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Dec 15 / Devin Sarno

Randy Randall “Leak Year”

Randy Randall "Leak Year"
These recordings, complied as “Leak Year”, are a mix of live tracks recorded at Mexicali Rose Gallery in Mexicali, Mexico by Aaron Farley and studio experiments recorded at Gaucho’s in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Dec 1 / Devin Sarno

Telecaves – 5w4w3

Telecaves "5w4w3"

From the Composers:

“Recorded live in a small room in a house in North Hollywood, facing each other from the North and South sides of the room, on a Sunday night, between 9:01pm and 9:10pm. Edited minimally in Pro Tools.”



Nov 14 / Devin Sarno

Les “Ooho”

Les "Ooho"

From The Composer:

“‘Ooho’ (‘Ear’ in Russian) is one of the latest tracks by Les. Sounds of acorns, clay whistle and a bottle go here with synth atmospheric lines and drones. Story unfolds itself in slow motion. Dark forest, submarine lost in the sea or spirals in the smoke from shaman’s ritual fire – listen and create your own picture for this.”



Nov 1 / Devin Sarno

Lazuline Sabrewing “Functional Obsolescence”

Lazuline Sabrewing "Functional Obsolescence"

From the composer:

“The heavily manipulated source material for this piece consists of field recordings collected on three separate occasions spent underneath the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, capturing the peculiar, resonant tones produced by vehicular traffic passing over the steel grated deck of the bridge, which then underwent spectral analysis and processing before being sent through multiple chains of effects to create a densely layered soundscape. Built in 1910, the Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest operational vertical lift bridge in the United States; despite multiple renovations, it has been appraised as ‘functionally obsolete,’ a curious concept which was part of the motivation behind this work.”

Functional Obsolescence     


Oct 15 / Devin Sarno

Ben Yardley “Black Mirror”

Ben Yardley "Black Mirror"

From The Composer:

“‘Black Mirror’ was composed to accompany an installation of paintings and wall drawings by artist Heidi Yardley, held at Grantpirrie Gallery in Sydney in 2009. It explores the aesthetics of the occult and meditation using detuned and processed gongs and cymbals. It also includes subtle haunting voices, provided by the artists Jane Burton and Fabrice Bigot.”

Black Mirror     


Oct 1 / Devin Sarno

Brice Catherin “SPS3T: dada”

Brice Catherin "Super Play Station 3 Turbo dada"

From The Composer:

“SPS3T: dada” (short for “Super Play Station 3 Turbo: dada”) was commissioned by French photographer Benjamin Bouchet for his short movie “George”. All four parts are done in one take, using the piano, little instruments, and MAX/MSP for the electronic transformations. Benjamin’s movie is only about objects put together with their own logic, and moving thanks to complicated procedures. The music had to emphasise on the bizarre and yet familiar mood of the images.

“Super Play Station 3 Turbo” is a MAX patcher I created and that use either for improvisation or for written pieces with or without live instrument(s), most of the time in four tracks version.”

SPS3T: dada     


Sep 15 / Devin Sarno

SandSpace (18.81) “Untitled 14’38”

SandSpace (18.81) "Untitled 14'38''

Fourteen minutes and thirty eight seconds of subtle psychoacoustic deviance.

Untitled 14'38     


Sep 1 / Devin Sarno

Banetoriko “Hasshakusama”

Banetoriko "Hasshakusama"

From the Composer:

“The motif for this track is yokai, Hasshaku-sama. Hasshaku-sama is a yokai who appears in the urban legend in the internet. She is a 8 feet figure, wearing a dress or kimono, and a hat and emitting the strange laugh. One who sees her gets killed in a few days.”



Aug 15 / Devin Sarno

Francois Dumeaux “Curar”

François Dumeaux "Curar"

From The Composer:

“Curar is a work between music and sound, between sound art and installation.
It’s a process,  a slowly evolving drone, always the same and always different.

I wanted to make something like sonic medicine.
I used two analog synths: Arturia Minibrute and Roland SH101.

This piece should be better experienced between good speakers or with a good headphones pair.

In Spanish, « curar » means cure, heal or treat…”



Aug 1 / Devin Sarno

Christian Bonner “A Crash Misprint”

Christian Bonner "A Crash Misprint"

From the Composer:

“Acoustic guitars and vocals were recorded live to cassette tape; the basic recordings were digitized, then heavily manipulated and edited (using very basic software) to create the final track. As with most of my recordings, there was a certain crudity to the editing process, which was intended.”

A Crash Misprint     


Jul 2 / Devin Sarno

All Good Things…


As with most good things, they must eventually come to an end.

