Articles By: TJ Norris

MAURIZIO BIANCHI :: Only one collage, creativity

With over 100 recordings to his name under numerous imprints, now in his latter 50’s, Bianchi is the sort of composer to be reckoned with only now gaining a mysterious second wind with output growing exponentially in the last few years. (December 2011) MAURIZIO BIANCHI, the enigmatic Milanese sound composer (considered by many as the […]

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VLADISLAV DELAY :: Away from the unnecessary

One thing that has Vladislav Delay’s work standing the test of time is an endless sense of definition-proof direction, not at all scattered, masterful in a worldly sense of musicality and overall breadth of style. TJ Norris had the chance to catch up with him on the cusp of releasing a few new exciting projects. […]

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Neotropic :: Equestrienne Remixes (Architects + Heroes)

A quiet, bass-fueled soundtrack, where Maslen’s whispery vocal meets a cavalcade of thick drone head-on. It’s a tiny mile long steam train in the vast scape, terminating at a distant point on the horizon. [Release page] On this record, a companion to the earlier released Equestrienne (Council Folk, 2009), London-based Riz Maslen has invited a […]

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Steinbrüchel :: Narrow (Room40)

There is an underscored peace, like a wisp of scratchy fronds along side your ankles as if time-traveling through a foggy scape. For Ralph Steinbruchel Narrow seems a conversation of the weary state of our times. An instant sense of melancholy at the outset fuels thin air with thick reverberation and observation. As the record continues […]

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INFINÉ MUSIC :: Emotive structures in music

InFiné Music is a still somewhat young Berlin/Paris-based label (only five years old) dedicated to a certain wave of what some may consider rather cinematic electronica. With a roster that boasts such artists as Apparat, Francesco Tristano, Murcof and The Hacker their motto,”easy music for the hard to please” rings true. Created by Agoria, Alexandre […]

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Tomas Phillips + Marihiko Hara :: Prosa (Tench)

The composers both deal in the absence of sound as much as they want to bring forth the sense of viscerality of what it’s like to pierce and prod through that top layer. [Listen | Purchase] Broken into two movements and eight parts this lovely collection of short pieces read more like a ballet than […]

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Alexander Schubert :: Plays Sinebag (Ahornfelder)

Though in the end Plays Sinebag never flies into bantering cliché, instead becoming a mad dash through an acoustic wilderness with a feverish gusto. A dazzling interlude of wavering, warm tonalities froth and recede gently throughout the opener “Semaphores” on the latest release by German composer Alexander Schubert. Plays Sinebag is at times out jazz […]

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Frank Bretschneider :: EXP (Raster-Noton)

Packed with crisp clicks/cuts, waves and funky beats we hear short pieces ranging from 14 seconds to 3 minutes, all with one thing in common, ultimate flexibility of a pitter-patter beat that twists seamlessly from piece to piece. EXP is something of a glorious experiment. Sure there have been many artists who have put together […]

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Ken Ikeda :: Kosame (Spekk)

A physical work of beautiful noise as it is one that vacillates in its own improv juices. The compositions are jagged and oblique, but fun to listen to over time… The work of Ken Ikeda is always outside the norm of any classification, here revealing his most experimental work yet. Kosame is at once a […]

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Richard Garet :: Four Malleable (and/OAR)

A bit of a luminescent drone collage harkening early Thomas Köner. Lapping and drifting, then soaring, it’s quite oceanic in scope, and a bit of a head trip. An astonishing talent continues rising as Richard Garet slowly unveils the richly embedded hues that encompass his latest release, Four Malleable. Broken into four stealthy long parts […]

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Taylor Deupree :: Shoals (12k)

By using the edges and surfaces of Gamelan instruments there’s a peculiar tonal wave that comes from the slow caress of these objects. As part of an arts residency of the University of York’s New Aesthetics in Computer Music, Deupree recorded Shoals in the Fall of 2009. The title track curiously emerges up as its […]

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Ember :: Aurona Arona (Ahornfelder)

Quiet moments throughout emphasize an assimilation of human interaction, its power dynamics rising to the occasion in curious hot spots, and whispering with solace, reflection. This German quartet’s second effort is mysteriously remote. The hard etching of strings on “Etherlorbien” proceed with a certain level of caution, while meandering with frantically organic improv percussion (nods […]

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pq :: You’ll Never Find Us Here (Expanding)

Strings and other things make it go, and effuse like a fine ether. The Belgian duo pq (Samir Bekaert and Maarten Vanderwalle) build a classic and harmonious structure with lovely piano riffs adding some jazzy minimalism, keeping things warm as a mid Summer’s night. “Your Perception Of Red” is airy, romantic and this generation’s side […]

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Vernon & Burns :: Mort Aux Vaches (Staalplaat)

It’s all quite vintage, warm good fun — all packaged in raised copper with coinage and frills its imprint keeps its distance but teases of something somehow familiar. Vernon & Burns are based in Glasgow and Mort Aux Vaches is their latest. In the shadow of People Like Us, Felix Kubin and Donna Summer this […]

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Machinefabriek :: Daas (Cold Spring)

The record is dotted with rustic crackle and tiny ignition sparks that fall from the grid, patternless at times. This is Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt) at his most lucid. Daas is dense and mysterious, midtone gray. Consisting of five tracks, four which had been previously released in other formats. As the shortest and new title track […]

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Cheju :: Broken Waves (Boltfish)

