Sound + Process x GLIA

Sound and Process deconstructs new electronic and experimental works through conversations with their composers. These artists all belong to the online community lines (, the forum of grid instrument and eurorack module maker monome (

This episode explores GLIA's 'muqarnas'. Over the hour, Dan and Jonathan (GLIA's offline name) discuss the impact the Persian language had on the album, improvising with electronics, creativity in prefab culture, and the depths to which instrumental artists encode themselves in their music.

Selections from 'muqarnas' provide framework, excepting the outro track, which is the previously unreleased '318(fesdup)'.

Nooga x Innertravels

Ambient music is a difficult thing to do well and involves a great deal more care and intuitiveness than most people give it credit for. There's so much room for the artist to simply connect a few filaments of sound together and call it ambient without ever realizing the enormous opportunities that exist within the genre. Thankfully, musicians like Inner Travels understand the complexities and detail-driven dexterity of ambient music and develop their sounds accordingly. Know for his minimal but emotional compositions, Inner Travels uses simple rhythms and tones to create works of breathtaking beauty from simple origins.

On his latest record, "Bakasyiong," he fashions a graceful and crystalline collection of tracks that ebb and flow in an amorphous synth procession. The tracks are wisps of movement, barely registering at times before passing by. But each one is more than just a passing pattern written temporarily in the air. These songs inhabit a complex and intricate environment of motion and possess a subtle but determined identity. You could easily lose copious amounts of time just lazing about on these rhythms—they're relaxing but maintain a continuous direction and perspective. And for ambient music, that's a difficult and rare thing to accomplish.

The Quietus x Spool's Out - The Hydra

I really can’t get enough of Dimitris Papadatos’ music since stumbling across his Jay Glass Dubsproject last year and including it in the Spool’s Out best of 2015 list. Papadatos seems to be something of a musical polyglot, with several extremely distinct musical projects under his belt, including a singer-songwriter project called KU. The Hydra however, is something more akin to the trippy instrumental sonics of Jay Glass Dubs, albeit far more open-ended and less indebted to Jah. The Morals album out on Nutty Wombat in Papadatos’ home city of Athens constitutes vast realisations of scattered dusty instrumental landscapes. We wander over a ground littered with synthetic drones, clambering over bountiful mountain ranges of queasy drum machine programming and squelchy samples. The vastness of the productions lends something narrative to both tapes, with the even longer form tracks on the Phinery-released Soft Minerals getting even more widescreen, more cinematic, and more scary. The 13 minutes of ‘Ready For This’ resemble a bastard child of György Ligeti and Muslimgauze, smashing ungodly atonality into industrial techno frameworks, while ‘The Secret Violence’ spends 17 minutes flying through the most unnerving cosmic voids since Klaus Schulze’s Cyborg. Noisy drum and bass even makes a showing in the sickening mix of crunched samples and overdriven pads that is ‘A Minstrel Captive’. A unique and bizarre new voice.

- Tristan Bath

AdHoc x Andrew Weathers & Seth Chrisman

On their second collaborative work, producers and multi-instrumentalists Andrew Weathers and Seth Chrisman craft a billowing, atmospheric suite for synthesizers and driftwood. Like Louellathis c20 on the Danish Phinery Tapes is a relaxed and wandering exploration of ambient arpeggios and textural field recordings. Although Ever Steady doesn't contain the skilled inflections of Americana drone that Weathers loves to explore in his work, the tape is very much inseperable from the West Coast, and the sprawling national parks that set the backdrop for these two composers. Both Chrisman and Weathers draw heavily from the environment and from nature for inspiration, which gives their digital soundscapes and electroacoustic improvisations an eerily natural quality, like an abandoned ranger outpost that has remained in a forest long enough to earn a place in its history. Weathers' label, Full Spectrum Records, often releases works of experimental folk and country, such as Chrisman's distinctly rural homage to good 'ole Upstate New York, Olivebridge. In this instance, the pair convey Point Reyes National Seashore, in California. A physical artifact from their session finds its way into "Bishop Pine," giving the work an essential sense of place.

AdHoc x Innertravels

Bakasyiong, the title of the latest collection of synth instrumentals from Inner Travels, is a Tagalog word that means "vacation." The choice of name is a little on the nose, as the Wisconsin-based artist conceived of almost all the tracks on this new release during a nearly monthlong stay in Davao City, a town on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. But the moniker certainly fits the mood that S. Targo, the gent behind Inner Travels, presents herein. As with his previous efforts, these simple, understated compositions that dance little arpeggiated melodies and sparkling drones around the stereo field are meant to massage your pre-frontal cortex, sending you into a state of blissful relaxation. The same kind of feeling you get when you're separated from your day job and the worries of home life while visiting another part of the world. Bakasyiong also carries with it a slightly haunted quality, particularly on "VII," a collage of improvised performances captured on a tape deck. The rumble and hiss of the analog recording root the song's otherwise lovely, pinging tones in the present day, and letting the listener keep one foot in reality while the rest of the body goes on a spectral journey.