Pulse Emitter
“Enceladus (edit)”

Sure, NASA’s Voyager Golden Record time capsule was really great and all. Everyone can rest easy knowing that an alien race will someday recover those probes and rock out to Laurie Spiegel, Kesarbai Kerkar, and some primo Gamelan sessions on their ∅-grav turntable setups. But I advocate that we take this gesture to the next level: a living, breathing musical ambassador, rocketed spaceward on a mission of interstellar cultural exchange.

“For his many years of commitment to the art of cosmic synthesis, and his endless stream of dope tape and vinyl releases, the NASA Fine Arts Committee has unanimously selected Mr. Daryl Groetsch (a.k.a. Pulse Emitter) to represent humankind on a musical pilgrimage into the unknown.” Montage: the last beads of sunlight through the front windows during Groetsch’s farewell show at Little Axe; he sets up his intricate rig of modular and vintage synths, arpeggiators, and sequencing elements in the designated instrument area of the shuttle’s bridge; NASA staff raise flutes of champagne as Groetsch shakes hands with John Serrie and JD Emmanuel in the loading bay, “A few decades ago, we would be right up there with ya. Knock ‘em dead, kid;” 10-9-8-etc. ->> Blast Off.

Groetsch sets up the patch to play “Enceladus” just as the shuttle streaks by Saturn’s sixth largest moon. The composition’s steady bass sequences unfold against bursts of delay-smeared melody and chiming high-frequency blips — all of which register immediately on the sound sensors of extra-terrestrial scouts at the edge of the solar system.

Transcript of the subsequent alien conversation:
“Rarely have I heard such harmonic sophistication in the context of what these humans call ‘synth drone.’”
“Certainly, and have you noticed how the tones of each synth voice continually fluctuate across time in an organic system of interlocking motifs?”
“I’m astounded by the interaction of diverse textures: flat, 3D, warm, squelchy, bulbous, muted.”
“Should we engage?”
“Let’s leave him for now and see what he comes up with next.”

Back on the shuttle bridge, Groetsch transcribes an idea to paper for a new composition. The dark side of Saturn looms large in the central viewfinder for a few moments before receding into the black void of cosmos.

Crater Lake, Pulse Emitter’s stunning new full-length album, arrives November 12 on LP and CD via Immune Recordings. It’s available for preorder now.

• Pulse Emitter: http://www.synthnoise.com/about.html
• Immune Recordings: http://immunerecordings.net

Nicholas Szczepanik

Sueños

Although Nicholas Szczepanik often plays with different timbres and textures, the one element that is always prevalent in his work is stasis. Szczepanik is fascinated with what happens when a single sound is very gradually altered during an extended period of time. This basic concept has permeated all of the composer’s work, from the queasy monolithic beauty of Please Stop Loving Me to the warbly miniatures of We Make Life Sad, but the recently released Sueños may be the sparest and most transparent illustration of Szczepanik’s musical process yet.

Sueños’ four tracks work with oscillating sine waves and microscopically shift in tone/texture over long durations in a manner very similar to Eliane Radigue’s work. Throughout, the transparency of Szczepanik’s process allows the listener to fully revel in the shifting stasis of his gorgeously minimal drones.

Sueños is available now as a pay-what-you-want download from Szczepanik’s bandcamp. You can stream the record below:

• Nicholas Szczepanik http://www.nszcz.com

james matthew

untitled album

Looking only to BEAT you senseless, james matthew (one half FAMILY EVENT and all that is LOU TENNANT) returns with nine of the freshest tracks clobbered together as untitled album. Here, the myth/deity/king of feel good rhythmings births babies out of all dem yuung samples. untitled album is the ultimate lil Frankenstein of music. I don’t even think it’s more than 10 minutes. Yet, james matthew remains one-hunto percent repeatable. As well, it was marketed with a rare untitled item, limited to two or three sales, which I hope comes in a bag, cause that’s why I bought one; I need a bag, gurl.

Just let the Bandcamp description do my work:
crass (krs)
adj. crass·er, crass·est
So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
stupid; gross
[Latin crassus, dense.]
crassi·tude (–td, -tyd), crassness n.
crassly adv.

Listen to james matthew’s untitled album below; fly shit:

• james matthew: http://jamesmatthew.bandcamp.com

Raum

Two Songs

LIZ HARRIS + JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA (a.k.a. Raum) = YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!

RAUM’S Event Of Your Leaving WILL BE OUT NOVEMBER 15 ON Glass, house! YES!

• Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: https://soundcloud.com/jefre-cantu-ledesma
• Liz Harris: https://sites.google.com/site/yellowelectric
• Glass, house: http://glasscommahouse.org

Roc Marciano

The Pimpire Strikes Back

It’s a Roc Marciano mixtape featuring production by Madlib, Alchemist, Evidence, Arch Druids, Lord Finesse, and of course, Roc himself. If you need any more convincing to stream/download The Pimpire Strikes Back below, then this post is not for you. Carry on:

Roc’s production album Marci Beaucoup drops December 10, meaning it’ll probably miss my year-end list, but don’t be surprised if you see The Pimpire Strikes Back on there.

• Roc Marciano: https://www.facebook.com/MarcianoReloaded
• Man Bites Dog Records: http://manbitesdogrecords.com

James Ferraro / Triad God

“Swarovski”

James Ferraro just took us to the hell that is New York, and now he’s dragging us to another kind of hell: the mall. “Swarovski” is a collaboration between Ferraro and fellow Hippos in Tanks signee Triad God (who released the fantastic NXB mixtape last year), and its barely-there beats, sparse sample placements, and tense, moody electronics are perfect backdrops to the passive mutterings of Triad God and the swallowed-by-Auto-Tune crooning of Ferraro. It’s luxury-cut anxiety, crystal ornaments of a sensually lurid dread, a glass sculpture of anguish. And it’s oh so beautiful.

• James Ferraro: http://hipposintanks.net/artists/james-ferraro
• Triad God: http://www.soundcloud.com/triadgod
• Hippos In Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

  

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