Audio interviews are much too rare these days considering how practical they are for people who drive, take the subway or can work with their headphones on. The extensive one run by The Collective Podcast with Ben Lukas Boysen (a.k.a Hecq) is therefore a very welcome one, and though we wish the audio was a little bit clearer, we strongly recommend everybody to click play below (or here) and listen to Ben talking about his music, his past, his productions and life in general.
We are not the only ones impressed by the ideas and craftmanship behing Stavros Gasparatos's "Expanded Piano" performances and artwork. Ableton (well known for their Ableton Live software) has published today an article about this artist, his place in a series of musicians innovating what can be done with the piano as musical instruments, and the techniques he used to record his brand new album.
We are proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Stavros Gasparatos's second Ad Noiseam album, "Expanded Piano" (adn186). Following "Seven" (adn170, 2013), the new album by this Greek composer was recorded in 2014 at the EMPAC hall in Troy, NY and is the fruit of a study of the concept of the piano as a musical instrument.
With the release of Stavros Gasparatos's "Expanded Piano" album drawing very near (it is coming out this Friday, and pre-orders are now being shipped), we are proud to present you a video of this artist performing this piece at the prestigious Athens Festival's Megaron Concert Hall, last June.
The "Expanded Piano" album was recorded (in all its 24 channels glory) at the EMPAC hall of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, but this performance is meant to be repeated and presented to audiences worldwide. The video below documents this piece's second live execution, which took place a couple of months ago in Stavros Gasparatos's native Athens.
We are thankful to the Athens Festival team for the efforts they put into inviting Stavros Gasparatos and enabling him to perform in such excellent conditions. We strongly recommend you to dim the light, enjoy this great video, and spread the word about it.
Freebie, but this week not on a Friday: Monolog is celebrating a new milestone in his Facebook follower-count by giving away a new, free track. Hard, sharp and fast, the "Drawing Lines" he just offered us are reminiscent of his "2 Dots Left" Ad Noiseam debut, and the rumor has it that they might also appear on a forthcoming (longer) Monolog release.
Click here or below to listen to Monolog's "Drawing Lines" and, of course, go and support this artist on Facebook as well.
We've putting the finishing touches to the artwork at the moment, and will therefore use at the moment a photo of this album's test pressing to announce Swarm Intelligence's forthcoming sequel to his 2014 Ad Noiseam debut "Faction" (adn183):
Friday Freebie: this week's Ad Noiseam free extra is double, very fresh, and unequal in its part. Both Monolog and Swarm Intelligence (among many other people) played at the 2015 edition of Freqs Of Nature, a yearly festival taking place outside of Berlin every July. Both recorded their sets and both have made them (or part of them available) for us all to enjoy, and you can listen to both below.
Even though both Monolog's album on Ad Noiseam so far have been of either the furious or the heavy kind, our favorite Berlin-based Dane is no stranger to calmer and glitchier sounds, as demonstrated in his past discography. He underlined this part of his art recently playing a live gig alongside Subheim in German capital, drowning an art gallery in semi-improvised soundscapes and dark atmospheres.
A recording of this show has been made available through the French magazine SeekSickSound. This new podcast can be listened to below or with the accompanying article (in French) over there. Click here to download this set.