IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

Out of her home in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Cats (a.k.a protoU), a promising young creative voice in the dark ambient scene and the latest addition to Cryo Chamber’s extensive artist roster, talks about her musical [...]
TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

As NASA announce the discovery of earth-like planet Kepler-452b and New Horizons beams photos back of Pluto, we felt it was time to indulge in a spacey, new age theme for the latest Tape Transmissions. Think [...]
Alio Die & Parallel Worlds :: Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt Leones)

Alio Die & Parallel Worlds :: Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt Leones)

Elusive Metaphor waxes like a benevolent force of nature, one from a time when the world remained enchanted, premodern. Soft, engulfing, and serene sylvan settings, still in their infancy. They are showpieces of understatement, sonic texturing [...]
T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)

T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)

The Eternal Now is imbued with an overarching industrial feel—images of clunking robotic machinery and hissing pistons accompany nebulous synth pads and plenty of unexpected melodic twists. Bradford based producers Martin Cartledge and Alexander Church [...]
Meat Beat Manifesto :: Kasm02 EP (Skam)

Meat Beat Manifesto :: Kasm02 EP (Skam)

Upon arriving at their destination, all exited the car without speaking—except for one who said in halting, broken English, “Music… Very weird. Dark. Good.” Which sums up Kasm02 better than I ever could. A must [...]

Features

TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

As NASA announce the discovery of earth-like planet Kepler-452b and New Horizons beams photos back of Pluto, we felt it was time to indulge in a spacey, new age theme for the latest Tape Transmissions. Think arps, dreamy pads, reverb, effects and cosmic synth noodles. A couple of tape labels get quite a bit of love […]

continue reading

Newswire

I Dream Of Wires in Berlin

Not some dodgy ’80s neu-Romantische synth-pop revival heralded by the headline, but a documentary about the modular synthesizer-its history, demise and resurgence. I Dream Of Wires gets its Berlin premier on July 28, along with a live performance by + talk with the legendary Morton Subotnick, composer of the seminal Silver Apples of the Moon […]

continue reading

Profiles

IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

Out of her home in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Cats (a.k.a protoU), a promising young creative voice in the dark ambient scene and the latest addition to Cryo Chamber’s extensive artist roster, talks about her musical background, influence and of course Earth Songs—the new collaborative work with Dronny Darko. What lured you to the dark ambient […]

continue reading

Reviews

Cathode Ray Tube :​: Urban Patterning (Component)

A dynamic, colorful and cinematic sounding electronic ambient album that will ravish fans of 70s/80s B-grade film scores from sci-fi to thrillers and twister experimental films. Cathode Ray Tube is a multifaceted synthscaping electronic music project formed by Igloo’s own Charles R. Terhune. Before to go into this new EP I made a quick exploration […]

continue reading

Recent Articles

Cathode Ray Tube :​: Urban Patterning (Component)

A dynamic, colorful and cinematic sounding electronic ambient album that will ravish fans of 70s/80s B-grade film scores from sci-fi to thrillers and twister experimental films. Cathode Ray Tube is a multifaceted synthscaping electronic music project formed by Igloo’s own Charles R. Terhune. Before to go into this new EP I made a quick exploration […]

read more

IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

Out of her home in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Cats (a.k.a protoU), a promising young creative voice in the dark ambient scene and the latest addition to Cryo Chamber’s extensive artist roster, talks about her musical background, influence and of course Earth Songs—the new collaborative work with Dronny Darko. What lured you to the dark ambient […]

read more

TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

As NASA announce the discovery of earth-like planet Kepler-452b and New Horizons beams photos back of Pluto, we felt it was time to indulge in a spacey, new age theme for the latest Tape Transmissions. Think arps, dreamy pads, reverb, effects and cosmic synth noodles. A couple of tape labels get quite a bit of love […]

read more

Alio Die & Parallel Worlds :: Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt Leones)

Elusive Metaphor waxes like a benevolent force of nature, one from a time when the world remained enchanted, premodern. Soft, engulfing, and serene sylvan settings, still in their infancy. They are showpieces of understatement, sonic texturing and delicious restraint. Elusive is right, because the collaborators seem to be mulling something over, testing ideas in their collective […]

read more

T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)

The Eternal Now is imbued with an overarching industrial feel—images of clunking robotic machinery and hissing pistons accompany nebulous synth pads and plenty of unexpected melodic twists. Bradford based producers Martin Cartledge and Alexander Church have been steadily building a solid following around their deep, industrial yet melodic and warm techno productions. Dettmann, Surgeon, Lucy, […]

read more

WC00160 & Abono :: Untitled EP (ALLISANDNOT)

