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IT www.lessconv.com Nasce dall’entusiasmo per la musica e dalla passione per la ricerca. Vuole essere, senza presunzione, un punto di vista italiano sul panorama musicale internazionale ove, spesso, le produzioni di valore si nascondono nelle miriadi di uscite settimanali, digitali e in vinile, solo chi ha genuina passione per la musica riesce a scovarle. Pensiamo che il modo migliore sia produrre un set settimanale, di un ora corredato dalla relativa playlist. La musica è al centro di tutto ...
 
Cos’è? Un programma radiofonico diffuso in formato podcast. Cosa tratta? Condivisione di riflessioni, ragionamenti e considerazioni circa ogni possibile aspetto legato all’affascinante fenomeno che ci accomuna tutti: la comunicazione. Dalla ricerca e perfezionamento del sé alle relazioni interpersonali, dai fenomeni mediatici alla cultura ‘pop’, ogni spunto può essere occasione per esplorare le incredibili potenzialità della comunicazione, le sue implicazioni, le sue possibili falle, o sem ...
 
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Pacific City Sound Visions is an experimental and contemporary new age, futuristic record label founded and ran by Spencer Clark (well known for his duo project with James Ferraro, The Skaters). The label releases a multitude of Clark’s aliases such as Fourth World Magazine and Typhonian Highlife alongside a selection collaborations in which he him…
 
Space Age Recordings and Fierce Recordings are two British independent record labels that not only released music from Spacemen3, but were the godfathers of the shoegazer and drone-rock scenes which blossomed in the U.K. at the end of the 1980’s with obvious affinity with the sounds of The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and Suicide. This episode f…
 
Hippos In Tanks was a Los Angeles based record label founded in 2010 by Barron Machat and Travis Woolsey. Inactive since late 2015 due to Barron Machat’s passing in a car crash in Miami. The label, named after the novel by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs ‘And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks’, started as a radio program but became in jus…
 
Coloursound Library is a Munich based experimental, progressive library label, established in 1979, created by Gunter Greffenius. Artwork paintings were often created by his wife Waltraud Greffenius. Notes on records report intringuing descriptions such as: “Documentary and industrial underlays for current themes of modern life”, “Computer Data Sou…
 
Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart, is the name of the perfectly imperfect dessert by chef Massimo Bottura of the acclaimed Osteria Francescana. The recipe first came about when Kondo Takahiko, Osteria Francescana’s pastry chef, let go of one of the restaurant’s signature desserts at an inopportune moment. Rather than simply ditch the smashed tart, Tak…
 
Artist Cindy Bernard initiated sound. at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, California, in 1998. This concert series eventually evolved into the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound—better known as SASSAS—a small Los Angeles organization fostering exciting new site-based work at the intersection of experimental music and con…
 
Acido is a Berlin based imprint, founded in 2004 by Andreas Krumm AKA Dynamo Dreesen. Initially putting out just one record per year, the label was born as the result of impulse, gut instincts and a laissez-faire approach to business.The episode features: Dynamo Dreesen, Porn Sword Tobacco, 291out, SVN, Convextion, Asis, Dresvn, SW., DJ Sotofett Ep…
 
John Giorno died last week, at age 82, at his home in Lower Manhattan, were he was living with his partner Ugo Rondinone. Poet and performer — a strong and suffering voice belonging to New York’s avant-garde milieu — in 1965 has founded the not-for-profit record label and organisation Giorno Poetry Systems with the aim of connecting poetry and rela…
 
Em:t has been a cult UK ambient record label, managed by Chris Allen & Dave Thompson, active between 1994 and 1998. It became recognized for its CD releases with animal-themed covers designed by The Designer's Republic. Conceived as the ambient sublabel of t:me, em:t shut down in 1998 when t:me succumbed to financial troubles. In late 2003, em:t wa…
 
Tiago is a brilliant designer, craftsman and friend based in London. "Music has always been a very important element in my work, from being an inspirational source to the most dedicated assistant. I carry it with me all the time. This episode compiles a selection of tracks straight from my pocket (portable music player) and represent a sample of my…
 
Foster Reed launched New Albion Records in 1984’s San Francisco. It was a record label centred on a variety of styles that belonged to pioneering contemporary music, releasing aroud five titles a year. The label was named after what Sir Francis Drake named the San Francisco Bay after being the first European to see the area, which was near where th…
 
Cold Blue is a label active since the early 80’s, started by Jim Fox. It has been launched through a series of 10-inch EPs with a focus on West Coast minimalism and post-minimalism (sometimes defined as the New California School). The label featured works such as Daniel Lentz’s minimalist choirs or the abstract Clay Music by Barney Childs — a proje…
 
