Post Tagged with: "Electroacoustic"

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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SEALT RECORDS :: Future Echoes

Sealt is less concerned with the club, instead it is the armchair which is the focal point. The other week I got some records from Peru. First I’ve ever had arrive from South America. Bit of traditional Peruvian pop you say? Loada aged B12 EPs but there ya go. The latest lot to be delivered […]

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V/A :: Eilean 53 (Eilean Rec.)

Eilean 53 is a fine example of precision despite the challenges of each artist doing their own thing in different parts of the world. Compilation records are always about the label, a purposeful presentation of the style and direction it wants to operate in. Where many of these would-be playlists fail to showcase something fluid […]

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Build Buildings :: A Generation of Books (Audiobulb)

A pleasant sounding collection that ultimately proves unchallenging and transient in that it moves across your sonic field to other places without really sticking. A Generation of Books by Build Buildings could be called “happy ambient.” Employing little more than short rhythms of small brittle sounds looped and processed into tidy packages, Ben Tweel has […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: John Lemke

“Bringing an audience to tears at the beginning of the show is maybe not an ideal way to start a concert, but it did amaze me to hear about such strong reactions. But I suppose you couldn’t ask for a better feedback—at the end of the day I guess it’s why we do what we […]

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Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello :: Fable (Dragon’s Eye)

Tempered field recordings and instrumental detritus (Vitiello) meet peculiar modular tweaks and harmonized electronic efflatus (English) to create a collage commingling a widely sourced tonal palette, retaining integrality. Last encounter with Lawrence English was up close on Wilderness of Mirrors, with Stephen Vitiello a distant sighting In the Garden of Sonic Delights, a New York exhibition. Their latest coupling for Dragon’s Eye follows […]

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Andreas Brandal :: Seance (Twice Removed)

At times pleasantly discomfiting, as befits a real dungeon or seance, at others sooty and hellish as a 19th-century mill. Electronica by gaslight. Outside overcast, the damp raising shivers indoors. Seance is a Norwegian’s very English steampunk audio novel. Andreas Brandal has conjured eight creepy early-electricity tableaux, oscillating between mad Frankensteinian reanimation experiments in a dungeon laboratory and […]

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Chris Herbert :: Constants (Room40)

An immersive sequenced whole of ever-shifting textures, constantly unfolding over ten tracks, many bleeding one into another. Somewhat stifling for some, perhaps, the density of texture rarely relenting, space not so much the place as a scarce resource. Birmingham sound artist Chris Herbert isn’t a full-time musician, more of a full-time artist—a full-on sound dealer, […]

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Leigh Toro :: L’Esprit De L’Escalier (Eilean Rec.)

It would seem that L’Esprit… has, by virtue of discovering perfect inspiration, become one of the more satisfying coherent and rangy of Toro’s records. His travels by the waterways have certainly inspired this gorgeous work. Leigh Toro’s been producing music for around twenty years, under the two monikers of Flotel and Bamboo Stilts, both bands […]

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Grzegorz Bojanek :: Analogue (Twice Removed)

While making a virtue of a necessity, Analogue is the somewhat perplexing soundtrack to a disorienting, buried-alive ordeal. For Analogue, Grzegorz Bojanek eschews all things digital (he broke his laptop) in favor of the earthier sound of guitars, flutes, objects, pedals and field recordings straight onto four-track tape recorder. The mishap seems to have made […]

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Poppy Ackroyd + Lumen :: Escapement Visualised (Denovali)

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) If you get your hands on a copy of […]

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Nobuto Suda :: Transitoriness (Organic Industries)

Over nine, numbered tracks, Nobuto Suda musters a slew of acoustic, electronic and digital music-making devices and redacts the world like a palimpsest, written on and erased over and over again. It is the nature of things to change. You’ll never step into the same river twice, Heraclitus pointed out. The world is clear but ambiguous. It is […]

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L.iet & Kurt Bogenholtz :: kurzwellengericht (HalbsichtTonträger)

The duo offers a distinctive, complex and neuro-electronic sounding alchemy where micro-sonic percolation meets hauntingly moving droney fragments. L.iet & Kurt Bogenholtz is the side project of the post-techno IDM ambient producer Michael Belletz (from Mnemonic) and Kurt Bogenholt in this first opus signed on HalbsichtTonträger (Pleq, Mnemonic, Architrav et al). The duo offers a […]

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Kryshe :: In Between EP (Hidden Shoal)

The blend of emotional bareness, effortlessness, spaciousness and warm luminosity in the fabrics of In Between is irresistible. Kryshe‘s In Between EP has sneaked into my life very recently thanks to Hidden Shoal‘s main man, Mr. Cam Merton, who consistently provides a warm home for quality and talent from around the world in order to […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Elsewhereness mix