Deep machine music with just the right balance of bite and bloom. Styles coming together, forming, shaping and gelling into a wonderfully familiar difference. A great start from this fledgling imprint. I like the European project. There ya go. There’s been an awful amount of talk about it over the last five years. Blame assigned, […]

read more

Meat Beat Manifesto :: Kasm02 EP (Skam)

Upon arriving at their destination, all exited the car without speaking—except for one who said in halting, broken English, “Music… Very weird. Dark. Good.” Which sums up Kasm02 better than I ever could. A must have EP! I feel I must open this review with a disclaimer: I am a ridiculously unapologetic Meat Beat Manifesto/Jack […]

read more

Flatland Sound Studio :: Maximum Vacation Plus (Bedroom Research)

It could almost be the soundtrack to a cold medicine overdose or the after effect of watching too many foreign language cartoons while recovering from dental surgery and extremely strong coffee. Vancouver based sound designer and producer Flatland Sound Studio, aka Max Greening, drops Maximum Vacation Plus, an impressive debut album full of ingredients including […]

read more

Legiac :: The Faex Has Decimated (Tympanik Audio)

It hits so hard and sounds so ear-ticklingly right… There was a time when it seemed like the Funcken brothers released a new album monthly. Under one of their many aliases (Quench, Funckarma, Cane), singly or as collaborations with other artists (Dif:use, Shadow Huntaz), then between 2001 and somewhere around 2006 the joints dropped fast […]

read more

The Valley and the Mountain :: Outer Reaches (Shipwrec)

2015 has already been a diverse year for Shipwrec. Boiled techno. Belligerent house. Sleek electro and even electronica. Lesser known names have been given vinyl space, experienced artists brought back to wax. The latest comes from the up and coming camp. Outer Reaches is by a mysterious alumnus of Belgium’s WeMe; The Valley and the […]

read more

I Dream Of Wires in Berlin

Not some dodgy ’80s neu-Romantische synth-pop revival heralded by the headline, but a documentary about the modular synthesizer-its history, demise and resurgence. I Dream Of Wires gets its Berlin premier on July 28, along with a live performance by + talk with the legendary Morton Subotnick, composer of the seminal Silver Apples of the Moon […]

read more

Sneaker :: Holistical (Lunatic)

Lilting harmonies frayed by tough toms and snapping snares, a diverted dancefloor for the unsure and the insecure. It’s always a sickener when someone steals your coat from the club. True, I’m of the age where the cloakroom is no longer prohibitively expensive (two euro being a king’s ransom some years back.) But, sensibility and […]

read more

Chris Weeks :: Black Hole (Odd John)

A beautifully sculpted deep ambient album which explores the mechanism of dreams in a quite Bachelardian, intuitively poetical mood. Offered as a beautiful limited CD edition, Black Hole is the new release of sound designer and electronic musician Chris Weeks (aka Kingbastard.) Since 2005, this multi-faceted musician has published a great number of releases, mainly […]

read more

ALAN LOCKETT :: Dalliance #11 mix

Dalliance #11 is an Ambient Dub Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits. Featuring: Acronym, Alderaan, Antigone, ASC, BLNDR, Cio D’Or, Coldgeist, Concept of Thrill, Dasha Rush, Deepbass, DJ Datch, Dorian Gray, Edit Select. Exium, Giorgio Gigli & Ness, I.F.R., Joel Morgan, Josef Gaard, Ken Karter, […]

read more

Techno’s Outer Limits :: July 2015

Latest postcard from Techno’s Twilight Zone—recent 12″s/EPs/LPs + notes in the margins. Scroll down for Soundcloud set of selections. France first, where Dement3d, prime suspect in some of Techno’s shadier dealings, host a return for Polar Inertia, whose debut, The Last Vehicle, was as much a keynote as first foray, Discordance (2011), from abstracted fields’n’beats peddlers, dscrd. The […]

read more

Terminal 11 :: Tracing Structures (naboamusic, Cock Rock Disco)

Tracing Structures is Terminal 11’s most complete work, it simply depends if you’re bothered enough to scratch beyond his madcap surface and dive in. There weren’t many artists back in 2004 making flurries of machine gun splattering sounds on top of drum beats and rhythmic breaks. I first came across Terminal 11 on an Invasion […]

read more

Fjordne :: Moonlit Invocations (White Paddy Mountain)

Moonlit Invocations is modernist art, a Cubist canvas on a cocktail napkin. Fjordne (Fujimoto Shunichiro, also known as “FjS”) first came to my attention with The Setting Sun in its magnificent art edition designed by musician/graphic artist April Lee, a recording about “listening to touching,” as I wrote, of strings and piano keys, music that “wants to be […]

read more

Nimh :: Black Silences (Naked Lunch)

