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The Serene Background of the Future: Yoshio Ojima Interviewed by Spencer Doran
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The pioneering ambient music artist discusses the computer programs, musicians, and spaces that shape his soundscapes.

Nyege Nyege Tapes by Simon Gabriel
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The first time I heard something on Nyege Nyege Tapes was on computer speakers. For once, the promotional blurb wasn’t hyperbolic …

William Basinski by Lea Bertucci
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Coaxing elegies from tape loops, the composer propels us from the San Fernando Valley to deep space, then into “the long-form beyond.”

Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda
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The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

Rooked: Jeff Witscher Interviewed by Sam Wolk
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The electronic musician talks chess, information, and creating “sound music.”

Organizing Accidents: Charlotte Gainsbourg Interviewed by William J. Simmons
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The actress and singer contemplates family, language, and the nature of true artistry.

In Flow: Peter Evans Interviewed by Sam Weinberg
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The improvisor and composer contemplates polyphonic pathways and reaching past the self.

Tomoko Sauvage by Britton Powell
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The musician delves into the sonic properties and generative caprice of resonating bowls of water and melting blocks of ice—instruments that propel her latest album, Musique Hydromantique.

The Endorithm 7 by Keith Connolly
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A selection of recently reissued music by Takehisa Kosugi, Roger Doyle, Laurie Spiegel, Luciano Cilio, and Dennis Weise.

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Music in 2018
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Featuring selections by Steve Dalachinsky, Mark Fell, David Grubbs, Charmaine Lee, and more.

The Soil That Things Grew From: Ute Wassermann and Werner Durand Interviewed by Mark Harwood
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The performers recount their experiences with Henning Christiansen and his work.

For Eyes and Ears: Ursula Block Interviewed by Alan Licht
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The founder of gelbe MUSIK, the renowned record store and gallery space, speaks about its history.

Full Wack and Tender, Too: Shelley Hirsch Interviewed by Peter Stampfel
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The two musicians converse about their working-class upbringing, the elitism of the avant-garde, and the politics of goofiness.

Elaborate Intuition: Bergsonist Interviewed by Greg Zifcak
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The inventive electronic musician discusses collaboration, method, and digital distribution.

Tauba Auerbach and Sam Hillmer
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Before the premiere of their multimedia collaboration LIGATURE, visual artist Auerbach and saxophonist Hillmer talk about connectivity, geometry, and the nature of mind.

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo’s Composiciones Nativas and Miguel Flores’s Primitivo by Renato Gómez
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Peru is an experiment—from colony to slavery to independence to diasporic migration; from military to revolutionary to criollo dictatorship; and then from corruption to neoliberalism to democracy to, finally, more corruption. (Can someone rewind the tape and get us back to side A please?) In the 1970s, out of this motley salad of historical tensions came musicians Arturo Ruiz del Pozo and Miguel Flores, who questioned the nature of Peru’s cultural production and identity with sound.

Tori Kudo’s GALA-KEI: Galapagos Cellular Phone Punishment by Keith Connolly
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Ever the reductionist, three decades deep into a sprawling, marrowy discography, Japanese noise legend Tori Kudo has produced what he’s called a “life work” that, unsurprisingly, defies simple classification. 

That the Voice Is a Shared Thing: Charmaine Lee Interviewed by Conrad Tao
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The vocal improviser discusses the visceral tactility of the voice as a medium for organic and synthetic sound.

The Sonic Equivalent of a Cloud: Marisa Anderson Interviewed by Michael Blair
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The experimental guitarist talks patterns, resonance, and her latest album. 

Between the Event and Sometime Later: This Is Not This Heat Interviewed by David Grubbs
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The British experimental rock group returns to the stage.

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