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Blog June 20 2020

By Wieland Rambke Look at a lava lamp. You always see the same thing while the shapes within keep changing. In presenting you with a visual stimulus that is in perpetual motion, it is as predictable as it is surprising. Everything that happens inside the lava lamp merely confirms the limited range of what it does. There is something hypnotic and soothing about staring at the lamp. ...

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Pythia’s Journals – A monomedia festival for our isolation pods

Blog May 24 2020

Review by Macon Holt Pythia’s Journals is an online art festival conceived, organized and curated by artists Tobias R. Kirstein and Signe Vad, through Vad’s organizations, Office of Emergency and The Syndicate of Creatures. The festival takes its name from the mythical Greek priestess who both channelled and interpreted the utterances of the god Apollo and transduced them into cryptic prophecies stored in a journal. ...

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Giuseppe Pisano – Being An Artist is Horrible

Feature May 8 2020

Essay by Giuseppe Pisano The outburst of Covid-19 is having disastrous consequences for everyone but, personally as one that works within the arts, I wanted to direct attention towards some elements that are pertinent in my field to understand how artistic communication – especially music which is mostly a live art based on performance – has tuned in this emergency and what are the countermeasures artists have ...

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Syv rejser i det musikalske kosmos anno 2020 – Astralt, psykotropisk og 0% tvangsoptimistisk

Blog May 6 2020

Dire Wolves henter forsyninger inden afgangen mod andre galakser Af Nicklas Sørensen Her er et udvalg af de bedste plader, der indtil videre er udkommet i år. Det er ikke et definitivt udvalg, men et udvalg fra min liste. Fælles for lidt over halvdelen af titlerne på min liste er, at jeg har opdaget musikken via WFMU-radioprogrammet The Avant Ghetto. Et radioprogram, der efter eget udsagn ”wanders through heavy ...

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Fortidens avantgarde er nutidens pop – Om den historiske avantgardemusiks indflydelse på moderne populærmusik

Feature May 4 2020

Komponist og lydingeniør Pierre Schaeffer i sit studie, hvor han bl.a. arbejdede med fonografer, båndafspillere og sin selvopfundne ‘phonogène’. Essay af Mads Hæsum ChristensenDet kan være svært at se, hvordan upopulær kunstmusik nogensinde ville kunne påvirke omverdenen og efterlade spor i populærmusikken, når den til tider opføres for et publikum, der kun tæller familie, de nærmeste venner og et par forvildede gæster, der alligevel går ...

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Scientific Sonification – The Sound of Corona

Feature May 1 2020

Essay by Holger Schulze, professor of musicology at the University of Copenhagen. Can you hear the coronavirus? What does it sound like? Recently, some compositions which used data gathered from the coronavirus, stirred up some conversations among listeners, composers, musicians, scientists, engineers, and artists: the “Proteine Counterpoint Sonification”.

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“Unfuck the World, You Stupid Girl” – If Grimes is the Villian What Does That Make Us?

Feature April 9 2020

An essay about pop music and the climate crisis with Grimes as a case study. “Miss Anthropocene” is out now on 4AD. Written by Macon Holt. Grimes, Claire Boucher, C, or indeed the eponymous “Miss Anthropocene”, has gone to a lot of trouble to invent alter egos for herself as a part of her creative practice. But reading the swathe of not-mad-but-disappointed reviews of her ...

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Messell – The complex beauty of our communicative failures (interview)

March 21 2020

By Macon Holt “If no one fits in,” said Martin Messell to me in his studio in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, “then maybe we don’t have to worry about fitting in.” We were talking about the concept behind his first album under his surname as an artist’s moniker, “Ligesom Rigtige Mennesker”. In translation, the title has a certain ambiguity as it can mean either “just like real ...

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