Mix: Electrophonography

This mix collects the spellbinding results of interpretation, intervention, improvisation, imitation, installation, interaction, and many other forms of joining electronics with organics, sterile digital impermanence with living, breathing space. It’s not a one-way street; almost as many of these artists extract the electrical processes coded within our surrounding environment as add to it. (Personally I think “electricity” is mostly, if not entirely, bullshit—oh so electrons are just zipping around everywhere? so where are they? oh they’re invisible, how convenient—but if it makes people feel like they’re in control of their lives, sure, I’ll play along.)

00:00. Rudolf Eb.er – “Ishikiri (1)” from Om Kult : Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying, Vol. II (Schimpfluch Associates, 2018)

04:35. 谭硕欣 [Tan Shuoxin] – Simultanhalle: April 30, 2021 [excerpt] (self-released, 2021)

10:32. Network Glass – “novh1” from idiot/smiling (dingn\dents, 2019)

13:21. leftear – “Rainforest” from Half Nature (Zoomin’ Night, 2021)

20:47. left.bank – “sefar” from Zentrum Statisch (KOI8-R, 2019)

27:32. Anonymous – “KREC33” from Recordings, Disk 01 (SP, 2013)

28:45. Francisco Meirino – “Various On-Site Testimonies” from Recordings of Voltage Errors, Magnetic Fields, On-Site Testimonies & Tape Tension (Misanthropic Agenda, 2011)

33:36. Bella – “prei-prei” from HADRON (pan y rosas discos, 2019)

37:35. Max Hamel – B side [excerpt] of Sounds of Summer: Field Recordings of Solar Electronics (Refulgent Sepulchre, 2021)

44:41. Thomas Tilly – “Pre-Explosion I (Phonography and Interpretation)” from Codex Amphibia (An Interpretation of the Explosive Breeding Phenomenon (Glistening Examples, 2018)

50:16. No Artist – “Cmentarz żydowski w Podwilku II” from Dawne Cmentarze Żydowskie 2 (Szara Reneta, 2018)

55:27. Jero Route 66 and Shots – Live from Devil’s Den [excerpt] (Pauf Recordings, 2018)

Mix: Maxi-Improv

I’ll probably come up with a better name for this “genre” at some point, but for now “maxi-improv” works: both solo and collective electroacoustic improvisations with moving parts much too large for, or even in a completely different dimension of reality than, their containers (you’ll see what I mean).

00:00. Jean-Marc Foussat – “Le moment est passé” [excerpt] from Cet inapaisable hurlement des heures (self-released, 2014)

04:47. The Incidental Crack – “Waterfalls per Capita” from Detail (Anticipating Nowhere, 2021)

10:31. Concrete Gazebo – “Tangled Eggs” from Peacock Juice Box (Speak & Spell, 2021)

12:26. Kamon Kardamom – “Chronic Euphoria” [excerpt] from Chronic Euphoria (self-released, 2021)

19:03. Paed Conca, Stéphane Rives & Fadi Tabbal – “There’s No Picture of the Band” from Under the Carpet (Ruptured, 2012)

22:22. Miguel A. García & Ilia Belorukov – “Hands Off” from Wolkokrot (Inexhaustible Editions, 2015)

27:51. Leverton Fox – “Megascopz (Pellet Collector)” [excerpt] from Megascopz (Not Applicable, 2019)

33:16. Olivier di Placido & SEC_ – “es” from Rainbow Grotesque (Bocian, 2013)

36:10. MKM – “Don’t Eat” [excerpt] from Bangalore (TON, 2021)

Mix: Teeth on Tinfoil

Last one too tame for you? Have no fear. This bite-sized dose of the absolute harshest that harsh noise of all kinds has to offer will set you straight.

