Post Tagged with: "Raster-Noton"

Techno’s Outer Limits :: April 2017

First transmission of 2017 from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LP, with notes in the margins. James Shaw, the artist known as Sigha, we’re told (blurb), ‘has always placed the listener at a centrifugal point that invites a clandestine hypnosis rather than an abject hysteria.’ Cheers for that, James. Be that as it may, a kind of […]

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V/A :: Source Book 1 (Raster-Noton)

The markers that identify the boundaries of the label’s surface area — techno, ambient, musiqué concrete — are on display, and the terrain inside them is mapped and signposted with the selection of twelve tracks spanning the last twenty years of releases. Raster-Noton have, in their own words, always tried to be more than a […]

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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier :: Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! (Raster-Noton)

An abrasive, agitated and swift EP that bursts at the seams, as it should, based on its initial construct. Robust and well-rounded, it’s hard to believe this EP was conceived only 2-hrs before a live set in Paris. The Berlin / Montreal-based, Canadian unearths cataclysmic electronics for this Raster-Noton release. Broken techno slivers punch through […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2015

So here it is—from ambient drone to post-rock, jazz and modern classical, from IDM to experimental to post-digital microsound; hallucinatory electronics to experimental soundscapery, candy-color post-kosmische to alien noise, intergalactic techno to post-hardcore mayhem and broken bass music, these are igloomag’s picks for the year… Sherpas to your questing climbers 2015: a year of listening, […]

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Kangding Ray :: Cory Arcane (Raster-Noton)

Insistent and incessant loops built from clustered assemblages of staccato chunks of sound achieve a kind of weightless velocity, churning heat out from the furious friction of its own kinesis, droning like humming industrial machinery we eventually learn to tune out. After nine years and five full-length albums to his credit, I’m still waiting for […]

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Senking :: Closing Ice (Raster-Noton)

Closing Ice is a great example of how to work in darkness while shedding light without more heat. In an interview in The Wire circa 1998 or so, Jim O’ Rourke talked about “gestures” in music and how because something was cliched and generally accepted as scary it was used as a “gesture” to indicate […]

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Kangding Ray’s Raster-Noton Renewal

Cory Arcane is full of intriguing compositions characterized by Letellier’s intricate percussive programming, textural invention, and deep-buried melodies, fitting comfortably into the Raster-Noton aesthetic, while retaining his own idiosyncratic voice. News of an album impending from Kangding Ray for gratifyingly still fertile and thriving minimal electronica label, Raster-Noton. Cory Arcane will be the fifth by David Letellier for the crack Chemnitz […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Anew mix

Revisiting the sound and vision of Slings The Wooze, Igloo’s Alan Lockett, aka Mist-maxer albient, Slings the Wooze Anew with more than a score of exponents of blurred ambience, FX-drenched drone and electronic aethers new, renewed, and re-viewed, strung into wondrous wooze—all but opening keynote throwback-bite fresh from this year and last. Artists: 36, Alva Noto, Benoît […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2014

Here it is, well over 160 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electronica, synth, jazz, modern classical, experimental and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews, a Soundcloud player, and a slideshow randomly displaying some […]

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Cernlab :: Atomherz (Electroton)

Cernlab returns with a shuffle of tinnitus and crepitus, sawtooth kinesis and electrical grounding tones on a quest for accidental form and errorist structure. Electroton has been active for five years now, with Martin Weiss the artificial intelligent design behind recovery of a Teutonic glitch tradition gone AWOL, pace Raster Noton. Dealers in Mille Plateaux, Ritornell, […]

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Emptyset :: Recur (Raster-Noton)

With its low centre of gravity and alienating, single-word titles, English duo Emptyset are a bit of a nasty propostion within the community of lower-case industrial electronica. As appealing as the sound of radial tires rolling over shattered safety glass, the Bristol-based duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas short-circuit and media-blast what are actually […]

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AOKI Takamasa :: RV8 (Raster-Noton)

It is simplicity as virtuosity, minimalism whittled with the knife-edge exactitude of a Giacometti figurine. Eight flint-edged “rhythm variations” by Osaka-based AOKI Takamasa, bitumen slick grooves flowing out of a project he has been pursuing since 2009. Aimed at the dancefloor, each beat scores a perfect midbrain bullseye and jerks at your limbs, while its […]

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Atom™ :: HD (Raster-Noton)

