Frog Modulations

Interview with Ilithya

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-06-22 20:21:09 -0400

With excellent design skills and a never ending creative drive, Ilithya is a technomancer for the new age. Her practice includes shredding GLSL shaders everyday as well as designing jaw dropping websites. Frogmod is so lucky to have been able to catch up with her and discuss how she manages to make all of this magic and hopefully if you are reading this you too can be inspired by her exciting ideas and creative practices.

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Review: Colin Fisher "Reflections of the Invisible World"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-26 16:58:43 -0400
Over the time during the pandemic, one of the satisfactions was viewing artists practices on social media as a hopefully temporary replacement for live music. One artist who I was infatuated with was Colin Fisher and their unrelenting musical drive. Their multi-instrumentalist abilities evoked notes of Allan Holdsworth, Sonny Sharrock, and Milford Graves with some touches of eastern disciplines as they posted almost daily their solo performances. These sessions often produced winding improvisations that include complicated scalar patterns and flowing timing sensibilities. When Halocline Trance announced Colin's new LP Reflections of the Invisible World, I dove right in and was delighted in what I experienced.

Friendship Achievement: Inbox Within "Hangouts Vol. 1"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-22 16:26:58 -0400
Copyright 420 is a collective of media explorers who seemingly draw like minded individuals across the United States together, but the core ensemble lives in Asheville, North Carolina. These adventurers take from humor and "digital content" as they please but always combine the results with a love for an almost platonic notion of Music.

Michele Zaccagnini "Score Granulation: hypertextural Debussy"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-20 20:08:13 -0400
Granular synthesis is a simple concept with amazing results. If you have any list of object, you could pick from this list and re-organize it to your liking. With audio in the time domain, you can apply this method of sorting amplitude values within a section of a stored recording and get new jumbled results. The essence of this concept could be applied to any array of data and composer / educator Michele Zaccagnini is currently demonstrating this with existing musical score data from Debussy via Max in this tutorial below:

Local Frogs: Key Tides "From the Top of the Rock"

Steven Head @ 2021-04-19 12:59:24 -0400
Over the course of 20 minutes From the Top of the Rock envelops listeners with densely layered synthesizers and wonderful textures, but the first installment of the tryptic never lingers in the haze for too long. Instead, a melodic thread permeates the release and provides a welcome pulse throughout each of the four atmospheres. From the Top of the Rock’s heavily manipulated samples and nearly forgotten field recordings are buoyed by chorused guitars, fretless bass, Casiotone, and autotuned vocals to create four distinct and deeply introspective zones.
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