00:00. Goottama – “Every Difficulty Slurred Over Will Be a Ghost to Disturb Your Repose Later on” from Cut Off (self-released, 2021)

00:46. nkondi – tenth untitled track from Popfailure (dollfullofrivets, 2005)

02:31. Beautyon – 12th untitled track from No02 (Irdial Discs, 1997)

02:50. dehors – seventh untitled track from The Black Metal Mixtape (Seminal, 2016)

05:12. Lettera 22 – third untitled track from Lack of Attention (Ljud & Bild Produktion, 2011)

05:33. Total Mom – “Uncomfortable” from We Fed the Pig My Music (No Rent, 2018)

07:43. LHD – first untitled track from Curtains (Troniks, 2004)

08:50. Yataghan – “Trash I” from Funeral (Shrouded Recordings, 2021)

10:22. Halflings – “Taint” from Halflings (self-released, 2006)

11:44. T.E.F. – ninth untitled track from Symptomatic Harbinger (Harshnoise, 2003)

12:13. Kiley Minoise – “SpreeVSteal” from Spank-Magic Lodge (Kovorox Sound, 2006)

13:59. Daniel Iván Bruno – “Chiozza” from Brazo (TVL, 2021)

15:19. Polly Velvet – “Scaling” from Stomatology (self-released, 2020)

16:15. Greathumour – “if (window != window.top) top.location.href = location.href; if(window.screen){ self.moveTo(0,0); self.resizeTo(screen.width ,screen.height); self.focus(); }” from Choose the Obsolete (Tribe Tapes, 2020)

17:06. Rose Sobchak – ninth untitled track from Untitled (Heart-Shaped Box, 2019)

17:24. Venta Protesix – second untitled track from Existential Dread Simulator (urbsounds, 2020)

Mix: Inimitable Indie Introductories

Looking back at the mixes I’ve posted recently, I’ve been on a weird streak—which to be fair is probably what a lot of you come here for—so I was feeling like making something more generally palatable today. These are my favorite openers by my favorite indie bands, new and old(ish), big and small; you will probably recognize some of them, but hopefully not all. Keep on shouting.

Some of the transitions are kinda rough; my computer has been acting up and it died before I could smooth them over, and it wiped most of my work. Hope it’s not too jarring.

00:00. Spice – “First Feeling” from Spice (Dais, 2020)

02:34. Tall Ships – “T=0” from Everything Touching (Big Scary Monsters, 2012)

06:13. Wray – “Blood Moon” from Wray (Communicating Vessels, 2014)

08:48. We Are Augustines – “Chapel Song” from Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Votiv, 2011)

12:03. Spaceman Spiff – “Vorwärts ist keine Richtung” from Endless Nichts (Grand Hotel Van Cleef, 2014)

15:40. Pela – “Latitudes” from All in Time (Brassland, 2005)

19:56. Shearwater – “Animal Life” from Animal Joy (Sub Pop, 2012)

23:31. Mexican Elvis – “He Spent Three Years Trying to Enter the Eurovision Song Contest” from John frum Alaska (Kyr, 2010)

27:02. Viet Cong – “Throw It Away” from untitled cassette (Jagjaguwar, 2013)

30:13. Protokoll – “Moving Forward” from Paradoxon (Illicit Recordings, 2006)

35:04. Frightened Rabbit – “Death Dream” from Painting of a Panic Attack (Atlantic, 2016)

39:07. Beaten Awake – “Browns Town” from Let’s Get Simplified (Fat Possum, 2007)

Mix: Spit-Valve Salves

A journey through the wet hisses, burbles, squawks, and squeaks produced by saxophone players who, via various extended techniques, do their very best not to play any actual notes at all.

Anthony Braxton in concert on Nov 6, 1975

00:00. Nathan Corder & Tom Weeks – “The Pit” from Diamondback (Makeshift Encounters, 2020)

08:15. Marco Colonna – “Nodosariata” from FORAMINIFERA (Plus Timbre, 2018)

12:50. Michael Foster & Ben Bennett – “Offshore Flesh Crystals” from Contractions (Astral Spirits, 2021)

20:09. Fuck Lungs – “Loud Unit” from Fuck Lungs (Already Dead, 2016)

24:55. Fua – B side [excerpt] of Fua (fancyyyyy, 2018)

26:53. Mythic Birds – “The Name by Which the World Knows Them Is Not the One They Themselves Utter” from The Name by Which the World Knows Them (Peira, 2012)

31:17. The Elks – “Geneva #2” from Bat English (self-released, 2017)

35:44. nmperign – “Prey” from Ommatidia (Intransitive, 2009)

Mix: Fringe Clatter

Why actually, you know, play instruments when you can scrape, scratch, and smash them (and even build your own) instead?

