Experimental music

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Beatriz Ferreyra: Canto+ review – painterly daubs of found sound
Splicing and manipulating speech, urban noise and more, this collection shows how strangely beautiful the 84-year-old Argentinian composer’s musique concrète can be

John Lewis

30, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Peter Rehberg, underground musician and Editions Mego head, dies aged 53
British-Austrian artist made numerous albums of ambient and electronic music and set up label to champion key works in the genres

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jul, 2021 @9:26 AM

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‘There is no fear’: how a cold-war tour inspired Pakistan’s progressive jazz scene
A US state department initiative was the unlikely catalyst for a creative explosion of Pakistani rhythm and western improv

Haseeb Iqbal

12, Jul, 2021 @8:49 AM

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The Velvet Underground’s greatest songs – ranked!
As Todd Haynes unveils his documentary about them, we rate the best work of a band who overturned and reinvented rock’n’roll

Alexis Petridis

08, Jul, 2021 @4:11 PM

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Blank Gloss: Melt review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
The Sacramento duo have moved towards the ruminative on their debut album, the latest in a developing, diverting genre

John Lewis

02, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Jon Hassell: radical musician who studied with Stockhausen and worked with Eno
The influential experimental US composer ‘celebrated and dignified’ his ‘fourth world’ sources and contributed to albums by Brian Eno and Talking Heads

Alexis Petridis

27, Jun, 2021 @6:51 PM

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Jon Hassell, avant garde US composer, dies aged 84
Family and fellow musicians pay tribute to inventor of influential ‘fourth world’ musical aesthetic

Laura Snapes

27, Jun, 2021 @12:13 PM

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Peter Zinovieff, British composer and synth pioneer, dies aged 88
The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk all used Zinovieff’s EMS synthesisers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, Jun, 2021 @11:13 AM

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The best albums of 2021 so far
From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis and Laura Snapes

14, Jun, 2021 @3:16 PM

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Black Midi review – punk-jazz power is a recipe for success
The London rockers pack a punch with a thunderous recital of their new album. Shame about the sound…

Kitty Empire

05, Jun, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Loraine James: meet a genre-splicing genius of British electronic music
The London producer is navigating a predominantly white IDM scene with a stunning hybrid sound, and conquering anxiety after the pandemic knocked her career

Timi Sotire

04, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Black Midi: Cavalcade review – freakish parade of prog-jazz extremity
There’s a impressive maelstrom of moods on the Mercury nominees’ new album, building to a fantastical, absurdist whole

Tayyab Amin

28, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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