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.

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Episode 10: EXPLAINED SOUNDS - with Raffaele Pezzella
Many of our readers responded enthusiastically to the Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese music compiled by the Unexplained Sounds Group in 2018. Earlier this year, I reached out to label founder Raffaele Pezzella (Sonolygyst) to discuss his label, his radio show, his solo work, and why he keeps digging for unheard artists. We had a great chat, discussing his interest in dark ambient, conspiracy theories, and the technical pursuit of sound. I am also really into this playlist, if I don't say so myself. (You can hear the mix without the interview and vocal fades if you support this project on our Patreon.) Find more, including tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com. Sound   Propositions should be available wherever you get your podcasts, so   please keep an eye out and subscribe (and rate and review, it helps   others who might be interested find us).  New episodes will be  published  every two weeks (more or less). You can support Sound  Propositions on Patreon  if you are so inclined (and since today is my birthday, I’d be extra   grateful for the support). One of the rewards for supporting the  podcast  in this way is access to vocal-free versions of the episodes,   that is,  more traditional mixes, as well as other benefits for higher  tiers of  support, including custom made mixes, soundscapes, and  collages.
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August 29, 2019
Episode 9: WHO CARES IF YOU DEEP LISTEN? - with Longform Editions
Andrew Khedoori of the Preservation label talks about his latest series, Longform Editions, featuring compositions designed to encourage deep listening. Very much organized against the prevailing streaming ecosystem which encourages short tracks and distracted listening, Longform Editions has released 32 works and counting. The interview is set entirely against selection from the series, often playing out for much longer than I usually would give a single track. The final selection is the sole exception, a meditative piece from Deep Magic released on Preservation. Longform Editions isn't necessarily interested in being overly prescriptive, dictating how we should or should not listen. Khedoori never makes a moral argument that things should be one way or another. But for those who feel increasingly overwhelmed and are looking for an escape, subscribe to the Longform series for your regular dose of music that encourages deep listening. Sound  Propositions should be available wherever you get your podcasts, so  please keep an eye out and subscribe (and rate and review, it helps  others who might be interested find us).  New episodes will be published  every two weeks (more or less). You can support Sound Propositions on Patreon  if you are so inclined (and since today is my birthday, I’d be extra  grateful for the support). One of the rewards for supporting the podcast  in this way is access to vocal-free versions of the episodes,  that is,  more traditional mixes, as well as other benefits for higher tiers of  support, including custom made mixes, soundscapes, and collages. Read more, including tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com
1:05:12
August 8, 2019
Episode 8: GREYFADED - with Joseph Branciforte (& Theo Bleckmann)
Greyfade is a New York based label founded by Joseph Branciforte, dedicated to releasing high-quality physical and digital album length works of art. Greyfade's inaugural release is the aptly titled LP1, a collaboration between Branciforte and the acclaimed vocalist Theo Bleckmann. In this episode, Branciforte discusses why Greyfade is emphasizing HQ downloads via their own web store and eschewing streaming services, why he regards launching a label as an extension of composition, collaborating with Theo Bleckmann, and working with max/msp as a performative tool. For fans of improvised music, lush textures, heavenly vocal harmonies, sub-bass frequencies, electroacoustic experimentation, and ambient excursions.  Sound Propositions should be available wherever you get your podcasts, so please keep an eye out and subscribe (and rate and review, it helps others who might be interested find us).  New episodes will be published every two weeks (more or less). You can support Sound Propositions on Patreon if you are so inclined (and since today is my birthday, I’d be extra grateful for the support). One of the rewards for supporting the podcast in this way is access to vocal-free versions of the episodes,  that is, more traditional mixes, as well as other benefits for higher tiers of support, including custom made mixes, soundscapes, and collages. Read more, including tracklist, at www.acloserlisten.com
1:01:52
July 18, 2019
Episode 7: IN THE SOUTH - with Mai Mai Mai
This episode features a deep conversation with Toni Cutrone (best known as Mai Mai Mai) delving into all the various facets of his career. On the occasion of the release of his latest LP, Nel Sud, we met to discuss his southern Italian and Mediterranean roots, the rediscovery of Italian music from the 70s, and the difficulties (and joys) of running clubs and a cultural association in Italy's capital. Cutrone draws an implicit link between the same eclecticism that is on display in the Roma Est neighborhood he calls home with the ancient links of circulation which unite diverse Mediterranean identities.   Nel Sud departs from where his Mediterranean Trilogy left off, exploring "the interrelation between pagan rituals and Catholicism, lives shaped by arduous labour and working-class dignity, the fragility of man subdued by nature, divinity and magic." It stands as his most ambitious, and best, album yet and shouldn't be missed. Amidst rising nationalism and right-wing populism, a work such as this all the more necessary: rather than solidifying a false standard of "purity" or advocating a fantasy of blood and soil, Nel Sud de-centers the received narratives, pointing to a long history of exchange and hybridization, of liminal spaces and fluid boundaries, of interlinked histories which cannot be contained by static understandings of identity. The music included here, much of which comes from Cutrone's various projects and those of his collaborators, reflects this diversity, and while it tends, ultimately, towards a rather bleak picture (juxtaposing the ruins of past empires with the contemporary ruins of decadent consumerist society) there is nonetheless something I find hopeful. In excavating the past in this way, perhaps we can ignite new imaginaries and new futures. Read more, including tracklist at www.acloserlisten.com 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. Headphone listening recommended. Cover Image a panel from Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore's Ranx a New York. 
1:15:01
June 17, 2019
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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