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“Jane Martin” Review (The Cookshop)

“What to say other than “oh, oh, oh”, for this damsel is one to get passionate about.”  –  The Cookshop (full review here) Album link –    

“Every Junkie is a Recording” Review (Just Outside)

Excerpt from the review on the pages of Just Outside of Every Junkie is a Recording. Very hallucinatory, very enticing. The serene rhythm disappears into the void, leaving a large, rippling eddy- Just Outside (full review here)

“Every Junkie is a Recording” Review (Chain D.L.K.)

Excerpt from the review on the pages of Chain D.L.K. of Every Junkie is a Recording. we are strolling down a familiar street at night, perhaps in the fog, the lights from the lamp posts providing little pools of welcome illumination. The texture, however, morphs into a less distinct rhythm as the opening section progresses, […]

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Sound-In Event August 21-23, 2014
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Coming close to the end of August and we are open.  Next week will be our once per month themed event and heads up, the theme is "Robots" submitted by Miles Hamilton (of the Bruce Hamilton clan).  Continue

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J.C. Combs (born 1970) is a Seattle-based neoteric composer. His works include “Charmed Elixirs” from 2008 (Sequenza21 described it as "antique poise and luminescence recalled in a disturbing dream from just last night"), “Bats in the Belfry” from 2009, “Safe Passage” on the premiere Russian label Electroshock Records from 2010 which has been featured on Max Shea’s “Martian Gardens” (WMUA 91.1FM Amherst and online), Don Campau’s “No Pigeonholes” program (KOWS FM Sonoma and online“Solta a Franga”  (Netherleands), The Mystery Lesson –radio show presented by Daniel Spicer. 97.2FM in Brighton, UK, "WWSP", Program "Ambient Aether/Space Continuum",  Aural Innovations Space Rock Radio (show #249) and more; Jane Martin” from 2010 (video excerpt of a piece set to dance at BEAF), “Minstrel Nomadic” from 2010, “File Under: Misc.” (an ongoing album of misc. works featuring many artists), and “Rings of Saturn” – 2010. Combs also participated in the international event 60X60, 2010 – Magenta Mix.  In 2011, Combs released “Confessions of a Deviant Machine,” a collaboration with Lee Noyes on the label Con-V, which was included in “Spiritual Archives” magazine year-end favorites of 2011 and Acts of Silence magazine top 100 netlabel releases of 2011.

2012 brought the release of “The Chrome Castle and an Overgrown Lawn” on his independent label Cellar Door Records.

In the summer of 2013, Combs released the EP “Gazing” on the Spectropol label, which has been featured on radio programs including Max Shea’s “Martian Gardens” (WMUA 91.1FM Amherst and online) and Don Campau’s “No Pigeonholes” program (KOWS FM Sonoma and online) and Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (WFMU 91.1 FM in New York and 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley).   Gazing is also the  soundtrack for some great choreography  by Susan Haines with performances in Bellingham WA. More performances in early 2014 will include even more music from Combs.

In the fall of 2013, Combs announced a solo piano project called "Excursion" which consists of a travelogue in and around Seattle.  10 works composed between October and November.  In March 2014 Combs returned to his private label after a two year hiatus and released "Every Junkie is a Recording." , a piece which travels in and around ambient, drone, accidental sounds, mystery synthesis and melodic noise.

Combs has also been involved in several compilation projects, including “ImprovFriday Volumes 1. and 2.” and “For Japan” on the “Amaranth Records” independent label.  He has also made appearances on the “Three Legs Duck” label and “Spectropol” label via compilation projects.

Combs founded and is actively involved in the serious musician's social network “Sound-In” 2009-present.

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At 4:24am on April 24, 2014, Nathan figlar said…
Thanks j.c. Looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
At 7:39pm on November 18, 2013, Marco Lucchi said…

grazie mille :)

At 3:15pm on April 27, 2013, Misha Penton said…

Thank you! Looking forward!

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RIP Kenneth Palmer (1937-2014)

Sadly, a member of Sound-In has passed.  Ken was active back in the first years of IF with several lovely synth/instrumental sampled works.   (Take a Ride by Ken Palmer)  Right click to download.   Pic is Ken and Milton Babbitt.  …


Posted on August 30, 2014 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

SI Updates

A few updates to make SI more user-friendly. 

1.  Title:  Playlist Archive in header tabs switched to Playlists.

2.  Title:  Gig Archive in header tabs switched to Performances.

3.  Title:  "The Wall" in header tabs switched to "Newsfeed." 

4.  Group addition:  Header tab added "Spotlight" 

Regarding the SI Spotlight.  Going forward from now, July, we are going to document the artist's spotlight work in the group Spotlight (as well as on the…


Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:30am

Jane Martin Review (The Cookshop)

Folks, an SI member and an artist I produced back around 2010 wanted me to let you know she has received a review.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 8:00pm

Every Junkie is a Recording

A new release to the sound art-hybrid world “Every Junkie is a Recording,”- a piece which travels in and around ambient, drone, accidental sounds, mystery synthesis and melodic noise.  Available for online purchase now.


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:58am

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