A menacing, harsh, intrusive, nihilist and emotionally disturbing noisescapey experience which is well recommended. Newly launched independent label based in Italy Naked Lunch Records is a an other fine purveyor of now legendary industrial power electronic acts (Maurizio Bianchi…) and challenging contemporary artists in the field of abstract and noisy drone ambient. It sounds quite […]

read more

High on KRAKE

KRAKE 2015 takes place from August 3rd-9th, ranging across Berlin with arts and culture events at Urban Spree and Berghain Kan­tine, heaviest live doses to be caught at Suicide Circus with. Since 2010 inception KRAKE has brought to Berlin some of the best known acts in the vanguard and at the margins of electronica–Mika Vainio, Mono­lake and Mur­cof, to […]

read more

Clatterbox :: Sentinel_REVISITED (Solar One)

Sentinel_REVISITED sees Clatterbox continue his investigation into darker electronic sounds. The warmer moments of the 90s are buried under biting arctic winds and bitter hail. There are times I feel old. Morning. Noon. Night. But there are specific times with music, or with certain artists, where the passing of years is that bit more palpable. […]

read more

Die Roh :: Change Car (Row)

Straddling the harder and softer sides of that ever diverse house sound. It’s no trivial undertaking starting a record label. I can guarantee anyone who’s done it will say the same, especially a vinyl label. Cost. Time. Communication. Logistics. Delays. Cost. I tip my cap to anyone willing to take on such an endeavor, and […]

read more

V/A & Phooka :: Double review (Love Blast)

These are sounds of real anguish, where economic migration is the reality and the price of bread on the table means a family member missing from the meal. The gloom of the economic downturn appears to be lifting, at least through the data we’re reported. I’m not sure if I can with hand on heart […]

read more

ARC :: Arclight (DiN)

A bliss pop synthedelic effort recommended for fans of Berlin school and programmed ambient minimalism. ARC is the super project formed by Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve, two pioneering actors in the world of textured ambient / electronic space music. Separately or in this common project their music appears to be the British answer to […]

read more

TAPE :: Transmissions 3

It’s been far too long since the last Tape Transmission but this means there are heaps of excellent releases to catch up on. Boliden :: Meta (Chemical Tapes) Meta by Boliden Really nice reduced loopy techno—kind of a lo-fi The Field spun through a kaleidoscopic lucid dream dappled with summer evening sun. Donnacha Costello :: […]

read more

Marconi Union :: Departures EP (Chemical Tapes)

Cunningly camouflaged by new luminous skin and armed with a different approach, MU manages to effortlessly generate its addictive idiosyncratic spell once again. Richard Talbot, Jamie Crossley and Duncan Meadows (together known as Marconi Union), couldn’t have chosen a more suitable title for their new effort on UK’s eccentric independent boutique imprint, Chemical Tapes. Departures, […]

read more

Fabio Perletta (Øe) :: Unseed (Arboretum)

Unseed is a serene, contemplative and warmly inviting minimal ambient release. A musical satori and a must have for fans of complex, sinuous and abstract electronic dreaminess. Fabio Perletta is quite a busy sound artist, working simultaneously on his personal sound creations and for his independent label Farmacia901. After several collaborative works, many recent live […]

read more

Daif :: 2017 (Crystal Magic)

A brand-new name in my ear, Daif (surname King) is heralded by Crystal Magic as “New Zealand’s most-beloved visual artist/synth-wizard,” which only goes to show how long news from the Antipodes takes to reach me. 2017 is sumptuous, high-def, bubbly electronica from the very near, frictionless future. Songs as slick, shiny and buoyant as a Mylar balloon. Titles […]

read more

Michael Fahres :: Tibataje (Testtoon)

The record transports the listener to a stark world, one of prelapsarian parameters, one where ritual and wildlife convene over the beat of the drum. I was recently listening to Mark Kermode’s “The Soundtrack of my Life.” He’s probably not that well known, he’s a BBC film critic and does other cultural pieces. He’s always […]

read more

6APPEAL :: Shimmering Moods

Neonate Shimmering Moods label’s rapid-fire release strategy tops our pile with an array of the unknown, Gallery Six, Michiru Aoyama, ~~^^^macheteoxidado^^^~~, TimeDog, and away from the unknown, Benjamin Finger and Bengalfuel. See how the Moods shimmer.   Hiroshima Hidekazu spools out gossamer texture and watery sound findings into Gasansui. As Gallery Six, his exhibits are smarter than the […]

read more