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This new aluminium turntable has a design inspired by soundwaves

With undulating ridges created to look like the motion around the record. 

Designer Yani Vandenbranden has created a turntable called Bo, with a design that is inspired by soundwaves, reports Yanko Design.

Read more: Imaginary Landscapes – The turntable as instrument

Primarily made with aluminium, the turntable creates patterns when light reflects off of it. Similarly, when in a darker environment its design casts oscillating shadows.

Bo  also features a raised platter, a height adjustable tonearm and stabilizing feet.

Check out the turntable in more detail below.

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Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley announces live LP

“Emerging from a dialogue between sound and image.”

Composer and guitarist Stephen O’Malley is releasing a live LP, titled Auflösung der Zeit, this March via Editions Mego.

Read more: The sonic universe of experimental composer Iancu Dumitrescu

Auflösung der Zeit was recorded during O’Malley’s live performance at visual arts institution LE BAL in Paris during May 2018. His show was also part of The Guidebook of Church Burners book, which explores the iconography and history of black metal.

Dedicated to Romanian avant-garde composer Iancu Dumitrescu, Auflösung der Zeit follows O’Malley’s collaborative 2019 album with François J. Bonnet, Cylene, as well as his drone sound healing performance at 180 The Strand.

Head here for more info in advance of Auflösung der Zeit’s 13th March release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Auflösung der Zeit

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Rrose and Silent Servant collect experimental electronics on new Air Texture compilation

Featuring music from Laurel Halo, Function and Octo Octa.

Rrose and Silent Servant have curated the seventh instalment in the Air Texture compilation series, released via Air Texture.

Producer and DJ Rrose “asked the artists to focus on ‘sound, space, and drones’ over easily identifiable ‘beats’ and ‘songs'”.

The compilation collects new tunes from Rrose and Silent Servant themselves, alongside Function, Anthony Child aka Surgeon, Charlemagne Palestine, Hive Mind and more.

Air Texture VII’s cover features work from German minimalist sculpture Charlotte Posenenske’s Vierkantrohre Serie DW, 1967-2016 series.

It follows Rrose’s first solo album of original material, Hymn To Moisture (2019), while Silent Servant released his 2018 Shadows Of Death And Desire LP via Hospital Productions.

Head here for more info, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Anthony Child – Forced Compliance Behavior, Decision-Making And Effort
2. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – 8th Continent in 5 Dimensions
3. Maggi Payne- In the Night Sky
4. Lucrecia Dalt – Raw Pyrit
5. Rrose and James Fei – For Bass Clarinet 8.97 (Rrose Version)
6. Ron Morelli – Psychic Harms of Economic Deprivation
7. Laurel Halo – Dies Ist Ein
8. Octo Octa – Hallway Visions
9. Abul Mogard- Stumbling Oscillations
10. AGF – HUM-iliTY
11. Laetitia Sonami – Migration 1978 (excerpt)
12. Charlemagne Palestine – drruuhhnnn innn duhh mooooohhnnn
13. Nen – 4R3
14. Luke Slater – When It Twists
15. Maŕa – Rebellion
16. Not Waving – Human Disfunction
17. Pod Blotz – Volatile Stillness
18. Silent Servant – New World
19. JS Aurelius – Complex Spectral Necr0scillator
20. Id Meridian – Guilty and Pure
21. DVA DAMAS – Dance Song (This Is Not A)
22. Collin Gorman Weiland -Cathodic Heart
23. Phase Fatale – Nightmare in LA
24. Hive Mind – Golden Digest
25. June and An-i – Afterlife
26. Function – Zahlensender (ssb)

Photo by: Camille Blake

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Occult vocals weave through drone in Golem Mecanique’s new LP

Featuring contributions from Mediterranean folk music artist Marion Cousin.

Golem Mecanique, aka Karen Jebane, is releasing a new album, called Nona, Decima et Morta, this March via Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ imprint.

