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oootini
I've not heard of her until recently, but she has some absolutely marvelous easel music coming out.

https://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-sundry-1/

her tides album is also great:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tides/id928621647
orangehexagon
Wow, that sundry track is huge and impressive.

thanks for sharing!
oootini
Yeah I had it on loop today. It's really something.
sundog
amazing piece!

she posted a rather ace video on the Buchla forum a few months back

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=124138

DanPacific
Fantastic - thanks for the heads up!
reignbear
she posted some really nice buchla 100 recordings here a few years ago as well.

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65172
sundog
snakehead
She was in that Moog Modular video. Really impressive stuff. M geddes Gengras too. I think people like that can make good music regardless of what kind of equipment they are on.
tomerbe
just checked this out - really great stuff...
Thee Loving Hand
really enjoying this. thanks for the tip off.
xclark
I'm really digging on this track from her next album, EARS.

KAS: "In recording EARS, my intention was to take audiences on a sonic motion ride through a futuristic jungle. My hope is that, on a straight-through listen, in a darkened room, on a loud stereo, EARS will inspire a rich visual narrative in listeners' minds."

[s]https://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith[/s]
eBerkhout
Yes! This new track is so delicious. I missed out on seeing her supporting Panda Bear in NYC back in October... Hoping she makes it over to London sometime soon.
templar
nice little interview and voice demonstration

StanleyHiller
This video is great
dc_Sux
The new album is great.

Nice little video too.
First few seconds of Existence in the Unfurling sounds just like Mylo's Muscle Cars
imxtristan
Awesome video! Thanks for sharing this. I really like what she's got going on. How about all the Studio Electronics- that big synth is sexy as all get out!
Daisuk
Good stuff! Really liked that Arthrorpoda track - will have to check out the album. Thanks for sharing! thumbs up
blungo2
Great thread, thanks!
TheNavigator
I really dig that Arthropoda track. Her compositions on these are fantastic. So many times I hear the same ambient drone-ness to modular. She really has some beautiful music.
noisejockey
Super inspiring and, yeah, super strong music. Thanks for getting her work firmly on my radar!
TheNavigator
Just finished listening to te first run through of the EARS album while making dinner and cleaning.

I really enjoyed it. The vocals are haunting and beautiful and her use of the Buchla Easel was so organic.

Well played, KAS.
Eme
templar wrote:
nice little interview and voice demonstration



Absolutely inspiring, what a great artist we're not worthy
rupertlally
Any Swiss-based Wigglers (I know there are a few of you on here) going to the gig she's doing with Battles at Rote Fabrik, in Zurich on Wednesday 6.4?
simonlubie
great video, very inspirational! excellent album too! nice work.
eyetomymoon
Also just stumbled into her myself today (via MN Twitter feed) and have been watching / listening up on her. Nice work(s)...
trickness
Ears is really great all the way through, especially on vinyl.
TheNavigator
trickness wrote:
Ears is really great all the way through, especially on vinyl.



Oh damn...
I may need to look into the vinyl. I really dig this album. It's been on repeat in my car for a few days now.
dan_k
trickness wrote:
Ears is really great all the way through, especially on vinyl.


Glad to hear! awaiting its arrival.
resonaut
Caught her live in The Hague a few days ago. She also did a small Buchla masterclass/Q&A which was nice, went through all the components of her live show as well as the ay she uses the Easel live.
dc_Sux
dan_k wrote:
trickness wrote:
Ears is really great all the way through, especially on vinyl.


Glad to hear! awaiting its arrival.


+1
hamildad
Loving this album,

a really well balanced mix of all the elements.
dumaisaudio
Saw the article on Pitchfork last month and was surprised to see them feature someone playing the Buchla of all things. Then that FACT video with the Make Noise track sealed the deal, so I ordered the new album. I've listened to it twice now, and it's definitely something I'll be coming back to. Feels like equal parts Philip Glass and Subotnick.
sleepmcevox
There is a nice interview / profile of her up on the Madrona Labs website too. http://madronalabs.com/
Badwhite
Good looking out- this stuff is killer! Thanks~ smile
tmcnvs
"existence in the unfurling" is amazing!
travx259r
She's got a nice bandcamp!

https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/
sleepmcevox
Resident Advisor breaking through profile too:
https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2693



w00t
dumaisaudio
sleepmcevox wrote:
Resident Advisor breaking through profile too:
https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2693
w00t