Absence of Wax has been a most electrifying ride for me since it began (on a complete whim, mind you) on 1.1.11. When all is said & done, AoW will have offered over 60 track releases. These releases have been contributed by Composers (and friends) from around the globe: United States, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Peru, France, Germany, Italy, Bahrain, Slovenia, Argentina, Spain, Russia. The intention has been a relatively simple one: curation of a website to showcase work from adventurous musicians on a monthly basis for free streaming and download…and perhaps even serve as a jumping off point into further worlds unknown.

I really didn’t know what the response would be like when i started this…unsure if anyone would care to listen or care to contribute. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response almost straight out of the gates. It has most certainly propelled me to keep things rolling for as long.

{It continues to boggle my mind what worlds can open up with a simple idea, an internet connection and a laptop.}

Beginning in August, we will feature 2 releases per month as we lead up to our final offering toward the end of this year.

Until then, thank you one and all for the support…and most especially: for the listening.

A special shout out to David Nemeth & Marc Weidenbaum for their early support of AoW (and inspiring websites).

Jul 1 / Devin Sarno

Cat 500 “The Realist”

Cat 500 "The Realist"

Cat 500’s “The Realist” insinuates itself into the cortex with the familiarity of a favorite Sci-Fi movie soundtrack from a bygone era.

The Realist     


Jun 1 / Devin Sarno

Daniel Kaufman “Pattern Exhaustion Pt. 1″

Drawing Series III/2314/A & B

From the Composer:

“This track was made using recordings of clarinet as well as bass.  I processed the tracks heavily with physical gear (distortions, EQ, mixer/send overload techniques).  I then digitized the output by live mixing the tracks into the computer.  The finished song is result.  It is the first song off my new EP, Pattern Exhaustion.”

Pattern Exhaustion Part 1     


May 10 / Devin Sarno

Absence of Wax Zine (2014)

We are very proud to announce the latest Absence of Wax zine for 2014 which features the work of 14 artists who have graciously contributed their time & amazing work to the cause: Terminal Radness, Tim Biskup, Will Bryant, Jeremy Szuder, Daniel Gibson, Alex Schubert, Matt Furie, Michael C. Hsiung, Ramsey Dau, Travis Millard, Nathaniel Russell, JT Steiny, Britt Randle and Rich Jacobs.
This is a limited edition of 50 hand numbered copies only & was printed by the fine folks at Never Press.
Also included in each package is a download code for an exclusive (previously unreleased) track by Composer Devin Sarno.
Proceeds from the sale of this zine will be donated to Creative Commons and The Internet Archive.


May 9 / Devin Sarno



May 1 / Devin Sarno



From The Composer:

DERRIERE LA BOBINE (possible translation : behind the coil)

Composition revealing the plasticity of some of the recordings i’ve made with my coil microphone. It was in the different US airports i dropped by during the end of october 2013 (such a perfect place to experiment that). For the illustrative purpose, it’s just pointing out the two sides of the surroundings, the presence of both one : side by side….the machine/the human/the machine. What are we listening to?”



Apr 1 / Devin Sarno

Jim Gable “Mantra”

Jim Gable "Mantra"

From The Composer:

“A fear of flying. Head pressed against the window of the plane for reassurance.  Bone to glass. Comforting vibrations from the drone of the engines…no sudden moves…we’re probably going to be ok. Mantra was produced in the Buchla 200 studios at Cal Arts in 1978. It comes from an upcoming collection titled One Strip of Light Left.”



Mar 1 / Devin Sarno

Hilde Marie Holsen “Krossane”

Hilde Marie Holsen "Krossane"

From the composer:

“Krossane” is a melody made by the norwegian folk musician Rannveig Djønne. I found both the melody and lyrics very beautiful, the lyrics being a sad story about two poor kids in a boat during a storm. In this piece I try to express this story, using trumpet and live electronics.



Feb 2 / Devin Sarno

Francisco Meirino “The Back Of My Skull”

Francisco Meirino "The Back of My Skull"

From the Composer:

“Unprocessed recordings of no-input feedback techniques on reel-to-reel recorders seeking out the sonic spaces within the reel-to-reel’s motors. Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile, August 2013.”

The Back Of My Skull     


Jan 1 / Devin Sarno

Lauren Sarah Hayes “Contactor”

Lauren Sarah Hayes "Contactor"

From the composer:

“This improvisation was formed out of a playful exploration of my most recent hybrid analogue/digital performance system, where an excessive number of hardware components mutually affect each other through a network of sound analysis and digital signal processing. Often engaging with different parts of the instrument through a simple controller, I bring a sense of immediacy into my hands: the slightest movement may trigger a mechanical relay bank, which in turn may set a digital process in motion. In Contactor I attempt to portray some of what I find most joyous about both the analogue and digital sonic domains.”