Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Places Where I Worship You (Dronarivm)

Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Places Where I Worship You (Dronarivm)

The air is certainly chilly and the water freezing, but there is much shared warmth here. Painfully unprepossessing, McGowan interweaves emotion with emotionless nature suborning neither to the other. It begins on the Isle of [...]
SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

“Since the start people have been telling us about the visions they get when they listen to our music. Music at its best is some sort of escapism or release of the mind. It seems [...]
MOVEMENT 2015 :: Visual archive

MOVEMENT 2015 :: Visual archive

Walking into Detroit’s Movement Festival can be electrifying. Six stages with acts that range from techno to hip hop, and house; fans of every shape size and origin; and artists mingling with those fans is [...]
SiJ :: The Earth Shrine (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

SiJ :: The Earth Shrine (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

The Earth Shrine is not your typical eco-ambient. It pays homage to the global mystic paths once trodden in reverent balance, while hanging like the shroud we may need to wrap the planet if we [...]
Offthesky & Pleq :: A Thousand Fields (Infraction)

Offthesky & Pleq :: A Thousand Fields (Infraction)

At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition. Questing ambient and soundscape exponents with previous form over a slew of labels—Home Normal, Taâlem, Constellation Tatsu, Databloem, dataObscura, Ephre, and Basses [...]

Features

MOVEMENT 2015 :: Visual archive

Walking into Detroit’s Movement Festival can be electrifying. Six stages with acts that range from techno to hip hop, and house; fans of every shape size and origin; and artists mingling with those fans is what is there to be found in Hart Plaza—a park in Downtown Detroit that was seemingly built for exactly the […]

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Jega :: Extropy – Speedhack

Describing himself as a NeoFuturist Filmmaker, Dylan Nathan (a.k.a. Jega) is making a comeback of sorts with his Extropy project, a proof of concept for a sci-fi film for the 21st century. Jega’s output has been highly rated by the team at Igloo Magazine and we are hoping to see more of him. He has […]

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Profiles

SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

“Since the start people have been telling us about the visions they get when they listen to our music. Music at its best is some sort of escapism or release of the mind. It seems that our music summons up all kinds of images, landscapes and emotions into people’s minds and hearts, ours, but still […]

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Reviews

Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Places Where I Worship You (Dronarivm)

The air is certainly chilly and the water freezing, but there is much shared warmth here. Painfully unprepossessing, McGowan interweaves emotion with emotionless nature suborning neither to the other. It begins on the Isle of Arran, where Fraser McGowan regained his center and captured field recordings that would be painstakingly belabored in order to create […]

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Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Places Where I Worship You (Dronarivm)

The air is certainly chilly and the water freezing, but there is much shared warmth here. Painfully unprepossessing, McGowan interweaves emotion with emotionless nature suborning neither to the other. It begins on the Isle of Arran, where Fraser McGowan regained his center and captured field recordings that would be painstakingly belabored in order to create […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Siri Karlsson

“Since the start people have been telling us about the visions they get when they listen to our music. Music at its best is some sort of escapism or release of the mind. It seems that our music summons up all kinds of images, landscapes and emotions into people’s minds and hearts, ours, but still […]

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MOVEMENT 2015 :: Visual archive

Walking into Detroit’s Movement Festival can be electrifying. Six stages with acts that range from techno to hip hop, and house; fans of every shape size and origin; and artists mingling with those fans is what is there to be found in Hart Plaza—a park in Downtown Detroit that was seemingly built for exactly the […]

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SiJ :: The Earth Shrine (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

The Earth Shrine is not your typical eco-ambient. It pays homage to the global mystic paths once trodden in reverent balance, while hanging like the shroud we may need to wrap the planet if we continue to turn a deaf ear to its cries for more moderate behavior. This Yaroslavl, Russia based label creates absolute […]

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Offthesky & Pleq :: A Thousand Fields (Infraction)

At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition. Questing ambient and soundscape exponents with previous form over a slew of labels—Home Normal, Taâlem, Constellation Tatsu, Databloem, dataObscura, Ephre, and Basses Frequences, for starters—commune to create a whole beyond the sum of its differently located parts. Product of a Massillon–Denver–Warsaw pact hatched by […]

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To Destroy A City :: Sunless (n5MD)

