Post Tagged with: "Electroacoustic"

Selffish :: He She Them Us (Serein)

The elusive beauty of He She Them Us lies in the fine details of enchanting dialogues between organic and synthetic elements. There’s a magnetizing charm in the space between the notes and in the way the sounds strike, dance, echo and fade away. The compositions pulse with the grace of an elegant, powerful cinematography. “Each […]

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Three on the Radar :: Cass., Elektro Guzzi, Tilman Robinson

Three albums, three different stories. From warm ambient electronica and eclectic techno to abstract fragments of electroacoustic and modern classical seduction. Cass. :: Youth Sessions (Emotional Response) Youth Sessions, the new album by Niklas Rehme-Schlüter a.k.a. Cass. on Emotional Response beautifully demonstrates skilful programming, rich, vintage synth work, slow-mo, elegant development and ethereal use of […]

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Lokom :: Nyctalope Ponies (Abstrakt Reflections)

Lokom succeeds in crafting a maze of extraterrestrial glitch, adding some friends on remix duty—including Balkansky, c0ma, DaFake Panda, Andrew Course, Ralp, The Ghost of 3.13—and punishes the floor with anxiety-driven ferocity. Grenoble, France-based Lokom album titled Sweet Home And Gasoline (Kaometry, 2014) was noted as “An engrossing and screeching cacophony of percussive annihilation for ear, mind […]

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Two on the Radar :: Amiina and Ryan Teague

Two albums from two different corners of the musical spectrum offer a true sense of a story for us to immerse in. Amiina :: Fantômas (Mengi) Amiina is well known for its work with Sigur Rós but also for its full length solo outputs and EPs. Originally a string quartet, formed by four girls (Edda […]

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INNERMOST SPACES :: A modern classical infusion

The experimental fringes of the modern classical arena are bursting with creativity these days. Musicians and labels explore new possibilities and modi operandi. This article gathers five outcomes worth diving into again and again. Dag Rosenqvist :: elephant (Dronarivm) It’s not easy to digest the six compositions Dag Rosenqvist crafted for elephant. They demand the […]

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Gaëtan Gromer :: Noise Level (VoxxoV)

With ability this album demonstrates a fruitful body of ideas which might continuously captivate the listener. Noise Level is warmly recommended for all listeners of passionate, experimental and immersive electronic music. This is the first time I’ve heard about Gaëtan Gromer with this digital promo from VoxxoV Records. His new album Noise Level sounds like […]

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BITS & PIECES with Christopher Tignor

Composer, violinist and programmer Christopher Tignor has released a stunning new record via the multifaceted Western Vinyl imprint this month. Igloo Magazine asked him for just a few bits and pieces about his life… The first album you bought? Poison: “Open Up and Say…Ahh!” (cassette). The last album you were addicted to? The dirty truth […]

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Tangent :: Collapsing Horizons (n5MD)

Featured from front to back are precision, hardened sound-structures and distorted fractals that echo and fade. Crumpled ambient versus mechanized glitch surrounded by cosmic low-end from The Netherlands’ Tangent is about to be revealed via Collapsing Horizons—their debut for Oakland’s n5MD. Minuscule bleeps and textured drones simmer and shift from one phase to the other, as if alien civilizations clearly […]

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Monolyth & Cobalt :: Sub + Rosa (Unknown Tone)

Monolyth & Cobalt invites you over the threshold and guides you by the hand through a suite of many chambers, each with one, curving wall, rendered white but weathered nicotine yellow. Monolyth & Cobalt invites you over the threshold and guides you by the hand through a suite of many chambers, each with one, curving wall, rendered white but […]

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Speck :: Antiheart (Eilean)

The four pieces on Antiheart are rich and repetitive, like the seasons of the year, which in fact appear on the album, as Bondarev makes discreet textural use of field recordings to accompany his piano, guitar and electronics. Nikita Bondarev is from Berdsk, less than twenty miles as the crow flies from Novosibirsk. Might as well […]

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens :: The [Gold Mixtape] (Self-Released)

The [Gold Mixtape] breezes by with its punchy exp-electronic reflections and genre-crossing that somehow just works. A focused collaborative vocal effort coming from multi-talented, Denver-based Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens. Always one to construct and deconstruct a myriad of soundwaves, JWS doesn’t settle for just one genre. The vocal tint on The [Gold Mixtape]—inspired by DJ Charlie Buckett’s […]

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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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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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Assembler/Responder, Music Producer

Sean Curtis Patrick may be familiar to ambienteers as a visual artist whose imagery has adorned releases by the likes of Rafael Anton Irisarri, Benoît Pioulard, and Alessandro Cortini. Less familiar, though, will be his audio work, which turns out to be deserving of mention, if not in the same breath, then in close aspiration to the above […]

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Jonathan Kawchuk :: North (Eilean Rec.)

