Our contributor Martin Back has a new album on experimental net label, Just Not Normal. This is Martin’s second full length album and he has filled it with some highly avant garde soundscapes and textures that defy classification. In a world overrun with bedroom recordings and noise albums filled with the same three drones, Back’s work feels fresh and alive. Around every curve there seems to live an unexpected host of bright, alluring sounds that easily slip into the subconscious, leaving the listener surprised at the accelerated passage of time. It is easy to see that Martin’s future is certain in the post-experimental music world and one would do well to keep an eye on his ascent.
You can find the album here.
01 – Gravity fields for computer generated piano No. 1
02 – Izisk
03 – Garden of delights
04 – The atonement of Man
05 – Cavity search
06 – Musica nusquam
And, for those of you who are not familiar with Martin Back, here is a bit of background:
Martin Back is a sound/media artist, musician/composer and sonic provocateur living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. He studied film and video at the College of Santa under the tutelage of pioneering media theorist Gene Youngblood and media artist David Stout. He has studied experimental composition and sound art privately with composer David Dunn. Martin’s work is multiplicitous and makes use of drone, graphic and text scores, digital computers and software, custom analog electronics, field recordings, noise, custom instruments, and site specific performance. He performs often in various ensembles in New Mexico, including the Ancestral Groan Liberation Orchestra; the Soundpainting Orchestra of New Mexico; and The Transducers.