Category: "Features"

Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

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 #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 11

Delving deep into the world of Bandcamp tape releases for our eleventh update—so much good music, so little time…maybe just scroll past all the writing and head straight for the sounds! The Nag’s Head :: Live From Concrete Island (Kit) A re-issue of this psychedelic collage of sounds culled from four years of street recordings, […]

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Ben Milstein :: Frontire Mix

From the Pacific Northwest comes Ben Milstein with an exclusive Igloo Magazine mix that runs through a sonic maze filled with low-profile electro, glitch, ambient, brokenbeat, and downtempo excursions. Tracklist :: Ben Milstein :: Gau71** (Unreleased) Logreybeam :: Dokama (Saag, 2003) Timeblind :: Strategy Decay (Soot, 2006) Gasp :: Porter Goss (Buried In Time, 2010) […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #18 mix

Dalliance #18 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (April 2017 transmission incoming) Eighteenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmos, Dalliance #18 sees albient colluding with: Acronym, Agnosia, Artefakt, ASC, Bnjmn, Cliche Morph, […]

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V/A :: Source Book 1 (Raster-Noton)

The markers that identify the boundaries of the label’s surface area — techno, ambient, musiqué concrete — are on display, and the terrain inside them is mapped and signposted with the selection of twelve tracks spanning the last twenty years of releases. Raster-Noton have, in their own words, always tried to be more than a […]

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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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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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Robert Rich :: Premonitions / Vestiges (Vinyl-on-Demand / Soundscape Productions)

Robert Rich’s restless spirit still retains a collagist’s wicked sense of the surreal, how to both jostle and juxtapose sounds and enhance the molecular divisions between silence and signal. He has long been a champion, enthusiast, and expert knob twiddler of the given technology of the day, but his exploratory nature has found him straddling electroacoustic interfaces […]

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ProtoU :: Warm Winter Mix

ProtoU’s Warm Winter Mix for Igloo Magazine is “created exclusively for wintry chill days. Whether you’ve just started your day or got home from a snowy mesa outside—this balmy associate is here to hug you.” Visit ProtoU on Cryo Chamber. Tracklist :: 00:00 Steve Roach & Dirk Serries :: “Bow” 08:30 Lexithimie :: “A Silent […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2016

While other sites might fight to get 1000s down to 50 or 20, at Igloo HQ we’ve refused to don the hair shirt of reducing respective contributor lists to a consensual singularity, in favour of doing justice to diversity via lists that range far and wide, and a congruent preference for letting their multiplicity simply […]

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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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cv313 :: The Path To Dimensional Space (Part 6: Arrival)

Introduction Q & A – Part 6 Dimensional Space [Original 2CD Edition] :: Review Digital Bonus Content :: Review Vinyl Remaster :: Review Alchemy CD Edition :: Review Debarcation Read Part 5: Transference Introduction It appears that the rule of thumb with cv313 is: expect the unexpected. When it transpired that Dimensional Space consisted of […]

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Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into focus, from squirreled out acid and ambient immersion to electronica and glitch. There´s a fair bit of childish innocence that […]

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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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Dronny Darko :: Drone Ambient Mix for Sleep

Dronny Darko’s mix for Igloo Magazine is composed around lowercase minimalist drones and atmospheres that are aimed to put a listener into a meditative and relaxed state of mind. Tranquility and calmness are the key emotions within this experience. Dive into this ambience chasm and explore how deep a rabbit hole can be. Tracklisting :: […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 9

We must admit we’ve taken our time since the last update on all things tape. We even missed Cassette Store Day—but every day is Cassette Store Day, right? So, time to delve into some new tape releases that have been tickling our eardrums with delight. We stretch across genres with six releases taking in crackers […]

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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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Meat Beat Manifesto :: Visual Archive & Tour EP review (Numbers, Houston 10/1/2016)

Meat Beat Manifesto visual archive of photo and video footage from their live show at Numbers Houston October 1st, 2016, a brief recap of the tour only EP, and a glimpse at what’s to follow in 2017. Video-collage tapestry at its finest (October 1st, 2016) Jack Dangers and Ben Stokes of Meat Beat Manifesto were in prime […]

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DUB TRANSMISSIONS :: Pangani, Mop Mop, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill

Deep heavy basslines, lingering rich echoes, relentless grooves, all soaked in colorful psychedelia; this Dub Transmissions installment brings you the latest and most piquant, eclectic and cutting edge gems from the bubbling mystical dub realms. Pangani :: In The Moment (Self-Released) Fourteen years after Ott released his Hallucinogen ‎in Dub album, the influence of the […]

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Björk Digital :: VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016)

Björk Digital, VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016). Björk Digital—a touring exhibition showcasing the on-going development of turning Vulnicura into an entire album of interactive Virtual Reality “videos,” which has now reached its first European stop at London’s esteemed Somerset House after earlier incarnations in Sydney and Tokyo a few months back. Every five-ish […]

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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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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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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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Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 8

It’s been a few months since our last dedication to all things magnetic tape. But never fear, we’ve kept the reels turning and have unearthed a diverse range of noises and music for your listening pleasure—this time taking in cyberpunk IDM, Japanese ambient, crunchy electronica, experimental hip hop swagger and a dream about an apothecary. […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Daliance #14 mix

Dalliance #14 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett, aka Mist-Maxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming April 2016 transmission). Dalliance #14 is the fourteenth in a series of mixes, assembling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to 4/4 pulse geared to smeared Outer Limits atmospheres. MistMaxer albient assembles… Artists: A […]

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Möller Records visit Belfast (March 25, 2016)

“Möller exists to provide a platform for Icelandic musicians. We’re here to help. If we can’t work with a submission we even provide feedback to engage with the artist.” Möller were touring Ireland last week, both Belfast and Dublin in a bid to promote their work. Andrew Danso caught them at their Belfast show, close […]

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