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“Free Minds and Ears”: The Early Days of the Los Angeles Free Music Society

What is now known within noise and avant-garde circles as the Los Angeles Free Music Society didn’t start out with that name, a moniker suggesting legitimacy, seriousness, maybe funding from […]


February 26, 2023

“This Might Cause Feedback”: Toshimaru Nakamura and the No-Input Mixing Board

Toshimaru Nakamura has blasted a set of speakers on occasion. However, listening to his 2000 debut album, No-Input Mixing Board, a subtle display of minimal musicianship, wouldn’t suggest music that […]


January 29, 2023

Mirrors: A Conversation with Matt Ibarra

For this blog entry, I got together for a conversation with Matt Ibarra, a San Diego-based musician releasing ambient and techno under the name MattxIbarra. Earlier this month MattxIbarra released […]


December 31, 2022

Delayed Saxophones and the Downtown World of Dickie Landry

The saxophonist, composer, artist, and photographer Dickie Landry set out into the artistic world with the goal of crafting an individual sound unlike any other. From his distinctive stereo delay […]


November 27, 2022

The Fragmented Blues of Loren Connors

Drawing on inspiration from the abstract painter Mark Rothko to the delta blues stylings of Robert Johnson, Loren Connors crafted a sparse and wandering improvisational guitar sound unlike any other […]


October 28, 2022

“Ancient and Futuristic”: Robert Rutman and the US Steel Cello Ensemble

While the word “cello” may bring to mind a wooden instrument played by influential figures such as Yo-Yo Ma, the steel cello created by German artist and composer Robert Rutman […]


October 21, 2022

Torn Light Archives 10: Truly Needy, 1983

I felt like diving into the archives this week, bringing us to the tenth installment of Torn Light Archives. I was really digging in this week too, searching for something […]


October 14, 2022

“Laughing Too Much”: The Whimsical, Heartfelt Folk of Norma Tanega

“I never wanted to be a serious artist because I like to laugh too much.” Known for her off-kilter 1966 song, “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” folk singer-songwriter and experimental […]


October 7, 2022

Off The Wall 3: The Nurse With Wound List

For this edition of Off The Wall, where I typically discuss a few items from our specialty items wall, I’m taking a slightly different approach. Currently, Torn Light is developing […]


September 30, 2022