AMN Reviews: Reid Karris – Divinatio Exitium (2017; Lurker Bias)

Chicago’s Reid Karris has put out a series of recordings over the last several years that have largely flown under the radar, which is a shame considering how much he has grown as a composer and experimentalist with each one. A guitarist, Karris’s focus is on taking samples of recordings, then processing and layering them until the nature of the source material is almost obscured. The result here is a boiling mixture of jagged sounds that stop just short of being a wall or a drone.

Split over two 15-minute tracks, Divinatio Exitium features rattling, bell-like sounds, squeaks, and percussive elements over a bed of sculpted white noise. Scraping metal is coupled with shifting melanges that evoke a swarm of locusts. This morphs into industrial pulsing, hammering, junkyard noise. Rarely does the pace slow down, as Karris offers an active, yet tectonic, slab of musique concrete.

According to Karris, the album’s title roughly translates as “inspired destruction,” an apt moniker indeed.

Chicago Scene: March 12-18, 2017

Andrea Centazzo - Mandala Roma - Auditorium

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, March 12th 2017

7:00PM at Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust, Milwaukee WI, 414.263.5001
Olivia Block

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Damon Short’s Brass Menagerie, with Russ Johnson, Ryan Schultz, Michael Vlatkovich, Larry Kohut

Monday, March 13th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Nicola Hein, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Phillip Sudderberg

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, March 14th 2017
7:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)

9:00PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243
Dissent Series
Dave Rempis, Ryan Packard, Aaron Zarzutzki

Wednesday, March 15th 2017

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Tom Rainey

Thursday, March 16th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Pascal Niggenkemper Solo
Pascal Niggenkemper, Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, Aaron Zarzutzki

Friday, March 17th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Volcano Radar : Julia Miller, Elbio Barilari, Andrea Centazzo, Giancarlo Schiaffini

8:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis, with Scott Robinson, Camila Meza, Ed Perez, Henry Cole

Saturday, March 18th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Erik Friedlander’s Black Phebe, with Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai

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Steve Roach Interview

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Source: Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

Following his enthusiastic interest in experimental electronic and progressive music as a young man in California in the 1970s, Steve Roach now stands as one of the core figures in the open-ended field. His daunting, astonishingly rich catalog of albums, covering solo work as well as a multitude of collaborations, ranges from cold, grim sequencer voyages through blackest space to warm, bright evocations of vast landscapes, often inspired by the Arizona desert where he and his family have made their home for decades.

New Releases from Midira Records

From Midira Records.


Tegh alias Shahin Entezami is an Iranian sound artist from Tehran, a modern city in the north of Iran with a population of about 16 million people in the whole area. Tehran is also the home of a very interesting and very active scene around electronic and ambient music.

“Downfall” is a masterpiece, which caught our hearts and minds after listening to the first sounds. The album is divided into five tracks based on electronic sounds with a perfectly executed balance between noise and melodic elements. There is an approach to the sound that is comparable to that of Tim Hecker, but with a more melancholic expression. Tegh establishes his very own space in the world of noisy ambient music and leaves a trail that is worth to be followed.


You may not be familiar with this act, but Paolo Monti alias The Star Pillow is celebrating his 10 years anniversary this year. Last year he released his highly acclaimed album “Above” via Time Released Sound, now he returns with “Invisible Summer” and it´s a pleasure for us to release his album in occasion of his anniversary.

“Invisible Summer” is a very introverted, intense and melancholic piece of guitar-ambient-drone-work with a core of three epic tracks from 15 to 26 minutes, dedicated to the summer months, which were recorded during a hot summer in north Italy, where Paolo Monti lives.