Igloomag’s Alan Lockett alias albient (mixcloud | soundcloud) dials in an ambient-electronic mix. Among its dream-scape streams and aether waves, reverb-trails and echo-veils, feature a number of recently igloo-‘viewed goodies. Here is elsewhereness… Route map to elsewhereness: 36, Beautumn, Christopher Bissonnette, Chronovalve, Dalhous, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Eluvium, Lawrence English, Faures, Fennesz, Francesco Giannico, Ligovskoï, Maps and Diagrams, Moss Garden, Pausal, Pjusk / Sleep […]

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James Murray :: Mount View (Slowcraft)

A sadder album than expected, but what comes from the heart, enters the heart. After Floods and The Land Bridge comes Mount View, “the first place I called home,” writes James Murray, as he rounds off his autobiographical trilogy. His trek brings him to a vantage point “from which I can best see things as they are, […]

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Unland :: Unland (Self-Released)

Ritualistic, eclectic, mystical, beautiful. Unland is the project of Germany-based Jonas Meyer (piano/fx), Christian Grothe (guitar/fx/sampler) and Shabnam Parvaresh (clarinet). The concept: “to come together and create improvised musical landscapes” as the trio puts it. The first result: a spacious, texturally intoxicating, emotionally open and highly atmospheric 4-track experimental ambient album. Grothe also produces mini […]

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Verslo Rizikos Rezervas :: Nebelipk (Bordello A Parigi)

New Wave retrospection is at the core, Modern Romantics with an Eastern European tongue. My knowledge of Lithuania is pretty limited. I know the capital, Vilnius but that’s more because I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with world capitals. I also know it was part of the ex-soviet block, and that Ireland have […]

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Federico Durand & Melodía :: Double review (Spekk/Kaico)

The theme of ‘blurry childhood memories’ is something of a go-to emotion pool for a current breed of ambient and electro-acoustic musicians. It’s one Federico Durand has drawn from over a number of releases from first Spekk outing, La Siesta del Ciprés, through others on Own, Home Normal, and Desire Path. Hosted by Spekk he goes there once more for El Estanque Esmeralda, revisiting […]

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3View :: France Jobin, Laurent Perrier, Yoshio Machida (Baskaru)

Baskaru, purveyors of fine experimental electronics and sound art since 2005, issue just a few select releases each year, invariably in threes. Last sighted on igloo here, the French imprint prides itself on high artistic and visual standards, as can be seen from a roster spanning the likes of Maurizio Bianchi, Francisco López, and Lawrence English. A view of what’s […]

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Twincities :: Variations for the Celesta (Eilean Rec.)

Once tinkling like a wind chime at the behest a soft breeze, then pondering each key like an apprentice learning the keys of a weathered church organ or a sleepy child playing on the floor with a toy piano. Fletcher McDermott made ten “small recordings” of a celesta, sketches he calls them, on his telephone, […]

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Forest Management :: Sky Image EP (Twice Removed)

The primary goal of forest management, the experts say, is sustainability. Ohio’s John Daniel certainly fulfills that criterion. I could listen to this  forever. Sky Image floats out of the speakers like seed copters from a dandelion puff. As the EP proceeds into the second and third perfectly becalmed, unnarrative ambient miniature, a sheer curtain […]

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Autistici :: Attaching Softness (Audiobulb)

 ‘When musicians play music, they play with sound. Play is the key activity. Like a child with paint or clay—you start with nothing and you become focused on a colour, a form and tool of sculpture. It starts with a sound, its form and function laid bare. I let it play repeatedly and respond to […]

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Wegrzyn :: Volksmusik (Etalabel)

Three brief piano loops, nothing more, heavily processed. Volksmusik is said to have had its genesis in tragic personal events that befell debutant Lukasz Wegrzyn, eventually prompting memories of happy childhood summers in the countryside. Memory is an unstable and evasive agent. Every recollection surfacing from within leaves its root system further and further behind, seeks unexpected […]

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AL_X :: Shunt (Fluttery)

A delicate, measured and calm piece, with the producer moving from idea to idea. Shunt by AL_X (Alex Dunford) is a massive twenty-two track album based on the Liverpudlian’s own dreams and nightmares. Conceptual by nature, this record is full of ambience and sampled sound effects. There are a handful of tunes in amongst the […]

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Andrea Gabriele :: Biography of You / Biografia di te (ODE)

Meticulously documented with a rigorous development and a coherent-directive line between ideas, the projects brings to the fore a cognitive-functional dimension about perceptual phenomenon but also an anthropological dimension with its insistent reference to human-being in its totality. Biography of You is the second conceptual-intermedia release issued by the editor / label ODE and which […]

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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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