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Releases of the Month September

Around 150 events, more than 90 stages all over the city: During the sixth Month of Contemporary Music , Berlin's Free Scene once again proved...

Katharina Schmidt – Fünf Orte (small forms, digital)

The » Fünf Orte « (»Five Places«) that lend their names to Katharina Schmidt's new release are all located in Berlin. However, the performances on...

Ravenative, Morgan Sully, OLVRA – The Continuous Now (L_KW, digital)

Just one day after presenting their label L_KW with many personal stories and political reflections at the first KISSA during the Month of...

Sri Lanka - ශ​්​‍​ර​ී ල​ං​ක​ා​ව (Syrphe, digital)

Cedrik Fermont uses his label Syrphe not only as a platform for contemporary experimental and electronic music from Africa and Asia, but also to...

Ben Glas – Superpositional Melodies (Room40, digital)

Lawrence English remains hyperactive both as an artist and as the owner of the Room40 label: in addition to a joint album by Manuel Mota and...

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – Withering Field (Crónica, CD/digital)

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay's most recent work as a participant in the conference » Soundings 2022. Assemblies of Listenings and Voices Across the...

Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden – I get along without you very well (Thrill Jockey, LP/CD/digital)

The Berlin-based composer Ellen Arkbro is actually known for pieces for the organ, but on her joint album with the multi-talented Johan Graden she...

Entertainment – Pains of Sleep (Total Black, MC/digital)

What can and cannot be considered entertainment may be subjective. The objective facts about the release » Pains of Sleep « by the anonymous...

Ilpo Väisänen – Keskipa​̈​iva​̈​n Hetken Sumea Vaillinaisuus (I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free, LP/digital)

I Shall Sing Until My Land Is Free was launched in June 2022 by Kateryna Zavoloka and Dmytro Fedorenko as a sublabel of Prostir , whom the two...

Julia Reidy / Morten Joh – Tape Shadow (Futura Resistenza, MC/digital)

Only shortly after the release of their solo album » World in World «, Julia Reidy returns with a collaboration with Morten Johan Olsen, here...

KMRU – dont linger they might see you (Bandcamp, digital)

Joseph Kamaru has been highly productive since his arrival in Berlin in the first year of the pandemic, and » dont linger they might see you « was...

Nabelóse – OMOKENTRO (bohemian drips, LP/CD/digital)

The results of the commissioned works created as part of Speicher — festival for site-specific music are regularly released by the organisers on...

Oren Ambarchi – Shebang (Drag City, LP/CD/MC/digital)

In the first KISSA event during the Month of Contemporary Music , Oren Ambarchi traversed the impressive back catalogue of his label Black...

Rand – Peripherie (Rand, LP/CD/digital)

Jan Gerdes is a pianist, Frank Bogdanowitz a.k.a. Dr.Nojoke a producer of electronic music and the name of their joint project Rand . After the...

Richard Scott – Delirious Cartographies (Arbitrary, LP/CD/digital)

The title already says it all: for » Delirious Cartographies ,« Richard Scott was inspired and musically guided by the contexts surrounding him....

Robyn Schulkowsky & Gebrüder Teichmann – Time Bends (Noland, 2LP/digital)

» Time Bends « was already released digitally in July, but the Gebrüder Teichmann —Andi and Hans—celebrated the release of the vinyl version of...

The Humble Bee – An Opposite Fall (VAKNAR, MC/digital)

The Berlin-based label Vaagner and its affiliated imprints A Sunken Mall and VAKNAR have released a total of more than 70 records in only...

The Observatory and Koichi Shimizu – Demon State (Midnight Shift, LP/digital)

The team behind the Berlin label Midnight Shift recently teamed up with the collective Soydivision for a four-part edition of the event series...

Zeitkratzer – Alvin Lucier (Karlrecords, LP/digital)

When Alvin Lucier died last December, the sheer volume of condolences from all corners of the music world showed how far-reaching his influence...

Ina Roß – Wie überlebe ich als Künstler*in? Eine Werkzeugkiste für alle, die sich selbst vermarkten wollen (Transcript, Buch)

Eine simple Frage, die so leicht nicht zu beantworten ist. Ina Roß hat es im Jahr 2013 versucht und nun geht ihre Monografie » Wie überlebe ich...

Rasheed Araeen & Mahmood Jamal (Ed.) – Black Phoenix: Third World Perspective on Contemporary Art and Culture (Primary Information, book)

The late 1970s in Britain marked a time of cultural and political upheaval, but much more was happening beyond (post-)punk and the beginning of...

Releases of the Month August

For two or three weeks, the streets of Berlin seemed as empty as the inboxes of our email accounts. A clear case of the usual summer slump? Not at...

Alexandra Spence – a veil, the sea (mappa, MC/digital)

Barely two months ago Alexandra Spence released the album » Blue waves, Green waves «  on Room40 , and now follows up on it with » a veil,...

Päfgens – Der Regen (Econore, MC/digital)

Päfgens is the joint project of Filip Drábek and Jana Kočišová. The Slovakian duo leads a rather nomadic life, but has been based in Berlin for...

Wukir Suryadi – MENOLAK TUNDUK / REFUSE TO SUBMIT (Bandcamp, digital)

As one half of the duo Senyawa , Wukir Suryadi has just been on an extensive tour and stopped over at the CTM Festival for two concerts and a...

A Field of Progress (Kashual Plastik, 2MC/digital)

The Berlin label Kashual Plastik continues to throw us curve balls and we’re not at all complaining. After a compilation of lullabies and albums...

Alex Zethson – Residy (Thanatosis/Superpang, CD/digital)

As the owner of the Thanatosis label, composer Alex Zethson is in full swing; Magnus Granberg's album » Night Will Fade and Fall Apart «,...

B. Fleischmann – Music for Shared Rooms (Morr Music, 2LP/CD/digital)

Bernhard Fleischmann has been active for over two decades at the interface of conceptual pop and adventurous electronic music as a solo artist,...

Call for Scores (19'40", digital)

Founded in 2016 by Sebastiano de Gennaro, Enrico Gabrielli and Francesco Fusaro, the label  19'40'' regularly provides its subscribers with...

Dienne – Addio (Other People, LP/digital)

When her grandmother died of COVID-19, Belgian composer and vocalist Dienne was unable to say goodbye to her in person, for obvious reasons. ...

Dylan Peirce – Pindrops (Digital In Berlin, LP/digital)

It was only a question of time until Kiezsalon organiser Michael Rosen would add a label to his portfolio and the 15th birthday of Digital In...

Erlend Apneseth – Nova (Hubro, LP/CD/digital)

Outside Norway, the Hardanger fiddle is rarely used. Erlend Apneseth is a virtuoso on the instrument, but has not dealt with it at album length...

Gammelsæter & Marhaug – Higgs Boson (Ideologic Organ, LP/digital)

As an offshoot of Editions Mego , the sub-label Ideologic Organ , run by Stephen O'Malley, has always focused on radical musical approaches that...

Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh – Night Spirit Masters (Zehra, LP/digital)

While Karlrecords has recently recovered a free jazz and improv treasure from the recent past with » Dolunay « by Peter Brötzmann and the...

Hadi Bastani and Yalda Zamani – TWO (Live at tak Theater Aufbau Berlin) (Noise à Noise, digital)

The work of the label Noise à Noise was already featured in this column a while ago and although it mainly represents the Tehran scene for...

J. Carter – Speak, You Also (A Sunken Mall, LP/digital)

Jeremiah Carter’s  » Rejoice! « was the inaugural album on the Vaagner sublabel A Sunken Mall in 2020 and the composer now returns with...

Yan Jun – quartet h​.​k. 香港四重奏 (Bandcamp, digital)

Yan Jun is a veritable artistic jack-of-all-trades and a welcome and—fortunately—frequent visitor in Berlin. The album » quartet h​.​k. 香港四重奏 «...

Cosey Fanni Tutti – Re-Sisters (Faber & Faber, book)

Cosey Fanni Tutti was a co-founder of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle and has repeatedly set impulses as a forward and further...

Mark Peter Wright – Listening After Nature Field Recording, Ecology, Critical Practice (Bloomsbury, book)

More than ever, it is important to listen to the world around us. The practice of field recording can play a key role in this, but it is not free...

LJ Müller with Manu Reyes – Hearing Sexism. Gender in the Sound of Popular Music. A Feminist Approach (Transcript, book)

LJ Müller published the book »Sound und Sexismus« in German in 2018, and now it is also available under the title » Hearing Sexism. Gender in the...

Releases of the Month July

Every piece of music not only has a story, but also tells something about history or reflects on a small scale the larger historical contexts in...

Elo Masing – Music With Birds (Creative Sources/Maybee, 2CD/digital)

As part of Month of Contemporary Music , Elo Masing will visit the Floating University together with the Reanimation Orchestra to perform a...

Rishin Singh with Martin Sturm – mewl infans (Beacon Sound, LP/digital)

During the month of contemporary music, Biegungen im ausland presents the Australian sound artist Alexandra Spence and trombonist Rishin...

Setting Thoughts On Fire (Vaagner, MC/digital)

Benefit compilations in support of the Ukrainian people have appeared in large numbers so far, and only recently this column also listed some of...

