Post Tagged with: "Space music"

Dead Melodies :: Legends of the Wood (Cryo Chamber)

Among the most accessible, ethereal and darkly introspective albums signed on Cryo Chamber next to materials from Hoshin, Wordclock, Northumbria or Keosz. A highly welcomed release, easily recommended for fans of eerie cinematic soundscapes and elegant naturalistic dark ambient music. This project name sounds totally new for me but as I’m always pleased to discover Cryo […]

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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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Two on the Radar :: Jonathan Fitoussi and HOLOVR

Two highly addictive synth-based albums similar in sound but completely different in mood, behavior and style. Both are out via the prolific sonic oven of Seattle’s exploratory boutique label Further Records. Jonathan Fitoussi :: Imaginary Lines For his debut album for Further Records, inspired by the mystical wonders of constellations and informed by the modus […]

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The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky

“I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.” (Robert Moog) Ah…those velvet lush pads, endless sparkling arpeggios, sharp basslines and liquid lead sounds. Those crafty, intelligent machines, little and sometimes enormous, in the right hands can create […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Astral Travel Agency, EarthCry, Fourth Dimension

Old school trance vibrations from Hungary, mind-bending electronica from the U.S. and retro space music from Serbia. Astral Travel Agency :: Digital Spirits (Self-Released) Hungary-based producer Tamás Olejnik creates music under many monikers. Under Astral Travel Agency he conjures the ancient spirits of Goa trance and the deep vibes of the psychedelic chillout of the […]

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Sabled Sun :: 2148 (Cryo Chamber)

This album confirms the presence of high-quality standards in the dark ambient music galaxy. Owner of the essential Cryo Chamber label and leader of Sabled Sun / Atrium Carceri, Simon Heather is one busy man but always a highly creative sound artist when it comes to write some of the most outstanding soundscapes in the […]

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Shrine :: Ordeal 26.04.86 (Cyclic Law)

Ordeal 26.04.86 is a well recommended melodic and cinematic ambient album, an accessible and sonic-contemplative musical ceremony to a post-nuclear desolate universe. it can be easily considered among the most wonderful musical discoveries of the year. Majestic and enveloping. This new Shrine album presents an intense, emotionally compelling and subliminal droning dark ambient album whose […]

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ProtoU :: Khmaoch (Cryo Chamber)

Reverberated, resonant and massive lugubruous soundscapes are occasionally punctuated by green field recordings. Lack of time and being busy with my own projects I missed the last four Cryo Chamber releases (post Locus Arcadia albums). However I’ve decided to review this new ProtoU (formed by Sasha Cats, from Kiev) which after a first listening experience already […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Famous Monsters is easily recommended for listeners of dark space ambient crossovers nestled between Biosphere, Robert Henke and Loscil for stylistic similarity. Component is now a well known label for Igloo readers. I reviewed a few releases from two of their leading projects Snowbeasts and Pattern Behavior, both recommended for fans of dark challenging releases in modern […]

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Haunted Me :: The Pale Ones (Self-Released)

The stylistic range on The Pale Ones oscillates between minimalist, droned-out sonic excursions and heavy post-rockin’ guitar elements. Coming from Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) this new project formed by Claudio Begovic offers his first self-released EP freely available in digital format on Bandcamp. We do not know much about his music but this effort sounds promising, […]

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Randal Collier-Ford, Flowers for Bodysnatchers, Council of Nine, God Body Disconnect :: Locus Arcadia (Cryo Chamber)

Locus Arcadia is a celebration of metaphysical, cinematic space music with a sense of experimentation and a few challenging ideas in the sound art department. Now true leader and avid promoter of the dark ambient universe with Cyclic law, Malignant and Cold Spring, Cryo Chamber (founded a few years ago by Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri […]

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Ian Boddy :: Tone Science (DiN)

The album contains a succinct collection of undulating and abstract soundscapes with a rather experimental and anti melodious shape, also reminiscent to some sort of avant garde and radical cosmic minimalism from Conrad Schnitzler. Founding father of the British electronic school of space music Ian Boddy is back to the control of his DiN laboratory to […]

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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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TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

As NASA announce the discovery of earth-like planet Kepler-452b and New Horizons beams photos back of Pluto, we felt it was time to indulge in a spacey, new age theme for the latest Tape Transmissions. Think arps, dreamy pads, reverb, effects and cosmic synth noodles. A couple of tape labels get quite a bit of love […]

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Involved :: Radiation Leak 3D animated music video

A brooding sci-fi film noir set piece featuring ghostly silhouettes wandering through a smoke-filled city of glittering skyscrapers and glassy plazas. Words from Hidden Shoal: We’re excited to present the stunning new 3D animated music video for Involved‘s “Radiation Leak”, taken from their 2014 debut Revolving Maze. The video, created by Hidden Shoal’s Cam Merton, […]

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Asura :: Radio Universe (Ultimae)

As opposed to many other contemporary artists who incorporate elements of seventies space music, Asura manages to sound classic and refreshing rather than clichéd. There’s nothing like starting the winter with an Ultimae release, especially when it’s by French psychedelic ambient downtempo maestro, Mr. Charles Farewell (aka Asura). With a legion of avid fans behind […]

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Neel :: Phobos (Spectrum Spools)

A single hour-long deep space navigation through a void not so much magnificent as downright angsty and alien. Giuseppe Tillieci, aka Neel, has been a DJ and engineer for some time now, accruing a reputation as a mastering engineer behind the sound design of some of the more questing techno releases on the likes of […]

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Involved :: Revolving Maze (Hidden Shoal)

A refreshing retro-style sonic tapestry highly capable of igniting the imagination. We all need to escape reality sometimes. For some of us often consuming a good Sci-Fi book or movie does the trick. We dive in, and for a certain period of time forget about everything else, it’s just us and the fantasy, time ceases […]

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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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Vermont :: Vermont (Kompakt)

Celestial, kinetic and beautifully detailed. This is retro-style dream music in its most creative and igniting form. Not many can concoct a retro-infused sonic potion of space electronica/ambient that doesn’t sound like an imitation nowadays. Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow have managed to do that brilliantly. Their new collaborative effort under the Vermont alias is […]

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3view :: Space is the Place

Electronic music is so much more down to earth these days, and that is a good thing. But when it first emerged, it was inextricably associated with the technology that made it possible and the future that technology would create for us beyond the selfish pull of gravity. It almost feels like that upon hearing […]

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V/A :: iNDEX04 (DiN)

The musical tendencies approach electronic space music, most of time hauntingly cinematic and hypnotically pulsating. iNDEX04 is an outstanding collection of previous DiN sound materials available on releases such as Frontiers, Slide, Dervish (…). It features some of the most significant works of Ian Boody’s recent period, completed by several compositions in collaboration with Erik […]

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Jeff Talman :: Nature of the Night Sky (New Domain)

Talman’s fifty-minute piece spellbinds the listener with his artistry and the artistry inherent in our universe. [Release page] Jeff Talman (b. 1954) has exhaustive studies in composition and the visual arts behind him and is, according to his online bio, considered a ”pioneer of the use of resonance in artworks” on the strength of a […]

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Sam Rosenthal :: The Passage (Projekt)

Audio waves swell and ripple out, no tonal transformations, more minute calibrations; Koan-esque, layers are set in motion and simply left to go with their own flow. The recording history of Sam Rosenthal is long and shifting, though mostly a story of dabblings in ‘Dark’, whether ‘wave,’ ‘cabaret’ or ‘ambient’ variations. Founder of Projekt Records […]

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