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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. 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.

joseph@acloserlisten.com
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Episode 17: BEFORE THE INTERNET - with Geng PTP
It’s been a tough year for New York. This episode we check in with Geng, the man behind one of our favorite labels, Purple Tape Pedigree, and see how these fine “purveyors of weaponized media and information” are handling the pandemic and the uprisings. With live performance no longer an option, the model of mutual support demonstrated by a crew like PTP is all the more important. Geng tells us about the history of PTP, the benefits of peer-support, community activism, and why it’s more important now than ever to understand hip hop as spiritual music.  Interview recorded between Montreal and Queens, May 2020 and January 2021 Produced and mixed in Montreal, February 2021 Read more at: http://acloserlisten.com/2021/02/19/sp-episode-17-before-the-internet-with-geng-ptp-podcast TRACKLIST ARTIST – “TITLE” (ALBUM, LABEL, YEAR) Milford Graves with Sunny Morgan ‎–  – “Nothing 19” (Percussion Ensemble, ESP Disk, 1965) INTRO Raekwon/RZA – “Ice Cream (instrumental)” (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Loud, 1995) Amani + King Vision Ultra – “An Unknown Infinite” (An Unknown Infinite, PTP, 2020) King Vision Ultra – “excerpts from B Side” (Pain of Mind, PTP, 2018) Amani + King Vision Ultra – “Guillotine” (An Unknown Infinite, PTP, 2020) Milford Graves, Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes – “(live excerpt)” (Angel Orensanz Center / Arts for Art – 4 Dec 2012) Geng – “Iron Man (Chopped _ Slowed by Geng)” (Screwing Yourself To Live: A Chopped & Slowed Tribute To Black Sabbath, PTP, 2012) YATTA – “Bliss” (WAHALA, PTP, 2019) Dis Fig – “Excerpt” (An Atypical Brain Damage, PTP, 2018) Moor Mother – “This Week (Feat. Geng)” (The Motionless Present, Fear Anger Love, 2017) King Vision Ultra – “Excerpt” (QUATTRO (death circus), PTP, 2020) Amani + King Vision Ultra – “Scrapes (Feat. ELUCID)” (An Unknown Infinite, PTP, 2020) Monie Love – “Monie in the Middle” (Live at the Apollo, 1990) Amani + King Vision Ultra – “Monie Said So (Prod. Nick Hakim)(Feat. Monie Love)” (An Unknown Infinite, PTP, 2020) Queen Latifah – “Ladies First (Feat. Monie Love)” (All Hail the Queen, Tommy Boy, 1989) Amani + King Vision Ultra – “Monie Said So (Prod. Nick Hakim)(Feat. Monie Love)” (An Unknown Infinite, PTP, 2020) Cannibal Ox – “Stress Rap (instrumental blend)” (The Cold Vein, DefJux, 2001) DREAMCRUSHER – Excerpt from B-side (Panopticon!, PTP, 2020) Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr – “Reflex and Bone Structure.” (Absent Personae, PTP, 2017) Mobb Deep – “[The Grave Prelude]/Cradle To The Grave (instrumental)” (The Infamous, Loud, 1995) billy woods – “Dirge (Feat. Vordul Mega)” (Camouflage, Backwoodz, 2003) Ennio Morricone – “Paura E Aggressione (Short Version)” (Crime And Dissonance, Ipecac, 2005) Bad Brains – “I Luv I Jah” (I Luv I Jah, Alternative Tentacles, 1982) Moor Mother & billy woods – “Giraffe Hunts” (BRASS, Backwoodz, 2020) Madvillain – “America’s Most Blunted (instrumental blend)” (Madvillainy, Stones Throw, 2004) Public Enemy – “Leave This Off Your Fuckin' Charts (instrumental)” (Fear of a Black Planet, Def Jam, 1990) Negativland – “A Nice Place To Live” (Points, Seeland, 1981) Brand Nubian – “Step to the Rear” (One For All, Elektra, 1990) RZA – “Banister Fight” (Kill Bill Vol. 1 OST, Maverick, 2003) Giuseppi Logan Quartet – Bleecker Partita (The Giuseppi Logan Quartet, ESP Disk, 1965) ---- Sound Propositions is written, recorded, mixed, and produced by Joseph Sannicandro.
58:24
February 18, 2021
Episode 16: FREEDOM TO DESTROY - with Esther B.
