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Heavy rotation, lightly annotated

A weekly(ish) answer to the question “What have you been listening to lately?” It’s lightly annotated because I don’t like re-posting material without providing some context. In the interest of conversation, let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below. Just please don’t promote your own work (or that of your label/client). This isn’t the right venue. (Just use email.)

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NEW: Recent(ish) arrivals and pre-releases

Erika Nesse makes music with fractal algorithms, in this case applied to the sounds of a piano. Get lost in the patterning.

Film composer Matija Strnisa slows the pace of the piano on “Tender Loneliness” to a near standstill, and then fills the spaces in between the notes with a drone that’s like cozy warm wool. A cue from the score to House of Hummingbird (벌새), from director Kim Bora (김보라).

The label Comet Records is reissuing classic albums by the late Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, including this pairing of two extended takes with Fela’s Afrika 70 ensemble. No Accommodation for Lagos was recorded in 1978. Allen passed away April 30, 2020.

The form of Matmos’ The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form is 99 musicians’ tracks layered into an ever-shifting collage, the commonality being the tracks were all recorded at the same speed (99 BPM, naturally). The three-CD set comes with a map of the contributions, and that may be the best way to experience it — watching and listening for transitions and studio-yoked collaborations.

Ten tracks of sublime instrumental music: fragile surfaces that cover depth, tension, and resolve. This is the album Out of the Valley from composer n-So (aka Nick Angeloni). Music for slow mornings — or perhaps better yet, meditative music for anything-but-slow mornings.

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In the Name of Corruption

Covid-era Tokyo archiving

While the SoundCloud account of Tokyo-based noise-maker Corruption remains mothballed, the musician’s Bandcamp account has another archival update. ミジンコ daphnia emotions is 31 tracks recorded between 2013 and 2019. They range from what might be a video-arcade field recording (“emwrec#msl”) to lounge-tempo pop techno (“pole”) to sequenced white noise drones (“cold wind”) to especially Aphex-y melodic sweetness (“pause”), just for starters. And of course, the most unclassifiable tracks are where it’s really at, notably “mga,” in which what sounds like a breeze running through a tunnel is transformed into a squelchy melody. The variety gives a sense of the range that Corruption has been up to for years over at SoundCloud, where nearly 1,000 tracks have been collected. Presumably these are favorites culled from that expanse.

Album originally posted at

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Disquiet Junto Project 0456: Line Up

The Assignment: Interpret a painting by Agnes Martin as if it were a graphic score.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, September 28, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at

Disquiet Junto Project 0456: Line Up
The Assignment: Interpret a painting by Agnes Martin as if it were a graphic score.

Step 1: Look at the work of painter Agnes Martin, best known for her parallel lines.

Step 2: Select an individual work that suggests itself to you as a musical score.

Step 3: Record a short piece of music that interprets the painting selected in Step 2 as if it were a musical score.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0456” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your tracks.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0456” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation of a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your tracks. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your tracks.

Step 4: Post your tracks in the following discussion thread at

Step 5: Annotate your tracks with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, September 28, 2020, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your tracks, please include “disquiet0456” in the title of the tracks, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is always best to set your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

More on this 456th weekly Disquiet Junto project, Line Up (The Assignment: Interpret a painting by Agnes Martin as if it were a graphic score), at:

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

Subscribe to project announcements here:

Project discussion takes place on

There’s also a Disquiet Junto Slack. Send your email address to for Slack inclusion.

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Fripp: 21 of 50

Another weekly quiet moment

A reminder that Robert Fripp is making good on his promise of 50 weekly solo instrumentals. The series is titled “Music for Quiet Moments,” and this has been week 21. The tracks are often archival, the current one dating back to June 2004, and recorded in Oslo, Norway. That appears to be when Fripp was touring as part of the unlikely G3, which teamed him with the more flamboyant Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. A post at Fripp’s official DGM Live website,, humorously notes the audience’s disinterest in his ambient soundscapes.

Video originally posted at

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Transistor Ga Ga

An augmented field recording by Robert Cole Rizzi

Often, the most beautiful sounds are all around us. We just have to learn to pay attention to them. Sometimes, however, to access these sounds, we must listen in ways our ears alone can’t accomplish. Case in point, this recording of a transformer station from Robert Cole Rizzi. Rizzi’s three-minute track is an atmospheric tour de force. It combines the inherent buzzing of the transformer with the sound of the structure itself vibrating, plus sonic evidence of the presence of electromagnetic radiation. Writes Rizzi, “You can hear a low rumble I believe is the current running through the wires and fog condensing into drops hitting the thinner zigzag beams of the mast as they fall.”

To access this depth of sonic experience, Rizzi employs the Geofon, or what I described as “the landlubber’s hydrophone in a post earlier this year. The electromagnetic information comes courtesy of another device, called the Priezor. Both are from the company LOM.

Track originally posted at More from Robert Cole Rizzi, who is based in Kolding, Denmark, at

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