Post Tagged with: "Field Recordings"

Snufmumriko :: At First Light (Shimmering Moods)

At First Light is a subtle invitation to navigate through cloudy, frosty, fragile, subjective and impressionistic soundscapes with a fancy for turntablism and hauntology. Shimmering Moods is back with a monthly batch of new releases, continuously devoted to home-made and craft based minimal ambient releases in a semi-classical style. Let’s have a few words about Snufmumriko […]

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Lav & Purl :: A State of Becoming (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Through A State of Becoming, Lav & Purl are trying to express the interconnectedness of all things, a strong concept reflected in its thematic, melodic and compositional consistency. One can easily get lost in the album. With the sheer volume of of new music vying for our weekly—if not daily—attention, it feels like the age […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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Everyday Dust :: The Green Decay (Sparkwood)

Combining outdoor recordings with retro synths and epic chord progressions, The Green Decay is an homage to the sounds of the 80s and horror fiction that eschews cheesiness and revels in the rush of terror. The album is delicious. Just like The Principality of Dustland, it yearns for stories to be told alongside it. Nearly two years […]

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Breaklab :: Reet (ZCKR)

Ambient is the style pursued across the five installations. Resonance, echo, fade and decay are the central tools. No tracks are titled, in fact they somewhat merge into one another. I was listening to Will Self recently. If you don’t know him he’s a droll character. His voice has languid quality but his written, and […]

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Posh Isolation :: The less trodden trails of Copenhagen

In an age where so much electronic music has chosen to strip back, to dumb down and pander to the room, this Danish imprint has decided to take the road less traveled; and they’ve found something pretty special at the end of that path. I went to Copenhagen last Easter. Maybe it was the Easter […]

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Porya Hatami :: Phone To Logos (Audiobulb)

Overall, Phone to Logos details a process by which Hatami’s early and more linear ambience has given way to more disruptive and complex sound signatures, distortion, and rhythms—these do not detract from his clearly brilliant field-recording, but rather work to better depict the complex textures and behaviors of organic and non-organic materials and landscapes. Porya […]

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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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Haruo Okada + Fabio Perletta :: Genkai (LINE)

A cross between micro-tonal electronics, processed acoustic textures and sound ecology. Fabio Perletta is an Italian sound artist (now living in Berlin) whose I discovered the music a couple of years ago with a series of editions for his own label Farmacia901. Perletta is also responsible of a number of publications from renown minimal soundscaping artists […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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Dextro :: In The Crossing (16k)

Haunting, pastoral and evocative music from a unique artist, Dextro has the power to paint very beautiful landscapes and to transport the listener to a higher state of consciousness, evoking a natural sense of wonder with his contemplative, beautifully organic sounds. Scottish electronic producer Ewan Mackenzie returns to 16k Records under his Dextro moniker to […]

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Rafael Anton Irisarri :: A Fragile Geography (Room40)

This release splits the difference between these two paths; dark and unsettled embers that only very rarely grow into larger flames, savoring a more focused, subtle sound. Populating his songs with treated guitar, field recordings, and computer processing, Irisarri presents a well engineered and inviting album of considerable emotional range. This full length makes his […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Drombeg

“I like to create a fog of sound onto which I can paint music. The pieces usually build up from there. It’s meditative music. I try to create something that is beautiful but which also has an underlying threat. Much like nature itself. The duality of nature—that it is both beautiful and terrifying.” Emotional panorama […]

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The volume settings folder :: Folder #05 (Self-Release)

Devoted to effective memories articulated to narratives and self-reflective mind travels. Nostalgic, sometimes emotionally overwhelmed ambient airs which open on a vast feeling of quietness. The Italian based sound artist Filippo Bordigato works under the moniker of The Volume Settings Folder and made folk, experimental ambient music his creative field of specialization. The project is […]

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George Cloke :: Hrísey (Self-Released)

Hrísey appears to be a collection of processed micro-noises and sounds collected empirically in Northern Iceland. George Cloke is a young sound artist coming from Sevenoaks (United Kingdom). Adept of sound mapping / sound ecology he is also a member of the minimal post rockin’ ambient duo Team Morale. Hrísey represents the most challenging and […]

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Celer & Machinefabriek :: Compendium (Irrational Arts)