The effortless combination of post-rock and electronic music; the music of a city in perpetual night, lit artificially and flowing with life and energy. The marriage of electronic music and post-rock has lead to the birth of beautiful music. To Destroy A City joins groups like The American Dollar, God is an Astronaut, and Hammock […]

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Perseus Traxx :: The Magic Garden (Titanic City)

Thick and meaty rhythms, synthesizer spite mellowed by moments of lush pads. Titanic City’s latest press release claims that the new addition to their roster needs no introduction. The Belfast label is probably right. Nigel Rogers, aka Perseus Traxx, has furnished labels like Bunker, M>O>S and Chiwax with his brand of house music. Rogers ferocious […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Anew mix

Revisiting the sound and vision of Slings The Wooze, Igloo’s Alan Lockett, aka Mist-maxer albient, Slings the Wooze Anew with more than a score of exponents of blurred ambience, FX-drenched drone and electronic aethers new, renewed, and re-viewed, strung into wondrous wooze—all but opening keynote throwback-bite fresh from this year and last. Artists: 36, Alva Noto, Benoît […]

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Hinode :: Globular Clusters (Helena)

Globular Clusters collects three pieces of wonderfully immersive works of Detroit tinted techno. Functionality steeped in form. Portugal isn’t famed for electronics. I can’t think of many artists or labels hailing from the extreme West of Europe. But that does not mean that there is no activity. A new label, coming from Porto, has just […]

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Brandon Hurtado :: Other Spaces (Moreau)

After little more than half an hour, an echoing, low-slung guitar just stopping when enough, for now, has been said. Brandon Hurtado’s music has frayed edges, like handmade paper. It feels good to the touch. It soaks up the ink of emotion but never clearly delineates it. Its ambivalence (“waviness,” he calls it) stands in […]

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Jega :: Extropy – Speedhack

Describing himself as a NeoFuturist Filmmaker, Dylan Nathan (a.k.a. Jega) is making a comeback of sorts with his Extropy project, a proof of concept for a sci-fi film for the 21st century. Jega’s output has been highly rated by the team at Igloo Magazine and we are hoping to see more of him. He has […]

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Squarepusher :: Damogen Furies (Warp)

In its own twisted way, Damogen Furies provides a dialogue between sub-genres where Squarepusher, as one of the interlocutors, swallows whole the other and vomits a severely changed amalgamation between the current ‘popular’ techniques used in the sub-genres and his own personality. Some guy :: “Okay, Tom, how about if for your next album we […]

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Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo :: Doropea (Old Bicycle)

In this craft based minimalist work Palumbo is using a vast array of instruments and effects to design expanded micro-tonal sound sculptures in a quite smoothly, detached and impressionistic mood. Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo is a well known architect of abstract and noisy drone based electronics. In this craft based minimalist work Palumbo is using a […]

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Gacha :: Send Two Sunsets (Apollo)

The Apollo signing, the cover art, the recent singles under his Bakradze moniker, the stunning transparent blue vinyl, all of it struck a Pavlovian string that was left to quaver for months on end. With that level of emotional attachment it’s difficult to render a satisfying verdict. “Duras” makes the entire affair worthwhile on its […]

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How To Cure Our Soul :: Saigon (Audiobulb)

A beautiful sound map made of sinuous and long-form textured ambiences interact with slow moving variations, short fragmented motifs and soothing harmonies, with a vibrant emotional impact on the listener. Italy definitely figures among the most representative and interesting countries when we have to refer to sound design and modern ambient experimentalism. We can relate […]

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Akatombo :: Sometime, Never (Hand-Held Recordings)

This kind of music is ravenous and if you look into its eyes it can turn you into a pillar of salt. One needs to go out armed and you better not run out of ammunition. Paul Thomsen Kirk’s world may be wracked with paranoia, but even paranoiacs sometimes have real enemies. Though his brilliant previous album […]

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Low Jack :: Sewing Machine (In Paradisum)

Low Jack delivers a work bubbling with angst and aggression where only the barest pinpricks of hope are audible. The age of choice has been with us for the last decade. Almost everything is now available. Thai tapas screen wiped to Stalin’s private letters circa 1937. This avalanche of possibility can be as overpowering as […]

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Beyond the Club and Queues :: Clasicos Del Ruido (interview and mix)