Bridget Ferrill & Áslaug Magnúsdóttir – Woodwind Quintet (Subtext, digital)

Composer and synthesizer builder Bridget Ferrill and musician Áslaug Magnúsdóttir have been working together for quite some time, and their joint...

Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat – Chasing the Phantom (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

During the Month of Contemporary Music at Kontraklang , two ensembles—Will Guthrie's Nist-Nah and Pak Yan Lau's Bakunawa —will present...

Emeka Ogboh – 6°30′33.372″N 3°22′0.66″E (Danfotronics, 2LP/digital)

A year ago, Emeka Ogboh already talked about Lagos as a constant source of inspiration for his work with sound in his field notes interview ;...

François Robin & Mathias Delplanque – L’ombre de la bête (à la zim!/Parenthèses, CD/digital)

François Robin works mainly with the Breton bagpipe called veuze, but also instruments such as duduk, mizmar and—a bit more common—the violin....

Galya Bisengalieva – Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive (One Little Independent, CD/digital)

When Netflix isn't catapulting pop evergreens back into the charts, the platform's own productions sometimes offer new and unreservedly exciting...

Kali Malone – Living Torch (Portraits GRM, LP/CD/digital)

Swedish-based US-American Kali Malone has become an unlikely star in recent years, celebrated far beyond the international contemporary music...

Katharina Schmidt – Echography (Flag Day, CD/digital)

Already on her joint album with Fahmi Mursyid , the Berlin sound artist Katharina Schmidt pursued a kind of speculative acoustic ecology, in the...

梁奕源 Liang YiYuan – Those That Die In A Dream. A twenty years retrospective (Unexplained Sounds Group, CDr/digital)

The Italian label Unexplained Sounds Group teamed up with the British institution Cold Spring in July to follow up a first compilation of...

Natalie Beridze – Of Which One Knows (Room40, LP/digital)

There was—of course—a lot of new music coming from Room40 again this month. Label owner Lawrence English released new albums by Yui Onodera ,...

Samuel Reinhard – Repetitions (Präsens Editionen/Hallow Ground, MC/digital)

For the release of the album » Repetitions « by the New York City-based Swiss artist Samuel Reinhard, the two labels Präsens Editionen and...

Sun Yizhou – Noise Floor (Bandcamp, digital)

»It may sound boring, but I like it«, comments Beijing-based sound artist Sun Yizhou on his self-published album » Noise Floor « and it is rather...

Tegh & Adel Poursamadi – Ima ایما (Injazero, digital)

After the release of an anthology with works by KMRU , the British label Injazero has become rather quiet. » Ima ایما «, however, marks the...

Kate Molleson – Sound Within Sound. Opening Our Ears to the 20th Century (Faber, Book)

»I'm writing this book out of love and anger. Love for the music; anger for the neglect«, Kate Molleson wrote when announcing her book » Sound...

Lauren Newton – VOCAL Adventures. Free Improvisation in Sound, Space, Spirit and Song (Wolke, Book)

Lauren Newton is unquestionably one of the most important (jazz) singers and vocal artists of our time and the publication of » VOCAL Adventures....

Pauline Oliveros – Quantum Listening (Ignota, Book)

Pauline Oliveros would have turned 90 in May, which was honoured with numerous new music releases and reissues and now also the slim but dense...

Releases of the Month June

Time has passed more strangely than ever in these past two and a half years. Sometimes it didn't seem to pass at all, sometimes it raced by and...

Cenk Ergün – Inseln (Sacred Realism, CD/digital)

A series of islands rising from the sea: the Turkish-American composer Cenk Ergün took this image as inspiration for his composition » Inseln «....

MimiCof – Distant Symphony (Karlrecords, LP/MC/digital)

Under the pseudonym MimiCof , Berlin-based artist Midori Hirano last explored the possibilities of analogue sound synthesis five years ago on the...

The Asocial Telepathic Ensemble – The Asocial Telepathic Ensemble (Corvo, 2MC)

Wendelin Büchler regularly offers a platform for unusual artistic concepts with his Corvo label, but this may be the most ambitious release to...

Akusmi – Fleeting Future (Tonal Union, LP/digital)

Pascal Bideau was born in France and lives in London, but he recorded his debut album under the name Akusmi in Berlin and enlisted support from...

Alexandra Spence –  Blue Waves, Green Waves (Room40, digital)

The Australian artist Alexandra Spence pursues a subjectively influenced field-recordings approach, in the context of which she sometimes also...

Angelina Yershova, Ynaktera – Time For Change (Twin Paradox, CD/digital)

For » Time For Change «, the Kazakh artist Angelina Yershova has collaborated with the Rome-based electronic musician Ynaktera . Acoustic...

Baldrian Quartett – Entschlummern sollst du, sollst entschlummern (bRUit, CD/digital)

Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy is n a t u r a l l y one of the most important composers of her time and the Baldrian Quartett has long been known...

Ding Chenchen – Dali Selections 2018-2021 (Zoomin’ Night, MC/digital)

A few years ago, Chinese noise artist Ding Chenchen lost an external hard drive and with it his entire archive of live recordings from previous...

Hatis Noit – Aura (Erased Tapes, LP/CD/digital)

This vocal artist, active under the name Hatis Noit , borrows the title of her debut album from Walter Benjamin; her music, recorded...

Lamin Fofana – Ballad Air & Fire (Black Studies, digital)

The last three previous albums by the multimedia artist Lamin Fofana were already arranged as a trilogy, » Ballad Air & Fire « now marks the...

Laurie Tompkins – Sharp Love Slow Faint (Hyperdelia, CD/digital)

The Berlin label Hyperdelia has largely paused during the pandemic, but is now following up a recently released album by Stellan Veloce with...

Liew Niyomkarn – I Think of Another Time When You Heard It (CHINABOT, MC/digital)

The title of Thai sound artist Liew Niyomkarn's » I Think of Another Time When You Heard It « sounds as intimate as it is inviting, and the music...

Lorelei Ensemble –  James Kallembach: Antigone: The Writings of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement (New Focus Recordings, digital)

For » Antigone: The Writings of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement «, composer James Kallembach enriched Sophocles' ancient drama with...

Luka Aron – Tinctures (Ediciones Capablanca, 10”/digital)

For » Tinctures « on the Berlin label Ediciones Capablanca , the composer Luka Aron worked with a chord zither and took an almost microscopic...

Mazen Kerbaj – Mix Me Tape #1: Trumpet Solo (Bandcamp, digital)

Fans of Mazen Kerbaj are not used to long dry spells and here it is already, the next release after his comprehensive album and remix project »...

Mondkopf – Spring Stories (Miasmah, CD/digital)

Paul Régimbeau's discography is a veritable treasure trove: adventurous techno, noise and excursions into the realms of composed music and drone...

Nancy Mounir – Nozhet El Nofous (Simsara, digital)

Music is always also a form of incantation. According to the title, Nancy Mounir calls for a » Nozhet El Nofous «, a promenade of souls, on her...

Rolf Hansen – Tableau (Karaoke Kalk, LP/digital)

The Danish musician Rolf Hansen was already on the road in the alternative folk scene, but has recently said goodbye to storytelling and turned to...

Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker – Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d'amore (Unseen Worlds, CD/digital)

There is more than »Bella Ciao« out there, so much more! Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker’s » Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d'amore «—songs of...

Stefanovich, Dell, Lillinger, Westergaard – SDLW (bastille musique, CD/digital)

The Berlin label bastille musique relies on a reduced and classical aesthetic in visual terms, but underneath the artwork, which seems generic...

Valentina Goncharova – Ocean: Symphony For Electric Violin & Other Instruments in 10+ Parts (Hidden Harmony, LP/digital)

Until 2020, only a few connoisseurs of experimental and contemporary music had heard the name Valentina Goncharova, until Dmytro Nikolaienko...

Yenting Hsu – Flash 須臾 (Ash International, digital)

The name already spells it out, at least indirectly: On » Flash 須臾 «, the Taiwanese sound artist Yenting Hsu deals with the concept of time. In...

Releases of the Month May

Is hate destructive per se, purely negative, unproductive? Or perhaps even the opposite of all that? In music at least, it can become a driving...

Cedrik Fermont – Trance (Syrphe, digital) 

» Trance « was first performed by Syrphe owner Cedrik Fermont in the London creative space IKLECTIK and has subsequently been released for home...

Guido Möbius – A Million Magnets (Emphase)

» A Million Magnets « began as a kind of creative recycling project: during a train ride, Guido Möbius discovered previously unused recordings on...

Julia Reidy – World in World (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Julia Reidy's music has always been difficult to categorise. Fingerpicked guitar and vocals manipulated by means of autotune technology meet in...

Adam Badí Donoval – Sometimes Life Is Hard And So We Should Help Each Other (The Trilogy Tapes, MC/digital)

Adam Badí Donoval is a prolific label owner who releases all kinds of exciting sound experiments via Warm Winters Ltd. that mediate between...

an moku I stefan schmidt – Zwischenraum (Karlrecords, MC/digital)

an moku and Stefan Schmidt are finally back with the second part of their »Raum« trilogy for the Berlin-based Karlrecords. On » Zwischenraum «,...

