Experimental Music

Animal Collective: FloriDada
They're back! Animal Collective's new animated track "FloriDada" strips away the drone passages and layers of reverbs and aims for something more up-close—almost a cappella like, with some accompaniment from squelchy synths. "Everything seems drenched...
Interview: Graham Dunning and the Mechanical Techno Machine
Multiple layers of modified records rotate on the turntable. Some of the vinyl has been sliced and bent, while others have little nuts and bolts drilled in or are covered in stickers to blank out certain sections. A ring stand—normally used to clamp...
Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams: WTF (Where They From) Flashy, playful and high-energy, "WTF (Where They From)" is classic Missy Elliott. A snippet of the track—a collaboration with Pharrell Williams—was released a while back, but today the...
Arca: Soichiro
Electronic music artist Arca, aka Alejandro Ghersi—who's done production for FKA Twigs (EP2), Björk (Vulnicura) and Kanye (Yeezus)—released his own debut LP Xen last November, dropping experimental sound collages that bloom with expressivity and a...
ASSEMBLE XII: A Sonic Experiment at the Ace Hotel
It's CMJ week in NYC, meaning the streets are flooded with thousands of artists vying for attention. In a festival that offers more music than anyone can possibly endure, avant-garde performance experiment ASSEMBLE puts on a sonic experience like...
Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper: Pony Blues
Cult label RVNG's conceptual 12-inch series FRKWYS (pronounced "freakways") pairs young contemporary musicians with groundbreaking predecessors. As there are no limitations on creation, anything can happen—like percussionist David Van Tieghem musically...
In the Garden of Sonic Delights, Katonah
Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, a sprawling country estate, is known for its outdoor classical and opera offerings—befitting the quiet Westchester town in which it's located. Though Katonah, NY is just over an hour's drive from the city...
Interview: Neil Harbisson
While the term "wearable technology" might make you think of a fitness tracker or Dick Tracy-esque talking wristwatch, Barcelona-based artist Neil Harbisson wears an antenna that is permanently implanted in his head. Diagnosed with achromatopsia...
Bora Yoon: Sunken Cathedral
Chicago-raised, NYC-based composer (and professional soprano) Bora Yoon has the uncanny ability to blend recorded samples that depict everyday life—her mother's voicemails, Bible pages, aluminum cans, loose change—with the dreamiest and holiest of...