Savvas Metaxas is a musician and sound artist who works in the fields of experimental music, field recordings, modular synthesis.
Counting more that 15 releases among vinyls, Cd’s and cassettes, his music has been released in multiple labels such as the Granny Records, Glistening Examples, More Mars, Phinery, Superpang, Otomatik Muziek, Coherent States, Falt and has performed in numerous concerts hosted in experimental art spaces, museums, galleries and venues. His latest album, entitled “The Moral of the Parable is Plain” has been released in 2021 from ‘Sounds Againds Humanity’ https://falt.bandcamp.com/album/magnetic-loops
Valentina Magaletti is a drummer, percussionist and composer whose goal is to strategically enrich a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds. She has performed and co-written with many artists including Nicolas Jaar, Jandek, Helm, Raime,Moin, HOly Tongue,Czn Malcom Catto, Charles Hayward, Graham Lewis (Wire, Dome), Tightpaul Sandra (Coil, Spiritualized, Julian Cope), Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), and many more. In her current project, Vanishing Twin she has a more conventional jazz approach that finds its escape in the drone/field recordings of the percussive narrative in other experimental/avant-garde productions. Valentina was born in Bari, Italy, and lives in London. https://hallowground.bandcamp.com/album/hallow-ground-presents-epiphanies
The sound mutations of Estonian based museum security guard Mihkel Kleis, aka Ratkiller, has found its nest on the upcoming oeuvre “Leather Squeaking Softly”. A unique sound composition and rare glimpse into visions of being stuck in a whirlpool of forgotten debris and plastic remains, discarded non-recyclable objects and broken hi-fi equipment. An audio memorandum rendering irregular sound compositions of desolated dumping grounds, faulty drum machines and field recordings of distorted memories. It’s as if your whole life was a theme park built on a hazardous waste site. https://ratkiller.bandcamp.com/
Over the course of her career, Natasha Barrett has ascended from the label “Norway’s most promising composer of electro-acoustic music” to what The New York Times calls “one of the leading composers in 3D audio.” This trajectory is the reflection of hard work and a constant stream of releases. In Heterotopia, Barrett translates 3D Ambisonics into stereo, with successful results. https://natashabarrett.bandcamp.com/album/heterotopia
Grundik Kasyansky & Alexey Sysoev.
An original piano composition remixed and manipulated through feedback synthesis, gleaming with complex structures and subtly transformative processes which invoke a space rich with lunar atmosphere – its lofty machinations reflected in the internal depths of thought and feeling. This is a music fully within the lunar realm, a realm wherein solids recede into their own shadows – until there remains, as here: only shadow. https://dinzuartefacts.bandcamp.com/album/selene-variation
Atte Elias Kantonen.
Finnish composer, sonic explorer and sound designer Atte Elias Kantonen joins mappa with a suite of fascinating whisperings. Following releases on SUPERPANG, Active Listeners Club or Granny Records, ‘POP 6 SUSURRUS’ finds Kantonen exploring the extreme edges of various sound sources. By kneading, bending, stretching and squeezing slivers of audio, he uncovers their uncanny underbelly; ‘POP 6 SUSURRUS’ creaks, gurgles, hisses, susurrates, bubbles, boils, disintegrates, echoes, plunges… Throughout, however, it also maintains a feeling of softness and vulnerability; velvety melodic clouds hover above the alien landscape. https://mappa.bandcamp.com/album/pop-6-susurrus
Iannis Xenakis was a Romanian-born Greek-French avant-garde composer, music theorist, architect, performance director and engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalised citizen of France eighteen years later.Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances. https://karlrecords.bandcamp.com/album/hibiki-hana-ma-mycenae-alpha-polytope-de-cluny
Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending https://okrainarecords.bandcamp.com/album/la-ballade-du-beau-regard
Alex Zhang Hungtai & Pierre Guerineau.
I Was a Simple Man is a ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Revealed in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating familial history and mythology, dream logic and surrealism, I Was a Simple Man is a time-shifting, kaleidoscopic story of a fractured family facing the death of their patriarch that will take us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to pre-WWII pastorals of O’ahu and, finally, into the beyond.
The soundtrack is a delicate, elegaic paean to Hawai’i as it appears in the film; lush and florid; subtly psychedelic; bathed in moonlight. The sound of the island — the spirit of the island — is as much an instrument as Zhang’s saxophone or the scattered, raindrop piano that peppers the record. Even at harsh peaks, like a no-input mixer talking to itself like a lonely ghost, the record retains a sense of quizzical calm. Both nothingness and interrogating nothingness; misery and magic. https://editionsappaerent.bandcamp.com/album/i-was-a-simple-man-original-motion-picture-soundtrack
Majestic Noise Made in Beautiful Rotten Iran’ is an all electronic affair, harmonically maximalist, predominantly symphonic-synthetic, requiring active listening.
The making of this album was intentionally a very personal process, going into self therapy territory at times, interpreting the composer’s contemplating mind dealing with tolerance, destruction, compassion, misery, grace and tyranny in an auditory manner.
Some pieces function as challengers of musical structural habits, provoking the short attention span culture, others present a problem-solution scenario, collectively via a neoteric noise aesthetic and detailed melodic weaving.
Ultimately, the objective was to engineer an assortment of works, awash with euphonic sound vivid in its essence, with a deep focus on various synthesis techniques within a compositional framework. https://subrosalabel.bandcamp.com/album/majestic-noise-made-in-beautiful-rotten-iran
Indian classical vocalist of the Kirana gharana, born 5 March 1913 in Hangal, Karnataka, died 21 July 2009 in Hubli, Karnataka, India. She was known for her deep and powerful voice and gave concerts into her nineties.
Gangubai Hangal received a number of awards, among others Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 2002. https://www.discogs.com/release/7814263-Gangubai-Hangal-Six-Soulful-Melodies
Elders is the debut release from Ensemble Nist-Nah, a nine-piece percussion group led by Nantes-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie. The diverse group of French musicians that make up Ensemble Nist-Nah – whose collective experience encompasses traditional Gamelan performance, contemporary composition, noise, jazz, and everything in between – perform on drum kits, traditional and junk percussion, and a complete set of Javanese Gamelan instruments. Though building on the foundations of Guthrie’s solo work with Gamelan instruments (Nist-Nah, BT057) and primarily performing his compositions, Ensemble Nist-Nah is a collective endeavour, propelled by a breathtaking enthusiasm that has seen the ensemble manage to rehearse, perform, and even tour Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://willguthrie.bandcamp.com/album/elders