Dark and foreboding synthwave from Group Rhoda, the solo project of Mara Barenbaum. Channeling some Grace Jones vibes in this one, over skittering unprocessed 808 beats and deep pentatonic analogue bass lines. A good exercise in pop reductionism.
Big fans of GRFRQ releases here at Flatland Frequencies, with many of their releases finding their way onto our monthly radio show.
Their latest offering is a lush 8 track cassette of bubbling lo-fi electronics from Chilian producer Iván Aguayo, who as the blurb states “creates emotive, dream-like vignettes of sound, assembled through an array of digital and analogue processes using electronics, traditional instruments, tape loops, found sounds, and field recordings.“
Head over to GRFRQ bandcamp and pre-order your copy now, as these things don’t tend to stay on the virtual shelves for long…
Randomly stumbled on a tweet recommending this release from a few years ago, made entirely on a 1960’s Buchla 100 system. Glad I did, as it’s very very nice indeed! Pure tones and drones, without any overzealous reverbs masking those tasty analogue waveforms!
Four tracks of long form, linear compositions. There’s something quite modern and ‘techno’ about the sound design in these tracks, very up-front and clean, with the structure powering through from A to B. Quite refreshing for fairly long tracks to have the feeling of propulsion, without any tendency for meandering off the track.
Crowd Control Vol.1 is a more thematic and focused offering from Suffolk based sound artist Loula Yorke, in comparison to her more techno-orientated output in ‘Ldols’.
The topic of surveillance capitalism covers the use of digital products such as social media, as a means of surveillance and corporate influence. The term was coined by the work of Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff and is also regularly covered by Silicon Valley commentator Jaron Larnier.
This book, published just a couple of months before the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Scheider earlier this year, is a timely retrospective of the band that changed the shape of popular (and not so popular) music forever.
Readers of this blog will no doubt include many die-hard Kraftwerk fans, so this general introduction probably won’t feature much information that is not already known. However, there is still something of interest to be found in this book. Aside from the usual biographies and discographies, Uwe Shütte considers the aesthetic and philosophical aspects that shaped the Kraftwerk sound and ethos.
Those who tuned into our last show on Mutant Radio, will have seen and heard the incredible Ali Wade AV mix, showcasing tracks from the Frequency Domain catalogue. You can listen back to the archive here:
Shasta Cults – Sine Waves With Subtle Phase (fd010) Southfacing – Make Way for the Young (fd002) Forest Drive West – Scafell Pike (fd006) Linnley – Simmer (fd006) Apologist – No Closer Than The Moon (forthcoming fdlp001) Datassette – Overtone Crystal (fd010) Southfacing – Opt Out (fd006) Ali Wade – My Mind Laid Out Before Me (fd012) Southfacing – The Marking Song (fd013) Luke Sanger – Mackerel Sky (fd008) Polypores – A Horizon Rendered In Blue (forthcoming fd014) Ali Wade – 187J3X1 (fd012) Patrick R. Pärk – Splendor of Light (fd011) Jo Johnson – Careless (fd010) Matt Whitehead – The Great Attractor (fd005) Matt Whitehead – Pris’s Dream (fd005) Luke Sanger – Weathered Gansey (fd008) Apologist – Still Unknown (forthcoming fdlp001) Constantine ft. Christos Sakellaridis – Between Worlds (fd010)
Golden Ratio Frequencies is a label you will have heard played on our monthly radio show. A label that operates in the meditative end of the audio spectrum. We’re lucky to share this exclusive premiere of a track from the excellent new LP by Salvaticus Selvatico. Sit back and let ‘Peaks’ occupy the space between your headphones.