Articles By: Philippe Blache

Antikatechon :: I Feel Nothing but Repulsion (Rage in Eden)

I Feel Nothing but Repulsion embraces the path of Antikatechon original musical identity, with aural soundscapes based on enveloping, grainy and abrasive drone sequences which interact with more ethereal and semi melodious phrases. One regular dark-ambient project signed by the Polish Rage in Eden (previously known as War Office Propaganda and key label in the […]

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Randal Collier-Ford, Flowers for Bodysnatchers, Council of Nine, God Body Disconnect :: Locus Arcadia (Cryo Chamber)

Locus Arcadia is a celebration of metaphysical, cinematic space music with a sense of experimentation and a few challenging ideas in the sound art department. Now true leader and avid promoter of the dark ambient universe with Cyclic law, Malignant and Cold Spring, Cryo Chamber (founded a few years ago by Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri […]

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Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

A strange, obsessional, spooky and mysteriously menacing noisy ambient release. Drawing its path in the world of modern ambient music (from experimental, to noise, avant-folk, primitive then abstract tendencies), Shimmering Moods offers here a new beautifully hand-made and meticulously conceived edition. It welcomes the sound art and free-form noisy project Cynthia. Supposedly released by a […]

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Review & Interview—Apocryphos :: Stone Speak (Cryo Chamber)

Behind its usual black massive drones the music reveals very dramatic, mournful and mysterious soothing melodies (mainly obtained by guitar waves) which help to be immersed without getting bored by the apparent monotony. Cryo Chamber and Apocryphos are back with a new astonishing sculpted and darkened droning opus in the true tradition of the genre. […]

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Phragments :: All Towers Must Fall (Malignant)

With its dark trumpet call and thundering bass frequencies the opening theme introduces the listener in a malevolent and adventurous sound ritualism absorbed by nightmare like hallucinations and shimmering darkness. Already part of the almighty and indispensable Malignant Records with two releases respectively published in 2008 and 2013, our favorite Slovakian figure of epic blackened […]

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Haruo Okada + Fabio Perletta :: Genkai (LINE)

A cross between micro-tonal electronics, processed acoustic textures and sound ecology. Fabio Perletta is an Italian sound artist (now living in Berlin) whose I discovered the music a couple of years ago with a series of editions for his own label Farmacia901. Perletta is also responsible of a number of publications from renown minimal soundscaping artists […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Sitting Near Dreaming is a medley between subtle ambient electronica and melodiously cinematic atmospheres. Efficient and inviting for listeners in quest of deep serenity and reflective mental states. Marshall Watson is a multi-directional sound artist, musical engineer and a DJ based in San Francisco. He also composes soundtracks on specific demands in the world of advertisement […]

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Ben Rath :: Forgiveness (Sound In Silence)

Forgiveness explores melancholic and grey textural drone ambiences with a dialogue between processed sounds (notably taken from the piano and the electric guitar), looped electronic patterns and mind-tripping reversed treatments. Young multi-faceted artist with roots into experimental ambient and instrumental shoegaze music Ben Rath already published no less than six full-length releases the last few […]

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Ian Boddy :: Tone Science (DiN)

The album contains a succinct collection of undulating and abstract soundscapes with a rather experimental and anti melodious shape, also reminiscent to some sort of avant garde and radical cosmic minimalism from Conrad Schnitzler. Founding father of the British electronic school of space music Ian Boddy is back to the control of his DiN laboratory to […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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José Soberanes :: The Rising Tide (Whitelabrecs)

A pleasant and diversified collection of free form and slowly moving soothing drone ambiences enriched by green field recordings and minimal melodic sounding acoustic sequences. José Soberanes is a young sound designer and organic ambient artist coming Mexico. He is also the manager of Nova Fund netlabel. He already released a few digital / small CDr […]

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Nimh :: Circles of the Vain Prayers (Rage in Eden)

A very sensorial and tripped out hypnotic avant-folk ambient album. For those who are not yet familiar with the work of Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh), this Rome-based artist has created a handful of ethno-ritual, soothing and ominous industrial drone releases for labels such as Silentes, Eibon and Rage in Eden. Circle of the Vain Prayers appears […]

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Mark Lyken :: The Terrestrial Sea (Important)

A very welcomed work made of intuitive, inventive soundscapes which are way recommended for listeners into the philosophy or phenomenology of sound art. Scotland based sound designer and multi-media artist Mark Lyken has developed a collection of rare cinematic experiences, notably in collaboration with Emma Dove. My first immersion into his work was with his […]

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Ionophore :: Sinter Pools (Malignant)

Sinter pools is a dark, ethereal and glitchy electronic album with moments of thrilling aspirations and post-modern inspired sound morphologies. A good musical discovery which demands several listening sessions before it could be fully appreciated. Based in San Francisco, Ionophore is an isolationist, noisy and eclectic experimental ambient trio formed by Jan Hendrich (a.k.a. Qepe), […]

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Tarotplane :: First (Aguirre)

This debut Tarotplane release is absolutely recommended for fans of classic Kosmische music, proto-ambient works as well as challenging post-rockin’ adventures. PJ Dorsey is a musician from Baltimore, MD who formed the modern psychedelic electro rockin’ project Tarotplane. I discovered his first album published by Aguirre some time ago. It made a great impression, reviving […]

