Belles: An Experiment in Marathon

An idealized visual representation of the rhythms in “Belles”. The vertical axis represents the beats of the composition and the horizontal axis the time at which each note is played inside the rhythmic pattern. Each colour represents a different note in the piece.

Ever since I started visually representing microrhythms, for example in my last post about Marathon, I’ve had the idea of creating rhythms based on visuals, instead of the other way around. For this experiment, I was thinking about the full extent of the Gnawa rhythm going back and forth and overlapping with itself to create this … Read more

May in 187 Albums

Wednesday, 1 May

Adventure Time – Volume 1 (soundtrack)

USA
On Cartoon Network Music

Adventure Time – Volume 2 (soundtrack)

USA
On Cartoon Network Music

Adventure Time – Volume 3 (soundtrack)

USA
On Cartoon Network Music

Adventure Time – Volume 4 [EP] (soundtrack)

USA
On Cartoon Network Music

Adventure Time – Volume 5 (soundtrack)

USA
On Cartoon Network Music

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Monthly Recommendations: May 2019

Car Made of Glass – Every Song Is a Good Song (Montgomery Street)

California’s Car Made of Glass is a peculiar thing indeed. Though it started as a sort of emoviolence, grindcore, and noise blend and made plenty of split releases in that style, it reached a crossroads on their debut, Foreign Graffiti. Even though, it seems, the band’s experimental and noise demographics seemed to wax while the rest dwindled as time passed, there is a juncture, a breaking point, that was reached on that album. Some tracks are purely of the former, and some of the latter, and some,

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Weekly Release Dump

Friday, 24 May

Alexi Tuomarila Trio – Sphere (jazz fusion)

Helsinki, Finland
On Edition

Capyac – Baby Make Money [EP] (R&B, funk)

Austin, Texas

Chalice Dungeon – Chalice Dungeon (blackened death metal)

Layton, Utah

Christian Meaas Svendsen with Nakama and Rinzai Zen Center Oslo – New Rituals [3-disc] (world fusion)

Oslo, Norway
On Nakama

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Circé – Circé (free jazz, jazz fusion)

Tours, France

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Christian Meaas Svendsen, Linda May Han Oh, Gotanda, Moon Letters, Milton Man Gogh, and John Zorn

Christian Meaas Svendsen with Nakama and Rinzai Zen Center Oslo – New Rituals (Nakama)

New Rituals is a huge offering. First, it’s a triple-disc album clocking in at almost two hours long. Deuzio, it reiterates the same compositions on the three discs, but the first one is for ensemble and choir, the second one for ensemble alone, and the third one for solo bass. Tertio, its source material is ten ancient Zen Buddhist sutra chants. The aforementioned ensemble is made of two violins, piano, drum, and bass, which lends a peculiar sound halfway between contemporary classical and traditional … Read more