Experimental Sound

Cover art for Lateral Addition


Lateral Addition

Lateral Addition aspires to enrich dialogues among contemporary practices in sound — improvisation, computer music, “sound art,” etc. — and other areas of current media and visual art. In order to nurture the growth of these connections, it serves to further elucidate the often esoteric methodologies and thoughts of artists working with sound through original audio material. Established in 2013, Lateral Addition releases sets of 4 audio and text contributions from an international roster of artists and writers on a bi-yearly schedule.

Gender Relations in New Music

Even before the current pandemic, contemporary music existed in a state of crisis. Its structures and institutions struggle to support any minority, let alone artistic practices outside of a narrow Western European style, meaning fundamental change is inexorable if this field is to remain societally relevant. With this issue of OnCurating journal, the curatorial collective GRiNM (Gender Relations in New Music) gathers texts based on its 2019 conference at the Zurich University of the Arts that explore practical and theoretical approaches to opening and diversifying the field. Our intention with this issue is to articulate these voices as central to ...

Epiphany School

Yeah, I have tinnitus by now but it’s not so bad.. I’ve DJed a lot of parties and made a lot of mixtapes over the years… And now you can listen and download most of them right here. The best place to begin is 2001’s game-changing live 3-turntable mix, Gold Teeth Thief. This influenced a lot of people & opened many ears; over a decade later, the world sounds a lot more like I was hearing/blending it back then. Here’s a list of most of my mixes in chronological order for free download as V0 mp3s. After the list you’ll find cover ...

Urbanomic Document 007: Sound and Concept

Contributors Lee Gamble, Robin Mackay
In an extended mix of their conversation with Electronic Beats magazine, electronic music producer and DJ Lee Gamble talks sound, thought, abstraction, and jungle with Urbanomic director Robin Mackay

Making Sense of Sound

It is interesting how important sound is in our societies, particularly for actors that are involved in and committed to processes of creation and presentation, not only of music but of the performative arts. But how relevant is sound and music to a general audience, or to a specific audience? Why obsess over the fact that sound does not have its own space, that is, that it is not paid sufficient attention in the broadest context of contemporary art or that it does not hold the interest of curators or critics? When does sound become relevant and take shape in ...

A Cinder Block Falling on Concrete

Contributor Lawrence Abu Hamdan
“A Cinder Block Falling on Concrete” consists of sounds and stories from Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Earwitness Inventory, a personal library of sound effects related to the testimony of earwitnesses in criminal investigations. The objects in Earwitness Inventory are derived from interviews that Abu Hamdan has conducted with earwitnesses, as part of his work as a “private ear,” as well as transcripts from trials across the globe. (Multiple entries concern the reconstruction of Syria’s Saydnaya prison and the experiences of detainees, which Abu Hamdan undertook with the London-based research agency Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International from 2015 to 2017.) The library ...

Blackout: Representation, Transformation and De-control in the Sound Work of Yasunao Tone

The conversations which form the basis for this interview took place in March 2002 (email interview by Anna Ramos) and July 2008, during Yasunao Tone’s visit to Barcelona, coinciding with his performance at MACBA, and were continued by email with Tone, Fell, Hecker and Held during February-March 2009. Tone’s work has also been featured on issues 1 and 7 of the Ràdio Web MACBA programme Lines of Sight.


Developed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers, Bloom explores uncharted territory in the realm of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations. “Bloom is an endless music machine, a music box for the 21st century. You can play it, and you can watch it play itself.” – Brian Eno Features – 12 ...
Cover art for Bureau Audio


Bureau Audio

Bureau gallery audio project series with gallery artists, running February-June, 2017.
February: Vivienne Griffin
March: Matt Hoyt
April: Constance DeJong
May: Ellie Ga
June: Wojciech Bakowski

Bureau Audio (March)

