Mestizo‘ es un trabajo colaborativo, donde han aportado con sonidos y samples los siguientes músicos e investigadores: José Pérez de Arce (samples del disco “Son-Ido” en tracks 1-3-4-5-6), Matorral (samples de guitarra acústica en track 2, voces en track 5), Lluvia Acida (samples de zampoñas y ocarinas en tracks 2-3-4), Michel Durot (samples del tema “Ying Yang” en track 4), Pablo Cornejo (diversos samples en tracks 2-3-4), Tatevari (sample de ocarina jarra en track 3). Gracias a ustedes esta música fue posible.”
“‘Mestizo‘ is a mixture of electronics and ancient local sounds and voices. The idea is finding a language based in our historical sound memory, but firmly placed in the present day.
‘Mestizo‘ is a collaborative work, where the following musicians and researchers contributed the sounds and samples below: José Pérez de Arce (samples from “Son-Ido” album in tracks 1-3-4-5-6), Matorral (acoustic guitar samples in track 2; voice in track 5), Lluvia Acida (zampoñas and ocarinas samples in tracks 2-3-4), Michel Durot (samples from “Ying Yang” theme in track 4), Pablo Cornejo (assorted samples in tracks 2-3-4), Tatevari (ocarina jarra sample in track 3). Thanks for making this music come true.”
A powerful trip ambient trip into the woods of a long winter, some steps into the snow and his rumours. Wonderful and terrible at the same time.
DR, born 1982, is a sound artist from Lower Saxony, Germany. Uses synthesizers, acoustic instruments (Ukulele & Cavaquinho ) field recordings, tape loops & granular synthesis to create melancholy ambient / drone soundscapes.
it is called “Nina Sergejewna”, the main person in a beautiful book from Lydia Tschukowskaja
Crève fumeur, cantado en francés, habla sobre los efectos de fumar. 囡囡 (NanNan), en Chino, explica porque ser lesbiana es un acto político 買狗養狗 (Get a dog pet a dog) describe como los perros están reemplazando a los niños en el Taiwán moderno.
Reelanzado y co-editado por Enough Records y Nación Libre Records.
The music of WHΛLT THISИEY is a solitary soundtrack to nowhere, a non-tourist map into the unknown; music and images to create new, fully immersive environments, an intriguing aural pilgrimage with no destination in time and space, nuances and labyrinths.
WHΛLT THISИEY selects and mixes music for the mind and body in the same quantities that emerges from encounters between the past and the present, drawing beauty of the commonplace, wiping, polishing it, giving it life again, so to produce the same effect of the original freshness and spontaneity, a mirror that transforms it absorbs and reflects.
WHΛLT THISИEY mixes impressionist piano atmospheres, spoken wordcore, drone, experimental, library, hypnotic escapism music. WHΛLT THISИEY aka Fernando Cerqueira is the founder member of Thisco record label and publisher of Antibothis anthologies.
Fernando Cerqueira was the founder member of the late 80’s SPH tape / record label.
For its 40th release, Da ! Heard It went and got a creator of feelings who founds her music on the intimacy she builds with the listener.
Tryphème is a painter of enchanting landscapes. From these territories that transport with a singular atmosphere rather than flashy colors, she fashions an environment into which one must blend. No sudden dives or sheer falls; this music’s charm comes from insinuation—an invitation softly whispered into the hollow of the ear. And here we are, with Thanks God for Air Emotions, in the middle of this unknown region, suspended by strings controlled by the Parisian woman’s delicate hands.
We’ve known this power of seducation for two years already. Her first album, Online Dating with CPU Records, established the outline. It was the manifestation of an artist who is well-aware of the possibilities that musical creation has to offer. She navigated among the most subtle genres of this art of time and made herself the master of our emotions. Already.
With Thanks God for Air Emotions, we reach the next level. Succeeding the innocence of the first opus is an album purified of all dispersion, focused on the listening of her feelings. These notorious “air emotions,” overflowing with useless affects, form a continuous murmur that is used as raw material for the production of her healing music. They are the soft energy that drives the turbines of a mutant IDM with evanescent voices and synthetic layers. Too easily would we ogle the English ambient masters of yesteryear, if it weren’t for Tryphème coming to add to it here and there her personal inspirations, where the culture of the perpetually learning artist, from hip-hop to new wave, mixes.
The painting’s composition conforms to the hopes promised by Tryphème’s unique talent: a world beyond, formed by a power whose sensuality and mastery are formidable weapons.Thanks God For Air Emotions, Da ! Heard It Record’s 40th release, is distributed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND. The album can be listened to and downloaded freely at the following link: https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/40
“The perfect failure (?) vol. 6 : Imperfect failures”
Even bad things come to an end! This is the 6th and last volume of the perfect failure (?) / l’échec parfait (?). I must admit I failed to find any real or perfect failure among all the sounds submitted. Each of them inspired me for building interesting sound blocks, imagining new composition tactics, blurring the distinction between what I can find “good” or “bad” – although I won’t deny that many of these sounds were somehow headache-inducing when played on repeat while working on this 5 hours long mix. Will you love-hate all these “Imperfect failures” as much as I did while patiently gathering them during 7 years?
Many thanks to all the contributors who trusted me enough to send their secret / questionable material : 3/2, A.D. du nord, Ayato, Benoît Rouits, Charles premier, Cocotte Sapiens, David Pomlait, Doedelzak, Extrasystole, Gavin Prior, Half Evidence, Hellsings, Janne Nummela, Jules Valentin, The Kiriks, Luxalove, M.A.K.T. Sono, Mata-Hari, Natalia Kamia, Onde Poussière, Philippe Desclais, psph.S, Siu, tay_ploops, Torbill, Xavier Mussat, XtetX Ensemble, Yoshiwaku, 3HNT– and some anonymous people. I shamelessly contributed to this with some of the worst recordings of my solo projects Kecap Tuyul and Failure Circle.
The Two Thousand Eighties is a collection of song created between 2016 and 2018 by Demonic Sweaters. They range from ambient, chiptunes, experimental, rock, pop, and features live drums on several tracks, and plenty of synths.
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