Talks with musicians/artists/coders
Junto Profile: Joe McMahon, aka Equinox Deschanel
From West Virginia, now SF Bay Area: welcome imperfection, false dichotomies
Junto Profile: Klaus-Dieter Hilf, aka RabMusicLab
From Heidelberg, Germany: Mathematics, Munich, MIDI
Junto Profile: Jason Richardson, aka Bassling
From Leeton, New South Wales, Australia: drafting, redrafting, and collaborating
Junto Profile: Aethyr
From Sheffield, England: eschewing perfection, tweaking genres
Junto Profile: Kei Terauchi Sideboard
From San Francisco, California (and Japan): embracing contradictions, reading to compose
Junto Profile: xiiixxi
From York, England: growing up with Italian opera, working with Euclidean rhythms
Junto Profile: Ian Joyce
From the North Wales coast: soporific synths, having fun, the cat's meow
Junto Profile: Daniel Díaz
From Paris, France: working in film, making space, keeping a notebook
Aphex Twin on Nylon
Simon Farintosh talks about arranging classic tracks like “Avril 14th” and “Alberto Balsalm” for classical guitar.
How Instruō Went Virtual
The story of how the Glasgow-based hardware company ported its synthesizer modules to VCV Rack software
The Circuit Board Record Album
Tristan Perich on Loud Objects, machine art, and the aesthetics of code
Synth City, Part 2 of 2
Chris Randall of Audio Damage talks about the March 5, 2016, Sync 01 event at Codeword in San Francisco.
Synth City, Part 1 of 2
Suzanne Ciani on her March 5, 2016, Dial-Tones performance in San Francisco
The Bell Jar Filter
Talking with Christina Vantzou about graphic scores, structuring improvisation, and the compositional facets of post-production
Immediacy + Accessibility = Joy
The past and future of mobile music – a conversation with with PalmSounds.net founder Ashley Elsdon
The Eternal Life Aquatic with Laraaji
An interview with the ambient grandmaster in his 72nd year
In the Province of Real Time Electronica
MUTEK’s Patti Schmidt on how Jurassic Park helped birth – and how emphasis on scenography and human scale helps sustain – the music festival
The Virtuous Circle of Aphex Twin Fandom
An interview with Joyrex, whose WATMM forum rescued a lost Richard D. James album from 20 years ago
Composing Material Culture
Dan Trueman talks about metronomes, laptops, and game controllers – all tools in his music for the ensemble So Percussion.
“Dance Can’t Be Stored”
Peter Kirn talks about his music for choreography.
Chris Lawhorn edited the Fugazi discography down to a concentrated album-length study of rhythm and tension.
Listening to Ray Bradbury’s Mars
A conversation with sound artist Christof Migone
The Electronic Motive
Liza White talks about the manner in which computer music and hip-hop production inform her classical compositions.
In the Echo of No Towers
The artist Stephen Vitiello talks about sense memory, 9/11, and his landmark World Trade Center recordings
When Cells Collide
Istanbul-based 'Otomata' developer Batuhan Bozkurt on generative sound, app development, cross-browser incompatibilities, and unexpected outcomes.
Being Decimal: The Anticipatory Pleasures of the Thicket App
Morgan Packard, the sound half of the development duo that produced the 10-finger interactive audio-visual iOS app Thicket, on composing for interactivity
The ShapeSeq of Things to Come
Developer Paul Apfrod on how programming is like composing, the need for a "software art" iTunes subcategory, and how how octagons look nicer than squares
The Voice Electric
Lesley Flanigan on technological fluency, devices as sculpture, and moving beyond musical training
The self-education of the adventurous, Philly-based hip-hop producer Y?Arcka
Buddha Machine, Reloaded
FM3 member Christiaan Virant talks about controlling pitches and recording new loops for the second-generation (version "2.0") sound-art gadget
End of a Netlabel
Brad Mitchell reflects on the decision to close his long-running netlabel, Kikapu.
The lo-fi electronic musician Jamie Allen talks about hand-crafted circuitry, digital academe, and the beauty of the square wave.
