Post Tagged with: "Component"

Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The New Taxonomy (The Crime League)

The New Taxonomy is effervescent in its construct—weaving elongated dub realms with ease. Low-end waves continually crash against sharpened 4/4 mechanics which blends in a kaleidoscopic, surreal dream state. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) embarks on perhaps his most thorough and expansive album to date. Where past releases were engorged by visceral electronic mayhem, The […]

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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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Nmls :: On & On (N_Coded)

On & On collects broken beats, driving rhythms, glitchy strands and transforming ambient ice sheets from just above the stratosphere it seems. Back and forth, and around again, classic Lusine ICL elements are blended with Loess, Access To Arasaka and Monolake—personal favorites from the past. Piotr Michałowski’s own Warsaw, Poland-based N_Coded is also home to […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Famous Monsters is easily recommended for listeners of dark space ambient crossovers nestled between Biosphere, Robert Henke and Loscil for stylistic similarity. Component is now a well known label for Igloo readers. I reviewed a few releases from two of their leading projects Snowbeasts and Pattern Behavior, both recommended for fans of dark challenging releases in modern […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Life Among the Rust (Component)

Life Among the Rust dips into and out of audible oxidation, revealing along the way its story of curious, exploratory and emotive electronics. Chang Terhune, fellow contributor and prolific electronic music savant, continues in his quest to elicit strange and effective new sounds from his sonic artillery. On the last go-around we saw Cathode Ray Tube exploring robust sound […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Abyssalia EP (Component)

Charles Terhune offers a sharp perspective of darker, more robust sound scraping filled with dub infestation, electronic smoldering and low end rumblings. Cathode Ray Tube returns in the shape of a 5-track Abyssalia EP—a smorgasbord of bustling bass, broken rhythms and melodic flares. Perhaps best consumed as chapters, Charles Terhune offers a sharp perspective of […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2015

So here it is—from ambient drone to post-rock, jazz and modern classical, from IDM to experimental to post-digital microsound; hallucinatory electronics to experimental soundscapery, candy-color post-kosmische to alien noise, intergalactic techno to post-hardcore mayhem and broken bass music, these are igloomag’s picks for the year… Sherpas to your questing climbers 2015: a year of listening, […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :​: Urban Patterning (Component)

A dynamic, colorful and cinematic sounding electronic ambient album that will ravish fans of 70s/80s B-grade film scores from sci-fi to thrillers and twister experimental films. Cathode Ray Tube is a multifaceted synthscaping electronic music project formed by Igloo’s own Charles R. Terhune. Before to go into this new EP I made a quick exploration […]

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Snowbeasts :: Frozen Earth (Component)

An obsessive, oppressive and darkly meditative temple of creepy drones and other sustained electronic textures. Snowbeasts (Raab Codec & Elizabeth Virosa) are back with a blackened corpus of bewitching sound rituals faithful to the true tradition of the genre. The musical obedience and stylistic direction are quite close to the ones developed in the duo’s […]

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Maduro :: Filter Sick (Component)

Filter Sick is a heavily processed album that leaves no sound unaffected nor unmolested. Filter Sick by Maduro is a complex, frenetic and glitchy sonic affair. It reminds me of fever dreams had as a child where my delirious mind tried desperately to collate sensory input amidst the microbial infestation afflicting me into a cohesive […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2014

Here it is, well over 160 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electronica, synth, jazz, modern classical, experimental and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews, a Soundcloud player, and a slideshow randomly displaying some […]

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Snowbeasts :: Ice & Shadow (Component)

A futuristic, gloomy and hypnotic cold drone ambient release that will ravish fans of advanced post-industrial music and its derivatives. After a first digital release published on Component, Snowbeasts (aka Raab Codec & Elizabeth Virosa) are back with a new effort titled Ice & Shadow. This album is stylistically in the continuity of the previous […]

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Production Unit Xero :: Neon (Component)

Maneuvering glitchy slabs and ambient tentacles through an electrical firestorm, Neon bridges the void between mechanical and organic shape shifting. Production Unit Xero-Neon by Production Unit Xero IDM is certainly not lost on this recording. Melodies buried in time, beats drifting in synthetic debris and a penchant for creating precise sound sculptures is evident on […]

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Jvox :: Strange Universe (Component)

A level-straddling blend; earthy, groovy and easy to dig but with a deep, clever halo of abstract thematics and transcendent yearnings which might be harder to swallow were they not so smoothly anchored. Jvox started out as an MC before switching to the machines and although he doesn’t break out the mic on Strange Universe—his […]

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Snowbeasts :: Snowbeasts (Component)

Snowbeasts is surfing on more darkened and meditatively cerebral droned-out waves, with some neo-kosmische touches, genuinely cinematic and coldly moving. Snowbeasts is the soundscaping dark ambient-esque project of Raab Codec. This first and self-titled album is signed on the independent netlabel Component Recordings (Pattern Behavior, Somatic Responses…). Raab Codec already published solo materials on the […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Tribal Malfunctions EP (Component)

Slow moving bass is torn apart and shredded into an amorphous analog fabric. Cathode Ray Tube- Tribal Malfunctions by Cathode Ray Tube Tribal Malfunctions by the multitalented artist Cathode Ray Tube is a half-dozen super elevated mechanical slab made from downtempo industrial, ambient, electro, and tribal ingredients. Synths shifted far into elongated and intertwined layers, CRT dips into […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Collapsar (The Crime League)

The strangely blackened lo-fi synth dimension and the propulsive rhythmical density make this album its very own charm, ominously sonic, tripped out and with a discreet retro-futurist spell. After a first self-titled opus signed in 2013, Pattern Behavior (aka Raab Codec & Elizabeth Virosa) are back with an utterly gorgeous minimal synth-kosmische soundscaping release. This […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Pattern Behavior (Component)

An eclectic and multi-textured electronic music release which deliberately sounds as an imaginary soundtrack through furiously nightmare-ish, isolationist and beatific splendor. Devoted to uncompromised and challenging experiments in electronic music, the netlabel Component Recordings is back with a handful of brilliant digital releases in spaced out psych ambient, techno-ish synthedelica, and algorithmic sculpted electronic minimalism. […]

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NEOTERIC COMPONENTS :: Raab Codec Igloo Mix

Taking on many genre shapes, Neoteric Components expands and contracts its hardened outer layers to reveal a flickering core made from molten techno, abstract industrial and crunchy atmospheric electronics. Raab Codec’s Component Records imprint is back in full (digital) form and to reveal their forthcoming Neoteric Components compilation, he’s unleashed an igloomag.com exclusive mix to […]

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Zyxt :: Hello Manic (Component)

Zyxt compliments the past decade of electrical manifests and evolves his sound signature with creative dynamism. Melodic entanglement, percussive wanderings and fluid electronics from start to end. Better known in the early ’00s as Portland and chiseling electrical bits as Datascraper and Phizek, San Diego resident audio-manipulator Spencer Lytle emerges in revised form as Zyxt—the […]

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Raab Codec :: Life Amongst the Wires (Mojura Digital)

Bridging mid-90’s melodic pulsars tied to current-era data processing, the whole package feels as raw as it’ll ever get. Robert Galbraith, previously known for his darker strands of electronics as Codec and the label operator behind currently defunct Component Records now reverts to his roots as Raab Codec. Keeping busy with his latest start-up label […]

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