Post Tagged with: "Ambient Drone"

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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Beautumn :: Bordeaux (Infraction)

The promo discourse gestures vaguely to ‘something inherently Russian about Bordeaux, about this sound,’ before settling for ‘Tragic, cold, mysterious and beautiful—it is a product of the land whether it is meant to be or not.’ A stereotype perhaps, but with an element of truth to it, presenting as it does against an icy landscape with […]

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36 and 36 minutes of Seconds & Forever

36 is to release a new album, Seconds & Forever, on 1st May, Madrid’s Mystic & Quantum label playing host to the prolific ambienteer for two eighteen-minute tracks. That makes 36 minutes of 36 material (see what he did there?) spread over multiple movements. The record will be pressed on limited white 12″ vinyl, in a nifty hand-made […]

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Above, Convenience Store! Out of Norway, via Los Angeles

A multi-dimensional four-move set with a well sequenced dynamic. For film fans and watchers of the margins of pop culture, Above, Convenience Store! will evoke a cult-classic scene from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me—a Lynchian scene of typically cryptic clues and riddles set in the eponymous location, and not a Norwegian electronic/ambient drone project. However, […]

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2VIEW :: Asmus Tietchens / Richard Garet (Line)

15 years of collection of experimental electronic antics and curios computed, Line moves on with two, fresh, if not new, works from Hamburg electronicist, Asmus Tietchens, and NY-based installationist, Richard Garet. Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins) by ASMUS TIETCHENS Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins) is one of the more recondite works in venerable experimental electronic music maven Asmus Tietchens‘ long Line-age. Far […]

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2VIEW :: Mind over MIDI / Submersion (diametric.)

The permeation into experimental electronica of noise as ‘instrument’—be it clicks’n’cuts or static wash—may be traced back two decades—to Pole‘s early re-cons of Basic Channel studio detritus and sundry Mille Plateaux. Evidence the tradition is still going strong comes in two releases from diametric., whose curator, Arne Weinberg, might have purpose picked Mind Over MIDI and Submersion as exhibits of the scope for artists […]

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Arovane & Hior Chronik :: In-between Remixes (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Fantastic source material, a stellar cast of artists on remix duty and a 53-minute run-time make In-between Remixes a release you can’t afford to miss. Barring two excellent various artist compilation albums (check out Europe and Uncharted Places) Arovane & Hior Chronik’s debut collaboration In-between was the first vinyl album release on Ryan Griffin’s A […]

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Willamette’s Diminished Composition

Diminished Composition brings sad-happy scenes painted in warm tones, strokes of drone deftly drawn. A new recording from Willamette, Diminished Composition, has just been released by Scissor Tail. The WA-based ambient post-classical project—nicely referred to as ‘chamber drone caught in perpetually Lynchian state of romantic, dream-fog rapture’ (Spin)—is formed of Joseph Yonker and brothers Davin and Kevin Chong. Ambient […]

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Christopher Bissonnette :: Pitch, Paper & Foil (Kranky)

Modular synthesis is more liable to unruly and unkempt behavior than delicate or subtle gesture, but here Bissonnette’s economy and deftness of touch make for a music of distinction. Since his debut, Periphery, in 2005, Kranky Canadian, Christopher Bissonnette has extended his sonic lexis and production grammar, with digital synthesis, concrète, and field recordings in a palette richly evidenced […]

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Year’s End Mood Shimmers

Ultra-prolific Shimmering Moods present their final releases for 2015, so quick heads up before we get too far into 2016, in the spirit of news rather than reviews—Limited Liability Sounds, Fontaine, and Arkadelphia. Polish ambient/electronic musician Adam Mańkowski aka Limited Liability Sounds attributes inspiration for Surrounding Countryside to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, wherein the author renounces material economy for […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Renewed mix

2016! Reeling from The Shock of the New, Igloo’s Wooze-slinger Alan Lockett (aka Mist-maxer albient) is moved to review and renew (or take refuge, depending on the view…) Revisiting the sound+vision of Slings the Wooze and Slings the Wooze Anew, with a score or more clips of stunned ambience, hypnagogue drone and aether tone, in […]

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Chris Weeks :: Trip (Odd John) / The Cloud (Self-Released)

Weeks has pursued a predilection for exploration of the floating and psychic vibrations of space-scapes, tranches of droning chord continua and brooding bass frequencies dwelt on, when not taken on minimalism-fuelled detours, prey to particulate play, subject to unreadable communications and electronic interference. The back catalog* of UK soundsmith Chris Weeks is voluminous for one whose artistic footprint has […]

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SHIMMERING MOODS :: Multi-View

