Listen to This: Mute Speaker’s Jong Wuk Charity Album, Available on Liquid Noise

Enough gear. Let’s get some music to hear. From the UK to Cambodia, Rob O’Hara is making beautifully-crafted music we never want to miss. So a new record is absolutely time for attention – and time to bring in our friend and regular columnist Matt Earp, aka Kid Kameleon, to give a listen. I’ve written about Rob O’Hara before for CDM, about this time last year – he’s mega-talented and makes excellent, no-frills hip-hop head-nodders under the name Mute Speaker. All his tunes just kick and punch and spin in all the right ways. You can grab most of his …

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Birthday, Charming Animation by Renata Gasiorowska to Music of Alphabets Heaven

Alphabets Heaven – Birthday from diplodok493 on Vimeo. It has been extraordinary to watch the explosion of animation talent, as digital and traditional techniques merge, making newly-practical the role of the individual, independent animation artist. Today’s truly lovely example comes from young Łódź, Poland-based animator Renata Gąsiorowska, who collaborates with music label King Deluxe on a video for Brighton, UK band Alphabets Heaven. (We covered King Deluxe and their love for videos last fall.) Against the focused whimsy of that music, Renata’s animation weaves a fanciful narrative, perfectly timed to the pacing and flow of the tune. See the in-progress …

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Good Listening: You Need More Mute Speaker In Your Life [Interview]

Music with beats can get some people down in the mouth, as the demands of the commercial dance floor wedge music into narrow genres and expectations, awash in nostalgia. And that’s just the time CDM turns to our regular columnist Matt Earp, not only to help us find the artists dancing to their own drummer, but to get to know the people behind the music. Next stop: Brighton, for a Brixton boy. -Ed. Sometimes you just need a little boom bap in your life. I don’t care if you consider your tribe to be techno or house, trap or ambient, …

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In a World of Sonic Toys, Sound Design Craft Comes Alive: Simon Pyke Short Film

As pundits lament the loss of the album or conventional musical roles, it might be easy to miss a barely-hidden revolution in the craft of sound. Pieced together from the simplest of found acoustic instruments and strange electrified sonic organisms, fashioned with the most sophisticated of digital tools and computer music production machines, artists open an ocean of new musical and sonic discovery. The new venues and patrons proliferate, ranging from interactive installations to so-called “sonic branding,” sound design for games and motion spots and television, and yes, somewhere in there, even produce an album now and then. Just ask …

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