Summer 2015

issue # 122

Sound notes

Andrew Staniland accelerates toward the next idea

composer as supercollider

IN 2013, NASA CONFIRMED THAT the  Voyager 1 probe had become the first manmade object to cross the heliopause, leaving the bounds of our solar system and entering interstellar space [...]

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Sarah Davachi flies into psychoacoustic space


One could say that Sarah Davachi’s drone-based music is all about meditative states, or texture, or duration. But more than anything else, it’s about balance—between the [...]

Read more » Alexander Varty »

The Avian is the Message

Songbirds have a secret language. This is something I did not fully appreciate until recently, when I became immersed in their world. What may be music to our ears is bird-speak—a mating [...]

Read more » Su Rynard »

The Unsung Songbooks of Dave Burrell


TO SAY THAT PIANIST, COMPOSER, AND—AT THIS POINT—JAZZ ELDER DAVE BURRELL WAS NOT made for these times is a bit of a shortsighted claim. Burrell is a jazz classicist preceded [...]

Read more » Kurt Gottschalk »


Allison Cameron’s Rarefied Soundworld


"I NEVER THOUGHT I WAS DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN ANYBODY ELSE—I just thought, I’m doing what anybody else would write,” states Allison Cameron, matter-of-factly. Anyone[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

Jay Crocker Navigates the Music of Obstacles

Planetary Music System

"THEY WERE EXPECTING TO HAVE A swinging kind of jazz party, but we were doing nothing of the sort that night.” Percussionist Chris Dadge is recalling a[...]

Read more » Andrew Patterson »

The Radical Transcriptions of sfSound


PERHAPS NO OTHER AMERICAN METROPOLIS is more associated with important countercultural movements than the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Beats of the 1950s and the hippies of[...]

Read more » Dan Joseph »