Free Radicals

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 travelers move along from this year’s Rainbow Gathering, author Chris Urquhart documents their year-round lifestyle.
Chris Urquhart
7.13.17
Free Radicals

Félicia Atkinson’s Music Is Full of Whispers, Both Intimate and Terrifying

The French composer’s ‘Hand in Hand’ is an ASMR-like meditation on the physical qualities of sound.
Colin Joyce
5.25.17
Features

The Uncanny Comfort of The Weather Channel’s Smooth Jazz Interstitials

'Local on the 8s' can be a shelter from the storm—or just upsetting dad rock.
Colin Joyce
2.27.17
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
12.13.16
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
10.17.16
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
Free Radicals

A Crop of Producers Are Discovering New Emotions Buried in Everyday Sounds

The first installment of Free Radicals looks at records from Matmos, Wanda Group, and Good Willsmith that find joy, pain, and transcendence in musique concrète structures
Colin Joyce
3.9.16
Art

Living, Hearing Copy of van Gogh's Ear Goes on Display

Lend your ear to this tale of art, history, and science.
Beckett Mufson
11.4.15