Andrew Bernstein – a presentation (Hausu Mountain, CD/MC/digital)

In mid-May, US-born Andrew Bernstein performed his new album » a presentation « on stage in Berlin with the newly founded In Flux Ensemble. It...

Equations Collective x Lena Platonos x Rabih Beaini – The Helicon Sessions (99Chants, 12”/digital)

The Equations Collective is a group of music producers firmly anchored in the international techno scene, but together they combine free-form jam...

Afrorack – The Afrorack (Hakuna Kulala, MC/digital)

Brian Bamanya claims to be working with the first self-built modular synthesizer on the African continent. Whether this is true or not is another...

Exotic Cipher – What DJs Actually Do On Stage (Fake DJs Compilation) (Prehistoric Silence, digital)

The duo Exotic Cipher runs the Prehistoric Silence label for sound art and experimental electronic music. Against this background, it is not...

Hermann Nitsch – Weinviertel Sinfonie (Trost, CD/digital)

A new release by Hermann Nitsch is always welcome, but this one comes with a grain of salt: » Weinviertel Sinfonie « is the first posthumous...

Hüma Utku – The Psychologist (Editions Mego, 2LP/CD/digital)

The producer Hüma Utku, who has been living in Berlin for some time now, has always had a knack for deep and dark atmospheres. On her debut for...

Koray Kantarcıoğlu – Loopworks 2 (Discrepant, LP+CD/digital)

The composer Koray Kantarcıoğlu continues his work based on bits and pieces from the music history of his Turkish homeland and this time expands...

Matmos – Regards / Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer (Thrill Jockey, LP/CD/digital)

For decades, the US duo Matmos has been working at the intersection of conceptual and experimental music, electronica and noise. However, an...

Wanderwelle – Black Clouds Bury the Cliffs at Sea (Important, CD/digital)

What’s the sound of the climate crisis? In the case of the Amsterdam collective Wanderwelle, it is as beautiful as it is ominous. As the first...

Zimoun – Guitar Studies I-III (Room40, CD+Book/digital)

Apart from the piano, hardly any other instrument has played such a leading role in recent Western music history as the guitar. This also means...

Geoff Stahl & J. Mark Percival (Ed.) – The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music, Space and Place (Bloomsbury, book) The question of the space(s) in and around music has probably been the most central one in recent years—even before the pandemic. Whe

The question of the space(s) in and around music has probably been the most central one in recent years—even before the pandemic. Where is it...

Ginger Dellenbaugh – Maria Callas's Lyric and Coloratura Arias (Bloomsbury 33⅓, book)

Bloomsbury’s 33 ⅓ book series is usually dedicated to the great and groundbreaking albums of pop history, which is why Ginger Dellenbaugh's book...

Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt / Andi Schoon (Ed.) –  Postcolonial Repercussions. On Sound Ontologies and Decolonised Listening (Transcript, book)

Is it possible to carry out an academic examination of musical cultures beyond Eurocentric composition, production and reception without...

Releases of the Month April 2022

Hermann Nitsch, Harrison Birtwistle and Klaus Schulze: the art and music world had to say goodbye to three artists in April 2022. They could...

Daniela Fromberg & Stefan Roigk – Unfamiliar Home (Edition Telemark, LP)

In the past two years, the soundscapes of our living spaces have seemed unfamiliar to us more often than we would have liked. Hasn't this also...

KMRU & Aho Ssan – Limen (Subtext, LP/digital)

Joseph Kamaru moved to Berlin only recently, and yet the sound artist and ambient producer, who previously used to work in Nairobi, is already...

Stellan Veloce – Stellan Veloce's Complesso Spettro (Hyperdelia, LP/digital)

Stellan Veloce is a member of collectives such as Y-E-S and Fem*_Music*_ and can look back on a series of collaborations with artists from...

Ben Vida and Lea Bertucci – Murmurations (Cibachrome Editions, LP/digital)

Lea Bertucci has always had an interest in the human voice, its limitations and, most of all, overcoming them. This is also audible on this...

Chris Korda – Passion for Numbers (Mental Groove, LP/digital)

» Passion for Numbers « is a piano album on which Chris Korda does not play the piano. Instead, the eight pieces were created with the help of the...

Clarice Jensen – Drone Studies (Vaagner, LP/digital)

»The Experience Of Repetition As Death« is the title of an album by cellist Clarice Jensen, and the poetology and philosophy of her music could...

Darja Kazimira – Medea Forgives Jason (Cyclic Law, CD/digital)

From Euripides to Christa Wolf and contemporary adaptations for the theatre, the Medea myth has been subjected to radical reinterpretations again...

Éliane Radigue & Frédéric Blondy – Occam XXV (Organ Reframed, CD/digital)

The extensive Éliane Radigue retrospective at this year's MaerzMusik was above all exactly that, a look back on the early work of a quiet...

Fhunyue Gao & Sven Kacirek – Hoya (Altin Village & Mine, LP/digital)

Grykë Pyje – The Fantastic World of Grykë Pyje (mappa/Nonlocal Research, 2MC/digital)

Jani Hirvonen and Johannes Schebler joined forces about a decade ago under the name Grykë Pyje and work between Turku and Wiesbaden on ... Well,...

Jana Irmert – What Happens at Night (Fabrique, LP/digital)

Jana Irmert is one of Berlin's most reliable contemporary sound artists, not only in terms of quality but also quantity: » What Happens at Night «...

Julian Sartorius – Mux (Marionette, LP/digital)

Most recently, the Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius became the talk of the town with an album on which he compiled a total of 112 locked grooves,...

Keiko Higuchi – Vertical Language (Black Editions, LP/CD/digital)

To call Keiko Higuchi a jazz singer would be mere understatement. And yet she is just as little a pure avant-garde artist. » Vertical Language «...

Noise à Noise 21​.​1 (Noise à Noise, MC/digital)

The label Noise à Noise was founded in Tehran in 2019 to serve as an outlet for the regional electronic and experimental music scene. Number »...

XKatedral Anthology Series I (XKatedral, LP/digital)

XKatedral is the focal and meeting point of the central figures from Stockholm's scene for minimalist compositional styles and drone music,...

Black to Comm – Drag Acid #10 (Dekorder, book+CD)

Marc Richter is a collector, anarchistic archivist and transformer. Under the pseudonym Black to Comm , he has proven time and again with an...

Federica Bueti, Antonia Alampi, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Hrsg.) – We Have Delivered Ourselves From the Tonal – Von, mit, zu, über Julius Eastman (Archive Books, Buch)

The anthology » We Have Delivered Ourselves From the Tonal – Of, Towards, On, For Julius Eastman « was published last year by Archive Books in a...

Luise Wolf – Tiefenresonanz. Klang, Körper und die Erfahrung sonischer Materialität von Drone Music (Transcript, book)

Following Harry Sword's »Monolithic Undertow: In Search of Sonic Oblivion« from the summer of 2020, here’s another writer who dedicates herself to...

Releases of the Month, March 2022

Listening to music means taking in unknown perspectives, even if only for a few minutes. Why this is important is also underlined by global...

Axel Dörner & Mazen Kerbaj – Döner Kebab (Al Maslakh, digital)

The award for the best record cover of the year clearly goes to these two. And whenever Axel Dörner and Mazen Kerbaj are involved, the music...

crys cole – A Piece of Work (Second Editions)

Sound artist crys cole has been anything but idle in recent years. In 2021 alone, she released an album from her joint project with James...

Oksana Linde – Aquatic and Other Worlds (1983-1989) (Buh)

In recent decades, a veritable run on the archives of supposedly forgotten composers of electronic music or composers working outside traditional...

Beispiel – Muster (Faitiche, LP/digital)

For » Muster «, Faitiche founder Jan Jelinek and Frank Bretschneider have joined forces under the name Beispiel to improvise together with...

El Khat (القات) – Aalbat Alawi Op.99 (Glitterbeat, LP/CD/digital)

The debut album of the El Khat ( القات ) project was already a small sensation: »Saadia Jefferson – سعديا  جيفيرسون« offered exciting new...

Flore Laurentienne – Volume I (RVNG Intl., LP/digital)

The music of Mathieu David Gagnon is full of twists. Already the first piece on the album » Volume I « under the pseudonym Flore Laurentienne...

Gonçalo F. Cardoso – Impressões de Outra Ilha (Borneo) (Discrepant, LP/digital)

Gonçalo F. Cardoso belongs to a group of artists who, in the area of field recordings, counter the dogmas of acoustic ecology and neo-colonial...

Iguan – Heaven's Door (Lab’ut, CD/digital)

Iguan is the joint project of Claire Trouilloud and Yérri-Gaspar Hummel, who document their improvisations with voice and electronics for the...

Institut für Elektroakustik Hamburg – Musik kaputter Geldautomaten (Sozialistischer Plattenbau, 7inch/digital)

Unfortunately, no one will be able to enrol at the Institut für Elektroakustik Hamburg , and we may doubt whether we are really and truly dealing...

Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer – Recordings from the Åland Islands (International Anthem, LP/CD/digital)

Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer's » Recordings from the Åland Islands « have a long history. The duo's preoccupation with the nature and...

Natasha Barrett – Heterotopia (Persistence of Sound, LP/digital)

Natasha Barrett has fortunately been very active recently, for example releasing a joint split record by her and Beatriz Ferreyra just last year....

