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Useful Knowledge

 

The ancient Yellow Bell. A fundamental tone in Chinese tradition adjusted through time to reflect society’s place in the cosmic order, forever connecting sound to systems of universal harmony and structure.

The perennial Yellow Bell. A desert shrub that blooms brightly in the shape of bells, attracting honey bees, yet—useful to know—unlike most flowering plants, the honey produced from its pollen is poisonous.

Yellow Bell, an album of ambient variations and transient frequencies, Jasmine Guffond’s debut under her own name (previously: Jasmina Maschina, Minit). The first bell is cited inspiration. The latter is a fitting (if unverified) abstraction. Precisely halfway through “Useful Knowledge”, its drone gives way to processed hums and softly advancing synth lines… to something warmer. Maybe the cosmos are shifting; maybe the sun is rising over cool sand. Maybe the toxins are setting in.

The LP, with handmade cardboard/textile packaging, is out as of last week on Sonic Pieces.

Noah Wall

 

Rise and shine; print three dimensional objects and bury them in the yard…

Standard day here for Noah Wall, designer of sounds and images and clever ideas of all kinds, like this video. Featured are two vignettes from his latest release, Print The Legend, a collection of material left behind after soundtracking a Netflix documentary about the 3D printing industry. These recordings are brief, curious and flexible, as if themselves able to take new shape with every spin. That dynamic is well supported by the album’s cover art. Noah recently told Redefine:

“The collage is made of 3D printing models taken from a primarily open source library. I wanted to use enough models that the individual pieces started to lose their identity, sort of a Wild West depiction of the 3D printing landscape. Also many types. Toys, tools, weapons, organs, plants, naked people, animals, lawn gnomes. Utilities and recreations. I got my head 3D scanned, so that’s in there too. I think the whole thing is beautiful and much like a giant pile of garbage painted blue too. The music is rather varied genre and instrumentation-wise, so I think it fits.”

Natural then—following all this, the music, the printing of one’s own head—that these elements would start moving. First over a set of brilliant Instagram teasers, next through a stack of index card storyboards, and finally today, with “Closed Source & Hot Glue.”

Print The Legend is out now via Driftless Recordings.

S&S-NewtownRadio-E21

 

We had the delight of beginning our second season on Newtown Radio with an in-studio performance by The Spookfish. Dan crafted his set on 4-track, microKORG, and nylon string guitar with a cryptic contact mic taped to it. A short sequence followed (setlist below).

0:00 – 22:00 – The Spookfish [live]
Radical Guts – Time to Turn out the Lights
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Sundry / Tides III
Lomboy – In the Chamber Of Vanu
夕方の犬 (dog in the evening) – Rain New___York in September, 1991
Noah Wall – Detente
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Ekin Fil – Senses
Gawain – The First Instance
Dreampeter – In A Tunnel (With Mike And Evan) / Head Injury

From here, be sure to reach Dan’s bandcamp, and this lovely piece on the mountain shows he organizes.

New Zealand

 

Inspired by our recent trip, New Zealand attempts to reflect the many tones of the country’s breathtaking terrain. The mix features music from New Zealand-based artists (all except the intro), with some field recordings taken along the way. It’s a companion piece to Victoria’s photography series, which can be found in the latest issue of RANGE Magazine (and digitally here).

Intro (Blue Moon performed by Chromatics)
Sleeper – Timeless Time
Conrad Wedde – Cassandra
Purple Pilgrims – Earthly Heaven / Joon
Sleeper – Slumber
The 3Ds – Jewel
Pumice – Trophy
Indira Force – E.D.C.A.
Seeami – Insulation & Safely
Rhian Sheehan – Scene 4
Roy Montgomery – Rainshadow Near Christchurch
Birds Of Passage – Ashes To Ashes
Mount Pleasant – In Dreams (Roy Orbison)

 

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