Post Tagged with: "Classical"

Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground)

Lost And Founded is a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno. Somewhere in a dense field of high-grade electronics is where you’ll find Detroit Underground’s latest signing—Ariadne’s Labyrinth (aka Sharon Subbarao), a classically trained violinist and pianist—and a debut EP for the imprint. Energetic, emotive, and orchestral at times, […]

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Murcof x Wagner :: EP.01 (Infiné)

The different visions that the two artists had are well balanced, contributing to generate a unique and special blend of both electronic and acoustic textures, shifting from ambient electronics to contemporary classical. There is an intriguing and brilliant idea behind the concept on which this lovely EP is based and built upon. Issued by the ever […]

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Olga Wojciechowska :: Maps And Mazes (Time Released Sound)

Maps and Mazes, her first solo album, is a collection of truly sublime pieces from a generous handful of these concordances. The search for connectivity and reciprocity stands boldly as its unifying theme. Szczecin composer and violinist Olga Wojciechowska has proven a prolific collaborator, striving far beyond Poland’s borders to engage in a string of dance, theater and multimedia projects. Maps and Mazes, her first solo […]

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Ocoeur :: Reversed (n5MD)

Ocoeur turns back time, piano tastefully graced with soft field samples, a flute, a violin, daubing a vivid, moderately Celtic landscape where sheep may safely graze. The not-so chance meeting of a summer’s day in Provence and a sensitive soul with two hands at the keyboard and a third occasionally manipulating a bank of buttons and dials. As Ocoeur, sound designer Franck Zaragoza […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Nucleus (Self-Released)

A percussive darker energy unfolds in the opening nucleic chapters as a mechanical tone sets the pace. In the closing chapters, miniature stretched symphonies shimmy their way through echoed melodic layers. Synthesized industrial ambient in its purest form, Nucleus is SubtractiveLAD‘s latest sonic opus. Refined and aligned electronics, a lifting off point and a faint […]

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The Laborer :: The Changing Tide (Wist Rec)

Ambient micro-tonalism with slow moving and abundant manipulated textures, sporadic noisy frequencies, miniature-like sound sculptures whose original source mainly comes from acoustic instruments, field recordings. The Laborer is the new ambient folk / sound experimentalism project of Richard Cunliffe. Regular listeners of Sound Art radio FM (U.K) are quite familiar with Richard’s passionate monthly program […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Kuba Kapsa

“I established Contemporary Noise Sextet and started to write jazz music which was strongly influenced by my rock roots, and after a while I again felt caged, this time in this jazz thinking, which eventually led me to a musical dead end. Then, after some time, the sun came out…and that sun was…Igor Stravinsky.” Smuggled […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Daniel Herskedal

“People say to me I should make music for movies. I’m happy that’s what people think, because hopefully that means they listen carefully, and imagine pictures and stories in reaction. That’s often what music is for me—telling stories, the deepest ones you have, without using any words.” Telling stories, depicting landscapes Daniel Herskedal is a […]

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Harold Budd & Jane Maru :: Jane 1-11 / Harold Budd :: Jane 12-21 (Darla)

Seeds float on their fluff like a hot summertime snowfall, and Budd’s airy synthesizer bears them that much further afield. Our world and welcome to it. Isn’t it surprising from this angle? It has generally been difficult for the undersigned to distinguish between Harold Budd‘s improvised and “composed” work, at least as far as the piano is concerned. […]

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Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn :: Departure (Self-Released)

Departure is another of those records that may not leap out and grab the listener on first playback. By the twentieth minute, its seeped into your veins, with a number of brilliant musical touches becoming apparent to help it reach under the skin. Engaging the emotions with the sheer spectacle of ambiance. Departure is another of […]

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen :: Atomos (Erased Tapes / Kranky)

Plenty of room is left amongst the arrangements to allow the mind to wander, for images to be conjured, for the music to wrap itself around you. Comprising eleven pieces of lush rapturous sound, Atomos continues the great work of Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran’s self-titled debut album under their A Winged Victory for the […]

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Sóley :: Kròmantik (Morr Music)

The fact that consonant melodies can feel out of place speaks to the success with which Sóley was able to communicate her vision through her aggressive use of unbalanced discord and harmony. There’s just something about Iceland. I don’t know what’s in the water, but there seem to be a disproportionately higher number of incredibly […]

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Francesco Giannico & Theo Allegretti :: Flow Signs (Oak Editions/Monkey)

Allegretti improvises a soothing melody up against Giannico’s quietly soaring guitar. Francesco Giannico and Theo Allegretti pose the “riddle of the mood” (as their final piece is christened), pose, but leave the answer up to us. Giannico is an electroacoustic and video artist, Allegretti an ambient jazz pianist, and each of their Flow Signs is a […]

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Olan Mill :: Hiraeth (Preservation)

Olan Mill’s new album is a mix of swirling, grainy synth washes, classical strings and disembodied, operatic soprano vocals floating in a slow-motion drift. Since the enchanting debut album Pine on Serein and the majestic Paths on the super-deluxe Facture, Olan Mill has now made something of a home for itself on Australia’s Preservation, an […]

