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Laurel Halo’s lockdown listening: ‘There’s this element of human touch’

Delivered... Interview by Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 5:14 pm

The electronic musician picks intimate and comforting music to get you through the coronavirus pandemic

I was joking recently that electronic musicians have been self-isolating for years, so we are practiced at this. All my gigs were cancelled, and so time takes on a different quality. There’s something about all of this music I’m listening to that speaks to us slowing down – that speaks to this vacuum of urgency. It’s peaceful, serene, disembodied music to kind of get lost in.

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Meet Sedef Adasi, the Hometown Hero Queering Bavaria’s Club Scene

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 4:02 pm

This Saturday, join us for a virtual excursion into the lush grounds of Augsburg’s Botanical Gardens for a 6-hour takeover by Sedef Adasi’s Habibi FM crew, featuring City Club residents and friends. Tune in from 2 pm CEST via our Facebook channel. London’s Printworks boasts a gargantuan long LED screen that sends flashing lights across the 10,600 sq. m venue, but Sedef Adasi’s smile shines...

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Wander an indie game gallery, play in dystopian pixelated worlds, free online

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 3:28 pm

A free browser tool has created pixelated universes from games to zines – and a Pittsburgh gallery is celebrating with a show you can visit from your browser.

Games in the exhibition by Sophie Houlden, Cecile Richard, porpentine charity heartscape, Withering Systems, Pol Clarissou, and Cephalopodunk.

It’s the perfect zen for self isolation – take the WASD keys of your keyboard, and roam through a simulated art gallery and poetic and sometimes tragically beautiful game inventions. LIKELIKE is normally a physical space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, devoted to game as art – “strictly non-commercial, artist-run … without nostalgia and commodification of play.”

I’ll forgive you a bit of nostalgia. either for early arcade media or, as you enter this virtual gallery with a virtual dog in the backyard, for the days of yore when we could be in the same room with other humans. The virtual opening was on Friday, but maybe some CDMers will meet in this space in the next hours; there’s some chat capability. I’ll leave that window open on my machine.

Join in:

https://likelike.glitch.me/?room=likelike

In any event, you don’t want to miss the titles they’ve curated – or the world of possibilities this free game engine has opened up, generally.

Self isolation. The day is 2.

You can find more of these creations at itch.io – an free, artist-friendly game platform for distributing (and earning money from) independent games:

https://itch.io/games/made-with-bitsy

You also may want to check out Bitsy itself. Built in HTML5 by developer Adam Le Deoux, it’s a 2D game world editor made for interactive fiction and role playing. Since it runs in-browser and since the 2D adventure style supports text, that makes it open both to interacting with other users and to distributing words in non-linear narratives.

https://ledoux.itch.io/bitsy

http://ledoux.io/bitsy/editor.html

And that makes it one of a number of counterpoints to the kind of platforms we’ve seen lately. These weeks are at first dominated by the kind of tech that has algae-bloomed all over the Internet – venture-backed corporate mega-platforms with little privacy concerns and a lot of vulnerability to hackers and bad actors. (So yeah, we’ve got the harassment and privacy disaster that is Zoom, and the re-emergence of the harassment and privacy disaster we’ve already been living with that is Facebook.)

Well, Bitsy sure isn’t that – it’s weird, quirky, free, indie, HTML5-dressed-up graphics that throw back to early Atari pixel art. But in that cosy little neighborhood, you find wonderful things. And it’s just as ready-made for quick interaction and construction.

Anyway, I say – THE MACHINE IS GOOD! TRUST IN THE MACHINE!

(A ton of additional games are available from Sophie Houldon, too.)

LIKELIKE ONLINE PRESENTS: AN ITSY BITSY CRISIS

LIKELIKE for its part is the creation of Paolo Pedercini, Tenley Schmida, and Heather Kelley – Heather I even got to collaborate with at one point on the GAMMA experimental game project she was part of. This whole scene is a rabbit hole of great thinkers.

Cover image: World of Bitsy by Mark Wonnacott.

Hat tip – Adi Robertson at The Verge.

