Mourning Álvaro Ruiz, visionary Mexican electronic music producer

Late last week, we learned of the passing of a legend of electronic music production, Mexico’s Álvaro Ruiz Mayagoitia. His wide-ranging talent across various aliases (Balboa, Ruisort) should have gotten far wider recognition outside of Mexico. It turned with ease from glitchy experimental minimalism to hip-hop electronica to soundtracks, his imagination simply refused to be confined to a single form of expression.

Watch Hexorcismos make AI performative and personal in this live show

In contrast to big data, automation, and bland prompts, artist Moisés Horta Valenzuela (Hexorcismos) is making machine learning into a live AV instrument using his own data sets and idiosyncratic, technoshamanistic approach. Check out this latest iteration of his live show Nahualtia Tlatzotzonalli (Shapeshifter Musician).

Peter Kirn - July 26, 2023

Crushing on your moustache… dark disco music video premiere with Local Suicide, Skelesys

You deserve a summer break. Here’s a dark disco love ode to a moustache, made by Greek-Argentinian partnership of Local Suicide and Skelesys, with a cheeky video by Lebanese-born video artist Zaher JR. Come for that silliness, stick around for a who’s-who of music artists redefining queer identity and the harp, acid to post-punk and beyond.

Peter Kirn - July 18, 2022

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