Pygnosis’ 1995 PlayStation launch title introduced the combination of futuristic anti-gravity racing and 90s rave music. And it came complete with music by legendary Welsh game composer CoLD SToRAGE – arguably eclipsing even tracks in later editions that included Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, and Orbital. And now Wipeout arrives in a browser port of a source code leak – and it’s a fascinating technical portrait, and least while it lasts.Read more
“Piano” is bookended by sketches on a partly-ruined piano in a war zone – messages over an army radio heard crackling in the background. In between, there is the warmth of a 1920s German instrument in the artist’s Kyiv flat and grandmother’s house before the war. Ukrainian artist John Object is now living mainly as PFC Timur Dzhafarov, deployed to the front. In sounds, images, and words, he has opened up about what that reality means.
Zabte Sote is a wellspring of inspiration, not because of some fetishization of Iran or least of all its pain, but as a reservoir of adventurous curation and expressive sound design. It’s a label that consistently has something to say. This year Ate ‘Sote’ Ebtekar has already put out three more gems, and it’s worth visiting all three.
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