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Mark Harris :: The Angry Child (n5MD)

The musical language is articulated between formal electroacoustic experiments and directional tonal clusters. Sound designer and live electronic musician from Birmingham, Mark Harris is back with a new effort titled The Angry Child, this four years after the highly memorable and challenging ambient isolationist The boy observes the ocean (Hibernate). Before the release of The Angry Child Mark […]

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Robert Haigh :: Strange and Secret Things (Siren)

Haigh’s seventeen miniatures are hardly strange and if they possess some secret, he seems more than willing to share it with us. He plays a crisp and clear piano, deliberate and intimate. Robert Haigh, long known as Omni Trio, is a veteran electronic and “ambient drum and bass” innovator. Strange and Secret Things, however, is solo […]

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James Landis :: January Dusk (Cathedral Transmissions)

January Dusk is an attractive combination of the concrete and physical and the unspecific and abstract. On January Dusk, James Landis’ guitar tells brief, allusive anecdotes while his electronics describe the long, sallow arc into darkness of a winter afternoon. His musical novellas are striped with deep purple, rousing feelings of empathy and comfort, even […]

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Mnemonic :: The Air I Breathe (Halbsicht)

Treading through layers of delicate electronics from the past decade, The Air I Breathe is a brittle release filled with gentle melodies that attract faint harmonic rhythms and elegant instrumental moods.  [Release page] Michael Belletz (one half of The Last Gambit for which their 2011 release Songs for people like us was reviewed here) takes on the […]

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Kreng :: Works For Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011 (Miasmah)

As we approach the end of 2012 it’s time for all those lovely independent record labels to indulge in fierce session of one-upmanship, pulling out all the stops for a flagship final release of the year. Unfortunately for any competition, Erik Skodvin’s Miasmah imprint has already set the bar quite ludicrously high with a box […]

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Yuri Lugovskoy :: Self-Titled (Home Assembly Music)

The collection of tracks compiled for this double album provides an absolute exquisite sense of electronic isolationism. Static, deeply moving winter-like ambiences and textures which progressively rise on the surface with fragile sound undulations, micro-variations and transparent minimal patterns. [Purchase page] Live artist, sound designer and electronic innovator, Yuri Lugovskoy previously released a magnificent abstract […]

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Andrew Weathers :: Someone Else’s Summer (Visceralmedia)

Gazing hard at it, there is no depth in which to plunge, which seems to me the essential ingredient for a successfully crafted drone. [Release page] Andrew Weathers explains that Someone Else’s Summer describes his long, drawn-out move from North Carolina to California, during which time he was dependent on the kindness of friends and […]

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Gabriel Prokofiev, Peter Gregson :: Cello Multitracks (Nonclassical)

An engaging and original collection of avant-garde classical versus electronics—Nonclassical are carving out a unique niche style that’s well worth paying attention to. [Release page] UK based club night and record label Nonclassical sit firmly in a unique avant-garde hinterland between virtuoso classical musicianship and grubby East London pub-gig rock and roll electronics. It’s collectives like […]

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KiloWatts :: Acceptitude (KiloWatts Music)

Micro-rhythmic blurs of audio textures continue to burst from each angle as robotic grooves slither about in the background. Acceptitude sees KiloWatts (aka Jamie Watts) delving into a luxuriously packaged collection of what may come across as a curriculum vitae featuring his wide ranging musical experience as a multifaceted sound composer. Filled with rubbery, almost squeaky-clean […]

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Dictaphone :: Poems From A Rooftop (Sonic Pieces)

Underground jazz flecks, piano, field recordings, fuzzy radio signals, glowing guitars and Stolze’s lyrical violin create a fresh but oddly uneasy atmosphere and a palpably dense mise-en-scene that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Buy at Amazon, iTunes or Juno. Poems From A Rooftop, the latest opus for Monique Recknagel’s increasingly busy Sonic Pieces imprint, may […]

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JEAN-CLAUDE ELOY :: 4View (Hors Territoires)

Jean-Claude Eloy (b. 1938) is the greatest composer of the past half-century I never heard of. A profound engagement with the Japanese Gagaku orchestra—imperial courtly music—combined with lengthy schooling in the complexity of European modernism has given birth to a style that is all the Frenchman’s own. [February—2012] Jean-Claude Eloy (b. 1938) is the greatest […]

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Twenty Knives :: The Royal We (Hymen)

An annihilating delirium of sound and vision, The Royal We shatters preconceived notions of experimentation—with vocal contortions aplenty—and simply vanishes into a surreal dreamworld. We’re not sure how this one slipped under the radar. Perhaps intentionally meant to catch you off-guard, Steven McDonald (aka Twenty Knives) serves The Royal We—a virtual smorgasbord of electronics that flickers uncomfortably between […]

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Me Raabenstein :: R (nonine)

Twelve tracks representing a cross-section of what could only be described as pure exploratory realms, Me Raabenstein’s audio-biography is detailed with clarity as it wisps by from 1997 — 2011. Me Raabenstein delivers a free download album retrospective of compositions from the past 15 years. Arranged, focused (and defocused) experiments through time, the nonine label […]

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