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Get Asymmetric with a ton of back-catalog Inigo Kennedy downloads, free

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 10:36 am

Another world, another time, in the age of … well, back when MP3 encoding still seemed like a pretty neat idea. Discover years of back-catalog goodies from Inigo Kennedy, and have a dreamy asymmetrical day.

Thanks to the amazing Kevin Kennedy aka FBK for the find – and, seriously, you should use the money you saved here to grab FBK’s latest on Bandcamp.

But Inigo Kennedy’s full spectrum of delicious production, introspective tunes, and easy-flowing odd-phrased grooves and frenetic futuristic machine creations produce just the kind of reveries a lot of us could use right now. I’m just beyond happy to have found this. And yeah, I’m enough of a fan that I went in with DownThemAll so … before you all hammer the server here, if you’re that sort of person, contact me.

I hope this gets more people into Inigo’s music / stick him into an envelope that says “open for booking contact when social distancing is over.”

You can pencil drop the collection – for instance, I just blindly queued up this beautiful track. “A Rune for Amelie”:

http://www.asymmetric.co.uk/mp3/Inigo_Kennedy_ASY_MP3_011_Beyond_Foundations_03_A_Rune_For_Amelie.mp3

Or speaking of “entertaining accidents,” – here’s “Entertaining Accidents.” (Again, picked at random.)

http://www.asymmetric.co.uk/mp3/Inigo_Kennedy_ASY_MP3_004_Entertaining_Accidents_03.mp3

Of course, I got just as much of a kick reading the vintage 2004 press release launching the platform. Ah, those innocent days. Of course, in 2004 they would have been really grateful that today we have moved beyond primitive 192k MP3 to … ugh, actually, yeah, we’re all streaming worse quality stuff over dodgy Bluetooth connections. 2004, we’re really sorry. Also, you’ll be surprised to … actually, just don’t ask. About a bunch of things.

Asymmetric|MP3 001 – In Parallel – 5th January 2004

Inigo Kennedy announces the launch of Asymmetric|MP3 – a new project to take advantage of the freedom of electronic distribution and make available MP3 releases of his distinctive music.

Free MP3 releases will regularly be made available via the Asymmetric website at www.asymmetric.co.uk

The title of the first release is In Parallel and this outlines the aims of the Asymmetric|MP3 project. The MP3 releases do not substitute for the vinyl or CD releases but will run alongside as both projects should inspire, support, strengthen and reinforce one and other. The MP3 releases are planned to perhaps introduce different ideas and may, in the future, also include alternative versions of tracks that have been or will be released on vinyl or CD.

The first release In Parallel consists of four new tracks. All of which touch on, and build upon, the distinctive elements that have made Asymmetric releases stand out in the past.

The MP3s will be encoded using LAME at an average bit rate of 192Kb/s in full stereo mode. Alternative versions will not be made available. The aim is to release MP3s of high quality to do justice to the music rather than compromise for the sake of small file size. The quality of the MP3s as they are released should be sufficient to sound good on anything from headphones to a large sound system via Final Scratch, etc.

(Final Scratch was the pioneering digital vinyl control system that helped lead to … uh, just ask your grandparents, kids.)

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Features | The Lead Review | Where Is The Love? The Strokes’ The New Abnormal Reviewed – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 8:00 am
Features | The Lead Review | Where Is The Love? The Strokes' The New Abnormal Reviewed  The Quietus

News | Radiohead To Share Live Sets During COVID-19 Lockdown – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 8:00 am
News | Radiohead To Share Live Sets During COVID-19 Lockdown  The Quietus

Pairing mode: music to listen to right now – a new series

Delivered... David Abravanel | Labels,Scene | Thu 9 Apr 2020 12:54 am

Ed.: Pairing mode is a new series focused on music to which we feel connection – mostly new, some back catalogs, all stuff we’re listening to. And maybe that’s the most essential way to approach music, finding what excites us. Resident music editor David Abravanel launches his new column.

