Sound

sacro sanct 
by Matt Smiley 
Colorado 
March 18, 2020
 

a multi-tracked recording of electro-acoustic sounds mixed in with field recordings, circuit bent objects, cassette tapes and other misc. noises.

Matt Smiley is a bassist, composer, and educator from Staunton, Virginia, now residing in northern Colorado. In his work as a performer and a composer, Smiley focuses on developing systems and modes of playing at the nexus of composition and improvisation that reference elements of established American vernacular and experimental music traditions, while simultaneously and idiosyncratically deviating from them. His multifaceted and studied approach to both the bass and composition enable an adroit facility in both idiomatic and non-idiomatic settings. Since moving to Colorado, Smiley has worked with a number of diverse and prominent performers and composers including Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Stephen Drury, Jean-Claude Risset, Terrell Stafford, and Greg Osby. In addition to his rigorous performance schedule, he teaches at both Denver School of the Arts Jazz Camp and The Gift of Jazz, a non-profit focusing on enriching the community through the creation, promotion, and preservation of the art of jazz in the Rocky Mountain Region.

mattsmiley.bandcamp.com

Dirt is Always the Same

by Scald Hymn 

Belchertown, MA 

March 25, 2020

 
Instagram: @l.i.t.l
Same, but different
by Federico Balducci
West Springfield, MA USA
 

The music of Puerto Rican guitarist and composer Federico Balducci can be described as a mixture of classical and ambient music with unusually intricate harmonies.

federicobalducci7.bandcamp.com

slow karaoke

by clay b. ardito 

New York NY USA

April 2020

karaoke is usually a social activity, usually done at a bar, and usually with friends, often intoxicated. but now, is this surrealist reality, many of us have taken to doing karaoke at home alone, or with the people we live with.  i personally have taken this opportunity to practice songs that are challenging and i would never have the nerve to do in front of strangers or my friends.  these are mostly slow songs, sung by particularly talented vocalists, which i am not. i recorded some of these songs, and, although i practiced them a lot, they are full of mistakes and notes that i just cant possibly reach. so here they are things i am certainly embarrassed by but also nothing has any meaning anymore so, wth.

Instagram: @chain.twyler

 
Saving All My Love For YouWhitney Houston
I Can't Make You Love MeBonnie Raitt
Writing's On The WallSam Smith
You're So VainCarly Simon

Boot Struck + siren

by Chain Twyler

New York NY, USA

March - May, 2020

 
Bootstruck
siren

country/noise/pop project by clay ardito

Instagram: @chain.twyler