Robert Haigh – Human Remains (Unseen Worlds, LP/CD/digital)

The discography of the British composer Robert Haigh is broad and varied, but his music is usually reduced and focused. This is also the case on »...

SOTE – Majestic Noise Made in Beautiful Rotten Iran (Sub Rosa, CD/digital)

In addition to very welcome shows of works by Léo Kupper, Frederic Rzewski and Reinhold Weber, » Majestic Noise Made in Beautiful Rotten Iran «, a...

Stefano Pilia – Spiralis Aurea (Die Schachtel, LP/digital)

The twelve pieces on Stefano Pilia's » Spiralis Aurea « seem to know neither beginning nor end, moving in a circular and leisurely manner. This is...

Vanessa Wagner – Study of the Invisible (Infiné, LP/CD/digital)

Pianist Vanessa Wagner has been moving between different worlds for quite some time, which is why her interpretations of lesser-known pieces from...

Releases of the Month, February 2022

The brand new issue of field notes for March and April 2022 is full of thoughts about and reports on alternative collective practices....

Crush String Collective – Aeriform (Barkhausen, LP/CD/digital)

The Crush String Collective is exceptional in several respects. This is already expressed in the name of the Copenhagen ensemble, whose working...

Park Jiha – The Gleam (Glitterbeat, LP/CD/digital)

Park Jiha belongs to a generation of musicians who are opening up new compositional possibilities with the instruments of the South Korean gugak....

Sheng Jie 盛潔 & Shen Jing 沈靜 – Parallel Weaving (WV Sorcerer Productions, LP/digital)

With her album 2020 »卵生 Oviparity«, Sheng Jie delighted critics and fans with cello compositions that mediated between a demanding improvisational...

Ale Hop – Why Is It They Say A City Like Any City? (Karlrecords, LP/digital)

Concepcion Huerta , Elsa M'bala, Felicity Mangan, KMRU , Sukitoa Onamau and Tomas Tello are just a few of the artists from whom the Berlin-based...

Anthology Of Experimental Music From Japan (Unexplained Sounds Group, CD/digital)

Is this really experimental and who decides what this means anyhow? Anyhow, the »anthologies« compiled by the Unexplained Sounds Group label...

Francis Plagne – The Refrain (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

It's been a while since Francis Plagne's last solo album. » The Refrain « consists of two long pieces, in the course of which the Australian...

HMOT – Another Name — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Club Nevermore, digital)

With his label Klammklang , Stas Sharifullin has been enriching the world with unusual music and fascinating conceptual art like that of Diana...

Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson – Xylophonen Virtuosen (Trost, 2LP/CD/digital)

Anything you need to know about this legendary duet between Jim O'Rourke and Mats Gustafsson, from which only excerpts were first released in...

Kajsa Magnarsson & Marta Forsberg – Kompisitioner (Lamour, 2x7inch/digital)

The human voice has always played a central role in the work of Marta Forsberg, a composer who has been living in Berlin for a good two years....

Mazen Kerbaj – Sampler / Sampled (Morphine, LP/digital)

In the current issue of field notes , Mazen Kerbaj already answered all our questions about his mammoth project » Sampler/Sampled «, so is...

My Hellgren & Peter Söderberg – Plucked and Bowed (FRIM, CD/digital)

» Plucked and Bowed «: My Hellgren and Peter Söderberg could not have titled their first release together more soberly, though it actually turned...

Saint Abdullah – Inshallahlaland (Room40, MC/digital)

Saint Abdullah is a joint project by brothers Mohammad and Mehdi Mehrabani-Yeganeh, who grew up in the Occident but  on their numerous...

Svarte Greiner – Devolving Trust (Miasmah, CD/digital)

The artist Erik Knive Skodvin, who has been living in Berlin for some time, is known as a member of the duo Deaf Center , but also as a solo...

The International Nothing – Just None of Those Things (Ftarria, CD/digital)

The »psychoacoustic« clarinet duo The International Nothing is made up of the Berlin artists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke, who obviously...

Wojciech Rusin – Syphon (AD 93, LP/digital)

Following up on 2019’s »The Funnel«, the instrument maker and composer Wojciech Rusin releases the second part of his »alchemical« trilogy on a...

Kaj D. David and Assaf Gidron – KJAM3 - Scores for Studios (Love Records, PDF)

As part of the Goethe-Institut's »Virtual Partner Residency«, Berlin-based composer Kaj Duncan David and his New York-based colleague Assaf...

Mark Fell – Structure and Synthesis (Urbanomic, book)

Mark Fell is a friendly radical. As a member of the Mille Plateaux -affiliated duo SND , he helped elevate electronic (dance) music to a new,...

Pedro Tudela & Miguel Carvalhais – Installations / Instalações (Crónica, Book)

The sound artists Pedro Tudela and Miguel Carvalhais have been working together for more than two decades and have released an almost incalculable...

Releases of the Month, January 2022

In December 2008, someone scrawled the words »Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear« on the outside of a bank in Greece. At that time, the global...

Anna von Hausswolff – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (Southern Lord, LP/CD/digital)

An organist releasing a live recording of a concert at one of the world's most important jazz festivals on a metal label is unusual. But Anna von...

Eiko Ishibashi – For McCoy (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Good times for and with Eiko Ishibashi. Recently, the musical all-rounder released a melancholic jazz album perfect for late hours with Hiroshi...

Iannis Xenakis – Electroacoustic Works (Karlrecords, 5LP/5CD/digital)

Akira Sakata / Takeo Moriyama – Mitchondria (Trost, 2LP/2CD/digital)

The Viennese quality label Trost kicks off the year 2022 as it deserves: loudly and unrulily. Besides the sweaty psych-noise-rock grooves of...

Alessandro Bosetti – Plane/Talea #31–34 (Holiday, 2LP/digital)

» Plane/Talea #31–34 « sees Alessandro Bosetti further intensify his exploration of the human voice. After the predecessor »Plane Talea #31–#32«...

Ghédalia Tazartès – Gospel et le râteau (Bisou, LP/CD/digital)

» Gospel et le râteau « was already in the works when Ghédalia Tazartès passed away last February. The 17 pieces were culled from the archives of...

Klara Lewis – Live in Montreal 2018 (Editions Mego, CD/digital)

Since the unexpected death of Peter Rehberg, Editions Mego's hours are numbered. But some of the outstanding projects are still being handled by...

Koma Saxo with Sofia Jernberg – Koma West (We Jazz, LP/CD/digital)

If it has Sofia Jernberg's name on it, you’re in for a surprise. The same is true in the case of » Koma West «t, her collaboration with Petter...

Lee Yi – Hayví (Midira, MC/digital)

The album » Hayví « by the Spanish musician Lee Yi does not scream for attention, his label Midira writes in the accompanying press release....

Marc Matter – Could Change (Futura Resistenza, LP/digital)

Is this still sound poetry or already vocal music? Whatever the case, what Marc Matter offers with » Could Change « sets the brain to work with...

Matilde Meireles – Life of a Potato (Crónica, MC/digital)

From a Central European perspective, the potato is actually an exotic plant: originally it was only found in South America. In » Life of a Potato...

OFFICER! – Paragraphs and Principles. A Tribute to Cornelius Cardew (Jelodanti/Klanggalerie, LP/digital)

To call Cornelius Cardew a radical is more (or: less?) than an understatement. That is why his work continues to provide inspiration for numerous...

Pan Daijing – Tissues (PAN, LP/digital)

It is not long ago that Pan Daijing combined electronic music and music theatre on her last album » Jade 玉观音 «, and now the next one is already...

Piotr Kurek – World Speaks (Edições CN, LP/digital)

For the album » World Speaks «, Piotr Kurek worked with voice archives. So far, so inconspicuous. But over seven pieces, the Polish composer...

Vilhelm Bromander – aurora (Warm Winters Ltd., MC/digital)

Vilhelm Bromander is part of Stockholm's experimental and drone music scene and runs the Differ label, on which he last released a solo work in...

Christian Broecking – This Uncontainable Feeling of Freedom. Irène Schweizer – European Jazz and the Politics of Improvisation (Broecking, book)

» Dieses unbändige Gefühl der Freiheit. Irène Schweizer – Jazz, Avantgarde, Politik « was published a while ago, and now the book by the author...

Irena Müller-Brozovic / Barbara Balba Weber (Hg.) – Das Konzertpublikum der Zukunft. Forschungsperspektiven, Praxisreflexionen und Verortungen im Spannungsfeld einer sich verändernden Gesellschaft (Transcript, book)

After almost two years, it is a truism that the pandemic has forcefully brought about new performance practices. However, this does not change the...

Celeste Day Moore – Soundscapes of Liberation African American Music in Postwar France (Duke University Press, book)

Music reflects great historical movements to the same extent that it can sometimes initiate them. Celeste Day Moore's » Soundscapes of Liberation...

Releases of the Month, November 2021

Music is not material in a strict sense, but it is always dependent on materials. These are sometimes affected, whether it is the strings of a...

Buganda Royal Music Revival (Nyege Nyege Tapes, LP/digital)

The Nyege Nyege Tapes label is internationally known for advanced club music from Uganda and the wider East African region, but with » Buganda...

