New Music Premiere: Matthew Goodheart

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Listen to an exclusive premiere of 'Berlin Head Metal IV,' the sonorous final track from a gorgeous new album by composer, performer, and sound artist Matthew Goodheart coming in April on Infrequent Seams.

Making Art in Today’s Social Climate: Meaning and Motivation

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What does it mean to make successful identity-based art—or is that even possible? Composer, performer, and writer Annika Socolofsky explores those questions and more in the first installment of a three-part series.

Playlist (Tones of Deep Solemnity).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Barbara Benary, Kate Gentile, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Unnatural Ways.

Playlist (Become Spirit and Light).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Dale Trumbore, Turning Jewels into Water, the Caretaker, and Jason Lescalleet.

In Review: Borealis Festival

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Peter Margasak reports on doings at the 2019 Borealis festival, an annual event in Bergen, Norway, that nurtures and showcases experimental music while also examining its social dimensions and implications.

On the Record: March 15, 2019

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This week in "On the Record," Turning Jewels into Water transforms bewitching rhythms into a drum beat of protest, resistance, and hope. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.

Dale Trumbore: Asking Questions and Tackling Self-Doubt

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Dale Trumbore, a successful composer with big events ahead in Los Angeles March 17 and New York City April 27-28, talks to Catherine Womack about overcoming self-doubt and finding a creative groove.

This Is Not This Heat: This Is What It Is (and Why It Still Matters)

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Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward, now touring the U.S. with transcategorical "pre/post-everything" ensemble This is Not This Heat, tell Kurt Gottschalk why it happened, what it means, and what comes next.

Playlist (Moths Swirl and Clouds Call).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Merzbow, Matthew Goodheart, Vanessa Rossetto, and Annea Lockwood.

New Album Premiere: Tredici Bacci, 'La Fine del Futuro'

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Preview 'La Fine del Futuro,' the second album by Simon Hanes and his versatile pop ensemble Tredici Bacci, coming March 8 on NNA Tapes—streaming in its entirety exclusively on National Sawdust Log.