Portland Bike Ensemble live in 2012

00:00. The Blue Denim Deals Without the Arms – “Armistice” from ‘Armed Forces’ Day (Say Day-Bew, 1978)

03:23. No-Neck Blues Band – “Seven Spaces of Empty Place” from Letters from the Earth (Sound@One, 1996)

08:46. Moment – “The Process” from Broken Resonance (Space21, 2021)

13:57. Sandoz Lab Technicians – “The Somnambulist” from Sandoz Lab Technicians (Siltbreeze, 1996)

17:30. Iskra – “Klirr” from Allemansrätt (Ett Minne för Livet, 1977)

20:07. Portland Bike Ensemble – “Kyoto” from Live in Japan 2006 (Olde English Spelling Bee, 2009)

26:59. Teletopa – “Improvisation One” from Tokyo 1972 (Splitrec, 2014)

30:37. Seeded Plain – “Cloud Thistles” from Sectional (Digital Vomit, 2010)

35:12. Lakes – “Winds” from Lakes (Tone List, 2018)

Mix: What the Summer Rain Knows

We’ve had plenty of both rain and heat here in Ohio the past few months, and I’d wager most other places are seeing similar changes; both erratic extreme weather and rising temperatures are only going to get worse. But these mixes sometimes have to be about silver linings, and everyone can appreciate the oddly tense, electric tranquility of being sheltered away during a soaking summer storm. It often seems to speak with its boisterous growls of thunder and musical pitter-patter, but ambiguous messages are hard to decipher when you’re just trying to make sure your basement doesn’t flood or your windows don’t cave in.

00:00. Yume Hayashi – “B” from What the Summer Rain Knows (Avocado Tapes, 2016)

03:16. Kevin Drumm – “Humid Weather” [excerpt] from Humid Weather (Hospital Productions, 2012)

06:52. Ourson – “Rainy Wednesday” from Collected Natures III (Psøma Psi Phi, 2019)

08:03. Daphne X – “First the Thirst” from Água Viva (tsss tapes, 2020)

16:06. Marek Hlaváč – “Artificial Rain Falling on Real Metal Plate” from Changing Weather (self-released, 2021)

19:17. Henry Collins – A side [excerpt] of Prepared Rain (zamzamrec, 2020)

25:02. Jeremy Hegge – “Parched Earth, Wet” from Six Days in Townsville (self-released, 2018)

27:45. Abby Lee Tee – “Sleet” from At the Beaver Lodge I (self-released, 2021)

32:38. Audiosmogg – “Solo for Two Cans in the Rain” from Superior to a Lesser Extent (Bleeding Ear, 2019)

36:08. Faust – “Meadow Meal” [ending] from Faust (Polydor, 1971)

Mix: Ecstatic Electronics

For the third and perhaps final installment in my series of electronic music mixes (preceded by Unruly Electronics and Lifeless Electronics), I’ve focused on tracks with such boundless, infectious energy that one feels as though they’re about to burst if they don’t start moving to the music. There’s plenty of peace and joy here, but there’s also intensity, surreality, intoxication, hedonism—everything that seems to blur into a single, seamless mass of life when many become one on a sweat-soaked dance floor.

00:00. Faxada – “Month” from Paraa (Darling, 2018)

01:57. Nonturn – “Evidence” from Territory (Audiobulb, 2018)

06:15. Fuck Buttons – “Phantom Limb” from Tarot Sport (ATP, 2009)

11:04. RXM Reality – “Climateric” from Advent (Orange Milk, 2021)

15:07. Paszka – “Terakota” from Gluon (Noumenal Loom, 2020)

18:11. Arca – “Mequetrefe” from KiCk i (XL, 2020)

20:33. Black Dice – “Glazin” from Repo (Paw Tracks, 2009)

24:24. Stab Something – “French Love” from Stab Something (self-released, 2012)

