Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

mouth music - the greatest clip ever

bonus blurt

mouth music radio documentary

"Vocal Chords - An Odyssey of the Human Voice" is a five-part Irish radio documentary on mouth music and "vocal shenanigans" (Droid) of every kind that ran last May on RTÉ Lyric FM.  More info at http://vocalchords.ie/

You can hear the first episode in full here

the second episode

other episodes secreted on the website

(via Droid)

mouthwater music

FuturePerfect Productions:  Between Music / AquaSonic Tour Begins May 27-29 2016 at Operadagen, Festival of New Music, Rotterdam from FuturePerfect on Vimeo.

(via Andrew Parker)

Monday, May 23, 2016

The current (June) issue of The Wire contains the single greatest achievement of my writing life - the appearance of the word "Wensleydale" in a record review.

It's a review of I, Gemini, the debut album by Let's Eat Grandma. Wonderful record - great fun to write about.  But also vaguely therapeutic - allowing me to delve into three preoccupations currently weighing heavy on the mind -  adolescence, England, girls.

An interview with Let's Eat Grandma at the Quietus.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

tongues music

"Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music"

including Tan Dun's audio-visual symphony based around micro-films of speakers of a secret female language, Nu Shu

writer of the piece Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (phew, what a mouthful) is also interviewed here

(via Andrew Parker)

música boca

(via The Hum Blog post against the patriarchy : the feminist spirit and the avant-garde (in 9 albums) 

mouth (and catgut and horsehair) music

(via The Hum Blog post against the patriarchy : the feminist spirit and the avant-garde (in 9 albums) 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

futures past and present

At Pitchfork, my review  of Close To the Noise Floor, a fascinating box set of formative UK electronica from the late 70s and early 80s - synthpunk, industrial, minimal wave, ambient and unclassifiable oddities.


This week I am in Lyon for European Lab Forum to deliver a keynote  -  TOMORROW NEVER KNOWN : LE FUTUR IMPRÉVISIBLE DE LA POP CULTURE, followed by a dialogue with Wyndham Wallace. The subtitle translates as "The Unpredictable Future of Pop Culture" - literally not something you can predict, although that said, I probably will be unloosing a few rash prophesies and speculative probes.