Séance Centre is a label, a publisher and a distributor of timeless music from the past, present and future. The trio behind the project (a musician, a filmmaker and a graphic designer) have teamed up to discover new and old records to publish through finding original vintage stocks of books, vinyls and cassettes or distributing music from labels a…
 
In 1842 Francisco Lopez discovered gold while foraging wild onions near an oak tree in Placerita Canyon, initiating the California gold rush. In 1965 Don Buchla introduced his 100 series modular synthesizer at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. These histories are entangled and ongoing. The episode has been curated by Michael Ned Holte, a writer,…
 
Under the direction of artist and curator Matthew Higgs, White Columns gallery of New York City gave life to its record label ‘The Sound of White Columns’ to publish the organization’s longstanding collaborations with musicians that has included such as Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Meredith Monk and many more. In between the highly referenced artist…
 
Sun Ark, the name that Cameron Stallones has given to his record label, is most likely derived from the synthesis of two mythical stories: Black Ark, the Jamaican recording studio built and owned by reggae and dub producer Lee Perry, and Sun Ra, the afro-american free-jazz-cosmic composer. Although the Californian label leaded by Stallones — also k…
 
“Two Negatives Make a Positive” is a famous math slogan that perfectly fits the humorous and nonsense name of the Los Angeles based enigmatic label explored in episode 78: Not Not Fun Records. Even if this law is not universal and we can all think of many, many cases where two negatives don’t make a positive — for example rain on your wedding day p…
 
Ziggy Devriendt, AKA Nosedrip, is the Belgium based DJ and visionary founder of Stroom, which is at various times a record label, an audiovisual radio station and an eclectic brand. Ziggy launched Belgium’s first online radio station, Stroom.tv, that later became a proper record label, inquiring the liminal zone between wave, ambience, post-punk an…
 
48 Cameras, often simply called 48C, is a musical and international collective in a format that varies according to circumstances. Formed in 1984 by both musicians and non-musicians (the line-up frequently varies), some living in Belgium, while others in Netherlands, United Kingdom, etcetera. To date, 48 Cameras recorded 13 albums, the work being d…
 
Yoga for hangovers is an unusual cultural mesh between a contemporary occidental culture and an ancient oriental meditative tradition. This episode can be used to meditate and to relax, but also to heal your body from headaches and illness that result from the posthumous effects of an amazing night. Just lay down your yoga mat, follow the instructi…
 
In the current era of festivals that curate their line-ups adhering to gender equality policies, 'me-too' social campaigns and a booming feminist literature, we decided to pay tribute to female music dedicating an entire episode to the female pioneers of electronic music, following their works with those of their contemporary successors, revealing …
 
'Anthem' is a collection of artistic and musical creations curated by US-based producer Total Freedom released as a series of limited edition 12″ records and is the soundtrack to the 9th Berlin Biennale, published by The Vinyl Factory. The purpose of 'Anthem' is to bring together artists and musicians in an environment that testifies the importance…
 
It is difficult for us to talk about Shelter Press without feeling a hint of nostalgia. Shelter Press is a French publishing platform founded by Bartolomé Sanson and artist Félicia Atkinson. Shelter Press publishes books and records, experimenting with the spheres of contemporary art, poetry and experimental music. Starting from photocopied and sti…
 
Roberto is a vinyl collector, a dj and a friend, who has developed his work and practice in the Venice area. In the last twenty years Roberto has diffused the culture of avant-garde and experimental electronic music, engaging with the pre existing and new communities of listeners and dancers. This episode reflects Roberto’s wide and heterogeneous r…
 
Spain, late 80's, Antonio Dyaz, leader of the mutant electronic music project El sueño de Hyparco, found the visionary record label Hyades Arts, defining the New Music milieu in the Spain of the first half of the nineties by releasing records by artists such as Iury Lech, Francisco López, Luis Paniagua, and Suso Sáiz. Hyades Arts is a heterogeneous…
 
This episode is an ode to collaborations and their importance in the everyday creative practice. The first and most significant treated in this episode is the life-long partnership between Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, the two prolific pioneers of teutonic electronic music and fathers of Krautrock. They’ve been working together, since …
 
The title of this episode is deliberately taken from a video shot in 1997 by Francis Alys, that involves the artist pushing an ice block through the streets of Mexico City until it melts into nothing; a Zen-like attitude that Jonny Nash or Diego Herrera — also known as Suzanne Kraft — very likely embrace in their music production for Melody As Trut…
 
The highlight of episode 67 — which is a wander through the catalogue of Telephone Explosion Records — is Chandra. Chandra is the daughter of the late conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, and has been frequently included in his works. As a young girl she has been immediately exposed to artists like Steve Reich, Gordon Matta-Clark and Philip Glass (k…
 