Julia Reidy – How to Spot a Rip (Tokuroku, digital)

Through the digital label Tokuroku , Café Oto released exclusive recordings of a variety of musicians over the course of the pandemic to raise...

Felicity Mangan – Bell Metal Reeds (One Instrument, MC/digital)

The concept behind the One Instrument label is already fully explained by its name: Berlin-based composer Aimée Portioli, better known under her...

Alva Noto – HYbr:ID Vol. 1 (Noton, LP/CD/digital)

It almost seems as if Carsten Nicolai is perceived worldwide primarily for his audiovisual installation art and hardly any more for the music he...

Christopher Chaplin – Patriarchs (Fabrique, LP/digital)

Even before the great biblical flood came, the patriarchs ruled. The British composer Christopher Chaplin dedicates an impressive concept album to...

Irreversible Entanglements – Open the Gates (International Anthem, LP/CD/digital)

More impressive than the music on » Open the Gates « may be the fact that this album was recorded in just one day. The group Irreversible...

Nahma: a Gulf Polyphony / نهمة: تعدد الغناء الخليجي (FLEE, LP/digital)

The collective FLEE has already published a book on Kenyan Benga music and led residencies in Apulia in southern Italy and Nairobi, which is why...

NITON – Cemento (Shameless, LP/digital)

The label Shameless , founded by Boris Hauf, only ships out its releases carbon-neutrally or, within Berlin, delivers them directly by bicycle....

Oliver Doerell & Jawad Salkhordeh – سایه (Sonic Pieces, LP/digital)

The Berlin label Sonic Pieces is dedicated to a quiet sound, as also represented by Otto A Totland's new LP »Companion,« comprising gentle,...

Paula Schopf – Espacios en Soledad (Karaoke Kalk, LP/digital)

With » Espacios en Soledad ,« Berlin-based sound artist Paula Schopf processes a personal story along with its political implications: the...

Petar Klanac & ensemble 0 – Pozgarria da (Belarri, CD/digital)

Basque lyricism, medieval and gamelan instruments, no less than four organs and much more: on » Pozgarria da «, many otherwise only discrete...

Sarah Defrise – For Cathy, A Capella Album, A Tribute to Cathy Berberian (Sub Rosa, CD/digital)

The Brussels label Sub Rosa pays tribute in one fell swoop to two of the most extraordinary voices of the past decades. » Two Men in a Boat «...

Sergio Armaroli & Alessandro Camnasio – Mahler (in/a) Cage | Casetta di Composizione (Grünrekorder, CD/digital)

News from Grünrekorder invariably equals good news. In addition to the compilation » Soundlapse «, which documents the acoustic ecology in...

Soundwalk Collective w Charlotte Gainsbourg ft AtomTM, Lyra Pramuk, Paul B. Preciado, Willem Dafoe – LOVOTIC (Analogue Foundation, LP/digital)

What a star-studded line-up! »LOVOTIC« by the Soundwalk Collective was presented for the first time at the second part of this year's festival...

Diana Romanova – Excercice d'écoute non​-​humaine (Klammklang, Zine/digital)

The sound researcher Diana Romanova lives in the Russian town of Shcholkovo a few hours' drive outside Moscow and presumably has the necessary...

Magda Mayas + Tina Douglas – Objects of Interest (Room40, CD+book/digital)

New month, a whole bunch of new Room40 releases. In November, Lawrence English put out new music by Marina Rosenfeld and Olivia Block , among...

Spectres III. Ghosts in the Machine (Shelter Press, book)

A spectre is haunting the world of contemporary music, and for the third time already. In » Spectres III. Ghosts in the Machine / Fantômes dans la...

Releases of the Month, October 2021

Earlier this month, Andrew Pekler presented a slightly different kind of site-specific composition: »Browser Music 1« is a composition split over...

Alex Zethson Ensemble – Some of Them Were Never Unprepared (Thanatosis Produktion/Relative Pitch, LP/CD/digital)

The list of those who have been inspired by gamelan is long. Alexander Zethson, known among other things as a member of the Trondheim Jazz...

Atsuko Hatano – Cells #5 (Cassauna, MC/CD/digital)

A few months ago, John Brien turned his back on vinyl. The reason: waiting times were too long. Since then, he has been releasing reissues of...

Catherine Graindorge – Eldorado (tak:til, LP/CD/digital)

What actually makes music uncanny? There may be many answers to this question, but in the case of » Eldorado « it is all the stories that...

Ben Bertrand – Dokkaebi (les albums claus, LP/CD/digital)

Belgian composer Ben Bertrand often works with the bass clarinet, but on his third solo album he expands his musical approach by bringing...

Catherine Christer Hennix – Solo for Two Tamburas (Care Of, digital)

The Berlin label Care Of was inactive for a while, but is now back with a series of releases. Alongside new music by Mari Matsutoya and Adam...

Cedrik Fermont – Détails (Syrphe, digital)

Syrphe founder Cedrik Fermont remains hyper-productive and that of course is a real blessing for all fans of unusual sounds. » Détails «...

Farida Amadou / Liz Kosack / Dag Magnus Narvesen – Circuit (Pattern Dissection, LP/digital)

It was probably only a matter of time before the two free jazz and improv fanatics Christoph Berg and Stefan Lingg followed up their show Pattern...

Maya Shenfeld – In Free Fall (Thrill Jockey, LP/CD/digital)

Maya Shenfeld moves between many different worlds. On » In Free Fall ,« her solo debut on the Chicago label Thrill Jockey , the versatile...

Hans Castrup – Constant Imbalances III (Submarine Broadcasting Company, CD/digital)

If you want to hear the two predecessors to » Constant Imbalances III ,« you'll have to read them to yourself. The second album by musician,...

Hiroshi Minami/Eiko Ishibashi – GASPING_SIGHING_SOBBING (Bandcamp, digital)

The cover of » GASPING_SIGHING_SOBBING « features Lili Boulanger in front of the Tokyo Tower, and that is not the only puzzling thing about this...

Ibukun Sunday – The Last Wave (Phantom Limb, digital)

Ibukun »Sunday« Oladipupo has already been featured on several compilations of the Berlin label Syrphe and now debuts on the British imprint...

Jörg Sasse – Framed (Office Editions, LP/digital)

Jörg Sasse is known primarily as a photographer and visual artist, but since last year he has also been actively pursuing his interest in music....

Kate Moore – Revolver (Unsounds, CD/digital)

On » Revolver ,« composer Kate Moore presents eight brilliant pieces written for a dance installation by Ken Unsworth. Although sparsely...

Marina Rosenfeld – Teenage Lontano (Room40, LP/digital)

Lawrence Englis h keeps busy: his label Room40 released a good half-dozen releases in October by Toshimaru Nakamura , Aki Onda and also...

Mario Bajardi – LUX – Theater Works (Bandcamp, LP/digital)

The pieces of the Italian composer Mario Bajardi collected on » LUX – Theater Works « are marked by a dreamlike atmosphere. In the interplay of...

Only Now – Indian Unclassical, Vol. 1 (Bokeh Versions, MC/digital)

The Bristolian label Bokeh Versions is known for its exhilarating experiments in the fields of dub, industrial and club music with a British...

Paulina Owczarek & Peter Orins – You Never Know (Circum Disc, CD/digital)

Paulina Owczarek and Peter Orins first met in Berlin, where they were hired for the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin , and have been in a musical...

The Dorf – Protest Possible (Umland, CD/digital)

It took three years to work on » Protest Possible ,« the new album by the alternative big band The Dorf from the Ruhr area. The pieces, based on...

Ustad Saami – East Pakistan Sky (Glitterbeat, digital)

Ustad Saami is an early riser and a hard worker: every morning he gets up at 4 am and practices for hours singing the 49-note microtonal shruti...

Beate Bartel / Gudrun Gut / Bettina Köster (Hg.) – M_Dokumente. Mania D., Malaria!, Matador (Ventil Verlag, book)

When punk took hold in the Federal Republic of Germany, things got weird very quickly. It remains particularly odd that the role of bands like...

Petri Kuljuntausta (Hg.) – Sound, Art & Climate Change (Frekvenssi, book)

Sabine Scho, Sebastian Felix Ernst, Golden Diskó Ship – Haus für einen Boxer / Casa per un Pugile / House for a Boxer (Hatje + Cantz, book/CD)

A poet, a multi-instrumentalist and an architect meet at the Villa Massimo in Rome and think about gravity and fist fights: that about is the...

Releases of the Month, September 2021

Who would have thought that a US late-night show host wouldn’t be able to wrap his head around Peter Brötzmann ! When Jimmy Fallon made fun of...

David Toop, Akio Suzuki, Lawrence English – Breathing Spirit Forms (Room40, CD+book/digital)

It was a busy month for sound artist and Room40 founder Lawrence English: » Observation of Breath ,« an LP with four haunting organ pieces, was...

Petr Kotik – The Plains at Gordium, performed by Talujon (Unseen Worlds, LP/CD/digital)

Petr Kotik is the founder and leader of the S.E.M. Ensemble , which in the past five decades has made a name for itself with interpretations of...

Sarah Davachi – Antiphonals (Late Music, LP/CD/MC/digital)

Sarah Davachi is very fast at composing slow music. » Antiphonals « is her 17th solo album since 2013, and what is perhaps even more impressive is...

