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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow + Oren Ambarchi – Cat’s Squirrel (2013) album review

Two titans of noise come together to find the sweet spot between noise, ambient, and drone on Cat’s Squirrel. As we so often say here on Merzbow Monday, the act … Continue reading

January 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Techno Tuesday: occurian – live ep [HTX096]

On HTX096, Portland’s occurian reminds us how inspired live electronic music can be. Electronic music has a tendency to bring to mind the cold, calculated, nearly-clinical clean room hermeticism, especially … Continue reading

January 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Markus Guentner – Extropy (A Strangely Isolated Place) album review

Markus Guentner rounds out his ambient science fiction trilogy for A Strangely Isolated Place with a dose of much-needed optimism on Extropy. Imagine, if you will… you are in a … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tape Tuesday: The Voice of Saturn – Gratitude (WF35)

It’s all about the little things on Travis Thatcher’s most recent synth-driven odyssey for Woodford Halse! Let’s be real… for the most part the last almost 2 years have been … Continue reading

August 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Shortwave Symphonies: Rupert Lally – Hidden Transmissions Vol. 1 (Woodford Halse) cassette review

On his first release for Woodford Halse, Swiss composer/electronic musician/multi-instrumentalist Rupert Hally recreates a lost radio transmission. It’s a reminder of the thrill of curiosity and musical discovery. The internet … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ryan Garbes – Tabbed View (Moon Glyph) album review

On his first solo album in 7 years, Wet Hair/Raccoo-oo -oon noisemonger Ryan Garbes returns with his most immediate, vibrant album to date. As part of some of the most … Continue reading

November 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Electroacoustic Alchemy: Charlotte Law – Ice Since Fire tape review (Linear Obsessional)

Electric guitars become tidal pools, walls of fog, delicate latticeworks of frost and ice on Ice Since Fire, Charlotte Law’s debut album for the lovely Linear Obsessional cassette label. Electricity … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cosmic Jazz For The Age Of Spiritual Machines: Cloud Diameter – Cloud Diameter 2 tape review

Getachew Mekuria + John Coltrane + Count Zero = Cloud Diameters 2  “The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction.” RAY KURZWEIL, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nightports W/ Betamax album review

Leeds-based sound experiment Nightport show how much can be done within the confines of a very simple premise on their second album, this time sculpted in conjunction with The Comet … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alchemical Americana: Califone – Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey)

For their fourth proper full-length, Califone update their scrapmetal Harry Smith alchemical Americana with a bit of exotica, sparkle, and sheen.  Califone are, to quote Grand Funk Railroad, an American … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

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