08 March 2024 Broadcast Preview.


CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art in a snack sized format. Dark Ambient. Drone. Field Recordings. Noise. Sound Art. Or something.

Friday afternoon’s broadcast features new Talst, Vince Clarke, Caterina Barbieri, Chelidon Frame, Joystick, Ben Frost, Muddersten, Richard Bégin, P.U.M.A., and the CITR Global Network Premiere of ‘Unus et Trinus‘ – the new collaboration by David Lee Myers, Sonologyst and Lars Bröndum.

Starting at 2 PM Pacific on CiTR 101.9FM, streaming at PLAYER.CITR.CA

(Photo Credit: Unexplained Sounds Group)


New Music Reviews By Mark Hjorthoy

Various Artists – Anthology Of Contemporary Post Industrial Music

The Unexplained Sounds Group label, (and the multitude of labels under it), create the most interesting anthologies I’ve ever heard. The ‘Anthology Of Contemporary Post Industrial Music‘ being a genre I wasn’t aware of, made me want to dive in. First off, a definition. 

“Post Industrial Music is a subgenre of industrial music that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s as an evolution of the original industrial music genre. It is characterized by a focus on experimental electronic music and soundscapes, often incorporating elements of ambient, noise, and musique concrète”.

This release is full of character, and follows this description perfectly. The experimental nature and manipulated sounds feel really authentic. Like Throbbing Gristle and early Cabaret Voltaire morphed into the future of industrial music, instead of being its founders. Each piece haunts and challenges you, while forging a path forward. It represents a new generation of sound sculptors and gives me much hope for the future of exploration. Bravo USG. Well curated. 

Vince Clarke – Songs Of Silence

If I need to explain who Vince Clarke is, you don’t like electronic music. You don’t like Depeche Mode, or Yazoo, or Erasure, and that’s just not cool. I’m going to assume you DO know who he is for this review, (and if not, Google his name. Right now). It’s not very often that he makes an album under his own name, but when he does, it’s colossal. ‘Songs Of Silence’ is a beautiful ride into “modern classic” synth territory. You get the full spectrum of his ancient synth collection mixed with the newer modular units that sway from Tangerine Dream to Alessandro Cortini without breaking a sweat. From sweet to majestic, this is exactly what I wanted to hear from Mr. Clarke. A great album to listen to on a long drive into the night. Especially if you have nowhere to go. 

Caterina Barbieri – Myuthafoo

What do I expect from an album created by Caterina Barbieri? A swirling soundtrack of guttural electronics that defies a clear definition, and that’s what you get from ‘Myuthafoo’. The first track “Memory Leak” is a speaker ripping horror that shakes you hard. From there, you’re lifted above lofty clouds and dropped back down at breakneck speed with powerful punches that give you little time to recover. It’s a triumph for anyone who loves what a modular synth can do. I wonder where the hell she’ll take us next? Until then, I’m going back for another adrenaline rush. 

Richard Bégin – Lavrador

Montreal’s Richard Bégin sets a huge standard for experimental music in our country. The genius lies in never really knowing where he will take you in each piece created. Sometimes, you’re awash in ambient swells, or submerged in electroacoustic richness. Other times you’re challenged and pulled along in a journey of lonely moments. Either way, his breathtaking offering ‘Lavrador’ is the perfect soundtrack to stillness. Quiet moments alone with headphones will reward you if you let him in. No wonder he won Unexplained Sounds Group’s IDIL Music Awards this year. A new standard for chilling cold soundscapes.