Kristin Miltner on nurturing software and programming for video games -- plus visual art as preparation for sound-work.
The musician William Fowler Collins talks about his guitar-fueled solo album, Western Violence & Brief Sensuality.
Science fiction writers Richard Kadrey, Pat Murphy and Rudy Rucker discuss remixing reality.
Christopher Willits viscerally inhabits the space between what he plays and what we hear.
Christopher Bissonnette talks about music on the periphery.
Free as in Netlabel
The proprietors of three established netlabels (Andras Hargitai of Complementary Distribution, Nathan Larson of Dark Winter, Pedro Leitao of Test Tube) discuss the cost of free downloads, the online community of uploaders and the transition from physical distribution to virtual
After the Sampler
Dub figure Raz Mesinai talks about looping Sumerian myths and electrifying downtown musicians
Crashing by Design
One of electronic music's great live performers, Thomas Dimuzio talks about improvisation, music education and his longtime collaborator: feedback.
Buddha in the Machine
The duo FM3 packed nine ambient loops into a device the size of a cigarette pack; member Christiaan Virant discusses sound art in the age of mass production
After ‘Thursday Afternoon’
An electronic musician (Monolake), an English professor (Michael Jarrett), and a science fiction writer (Richard Kadrey), all Brian Eno fans, walk into a chat room …
Music for Shuffling
Composer Kenneth Kirschner talks about how his music, which he likens to a certain popular MP3 player, changes every time you play it.
John Kannenberg, founder of the Stasisfield netlabel, discusses the limits of microsound, the future of online music, and the compositional intersection of sound art and visual art.
Chachi Jones turns childhood musical toys, like Speak & Spell and Touch & Tell, into 21st-century folk instruments.
Shawnee for ‘Laptop’
When Brad Mitchell isn't homebrewing electronic music as Pocka and studying sound design, he somehow finds time to run the Kikapu netlabel.
The Public Record
An archival interview from back in 1999, when composer Steve Reich talked about Reich Remixed, an album on which electronica acts rework his formidable, minimalist contributions to classical music
The Organization Musician
Monolake, aka Robert Henke, talks about the parallel processes of (1) composing a new full-length album while (2) helping develop the new edition of Ableton's audio production software, Live.
The Maestro of Belleville
BenoÃ®t Charest, who scored the animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville, talks about turning a vacuum cleaner into a Theremin, and other jazzy feats of everyday electronica.
Season of the Remix
Composer Elise Kermani talks about revisiting "retro" multimedia performance art; getting young, desk-bound technophiles to move; and remixing Vivaldi by accident.
Behind the 8bit
When Thorsten Sideboard founded 8bitrecs.com, an online label consisting entirely of free MP3 files, his role model wasn't Matador Records or Def Jam – it was a computer database.
Touring in support of his seventh full-length album, The Message at the Depth, DJ Krush talks about musical abstraction and geopolitical anxiety.
Shock the Bear
Moscow-based composer Artemiy Artemiev, head of Electroshock Records, talks about coming of age underneath a piano and the watchful ear of the Soviet secret service.
On his 2002 album, Out from Out Where, Amon Tobin leaves his native Brazil behind for the silver screens of India.
What Is Is
Future Sound of London talks about revisiting Britpop's past for the psychedelic follow-up to Dead Cities.
Innovative American composer/performer Greg Davis on pastoral technology and the education of an electronic musician
Andreas Tilliander, who appears on the Mille Plateaux label's third Clicks & Cuts collection, talks about the hip-hop heart of experimental electronic music.
Splices That Bind
One half of the abstract electronic duo Twine, Chad Mossholder talks about long-distance collaboration and the hectic life of a sound designer.
The Multitrack Master and the Four String King
When Les Paul Met Ukulele Ike
The ubiquitous turntablist named DJ Logic is the Moby of the musicians' union.
U.S. Robotics, Part 3/3
The owner-operators of small American electronic-music labels talk shop. Up third (and last, but not least), Michael Bentley of Foundry Records, home to Seofon and Jonathan Hughes, as well as Bentley himself.