HD is a positive coup for Raster-Noton, one that extends the ethos of the label in unexpected directions thanks to the diversity of Uwe Schmidt. It is serious, fun, political, reverential, minimal and brash all in a taut forty-three minutes. It takes a seriously dedicated fan of the frighteningly prolific and diverse Uwe Schmidt to […]

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Top releases of twenty-twelve

Well over 180 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as an iTunes audio player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top […]

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DECIBEL FESTIVAL :: September 26th—30th, 2012

DECIBEL FESTIVAL, now in its 9th year, has become America’s premiere festival of electronic music. This year’s festival is five days long (September 26th—30th, 2012), and will feature performances by over 170 musicians across 15 venues in Seattle. The festival’s organizers have selected from a dizzying array of styles including nearly every electronic sub-genre, spanning […]

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Robert Lippok :: Redsuperstructure (Raster-Noton)

Working more like character studies of the individual sounds therein than “songs” with structures and interrelated parts. This is a subtle distinction, much easier heard than explained—most of the tracks (pieces? it’s ambiguous) on Redsuperstructure do have “parts” or “sections,” in which musical variables such as timbre or the sounds themselves are added, taken away, […]

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Byetone :: Symeta (Raster-Noton)

Bender has gotten more rhythmically adventurous, and has also updated his palette of sounds, somehow staying faithful to that precarious notion of what is and what isn’t appropriate on R-N. [Release page] My CD collection owes its size to the university library where I had a job during college. Working in the audiovisual department wasn’t […]

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VLADISLAV DELAY :: Away from the unnecessary

One thing that has Vladislav Delay’s work standing the test of time is an endless sense of definition-proof direction, not at all scattered, masterful in a worldly sense of musicality and overall breadth of style. TJ Norris had the chance to catch up with him on the cusp of releasing a few new exciting projects. […]

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Kangding Ray :: OR (Raster-Noton)

OR gives the ears a thorough pummeling across its eleven relentless bass-music tone-poems, interrupted only briefly by morsels of polished ambience or skewed and bent android like voices. Like most Raster-Noton releases, you’ll need to concentrate on OR to get the most out of it, otherwise it becomes a rather homogeneous smear. [Raster-Noton Shop] It […]

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Alan Lockett’s Tops of 2011 :: So Far (So Good)

Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing on two Top lists here. To accompany this, extracts from his thirty picks were chosen and sorted into two piles, broadly designated ambient/drone and techno/dub/idm, and spun into a brace of mixes. :::….:.:::….:::::::..:::::…..::..::::…::::.:.::::..:::…:::….:::.::::.:.::.:::.:::.:::…:::..::…:: 20eleven sogood :: […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: 20eleven sofar | sogood (igloomag mix)

Alan, known to some as albient for his mix-tricks (and occasional audio-doodle) compiles 15 of driftiest dream-dealers in ambient/drone for 20eleven so far, while for 20eleven sogood he channels another 15 of the movie’n’grooviest techno/dub/idm players. Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing […]

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto :: Summvs (Raster-Noton)

This music, this album, will be the perfect companion for lonely, dreary mornings; afternoon fall under the covers with only headphones. Just beautiful and bursting with inspiration. [Shop] Write a preamble about Alva Noto, also known under the name of Carsten Nicolai, proved futile as the musician clouds the issue since the beginning of his career. […]

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Top releases of twenty-ten

With this article, 151 releases and 25 honorable mentions are highlighted as being titles that garnered the extra spins in 2010. These musicians (and associated labels) offered an abundance of quality productions coming from all corners of the globe with an emphasis on releasing music that doesn’t always follow a defined path. [January 2011] Twenty-ten […]

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Frank Bretschneider :: EXP (Raster-Noton)

Packed with crisp clicks/cuts, waves and funky beats we hear short pieces ranging from 14 seconds to 3 minutes, all with one thing in common, ultimate flexibility of a pitter-patter beat that twists seamlessly from piece to piece. EXP is something of a glorious experiment. Sure there have been many artists who have put together […]

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Senking :: List (Raster-Noton, CD)

(04.19.07) Raster-Noton has made a name for itself as a purveyor of clean and often clinical, cutting edge minimalism. Hosting a multitude of experimental releases by the likes of Ryoji Ikeda, Alva Noto, Mokira, Ryuichi Sakamoto et al, Raster-Noton has long been a particularly esoteric label. Senking’s List, then, appears to be something of a […]

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