Attempting catch-up on unretentive Dutch ambient-electronica label, Shimmering Moods, we content ourselves with fleeting flick-throughs—passing post-its popped on a shamelessly billowing summer-winter catalog. First up, Dimitar Dodovski, sometime co-tender of Moss Garden (here and here), who bestrides pure ambient and cerebral electronica, rhythmic electronic music and soundscape In Every Direction with a meld of mallet and pad, counter-melodic and poly-rhythmic, skitter and pulse, spectral […]

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Periskop :: Immerse (Kabalion)

Immerse is essentially one long dark dive into deep-sea and chthonic space. It’s been quite some time since we heard from Danny Kreutzfeldt. Once highly prolific under given name and aliases sgnl_fltr, Fallingapparatus, Sectorchestra, and Periskop, mixing ambience and rhythm to varying degrees from ‘floor to space, he seems to have gone underground in 2008, only now emerging, Periskop re-upped, with Immerse. […]

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Phil Tomsett :: Broken Memory Machine (Fluid Audio)

All in all, the travel and topography template audio-visually mediated across its catalog by Fluid Audio curator, Dan Crossley, gets an interesting refresh, as Broken Memory Machine presses ambient landscape into service of a kind of reverse hauntology seemingly towards effecting a slow memory purge—of place and emotion. These days encounter with the metaphorical journey risks turning one man’s transformative experience […]

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Robert Crouch, Darren McClure, Miguel Isaza :: 3View (Dragon’s Eye)

2015 sees the 10th year of operations of bespoke LA-based sound art and drone label, Dragon’s Eye. A trio of birthday treats from Robert Crouch, Darren McClure and Miguel Isaza follows. First words from a sponsor… ‘find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continuums of intensities […]

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Chihei Hatakeyama :: Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains (Room40)

Throughout, subtle inflictions add a new dimension—more than mere musically mediated scene capture; beyond setting, more of a story told in the tracks, Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains is not just about the eponymous moon light, but the viewer and some emotive state s/he may be navigating. Which ambient guitarist do you go to when you choose […]

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Celer & Nicholas Szczepanik :: Here, for now (Self-Released)

Here, for now, then, is a set of sustained streams, constant currents—endless eddies that lull into a sense of serenity, whose falseness is hinted at by undercurrents in the near-dark sighted below. Last heard of in early 2014 with magisterial Eliane Radigue tribute, Not Knowing, there’s been barely a peep since then from previously prolific Nicholas Szczepanik. It smacks […]

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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 […]

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Alex Cobb :: Chantepleure (Students of Decay)

Ultimately, though darkness and desolation are hinted at, each track of Chantepleure enfolds a trace of hope within it, perhaps simply elemental—the abyss musically faced and something found inside the nothing, a kind of contemplation turned toward redemption. The music of Alex Cobb can be seen as going through a process of distillation over the last decade. […]

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Triac :: Days (Line)

Days shifts from light and floaty to more earthy and rumbling, its seven pieces ranging from pop-ambient lushness to wispy Basinski, the lingering residue of its sources’ timbres seemingly sieved from recorded air. Line is an enterprise whose name is associated above all with challenging listeners. Recent difficult customers NHK (Program) and Koenraad Ecker (Sleepwalkers in a […]

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Pinkcourtesyphone :: Three Themes (Line)

An album that makes a suggestive and seductive soundtrack for come-downs and come-ons alike. Richard Chartier picks up his Pinkcourtesyphone to dial in a digital expansion of Three Themes, originally a gold dust-like 7″ of just 10 copies (Superior Standards, 2012). The release hosts long-form versions of the “Afternoon” and “Evening” themes from Foley Folly Folio (2012) and a reprise version of “62000 Valentines,” […]

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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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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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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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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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Ben Fleury-Steiner :: While The Red Fish Sleeps (Soft Corridor)

While The Red Fish Sleeps is an engagingly queasy immersion in mystery seas teeming with spectral eldritch presence, accompanying text from Beckett providing further anchorage for a hymn to disintegration and transubstantiation. Ben Fleury-Steiner self-describes as ‘an unabashed moody experimentalist drawn especially to flows between hypnotic micro-sounds and vast aural wholes,’ providing ‘opportunities for deep listening.’ His ‘deep listening,’ mind, […]

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Strië :: Struktura (Serein)

Though attended by a similar sonic spirit, each bell chime, chain drag and string bow duly emplaced, Strië lets light play through in bright tone colors and shapes—suspended, augmented, diminished, blurring harmony and dissonance. Strië‘s entrance to contemporary electronica came with a myth-making byline trailing ‘a retired prodigy actress and cellist who now lives in a secluded mansion on the […]

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