There's also a free 4 song sampler download with the feature too.
stwerewolf
sounds like she's got a collaborative record with Suzanne Ciani coming out on RVNG Intl in the summer <3
Doublecoolbossman
She is awesome! Found that YouTube video of her the other day and checked out her albums. nanners
boboter
Bought 'Ears' on vinyl today and just can't stop listening. Madly in love with this album. Such inspiring work.
Orbless
seriously, i just don't get it Am I one of the few who finds her extremely boring? I have seen her live as well. I don't think arpeggios are that fun i guess.
glia
@orbless I appreciate the recordings because her style is so different from my approach to synthesis

and the engineering is on point

something to learn from imo
matyas
Just finished listening to _Ears_ on vinyl. What a fantastic album! And her approach to synthesis is so musical and organic. I especially loved the integration of the woodwinds into the synth textures.
kragg
Very nice music indeed.
I bought two albums, and i'm listening to them quite a lot.
gruvsyco
Looking forward to her upcoming release with Suzanne Ciani SlayerBadger!
Colinmalloycram
Yeah, she is great. I know her background is in classical music, which, I think, is part of the reason that she sounds so different from a lot of electronic music.
shreeswifty
i just got a copy of EARS on vinyl and i liken it to an old Phillip Glass vibe but with more ornamentation. It's a real interesting record and sounds lush, warm and stunning. I think it's really nice to see someone release a "synth" record that does not ape dance/IDM/glitch of dubstep styles and is moving towards a much more minimal classical a la Glass/Reich/Riley. In the age of vinyl releases that are all double LPs i could have certainly listened to another 20+ minutes of KAS.
rec.Koner
Just have found out about.

Very nice, it's rare to encounter beautiful* passages on buchla, ans shot/recorded in quality.

*subjectively, of course
analogdrummer
Saw her in LA at Hollywood Forever. Her live show was fantastic - highly recommended.
simolasco
Saw a video on youtube with the Easel, cool stuff!
GuyaGuy
Just saw her tonight in the sculpture garden at MoMa in NYC--a lovely setting for her blissed-out sounds. She used the Easel, Teenage Engineering OP-1 and a headset mic. It's really refreshing to see someone who is a legitimate performer on (semi)modular.
dumaisaudio
Here's a session she did on the BBC last month:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07jmvbh

"LA based composer and musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is something of a modular synth fanatic. Mentored by 'diva of the diode' Suzanne Ciani, Smith has dedicated herself to mastering the idiosyncrasies of the rare Buchla synthesiser. For this one-off collaboration she meets free-form drummer Greg Fox, formerly of black-metal band Liturgy and now avant-garde duo Guardian Alien."
simolasco
GuyaGuy wrote:
Just saw her tonight in the sculpture garden at MoMa in NYC--a lovely setting for her blissed-out sounds. She used the Easel, Teenage Engineering OP-1 and a headset mic. It's really refreshing to see someone who is a legitimate performer on (semi)modular.


Dang I wish I knew that she was playing! Very curious about the easel and op1 combo...
kindredlost
My heart just stopped...

Avjr
kindredlost wrote:
My heart just stopped...



Feel free to share some thoughts on it once you gave it a few spins!
kragg
It sounds lovely
https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/album/frkwys-vol-13-sunergy
Nofrenchtests
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.
gruvsyco
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.


this x infinity
drant
They made a short(ish) documentary about recording it:

Avjr
drant wrote:
They made a short(ish) documentary about recording it:



I came here to post exactly this. ^

And this made me do a bit of math. With the money i already spent on eurorack i could've got a Buchla.

WANT TO TRADE: a kidney for a Buchla.
dumbledog
It's up on iTunes and Spotify now. Still locked on Bandcamp.
Yeggman
gruvsyco wrote:
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.


this x infinity


It's pretty easy to get... you can get an mp3, wav, or flac version from Boomkat:

https://boomkat.com/products/buchla-concerts-1975
Innerself2007
Yeggman wrote:
gruvsyco wrote:
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.


this x infinity


It's pretty easy to get... you can get an mp3, wav, or flac version from Boomkat:

https://boomkat.com/products/buchla-concerts-1975


Can also get it here, I just ordered one https://www.strandedrecords.com/collections/catalogue/products/suzanne -ciani-buchla-concerts-1975-lp
Nofrenchtests
Yeggman wrote:
gruvsyco wrote:
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.


this x infinity


It's pretty easy to get... you can get an mp3, wav, or flac version from Boomkat:

https://boomkat.com/products/buchla-concerts-1975


Just bought it! Thankyou!
Yeggman
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Yeggman wrote:
gruvsyco wrote:
Nofrenchtests wrote:
Just preordered. Wish it was as easy to pick up a copy of Cianni's Buchla Concert LP.


this x infinity


It's pretty easy to get... you can get an mp3, wav, or flac version from Boomkat:

https://boomkat.com/products/buchla-concerts-1975


Just bought it! Thankyou!


