pan y rosas release the octopus by lauren redhead!

Lauren Redhead is a composer, performer, and musicologist. As a composer she is interested in notation and materiality, increasingly using a combination of experimental approaches to the creation of scores and electronic materials, and improvisation, to realise her projects. As a performer of music for organ and electronics, Lauren works in a duet with Alistair Zaldua. Together they present works that focus on interactivity between the two instrument and invite new considerations of the organ in space, and of notation for their combination. In her writing about music, she focuses on the aesthetics and socio-semiotics of 20th and 21st Century musics.

the octopus is a digital opera that uses text, strings, winds, voice, piano, organ, and electronics to explore the changing aesthetics of the undersea from the imagined perspective of the octopus. While climate change narratives focus most frequently on data about temperature, population numbers, or the material composition of the atmosphere and ocean, this piece ‘listens’ to the environment in order to contemplate the subjective experience of wildlife of their subtly changing environment. It both considers the ‘alien’ nature of life under the ocean, and considers the equally alien nature of life above the ocean to its protagonist.

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pan y rosas release SPKY by Azunak!

Azunak is a project by Enrike Hurtado, who is part of the ixi-audio.net collective and currently teaches sound art at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. Enrike builds his own software to make music, sometimes exploring feedback and, in the Azunak project, to tear apart samples of popular music (frequently, but not exclusively, hardcore and extreme metal) to generate raw and minimalistic compositions.

SPKY is a soft and gently textured structure, constructed with layers of fragmented sound. The loops shift through a series of automatic generative cut-and-paste techniques. Moving through the source material, a degenerative process slowly unfolds. References to the sampled song dissolve and abstraction is embraced.

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pan y rosas release Wir brauchen angst. und schade by Helena Ford!

Helena Ford is a transgender artist from Chicago, IL that specializes in semimodular synthesis and feedback works; her work exists in the same lineage of Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, and Mira Martin-Grey in the sense of navigating avant-garde and experimental electronic music away from the Academy and to the people. Her most recent series, including her album Wir Brauchen Angst. Und Schade, explores transness in the form of no-input feedback mixing; she deftly produces sonic sculptures and art from the same principles of musique concrete and minimalism and uses them to showcase the experience of being a transgender woman in today’s society. Her common album themes include gender dysphoria, anxiety, passing, and other such topics and the length of her solo releases are meant to invoke the immense span of time that it takes to transition. Aside from her musical endeavors, Helena loves long walks, collecting field recordings, and playing with her cat.

Wir Brauchen Angst. Und Schade explores transness in the form of no-input feedback mixing; she deftly produces sonic sculptures and art from the same principles of musique concrete and minimalism and uses them to showcase the experience of being a transgender woman in today’s society.

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pan y rosas release intervisibility by nicolas tourney

Nicolas Tourney is a French experimental musician, sound designer, and owner of the label Snow in Water Records. His electronic works concern perception and act of listening, with the use of various strings, drones and noise-making devices.

On Intervisibility, Nicolas turns his musical research towards something more bare – the loneliness of the sound. Influenced by different forms (Japanese Gagaku, Tibetan ritual, Confucian music, Korean shamanism) the music offers an opening within listening, a work based on reception and non-action.

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pan y rosas release dual remix by ren walters and david tolley

Ren Walters is completing his phd at Melbourne University and facilitates the improvisation materials and free play classes at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. David Tolley was an integral member of Melbourne’s music community until his death in 2014.

Edited versions and blends of performances at a dance club and a home between 1997 and 1999. Hard disk recorder, a microphone, text, magazines, and scissors. An acoustic bass, an acoustic guitar, an electronic guitar. Projected images. Performances of performances. Folding over on itself.

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pan y rosas release anedition by ishmael ali, judith berkson, josh davidoff, and ben zucker!

Ishmael Ali is a cellist, guitarist, composer, and improviser based out of Chicago and New York. Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. Josh Davidoff is a Brooklyn-based composer and arts administrator. Ben Zucker is a performer-composer and multi-instrumentalist improviser, currently based in Chicago.

The four musicians came together in October of 2019 to document an edition of a cross coastal electroacoustic collaboration. Emissions. Ozone. Artifice. Tactful, inopportune nothing. Built with cello, synths, voice, clarinet, trumpet, electronics.

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pan y rosas release radiant drift by rachel devorah!

Rachel Devorah is a sonic artist and feminist technologist based in Boston. Her work seeks to reveal and reframe habits of autoecholocation (locating/situating one’s self with/in sound/space).

Pregnant in the winter of 2019 with the fetus who would become her daughter, Rachel made hydrophone recordings from her cervix periodically between viability and birth. radiant drift accounts for the relative motion of her daughter and Rachel in spacialized audio as they individuated in gestation. The literal hydrophone recordings are set in counterpoint against a poetic rendering in analog electronics.

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pan y rosas release home by orlando!

Orlando is a musician from Campina Grande, a country town in the state of Paraíba, Brazil. He has been involved with activities related to popular music since 1995 when he began his career as an upright bassist.

Home is a sonic bricolage that Orlando recorded between January and March 2020. He used fragments from his daily life, melodic texts, domestic sounds, and an upright bass to create improvised layers sewn into noisy textures. Orlando suggests you listen to this piece through headphones.

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pan y rosas release ALGIZ by Zorya and Brice Catherin!

Zorya is a duo of two women, Maria Sappho and Katie Oswell. As artists, activists, researchers, and makers of sounds, the duo looks to incorporate the real aspects of our existence with magic and the surreal. Zorya bring elements of ritual, the Divine Feminine and intuition to creative works that range from sonic, sculptural, and the absurd. Taking inspiration from folklore, astrology, and marginalised histories, the duo works to create new forms of metanarrative that reflect the real global enmeshment of human, nature, ecology and time. Passing comment and reflecting societal fractures, Zorya portends to a world with deeper connection to its nature, its uncanny, its unbelievable, and its feminine glory.

Brice Catherin is a multi-instrumental cellist, improviser, composer and art performer who organizes multidisciplinary shows and improvised concerts. Most of his recent projects explore the idea of democracy in art: the artists’ individual responsibilities and their place in the social group, as well as those of the members of the audience, are challenged and questioned.

Katie Oswell and Maria Sappho came to Huddersfield to premiere their Mushroom Opera at the monthly Noisebringers improvisation series. The day after, on December 17, 2019, they met with Brice Catherin to record some sounds. On ALGIZ they sing, play zither, gong, celeste, piano, flutes, a christmas tree, organ, and tubular bells.

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pan y rosas release de acá a cien años by mentolados durruti

Mentolados Durruti is an improvising trio from Buenos Aires.

Luis Conde, Luis Ianes and Carlos Vega improvised and recorded their album on March 3 of 2019. An attempt to recover narratives found in the archaeology of other music and other discussions. There is no fusion. There is an epic. Clarinets, saxophone, guitars, bass.

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