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'N-Plants' - Biosphere
'Sky Snails' - The Electric Golem
'Echo Park' - Willamette
'Gramophone Transmissions' - Broken Harbour
'Negative Space' - Blue Sausage Infant
'Home Patterning' - compilation
'Polychromatic Integers' - Richard Lainhart
'Generate Records' - compilation
'Sung In Broken Symmetry' - Aquarelle

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Explorations in Sound is an ongoing series of high quality MP3 compilations featuring a diverse array of international artists and groups who are pushing the boundaries of their genre and exploring new terrains in sound. Each release is free to download with folding printed cover for the life of the issue it is uploaded with.

We have an open submissions policy for these releases and you don't necessarily have to be featured in any edition to be considered for inclusion. Furthernoise.org also welcomes all proposals and ideas for future releases.

Please refer to submissions page for guidelines on contributing material.

Promotional copies are also available for press and radio enquiries, contact with roger [AT] Furthernoise [DOT] org.


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March 2011

Explorations in Sound Vol. 4 The Sound of Live Performance


The sound of live performance is like no other medium for expression and unpredictability, frequently yielding interesting sonic results, both on, and off stage. Sound checks, sound failures, the misassigned patch, unintended playing outcomes, FX overloads, calibrations and pinnacles of performative exploration, can all create sources for eclectic new material. This is the inspiration for this 4th volume of Explorations in Sound, Vol.4, The Sound of Live Performance, which is a compilation of sound works generated by performative chance from a variety of live electro acoustic sound events.

Contributions come from an international group of musicians and sound artists who are all well known creative practitioners in their fields, responding to the call “What is the sound of live performance?”

Thanks to all contributing artists, and continued support from Furtherfield.org, the Furthernoise team and Arts Council England.

Curated by Roger Mills
Sleeve image and design Neil Jenkins
Produced January 2010.

All works licensed under Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales.

See this issues feature for artists statements of their process and design.

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FNCD007
February 2011

Active Crossover II, Various Artists.

'This blurring of the edges between music and environmental sounds may eventually prove to be the most striking feature of all twentieth century music' - R.Murray Schafer 1977.

'Furthernoise.org is proud to present the second in a series of net label compilation releases, Active Crossover II, featuring recordings of collaborative live performances at the Cella Venue and Grey Area Gallery, Brighton, UK in February, 2010.

Founded by sound artist Simon Whetham, Active Crossover started in 2009 from a residency in Tallinn, Estonia. Presenting workshops in field recording and composition, the residency culminated in Whetham working with John Grzinich and providing a live sound track to a performance by renowned Estonian artist Peeter Allik. This led to further collaborative performances with Grzinich and UK field recording artist Jez riley French, which produced the major works for exhibition in the UK.

The works included in this compilation were first installed in the Dark Studio at Arnolfini, Bristol in October 2009, and featured in the 'All Around You' season of events, concerning the use of sound, and field recordings in art. The exhibition has since been hosted by Grey Area Gallery in Brighton, and included additional recordings captured in, and around Bristol and Brighton. These were then combined with the original work from the residency in Estonia, charting the journey of the exhibition.

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"Active Crossover050210" by Rowan Forestier-Walker Jez riley French (60.71Mb)
"Active Crossover050210" by Dylan Nyoukis Ian Murphy (44.09Mb)
"Active Crossover280210" by Simon Whetham Daniel Jones (35.15Mb)
"Active Crossover280210" by Joseph Young Mike Blow (53.32Mb)

FNCD006
July 2010

Explorations in Sound, Vol 3 The Music of Sound

Explorations in Sound, Vol 3: Music Of Sound is a compilation of sound works inspired by the tones, drones and rhythms of everyday life. Drawing on the ideas of Pierre Schaeffers' Musique Concrète movement, contributing artists were invited to respond to the natural tones and rhythms in raw acoustic or constructed sound and field recordings. Inherent musical and rhythmic motifs were then developed through live performance, orchestration, or studio manipulation.

What results is an innovative and eclectic set of tracks from invited international artists known for their work in this field. It is the fourth in the Furthernoise.org series of high quality mp3 net releases curated by Roger Mills and free to download from the site with folding printed sleeve. Original cover artwork for this release is by Femke de Jong.

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Curated by Roger Mills

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"Rubber Bands" by Solange Kershaw (12.57Mb)
"Enclosure" by Thanos Chrysakis (10.12Mb)
"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Derek Morton (9.64Mb)
"Silver Traffic" by Gail Priest (11.67Mb)
"A Bell Struck Fumblingly Vanishes" by John Kannenberg (7.2Mb)
"Live at Interplay 07" by Iris Garrelfs & Douglas Benford (1.64Mb)
"Inside My Bike" by Simon Longo (13.63Mb)
"Silent Landscapes No. 4_ extract" by Robert Curgenven (8.6Mb)

FNCD005
May 2008

Appropriate Re-Appropriations

A compilation of innovative music & sound created with Creative Commons licensed audio.

Furthernoise has teamed up with Freesound presenting an exciting special file sharing opportunity. Part exquisite corpse, part Chinese whispers, part peer2peer ping pong.

Over the past few years the amount of audio available to re-use and manipulate governed by creative commons licensing has grown massively. Freesound (amongst others) has been a major part of this, building up an astounding library of audio which is available to anyone to download and use within the confines of the Sampling + License. This compilation illustrates new ways of using these archives of plunderphonic delight to create an ever expanding terrain of inventive new sound.

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"Every Living Thing" by Eartrumpet (11.11Mb)

FNCD04
April 2007

Helicoids

Our net release 'Helicoids' by Alex Young is a collection of melodic ambient works, simple on the surface but underpinned by multiple strands & seams of complexity. The release is free to download with fully printable sleeve.

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"Radix" by Alex Young (5.23Mb)
"Brittlestar" by Alex Young (10.22Mb)
"Conch" by Alex Young (7.43Mb)
"Basketstar" by Alex Young (5.75Mb)
"Helicoid" by Alex Young (3.95Mb)
"Lamb" by Alex Young (5.62Mb)

FNCD003
May 2006

Explorations in Sound Selection 2


In partnership with Newcastle Science Festival 06, Furthernoise presents the second in our series of 'Explorations in Sound' net releases as sonic interpretations / protests based on themes of climate change. Curated by David De La Haye it features amongst others James Wyness, Drone meisters Mikroknytes and Brazilian sonic mash-up artist SEB.


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"Aquarium" by James Wyness (4.63Mb)

FNCD002
March 2006

Furthernoise.org Explorations in Sound Selection 1


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"Ghetto Express" by Ultra-red (10.88Mb)
"tongue" by Mark Francombe (34.35Mb)
"Subterranea" by Alex Young (8.96Mb)
"The Speaker Hurts" by Holzkopf (10.43Mb)
"I've got something to tell you" by Anomaly (4.65Mb)
"edit" by Smartest Kid on Earth (10.81Mb)
"War Called" by Mac Dunlop (9.82Mb)
"track 3" by Darren Ziesing (24.36Mb)
"Darcade (edit)" by sawtooth (19.6Mb)
"Sleepdriver" by Martin Stig Andersen (19.37Mb)

FNCD001
September 2005