Articles By: Alan Lockett

Keith Berry :: Elixir (Invisible Birds)

‘From the more visible we must turn now towards the increasingly less visible which is also most revealing and most true’ (Philippe Jaccottet, Landscapes with Absent Figures) Quote from Invisible Birds, purveyors of hand-packaged ltd. ed. wares ‘evocative of  memory, transcendence, birds, landscape, and nothingness.’ We’re told ‘forms of memory, nothingness and the sublime may include: birdsongs, […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #17 mix

Dalliance #17 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (Dec. 2016 transmission incoming) Seventeenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmosphere, Dalliance #17 finds albient colluding with: Adam Michalak, Amandra, Buck, Claudio PRC, Clip, Concept […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: December 2016

Last emission of 2016 in a series from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins. Porter Ricks’ quasi-mythical status may have grown in the 17 years since their last Symbiotics (Mille Plateaux, 1999), but latest EP, Shadow Boat, shows the myth is merited. FACT mag tags the title track ‘the year’s most labyrinthine, […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #16 mix

Dalliance #16 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming Oct. 2016 transmission). Sixteenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmosphere, Dalliance #16 finds albient colluding with: Acronym, Agnosia, Aleja Sanchez, Alfredo Mazzilli, […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: October 2016

Latest in a series of emissions from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins. Stroboscopic Artefacts‘ updates its Monad series with Monad XXIII, as Charlotte Isabelle ‘deliver a uniquely organic electronic music that seems as if it has been finely aged for years in oak barrels rather than residing on a computer’s hard drive.’ The French duo pursue […]

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Casino Versus Japan reveals Frozen Geometry

Ambient electronica legend Casino Versus Japan unveils a first full-length in over half a decade, Erik Kowalski announcing Frozen Geometry, a self-released double cassette. Ambient electronica legend Casino Versus Japan unveils a first full-length in over half a decade, Erik Kowalski announcing Frozen Geometry, a self-released double cassette. Casino Versus Japan’s work remains immaculate in conception—just that it’s issued […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #2 Man Bites Hypnagogue

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-lubed, cloud-ed, and bcamped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #2 Two reissues on neonate Pre-Echo plus In Summer, a Geographic North tape now d/l-able, top up New-Noise-Romantic Jefre-Cantu Ledesma‘s HQ* (see “Love’s Refrain”‘s Cocteaus vs. chillwave). Lovers of A Year With 13 Moons or any of J-CL’s selected […]

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David Fyans’ Somnambulist’s Field Guide

Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, man behind the label’s design aesthetic. ‘Sound has always been an integral part of ritual. The shared listening experience can give a sense of community, of synchronised brainwaves and collective movement.’ (Fyans, The Somnambulist’s Field Guide) Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, […]

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Robert Curgenven :: Climata (Dragon’s Eye / Recorded Fields)

Environments designed to bespoke geometric parameters with apertures admitting specific amounts of light and sound. Site is the essence of Robert Curgenven’s music—from its semiotic banner, Recorded Fields, to its rootedness in embodied sound. Its subject is the auditory act, its effect on space, architectural or open, and situatedness in time. They Tore the Earth and, […]

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Beyond The Bristol Sound… Subtext to Fluid Audio

A post-card from Bristol—post-trip hop, drum’nbass, dubstep, a view beyond The Bristol Sound. Alan Lockett surveys the field, and picks out new sounds from Subtext, Sullen Tone, and Fluid Audio. Moving to Bristol in the 90s offered a vantage point from which to view the rise of a group of artists whose time had come, media-constructed as […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Dalliance #15 mix

Dalliance #15 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Ed., Alan Lockett aka Mist-Maxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming July 2016 transmission). Dalliance #15 is the fifteenth in a series of mixes, compiling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to 4/4 pulse geared to Outer Limits atmospheres. MistMaxer albient […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: July 2016

Latest emission from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs, 12″s & LPs with notes in the margins.  First Italy, where Dino Sabatini has launched the Outis Opera sub-series with a first album since Shaman’s Paths (‘view here), from which Omonimo notably departs; as much on a downtempo and trip-hop tip as on an Italian deep techno template of the type co-designed inter alii with […]

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Greenleaf :: Organic electronic music excavated from the landscape

Greenleaf explores such themes as AI, man-made lifeforms, artificial landscape and GM crops. Spores succeeds in being at once ironic/detached and serious/engaged, postmodern art work and polemical socio-cultural comment. That’s the stock-in-trade of music producer/audio-visual artist, Paul Greenleaf, whose just-released Spores, with associated self-directed video, has an eye to our Anthropocene Age—a prevailing cultural backdrop of self-learning machines, driverless cars and the Internet […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #1 Ramblings of a AMB-man

Elsewhereness Revisited is a new feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambientological meanderings, random bc-combing, cloud-watching, tube-findings, and a companion mix. Vol. #1: Ramblings of a AMB-man. First, Own Records, once a haunt for lovers of SotL, Basinski, Celer, et al., which after something of a snooze wakes with er… wake from hitherto unknown, kj. NY-based […]

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New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall from a trio of accomplished albums, two of them Room40 editions. Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were distinguished by ‘restrained almost fragile […]