You're welcome! Guinness ftw!

There's some real gems hidden in Boomkat. Check out what they have for Eliane Radigue, too. (Her stuff is more expensive for some reason, but at least it's there!)
merchant
Really like Sunergy, the whole thing is such a pleasure to listen to.
Kwantor
been playing EARS all day... lovely Hope to catch here live at either Amsterdam or Antwerp
scottmoon
New Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith music animated

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=goegShPV3i0#action=share
confusedmachine
She's playing the Sydney Festival, which is awesome news and a bit of a surprise.
Annwn
confusedmachine wrote:
She's playing the Sydney Festival, which is awesome news and a bit of a surprise.


Down here for Mona too! Looks like a pretty amazing lineup this year.
Recitative
Interview on Australian radio:

http://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-on-bre aking-and-entering/
stwerewolf
Recitative wrote:
Interview on Australian radio:

http://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-on-bre aking-and-entering/


and http://www.nts.live/shows/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith/episodes/kaitlyn-aurel ia-smith-27th-january-2017
stwerewolf
stwerewolf wrote:
Recitative wrote:
Interview on Australian radio:

http://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-on-bre aking-and-entering/


and http://www.nts.live/shows/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith/episodes/kaitlyn-aurel ia-smith-27th-january-2017


she's also touring the UK at the start of June
charlie6
Anyone seeing KAS at the Knockdown Center in NYC? March 25
faxe_kondi
Has everyone heard her new-ish song "An Intention"? I think it's pretty great and I'm definitely excited for the new album.
digits
faxe_kondi wrote:
Has everyone heard her new-ish song "An Intention"? I think it's pretty great and I'm definitely excited for the new album.


Yep, really great. So was the Sade cover she released on Bandcamp not too long ago. Really stoked for her new record, and I'm seeing her perform in November.
nklif
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-on-ne w-album-the-kid-w502838
GuyaGuy
nklif wrote:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-on-ne w-album-the-kid-w502838

thumbs up
Looking forward to the new LP
nklif
Yeah, sounds great and she's always evolving
amnesia
I love the new track An Invertation.i think it's one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time but I am not a fan of her miming playing the Buchla live when it's clearly not the Buchla making the sounds. I could be wrong as I have never used the Midi but she seems to miming on it. I am fairly sure that the Easel sequencer isn't a vca as well.
Comparing the live version of An Invertation to the album version the only difference is the vocals mix has more of the "male" vocal up louder in the mix.
GuyaGuy
amnesia wrote:
I love the new track An Invertation.i think it's one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time but I am not a fan of her miming playing the Buchla live when it's clearly not the Buchla making the sounds. I could be wrong as I have never used the Midi but she seems to miming on it. I am fairly sure that the Easel sequencer isn't a vca as well.
Comparing the live version of An Invertation to the album version the only difference is the vocals mix has more of the "male" vocal up louder in the mix.

I'd be surprised if there was miming. I think that impression probably comes from how performative her movements are when playing. You can see that in her videos just with the Buchla or with the Moog gear as well. But also, like she mentions in that interview, her recordings are basically "live" recordings, practiced until she is ready to record. So it's no surprise that the live recordings sound like the live recordings!
ExtrasensoryPerception
Yeah...no. She is miming, whether she admits it or not. Ableton Live playback makes up most of her performances: I talked to a few people who shared stages with her and were able to confirm this, though she is not too keen on sharing.
That doesn't mean she isn't good at what she does, of course....live is very different from studio.
amnesia
I saw her live and didnt actually hear much Easel at all. Her music is great though I just didnt see the point in the miming.
baremountain
Just got my copy of The Kid in the mail the other day. It's a freakin' masterpiece!
It also came with a nice promo poster, which I hung right behind my Euro. Got the supreme goddess looking down on me while I learn & take baby steps we're not worthy
gruvsyco
Listening to it now. It's very nice. She really makes me wish I had any kind of aptitude for singing at all.
amnesia
The Kid is like if Laurie Anderson and Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins) met on a small Asian island and dropped acid. :-)
BLX
amnesia wrote:
The Kid is like if Laurie Anderson and Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins) met on a small Asian island and dropped acid. :-)


well I'm sold based on this smile

Was a big fan of Ears
GuyaGuy
Into it on the first listen. She's added Western classical instruments fairly liberally, she also looks East with gamelans and chimes. Much of it feels tropical--complex but bathed in light, bird chirps. And her natural voice sit much more solidly in the middle than on previous LPs with the digital harmonizing in the background.
mome rath
she was my soundtrack to the solar eclipse


kragg
Beautiful track.
cyclopeatron
I've seen pictures of her playing what appears to be a eurorack rig at her last few shows:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWo9dQnT85/?hl=en&taken-by=kaitlynaurelia