Interested in getting covered? Promos can be sent to david[at]dhla[dot]me, or hit up David on twitter at @dabravanel

Quiet no more: cLOUDDEAD reissues

About a decade before the likes of Clams Casino, A$AP Rocky, and Lil B made Cloud Rap into a genre with major-label appeal, Oakland’s cLOUDDEAD were forging an experimental hip-hop path that was so cloudy it literally featured “cloud” in the name and clouds on the cover of a self-titled compilation of early EPs.

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cLOUDDEAD – none more cloudy

Consisting of Why?, DoseOne, and Odd Nosdam, all of whom would later go on to solo success, cLOUDDEAD was a seminal moment for the late-90s/early-00s “undie” hip-hop sound. A series of EP releases featured side-long tracks that collaged together stream-of-consciousness raps, lo-fi drone beats, and the occasional bizarre skit. Predating Burial’s track collages and the lo-fi/chill beats explosion, this was noncommercial music for the time, but sounds like the kind of thing that could easily have taken off towards wider appeal in the SoundCloud/Spotify/Bandcamp era.

cLOUDDEAD – “The Sound of a Handshake”

And there’s a lot to listen to from cLOUDDEAD, on top of everything. With a self-titled compilation of early EPs (2000), the album, Ten (2003), a couple Peel sessions and an EP which featured career highlight “The Sound Of A Handshake”, it’s hard to know exactly where to start. For beginners, Ten is a pretty consistent listen – and its single, “Dead Dogs Two”, featured a rare Boards of Canada remix (Odd Nosdam later returned the favor, remixing “Dayvan Cowboy” in 2006).

cLOUDDEAD – “Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canada Remix)”

The new remastering from Daddy Kev brings things to a better general level while respecting the extremely lo-fi origins of some of this material. Dig in and surf some clouds.

The Sound of metal

For decades, Electric Indigo aka Susanne Kirchmayr has explored the experimental nooks and crannies of techno and its adjacent microgenres. Following 2018’s 5 1 1 5 9 3, a granular-heavy album on Robert Henke’s Imbalance Computer Music, Kirchmayr moves to another impressive imprint, Editions Mego, for 2020’s Ferrum. Inspired by the sounds of metal (“ferrum” is the chemical name for iron), Ferrum sounds appropriately clangy, exploring digital synthesis and the metallic tones is enables.

While the album’s first two 10+ minute pieces focus more on evolving and immersing sounds (this is a headphone album par excellence), Kirchmayr’s affinity for and roots in techno come through on pounding numbers like “Ferrum 5” and “Ferrum 7”. 

Ed. I fell in love with this material when I first heard her live set associated with the releaseI think that may even have been the last time I was out in Berlin before the lockdowns, at about blank. Anyway, point of this story – this work is equally engaging live. If you’re thinking of whom to book in 2021…

A welcome return from Windy and Carl

Isolation lends itself well to drone music, and Detroit’s Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren are two of the best ever to do it. Eight years after their last album, new LP Allegiance and Conviction on Kranky is another winner full of the duo’s trademark heavenly guitar, bass, and organ soundscapes. Windy Weber’s singing, previously used on other albums as a sparing treat, is a more frequent feature this time around – and adds an extra emotional punch to the sonic tapestry. 

If we’re going to continue the navel-gazing narrative around “ambient” as a buzz term, we can pause and show some respect for truly classic artists who have advanced ambient music, and continue to provide engulfing and beautiful post-rock experiences with deceptively simple guitar and bass lines.

Iheartnoise hearts space rock

Having followed the label Iheartnoise for a while, I’m hard-pressed to pinpoint their specialty, other than perhaps “all that is outside the norm”. There’s label stalwart Petridisch’s plunderphonic collages (including a forthcoming MiniDisc exclusive release – take that, cassette fetish culture), and in another corner there’s the slow psychedelia of Skyjelly and Solilians, two acts whose split release forms Iheartnoise’s first-ever vinyl release.

Skyjelly’s side reminds me of back when Animal Collective was a bit more disjointed and noisy, while Solilians self-described “tireless Jewish space rock” sounds somewhere between a bootleg of Seefeel on “Gowron Breaths” and drone rockers Loop on the live “Planet”.

Until next time, you can tell David what you think of his opinions on Twitter.

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