Ensemble d’oscillateurs – 2 Transcriptions (Oliveros • Pade) (LINE, digital)

The posthumous acknowledgement of the groundbreaking work of Pauline Oliveros continues to run at full speed even five years after the death of...

FRKTL – السَّمْت Azimuth (Bandcamp, digital)

The film » الس َّ م ْ ت Azimuth « is part of the Nomadic Signals series, curated by artist Leyya Mona Tawil, which is dedicated to the...

Gordan – Down in the Meadow (Morphine, LP/digital)

Andi Stecher, Guido Möbius and Svetlana Spajić are Gordan . The Serbian singer and the two Berlin-based musicians, who also work together under...

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus – Slåttepiano II (LabLabel, LP/digital)

The first literary mentions of the »slåtter,« a form of Norwegian dance music played on the fiddle, can be traced back to the 14th century and are...

Jan Jelinek – The Raw and the Cooked (Faitiche, LP/digital)

In »Le Cru et le Cuit,« the structuralist anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss analysed myths of the Indigenous population of the Americas with a...

KMRU & Echium – Peripheral (KMRU, digital)

It's not so long ago that Joseph »KMRU« Kamaru moved from Kenya to Berlin and yet the sound artist seems busier than ever. Just this month, he...

Machinefabriek – Re​:​Moving (Music for Choreographies by Yin Yue) (Geist im Kino, CD/digital)

The Geist im Kino imprint of the British label Phantom Limb specialises in so-called rescores of avant-garde films that were thought to have...

Maria Chavez – ASLEEP​/​AWAKE​/​EKAWA​/​PEELSA, Spring 2021 (Bandcamp, digital)

In recent years, the meditation practice of so-called sound baths has experienced a hype. With » Namora ,« the sound therapist and meditation...

NikoLFO – Aurality -20°10’45​.​3176” -044°04’01​.​4329” (Famous Grapes Recordings, LP/digital)

» Aurality -20°10'45.3176" -044°04'01.4329 « is the second release on the Berlin label Famous Grapes Recordings , which was founded in 2020 and...

Paroxysm – Paroxysm (A Front Recordings, MC/digital)

A paroxysm is an uncontrollable physical or mental outburst such as a convulsion or a fit of despair. Paroxysm is also the name of Roy Carroll...

Purbayan Chatterjee – Unbounded (Abaad) (Sufiscore, CD/digital)

The influence of classical Indian music on western pop and avant-garde music is well documented. The sitarist and composer Purbayan Chatterjee...

Territorio del eco: Experimentalismos y visiones de lo ancestral en el Perú (1975​-​1989) (Buh, LP/digital)

The compilation » Territorio del eco: Experimentalismos y visiones de lo ancestral en el Perú (1975-1989) « marks the start of the new Essential...

Graphème – a publication for experimental musical scores (Volume 1) (smallest functional unit, magazine)

Last year, Magda Mayas, Mazen Kerbaj, Racha Gharbieh, Tony Buck and Ute Wassermann joined forces to form the smallest functional unit . The basic...

Irene Kurka – neue musik leben. Das Buch zum Podcast Band II (ARE Verlag, book)

When Irene Kurka launched her podcast neue musik leben in 2018, she filled a gap in the field of contemporary music in the German-speaking...

SA26: The OCCAM Ocean Issue (Sound American, magazine)

The 26th issue of Sound American magazine is dedicated to the work of Éliane Radigue and her instrumental cycle OCCAM Ocean , on which the...

Releases of the Month, August 2021

Did William Basinski want to send us a transatlantic greeting before the start of the Month of Contemporary Music ? At the beginning of August,...

Amelia Cuni – Parampara Festival 13.3.1992 (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Oren Ambarchi continues to gift his audience with some real, well, musical truffles. Next month will see the release of » Becoming Air / Into The...

Anushka Chkheidze, Eto Gelashvili, Hayk Karoyi, Lillevan, Robert Lippok – Glacier Music II (Establishment, Buch+CD/digital) 

»Glacier Music II« is nothing less than a mammoth project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Georgia and bringing together musicians from...

Saadet Türköz & Beat Keller – We are Strong (Chinabot, MC/digital)

The label Chinabot , run by Saphy Vong, is unpredictable, to say the least. Hectic club beats, gruelling sound art or even folkloristic sounds—on...

Asmus Tietchens – Seuchengebiete 4 (aufabwegen, CD)

More than three and a half decades after the release of the first part and 24 years after the last one so far, Asmus Tietchens continues his...

Bendik Giske – Cracks (Smalltown Supersound, LP/digital)

The saxophonist Bendik Giske moves musically between the realms of contemporary and advanced club music. His second album »Cracks« reflects...

Cornelius Cardew – Treatise (19’40’’, CD/digital)

The graphic score for »Treatise« is a whole 193 pages long and yet the most important instructions—at least in conventional understanding—are...

Francesco Cavaliere & Tomoko Sauvage – Viridescens (Marionette, LP/digital)

For their joint project, Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage originally wanted to reinterpret »Music as Green« by the Danish Fluxus artist...

Konstrukt feat. Thurston Moore – Turkish Belly (Karlrecords, LP/digital)

Is this the belated answer to »Ege Bamyasi?« At least the cover of »Turkish Belly« makes you think of either that or Andy Warhol's soup cans....

Kristen Gallerneaux – Strung Figures (Shadow World, CD/digital)

Kristen Gallerneaux recently attracted attention with the publication of her book »High Static, Dead Lines.« In this »literary mix tape,« the...

Li Yilei – 之/ OF (Métron, LP/CD/digital) 

The early pandemic experiences in particular left their mark on our individual understanding of time and space. This is what also happened to Li...

Lucy Railton & Kit Downes – Subaerial (SN Variations, LP/digital) 

How does Lucy Railton do it? Hardly anyone seems more active than the Berlin-based cellist, who last released an album with the group PDP III...

MOFAYA! – Like One Long Dream (Trost, LP/CD/digital)

Jaimie Branch is the punk among contemporary trumpeters. In May, she released the thrilling live interpretations of her album diptych »Fly or Die«...

Timothy Archambault – Chìsake (Ideologic Organ, LP/digital)

The loss of Peter »Pita« Rehberg weighs heavily. The fact that his seminal institution Editions Mego and the sub-label Ideologic Organ run by...

Walt McClements – A Hole in the Fence (American Dreams, LP/CD/digital)  

Walt McClements used to play in indie bands, but was then steered in a different direction thanks to artists like Kali Malone and Pauline...

The Austrian composer and organist Wolfgang Mitterer cannot complain about a lack of success and yet the concept of the anthology »temp tracks«...

Christina Vantzou, Jan Matthé, Christophe Piette, Lieven Martens – Serrisme (Edições CN, CD+book/digital)

The Belgian town of Hoeilaart has barely more than 11,500 inhabitants and a nickname: It is called the »glass village.« In the past, there were...

Christoph Dallach – Future Sounds. Wie ein paar Krautrocker die Popwelt revolutionierten (Suhrkamp, Buch)

Krautrock was when the students of the post-war avant-garde wanted to reinvent pop music on their own terms. While there is no shortage of...

Kikommando (PAN, book+digital)

The Ugandan capital Kampala has long been a hotspot for electronic music. The collective Nyege Nyege was founded there and runs two labels as well...

Releases of the Month, July 2021

In the morning, at noon, in the evening and especially at night: the city is buzzing, as long as it doesn't rain at least. Is this the »great...

Kate Carr – dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday (Bandcamp, digital)

Kate Carr has always been a good listener. For nearly a decade and a half, the British artist has been exploring the relationships between human...

Kei Watanabe – Whisperings (Syrphe, CD/digital)

Cedrik Fermont is releasing a whopping six new albums in one fell swoop at the end of July via his Syrphe label. In addition to a solo release...

Saba Alizâdeh – I May Never See You Again (30M, Vinyl/digital)

When Saba Alizâdeh released his debut album »Scattered Memories« via the Berlin label Karlrecords in 2017, it was received with great...

Asemix – Asemix (Warm Winters Ltd., MC/digital)

Previously based in the UK, now in Bratislava, Slovakia, Warm Winters Ltd. is always a reliable label to turn to for engaging sound experiments....

BJ Nilsen – Irreal (Editions Mego, CD/digital)

BJ Nilsen is a notorious wanderer, a traveller, and so it comes as no surprise that his new album »Irreal« combines field recordings from...

Broeckaert//Berweck//Lorenz – Bernard Parmegiani: Stries. for three synthesizers and tape (Mode, CD/digital)

Bernard Parmegiani's oeuvre was as broad as it was versatile and will probably offer many points of creative departure and moments of surprise for...

Erik Griswold – Wolf Moon (Room40, digital) 

Music for 16... detuned pianos!? Yup, that’s right. On »Wolf Moon« , Erik Griswold layers 16 40-minute recordings of improvisations on the pianos...

Incident Occured by Incoherent Accident (Carrot Tapes, MC/digital)

The Berlin sound art and sound poetry label Carrot Tapes has previously released field recordings from Berlin supermarkets (hot tip: listen to the...

