Post Tagged with: "Minimal"

Conrad Schnitzler & Pole :: Con-Struct (Bureau B)

This collaboration offers an interesting catalog of cold, hypnotic, cerebral, techno-ish and beat laden electronic pieces. If you are into conceptual and minimal ambient sophistication (Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Monoton…) no doubt this release will seduce you. An important document which brings back to light the musical heritage of Conrad Schnitzler. I used to be an […]

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Qebo :: The Former Generations of Structure (Detroit Underground)

The Former Generations of Structure delivers a fluid understanding of restrained electronics tethered to skeletal melodic tendencies. By way of Athens through Detroit, Qebo’s impacting sonic derailment is very much welcomed. Greece-based Qebo have been at it for over a decade, but have only just recently become (more) active, and we’re thrilled to dissect it. The […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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Eusebeia :: Introversion EP (Mindtrick)

An extended player that opens a plateau of low-flying, lo-fi electronics and mysterious midnight sonic emissions. Eusebeia (aka Seb Watts) is a new alias to these ears, and a welcomed addition to the music library after having been the closure track on the excellent Frequencies of the Mind III compilation with the vocal dust-clouds of “In […]

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Dronny Darko :: Drone Ambient Mix for Sleep

Dronny Darko’s mix for Igloo Magazine is composed around lowercase minimalist drones and atmospheres that are aimed to put a listener into a meditative and relaxed state of mind. Tranquility and calmness are the key emotions within this experience. Dive into this ambience chasm and explore how deep a rabbit hole can be. Tracklisting :: […]

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36 :: The Infinity Room (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping ambient electronica. Ryan Griffin’s A Strangely Isolated Place follows up Merrin Karras’ rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping album Apex with The Infinity Room by ambient veteran Dennis Huddleston’s 36, featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, […]

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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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Dimitar Dodovski :: Dérive (Shimmering Moods)

A fine collection of computerized and digital electronics, built around a dynamic structure which dives in an atmospheric dreamlike nebula. Based in the Netherlands Shimmering Moods records is progressively making its name in the field of contemporary craft based ambient music. Like on labels such as Time Released Sound, The white Lab, Cathedral Transmission, Triple […]

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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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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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Clara de Asís :: Uno Todo Tres (Éditions Piednu)

Uno Todo Tres fills the mind with ‘is not’ everythingness, transported by the frail waver of the single sound that de Asís, a Spanish electroacoustic composer living in France and playing prepared, tabletop electric guitar, proceeds to infinitely split and splice. That which is not crawls into everything and takes its place (freely from a poem by Ann […]

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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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Mark Lyken :: The Terrestrial Sea (Important)

A very welcomed work made of intuitive, inventive soundscapes which are way recommended for listeners into the philosophy or phenomenology of sound art. Scotland based sound designer and multi-media artist Mark Lyken has developed a collection of rare cinematic experiences, notably in collaboration with Emma Dove. My first immersion into his work was with his […]

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Tom Knapp :: Mophoc Rez EP (Ge-stell)

A brief and promising introduction to an artist working deep within nonrepresentational sound composition. Shifting metallics, collapsing walls of illogical harmonics, and granular synthesis that jumps from acoustic imitation to minute sample scrubbing. Despite being Tom Knapp’s debut release under his given name, Knapp has been a long time contributor to the electronic music underground, […]

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Pinkcourtesyphone & Gwyneth Wentink :: Elision (Farmacia901)

The finest kind of acoustic-electronic collaboration, only nineteen minutes long but destined for endless repeat. When I reviewed Pinkcourtesyphone’s Foley Folly Folio, I thought it was probably a one-off, a playful/serious notion that struck American sound artist Richard Chartier, as a vehicle for cleverly and elegantly conveying the sense of claustrophobia and ennui of a particular time and place. […]

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Frank Bretschneider :: Isolation (Line)

The finest moments break free from a sense of additive composition. Mobiles of sonic material are suspended, spinning slowly while the listener watches its rotation, revealing parts previously unseen. While a Raster-Noton release is usually easy to identify, their individual artists have been difficult to differentiate in the past. Ryoji Ikeda’s informational density, Alva Noto’s […]

