Avant Garde Electro-Acoustic Experimental Musique Concrète Review

T. Jervell – (K) En sommerdag i Kroken (Ruter)

Picked this up on Bandcamp last week after casually scrolling over a post on the Ciat-Lonbarde FB group. Glad I clicked, as what awaited was a magical sound world, weaving electronic and found sounds into a tapestry of molten and frazzled textures. In parts it reminds me of Cornelius, especially the wry humour.

The nerd in me enjoyed listening out for the signature Ciat-Lonbarde sounds, especially noticeable on the aliased destruction of samples the Cocoquantus imparts on everything it touches. However, this shouldn’t detract from what is a really original, fun and considered body of work.

Avant Garde Drone Electro-Acoustic Minimal Review

Christopher Otto – Rag′sma

greyfade 003 – Release: November 19th 2021

Christopher Otto, the violinist and founding member of JACK Quartet, brings a strict mathematical approach to acoustic composition and performance. Unfurling drones begin at a base frequency and methodically work their way outwards, causing shifts and minute imbalances between the (impeccably) recorded instrumentation. Utilising just intonation tuning techniques, the result is some really interesting and unique timbral combinations.

According to the blurb “Otto drew inspiration from a particularly complex interval known as the ragisma a ratio of 4375:4374. The size of this interval, 0.396 cents, is so small that most would say it cannot be perceived as such by the human ear.”

The record has a strong mathematical concept, however it works on levels that can be enjoyed purely as a great tonal record and which rewards deeper listening, especially when referencing the sleeve notes. Speaking of which, the sleeve and overall package follows in the gorgeously high production standard as set in previous greyfade releases.

Keep your eyes on greyfade for a copy.

Jungle Review Synth Trap

Neil Landstrumm – Yell Yell EP

Sneaker Social Club – 24th September 2021

Modernist rave, jungle and trap stylings from the UK don Landstrumm. 808s, ravey stabs and some sneaky vocals snips string the EP together. Even if the styles are somewhat disparate, they are undeniably Landstrumm in sound, with a leaning to breaks ‘n’ bleeps in this outing. Those classic jungle loops are a mainstay after the first 2 tracks, which are more trap in style, and it’s the first track, ‘Spice (ft Legacy and Tina P)’ that really shines here. With some almost pop(!) sensibilities in the composition and synth sound design, with some great guest vox.


Ambient Avant Garde Drone Experimental Radio

Luke Sanger – Mutant Radio – August Show

Mutant Radio · Luke Sanger [Flatland Frequencies]


AntiflowerLewis Hunter
Part 2 (extract)Polypores
Late Night Black NewsProgetto No Name + DuoSerpe
BenelevatoirLewis Hunter
Only Casino For MilesLuke Sanger
Zaruchejnaya feat. Lunar Abyss Deus OrganumSubterranean Source
Part I BDechmont Woods
Epsilove and Ployer Fower- Auguries of InnocenceEpsilove and Ployer Fower
Between This World And The NextGhostwriter
Part I GDechmont Woods
Phrygian PanLuke Sanger

Avant Garde Beats Minimal Wave Premiere Synth

PREMIERE: Jack Pattern – Ufundab Ich Bin Durch Lasst Mich Arzt

Cosmic Pint Glass – 13/09/21

Mega premiere on our YouTube and soundcloud channels for this ace new chugger by Jack Pattern.

Flatland Frequencies · PREMIERE: Jack Pattern – Kosmische Kueche

12″ is out this Friday via our homies at Cosmic Pint Glass!

Ambient Dub House Radio

Flatland Frequencies on Mutant Radio – June Show

Last month we welcomed our new resident selector extraordinaire, Toby Tobias. Bringing a dope selection of undocumented digi dub and om shanti house trax, alongside resident Luke Sanger.

Mutant Radio · Flatland Frequencies w. Toby Tobias [26.06.2021]
Mutant Radio · Flatland Frequencies w. Luke Sanger [26.06.2021]
Acid House Review

Gettoblaster & DJ Deeon – ‘Route 66’

Hot Haus – Release: 6th August 2021

Four jacking house numbers that revisit themes laid out in Chicago clubs during the late 80s. New skool house producers Gettoblaster team with the OG Deeon and collaboratively stay true to the blueprints, utilising a minimal toolkit to good dance floor effect. Synth riff, drum machine and a vocal sample is really all that’s needed for an effective club track and there are four good examples here, keeping the patterns varied and to-the-point.

Avant Garde Jazz

Sun Ra – Languidity

Strut – Release: June 25th 2021

To be honest, trying to write something meaningful on a Sun Ra release is always going to be an exercise in humility. Having seen the Arkestra perform live a couple of times and owning a few Sun Ra LPs, I’d class myself as a fan. Although by no means have I even gently brushed the vast surface of the Sun Ra back catalogue (well over a hundred albums).

In this re-issue instance, Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s classic ‘Lanquidity’ album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set and 2CD editions, featuring the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank. originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech. Both versions of the album are cut loud at 45 rpm over 2LPs each.

Recorded overnight at Bob Bank’s Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. “Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record,” explains Michael Ray. “As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid.” Bob Blank continues, “Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing.”

Electro Feature Premiere

PREMIERE: Plant43 – Hearts Beat In Silence

Future Massive: pre-orders – 17/07/2021

Prolific UK electro producer Plant43 (aka Emile Facey) brings the crispy clean beats to new label Future Massive, launched from the AI Records camp. Check our premiere of ‘Heart Beats In Silence’:

Flatland Frequencies · PREMIERE: Plant43 – Hearts Beat In Silence

For the announcement Future Massive have released a video created by label founder Steve Hyland for first single Hearts Beat in Silence. Drawing reference from the EP title, the unknown structure in question appears as an obelisk in multiple liminal spaces – unsettling and misplaced until it resolves into human form.

This humanoid avatar embodies a lonely alien force observing our culture from a stellar distance, reflecting upon our fragility through the falling petals whilst basking in the electro glow.  Watch the video for lead track Hearts Beat in Silence here: 

Pre-order the red vinyl here

Experimental Minimal Review

Kenneth Kirschner & Joseph Branciforte – ‘From the Machine: Volume 1’

GreyFade Records

Two collaborative compositions between Kenneth Kirschner & Joseph Branciforte, focusing on applying “software-based compositional techniques — including algorithmic processes, generative systems, and indeterminacy — to the creation of new music for acoustic instruments.”

The result being two long form, detailed and hypnotic acoustic recordings. Originally entirely composed and produced within the Max/MSP modular software environment, then painstakingly reverse engineered, scored and performed with double-bass, cello, viola, and violin.