Since »RRR 500 (Various 500 Lock-Grooves By 500 Artists)« or Stefan Goldmann's »Ghost Hemiola« at the latest, the principle of the locked groove...

Karkhana – Al Azraqayn (Karlrecords, 2LP/digital)

Attention: supersupergroup alert! The seven-member band Karkhana counts greats like Maurice Louca, Mazen Kerbaj and Umut Çağlar from the Turkish...

Leila Abdul-Rauf – Phantasiai (Cyclic Law, LP/CD/digital)

The multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf has already played in death metal bands, but her output as a solo composer moves in less direct musical...

Lisa Ullén / Anna Högberg – Step Up a Second! (Plugged, CD/digital)

Saxophonist Anna Högberg and pianist Lisa Ullén are teamworkers who have been highly active in the Swedish jazz and improv scene over the past few...

Memory Pearl – Music For 7 Paintings (Altin Village & Mine, LP/digital)

Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg was previously active as an indie musician, but on his debut album as Memory Pearl he devotes himself to washed-out...

Ora Clementi – Sylva Sylvarum (Black Truffle, 2LP/digital)

The sound artist crys cole and the composer James Rushford have let their joint project Ora Clementi rest for quite a while, but now return with...

Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective – Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế (Subtext, digital)

The Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective from Ho Chi Minh City has immortalised its numerous activities over the past six years on a series of releases that...

Henry Flynt – Three Essays on Spirituality and Art (João Simões, book)

»Modern authors on art have been unable to write about emotion and spirituality in art (unless they are satisfied to offer kitsch about...

Flora Yin-Wong – Liturgy (Primary Information/PAN, Buch)

The sound artist and DJ Flora Yin-Wong has been active as a journalist for quite some time, and in the recent past has dealt with a variety of...

Swantje Lichtenstein – Am Ende der Weißheit | Verschalte Verbindungen (Verlagshaus Berlin, Buch)

Swantje Lichtenstein lives a multiple life. She is an academic and a performance artist, works as a writer as well as a sound artist. The double...

Releases of the Month, June 2021

The temperatures have risen and also the mood is soaring high. Concerts are possible again, even the ban on dancing has been lifted! Finally,...

Bredbeddle – Steps on the Turning Year (Bezirk Tapes, 2MC/digital)

What composition begins with sustained organ tones, lets Big Ben melodies emerge in between and ends in Xenakis-like, atonal chaos? Correct: none,...

LUX:NM – Dark Lux (Genuin, CD/digital)

Dark Lux was a mammoth project: together with composer Gordon Kampe, author Sarah Trilsch, artist Florian Japp and Jan Brauer of Brandt Brauer...

Pamela Z – A Secret Code (Neuma, CD/digital)

Pamela Z's releases are always something special, and not only because they are far and few between, but also because the US-American is a...

»Blue« Gene Tyranny – Degrees of Freedom Found (Unseen Worlds, 6CD/digital)

The reappraisal of »Blue« Gene Tyranny's life's work was already in full swing when his label had to announce the death of the US avant-garde...

Antonina Nowacka – Vocal Sketches from Oaxaca (Takuroku, digital)

The Polish singer Antonina Nowacka, who was previously mostly active in projects such as WIDT, shone as a soloist on last year’s Lamunan for...

Fehler Kuti - Professional People (Alien Transistor, LP/digital)

Julian Warner's pseudonym already indicates that he understands music as a carrier of political ideas in a very Germany-specific context. After...

Dal:Um – Similar & Different (Glitterbeat, CD)

The name says it all: The gayageum and the geomungo look and sound similar, but what Ha Suyean and Hwang Hyeyoung get out of the traditional...

Gerald Cleaver – Griots (Meakusma, LP/digital)

Gerald Cleaver may be best known as a jazz drummer and composer, but he has always been a versatile jack-of-all-trades. The album Griots is...

Jana Irmert – The Soft Bit (Fabrique, LP/digital)

Berlin-based sound artist Jana Irmert has always had a knack for making the concrete sound abstract, and vice versa. The Soft Bit is her...

Kajsa Lindgren – Momentary Harmony (Recital, LP/digital)

The leitmotif running through the work of composer and sound artist Kajsa Lindgren is that of memory. On Momentary Harmony she nevertheless...

Pan Daijing – Jade 玉观音 (PAN, LP/digital)

Pan Daijing is an exceptional composer in every sense of the word, and thus each of her releases and each of her performances and exhibitions are...

Siavash Amini – A Trail if Laughters (Room40, CD/digital)

For almost a decade now, Siavash Amini has been hyperactive. A Trail of Laughters is his 16th album. While the Tehran-based sound artist often...

Tomasz Sroczyński – Symphony n°2 / Highlander (Ici d’Ailleurs, LP/CD/digital)

There is a certain contradiction in improvising on the basis of loops. Tomasz Sroczyński, however, proves with Symphony n°2 / Highlander how...

White People Killed Them – White People Killed Them (SIGE, LP/digital)

White People Killed Them is a collaborative project between Deerhoof guitarist John Dietrich, drummer Marshall Trammell and composer Raven...

Wooden Elephant – Landscapes, Knives & Glue – Radiohead’s Kid A Recycled (Backlash Music, CD/digital)

Techno in the concert hall, chamber ensembles in the club and everyone seemingly out of tune with each other: the attempts at a rapprochement...

Alan Licht – Common Tones: Selected Interviews with Artists and Musicians 1995-2020 (Blank Forms, book)

That the sound artist and improv musician Alan Licht is a good listener is proven by the abundance of his publications as a solo artist and all...

Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane – Sound Arts Now (Uniform, Buch)

Sound Arts Now is the third joint book project by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane. Like with its predecessors On Listening and In the Field:...

Jennifer Lucy Allan – The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast (White Rabbit, book)

The journalist and radio presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan wrote her doctoral thesis as a musicologist on foghorns and now, building on that, she...

Releases of the Month, May 2021

Everything is loosening up, getting ready for summer – only the weather in Berlin is far from being so determined. But that will change as well,...

Microtub – Sonic Drift (Sofa Music, LP/CD/digital)

Two years after their last release on the Berlin label Bohemian Drips , Martin Taxt, Peder Simonsen and Robin Hayward are now back on Sofa Music...

Amirtha Kidambi & Matteo Liberatore – Neutral Love (Astral Editions, MC/digital) 

Amirtha Kidambi remains eager to collaborate. Her recent releases with the Elder Ones and Lea Bertucci are followed by »Neutral Love« a new...

Okkyung Lee – 나를 (NA-REUL) [Black Cross Solo Sessions 3] (Corbett vs. Dempsey, CD)

The pandemic separated Okkyung Lee from her instrument. For six months, she was stuck in South Korea and had no cello at her disposal. Even when...

An Moku | Stefan Schmidt – Raum (Karlrecords, MC/digital)   

»Raum« is the first part of a trilogy for which the Swiss sound artist Dominik Grenzler a.k.a. An Moku and the German Stefan Schmidt, also known...

Anton Bruhin – Speech Songs / Fruity Music (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Between 2006 and 2008, the Swiss avant-garde artist and poet Anton Bruhin explored the possibilities of the software Fruity Loops. The results...

James Ginzburg – crystallise, a frozen eye (Subtext, Buch/digital) 

This year, the Berlin-based Brit James Ginzburg celebrates the tenth anniversary of his label Subtext, and with »crystallise, a frozen eye« the...

Katharina Schmidt & Fahmi Mursyid – 52°27’ N 10°59’ W (Focused Silence, digital)

For »52°27' N 10°59' W« Katharina Schmidt and Fahmi Mursyid worked on a single field recording in an international dialogue between Berlin and...

KMRU – Logue (Injazero, LP/digital)

Joseph Kamaru's output is impressive and »Logue« represents a kind of breather for all those who cannot keep up with the constant stream of...

Magda Drozd – 18 Floors (Präsens Editionen, LP/digital)    

During the pandemic, many people deepened their love for indoor plants, but Magda Drozd had already checked that off two years ago with her LP...

Manja Ristić – Kairos & the Dwellers (Forms of Minutiae, LP/digital)

Forms of Minutiae is a new Berlin label by Pablo Diserens & Mathieu Bonnafous. Following his debut in July last year, »Kairos & the...

Natalie Beridze – Mapping Debris (Monika, digital)

When artists turn to their own early work, it usually doesn't bode well. Natalie Beridze, however, is not like other artists, which is why the end...

Simon Martin / Ensemble Musikfabrik – Musique d’art (Label Musikfabrik, digital) 

Simon Martin came across the Ensemble Musikfabrik thanks to his fascination with Harry Partch and describes a trip to their Cologne studio like a...

Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan – Inner Lift (Chant Records, LP/CD/digital)

»Inner Lift« was created in just one day of improvisations by the two vocal artists Sissel Vera Pettersen and Randi Pontoppidan, who accompanied...

Stefan Römer – Six Gun Shots – Deconceptualize 2 (Corvo, LP/digital)

After Stefan Römer had, well, deconstructed commentaries on performances by Conrad Schnitzler and Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett on »Decon...

Stéphane Garin – PARC)S( (Popmuzik, LP/digital)

For a soundwalk, Barcelona-based sound artist Stéphane Garin arranged field recordings from the southern French city of Pau, which were further...