U.S. Robotics, Part 2/3
The owner-operators of small American electronic-music labels talk shop. Up second, Sam Rosenthal of Projekt Records, home to Steve Roach, among others.
U.S. Robotics, Part 1/3
The owner-operators of small American electronic-music labels talk shop. First up, Todd Hyman of Carpark Records, home to Jake Mandell and Marumari.
Koji Asano, a prolific Japanese electro-acoustician at home in Barcelona, talks about the life of an itinerant self-publisher.
Before embarking on a 2001 tour of the United States, Squarepusher talked about the personal challenges of making challenging music.
Army of One
Hrvatski (aka Keith Fullerton Whitman) got his allies Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke and Kid606 to remix his music. Now he talks about split identities and a favorite laptop accessory: his guitar.
Console's Martin Gretschmann talks about bringing fun to German electronic pop and composing on the run.
Prolific sound artist Zbigniew Karkowski talks about personal technology, collaboration, and live performance.
That Creeping Feeling
Rob Zombie is White Zombie's resident workaholic, pumping up the volume and fighting for the right to access his own memory bank
Bogdan Raczynski traces his journey from Poland to America to Japan to England, where he's furiously processing garbled beats for Aphex Twin's record label, Rephlex.
Moby talks about the technology behind — and the racial politics beside the point of — his landmark pop album, Play.
Straight Outta Chapel Hill
A brief chat with Dub Assassin, the New South's own "Tekkno Boy."
Smile for the Camera
Photek, born Rupert Parkes, proves to be the most ambivalent of DJs.
Evolution & Permutation
For his second full-length album under his own name, in 1998, Amon Tobin put the breaks on his unique Brazilian brand of drum'n'bass, if only for a moment.
In 1997, Amon Tobin spoke about the sampling philosophy behind his Latin-tinged full-length album, Bricolage.
Anatomy of a Remix
Patrick Carpenter of Ninja Tune's DJ Food talks about re-tuning a David Byrne song.
Pump Up the HTML
Coldcut's Matt Black on electronica, life as an indie mogul, and wired fatherhood
More Songs About Buildings
Sean Booth of the British duo Autechre talks about just about everything but how he and partner, Rob Brown, make music.
Oval, Microstoria, and the man behind their curtains: Markus Popp
Erik Gilbert, label manager of Asphodel Records, talks about identity, electronica's forefathers, and DJ Spooky's move to the majors.
Roger Richards celebrates 10 years of CDs with Extreme Records.
Moonshine Records label head Steven Levy on why independent companies own electronica – for at least the near future
Luke Vibert’s Bedroom Is a Jungle
The Throbbing Pouch full-length album is making his Wagon Christ pseudonym a household name. Next comes Plug.
Cornish for Jungle
Full transcript of the interview with Luke Vibert, aka Wagon Christ, aka Plug
Aphex Twin (aka AFX, born Richard D. James), the British electronic-music prodigy, grants techno a human face.
Electronic-music connoisseurs depend on small independent record companies for the hard stuff.
Dark Ambient, Down Under
Interview with Darrin Verhagen, aka Shinjuku Thief, founder of the Dorobo Records label.
The album Vita Nova proves British composer Gavin Bryars still never failed yet
Spring Heel Jack's DJs, John Coxon and Ashley Wales, walk the digital walk.
Dub, American Style
There's more to West Coast instrumental pop than surf music – just ask Dub Narcotic Sound System, Grassy Knoll, President's Breakfast, or Money Mark.
Composer, accordionist, educator, Pauline Oliveros talks about landscapes, soundscapes, the history of ambient music and the future of the recital hall.
DJ Krush spins the international language of hip-hop.
Introducing Skylab, the band that fell to Earth.
After a decade of near-faceless (and guitar-less) superstardom, Depeche Mode strives to get personal with the new Songs of Faith and Devotion.
The Mad Sampler
Randy Greif goes where no Alice has gone before.
Talking with Brian Eno and John Cale about working together on Wrong Way Up