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Echofluxx 2015

Last year, the Echofluxx festival continued its tradition of offering the most untraditional music and video imaginable. Dan Senn started the festival in 2011 with one principal idea, invite the finest and most experimental musicians and just let them do whatever they wanted. That that formula has been successful is amply illustrated right here: […]

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Festival Mixtur 2015

The 2015 version of Festival Mixtur started out by herding us all outside the venue, outside the complex where the venue resides, across the street, and into a large square outside Can Fabra, where, to some electronic music by Octavi Rumbau, two dancers (Magdalena Garzón and Dolors Acosta) meandered us back to the hall in […]

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Felipe Otondo’s Tutuguri

Tutuguri is a really splendid CD. In the first place, the sounds are gorgeous. All of them. In every track. Ear-grabbingly gorgeous. And in the second place, the pieces are well made–so cunningly constructed as to sound fresh and new even after they have become well-known and familiar. The first track, Irama, starts the album […]

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Adam Stansbie–Isthmus

The five pieces on Adam Stansbie’s Isthmus are presented in chronological order, tempting one to draw conclusions about the evolution of style. But when I succumbed to that temptation (in my mind) all I found was that these five pieces are different. And really, isn’t that all that’s necessary? That a composer gives you something […]

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Emmanuelle Gibello–Labyrinthe/c104 goto N901

Your first step into the labyrinth is with the hollow creaking and clanking of Bamboo Cry. The background, which started out as silence, gradually fills with other sounds until the whole thing becomes very rich and dense. Not too gradually, though. Bamboo Cry is only 2′ 39″. But it’s as sweet a two and a […]

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New Ferreyra CD

Beatriz Ferreyra’s latest CD, which contains four pieces dated from 2005 to 2011 (odd years only), is a welcome addition to the composer’s recorded ouevre, a welcome addition to the world of electroacoustic music–to the world of music, generally–and quite possibly a welcome addition to your own collection. It is available, in line with current […]

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Favorite Releases of 2011

Sometime around last October, I was thinking about all the CDs I’d acquired that year and wondered how many of them had been released in 2011. I discovered, to my chagrin, that most of the CDs I got in 2011 had been released in 2010 or 2009. Asymmetry has already reviewed one of those, Michèle […]

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Who Put John Cage on the Guestlist?

Who put John Cage on the Guestlist? is the 2011 release of Hemmelig Tempo, a Norwegian project of Doktor Døv, Professor Waffel, and Professor Fokuda-san. With the exception of tracks five and six, which merge into each other, each track on this CD is quite distinct and different. But what I have to say about […]

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New Jersey Laptop Orchestra

The New Jersey Laptop Orchestra’s first CD is called The Willingness to be Touched, which is also the title of the second track. And seriously, look at that album cover–that picture with those words? Who could resist? I’ve heard several laptop ensembles over the past six years, one in Ulm that was supposedly playing Luc […]

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L’étoile absinthe and Chant d’ombre

L’étoile absinthe first appeared on a Metamkine 3″ disc, reviewed here, part of that label’s Cinéma pour l’oreille series. Although these two pieces are separated by four years (2000 and 2004, respectively), Bokanowski considers them as companion pieces, so it is not only nice to have L’étoile absinthe reissued finally but to have it coupled […]

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