Frog Modulations

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.

Review: Zaumne "Élévation"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-17 18:20:13 -0400
Polish recording artist Zaumne has a new 12" LP via fellow Polish label Mondoj. This record was commissioned for a mysterious art collective known as WET and inspired by Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil”, already you can see this release is rife with esoteric signifiers and glimpses into a secluded world.

Nestup is a new programming language for rhythms via Max for Live

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-16 13:52:08 -0400
Nestup really shines at creating simple mathematical expressions for dividing up a measure. This means you can also have odd numbered sub-divisions that result in complex swing that only a select few musicians could physically play. It also seems like a nice direction for algorave-esque live performance and would pair vary nicely with Timo Hoogland's Texteditor for Jitter. Happy patching and make sure its all odd.

Review: El Pelele "AMENAZA"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-15 12:13:33 -0400
Argentinian performace artist, sculptor, illustrator and now club diva El Pelele has dropped one of the most psychotic and fun releases I have heard in recent years via London's Quantum Natives. Quantum Natives is the perfect home for this record as their catalog embodies much of this chaotic energy from all over the globe but each artist always brings their personal culture to the table. The beauty of this is now we have a great perspective of what powerful sound art for the club / brain could look like in China and Argentina. 

Review: Brin, Dntel, More Eaze "Futurangelics"

Tristan Whitehill @ 2021-04-14 10:55:00 -0400
Soft audio recording label Cached Media has been active for only a short amount of time but has been a lovely home for pruveyors of gentle ideas and whispery sounds. Their newest offering is a collaborative record from BrinDntel, and More Eaze, each of whom have a very distinct style ranging from synthetic pop orchestration, driving computers with drums to summon extraterrestrial textures, and the frail beauty of "emo ambient".
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