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Markus Mehr :: In The Palm of Your Hand (The Remix EP) (Hidden Shoal)

The listener is immersed in a dense, tense, refined and exceptionally moving semi jazzy inflected minimal electronic experience. Bavarian based sound designer and electronic artist Markus Mehr carries on here his creative and productive collaboration with the now classic label Hidden Shoal Recordings. This time Markus invited a handful of artists to remix his latest […]

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Pole :: Wald (Pole Music)

Oh, Stefan, why’d you have to go and change? All those years ago when you dropped the drums and your 4 pole filter clattered to the ground giving it that distinctive broken sound you changed electronic music forever. But now you seem to like clean beats and drums and… I just don’t feel like I […]

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Chris Weeks :: Black Hole (Odd John)

A beautifully sculpted deep ambient album which explores the mechanism of dreams in a quite Bachelardian, intuitively poetical mood. Offered as a beautiful limited CD edition, Black Hole is the new release of sound designer and electronic musician Chris Weeks (aka Kingbastard.) Since 2005, this multi-faceted musician has published a great number of releases, mainly […]

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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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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

MUTEK.ES is about both the new and the “old,” about combining established musicians and new voices. For the sixth year in a row, MUTEK.ES—the sister festival to the flagship Montreal event—brought four days and long nights of electronic music and digital creativity to a number of Barcelona’s best venues, from the underground chambers of City […]

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France Jobin & Fabio Perletta :: Mirror Neurons (Dragon’s Eye)

The lithe, almost see-through ambient of Québecoise France Jobin combines with Fabio Perletta’s fly-eyed dot matrix view of the world. The lithe, almost see-through ambient of Québecoise France Jobin combines with Fabio Perletta’s fly-eyed dot matrix view of the world. The conceit of Mirror Neutrons, a term borrowed from neuroscience that boils down to the phenomena […]

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Saul Freeman :: Wait: Speak (Vent Sounds)

Wait: Speak collapses several traditions stretching from Canterbury to Bristol via New York into a very tasty pudding. The first solo album by Saul Freeman, quite a few years after the break-up of his trip hop duo Mandalay, Wait: Speak opens up wide and Manhattanly on its first two tracks, “It Ain’t Over…” and “Intention And,” the latter […]

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Stefan Jós :: Things You Left Behind (raum)

A perfectly weighted and clinical sound straddling both dance floor and home listening territory. Tokyo’s flau brings us brand new label goodness in the form of raum—an imprint specializing in limited edition 12″s and they’ve certainly pulled out the stops for the debut release. In typical style, flau cast their net worldwide —taking in talent […]

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James Murray :: Loss (Eilean Rec.)

Perhaps there are six stages of grief and they differ dramatically depending on who has been stricken. In his quest to capture the sound of loss, James Murray trapped certain keys on vintage synthesizers and treated them in real time, resulting in a suite consisting of “first takes only, no further editing.” Though “Fine” opens invitingly, […]

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Asmus Tietchens :: Fahl (Farmacia901)

A relevant and elaborate example of timbral experimentations in conceptual drone based minimalism music. On the way to becoming a key figure in the world of structural minimalism and post-modern ambient music, Farmacia901 (owned by the electronic sound designer and producer Fabio Perletta) recently signed the new Asmus Tietchens for a beautiful limited physical edition. […]

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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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From Philadelphia’s Foundries :: Great Circles

From a forgotten space, or a rejected one, comes caustic chords and rusted rhythms. Great Circles are part of that change to harsher dialogue. Panel beaten pound, steel stained snares, tetanus transferring thump and aging assembly line atmospherics. Great Circles has a message, one given in severe and uncompromising tones. They say as the years […]

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Monty Adkins :: Borderlands (Audiobulb)

From its earliest moments, the melodic lines expand and warmly burr at their edges, overlapping with other lines that explore the higher range of the cello, pushing us to imagine its movement into the treble clef, the thumb tracking and shifting. In the 37.45 minutes of its winding, wending length, Monty Adkins’ Borderlands, his fourth […]

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