Post Tagged with: "Modern Classical"

Sven Laux :: Paper Streets (Dronarivm)

Long chordal moves, impressionistic soundscapes fluctuate in a vast ocean of tone colors and patterns. Detached acoustic notes, fragmented melodies open on a profound meditative estate where blurred memories meet a feeling of loss or desolation. Dronarivm has gained a serious reputation in the world of indie electronic / emotionally-tinged experimental music with a load […]

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Gamardah Fungus :: Fairytales (Flaming Pines)

The immersive, enigmatic and sometimes detached textures are made of micro noise interferences, guitar tricks, reverbs, found sounds and sustained droning moves framed by a dissonant/consonant compositional mode. I’ve always been fond of Flaming Pines‘ DIY philosophy, passion and interest for home made “chamber” ambient music and “sound mapping.” In this register the UK based […]

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Simfonica :: Letters In Time DVD (TM Studios)

The near hour-long ambient tripping combined with clear messages, the interplay of sound and image within contextual ideas, provide a very moving total experience. In fact this is a surprisingly rare concept in music, at least in non-classical orchestral music. The marriage of haunting sounds and thought-provoking visuals is here actually more a ménage à […]

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Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri :: Open To The Sea (Dronarivm)

One original, introspective, fairy-like and curious album that will ravish fans of challenging, unconventional, post-classical and experimental music. Matteo Uggeri is one busy man and extremely prolific sound artist, no matter if it is under his own name, in collaboration, under the moniker of Barnacles or with his chamber experimental rock ensemble Sparkle in Grey. […]

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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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The Hidden :: Something Lost Something Found (Thin Recordings)

Something Lost Something Found is built around a vast collection of semi-improvised and lo-fi ambient miniatures where textured chordal lines meets detached piano melodies, micro noises and discreet electronic treatments. The Hidden is the new project founded by the sound designed and graphic artist Dan McRae (aka Thin Films). This debut album titled Something Lost […]

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BITS & PIECES with Daigo Hanada

Last February Japanese composer and pianist Daigo Hanada released his debut solo piano album on Montreal’s boutique imprint Moderna. Ichiru is made of eleven beautiful piano miniatures and a full-length closing piece written in Berlin and Tokyo and recorded using only an upright piano, a pair of microphones and Hanada’s two hands. Iglooview is in […]

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The Caretaker :: Everywhere At The End Of Time (HAFTW)

In September 2016, The Caretaker was diagnosed with early onset dementia, beginning an inevitably finite journey into the realms of degenerative memory loss. This journey is set to be cataloged in six separate reports, a historic document of loss, progression and disintegration, with Stage One documented immediately. Here we experience the first signs of memory […]

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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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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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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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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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Simfonica :: Song of the Volcanoes (Cathedral Transmissions)

There is no scruff of the neck or badgering here, it is a falling-into experience, mind-expanding, languid but smoldering for an overall intoxicating experience. A stimulating impetus to either reach over for the play button again or visit Pompeii Released on a Friday sold out by Monday: not bad for a musician performing for a change under […]

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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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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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Björk Digital :: VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016)

Björk Digital, VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016). Björk Digital—a touring exhibition showcasing the on-going development of turning Vulnicura into an entire album of interactive Virtual Reality “videos,” which has now reached its first European stop at London’s esteemed Somerset House after earlier incarnations in Sydney and Tokyo a few months back. Every five-ish […]

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Day Before Us :: Enlightening Secrecy (Triple Moon)

Droning and brooding textured electronic sequences are joined by melodious acoustic lines. Making its name in the understated underground music scene, Day Before Us is at the intersection of various musical registers, from moodily atmospheric ambient, to ethereal dark wave with an emotionally evocative and soundtracky vibe. In five years a number of physical releases […]

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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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Unland :: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (Midira)

Deeply engaging throughout, Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm offers a journey by a group currently at its best creative form. Unland has developed a unique sound and this new effort demonstrates it in all its soulful atmospheric glory. The mysterious trio, Unland, returns with its second output: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (The Silence after […]

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Proto Sites :: Daring to be different

An imprint that’s doing something interesting, not over-reaching nor pandering. In short, it’s doing its own thing. It’s hard to find a label that is doing its own thing. Huh? Well of course all labels will argue that they do it their way, and they do. But labels that are pursuing paths that few others […]

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Diffuse Arc/Arcanoid :: Constant Pulse/Reflexion (Caustica Waveform/Odio)

The latest from Caustica Waveform and Odio are poles apart, in fact they couldn’t be more different if they tried. From the half smiling charms of Constant Pulse before being submerged in the riches of Reflexion; admirable proof of what these Spaniards are capable of. A formidable pairing and one I’m expecting to see picked […]

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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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Willamette’s Diminished Composition

Diminished Composition brings sad-happy scenes painted in warm tones, strokes of drone deftly drawn. A new recording from Willamette, Diminished Composition, has just been released by Scissor Tail. The WA-based ambient post-classical project—nicely referred to as ‘chamber drone caught in perpetually Lynchian state of romantic, dream-fog rapture’ (Spin)—is formed of Joseph Yonker and brothers Davin and Kevin Chong. Ambient […]

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BITS & PIECES with Madeleine Cocolas

The first album you bought? The first album I recall buying was the Star Wars soundtrack. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I bought it (it was around the time I had my Luke Skywalker toothbrush), but it completely blew my mind and started off a long love affair with soundtracks. The […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Siavash Amini, Mark Harris, Martin Nonstatic, Flowers for Bodysnatchers

Futuresequence, n5MD, Ultimae and Cryo Chamber charge the winter arena, each with its own pearl of absorbing sonic designs. Siavash Amini :: Subsiding (Futuresequence) With Subsiding, Siavash Amini further establishes himself as a refreshingly unique creative force. Throughout five compositions, the Iran-based expressionist texture maker and dream weaver confidently maneuvers with cinematic grace. He ebbs […]

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Xu :: Floater (Cathedral Transmissions)

Fornasari gets back to us with a new corpus of exceptionally moving and obscure sound collages and immersive drone tapestries. Nicola Fornasari (aka Xu) is a complex and multi-directional sound artist coming from Cremona, Italy. After notable short handed editions on Eilan Records, Triple Moon, Thirsty Leaves and Twice Removed, Fornasari gets back to us […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Bersarin Quartett, Saffronkeira, Subheim

It’s winter again here in the Northern Hemisphere. Kitchen cabinets are filled with tea supply, favorite blankets are out and aired. The November batch of releases from Germany’s prolific multifaceted imprint, Denovali, consists of three albums highly suitable for the darkest shades of winter depths. Time to warm our bones beside the fire, and our […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Julia Kent

“I’ve always been inspired by cellists like Tom Cora and of course Arthur Russell, who used the instrument so expressively and individually. And, while the cello will always be my primary voice, I definitely have been incorporating more electronic sounds and more processing both live and when I’m recording: it’s great to have access to […]

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Phil Tomsett :: Broken Memory Machine (Fluid Audio)

All in all, the travel and topography template audio-visually mediated across its catalog by Fluid Audio curator, Dan Crossley, gets an interesting refresh, as Broken Memory Machine presses ambient landscape into service of a kind of reverse hauntology seemingly towards effecting a slow memory purge—of place and emotion. These days encounter with the metaphorical journey risks turning one man’s transformative experience […]

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