A great balance of smoothing out the edge of old-school electronica, drawing attention to tempos without sacrificing the smart edge of its pop sensibility. Cheju‘s latest is chock-full of casual beats making its title fit quite snug, Broken Waves. A bit of a sleeper, this one features three P’s: “Pica” (breakbeat background music), “Pantone” (perfectly […]

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Jake Mandell :: Scales of Magnification (Self released)

There are dense bass tones, heavyweight at times – but Mandell manages to keep things quite animated, filled with glittering smarts throughout. After nearly eight years (Dr.) Jake Mandell is back with probably his most accessible recording in a decade plus. It’s upbeat, almost bouncy – especially on tracks like “Pan Culture Workup” and “China […]

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A NEW PLATEAUX :: Interview with Marcus Gabler

TJ Norris :: Greetings from the Northwest USA! So, I hear there may be a resurgence for the label Mille Plateaux, yes? How would you describe your role? Marcus Gabler :: I do everything. A&R is the most important of course, but I also do Business Development, Art Director, promotion coordination, sourcing, IT project manager, […]

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TJ Norris :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Angel :: Hedonism (Editions Mego) Byetone :: Death of a Typographer (Raster-Noton) Machinefabriek + Stephen Vitiello :: Box Music (12K) Kamran Sadeghi :: Through Thickness (Dragon’s Eye) Ethan Rose :: Oaks (Holocene Music) DJ Olive :: Triage (Room40) Omit :: Interceptor (Helen Scarsdale Agency) Lawrence English :: Studies for Stradbroke (Winds […]

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TJ Norris :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Throbbing Gristle :: Part Two: The Endless Not (Artecnico) Flint Glass + Telepherique :: Information Gigabyte (Angle.Rec) William Basinski :: El Camino Real (2062/Musex International) Beequeen :: Seltenturm: Beesides 1989-2000 (Plinkity Plonk/Korm Plastics) V/A :: Extract (nonvisualobjects) Fovea Hex :: Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent (Die Stadt) KK Null :: Fertile […]

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+/- :: Volume 3 by TJ Norris

(10.01.07) Third in this monthly review series by TJ Norris. The focus is fixed on charged international releases that play on audio/visual elements and experiments within the hybrid of multi genres. Like particles in space, or ions, this type of charge can unknowingly produce both positive and negative conductivity. Norris is also continuing to curate […]

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DECIBEL Fest 2007 :: Sept. 20-24 (Seattle, WA)

Sleepless :: September 22nd, 2007 The festival started with opening showcases on Thursday evening. Becuase of scheduling issues (and budget) I was unable to make the festival until tonight. This is Seattle’s 4th annual Decibel Festival, the third in which I attended (only missed last year due to illness). Tonight, honestly, I had no idea […]

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+/- :: Volume 2 by TJ Norris

(09.01.07) This is the second in this new monthly review series by TJ Norris. The focus is fixed on charged international releases that play on audio/visual elements and experiments within the hybrid of multi genres. Like particles in space, or ions, this type of charge can unknowingly produce both positive and negative conductivity. Norris is […]

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+/- :: Volume 1 by TJ Norris

(08.17.07) This is the debut of a new monthly review column by TJ Norris. The focus will be fixated on charged international releases that play on audio/visual elements and experiments within the hybrid of multi genres. Like ions this type of charge can unknowingly produce both positive and negative effects. Norris is also continuing to […]

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MUTEK 2007 :: The wired electronic heart of Montreal

(Published 06.11.07) ARRIVALS can include so much of the unexpected. After pretty smooth and uneventful flights towards overcast Montreal I found customs to be a breeze. Mutek very kindly provided a friendly driver from the airport, and along with Parisian artist Colleen (aka Cécile Schott) who performs tonight, and a writer from Berlin’s De:Bug Magazine […]

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DECIBEL Fest :: Live at the Broadway Performance Hall (05.24.07)

(05.29.07) TAKING to the stage for a wonderfully elongated evening of experimental and ambient music included openers The Phonographers Union, Son of Rose, Loscil and headliner Vladislav Delay. Before the event, there was also an Ableton Live Workshop offered by Lusine. The polished acoustics for the show featured the vivid clarity of the powerful KV2 […]

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BRAINWAVES :: 10 Years of Brainwashed.com

BRAINWAVES :: Night One (11.17.06) OK, it’s always a good sign when entering an experimental music festival (Brainwaves) to have your first thing be running right into Steven Stapleton. There he was just inside the entrance as I arrived at about 8:45PM or so… and having just attended my opening downtown, I unfortunately learned that […]

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TJ Norris :: Top-10 Albums for 2006

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Top-10 Albums :: Hafler Trio, The / Colin Potter / Andrew Liles :: 3 Eggs (Important) Heribert Friedl :: Back_Forward (Nonvisualobjects) Beequeen :: Der Holzweg/13th Anniversary Edition (Tantra) Windy & Carl :: Akimatsuri (Blue Flea) Coil :: Black AntlersThreshold House Edition (Threshold House) Tor Lundvall :: Yule (Strange Fortune) Nurse With Wound :: Rat […]

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AFE :: TJ Norris interviews Andrea Marutti

(06.27.06) FOR the past eleven years Andrea Marutti has been the founder of Afe Records (Another Friendly Edition) based out of Milan, Italy. With a focus on experimental electronic music he has represented countless artists including formidable acts like: Steve Brand, Telepherique, Ellende, Aidan Baker, Raffaele Serra, Ultra Milkmaids, De Fabriek, Maurizio Bianchi and Maeror […]

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