Post Tagged with: "Minimalism"

SubtractiveLAD :: Sustain / Release (Self-Released)

A clearly recommended corpus of warm and delicately touching ambient compositions. SubtractiveLAD is the project of Vancouver-based sound designer Stephen Hummel. A handful of materials have been published on n5MD. Sustain / Release is self-published and is offered as a digital album. It is a collection of highly emotional, dream-like and languorous soundscapes, droned-based guitar textures which can easily […]

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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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V/A :: Meditations 3 (Shimmering Moods)

Meditations 3 is a fine collection of modern, discreetly pulsating and cerebral ambient sketches. Shimmering Moods is back with a new collection of intimate, soothing and semi-experimental ambient tracks provided here as a compilation built on unreleased sound materials offered by regular artists / projects of the label. However this compilation gives the occasion to introduce […]

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Murkok :: So Little Music (Shimmering Moods)

A beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. Loyal to its stylistic trademark, Shimmering Moods Records are back with three new releases to start the year with subtly moving and craft-based organic ambient releases. So Little Music by Murkok is a beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. I did not […]

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Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri :: Beyond Time (Time Released Sound)

A recommended effort which successes to launch a bridge between folk-ish experimentation, electro-acoustic paradigms and minimal ambient soundscapes. Well known for his chamber post-rock orchestra Sparkle in Grey as well as his numerous friendship collaborations (with Deison, Andrea Ferraris, Francesco Giannico…) The Milan based sound artist Matteo Uggeri is back with one nicely made and […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #2 Man Bites Hypnagogue

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-lubed, cloud-ed, and bcamped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #2 Two reissues on neonate Pre-Echo plus In Summer, a Geographic North tape now d/l-able, top up New-Noise-Romantic Jefre-Cantu Ledesma‘s HQ* (see “Love’s Refrain”‘s Cocteaus vs. chillwave). Lovers of A Year With 13 Moons or any of J-CL’s selected […]

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David Fyans’ Somnambulist’s Field Guide

Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, man behind the label’s design aesthetic. ‘Sound has always been an integral part of ritual. The shared listening experience can give a sense of community, of synchronised brainwaves and collective movement.’ (Fyans, The Somnambulist’s Field Guide) Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, […]

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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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Ben Rath :: Forgiveness (Sound In Silence)

Forgiveness explores melancholic and grey textural drone ambiences with a dialogue between processed sounds (notably taken from the piano and the electric guitar), looped electronic patterns and mind-tripping reversed treatments. Young multi-faceted artist with roots into experimental ambient and instrumental shoegaze music Ben Rath already published no less than six full-length releases the last few […]

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2VIEW :: Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra (LINE)

Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work by international dealers in contemporary sound art and digital minimalism. Latest in Line are Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra. 15 years of service as LINE manager behind him and Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work […]

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José Soberanes :: The Rising Tide (Whitelabrecs)

A pleasant and diversified collection of free form and slowly moving soothing drone ambiences enriched by green field recordings and minimal melodic sounding acoustic sequences. José Soberanes is a young sound designer and organic ambient artist coming Mexico. He is also the manager of Nova Fund netlabel. He already released a few digital / small CDr […]

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3VIEW :: Tomonari Nozaki (forwind)

The whole is re-imagined into a dish fit to set before Basinski buffs and Hecker checkers. The series’ sheer sweep sees Nozaki’s sound gather in sono-dramatic force, cementing detail, texture and integration of its parts. Tomonari Nozaki seemed to spring from nowhere fully formed with his debut, North Palace, a couple of years back. The Japanese ambient/warm noise artist’s ‘abstract sound projections […]

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Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Though little of Tabulatura may strike the outside ear as new, the inner will likely not have heard it so before—with indeterminacy’s agency laying the grain of the voice open for fuller listener occupation. Indeterminacy is a bit of an odd one. The use of computers to make music is familiar, as is its motivation in the desire of […]

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Phoenix York :: Quiet Mutations (Remixes and Reworks) (Buried Standing)

This album is a collection of touching, subjective and introspective ambient hymns where micro-tonal melodies meet occasional experimental elements and softly moving electronic dreaminess. After a beautifully evocative and impressionistic ambient effort published in 2014 (review here), the Canadian sound designer and electronic artist Phoenix York is back with a new album which mainly consist […]

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Chris Weeks :: Trip (Odd John) / The Cloud (Self-Released)

Weeks has pursued a predilection for exploration of the floating and psychic vibrations of space-scapes, tranches of droning chord continua and brooding bass frequencies dwelt on, when not taken on minimalism-fuelled detours, prey to particulate play, subject to unreadable communications and electronic interference. The back catalog* of UK soundsmith Chris Weeks is voluminous for one whose artistic footprint has […]

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William Basinski & Richard Chartier :: Divertissment (Important)

