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These pages will be the new home for "Anechoic Chamber," a podcast focusing on experimental or under-represented forms of creativity, presented in an unfiltered manner and in an "audio documentary" style that diverges from the typical interview format of such shows.

Your host Thomas is a psycho-acoustic sound artist, researcher and writer on saturation culture (his full-length published books include "Sonic Phantoms" [w/ Barbara Ellison, "To Hear The World With New Eyes," "Unofficial Release" and "MicroBionic.") Working with a number of different communications media, his work interrogates notions of utopia, anthropocentrism, and "the extreme," while refusing to dismiss any unpopular cultural manifestation until its more nuanced aspects have been brought to light.

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These pages will be the new home for "Anechoic Chamber," a podcast focusing on experimental or under-represented forms of creativity, presented in an unfiltered manner and in an "audio documentary" style that diverges from the typical interview format of such shows.

Your host Thomas is a psycho-acoustic sound artist, researcher and writer on saturation culture (his full-length published books include "Sonic Phantoms" [w/ Barbara Ellison, "To Hear The World With New Eyes," "Unofficial Release" and "MicroBionic.") Working with a number of different communications media, his work interrogates notions of utopia, anthropocentrism, and "the extreme," while refusing to dismiss any unpopular cultural manifestation until its more nuanced aspects have been brought to light.

    Anechoic Chamber episode 11: Kazuya Ishigami

    Anechoic Chamber episode 11: Kazuya Ishigami

    Our guest for this episode is Kazuya Ishigami, an electro-acoustic composer and musician who has been active for decades in the extremely fertile Kansai region of Japan. This is the region that has brought us such paragons of musical eclecticism as the Boredoms and pioneers of unadulterated noise such as Hijokaidan and Masonna. However, in addition to these very widely cited examples of sonic intensity and underground attitude, there are creators like Ishigami who incorporate a much greater degree of nuance and subtlety, which is grounded in a clearly Japanese philosophy towards biological phenomena. That is to say, much like the late Kyoto experimenter Akifumi Nakajima, aka Aube, Ishigami approaches technology as something that cannot be completely separated from the natural world, and of course this results in a very organic sound that disrupts expectations of how “electronic” music should sound.

    In the spirit of the original Japanese independent record labels like Skating Pears and Vanity, Ishigami has also curated his own NEUS-318 label to minimize aesthetic compromises, and to locally release the works of artists from nations as geographically distant as Argentina and Lithuania. The label’s name is an acronym standing for “noise, electronics, and unknown sounds,” which itself is a good synopsis of Ishigami’s musical interests and his balance of noise music’s confrontational aspects with something more ephemeral and less clearly defined. Ishigami has worked as a concert organizer in both traditional venues and locations like the Zenkouji Buddhist temple, as being a collaborator with visual and performance artists, and of course being a reliable and friendly participant in the “uchiage,” the after-concert communal meals which often end up being an extension of the concerts themselves.

    Artist links:
    https://kazuyaishigami.bandcamp.com
    http://www.neus318.com
    https://neus318.bandcamp.com

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    • 40 min
    special Anechoic Chamber inter-season message

    special Anechoic Chamber inter-season message

    Time to pass around the hat while waiting for fresh content. Spread the word on social media platforms if so inclined, and PayPal to tbwb@protonmail.com. Gratzi!

    • 4 min
    Anechoic Chamber episode 10: Reynols

    Anechoic Chamber episode 10: Reynols

    Greetings and welcome to Episode 10 of Anechoic Chamber, free form audio from the margins of arts and culture. This week’s guest is perhaps Argentina’s most eclectic musical export, Reynols. True to that eclectic form, this edition of Anechoic Chamber will proceed a little differently than before. After several email exchanges with founding member Anla Courtis, it was decided to do a show which would be wholly comprised of examples from Reynols’ sonic universe along with narration, by me, of their biography, as previously printed in the 2018 Pica-Disk box set ["Minecxio Emanations"] dedicated to the band. For newcomers: Reynols was founded in 1993 and has ever since been powered by the singular vision of Miguel Tomasin, a drummer / vocalist with Down’s Syndrome whose unorthodox interpretation of the universe around him gave rise to both musical forms and non-musical concepts the likes of which “normal” musicians, so-called, still struggle to create in order to differentiate themselves from their thousands of peers. Despite being no strangers to the interview circuit, being the subjects of various documentaries and (as we will get to in short order) being on Argentinian national television for a considerable amount of time, a certain fog of mysteriousness still covers the band’s activities and many of their acolytes might agree that it’s better this way. So, in this spirit, we’ll honor Anla’s request continue by allowing the band’s music center stage.