Esther Bourdages is an art critic, radio journalist, independent curator, and musician based in Montréal. She is an improviser of extraordinary sensitivity, bringing a playfulness to her tactile manipulation of vinyl records, sometimes outright mishandling them. This freedom to destroy is indicative of a resistance to structure and formalism, but Esther’s work can’t be easily dismissed as some sort of exercise in catharsis. Instead her approach to live improvisation is raw and expressive, and cultivated over decades of ongoing exploration. Much of her recent studio work is for radiophonic diffusion, often based on field-recordings and with a politicized context. We discuss her unique approach to vinyl, the history of Canadian artist-run centres, and the intersection of art and sound from multiple perspectives. Interview recorded in Montreal, October 2020 Produced and mixed in Montreal, January 2021 Read more at: http://acloserlisten.com/2021/01/21/sp-episode-16-freedom-to-destroy-with-esther-b-podcast/ TRACKLIST ARTIST – “TITLE” (ALBUM, LABEL, YEAR) Esther B. –Think about the rhythm (Audio Postcard, 2020) Esther B. - excerpt a  (live at Spiro Space, 2019)  Esther B. / Erik Hove / Thom Gossage - The Space between - 01 Exclusive piece_no1!(Particles, Contour Editions, 2021) [the user] (Emmanuel Madan and Thomas MacIntosh) - “Silo # 5” (Silophone, The Kitchen, 2001) Esther B. - excerpt b  (live at Spiro Space, 2019)  Luigi Turra / France Jobin – “France Jobin Variation” (Fukinsei VARIATIONS, 2020) Togetherness! – “Salaam/Looking for Gilchrist (Abdullah Ibrahim / William Parker)” (Togetherness!, Mr. E Records, 2018) Martin Tétreault ‎– “Abandon” (La Nuit Où J'Ai Dit Non, Audioview, 1997) Christian Marclay & Okkyung Lee – “Rubbings” (From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 7, Opax, 2005) Esther B.-  Silence film : quand l’audience devient la trame sonore 2016 Anne-F Jacques / Tim Olive – “Sur Place/Staying” (AMPLIFY 2020) Joane Hétu / Diane Labrosse / Zeena Parkins / Danielle P. Roger* / Tenko ‎–  “Les Pluies Acides” (La Légende De La Pluie, Ambiances Magnétiques, 1992) Esther B. (with Jon Ascencio, Aimé Dontigny, Édouard Jeunet, James Schidlowsky, David Turgeon) – “Untitled 4”  (It is not easy for doug engelbart to give a conference when Youppi and Mad Dog are in the house, No Type/Bricolodge, 2004) Jean Tinguely – “Homage to New York (Radio sculpture) / Sculpture at the Tate 12 / Mta harmonie II” (Sculpture at the Tate, Audio Arts, 1982) Esther B. - excerpt c  (live at Spiro Space, 2019)  Maria Chavez – “The Rain of Applause” (Amplify 2020) Cover image: Jean Tinguely
53:52
January 20, 2021
Music for Insurrection [bonus]
Dedicated to George Floyd .... I. every precinct an autozone II. a new world from the ashes of the old  III. fuck12  IV. minnesota nice V. this aint a riot  VI. 8'46"  ---- I lived in South Minneapolis for 4 years, most of that time in an apartment building on Chicago Avenue and 39th St, just a block from the intersection where police murdered George Floyd.  Music for Insurrection is a sound collage, blending field-recordings I made in South Minneapolis, livestream audio from the Uprising in May 2020, samples, and improvised instrumentation (flute, practice soprano sax, sampler, fx). Livestream samples from Unicorn Riot, friends' Instagram stories, and Youtube, including a sample of Mel Reeves speaking to protesters. Excerpt from Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower (1993) read by me. Big Floyd samples from DJ Screw. Any proceeds will be donated to South Minneapolis-based community charities, including a community library we have been supporting at the George Floyd Memorial Intersection. Purchase available PWYC at Bandcamp.  https://lostchildren.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-insurrection
59:49
December 4, 2020
Episode 15: EIDOLONS - with Kassel Jaeger
Kassel Jaeger, once little more than a mysterious German moniker producing captivating music for our favorite boutique labels, has since been revealed to be François J. Bonnet, composer, philosopher, and now director Ina-GRM, France’s legendary center for electroacoustic research. No longer shrouded in mystery, his prolific output has lost none of its power. In the last year he’s released some of the best records of his career, including collaborations with Jim O’Rourke and Stephen O’Malley. Having grown accustomed to hearing Bonnet’s voice as host ofFrance Musique’s L'Expérimentale, it was a trip to have the opportunity to sit down with him while he was in Montreal for 2019’s AKOUSMA festival. In this episode, Bonnet speaks with us about the development of his music, various acousmatic diffusion techniques, the privilege of composing for the acousmonium, and balancing the legacy of the GRM with the music to come. Interview recorded at Usine-C, Montreal, October 2019 Produced and mixed in Montreal, November 2020 More at www.acloserlisten.com
01:00:46
November 26, 2020
Episode 14: ISTANBUL EKSPRES mix [bonus]