27:02. John Object – “RPG” [excerpt] from Pre-Heat (Bio Future Laboratory, 2018)

29:42. Exploited Body – “Threnody” [feat. APEAK] from Threnody (self-released, 2019)

33:17. Herbarium – “Herbalife (Gem Tree Recycle)” from Свежесть (Eco Futurism Corporation, 2018)

35:18. Dan Deacon – “Never Do That (Mars)” from Meetle Mice (Standard Oil, 2004)

Mix: At Home with the Ghosts

I hope everyone has used this gift/curse hybrid of extended home confinement to really get to know the spirits that haunt their dwelling. Mine tend to lurk in the closets and spool up in the corners for most of the day, and they’re not the most congenial of phantoms, but we get along fine in the evening, as long as the thermostat is set just a bit too cold and there’s a baseball game or Poltergeist on.


00:00. Patrick Gallagher – “There Is No Set Process” [excerpt] from Soundtracks (Hot Releases, 2019)

01:59. Marcin Barski – “Conversation with Father” [excerpt] from Wanda’s Dream (self-released, 2018)

08:47. Luis Alvarado – “La fiesta sumergida” from La voz de Jrguu (self-released, 2014)

09:44. Anne Guthrie – “Serious Water” from Brass Orchids (Students of Decay, 2018)

14:40. Paco Rossique – “The Space of a Door” from Collages & Dispersions (Linear Obsessional, 2015)

19:42. Saåad – “Incarnat II (1888)” from Verdaillon (In Paradisum, 2016)

21:41. Climax Golden Twins – “Ward A” from Session 9 (Milan, 2001)

27:22. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – “Soap Opera Suite” from The Breadwinner (Erstwhile, 2008)

33:27. Darksmith – “Crash Landing” from Hatred of Sound (Second Sleep, 2018)

Mix: Deep Internet

Obnoxious error noises, flash game improvisations, useless pseudo-remixes, server innards, connection, solitude… these are a few of my favorite things.


00:00. Hyperlink – “504: gateway time-out” from Web Timeout (Nmesh, 2016)

00:49. RINGEX PLASTER – excerpts from “Let’s play Super Mario Bros to save Mushroom Princess right now!!! The Mushroom Princess is being held captive by the evil Koopa tribe of turtles. Super Mario Bros. NEW! Hot! Pac-man.. Start Game. … Super Mario World: Peach Blast. NEW! Hot! Mario Forever. NEW! Hot! Mario …” from Super Mario Brothers: New Super Mario Flash Online Game (self-released, 2020)

03:36. Youtube: Naliboki Woods – Dial Up (5 Feb 2021)

07:08. Ketchup Johns – “Bejewelled Frisbee” from Life Simulator (self-released, 2017)

08:56. Network Glass – “5.52 [Minecraft]” from Twitch (Salon, 2020)

14:48. food item – “It’s Actually an Energy Drink, but Who Cares.” from Yeah! Food Item Transmission. (7Form, 2020)

15:25. Windows 98の – BLUE SCREEN 002 [excerpt] (Pizza Beast, 2016)

20:23. Youtube: panicking at the wrong disco – “mr. brightside” but you’re crying in a bathroom at a party because your crush brought a date… (18 Nov 2020)

24:10. Ned Paige – A side [excerpt] of Ad Tape (Podunk, 2019)

28:04. XoArK – “ghted Bid Pric8 $26.es Weighted Bid” from CR061-1. 5ThLi cf 3 44lsy. 6/9-Z CY. 230. 30Z- c-,`. 414/5y Scp. IlenOMMIND. SrRvc-l’akt–. 11-5. 5-6 … cLe)( d’AfX1 1/z,ci70 .)(it 40 “/r) 1’1. WhAf. … English. TON. 5/2013 – 5/2014. Unit price quantity breakouts. Unit Price Statistics. Min Quantity. (7Form, 2020)

30:29. ~~~ – “:;:” from ~~:;:~~ (Absolute Trash Media, 2021)

32:42. RINGEX CLASSIC – Live @ Roblox Mall V.6.0 Apr 22nd 2020 (self-released, 2020)