Read more: The essential Sunn O))) in 10 records

Nona, Decima et Morta sees Jebane relying on her own voice as the primary instrument, alongside an organ and the BAB – a form of a mechanised vielle invented by La Nòvia’s instrument builder Léo Maurel.

Nona, Decima et Morta follows Jebane’s 2018 Medea album, released via Standard In-Fi.

Head here for more info in advance of Nona, Decima et Morta’s 20th March release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


Side A

1. Face A

Side B

1. Face B

Album photography by: Ida Sofar

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The Vinyl Factory editorial team is hiring a Sub-Editor

Join our crew.

The Vinyl Factory is looking for a full-time Sub-Editor to work as part of our team in London.

Candidates should be familiar with The Vinyl Factory’s editorial direction, and passionate about covering a large range of music – from classic albums and cult rarities to new music from across a spectrum of genres.

As is the nature of online editorial, your job will be split between a number of tasks, the most important of which will be sub-editing news articles and features on a daily basis, using dynamic headlines in conjunction with engaging images, to frame stories both on site and social media platforms.

In addition to music and record culture, you should have an interest in turntables and analogue equipment, and feel able to cover these with confidence.

Another aspect of your role will include contributing to (writing and co-ordinating) features on site, as well as sharing stories on social media platforms through photography, film and engaging copy.

Candidates should have previous experience working in online journalism, enjoy the rigours of fact checking and grammar, and be able to apply their diverse knowledge of music to VF’s editorial direction.

Candidates must also be able to thrive under the pressures of working in a fast-paced digital publishing environment, be dedicated to working within a collaborative team, and be proficient in the following:

– WordPress
– Photoshop
– News and content sourcing tools (Google Alerts, Crowdtangle, etc)
– Project management and organisational tools (Google Drive, etc)
– Social media platforms and scheduling (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
– Adobe Creative Suite

Sound like this could be for you? Send us an email at [email protected] with the title “Work with VF”, including a CV and links to 2-4 previously published articles.

Due to the volume of responses, unfortunately we will be unable to respond to every applicant.

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People: Hires and Promotions in the Audio Industry for February 2020

ASI Audio

From left, Evan MacKenzie and Charlene Clements of ASI Audio

ASI Audio has hired industry veteran Evan MacKenzie as vice president, marketing and sales. With a background in branding, marketing and sales management, MacKenzie is expected to drive integrated marketing while building the company’s sales network and brand. Previously, MacKenzie directed marketing and communications efforts for industry stalwarts including DPA Microphones, Gibson Professional Audio, QSC and Americ

an Music & Sound.

ASI has also brought on Charlene Clements as manager, client development. In her new post, Clements will help build the company’s sales operations across both the music industry and audiological channels. Clements comes to the company with 15 years of experience in sales operations and management at Etymotic Research.


Mike Franklin

Clear-Com has hired regional sales manager Michael “Mike” Franklin to address growing demand in the South-Central region of the U.S. Franklin will oversee sales activity in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, with a particular focus on supporting Clear-Com’s partner network in the region. The appointment is part of an overall strategy to increase the company’s sales presence in the United States. Franklin joins Clear-Com from Lawo, where he was a senior sales manager for North America. Prior to Lawo, he worked as director of sales for Harman International before transitioning to Studer, where he was a senior sales manager for the United States.


Thorsten Goecke

Atlona has promoted Thorsten Goecke to director of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based in Munich, Germany, Thorsten reports to Ralph J. Lolies, Atlona parent company Panduit’s senior vice president/managing director for EMEA. Thorsten will work closely with his EMEA regional sales managers to boost demand, sales and brand awareness for Atlona’s AV over IP distribution, connectivity and control solutions for commercial and residential applications.


Luis Wasserman

Mackie has named Luis Wasserman sales director, Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Wasserman’s professional background blends six years of product management experience in Honeywell and Broan-NuTone with over 11 years of international sales leadership at Scantron Corp. and AMETEK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad de Los Andes and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota.


