Spring/Summer 2021

issue # 139

Sound notes

Ashley Au Is Stretching Out


Most music fans in Winnipeg have seen plenty of Ashley Au playing bass in recent years in a wide range of idioms—Americana, hip-hop, jazz, and sludge metal. Pausing to tally current [...]

Read more » Daniel Emberg »

Scrap Arts Music: Dr. Seuss meets steampunk


Scrap Arts Music is a joyous collision of creativity, experimental sound, and energetic movement, with percussion pieces performed on reborn hunks of junk. It’s challenging to describe [...]

Read more » Linda Barnard »

Sounds of an Unfolding Emergency


“we have no power or wifi/internet”                        [...]

Read more » Monica Pearce »

Silent Season: Intrinsically Connected to Nature

While living in Union Bay in 2007, Jamie McCue spent his downtime hiking, camping, and fishing in Vancouver Island’s abundant forests and rivers. Deeply moved by the symphonic rhythms of [...]

Read more » Leslie Ken Chu »

David Psutka Augments Creative Spaces


In 2019, David Psutka was approached by Karen Vanderborght to compose the soundtrack for her augmented reality documentary Grey Matter AR, which she had started developing a few years earlier [...]

Read more » Max Mertens »

James Goddard Makes Brave New Spaces


“Recorded music these days is like an inversion of the old-time medicine show—you know, those people who would go from town to town and put on this big carnival performance to [...]

Read more » Peggy Hogan »


What's Inside Musicworks 139?



ON THE COVER: Evensong (2018) by Lou Sheppard, who recently made the 2021 long list for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. Congratulations Lou!

This issue contains a[...]

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Cold Wave

Circumpolar artists Matthew Burtner, Paul Walde, Jana Winderen, and Terje Isungset bear sonic witness to Arctic warming.

A sad-looking polar bear drifts on a shrinking ice sheet in a vast, deep-blue sea under a bright, blue sky. Scenes like this have long been used to illustrate[...]

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Shifting the Narrative

Tanya Kalmanovitch's Tar Sands Songbook and the podcast Future Ecologies use music and storytelling to create safe spaces for urgent environmental discourse.

The time for postponing discussions of environmental issues is over. This is the main thrust of two music-and-sound-powered documentary projects, both of which aim to encourage[...]

Read more » Jesse Locke »

Listening Conditions

In separate interviews, Raven Chacon and Lou Sheppard talk about their unique artistic practices and what it means to listen during urgent times.

We tend to think of an emergency as something sudden—the kind of jarring, life-and-death situation that leaps out at us with abrupt urgency. And when we think about what an[...]

Read more » Sara Constant »


Désolee. Enter Here.

Craft Singles (cassette)

Read more » Brennan McCracken »

Wormwood. My Two Minds Become Air.

Time Release Sound (TRS093)

Read more » Griffin Martell »

The Underflow. Instant Opaque Evening.

Drag City

Read more » Kurt Newman »

Scott Thomson. Pal o’Alto.

Ambiances Magnétiques (AM 261)

Read more » Stuart Broomer »

Walter Smetak. Smetak & Interregno.

Buh Records

Read more » Neil Leonard »

claire rousay. A Softer Focus.

American Dreams Records

Read more » Nick Storring »

Ocelot. Ocelot.

577 Records (5859)

Read more » Ken Waxman »

Naoto Kawate. Three Guitar Tunes.


Read more » Kurt Newman »

Insides. Soft Bonds.

Further Distractions (FD01)

Read more » Nick Storring »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor. G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

Constellation (CST156)

Read more » Daniel Glassman »

Dániel Péter Biró. Mishpatim (Laws).

NEOS (NEOS 11919-20)

Read more » Jonathan Goldman »

Endlings. Human Form.

Whited Sepulchre.

Read more » Nick Storring »

Joseph Shabason. The Fellowship.

Telephone Explosion.

Read more » Tom Beedham »

Lara Solnicki. The One and The Other.

Outside in Music, OiM 2113.

Read more » Tova Kardonne »

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Theory of Ice.

You’ve Changed Records, YC-048.

Read more » Mary Dickie »

Future Perfect. Drone On.

Kapha Selections, KS05.

Read more » Griffin Martell »

Taylor Brook / TAK Ensemble. Star Maker Fragments.

TAK Editions, TAKe003.

Read more » Kurt Gottschalk »

Colin Fisher. Reflections of the Invisible World.

Halocline Trance, HTRA017.

Read more » Brennan McCracken »

Meredith Bates. If Not Now.


Read more » Mary Dickie »