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Sounds as Works in Progress (MP3)

Few places are as exciting to watch musicians in action, certainly online, as Soundcloud.com. The artist pages on Soundcloud have their own distinct sensibility, as distinct from MySpace as MySpace is from Bandcamp, and on, and on through the mall of malls that is the Internet. Soundcloud, for various reasons, has been embraced as both momentary sketchpad and full-fledged record store by musicians. So while you’ll certainly come across finished tracks and full-length recordings available both for sale and, wittingly, courtesy of netlabels and open-minded musicians, for free download, you’ll also find endless examples of musicians posting works-in-progress. Sometimes, if you’re lucky to happen upon them, you’ll even find examples of those progressions side by side.

Take for example these by Kate Carr, both renditions of piece titled “Sounds of Hawaii.” True to the title, it’s a lulling work, the suspended phrases and deep pauses suggesting Miles Davis, circa In a Silent Way, a nostalgic nod abetted by the track’s employment of rusty vinyl surface noise:

Version One:

Version Two:

Tracks originally posted, over the course of the last month or so, at soundcloud.com/katecarr. More on Carr, who is based in Sydney, Australia, at listentotheweather.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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