Contributor Matt Hoyt
Bureau gallery audio program, 2017. MARCH 2017 MATT HOYT SIDE A Birds on Front St. Melting ice under BQE Drainage pipe in the woods Drainage stream in the woods  SIDE B Stream and crickets Ocean waves Eddy and small waterfall Stream medley Birds and rain

Bureau Audio 5 (June)

Contributor Wojciech Bakowski
JUNE 2017 WOJCIECH BAKOWSKI KOT ‘Intro’ Album: „Kły” / ‘Fangs’ 2007 Label: Pinkpunk Music: Wojciech Bakowski KOT „Kły” / ‘Fangs’ Album: „Kły” 2007 Label: Pinkpunk Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Ściana” / ‘The wall’ Album: „Kształt” / ‘Shape’ 2010 Label: Bocian records Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Widok pokoju” / ‘View of the room’ Album: „Telegaz” / ‘Tv – prog’ 2014 Label: Dunno recordings Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski “Ciemno” / ‘Darkness’ 2008 Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Zasypianie z nerwów 2” / ‘Falling asleep out of anxiety 2’ Album: „Telegaz” / ‘Tv – prog’ 2014 Label: Dunno recordings Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Ukrycie w rogu szósej planszy” / ‘Hide out in the corner of level 6’ Album: „Duchy kotów” / ...

Call to Wait

Contributor Aaron Arntz
Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. It’s a phone line that puts callers on hold for seven years. The system tracks callers’ progress, allowing users to hang up and call again without losing their time on hold. After seven years, something happens. Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. On telephoning the number +1 (206) 456-0748, callers will be placed on hold for seven years. Holding callers are subject to listening experiments, until they hang up. On next phoning Call to Wait, callers will be re-identified, and before they are reconnected to the ...


There is no such thing as voice in literature. That is, we assign chimerical properties to characters’ voices; fictions based on voices we have heard in relation to the description of the characters’ personalities; identities we want to confer on the characters. Whilst we read and listen to this voice, it is neither true nor false. It is the product of a careful assembly of traces and features we believe represent a person – more physically even than their own body….

Composing with Process: Perspectives on Generative and Systems Music #1.2

Generative music is a term used to describe music which has been composed using a set of rules or system. This series of six episodes explores generative approaches (including algorithmic, systems-based, formalised and procedural) to composition and performance primarily in the context of experimental technologies and music practices of the latter part of the 20th Century and examines the use of determinacy and indeterminacy in music and how these relate to issues around control, automation and artistic intention. Each episode of this RWM series is followed by a special accompaniment programme of exclusive music by some of the leading sound artists ...

Cuaderno de Yokohama

Contributor Llorenç Barber
In this Quadern d’àudio we publish the complete series of 17 graphic scores that Barber created in Yokohama (Japan) in 2005. This previously unpublished series brings together the visual exercises and/or pastimes that the composer compiled in a small notebook as he worked on Pocket Naumaquia, the closing concert of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA) in December 2005. For this publication Barber has used these graphic notations as inspiration to write 17 texts that, like a game, readers can link to any score they wish.

Curating Contemporary Music

What are the roles of the curator in the music field, and how does the work materialize? What kind of practices are involved? Defragmentation – Curating Contemporary Music was a project that attempted to highlight some of the problems and urgent questions that we find in today’s contemporary music scene. Within the frame of ideas around gender, diversity, decolonization and technology, Defragmentation looked at – and tried to understand – structures in various institutions of contemporary music. The ambition was to investigate how the urgent sense of fragmentation and disconnection that exists in the public sphere at the moment is materialized ...

Ear | Wave | Event (Issue 3)

Art is, has always been, as Bersani suggests, a kind of alternative to “sex,” another mode of modulating the most intimate relation between soma and psyche. And the stakes of that “other” mode, those “other relational fields,” would be toward the articulation of forms of life divorced from the literal and symbolic traces of white hetero-sexist patriarchy. Our contention is that musicians such as Oliveros, as well as authors featured in this issue, have inherently understood and been working on this all along. The current political moment demands that we not only perpetually recall the radical orientation of “the experimental” ...

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