    All musical selections by Reynols, available on the following releases:

    https://www.discogs.com/Acid-Mothers-Reynols-Vol1/release/14832178

    https://www.discogs.com/Reynols-Minecxio-Emanations-1993-2018/release/13340854

    some additional new releases by the artist:

    - Gordura Vegetal Hidrogenada 25th Anniversary
    in a special "dematerialized LP" format edition
    https://reynols.bandcamp.com/album/gordura-vegetal-hidrogenada

    - Reynols "Gona Rubian Ranesa" LP
    Outlier Communications (Canada)
    https://outliercommunications.bandcamp.com/

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    • 50 min
    Anechoic Chamber Episode 9: Thomas Nordanstad

    Anechoic Chamber Episode 9: Thomas Nordanstad

    Welcome to episode 9 of Anechoic Chamber, freeform audio from the margins of art and culture. This week's guest is filmmaker Thomas Nordanstad. Thomas currently helms the production company Electric Avenue Pictures, and has a cinematic resume whose highlights include documentary films dealing with creative response to repressive societies, a series of visually immersive films produced in collaboration with Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and some ambitious new projects: these include a forthcoming feature film entitled The Letting Go, a slow film treatment of Rikrit Tiravanija's communal dining project, and a trilogy of Pinter film adaptations. The economical and essentialist nature of Nordanstad's film is an increasing rarity in an image-saturated cultural atmosphere, and has provided plentiful rich material for the discussion to follow.

    Cover image: still from Nordanstad's production of "Victoria Station" by Harold Pinter (forthcoming)

    Additional sounds: opening dialogue from "Victoria Station" / soundtrack excerpts from "The Letting Go" (forthcoming) / megamix of psychoambience by Thomas Bey William Bailey

    artist links:

    www.nordanstad.com

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    all other inquiries: core@tbwb.net

    • 45 min
    Anechoic Chamber episode 8 - Rick Reed

    Anechoic Chamber episode 8 - Rick Reed

    Welcome to episode 8 of Anechoic Chamber, free form audio from the margins of arts and culture. Our guest for this edition is Rick Reed, an Austin, Texas based visual artist and electronic musician. As one of the first individuals in the area to record and perform home-grown electronic music outside of an academic or otherwise institutional framework, Rick has been a key participant in Austin's transformation into a city where the surplus of new electronic music, rather than a deficit, is the challenge to be dealt with. His even-handed and unique approach has led to fruitful collaborations not only with experimental music icons such as Keith Rowe, but also with pioneers of synesthetic film including Ken Jacobs and Aldo Tambellini. Inspired by the odd malfunctions of analog communications media (for example, de-tuned shortwave radio or distorted television signals), Reed has spent decades crafting art that hints at the ease with which reality can be completely transformed by slight perceptual shifts. We discuss this, and more, in the conversation to follow.

    All music by Rick Reed, from "20 Million Years to Earth" retrospective compilation

    Artist links:

    https://richardkreed.bandcamp.com

    Anechoic Chamber links:

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    other inquiries: core@tbwb.net

    • 52 min
    Anechoic Chamber Episode 7 - Francisco Lopez

    Anechoic Chamber Episode 7 - Francisco Lopez

    Welcome to episode 7 of Anechoic Chamber, free form audio from the margins of arts and culture. Our guest for this edition is Francisco López, who as of this recording is celebrating 40 years of what he has called sonogenic composition. Over this time, López has carved out an almost unparalleled reputation as a bioacoustic researcher and as a champion of sound's phenomenological, non-representational qualities, while being critical of conceptual uses for the same. Equally at home using sonic material from the rainforest or the factory, while also being equally adept at exploring the qualities of overwhelming noise or seductive silence, López remains one of the principal authorities on the extremes of sonic perception and how they inform all that lies in between. Though he is often noted for the supposed "novelty value" accorded to his rejection on the concert stage, this is only one aspect of a fully integrated philosophy of sound, which we hope to unveil in this broadcast.

    All compositions by the artist; available on the limited edition USB card album "A Bunch of Stuff 1980-2020: 40 Years of Sonogenic Composition"

    artist links:

    www.franciscolopez.net

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    donate via PayPal: tbwb@protonmail.com
    all other inquiries: core@tbwb.net

    • 57 min

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