This mix accompanies the LISTENING THROUGH MIMAROĞLU episode,  featuring director Serdar Kökçeoğlu discussing his work and the  Mimaroglu project in particular. I originally had in mind a second  episode with interviews with other musicians I met while in Istanbul,  but for a variety of reasons not everyone was comfortable speaking for  audio, or we were otherwise unable to find an opportunity to record. Of  course there are also linguistic barriers. Save polished corporate  aesthetics for the professionals, this podcast is more interested in  something else. So instead I present İSTANBUL EKSPRES, a bonus mix of  music from Istanbul artists old and new. You can also read my interview with Ipek Gorgun. at www.acloserlisten.com We  spoke about some of her favorite Anatolian psychedelic bands, among  other things. Since the 1990s, international music publications like the  Wire have become hip to Turkish rock from the 60s and 70s. Artists from  that era were often incorporating folk instruments from around the  region into a rock ensemble context. But that's just one facet of  Turkish musical heritage. Sample-based producers like Group Ses,  working in styles influenced by hip hop, trap, beat tapes, etc, make up a  vibrant scene of crate diggers, mining the rich history of Turkish (and  Ottoman) recordings. İSTANBUL EKSPRES is my attempt to share some  of this music. I don't claim any expertise, or pretense of exhaustive  knowledge, just wanted to share the music and voices of the amazing  artists I met in Istanbul. cover image: Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
01:09:44
November 9, 2020
Episode 14: LISTENING THROUGH MIMAROĞLU - with Serdar Kökçeoğlu
We sit down with director Serdar Kökçeoğlu in Istanbul to discuss the 2013 Gezi Park protests, how the sounds of the city have inspired his work as a film maker, and how composer İlhan Mimaroglu was inspired by the activism of his wife, Güngör. Kökçeoğlu has recently completed his first full-length feature film, Mimaroğlu. Going beyond a biography of Turkey’s most famous composer, the film explores İlhan and Güngör’s relationship and the cross-pollination between avant-garde music and radical politics. Plus an Istanbul scene report, a special mix, and an interview with Touch artist Ipek Gorgun. Read more at www.acloserlisten.com This episode is accompanied by the İSTANBUL EKSPRES [mix]
30:00
November 9, 2020
Episode 13: OUTSIDE THE BOX - with Die Schachtel
After a longer delay than intended, the Sound Propositions podcast is back. I’m very pleased to finally share this conversation with Bruno Stucchi, graphic designer and co-founder of the Die Schachtel label. Stucchi reflects upon the evolution of the label, the suppressed history of Italian experimental music, and the continued importance of big ideas. Die Schachtel is a partnership between Bruno Stucchi and Fabio Carboni, who met online in the peak of eBay record collecting, before Discogs and social media convinced us that there is nothing new under the sun. They exchanged records and, more importantly, they exchanged ideas, culminating in an ambitious excavation of the lost history of Italian experimentalism. The label debuted in 2003, and has since built a strong reputation for as their meticulous editions, unquestionably one of the guiding lights of the current flourishing of experimental music in Milan and Italy more broadly. Read more at www.soundpropositions.com https://www.patreon.com/soundpropositions
01:01:01
October 27, 2020
Episode 12: MAKING YOURSELF DISAPPEAR - with Alvin Curran
And now for the big finale. Alvin Curran has been at the forefront of challenging musical convention for over half a century. His work has pushed back against the institutional stranglehold on culture, encouraging anybody to make music, anywhere and with anybody. A dominant tendency in his oeuvre has been finding new ways to activate spaces and cultivate active listening and music making. His recent sound installation Omnia Flumina Romam Ducunt  serves as an entry point into a wide-ranging discussion encompassing many aspects of his long career. This episode features mainly compositions by Alvin Curran. A large portion is built upon binaural field-recordings made during the finissage of Omnia Flumina Romam Ducunt at the Terme di Caracalla, ancient Roman bathes which served as the location for this stunning work. Headphone listening recommended. 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.
01:24:25
October 7, 2019
Episode 11: RURAL FUTURISM - with Beatrice Ferrara & Leandro Pisano
The Liminaria festival ran for five editions between 2014 and 2018, culminating with a collateral event in Palermo as part of Manifesta 12.  Based in the rural micro-region of Fortore, the frontier between Campania, Molise, and Puglia, Liminaria offered residencies and public presentations in which visiting artists worked with local residents to apply sound art methodologies to the unique geographies of this territory. Curators Beatrice Ferrara and Leandro Pisano take this period to reflect upon the successes and challenges of working in the rural south of Italy with virtually no budget, the important solidarities between the south of Italy and the Global South, and their recently published "Manifesto of Rural Futurism." This episode features a selection of sound art and musical compositions which resulted from the five editions of Liminaria.  I visited the Fortore region which Leandro Pisano in 2017, during Philip Samartzis' residency in San Marco dei Cavoti. Included in the episode are field-recordings I made in San Marco, Baselice, and in transit.  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.
58:57
September 16, 2019
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.
55:28
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
01:05:12
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
01:01:52
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. 
01:15:01
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.
58:46
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)
01:03:14
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)]
01:03:56
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
01:01:52
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.
01:01:37
February 12, 2019
Sound Propositions - Intro
The introduction to Sound Propositions, which changes slightly with each episode.
01:09
February 12, 2019