mercoledì 18 settembre 2019

new monsters

a long time since I don't post any of my visual work, more due to lazy on shooting the pic than due to lack of new stuff, so here come some of my last pieces


venerdì 2 agosto 2019

Sounds from underground/File N°78

<<Uboa>> is an Australian solo noise project. Beside of curious and elaborated soundscapes we'll find there also very cool vocals and the atmospheres you can drown inside. highly recommended 



name of the band
Uboa
where are you from?
Melbourne, Australia 
what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?
Instrumentally, I use computers, synth, voice + voice loops, noisemaker pedals, found percussion, field recordings, baritone + bass + acoustic guitar, zither, drums… the list goes on. Everything I can get my hands on! Recording wise I do everything at home, mostly directly to ableton but also occasionally use tape recorders (dichtophone) to deliberately lower the fidelity (say on some of the vocal takes on The Origin). Compositionally, I fit every song within the context of a release as a whole, and often use graphic scores to write down the pacing and intensity of the piece. Vocals and lyrics usually are last in the process.
What is your relationship with media and mediatic culture?
I’m shy, I generally just hide in my bedroom and am usually overwhelmed by any attention I receive. I was really overwhelmed by the reception The Origin got, as I just put it up as an LP I made procrastinating from the one I have been working on for the last 3-4 years, so I didn’t expect it to go so well. 
What do you think about the form of album? Is it still valid or the digital era somehow cancelled the necessity of the specific form - like Lp or Ep?
Absolutely not. I think an overall structure (a “release”) is necessary to contextualise many songs, especially shorter ones which deviate from a pop structure. I always fit my songs together very carefully for a release, both transitions between songs and the order of them, keeping in mind the pacing of the overall thing. However, that being said, there is still a place for songs outside of a release structure, and plenty of room for new types of release structures beyond the EP and LP format.
Where usually you find/hear new music?
Usually social media, sometimes spotify playlists, recommendations on blogs and labels and of course looking at what my friends make. 
what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?
Not quite. I used to consider myself part of a group of noise musicians who use hi-fi production techniques and plenty of atmospherics, such as Purgist, Micheal Ellingford, MAAAA, Yasuhito Fujinami etc, but I think I am a little too poppy these days, especially because I use a lot of vocals and increasingly have more conventional songwriting. At home, there are various groups I play shows with that I seem to shift between - breakcore artists, lo-fi pedal noisers, sound artists and post-metal bands. I kinda slide between categories and thats the way I like it.


mercoledì 31 luglio 2019

Polish Experimental Garden - Wiktor Stribog

I think that if you think about the polsih experimental scene nowadays it's impossible to avoid the phenomenon of Wiktor Stribog - an artist that became known around the web due to his internet series

Stribog is using freerly the 90s. aethetics of tv shows and put into a new dimension where the childhood memory mix with a weird trama development. somehow anyway it becomes fascinating, sweet and scary at the same time.
you'll also find the soundtrack of the series on BC

venerdì 26 luglio 2019

Polish Experimental Garden - Enjoy Life


between many different things that happens actually in poland, you'll find also a lot of experimental labels, mainly concentrated in warsaw area, but not only. one of them is <<enjoy life>>, creation of Kuba Malinowski also known for his project Anatol. on their bandcamp you'll find a huge catalogue of music, and believe me all worth to listen. it's all about doing great stuff  
https://enjoylife.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0KyV_j3xrZ7fikse5mAWG2pe4oQ3Gyb4ZQvKTS5sh70ClzniAVOiDq-Ws

martedì 23 luglio 2019

Sounds from underground/File N°77

the Argentinean formation <<Anajunno>> will bring us with their last album into a warm, bit psychedelic mood that's actually a perfect match here in Poland right now, where this year the summer is quite rainy. it's dreamy and noisy. it's one of the best records of this summer so far. dig it!


name of the band
Anajunno
where are you from?
We are from Santa Fe, Argentina
what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?We are using acoustic and VSTI drums, electric guitars and bass with a lot of pedals and synths. Voices are always processed too. It’s part of the genre aesthetic. Both albums were recorded at our Home Studio where we spent a lot of time working in details. We think that details are the most important part of an album, because that’s the sort of things that’ll make it something special or one of a kind. 
The composition method is just playing, recording and then listening which of those ideas could became songs and combine with others ideas and then be part of something bigger like an album as ‘fuegoinvierno’.  
what is your relationship with media and mediatic culture?
We’re absolutely on it. It’s the source of new sounds, bands and inspiration for us. That’s how we’ve met new bands that now share stage with them or how our music could be listened and shared by other people all over the world. That’s how new opportunities are made nowadays and it’s surprising. 
what do you think about the form of album? Is it still valid or the digital era somehow cancelled the necessity of the specific form - like Lp or Ep?
We have a lot of new music around everyday. It’s hard to reach the public with a Long Play because most of the people just listen 1 or 2 songs and that’s it. But it depends about what you want for your music because it will be on the internet forever. However this last release we’ve recorded made us realize how hard it is to make this kind of music and to repair on the many details we want. It’s a fussy job but it’s dazzling when we listen the results.
where usually you find/hear new music?
We find new interesting things in the Internet. Usually we use Bandcamp, Spotify and Youtube or Facebook and Instagram to catch up. But certainly live shows are also great opportunities to meet new bands. It’s like a powerful feeling when you listen to someone playing in front of your eyes and carries you to another dimension. 
what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?
We think that here in Argentina being musician it’s a bit complicated nowadays so we’ve got to make connection with other bands to keep up doing things in our city. Sharing with others is one of the kind of things that makes the music happen. So this year we decided to become part of a label called Repelente discos which goes on that same direction.

