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Little Hell Vol. 1 – Apathy of a Cow: Chicago’s Little Hell by Frank Rosaly

The first edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Little Hell Vol. 1 – Apathy of a Cow: Chicago’s Little Hell is a soundscape interpretation of what was once known as Chicago’s Little Hell. Chicago-based drummer and composer Frank Rosaly’s electroacoustic sounds and manipulated field recordings evoke the simmering intensity of the neighborhood, […]

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Little Hell Vol. 2 – Our Lady of the Underpass: An Emergent Grotto by Pillars & Tongues

The second edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Our Lady of the Underpass: An Emergent Grotto is an offering from Chicago-based troupe Pillars & Tongues. Our Lady of the Underpass is a folk-psych-tinged musical take on the “vision” of the Virgin Mary appearing on the walls of the Fullerton Ave Underpass, located off […]

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Little Hell Vol. 3 – YArds7-6288 – The View from the Back: Impressions on Chicago’s Union Stock Yard by Nick Macri

The third edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Little Hell Vol 3 – YArds7-6288 – The View from the Back: Impressions on Chicago’s Union Stock Yard is Chicago-based musician Nick Macri’s amalgamation of delicate songcraft, oral history, and family portrait. YArds splices together interviews with Macri’s grandfather about his experience as a Union Stock Yards worker (recorded […]

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Little Hell Vol. 4 – Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots by Jon Langford

The fourth edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Little Hell Vol. 4 – Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots is Jon Langford’s biting musical memorial for the 1919 Chicago race riots. The riots ran over the course of several days, leaving in its wake some 38 people dead, 537 injured, and nearly 1000 people […]

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Little Hell Vol. 5 – Shadows from South Deering by Elk Magic

The fifth edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Little Hell Vol. 5 – Shadows from South Deering is a sound illustration of the industrial desolation yet cultural and social vibrancy of Chicago’s South Deering neighborhood from Elk Magic, aka Raffaele Stuparitz. Elk Magic paints South Deering in a contemporary lens as a […]

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Little Hell Vol 6. – The Indian Boundary Line. Film by Thomas Comerford. Original Score by Tobin Summerfield

The sixth edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Chicago. Little Hell Vol. 6 – The Indian Boundary Line is Contraphonic’s first-ever DVD release, a film from Chicago-based filmmaker and musician Thomas Comerford. The Indian Boundary Line follows a road in Chicago that traces the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis boundary between the United States and “Indian […]