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Phoenix York :: Quiet Mutations (Remixes and Reworks) (Buried Standing)

This album is a collection of touching, subjective and introspective ambient hymns where micro-tonal melodies meet occasional experimental elements and softly moving electronic dreaminess. After a beautifully evocative and impressionistic ambient effort published in 2014 (review here), the Canadian sound designer and electronic artist Phoenix York is back with a new album which mainly consist […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Electric Minds (Component)

The musical result is not so far from 80s / 90s dark electronic projects like Kirlian Camera, Ordo Rosario Equilibrium, Frozen Autumn or even Killing Joke absorbed in a kinetic and cyber-futurist mode. To sum up things Electric Minds offers to the audience another unexpected facet from this versatile modern electronic project. Pattern Behavior figures […]

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The volume settings folder :: Folder #05 (Self-Release)

Devoted to effective memories articulated to narratives and self-reflective mind travels. Nostalgic, sometimes emotionally overwhelmed ambient airs which open on a vast feeling of quietness. The Italian based sound artist Filippo Bordigato works under the moniker of The Volume Settings Folder and made folk, experimental ambient music his creative field of specialization. The project is […]

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God Body Disconnect :: Dredge Portals (Cryo Chamber)

Continuously absorbing and cinematic. Influential and highly productive dark ambient label Cryo Chamber starts off 2016 with the debut album of New Jersey-based God Body Disconnect (aka Bruce Moallem). The album conceptually embraces ideas linked to the macrocosm, man’s ontological position in the universe, alchemical energies, illusion, form, supra-empirical knowledge and metaphysical explorations of the […]

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George Cloke :: Hrísey (Self-Released)

Hrísey appears to be a collection of processed micro-noises and sounds collected empirically in Northern Iceland. George Cloke is a young sound artist coming from Sevenoaks (United Kingdom). Adept of sound mapping / sound ecology he is also a member of the minimal post rockin’ ambient duo Team Morale. Hrísey represents the most challenging and […]

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Aderlating :: Hell Follows (Black Plague Productions)

An epic soundtrack which explores the dark era of faith and which shows a fascination for the fantastic, the strange and the existential decay. Two years after the mighty, shadowy and deep atmospheric Gospel of the Burning Idols, the post-industrial electronic duet Aderlating is back with a 5th full length release signed one more time […]

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Xu :: Floater (Cathedral Transmissions)

Fornasari gets back to us with a new corpus of exceptionally moving and obscure sound collages and immersive drone tapestries. Nicola Fornasari (aka Xu) is a complex and multi-directional sound artist coming from Cremona, Italy. After notable short handed editions on Eilan Records, Triple Moon, Thirsty Leaves and Twice Removed, Fornasari gets back to us […]

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Stephan Mathieu :: Nachtstücke (Schwebung)

Peaceful drone hypnosis and cold sound sculptures that will ravish fans of the genre. Stephan Mathieu is a prolific and really active sound artist who made a name in the world of contemporary electroacoustic researches and organic ambient music thanks to a handful of editions in solo or in collaboration (with John Hudak, Janek Schaefer, […]

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Stefan Christoff & Post Mortem :: Tape Crash #12 (Old Bicycle)

An organic, poetically bucolic and hazy modern ambient release. I firstly discovered this relatively young Italian label a couple of years ago with releases from Matteo Uggeri and his team (Sparkle in Grey). Rapidly Old Bicycle Records grown up to reach a key position in the world of home-made, craft based ambient, experimental or adventurous […]

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Markus Mehr :: In The Palm of Your Hand (The Remix EP) (Hidden Shoal)

The listener is immersed in a dense, tense, refined and exceptionally moving semi jazzy inflected minimal electronic experience. Bavarian based sound designer and electronic artist Markus Mehr carries on here his creative and productive collaboration with the now classic label Hidden Shoal Recordings. This time Markus invited a handful of artists to remix his latest […]

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NihilTronix :: Curiosités (OPN)

Neurotic and frosty minimal electronics give the impression to be used as metaphors to describe the new technological order, its subliminal messages and its repressive imperatives on the existential level and on practical human activities dominated by the mega machine. After one EP published in 2009, the industrial “synthetic” electronic project NihilTronix formed by Arnaud […]

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V/A :: Tiny Portraits (Flaming Pines)

The research on sound forms, field recordings and urban soundscaping textures guarantees an active listening experience, investing our consciousness, our sense of hearing and cognitive capabilities around the notion of memory, reflectivity and intuition. Australia based independent label Flaming Pines is back with a newly launched concept and edition about hearing space and the impact […]

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Xu :: Panpsychism (Twice Removed)

Sound designer and multi-faceted experimental artist Nicola Fornasari (alias Xu) is back with a tremendous collection of cerebral dronescaping guitar abstracts and emotional electro-rockin’ resonances. Sound designer and multi-faceted experimental artist Nicola Fornasari (alias Xu) is back with a tremendous collection of cerebral dronescaping guitar abstracts and emotional electro-rockin’ resonances. This new album is signed […]

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