Visions of Love: An Interview with Damiana

Natalie Chami (TALsounds) and Whitney Johnson (Matchess) have incredible solo discographies, but their collaborative project, Damiana, cuts its own diamond path. On their debut, Vines, the duo creates gentle soundscapes that carry serious emotional heft woven through the detailed, ephemeral sonic glass. Each careful listen reveals something new. It’s work that feels timeless and important.  Chami and Johnson answered some questions through July and August. Vines is available … Continue reading Visions of Love: An Interview with Damiana

Maria Valentina Chirico’s Enchanting Folk Music

The enchanting musical universe of Maria Valentina Chirico is otherworldly and unique. As a trained classical vocalist, she knows how to use her voice as an endlessly expressive instrument. Her music feels alive as if miniature dramas and timespans unfold within the earthy environments she creates. Working with an incredible array of collaborators, the sonic quality of her work is richly textured yet ethereal; tiny … Continue reading Maria Valentina Chirico’s Enchanting Folk Music

The Wonderful Clusters of Atsuko Hatano

In the past year, Atsuko Hatano’s string-based music has become a fixture in my listening habits. Her work ranges from longform, more experimental sonic journeys to the intricate, beguiling worlds of her Cells series. Any time I listen to something she’s created, there is always something new and unique to discover and get lost within. She has her signature style based upon her interest in … Continue reading The Wonderful Clusters of Atsuko Hatano

What Is Man and What Is Guitar? A Film About Keith Rowe

There’s a moment in Bob Burnett and Alan Jones’s film about Keith Rowe, What Is Man and What Is Guitar? where Rowe is spending time with Christian Wolff and reminiscing about times they played together. Wolff tells a story about a show he played with AMM where his guitar wasn’t plugged in, but he played anyway. “You don’t know what you hear, who’s making the sounds – … Continue reading What Is Man and What Is Guitar? A Film About Keith Rowe

Set Adrift With Brin and Josiah to Find Bliss

Brin (Colin) and Josian Steinbrick are a bit of a dream team in my mind. Their congruous thoughts and approaches to sound are the perfect playground for their differing approaches to composition to come out and mingle. Both artists are in the foreground of their lush, beautiful new album Bliss Place, and as the sonic forest unfolds from the ether, each leaves a lasting mark. The … Continue reading Set Adrift With Brin and Josiah to Find Bliss

Improvising Away the Ghosts With Mark Shippy and Alex Cunningham

There’s always something about unexpected duos (or trios or quartets or… you get the picture) that piques my interest. Surprising combinations often lead to interesting sounds or new ideas and when they come off, as they do in spades on Alex Cunningham and Mark Shippy’s Ghost Note. The guitar and violin improvisations sprawled across that record bend preconceived ideas of what each of those instruments can … Continue reading Improvising Away the Ghosts With Mark Shippy and Alex Cunningham

Into the Lush Divide With Bahía Mansa

Connecting with Iván Aguayo was serendipitous. Someone I follow on Bandcamp bought his album, La Orilla en la Que Habito, and I was immediately taken by the cover. I picked up a copy on a Bandcamp day and loved it. A day or two later, Aguayo sent me an email with information about his newest record, botánica del olvido, a beautiful sonic landscape full of aqueous sounds … Continue reading Into the Lush Divide With Bahía Mansa

The Baroque & The Basso Continuo: An Interview With MMMΔ

Even after listening to L’âge de l’absolutisme, MMMΔ’s new collaboration with Alem, dozens of times, I find myself in awe of it. Combining huge, organic drones, electronics, and baroque music is not something I’d have ever imagined. Further, the fact that the trio makes it so engaging and cohesive is an incredible feat. Their ability to create and combine an array of entrancing textures into original, … Continue reading The Baroque & The Basso Continuo: An Interview With MMMΔ

The Sound Comes From Everywhere: A Conversation With Beatriz Ferreyra

It’s honestly difficult to know where to begin with Beatriz Ferreyra, an electroacoustic composer who has always walked a unique path. From her earliest days at Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) beginning in 1963 through her recent works for Room 40, Ferreyra’s ear for sound and ability to craft expansive ideas, often from a singular aural source, is unmatched. Through her early work and studies … Continue reading The Sound Comes From Everywhere: A Conversation With Beatriz Ferreyra

Guitar Solos & Glam With Six Organs of Admittance

Ben Chasny scorched the aural plains with his latest Six Organs of Admittance offering, The Veiled Sea. While, of course, every Six Organs record is a guitar record, he’s never made a guitar record like this one. The Veiled Sea is absolutely dripping with snarling guitar solos. They’re everywhere on the album, the blood that pumps through its circulatory system keeping it pushing ahead. Building an album around … Continue reading Guitar Solos & Glam With Six Organs of Admittance