Ian Hawgood is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, instrument builder and sound engineer. He is the curator of the Home Normal, Tokyo Droning, Nomadic Kids Republic, Koen Music, and Folk Reels labels. He is well-known for supporting the early net-label scene and his sound design work has featured in installations and galleries around the world. His work as a mastering engineer features heavily across the ambient, experimental and post-classical scenes, and he currently writes music for theatre and film. His solo works have featured on a number of labels over the past ten plus years, and among his many collaborations he is perhaps best known as the sound architect behind the Black Elk quartet, as well as his work with Bvdub, Danny Norbury, and Maps and Diagrams.
After spending much of his adult life living in Japan, he currently resides in Warsaw, Poland. Since 2012 he has been working on creating music from old disused reel to reel recorders, his childhood piano, and an array of vintage synths he has been collecting for the better part of twenty years now. ‘光’ is his first fully developed solo album in 6 years, alongside his latest work with James Murray under their ‘Slow Reels’ guise.
Haruki is the pseudonym of composer/sonic artist Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, who creates sonic environments through the precise, meditated amalgamation of a diverse variety of sounds, both musical and non-musical. In any given track Haruki combines any or all sound sources; field recordings, acoustic instruments, acoustic noises, found samples, sampled instruments and so on.
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Jonathan Canupp is a name you should know but probably don’t, but then again might. He records under Ten and Tracer and I’ve been into his records for ages and ages now. Back when I was checking out early net label releases, Jonathan came up as one of two people whose work in their entirety I just fell in love with. And funny how he actually works with the other artist now and lives in the same damn city – the person being a certain Jason Corder (offthesky, Juxta Phona) no less. He makes wonderful IDM music and in fact I may have asked him years ago now to make us a ‘meaty beaty’ record. And along he comes with the very cheek of making some sublimely evolved, subtly woven record using violin, tape machines, guitars, maybe some keyboards and other stuff too. Friendless Now is a beautifully realised work, and one of my favourite Ten and Tracer releases to date.