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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

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 #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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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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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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Offthesky & Pleq :: A Thousand Fields (Infraction)

At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition. Questing ambient and soundscape exponents with previous form over a slew of labels—Home Normal, Taâlem, Constellation Tatsu, Databloem, dataObscura, Ephre, and Basses Frequences, for starters—commune to create a whole beyond the sum of its differently located parts. Product of a Massillon–Denver–Warsaw pact hatched by […]

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Porya Hatami :: Land & Land Remixes (Inner Ocean)

Corollary to Inner Ocean’s re-release of Porya Hatami’s Land (originally only 250 copies on Somehow Recordings) comes an addendum of remixes. A genuine sense not only of season or climate but place permeates Land. For me, Land takes a sanguine view of the “cold” time of year. After a long, hot, working summer, Land is […]

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Offthesky & Radere :: The Season of Lost Buttons (Wistrec)

Jason Corder and Carl Ritger have joined to compose an ambient suite of Melvillian proportions, big, American and adventurous, even though its eccentric title sounds more appropriate to a book of nonsense by Edward Lear. Under their respective aliases, Jason Corder and Carl Ritger have joined to compose an ambient suite of Melvillian proportions, big, American and adventurous, even though its […]

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V/A :: Oxycanta III (Ultimae)

Winter is ahead, and the twelve tracks on Oxycanta III will go well with the cold gray days. The most narrative-driven and crystallized chapter of the three. An opiate and a stimulator at the same time. I’m not the biggest fan of various artists compilations, but I do enjoy a well-concocted one occasionally, and the […]

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V/A :: Ultrasoft! Anthems 33 (Plastic Sound Supply)

A well-rounded mix of familiar names and new-to-me artists whose entries on this compilation inspired me to dive into their back catalogs… Despite the unusually-punctuated title and playful promo site, styled like a 1980s late-night TV ad, there’s nothing cheesy about Ultrasoft! Anthems 33, Plastic Sound Supply‘s 20th release. Instead of the pan-flute serenades the […]

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V/A :: Ultrasoft! Anthems 33 (Plastic Sound Supply)

Building on a tradition of genre-defying output and continual reinvention, the collective rests gently underneath the umbrella of ambient music at this moment in time. “Are you tired of the same old music? Well we’ve got something for you!” Plastic Sound Supply celebrates its 20th release by continuing a tradition of conceptual label compilations for […]

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Offthesky :: Through the Lines (SEM)

Overall, Through the Lines‘ gradual exposure is like the uncovering of prized treasures at a shrine. Its spiritual edge certainly brings to the fore those awakening sounds that could encourage the petals of a precious flower to open up fully. [Release page] Little is known about them, only that Through the Lines was originally recorded […]

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Marihiko Hara & Hideki Umezawa :: Jigokuhen (Wist Rec.)

The “sound report” composed in tandem by Marihiko Hara and Hideki Umezawa, multimedia artists from Kyoto and Tokyo, respectively, is quiet and scraggly, just as promised, and distant enough to hold the listener just as bemused as Akutagawa holds his readers. It sounds as if it is being played back on a water-damaged tape recorder. […]

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Offthesky & Man Watching the Stars :: Afar, Farewell (Rural Colours)

While the Offthesky quietly paints him a vast universe, Man Watching the Stars populates it with planets, meteor showers and asteroids slowly tumbling end over end. [Release page] Bring two talented ambient artists together and the results are often very pleasant indeed, but combining the ambient sensibility and a more temperamental instrument with a more […]

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VNDL :: Gahrena: Paysages électriques (Hymen)

Glitch is counterbalanced with contorted bass, alien landscapes, layered and abstract tonal shifts as VNDL unravels obscured musical passages. Philippe Vandal (aka VNDL) hailing from Montreal, Canada lines up his debut with Germany’s long-standing and well respected Hymen Records. Gahrena: Paysages électriques—influenced by the likes of Fennesz, Richard Devine and Access To Arasaka—opens his account […]

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COMMUNIKEY FESTIVAL 2012 :: Visual Archive

This gallery features photographs from the fifth year of Communikey Festival, held in Boulder, Colorado. The festival took place in a dozen venues, including Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder Theater, Naropa University, Odd Fellows Lodge, and ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado. [April 25—29, 2012] The Communikey Festival focuses on electronic music, including a […]

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Five questions for Home Normal

Ian Hawgood of Home Normal stopped by the virtual doors to respond to igloomag.com’s Five questions profile. Learn more about this multi-faceted, independent label as it branched from its photographic inspiration. Igloo Magazine :: When did Home Normal start up and what was your inspiration? Home Normal (Ian Hawgood) :: Home Normal was formed around […]

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Five questions for Hibernate

Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, Hibernate is a micro-independent label “inspired by the unpredictable, momentary and quiet solitary beauty of the Pennine Moors.” Jonathan steps away to respond to igloomag.com’s Five questions. Igloo :: When did Hibernate start up and what was your inspiration? Hibernate (Jonathan) :: Inspired by the unpredictable, momentary and quiet solitary […]

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