Forget the club, forget the hype and the supposed scene. A podcast of quality made by a label boss seeking out quality. I was on a flight to Denmark recently. The inflight magazine featured a small article on a set of prints that a Spanish visual artist produced. The content: famous nightclubs of the world. […]

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Mohlao & Von Grall | Milton Bradley :: Double review (Deep Sound Channel)

Deep Sound Channel has enjoyed two years of impressive output. As the techno wing of Shipwrec that focus has been on dub, clever club moments and ambient abstraction. The latest duo collect all these divergent elements of DSC. I first covered Samuel van Dijk as Mohlao half a decade ago. Feeling old… Anyway, van Dijk […]

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Islands Of Light :: Ruebke (Home Normal)

Spiluttini has created classic beauty out of a flawed motif—being human—and the struggle to live as one contiguous with others, not as an isolated atoll. Composed and arranged slowly by Vienna’s Dino Spiluttini as a reflection upon time spent in a village in Germany called Ruebke. Wrestling with the nature of nature and the nature of […]

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Tegh & Kamyar Tavakoli / Federico Durand :: Double review (Hibernate)

Newly emergent from Hibernate come low-light Tehran tone-tweakers, Shahin Entezami & Kamyar Tavakoli, with an EP, Through the Winter Woods, and bright-eyed Buenos Aires bard, Federico Durand, with a digital upgrade of a limited tape, Música para Manuel. Through the Winter Woods by Tehran twosome, Shahin Entezami (aka Tegh) and Kamyar Tavakoli, previously solo (for example, Night Scenes and “A Glimpse“) and ensemble as Artirial, charts a new communion, ‘looking to branch […]

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Emerge / Holzkopf & Emerge :: Double review (Attenuation Circuit)

It’s abstract art, patterns and shapes. Emerge’s Frown is a scowl of ambient, an extended session spent deep in thought. Imagine The Thinker by Rodin, straining for insight, scouring the far reaches of his mind’s universe, until, like the third track, his mind explodes into a foundary, forging new stars, new globes in bursts of glowing, […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Kuba Kapsa

“I established Contemporary Noise Sextet and started to write jazz music which was strongly influenced by my rock roots, and after a while I again felt caged, this time in this jazz thinking, which eventually led me to a musical dead end. Then, after some time, the sun came out…and that sun was…Igor Stravinsky.” Smuggled […]

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Forest Management :: Encounter (Martinson)

Encounter is a sprawl in days of daze, a wallow in hollow, a mope in murk; it suffers gradual dissolution in a torpor of spectral wafts, a recursive refraction of particles; a tired but teeming tide that seems to represent emotional evacuation… The development and implementation of a plan integrating principles, practices and techniques of care to maintain […]

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Max Cooper :: Human (Fields)

A fresh if not utterly unheard-of sound, combining in dynamic equilibrium a rich tradition of glitch and house and melodic electronica, which works especially well on the handful of tracks he shares with spotlight singers Katrin deBoer and BRAIDS. Belfast-born and raised Max Cooper sounds like a really interesting character. He holds a Ph.D in […]

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Biosphere / Deathprod :: Stator (Touch)

Geir Jenssen and Helge Sten, Biosphere and Deathprod, respectively, are two of the most prominent names in Norwegian music. Now, they line up for another round. But don’t collaborate. Geir Jenssen and Helge Sten, Biosphere and Deathprod, respectively, are two of the most prominent names in Norwegian music. Biosphere graduated from an original take on […]

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Area :: One Less Me EP (Sequencias)

One Less Me is an EP that sits on the cerebral side of computer music, the abstract wing of the analogue endeavor. Headphones on, eyes closed immersion. I’ve, always considered Sequencias to be a house orientated imprint. With its back catalog of D’Marc Cantu, Jamal Moss and Perseus Traxx it’s easy to see why. But […]

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Snowbeasts :: Frozen Earth (Component)

An obsessive, oppressive and darkly meditative temple of creepy drones and other sustained electronic textures. Snowbeasts (Raab Codec & Elizabeth Virosa) are back with a blackened corpus of bewitching sound rituals faithful to the true tradition of the genre. The musical obedience and stylistic direction are quite close to the ones developed in the duo’s […]

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