North is true, a subtle combination of acoustic and electronic instruments, skeletal and essential—no more than what you need to make it through. A brief collection of pieces performed by an ensemble of over a dozen that seems to have disassembled itself so as to be as hushful as possible. In 1967, Glenn Gould put together a radio show […]

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Lunar Abyss & Uhushuhu :: Double review (Zhelezobeton)

Double review for Lunar Abyss and Uhushuhu. Aikana Uni by Lunar Abyss Lunar Abyss :: Aikana Uni (Zhelezobeton) A forest, boisterously Amazonian, at night, on a different planet. Crackling, golden atmosphere. Underscored by low radiation drone, while above, a satellite blinks. Thunking air vaguely reminiscent of the helicopters in Apocalypse Now. Ground underfoot that doesn’t quake but trembles. Evgeny Savenko […]

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Modus :: Quattro & Piano Chain / The Garden Of Sinus (Wo-Land/Marmo)

In parts its bumpy, even jarring, at other moments it’s as smooth as silk. One thing you can be sure of, it’s always different and always original. I don’t enjoy flying. I never have. It’s irrational. It’s silly. It’s juvenile. But there it is. I try to take my mind off my location, some 36,000 […]

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Heezen :: Abandoned Memory (Feutlab)

This album has a keen tendency to have a touch of the dramatic about it, as if the music once acted as the soundtrack to a forgotten, obscure film found on a nondescript VHS discovered in a grimy thrift store with no record of what it is or where it came from. Yet such information […]

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John Lemke :: Nomad Frequencies (Denovali)

Once again, with his distinctive combination of adventurous ways of playing instruments, unconventional methods of sound design, boldness and honesty, Lemke has created a truly absorbing piece of music that ferociously yet gracefully defies classification. This is the work of a talented musician who constantly moves forward driven by curiosity and passion. It’s important music, […]

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Xu(e) :: Brown Jenkin EP (Thirsty Leaves)

Beautifully strange and continuously intricate experimental acid-jazzy electronic paintings. Thirsty Leaves Music is a newly launched net label based in Thessaloniki devoted to avant-garde electronic/sound art/aural semi acoustic soundscapes. Each edition is ultra limited and offered in a beautifully designed hand-made package. Brown Jenkin by Xu(e) is the label’s latest release. Xu(e) is the long-time […]

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Alex Menzies :: Order & Disorder (Kathexis)

Order & Disorder brings together twenty pieces of contemporary classical music. Flickering machine sounds sit between rich and textured piano sounds. But that would be to do this absolutely wonderful album a disservice. A refreshing musical surprise is a great thing. You think you know something, you’ve got an artist figured out; but you don’t. […]

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Michael Fahres :: Tibataje (Testtoon)

The record transports the listener to a stark world, one of prelapsarian parameters, one where ritual and wildlife convene over the beat of the drum. I was recently listening to Mark Kermode’s “The Soundtrack of my Life.” He’s probably not that well known, he’s a BBC film critic and does other cultural pieces. He’s always […]

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DJ Olive :: Coco (Record Blanks)

Coco might be taken as a sequel to Bodega (its cover mosaic of NYC mom and pop shopfronts succeeded by Graffiti Tags of the World), serving up sweet, round-hipped skank, with the odd sharp edge. Songs of innocence and experience. Greger Asch, aka DJ Olive the Audio Janitor, is the most consistently interesting artist to emerge from the […]

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Marco Supernak & Roger 23 :: Double review (Mensch)

Marco Supernak maintains a theme, discreet sounds and the movements of the every day. Reuter goes that bit further into the cerebral. His is an introspection, a deep view inward. Memories of styles formerly explored are present but they just about reach the surface. A rich and rewarding start from this Cologne imprint. I remember […]

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Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo :: Doropea (Old Bicycle)

In this craft based minimalist work Palumbo is using a vast array of instruments and effects to design expanded micro-tonal sound sculptures in a quite smoothly, detached and impressionistic mood. Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo is a well known architect of abstract and noisy drone based electronics. In this craft based minimalist work Palumbo is using a […]

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A Method to the Madness :: Marmo Music, with Modus Live Set

At needle drop be sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to your turntables; there’s a decent chance you’re not going to know where you end up. I love an ole surprise. Christmas. Birthdays. In restaurants I like the waiter to pick for me, though I’m aware that it might be misconstrued as cheek. The […]

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Ballerini :: Beautiful Ground (Oak Editions)

Meandering over uneven terrain, Beautiful Ground bears the rich scent of freshly turned humus and a lingering bouquet of originality. Alessio Ballerini composed the pieces collected on Beautiful Ground while enjoying an artistic residency at Bioculture in Italy. Enriched with field recordings made during his tenure, Ballerini plays period keyboards and synthesizers and manipulates digital equipment. The results […]

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UNKNOWN TONE :: 3View

Unknown Tone is a burgeoning, mom and pop experimental ambient operation out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like the best family businesses, they hand pick their stock with great taste and discernment and offer their customers both easy-to-access digital and lovingly crafted physical editions. Sima Kim :: Variations for Music Box A wind-up music box states its theme […]

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ZOHARUM :: 3View

A dark forest, an entire region covered in darkness, a small, dark space that continually contracts and expands. Zoharum’s release schedule is fast and furious, embracing a broad spectrum of worldwide experimental electronica. Its most recent parcel revels in the dark side. ForrrestDrones :: Najas Flexilis Exequiae Robert Skrzyński, previously enjoyed enormously as Micromelancolié. The exploration of […]

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