Inline MP3s

I’ve added a new WordPress plugin that will let me inline a player with MP3 links. Here’s a sample of a noise piece I made a while back using Thonk: Joe McMahon – An Ocean of Liquid Helium - click on the little speaker icon following the link to play the track.

The Avant-Garde Project

The Avant-Garde project is “a series of recordings of 20th-century classical-experimental-electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.”Some wonderful stuff that’s just not available any other way. It’s being released via BitTorrent (though [...]

Crossing the Horizon: Brian Flanders/Nauseous Youth Future

The blurb on CD Baby reads: “A singing canary being thrown into a helicopter engine, yet still able to sing within the grinding noise of the chopper.” Well, yes. That’s a good summary.

But don’t let this put you off. Dosage combines a real melodic sense (chords! form! modulations! more than one key!) and [...]

Music for replicants

On another ChucK note, I’m finding some of the algorithmic composition programs in the ChucK examples to be wonderful ambient background music for working.I particularly like band-o-matic for its nice FM textures – gently drifty and slow-moving. mode-o-matic is also a lot of fun, and a little more surprising in its choices, with a [...]


Those wacky MIT guys at Eigenradio (now, sadly, shut down due to graduation) have put together A Singular Christmas, a collection of holiday music filtered through their bizarro networks, dedicated to finding only the really different parts of the music.

Giant cloudy organ sustains, bowed church bells. String ensembles hovering on the edge of [...]

Crossing the Horizon: Steve Castellano

Okay, so I’m looking at the Metasonix website, which has the most wonderful selection of hurtful signal processors, including the (perhaps not safe-for-work) Agonizer. And I see a link to this guy Steve Castellano. Having listened to some of the really nasty noises that the Agonizer could make, I figured, hey, I’m on a [...]

Gamelan Nyai Saraswati

Also hosted here at ibiblio is Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, the UNC gamelan ensemble. Audio available.

“I am Sitting in a Room” and others

The setting: a small room. Two tape recorders. Alvin Lucier records a short text on one, plays it back over the speakers … and records that. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat …Each generation has less voice and more of the room’s resonance: the voice slowly becomes dissolves into hisses, howls, and metallic gonglike noises. The only [...]

The EMUSIC-L Listening Page

Now online for your enjoyment: the Listening page.

I’m in the process of collecting up interesting pieces from around the Net. “Interesting” is subject to my own peculiar tastes. Feel free to send me pointers to items of interest; I’ll only put up the stuff I like, and I won’t slam it if I [...]

Crossing the Horizon: Elaine Walker / Chaos Melody Theory

Elaine Walker has done some interesting stuff with iterated function systems, mapping points in both the real line and the complex plane to melodies. Melodies that almost but don’t quite repeat, and which vector off at strange angles from your expectations. Hynotic minimalist metallic sculptures. What Philip Glass might sound like if he came [...]