Tracing Spaces is a meditative music interview podcast featuring ambient, electronic, and experimental luminaries. It is hosted by Toronto-based writer/musician Jesse Locke and produced by Telephone Explosion Records.
"I make the kind of music that I do because it helps me," says Sarah Davachi. Throughout her prolific discography, the experimental composer has used extended tones and sounds associated with sacred spaces to slow down the frenzied pace of everyday life. Davachi's latest album Cantus, Descant augments recordings made on pipe organs with the haunting sound of her own vocals. In this conversation, we talk about our shared hometown of Calgary, overlooked elements of classic rock, the tour dates she was supposed to go on with Thom Yorke, and much more.
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Way back in April, we sat down with Toronto's Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg to chat about the debut album from his ambient alias, Memory Pearl. Music For Seven Paintings (Idée Fixe Records) may sound strikingly different from the motorik pulse he provides to avant-rock group Absolutely Free, but as he explains in this friendly, freewheeling conversation, it sounds much more like the records on his own shelf at home. Memory Pearl's lulling electronic sound can be partly credited to Fisher-Rozenberg’s work leading music therapy sessions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and it adds a patient beauty to any rooms where it hangs.
In 1981, singer Rupa Biswas traveled from her home in Kolkata, India to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she recorded the album Disco Jazz. It was not a commercial success, but found a second life many years later, with copies of the joyful, genre-blurring LP selling for more than 500 pounds before it was eventually reissued by Numero Group. We connected with Rupa and her son Debayan for a conversation about the album's creation and how it continues to spread happiness so many years later.
Tracing Spaces returns with a conversation with Jessy Lanza! The electronic pop artist shares fantastic stories about her childhood connections to the rave scene in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, what it was like to road trip across the U.S. at the start of the pandemic, filming music videos in her van, and the lyrical implications of the word “daddy” on her new album, All The Time, now available from Hyperdub. This interview originally appeared as a written article in the experimental music newsletter Tone Glow.
For the 10th episode of Tracing Spaces, we're thrilled to share our conversation with Can keyboardist and composer Irmin Schmidt! This discussion details his formative musical experiences studying with Stockhausen, agitated experiences in the studio and on live German television, and concludes with the influence of church bells on his upcoming live album, Nocturne. It was a true honour to speak with one of krautrock's last living legends.
Mary Currie is one half of Flaming Tunes, the UK DIY duo she formed with Gareth Williams following the dissolution of his band This Heat. Their fragile, ramshackle pop songs stand in stark opposition to the apocalyptic post-punk of Williams’ better known group, and have remained a cult favourite since their original release as a cassette in 1985. While Flaming Tunes' music has been made available officially and unofficially several times, its most recent reissue from Blackest Ever Black went out of print in a flash. That will change in the near future with an upcoming edition from Superior Viaduct, which fans will surely be excited to learn more about in this interview. Mary has remained musically active over the years but rarely spoken publicly, so our conversation was a truly special experience. We hope you enjoy beguiling the hour with us!
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If you’re into ambient music, this pod is for you!
Great for long walks or just chilling on the couch with the kitties. Very chill and informative. Amazing guest curation!