Full of light and space with a few dark corners, Compendium is a perfectly curated collection, packaged in charming, wish-you-were-here collaged cover art. Will Long plays well with others. The full to bursting Celer discography he created in tandem with the late Danielle Baquet-Long is testament to that. And while maintaining an equally hyperactive release schedule under the same […]

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Sound Awakener & Linear Bells :: Belonging to the Infinity (Soft)

Motionless as the dead, writhing with memory. Nguyễn Hồng Nhung forces me to pay close attention to her career as it unfolds—each new thing she does as Sound Awakener (recording since the late ’00s but only releasing for the first time last year) is more interesting than the last. David Teboul has already commanded my full attention […]

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V/A :: Tiny Portraits (Flaming Pines)

The research on sound forms, field recordings and urban soundscaping textures guarantees an active listening experience, investing our consciousness, our sense of hearing and cognitive capabilities around the notion of memory, reflectivity and intuition. Australia based independent label Flaming Pines is back with a newly launched concept and edition about hearing space and the impact […]

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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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Dronny Darko & protoU :: Earth Songs (Cryo Chamber)

This music breathes. It whispers from the pulsating depths of boundless panoramic dreams, percolates effortlessly through the speakers, creating a window of sorts, a way of looking—and maybe even entering—into another world. For the second time this year, prolific dark ambient label Cryo Chamber distinctly deviates from its signature sound and style. The first time […]

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IMMERSIVE SOUNDS :: Q & A with protoU

Out of her home in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Cats (a.k.a. protoU), a promising young creative voice in the dark ambient scene and the latest addition to Cryo Chamber’s extensive artist roster, talks about her musical background, influence and of course Earth Songs—the new collaborative work with Dronny Darko. What lured you to the dark ambient […]

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EUS, Postdrome & Saåad :: Different Streams (Soft)

Different Streams is confident and cosmopolitan, not only because its far-flung participants each recorded in their respective hometowns—San José, London and Toulouse—but also (live? improvised? field recordings?) in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and had the album mixed and mastered in Athens. The seldom-heard triple collaboration. Not remixing one another’s sounds, not divvying up chores but […]

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Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Places Where I Worship You (Dronarivm)

The air is certainly chilly and the water freezing, but there is much shared warmth here. Painfully unprepossessing, McGowan interweaves emotion with emotionless nature suborning neither to the other. It begins on the Isle of Arran, where Fraser McGowan regained his center and captured field recordings that would be painstakingly belabored in order to create […]

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SiJ :: The Earth Shrine (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)

The Earth Shrine is not your typical eco-ambient. It pays homage to the global mystic paths once trodden in reverent balance, while hanging like the shroud we may need to wrap the planet if we continue to turn a deaf ear to its cries for more moderate behavior. This Yaroslavl, Russia based label creates absolute […]

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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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Kate Carr :: Fabulations (Soft)

Fabulations provides an inner voyage, a cinematic experience for the ears and dreamily intuitive sonic meditations where flowing droning chords subtly communicate with detached, touching guitar resonances and sound art narratives. Kate Carr is an Australian sound designer and experimental musician now located in Ireland. I’ve previously heard about her work and her name thanks […]

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Taavi Tulev :: Kuku! (Self-Released)

The environment teems naturally, birds chirp, a breeze gently fleets, the lake splashes and bees pan across the stereo field, humming in and out. It’s a wonderfully real experience, and if you have a penchant for self-reflection, this could well take you places. Kuku! is not music… at least not in its conventional sense. What’s […]

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Ian Holloway & Banks Bailey :: Strange Pilgrims (Quiet World)

Despite its earthy origins, music that absorbs the night sky and all who may travel it. In Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, 17th-century philosopher Fontenelle and his friend the Marquise contemplate the possibility of extraterrestrial life while on a moonlit stroll through her gardens. “What if they were skillful enough to navigate on the outer […]

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Markus Mehr :: Binary Rooms (Hidden Shoal)

Markus Mehr articulates his musical discourse around a sonic continuum made of process drone sequences and fractal electroacoustic dynamics. Germany-based multi-instrumentalist and sound designer, Markus Mehr began to work under his own name after several years spent under the moniker of Aroma. He is firstly known to the audience thanks to his various sound-art installations […]

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