martedì 9 luglio 2019

Sounds from underground/File N°76

a bit of new wave air on this blog arrives with the project <<Sleepwalker>> from Phoenix. great both at the sound and vocal level. dig it!

name of the band
where are you from?
I'm Ash Barrett Lemus, the name of my band is Sleepwalker and i'm from Phoenix, Arizona. 
what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?
The equipment I use doesn't really matter, I use whatever I can get my hands on. I record everything on each one of my songs by myself in my room. I usually don't compose in advance, its all stream of conscious during when I record. 
What is your relationship with media and mediatic culture?
I don't really have a relationship with media and the mediatic culture, I just think that our current culture teaches people to act like they have a lobotomy. 
What do you think about the form of album? Is it still valid or the digital era somehow cancelled the necessity of the specific form - like Lp or Ep?
I think that the form of an album is a really important, but somewhat lost form. LPs and EPs should be valid in this lobotomized digital era, but most people don't have the attention span and patience to listen to an album or EP from front to back.
Where usually you find/hear new music?
I usually find new music on places like YouTube, Soundcloud or Bandcamp. I occasionally find something new in a record store. I think that in this backspace century/digital era we're in, there's good and bad to music. Underground music is really great nowadays opposed to the computer  generated top 40 music, but it has always been like that.
what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?
I don't feel like i'm part of any scene.

mercoledì 3 luglio 2019

Sounds from underground/File N°75

<<Pink Steam>> has a great shoegaze sound that will make your summer days more senseful. cool melodies, hazy guitars and fuzzy sounds. love it and pass it to your friends

name of the band
Pink Steam. The band is currently just me recording in a bedroom, but I am looking to start a new project soon in order to play live. 
where are you from?
Newtown, Connecticut 
what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?
I play on a hot-rodded Fender Stratocaster through a Vox AC15 amp. I mainly begin composing by starting with a drum loop and building up from there. Usually my process is drums > guitars > more guitars > vocals > bass. I use a lot of reverb on my guitars, and usually also vibrato, chorus, and sometimes fuzz.
What is your relationship with media and mediatic culture?
I have no formal relationship with it.
What do you think about the form of album? Is it still valid or the digital era somehow cancelled the necessity of the specific form - like Lp or Ep?
I think it is slightly antiquated. It would be awesome if more people listened to albums front to back, but if we're being honest most people don't anymore. I think that it's a good way to package songs together but I think it's easiest to just put out singles. I like to think of my first release Silver as just a collection of singles rather than an actual album. 
Where usually you find/hear new music?
Spotify and through my awesome friends who send me new stuff to listen to. I think Spotify has the best algorithms for finding new and exciting music, both tailored to you and often not what you usually listen to.
what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?
I think that the main shift lately is towards local DIY bands at makeshift venues. I am not really a part of any scene right now as I simply do solo recordings and release them independently. I enjoy local shows when I can see them. 

lunedì 1 luglio 2019

Sounds from underground/File N°74

so we're back with our column Sounds from underground after a quite long break. and for this new  beginning we invited to share the muisc a philadelphia,  based artist <<beige monk>>. the sound of lp is eclectic, joyful and psychedelic. a record surely worth a better listen and adding to your collection


name of band
beige monk
where are you from?
i'm from new jersey, currently based in philadelphia.
what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?
i'm always looking for new techniques to work with, but the main thing for me is always my acoustic guitar. almost everything i write starts as an acoustic demo and then gets fleshed out when i start playing with arrangements & electronics on my laptop.
What is your relationship with media and mediatic culture?
i live in it, i'm pretty much a cartoon. are there things that aren't media?
What do you think about the form of album? Is it still valid or the digital era somehow cancelled the necessity of the specific form - like Lp or Ep?
i think the album form is still valid, & i like to work within it just because i'm comfy with it, but i don't think it's at all necessary anymore. a trend i've noticed recently is shorter albums with shorter songs, quick and to the point, & with songs being easily removed from their contexts and easily replayable (for that streaming ca$h). i guess some of my stuff falls into that, or if not, i'd like to make more that does. something about tiny music is very satisfying to me.
Where usually you find/hear new music?
probably twitter more than anything.
what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?

i don't know if i feel especially connected to music as a whole right now. i guess it's because i'm so small and because most of my music is very personal to me. but if alienated trans people who share their music on twitter is a scene, & i think it might be, then i'm part of that.

giovedì 27 giugno 2019

The Return

soon we'll be back with new content, new formats and a lot of good music, but by now please enjoy this album of the warsaw based formation 

vegetable kingdom


lunedì 13 maggio 2019

with love


lunedì 18 marzo 2019

Nac/Hut Report - Wszystko Jeszcze Jest (2019)

last weekend together with Crunchy Human Children Records we have released our new album "Wszystko Jeszcze Jest"
 
a lot of dreamy atmospheres and as always a lot of noise, this time with polish lyrics, hope you'll enjoy it.
stay tuned

martedì 10 luglio 2018

Polish Experimental Garden - Rosa Vertov

this new part of blog will be dedicated to new Polish scene, there's quite a few bands that are worth your attention and really a lot of great music. we will start with one of the most interesting, a Warsaw formation - Rosa Vertov

mercoledì 21 marzo 2018

Found in the River/Spring breeze

 we all need a bit of Spring I guess, so with these two melodic albums I hope you will find the right vibe to enjoy the sun that is coming back :)