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L’eoscombu Couti :: Five Cambridge Utilities (Constellation Tatsu)

A fabulous set of heavy-lid hypnagogue ambient drone drift. It’s not long since Constellation Tatsu‘s Winter Batch, which included the lovely likes of Chihei Hatakeyama’s You’re Still In It and Havenaire’s Tremolo. That tape hiss happiness abounds at the margins is down to the likes of Oakland’s self-styled ‘adventurous with spiritual artistic sensibilities’ cassette specialist. Rude health is in continued evidence in its just-in Spring batch, […]

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Philippe Petit :: You Only Live Ice: Music From The Arctic Ice Shelf (Glacial Movements)

You Only Live Ice compellingly presents a landscape initially at rest, then draped, as if in timelapse, in dense tonal swathes, and wracked with electrostatic gusts and the chromatic violence of the Aurora Borealis, tension ratcheting up to a oneiric denouement. The last decade has seen Alessandro Tedeschi rope in a series of artists—the likes of Lull, Loscil, […]

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Tape Loop Orchestra :: Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love (Facture)

Artfully as ever, with visuals—blotchy black and grainy grey photos, a figure walking down the middle of a city street, run-down buildings and other urban lowlights—mirroring the music’s doleful air. Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love finds Andrew Hargreaves—of The Boats, Beppu et al.—as Tape Loop Orchestra in typically pensive mode, hymning ‘the artist’s continual search… searching for […]

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Kane Ikin :: Modern Pressure (Type)

Ikin harnesses various trajectories, folding early ’80s industrial and no wave into techno’s pulse, dub’s low end, and eerie Carpenter-esque menace. Drones loom and static sparks in these unheimlich maneuvres; minimal beats and synth draped in queasy ambience. Half a decade as half of Solo Andata, and Kane Ikin is alone, his musical mood darkened, more hermetic and isolationist. Following the […]

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Sand Circles :: Motor City / Motor City Remixes (Posh Isolation)

Overall, a midnight feast of pad wash and beat clunk indulgence with enough wow, flutter and tape hiss to make an old ’80s Dolby-hater happy. Sand Circles‘ Motor City gets a reissue courtesy of Posh Isolation, the Copenhagen blog-turned-label curated by Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek (aka Damien Dubrovnik, cf. Lust For Youth). Kudos to LA’s Not Not Fun (cassette, […]

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ASC :: The Farthest Reaches (Auxiliary)

Tracks on The Farthest Reaches register around 130 bpm, yet create a kind of illusion of movement towards a rolling half-step neo-Schaffel kinesis. A Zeitgeist-y convergence of genre vectors has been descried in ASC‘s recent work—a sense he ‘may well have just cracked the elusive code that binds techno and D&B’s mutually exclusive DNA’ (believe the boomkat hype!). James Clements continues […]

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2VIEW :: Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra (LINE)

Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work by international dealers in contemporary sound art and digital minimalism. Latest in Line are Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra. 15 years of service as LINE manager behind him and Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work […]

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3VIEW :: Tomonari Nozaki (forwind)

The whole is re-imagined into a dish fit to set before Basinski buffs and Hecker checkers. The series’ sheer sweep sees Nozaki’s sound gather in sono-dramatic force, cementing detail, texture and integration of its parts. Tomonari Nozaki seemed to spring from nowhere fully formed with his debut, North Palace, a couple of years back. The Japanese ambient/warm noise artist’s ‘abstract sound projections […]

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Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Though little of Tabulatura may strike the outside ear as new, the inner will likely not have heard it so before—with indeterminacy’s agency laying the grain of the voice open for fuller listener occupation. Indeterminacy is a bit of an odd one. The use of computers to make music is familiar, as is its motivation in the desire of […]

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SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

Techno mischief-makers SHXCXCHCXSH return soon with a new LP on Avian. A follow-up to 2014’s Linear S Decoded, SsS… has the pron.-challenging Swedes revisit signature stop-mo percussion and hypertensile synthesis hitched to caustic sound design on 15 warping maximalist pieces. SsS… sees these Swedes ‘digging into untamed textural territory full of delay feedback and troubled synth lines, keeping the Avian veneer of […]

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Tobias Hellkvist :: Vesterhavet (self release)

Vesterhavet has been shaped and fine-tuned, the Swede’s swathes stretched and swollen over years in teeming layers of transportive tone accretion, into chronostatic sprawl. Ambient electroacoustic artist Tobias Hellkvist‘s latest album, Vesterhavet, has been slow to emerge following his two self-defining works, Evolutions and Everything Is Connected (Home Normal, 2010, 2012), though in the meantime his creative fields have not lain […]

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2VIEW :: Parallelism / Valanx (Shimmering Moods)

The first new releases of 2016 from Shimmering Moods—by Parallelism and Valanx—continue to champion the cause of artists blurring the boundaries of ambient, drone, electro-acoustic and sound design. Sage Taylor may be familiar to ambienteers from various beatless and beat-driven projects (Textural Being, aspect., Moxil & Taxil), most recently Parallelism, whose Untitled was a keynote release from SM‘s early 2015 […]

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