I can’t even remember how I found out about J.D. Emmanuel and his awesome synthesizer work. All I remember is jumping onto his amazing website and seeing the headline: “Time Traveler J D Emmanuel Presents His Electronic Music and Guided Deep Relaxation and Meditation.” from that point on, I knew I was hooked. The only place to grab his work was directly from the man himself, so I’m now the proud owner of 3 J D Emmanuel tapes, the favorite of which is titled, amazingly, ‘Wizards’. If you can, buy some of his tapes/CDs/LPs. He is really gracious, very nice, and definitely a down to earth dude.
I had the opportunity over the summer to see Julianna Barwick perform at Pitchfork and it was one of the highlights of the festival for me. I’ve always love the way she sculpts her soundscapes with loops and her voice, and seeing her in a live setting reinforced just how powerful her work is.