Peter Brötzmann - Along the Way (Wolke Verlag, Buch) 

Peter Brötzmann is, if there is such a thing, a master of improvisation, and this does not only apply to music. Under this programmatic title, the...

Shara Rambarran – Virtual Music Sound, Music, and Image in the Digital Era (Bloomsbury, Buch)

Even in the music world, a kind of science fatigue has probably set in at some point, but an academic engagement with the unparalleled historical...

Sven-Åke Johansson – Dynamische Schwingungen mit Händen und Füßen gespielt (Wolke Verlag, Buch)

Sven-Åke Johansson's work is hard to survey and difficult to grasp. A single book can hardly create order in all this beautiful creative chaos,...

Releases of the Month, April 2021

Nothing happens and yet time passes. The fact that the world is turning at all can only be read from the position of the sun, as long as we can...

Alexandra Spence – A Necessary Softness (Room40, MC/digital)

Field recordings are much like postcards from other worlds and times. With her second album »A Necessary Softness« the Australian sound artist...

Banausoi – Imagines (Circum-Disc/13 raw, LP/CD/digital)

You would think otherwise, but Banausoi is not a band with decades of experience, and instead a rather fairly young trio. Petr Vrba, Václav Šafka...

Lea Bertucci – A Visible Length of Light (Cibachrome Editions, LP/CD/digital)

Last year, Lea Bertucci tu(r)ned heads with a second joint album with the vocalst Amirtha Kidambi and two longform compositions collected on the...

Angel Bat Dawid / Hanne De Backer / Signe Emmeluth – Angel Bat Dawid / Hanne De Backer / Signe Emmeluth (Smalltown Supersound, LP/digital)

Even outside jazz circles, it lately was hard to get around the singer and clarinettist Angel Bat Dawid. H er joint album with Hanne De Backer...

Ben Glas – Noise for Quantum Listening (Ferric:Flux, MC/digital)

Berlin-based US-American Ben Glas describes himself as a »compostmodernist/experiential composer/absurdist,« so it's hardly surprising that some...

Caterina Barbieri – Fantas Variations (Editions Mego, 2LP/digital)

The album »Ecstatic Computation« by Berlin-based composer Caterina Barbieri was a cross-scene sensation and the piece »Fantas« in particular was...

Christine Ott – Time to Die (Gizeh, LP/CD/digital)

Christine Ott is one of the leading Ondes Martenot artists and put the instrument at the centre of her work last year on the album »Chimères.«...

Cymin Samawatie & Ketan Bhatti – Trickster Orchestra (ECM, CD/digital

Singer Cymin Samawatie and percussionist Ketan Bhatti have finally brought their work with the Trickster Orchestra to the studio. Over nine...

Imaginal Soundtracking Vol.2: 鬼 / The Demon (Geist im Kino, digital)

The so-called rescoring of films has enjoyed great popularity in recent years. With Geist im Kino, the British label Phantom Limb founded an...

Katrine Grarup Elbo – Fold Unfold (Sonic Pieces, LP/CD/digital)

Lyhne Løkkegaard – Saturations (Important Records, LP/digital)

Michèle Bokanowski – Rhapsodia / Battements solaires (Recollection GRM, LP/digital)

Over the past nine years, Recollection GRM has primarily recovered old treasures from the archives of the Electroacoustic Institute, but...

PDP III – Pilled Up on a Couple of Doves (Shelter Press, LP/digital)

A sound artist, a techno and ambient producer and a cellist: PDP III is the name of Britton Powell, Huerco S. and Lucy Railton’s collaborative...

The Still – Got It (Bronze Rat, LP/digital)

Chris Abrahams (piano), Derek Shirley (bass), Rico Lee (guitar) and Steve Heather (drums) debuted under the name The Still in 2016 with a...

Yair Etziony – Further Reduction (False Industries, digital)

Bicyclists on Tempelhofer Feld: the cover artwork of Yair Etziony's album »Further Reduction« is oppressive in a way because it captures one of...

Zaumne – Élévation (Mondoj, LP/digital)

The Warsaw sound art label Mondoj is one of the most reliable of its kind. Polish artist Mateusz Olszewski has been exploring the interactions...

Jayne Brown – Black Utopias. Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (Duke University Press, Buch)

What separates a utopia from a dystopia usually depends on the perspective. In Thomas More's classic »Utopia,« for example, you will find a lack...

Bob Ostertag – Facebooking the Anthropocene in Raja Ampat: Technics and Civilization in the 21st Century (PM Press, Buch)

Ghédalia Tazartès – Quoi qu'il en soit (Bisou Records, Buch/CD)

Ghédalia Tazartès fell silent on the 9th of February this year. The Frenchman was one of the most idiosyncratic musicians of the late 20th century...

Releases & Publications of the Month March 2021

Contemporary music and sound art can currently only be experienced live to a limited extent or, worse, not at all. And yet it is possible to...

Kapsel: Träume (Magazin und 2MC, Kapsel/Econore)

Die in Berlin im näheren Umfeld des ACUD MACHT NEUs gegründete Zeitschrift Kapsel widmet sich chinesischer Science-Fiction-Literatur und hat...

David Wallraf: Grenzen des Hörens. Noise und die Akustik des Politischen (Buch, transcript)

David Wallraf steckt als Musiker und Veranstalter des Noisexistance-Festival in Hamburg selbst knietief in im Genresumpf von Noise, hat aber...

William Robin: Industry. Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace (Oxford University Press, book)

In a time when solidarity, togetherness and collective action are more crucial than ever, looking at tried and tested models from the past can be...

Unsound: INTERMISSION (Buch und 2LP, Unsound)

Next to CTM , the Polish festival Unsound is probably the most discursive festival on the European mainland. Last year’s edition had to be...

Paul Hegarty: Annihilating Noise (Bloomsbury, book)

Paul Hegarty is one of the most prominent writers in an academic field that could be dubbed noise studies. Annihilating Noise follows 2007’s...

Beatriz Ferreyra / Natasha Barrett – Souvenirs Cachés / Innermost (Persistence of Sound, LP/digital)

Beatriz Ferreyra and Natasha Barrett belong to different generations and have different musical backgrounds. Yet there’s more that unites...

Julius Eastman – Femenine (Sub Rosa, CD/digital)

It is very fortunate that the work of the composer Julius Eastman has received more attention in recent years. However, this does not make up...

Marta Forsberg – TKAĆ (Thanatosis, LP/digital)

The composer and sound artist Marta Forsberg now lives in Berlin, but is closely associated with the so-called Stockholm Drone Society around...

Auvinen – Akoosaari (Editions Mego, LP/digital)

Johannes Auvinen is primarily known to house and techno fans as Tin Man, but for Akoosaari the Vienna-based leaves the beats aside and...

Conrad Schnitzler & Wolfgang Seidel – Music is not language. Neither is it painting. Just music. (Edition Telemark, LP)

Wolfgang Seidel is something like the unofficial administrator of Conrad Schnitzler's comprehensive sound archive and regularly excels at his...

Driftmachine – Spume & Recollection (Umor Rex, LP/digital)

Men, machines and music: the Berlin duo Driftmachine is back on the Mexican label Umor Rex. Over four tracks, Spume & Recollection...

Dylan Henner – Great Prairie Plains: Studies of American Minimalism (Dauw, MC/digital)

Do we really need another In C interpretation? Yes, says Dylan Henner – and he is right, as Great Prairie Plains: Studies of American...

Erlend Apneseth Trio – Lokk (Hubro, LP/CD/digital)

Širom and Merope are not the only bands currently exploring contemporary forms of transcultural folk music. On Lokk , the Erlend Apneseth...

Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Ding Dong. You're Dead. (Rune Grammofon, LP/CD/digital)

Hedvig Mollestad stays busy: Ding Dong. You're Dead. follows shortly after the virtuoso fusion-jazz guitarist’s solo debut and not only gets...

Joke Lanz, Almut Kühne und Alfred Vogel – How Noisy Are The Rooms (Boomslang, LP/digital)

Noisician Joke Lanz, singer Almut Kühne and drummer Alfred Vogel present perhaps the most unusual and ear-splitting album of the year: How Noisy...

Maja S. K. Ratkje – Vannstand (Motvind, LP/digital)

Maja S. K. Ratkje adds another entry to her remarkable discography: On Vannstand , children perform musical scores based on sea level...

Phew/John Duncan/Kondo Tatsuo – Backfire Of Joy (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Oren Ambarchi has unearthed a joint performance by Phew, John Duncan and Kondo Tatsuo from 1982 that brings together radio experiments, tape...

Rutger Hoedemaekers – The Age Of Oddities (130701/Fatcat Records, LP/digital)

The Age Of Oddities is the solo debut of composer Rutger Hoedemaekers , who explores the work of his former companion Jóhann Jóhannsson...

Tine Surel Lange – Works For Listening 1-10 (SOFA, CD/digital)

On her debut album , the Norwegian composer and sound artist Tine Surel Lange processes natural and everyday sonic material into immersive,...

Sugai Ken & Lieven Martens – Kagiroi (Edições CN, LP/digital)

Field recordings of folkloric Japanese music form the source material for this collaboration between Sugai Ken and Edições CN founder Lieven...