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No drone unturned: tracing the sound that unites ancient and modern

From primitive instruments and sacred chants to today’s minimalist electronica and metal, drone music has a long and mystical history. A new book investigates. From the womb – where the rushing of maternal blood is heard loud and clear at 88 decibels – through myriad historical, spiritual and subcultural pathways, our connection to the drone runs […]

The Irreducible William Parker

Nathan Bajar for The New York Times The bassist, bandleader and composer’s 10-disc “Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World” invites you to listen, and let the music do its work. By Alan Scherstuhl Feb. 8, 2021 “Listen,” the singer Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez implores in the opening notes of the monumental new boxed set […]

Santomieri-Farhadian Sound Installation Enriches Public Space

Critics have compared the San Francisco-based Santomieri-Farhadian Duo’s experimental musical compositions to everyone from modernist Anton Webern to rock icon Frank Zappa. This exciting pair — Thea Farhadian on (electronic) violin and Dean Santomieri on guitar/ electronics — have been collaborating for close to a decade now, creating some of the most compelling work on […]

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