With everyone holed up at home, the sonic character of our cities and neighborhoods seems to be constantly shifting underfoot.
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April 6, 2020 Since self-isolating, writer Ruth Saxelby is noticing sounds sticking out where they used to blend and music doing some surprising work amidst the hush.
February 20, 2020 Distortion is familiar to most of us — a 'staticky noise,' a 'noisy static.' But in the right hands, its uses can bloom and its rigid contours soften.
October 10, 2019 The meaning of a place can change based on tiny shifts in perspective, by returning to a location after time away or by digging into the dirt underfoot. Can music bring these layers together?
July 9, 2019 Club music is often grounded in bass and rhythm, but electronic and dance songs that feature wind instruments explore innovation as well as connections with histories of jazz and indigenous music.
April 23, 2019 As the work of many experimental and pop musicians shows, sounds made by a body that don't cohere into recognizable language can still have emotional clarity.
March 7, 2019 A handful of recent experimental albums reach beyond our material world, turning away from familiar "cosmic" tropes, toward explorations of the elemental, the divine and the unknown.
Karin Dreijer performs on stage at Motel Mozaique Festival in the Netherlands in 2009.
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September 4, 2018 With a slippery face and a thousand voices, the Swedish artist uses their music in Fever Ray and The Knife to pull into frame what society would prefer stay hidden.