Spring 2020

issue # 136

Sound notes

music, interrupted

EDITOR'S NOTE, SPRING 2020

A barrage of media releases announcing the cancellation or postponement of concerts and festivals—in my hometown of Toronto, in music hubs across Canada and beyond—began hitting my [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

FET.NAT’s Post-Punk Palimpsests

THE ART OF LETTING GO

Around twenty years ago, a post-punk revival was supposedly upon us. Reissue compilations proliferated alongside a crop of new artists who audibly drew from the genre’s heyday. Where punk- [...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

The Many Trajectories of Erin Rogers

STYLISTIC MAPS

Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan are facing each other on the stage of Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge in late February of 2020, a small table of gear between them. They take turns [...]

Read more » Kurt Gottschalk »

Backxwash—The Healing Music of Productive Rage

If you want to win over rapper and producer Backxwash (Ashanti Mutinta), start a conversation with her by talking about the outlier sounds of American rapper–producers Missy Elliot and [...]

Read more » Chaka V. Grier »

Alex Buck’s Screaming Trees

First-place winner, Musicworks 2019 Electronic Music Composition Contest

Convergence is often the magical force in the creative process that leads to an ear-catching work. Two or more seemingly disparate elements meet in the imagination of an artist who unites them [...]

Read more » Jennie Punter »

Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand Ignites the Rhythm of the People

Blackfoot Confederacy member Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand is the founder and executive artistic director of Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM), a collective that supports Indigenous musicians [...]

Read more » Kyra Kordoski »

Features

What's Inside Musicworks 136?

SONGS FROM THE IN-BETWEEN

The Spring 2020 issue is a one-stop, one-of-a-kind sonic journey. Most of the stories were assigned, written, and edited before the lockdown, due to the global COVID-19 health crisis, took hold.[...]

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Anthony Pateras: Sonic Phenomena in Real Time

The music of Anthony Pateras covers vast expanses of composition and improvisation, of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, and combinations of these. He is also a virtuosic pianist. Between[...]

Read more » René van Peer »

Neither Here Nor There: Musical Identity in the Global Flow

APRIL ALIERMO AND LIEKE VAN DER VOORT MAKE SONGS FROM THE IN-BETWEEN

It is impossible to stand still nowadays in the face of worldwide security concerns. With climate change, wars, oppressive political climates, and alarming epidemics, the ability[...]

Read more » Juro Kim Feliz »

The Audible Connections of Xuan Ye

THE MEDIUM IS THE MUSIC

On Xuan Ye’s website, layers of text, symbols, and images float across the home page like something halfway between poetry and code. The site is an ever-changing digital[...]

Read more » Sara Constant »