Sound Propositions

Episode 1: (PRESENCE, or ) A METAPHYSICS OF ABSENCE – with Resina & Lea Bertucci

An episode of Sound Propositions

By Joseph Sannicandro
Sound Propositions features conversations with artists exploring their creative practices and individual aesthetics, conceived of as a counter-narrative to a dominant trend in music journalism which fetishizes equipment and new technologies. This series tries to take the emphasis away from the ‘what’ and shine light on the ‘how’ and ‘why.’ Each episode combines interviews with music, field-recordings, and experimental sound design.

For fans of experimental music, field-recording, drone, electro-acoustic, ambient, modern composition, and other contemporary electronic music genres.
Episode 6: MUSIC SELDOM HEARD - with SEC_
Sound Propositions features conversations with artists exploring their creative practices and individual aesthetics, conceived of as a counter-narrative to a dominant trend in music journalism which fetishizes equipment and new technologies. This series tries to take the emphasis away from the ‘what’ and shine light on the ‘how’ and ‘why.’ Each episode combines interviews with music, field-recordings, and experimental sound design. MUSIC SELDOM HEARD explores the intersection of the production and dissemination of music, probing questions of media, form, and feedback from the perspective of a musician and organizer. Earlier this month I attended the final event of the third edition of the Napoli-based festival La Digestion, held at the incredible Maschio Angioino, a 13th century castle on the water front. This was also the first of three Musica Sanae events, exploring the intersection of sound and medicine in consecutive concerts in Napoli, Sokolowsko, and Berlin. This episode features a wide-ranging discussion with Mimmo Napolitano, one of the organizers behind La Digestion. As a musician, he produces challenging and dynamic sounds inspired by musique concrète and noise. Utilizing the Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape player together with no-input feedback and other sounds, SEC_ has cultivated a very singular approach to live performance. This episode brings together his work with music from just a few of the many exciting artists who Mimmo has helped to bring to Napoli over the last decade. Mixed in are live recordings made during Musica Sanae in Napoli, as well as field-recordings recorded around the city earlier in the year (mostly as a part of my [Useless Sounds] series). Headphone listening recommended. For fans of experimental music, field-recording, drone, electro-acoustic, ambient, modern composition, and other contemporary electronic music genres.
58:45
May 21, 2019
Episode 5: B SIDES - with Dinzu Artefacts
Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission statement as the written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth discussions with artists whose work we love, to delve into the details of their creative practice. This episode features Joe McKay, profiling his label Dinzu Artefacts. We talk about his previous label, Spring Break Tapes!, his own artistic practice (as Monte Burrows), the importance of listening to the quotidian, and the persistence of physical media in an increasingly digitally mediated world. Read more, including a tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com Cover image: still from Bill Fontana's "Arche Sonore" (1994)
1:03:14
May 3, 2019
Episode 4: GOING HOME AGAIN - with Forest Management
Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission  statement as the  written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth  discussions with  artists whose work we love, to delve into the details  of their  creative practice. This episode features John Daniel, a Chicago-based musician best known for his ambient solo project, Forest Management.  I caught up with him from his childhood home in Cleveland over the  holidays. We discuss his latest LP Passageways (inspired by his  childhood home), his influences, how his approach to music has changed,  his new imprint Afterhours, and the importance of place, space, and  community. Read more, including a tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com [Cover image, Gordon Matta-Clark, "Splitting" (1974)]
1:03:55
April 16, 2019
Episode 3: ROBOT, TEACH US TO GROOVE - with Efraín Rozas
Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission  statement as the written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth  discussions with artists whose work we love, to delve into the details  of their creative practice. This episode features Efraín Rozas,  Peruvian-born, Brooklyn-based performer/composer and robotics/software  developer interested in new paradigms of cognitive technologies and  mythologies. He leads the psychedelic salsa group La Mecánica Popular,  fusing groove-based Latin music with electronic and experimental  explorations. Rozas' Myth and Prosthesis series utilizes software  programming and robotics to produce sound installations and music,  utilizing Latin American influences and modern technology to uproot  Western concepts and mind/body duality. We discuss all these  projects and more, including the role of NYC in the history of Salsa,  and the future of electronic Latinx music to come. Read more, including a tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com
57:52
March 22, 2019
Episode 2: DANCING ON THE HYPHEN - with Phillip Johnston
Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission  statement as the written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth  discussions with artists whose work we love, to delve into the details  of their creative practice. This episode features saxophonist and  composer Phillip Johnston, known for his work with genre-bending jazz  ensemble The Microscopic Septet, the Beefheart tribute Fast 'N Bulbous,  and as the composer of silent film scores. Johnston moved to Australia  over a decade ago, but NYC still feels like his home turf. We were both  back in town last November for Thanksgiving, and we met to discuss  memory, music, media, the (not-so-silent) history of silent film, and his  long-association with the various music scenes of NYC. Special thanks to Phillip, Joyce, Steve, and Smalls. Read more, including a tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com
1:01:52
March 5, 2019
Episode 1: (PRESENCE, or ) A METAPHYSICS OF ABSENCE – with Resina & Lea Bertucci
Sound Propositions the podcast has the same mission statement as the written Sound Propositions features: to share in depth discussions with artists whose work we love, to delve into the details of their creative practice. The inaugural episode of our new podcast, Sound Propositions, features interviews (with Resina and Lea Bertucci) and field-recordings recorded during the 2018 UNSOUND festival in Krakow, Poland. (You can read my review of the festival here.) The theme of this year's festival was "Presence," and so that became the point of departure for my interviews, particularly the ways in which absences can also be felt as a "presence." Special thanks to Resina, Lea Bertucci, Ryan Diduck, Corey Bracken, and the entire Unsound team. Keywords: Experimental Music, Sound Art, Sound Design, Electro-acoustic, field-recordings, electronic music, modern composition, Ambient, Drone, Post-Rock.
1:01:36
February 12, 2019
Sound Propositions - Intro
The introduction to Sound Propositions, which changes slightly with each episode.
01:09
February 12, 2019
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