MATRIXSYNTH: The Noiseblast Hour, Episode 8: Normandy Falls and Adam Cuthbert

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Noiseblast Hour, Episode 8: Normandy Falls and Adam Cuthbert

Noise Engineering

"Adam Cuthbert (b. 1988) is a Detroit-based composer, mix engineer, and sound designer whose sometimes spare, sometimes brutal music has been described as an “eerie dreamscape” (The New Yorker) and “the lead-footed revving of double decker buses” (Acid Ted). Their work fuses acoustic instruments and control voltage to create immersive sound environments, garnering notice from The New York Times, NPR, Backstage Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, which finds it “hard to resist the vigor and inventiveness of his writing.” Cuthbert has collaborated with cutting-edge ensembles like Bang on a Can, Friction Quartet, and the GVSU New Music Ensemble. Cuthbert’s recording discography includes artistic credits in the catalogs of Ghostly International, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, ModyWorks, Underground Producers Alliance, people places records, and slashsound. Cuthbert’s performs on trumpet and electronic instruments with skullcap5050, I-VT, and kuuma, and is a regular collaborator with choreographer Maura Donohue (tidesproject, zero...sixty at Roulette Intermedium). Their sound works for dance and theatre have been performed with inmixedcompany, at The Asia Society, La MaMa Moves, and New York Theatre Workshop. Also active on the industry side, Cuthbert is Licensing Manager for the Grammy-winning label Cantaloupe Music, and together with Daniel Rhode he is co-founder of slashsound records. They live in Detroit with their spouse, Rebecca, and cats, 健三 & 千代.

Normandy Falls is a synthesist currently residing in Central Texas. He primarily uses and performs with eurorack modular, but does on occasion combine this with hardware synths and drum machines. His music ranges from ambient to techno, you never know what each performance is going to feel like."

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