“Ivry” by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith

Inspired by and honoring the life of French poet Antonin Artaud

With The Peyote Dance, Patti Smith joins experimental sound outfit Soundwalk Collective in a work in tribute of French poet Antonin Artaud. Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stéphan Crasneanscki traveled to the Norogachi municipality of Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara (otherwise known as the Copper Canyon), where Artaud himself traveled in 1936—curious to know whether a peyote shaman from the Rarámuri people could free him of an opioid addiction. Soundwalk …

Holy Ghost!: Escape From Los Angeles

Some six years since NYC-based outfit Holy Ghost! (aka Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel) released Dynamics, the duo has announced a new LP in Work. From it comes “Escape From LA,” a glittery synth-heavy bop that is wildly satisfying. Full of disco influences, the song—and all other tracks from the record—were made using just a Yamaha CS80 and Mini Moog, but the result is rich and …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Musicality

For makers, listeners and lovers of music

Be it battling over the office Sonos system or sharing our favorite tracks every day, music holds an important position in our lives. Beyond searching for new artists and discovering interesting or obscure tunes, we also seek out equipment to make the listening (or music-making) experience even better—from speakers to headphones, synths and more. Of course, as music lovers with curious minds, our interest doesn’t end …