Sam Spennacchio

Italian pro audio manufacturer K-array has appointed Sam Spennacchio as a U.S. sales director. He will be responsible for assisting in the growth of K-array business in the United States, concentrating particularly on the event production and live sound verticals. As a pro audio industry veteran, Spennacchio previously held management positions at Mark IV Audio as vice president and SPL-NY as president; he also held sales roles at Fiberplex, Crest Audio, Klark Teknik/Midas and Martin Audio. Spennacchio’s expertise extends beyond sales. He has a degree in music engineering technology from the University of Miami and has worked as a studio and live sound engineer.

Platinum Tools

Jason Chesla

Platinum Tools has promoted Jason Chesla to national account manager. Chesla had been the company’s marketing manager since 2016. In this new role, Chesla will be working with Platinum Tools’ key North American accounts, service providers and international accounts. He will continue to assist in the marketing department during this transition. Prior to joining Platinum Tools, Chesla was the sales and marketing manager for T3 Innovation.

LEA Professional

Joey Palkowitch

LEA Professional has appointed industry veteran Joey Palkowitch to the role of North America sales manager. Based at the company’s South Bend, IN, headquarters, Palkowitch will manage North American sales, working closely with the company’s U.S. representative team and Canadian distribution partner. Palkowitch will also lead product training sessions and serve as a liaison for technical service and support. Previously, he served in various sales and support roles of increasing responsibility for Harman Professional, most recently as a regional sales manager.

Reflex Marketing

Alena Althouse

Reflex Marketing, which reps brands in the pro audio, musical instrument and contracting verticals throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has named Alena Althouse its marketing and communications manager. In the newly created role, Althouse will support vendors, resellers and the Reflex field sales team, leveraging an expanded tech stack and her marketing skill set. Althouse has a master’s degree in communication and experience in ecommerce, having most recently supported the NHL Shop for Fanatics.

Pioneer DJ

Drew Bach

Pioneer DJ has announced the addition of industry veteran Drew Bach to its product planning team. Bach, a working DJ, has product management and business development experience gained at Gibson’s Stanton DJ and KRK brands, Apple, Guillemot and other brands. He reports to Lars Schlichting, director of product planning, artist relations at Pioneer DJ Americas.

Waves Audio

Waves Audio has appointed Greg Kopchinski as live and install product manager for Waves’ live and commercial AV products. Kopchinski holds a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering (computer architecture concentration). He began his career in professional audio as an FOH and monitor engineer for several regional sound companies and churches in California. Prior to joining Waves, Greg served in product management and marketing roles at Bivio Networks and as a principal product manager at Avid Technology, where he was instrumental in defining the market and product requirements for the Venue S6L system. His previous experience includes product marketing manager positions at Motorola/Force Computers, Captus Networks, SBS Technologies and Ziatech Corp.

From left, Greg Kopchinski and Aquiles Vera of Waves Audio

Waves has also brought on Aquiles Vera as Spanish Latin America sales manager. Vera began his career 25 years ago in television as a film sound designer and in audio post-production. For the last 15 years, he held the position of Latin America sales audio manager for Avid Technology, overseeing the distribution channel and the customer post-sales relationship.

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Synth raï from the Maghreb collected in new Bongo Joe compilation

Shining a light on ’80s-’90s tape culture in Lyon.

Bongo Joe is releasing a new compilation of music made in Lyon by artists from across the Maghreb region, titled Maghreb K7 Club: Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staiif 1985-1997, this March.

Read more: The world’s best record shops #096: Bongo Joe Records, Geneva

During 1950s Lyon, the Croix-Rousse, Le But Café and Guillotière cafés became a social and musical hub for artists from across the Maghreb region, providing a space to vocalise their experiences as immigrants in France.

Maghreb K7 Club collects music recorded and produced between 1985 and 1997 in Lyon by a range of artists from the Maghreb, with all 8 tracks making their vinyl debut.

