Exclusivo ad absurdum: Stream Instrumental (Adj.)’s New EP

Australia's musical scene seems to know no bounds, and, thanks to the talents and efforts of people like Lachlan of Art as Catharsis, they are spread to the outside world. Case in point: I have the pleasure of introducing you to the entirety of Reductio ad absurdum, the upcoming EP from Sydney trio Instrumental (Adj.). The three have made quite a few waves on the Internet when they released their surprising and fresh debut A Series of Disagreements. It was short, but it overflowed with clever musical ideas and precise execution. It was jazzy, progressive, aggressive, mathematical, and, most of all, I couldn't get enough of listening to it.

Hey! Listen to Öz Ürügülü!

Öz Ürügülü is a very little-known sextet from Switzerland. Indeed, at this moment, they have slightly more than 420 likes on facebook. Fortunately, this is by no means a measure of a band's talent. I came across Öz Ürügülü about a year ago, and was very impressed by their debut, Forgotten Archives. Earlier this week, I got an automated email from bandcamp telling me that they've just released a new album: Fashion and Welfare.

Beyond the Veil: Behold the Xenharmonic, or, Understanding Microtonal Music

Microtonal music is a subject seldom tackled. First, it's complex and pretty much endless, and then it's also quite obscure, being only rarely used in day-to-day context. Therefore, it's often never even encountered to begin with. With this article, I will try to demystify the theory behind microtonal music so you can understand it, and hopefully appreciate it. I will also hop between the terms microtonal and xenharmonic, as they are interchangeable.

öOoOoOoOoOo – Samen

France is increasingly known as a breeding grounds for avant-garde and otherwise forward-thinking music. Maybe there's something in the culture of the country that maintains the revolutionary spirit of their an... Read More...

Brain Tentacles – Brain Tentacles

Brain Tentacles is a three-year-old project with members from Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio. They recently signed to Relapse Records and worked on their self-titled debut album, to be released on September 30. The formation is similar in shape to Trioscapes: a trio comprising a saxophonist, a bassist, and a drummer. However, the comparisons stop there, as Brain Tentacles' doomy, sludgy, saxophone-filled metal is far from the progressive fusion rock of Trioscapes.

Beyond the Veil: Twelve-Tone Technique

For this week's Beyond the Veil, I'll be your substitute teacher. We're going to look into twelve-tone technique, also called dodecaphony and twelve-tone serialism. It's a technique used in some of today's more "intellectual" metal writing. It's a useful knowledge to possess, as it can add colour to your compositional palette and help you grow as a musician and as a listener as well. So, let's lift the veil of obscurity on twelve-tone serialism, and let me introduce you to this technique, listeners and musicians alike!