Daily Music: All-Notes-Off
Autechre Melts IDM
The foundry of Autechre melts decades of dance and experimental music into plasma. Its indefinite shape and volume enables the Mancunian duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth to mold electronic music into whatever they see fit. Three decades after their 1987 inception, Autechre loads into the Vulcan Gas Company on Tuesday. Booth spoke by phone from Chicago.

9:00AM Thu. Oct. 8, 2015, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Vladislav Delay’s Visa
Visa took shape after Vladislav Delay’s 2014 U.S. tour was cancelled due to visa issues. The inane bureaucracy of it all inspired Susa Ripatti’s return to ambient music, following a decade spent glitching across a fragmented ether. The Finish experimentalist shepherded minimal dub-techno with decisive records on Chain Reaction and Mille Plateau.

2:25PM Wed. Nov. 19, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Down Low Deconstructs the State Divide Part 2
I’m slouched in a corner of Leper River Studio with Austin’s Bill Converse. The formidable electronic artist came of age via Michigan’s legendary techno community. As a DJ, he cut his teeth in East Lancing and Detroit, performing alongside the genre’s defining acts, including Claude Young, who at the time called Converse “the world’s youngest DJ.”

4:20PM Wed. Sep. 10, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Down Low Deconstructs State Divide
Slagging Dallas still thrives in Austin. As a sprawling suburban wasteland, slag away, but when infrastructure ruptures into culture, our criticism gurgles forth as uninformed – much like our city slogan, live music capital of the world. That doesn’t even function on a statewide level. At least when it comes to techno, Dallas remains the Texas epicenter.

2:00PM Wed. Sep. 3, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Pan Left with James Hoff
Last week’s All-Notes-Off probed the recondite terra-scapes of Lee Gamble’s Pan arc. In light of the sightless impetus of militarized police departments witnessed during the Ferguson unrest, examining the work of James Hoff – another arm of label’s vanguard genius – pieces together a second angle of Pan’s multifaceted gravity.

3:00PM Wed. Aug. 20, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Lee Gamble’s Pan Arc
Lee Gamble’s deconstructionist detour on Pan manifests an intrepid appetite to crinkle his own arc. The Brummie turned Londoner’s cynosure traces the fault line between computer composition and the jungle miasma of the mid-Nineties rave scene. Colliding such polarized realms generates an interpolating space of eddying force.

2:30PM Wed. Aug. 13, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

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EDM: Etiquette to Dull the Masses
I have about as much respect for the term EDM as a head cold. The initialism condenses decades of “electronic dance music” into a marketing fad more aptly represented as an “etiquette to dull the masses.”

11:30AM Wed. Jul. 30, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music – Part II
Cassettes occupy a reclusive distance from the whims of the masses. Since tapes aren’t enslaved by prescribed pop expectations, a history of idiosyncratically edgy music endures. The following music is separated from the popularity contest vomiting forth from dogmatic dance formulae layered amid the babble of social media.

12:30PM Wed. Jul. 23, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

Wheezing Spools: Cassettes in Electronic Music - Part I
How does a puny plastic cuboid subject to decay and fluttering live up to a stylus on a bible black plane traveling 45 revolutions per minute? No tape revival or aging critic (ahem) with a cassette label can circumvent a doomed format that whorls and whines in a comic fugue. Yet such invalidities define the format’s unique black sheep standing.

2:00PM Wed. Jul. 16, 2014, Conor Walker Read More | Comment »

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