The compilation follows Bongo Joe’s release of Intenta : Experimental and Electronic Music from Switzerland 1981-93, this February.

Head here for more info in advance of Maghreb K7 Club’s 27th March release, check out the tracklist and a selection of archival photos below.


Side A

1. Zaïdi El Batni — Malik y a Malik (1986)
2. Nordine Staifi — Zine Ezzinet (1985)
3. Chabati Le Jeune — Mani Mani Maane (~1988)
4. Chab Rabah El Maghnaoui — Amayna Alik Anti (1990)

Side B

1. Nordine Staifi — Goultili Bye Bye (1985)
2. Bnat El Maâna — Hata La Lile Ya Moul Jalab Tayfiya (~1993)
3. Salah El Annabi — Hata Fi Annaba (1993)
4. Mokhtar Mezhoud — Rahoum Yegoulou Sabirine (1997)

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Pioneering electronic composer and flautist Ruth Anderson’s solo work collected on new LP

Working with psychoacoustics, plunderphonics and drone.

Arc Light Editions is releasing the late Ruth Anderson’s debut album, called Here, this February.

Read more: The pioneering women of electronic music – an interactive timeline

Anderson conceptualises her work as evolving “from an understanding of sound as energy which affects one’s state of being. These are pieces intended to further wholeness of self and unity with others.”

Following Anderson’s working as a flautist in her 20s, and later as a freelance orchestrator, she went on to found The Hunter College Electronic Music Studio – one of the first electronic music studios to be established and directed by a woman – at the City University of New York in 1968.

Here collects some of Anderson’s most influential works, including sound poem ‘I Come Out Of Your Sleep’ – constructed from the speech vowels in Louise Bogan’s poem Little Lobelia – ‘SUM’, where Anderson manipulated sound bites from TV adverts to emulate a speech by President Richard M. Nixon, and ‘Points’, which was made entirely from sine-waves.

Anderson approved the test pressings for Here shortly before her passing in November 2019.

Head here for more info in advance of Here’s 28th February release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Pregnant Dream
2: Points
3: So What
4: Sum
5: I Come Out Of Your Sleep

Photo by: Annea Lockwood

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Hodge crafts “earthy psychedelia” on Houndstooth debut, Shadows In Blue

Inspired by rave culture, plant life and prog-rock album covers.

Hodge is releasing his debut album, titled Shadows in Blue, this April via Houndstooth.

Drawing on bird songs and airy percussives, Shadows In Blue envisions a future where nature has re-enveloped the world.

Shadows In Blue follows Hodge’s 2018 Exogenesis 12″, while Houndstooth recently released Special Request’s Vortexone of our favourite albums of 2019.

Head here for more info in advance of Shadows In Blue’s 17th April release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Canopy Shy
2. The World Is New Again
3. Sense Inversion
4. Shadows In Blue
5. Lanacut
6. Sol
7. Lanes
8. Cutie
9. Ghost of Akina (Rainbow Edition)
10. One Last Dance

Photography by Khris Cowley

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Maurice Fulton releasing new Earth EP on Peggy Gou’s Gudu Records imprint

Exploring a “shared love of esoteric experiments in house, disco and funk.”

Maurice Fulton is releasing a new EP, titled Earth, this March via Peggy Gou’s Gudu Records label.

Read more: New albums to look out for in February

Alongside two of Fulton’s own tunes, Earth also features a collaborative track with Gou, exploring their “shared love of esoteric experiments in house, disco and funk.”

The third release on Gudu Records, Earth follows DMX Krew’s 2019 Don’t You Wanna Play? EP, while Fulton collaborated on a series of four 12″s with Róisín Murphy in 2018, released via The Vinyl Factory.

Head here for more info in advance of Earth’s 13th March release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


Side A

1. Maurice Fulton & Peggy Gou – Jigoo

Side B

1. Not Sure How I Would
2. One Itself

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