Does anyone know what she's playing? Any photos or eyewitness reports?
memes_33
cyclopeatron wrote:

Does anyone know what she's playing? Any photos or eyewitness reports?


going to see her tonight in SF- i'll report back!
memes_33
soooo
i went to the show last night- she was great and the visuals were pretty cool, too. unfortunately, i didn't get close enough to see details, but she's mostly running eurorack (i didn't see any buchla but again i didn't get close enough to see details).

so basically i don't have any more info to add other than "she's using some eurorack"
Clacky
Saw her show last night. Sounded great, cool video.

Unclear what all was going on up there. Gear spotting: she had a Eurorack setup that looked to be a descendant of the one in the video posted above by mome rath. Looked like the Make Noise case with the bus in the middle. And probably she had a Tempi, a Maths, a Wogglebug, and a René, among other modules -- but it was hard to tell from where I was. There were all also two laptops, a much-used foot pedal, and various things on a tabletop that I couldn't make out.
yeatsvisitslincoln
How close is the performance to the recorded music?

I really want to see her live, but she hasn't come anywhere remotely close to me.
Clacky
yeatsvisitslincoln wrote:
How close is the performance to the recorded music?

I really want to see her live, but she hasn't come anywhere remotely close to me.


Well I had only listened to the new album a couple times, so take this for what it's worth, but I thought the live segments sounded a lot like the album tracks. My sense is that her music has a lot of intentionally composed elements, so that what gets recorded is (multiple tracks of?) the performance of a score that she could in principle perform again.
subbasshead
Four Tet Remix

[s]http://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/kaitlyn-aurelia-smith-i-will-ma ke-room-for-you-four-tet-remix[/s]

Four Tet remix direct soundcloud link



Dont know why soundcloud wont embed
bobdylan
yeatsvisitslincoln wrote:
How close is the performance to the recorded music?

I really want to see her live, but she hasn't come anywhere remotely close to me.


I saw her earlier last year and it sounded exactly like the record and she was definitely "performing" it. As in I don't think many if any backing tracks were used and it was really impressive.

So impressive actually that she was the sole reason I decided to make the plunge into modular synthesis. Now I'm about 4 months in and I'm loving it! I got to speak with her for a couple minutes after her performance and she seemed very down to earth and wise.

I wasn't a huge fan of her latest album I'll be honest (gonna give it another try one of these days) but Ears is one of my favourites for sure. And tides is great too, lots of really amazing moments. Specifically "stunts". Her music sounds like nature to me. Seemingly random and chaotic but it all has this serenity to it like walking through a dense forest.

I would definitely see her again. Really impressive amazing artist.
yeatsvisitslincoln
bobdylan wrote:
yeatsvisitslincoln wrote:
How close is the performance to the recorded music?

I really want to see her live, but she hasn't come anywhere remotely close to me.


I saw her earlier last year and it sounded exactly like the record and she was definitely "performing" it. As in I don't think many if any backing tracks were used and it was really impressive.

So impressive actually that she was the sole reason I decided to make the plunge into modular synthesis. Now I'm about 4 months in and I'm loving it! I got to speak with her for a couple minutes after her performance and she seemed very down to earth and wise.

I wasn't a huge fan of her latest album I'll be honest (gonna give it another try one of these days) but Ears is one of my favourites for sure. And tides is great too, lots of really amazing moments. Specifically "stunts". Her music sounds like nature to me. Seemingly random and chaotic but it all has this serenity to it like walking through a dense forest.

I would definitely see her again. Really impressive amazing artist.


That's a very apt description, that her music sounds like nature. I may steal that one razz She's a reason why I got into synthesis, as well. I've probably listened to the Kid more than either of the previous two since it's come out, but EARS might still be my favorite. The Kid definitely needs a few listens to unpack as I now find myself getting excited in certain songs anticipating certain sounds or melodies.
npseaver
We've had KAS on loop over here for a few months, definitely a big influence on my decision to explore modular stuff myself (though I'm fending off lust for the Buchla...for now). Somehow had missed the Sade cover—thanks, digits!
GuyaGuy
Set aside some time for this one on her new label.
https://touchtheplants.com/



The Riley influence is more noticeable on this one but the cartoon side effects are new and amusing!
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