“A sample of what we could be listening to at any given moment” is a brief but exhaustive description of the eclectic and refined episode curated by the team behind the Toronto based Telephone Explosion Records. We warmly recommend a visit to their record collection (instragram: telephoneexplosionrecords) and their online catalogue (www.telephoneex…
 
While searching through the pages of Discogs (the biggest online database of music releases) more information about the enigmatic project called 1958 – 2009, two dates that refer to years of birth and death of Michael Jackson, we discovered the obscure label Amethyst Sunset. We immediately needed to speculate the connection between the tribute to t…
 
Episode 64 explores the calm and meditative production of Sound of the Dawn, a project devoted to distributing unknown or almost forgotten ambient music. While digging through their releases we’ve been impressed by the description provided by Matthew Barlow regarding the production of his ‘sound meditations’: “Everything was improvised live and rec…
 
Koki Emura established EM Records in southern Osaka in 1998. Since then this independent Japanese record label has divulged more the 140 border­crossing releases with no limit of genre, shifting from Experimental Electronic,to Jazz, Classical Music, Rock, Reggae, Dance and Ethnic. This episode reflects Koki’swide and wild selection of artists, in t…
 
SunPath, the artist appearing in this episode, was the pseudonym of the outsider composer Jeff Berry. He self-released and privately distributed Ambient Music from Northern New Mexico between 1980 and 1984. Each one of his compositions was meant to be a thirty minute journey into a different space and reality. The title of the episode is instead a …
 
Can there be hard meaning in the abstract understructure? Music is, after all, totally abstract. Yet, we characterize musical content as happy, sad, lively, turgid, martial, romantic. How do we arrive at such information identification, which is rather universally held? Some meanings attached to musical composition are associations to reality, some…
 
Composers Recordings, Inc (also known as CRI) was founded in 1954 by Otto Luening, Douglas Moore and Oliver Daniel. The label's mission was the discovery, distribution and preservation of the finest in contemporary American music. Hundreds of American composers had their first recording released on CRI, making the label a mainstay of career develop…
 
A few months after Episode 37 'Explanation and Interruptions of a Normal State of Consciousness', we kept on digging into the incredible archive of the meditative cassette label Valley Of The Sun — now easily available online — spotting hours and hours of New Age, Fourth World and Ambient meditative music, originally composed for the purpose of con…
 
“What is M.O.O.T.? A fair question. The very fact that you have this record in your hands means that you are curious and aware that something is happening. M.O.O.T. will show you what it is and where it is.” M.O.O.T. — which stands for Music of Our Time — was a series of records released by Columbia, established by its enlightened president Goddard…
 
This episode is a focus on Table Of The Elements, an obscure american record label. It was founded by music producer and graphic designer Jeff Hunt in 1993 and has released the work of experimental and avant-garde musicians such as John Cale, Tony Conrad and La Monte Young, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Derek Bailey, Rhys Chatham and Mats Gustafsson. Ea…
 
Obscure Records was a British record label created and curated by Brian Eno with the specific purpose of publishing a series of ten albums that traced the path of ambient music’s birth. The label has been active from 1975 to 1978 issuing works from artists such as Harold Budd, Michael Nyman, David Toop and the seminal Discreet Music album by Brian …
 
Audio Arts Cassettes was a British magazine documenting contemporary artistic activity interviewing artists and curators, publishing sound performances or sound-based artworks. Audio Arts has been active from 1973 to 2006, issuing 25 volumes and now is part of the Tate Modern collection. The episode features: Uniform, Glenn Branca, Susan Hiller, Yu…
 
Studio Morra, Edizioni Morra, Edizioni Lotta Poetica, everything began in Naples, in the south of Italy at the end of the Seventies. Behind the curtains there's the Giuseppe Morra, fascinated by the subversive potential of the avant-garde and one of the first in Italy to promote artists coming from Concrete Poetry, Fluxus, Viennese Actionism and Bo…
 
What does a story sounds like? Is it possible to imagine a movie by listening to its soundtrack? Between the image in movement and the audience you can find Gianluca, a sound designer that tweaks your emotions and sensations creating soundscapes that let plot happen (@jean_soundesignstudio).The episode features: Jan Jelinek, Nadine Byrne, Visible C…
 
In 1979 Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak — three fervent record collectors — released their first album under the name Nurse With Wound. They included a list of artists on the album's cover, which represented a homage to musicians that influenced the band. Since then, the so-called NWW List has become a sort of 'shopping list' fo…
 
Recently — and by chance — we purchased two american compilations on vinyl, one entitled ‘10+2: 12 American Text Sound Pieces’ (1975) and the other ‘New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media: Women In Electronic Music’ (1977). While the first record is focused on american sound poetry, the second one is a careful introduction to the heroines of m…
 
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