Free Radicals

Music

The World Is Ending, But At Least There's Ambient Music

Why ambient music has become my spiritual life raft.
Colin Joyce
12.19.18
Free Radicals

When Times Are Challenging, Listen to Music That Challenges You

Autechre’s new album is intimidatingly abstract and eight hours long, which is an ungodly amount of music to listen to in one sitting. You should try it.
Colin Joyce
6.28.18
Free Radicals

Somehow Lounge Music Doesn’t Suck Anymore

Bands like Quiet Friend, NADINE, Mega Bog, and more are picking up the many threads of easy-listening pop and making music that's both comforting and chaotic.
Colin Joyce
3.5.18
Thump

These Two Experimental Pieces Feel Like They Can Slow Down Time

Alvin Lucier's 'Criss Cross / Hanover' and Steve Reich's 'Pulse / Quartet,' continue several decades of their time-twisting compositional experiments.
Colin Joyce
2.7.18
Free Radicals

Spotify's "Fake" Ambient Artists Make Good Music, Actually

The faceless composers filling playlists for the streaming giant are actually a lot better than the tradition of corporate mood music that preceded them.
Colin Joyce
7.20.17
Books

I Spent Three Years Living with Runaway Rainbow Children

As travellers move along from this year’s Rainbow Gathering, author Chris Urquhart documents the year-round “Rainbow” lifestyle.
Chris Urquhart
7.13.17
Brian Eno

The Lonely Indulgence of Brian Eno’s New Album

Finding discomfort in the gauzy infinity of ‘Reflection.’
Colin Joyce
1.5.17
Best of 2016

The 25 Best Experimental Albums of 2016

From church organ drones to locked groove pranks.
Colin Joyce
12.14.16
Features

Why Are People Brushing Their Teeth at Noise Shows?: An Investigation

Untangling the densely woven web of an oral hygiene conspiracy.
Colin Joyce
11.11.16
Features

A Look at the Noise Producers Using Classic Rock Tropes to Create a New, Uncanny Americana

Free Radicals: Recent releases from Black Dice, Wolf Eyes, and a host of others look to 70s rock structures to shape their unsettling ooze.
Colin Joyce
10.18.16
Free Radicals

How a Chance Meeting in a Tiny California Town Yielded This Year's Most Colossal-Sounding Synth Record

Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s FRKWYS album is a celebration of the happy accident—and the sun.
Colin Joyce
8.15.16
Free Radicals

Dean Blunt, Inga Copeland, and the Power of Art That’s From Nowhere

The second installment of Free Radicals examines the complicated sense of place in new records from the Hype Williams family tree.
Colin Joyce
6.2.16
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