William Basinski & Richard Chartier’s signature styles mesh, coupling across an indeterminate void of shortwave signal and electronic noise filtered against and through each other. Important hosts post-digital doyen Richard Chartier for a hermetic collusion with buddy, Bill Basinski, Master of Disintegrality. Divertissement is the minimalist mavens’ third merger, following Untitled 1-3 (Line, 2008) and Aurora Liminalis (Line, 2013). It falls in […]

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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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Fabio Perletta (Øe) :: Unseed (Arboretum)

Unseed is a serene, contemplative and warmly inviting minimal ambient release. A musical satori and a must have for fans of complex, sinuous and abstract electronic dreaminess. Fabio Perletta is quite a busy sound artist, working simultaneously on his personal sound creations and for his independent label Farmacia901. After several collaborative works, many recent live […]

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Seth Cluett :: Forms of Forgetting (Line)

A near hour-long piece at once calming and intense realized through use of elements ranging from static tones to microsonic points and sharp frequency lines intertwined in a delicate model of spatiality and duration. Forgetting may be seen less as oblivion or effacement, more as a reserve or resource that ‘designates the unperceived character of the perseverance […]

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Richard Chartier :: Subsequent Materials (2006-2012) (Line)

‘I was always interested in sound(s), even as a child. I loved the sound of refrigerators, air conditioners. I could often be found listening to machines, putting my ears right up to them. A strange child perhaps… The logical progression of that interest was electronic music and then experimental music in high school.’ (Richard Chartier) […]

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Emiliano Romanelli :: 333 Loops (Volume I) (Terziruolo)

333 Loops is a field of inquiry with a potential duration of between 110,889 seconds and 110,889 years, of which this volume, constituting numbers 148, 149 and 150, fortunately, comprises just 35 minutes—not that more would be unwelcome, but this listening lifetime is all too limited, and other records are available. Emiliano Romanelli, co-founder of now defunct duo Tu […]

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Nicolas Bernier :: frequencies (a / fragments) (Line)

Bernier combines sounds from mechanically triggered tuning forks with digital soundwaves, using a micro-controller to trigger sequences via software, activating solenoids that hit rows of precisely calibrated tuning forks with high precision, threaded through sinewave activity. This release from Line documents the sonic element of a performance/installation piece by Nicolas Bernier conceptually ingenious enough to […]

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Celer :: Zigzag (Spekk)

Airy, spatial, with shuddering modulations, shades of unquiet, odd disembodied voicings in remotion, suggestive dissonant swells. Celer‘s remote yet intimate tonal stream of consciousness has been a near-constant presence for nigh on a decade. All the more fitting after a 3-year hiatus that boutique Japanese ambient drone soundscape imprint Spekk should swiftly follow Opitope’s Physis […]

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Kyle Bobby Dunn :: Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn (Low Point)

There seem to be more vertiginous twists, added dimensions, not deriving from textural or instrumental paradigm shift, more from long steeping in the same materials, increasingly expert knowledge—of tone colours and contours, and their affective frequencies. It’s this that’s at the heart of what seem to be less oblique strategies—more deliberate, even manipulative directorials. [Release […]

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Yann Novak :: Presence (Hibernate)

Presence operates in the inbetween between unresolved and resolution, flirting with the chill charms of the unpitched then back, finding refuge in more comfily pitched material. Low-end looms cede to sudden subsides, then other kinds of radiation, drawing back from the edge of abrasion, softening in focus to warm fuzzy then ceding again to cold […]

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Tatsuro Kojima :: 16g (Audiobulb)

For 16g has sharp corners, razor-thin edges and taut wires that require some soft undergrowth. It spends much of its time slicing through the air at a relatively high frequency, though Kojima exercises keen restraint. Tatsuro Kojima has been preparing his debut album for over two years, during which time he has also been busy […]

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Damian Valles :: Skeleton Taxa (Drifting Falling)

Valles expands the drone to orchestral proportions, as his field recordings, small bells, piano and guitar are all swept up into a string section, with a violin swirling out of the mass to solo half-way through before receding. The entire piece is far from destructive, but is rich in drama. Musician, artist and greengrocer Damian […]

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Lyr :: Lyr (From A Tree)

Static noise is interwoven through clicks’n cuts, manipulated guitars, tribal tentacles, crumbling techno, post-industrial washes and an extreme focus on the obscure craft of darkened tonal activity. Minimalism floating amidst industrial wastelands, broken (African) beats stutter across the landscape. A thin sheet of dust falls upon analog machinery that struggles to find itself in a […]

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Five questions for The Centrifuge

“As the project gained momentum an ancillary goal emerged which was to play our part in engendering an attitude change to free music, having long been considered inferior to commercially released music.” Wassim—of The Centrifuge—replies to igloomag.com’s Five questions. Igloo Magazine :: When did The Centrifuge start up and what was your inspiration? The Centrifuge […]

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