Spring 2014

issue # 118

Sound notes

Quatuor Bozzini

inspires recipes for radical art

Quatuor Bozzini is poetry, sweat, talent, idealism, determination, love, survival, fate, and a wonderful wild dance with the spirits. For fifteen years, the Montreal ensemble has steadfastly [...]

Read more » Richard Simas »

Margaret Noble's Safer Is Better

First-place winner of the Musicworks 2013 Electronic Music Composition Contest

  With an underground club DJ’s flair for performance and a conceptual artist’s commitment to the rigorous investigation of ideas, San Diego interdisciplinary artist [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

The Blessed Riders of Streetcars in Vienna

First-place winner of Musicworks’ 2013 "Sonic Geography" Writing Contest

Streetcars in Vienna are blessedly quiet. The machines—brand new, high-tech plastic platforms—announce themselves on approach with only a slight electric hum. I now react to their [...]

Read more » Caitlin Smith »

Music from the New Wilderness

Songs in the key of geography

What can sound tell us about a place? Listen to British Columbia, and it might sound something like Music from the New Wilderness, a multimedia performance work that conjures B.C.’s past [...]

Read more » Nancy Lanthier »

Healing Power Records Hits Toronto With a Sonic Balm

The last place you’d expect to hear a comprehensive showcase of a modern experimental music community is on a dance mix. But with Heart of Toronto, a 2013 CD and download compilation, [...]

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Features

Tanya Tagaq Grabs The World By The Throat

Watching Tanya Tagaq perform is more than just an auditory and visual experience: it’s physical. As the Nunavut-born, Manitoba-based throat singer moves around a stage, she unleashes something[...]

Read more » Mary Dickie »

Victor Gama builds a brave new soundworld

Wherever Victor Gama plays, you can be sure clusters of people will be jostling to percuss the upturned metal bowls of his tipaw (so called because the surface of the instrument looks like the[...]

Read more » Louise Gray »

Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain

AMPLIFIES THE HUMAN CONDITION

Jump into an early version of Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain, and you land in dark and turbulent, almost infernal terrain. Sounds are dense and blur into one another: trumpet[...]

Read more » Stuart Broomer »

Mark Molnar’s alternative trajectories

(excerpt from "Outside the Chamber: Sean McCann, Mark Molnar and Jonathan Pfeffer Play by their Own Rules"

Harrowingly unbridled and unpredictable, yet blatantly meticulous in their construction, Mark Molnar’s compositions frequently emerge as rugged tangles of bowed-string sonorities. Even though[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

Visions of sound

John Preus' Slow Sound

Ballads from a Bedpost

On a brisk fall afternoon in October, about two dozen people hunkered down in the intimate main room of Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. They watched some of the city’s more [...]

Read more » Peter Margasak »