Post Tagged with: "Synthesizer"

3View :: Asymmetrical Head, EXO_C, Kothyus (Bonding Tapes / Kvitnu / People Can Listen)

A three-pack review including the latest purveyors of experimental-electronic sound emanated from San Diego, California-based Bonding Tapes, Vienna, Austria-based Kvitnu, and Mogilev, Belarus-based People Can Listen imprints. Asymmetrical Head :: Information World Remixes EP (Bonding Tapes) Just a few years ago we described the original Information World EP—released on Bewegung, 2014—as “a well-balanced if not tranquil […]

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Somatic Responses :: Pattern Seeking (Hymen)

Pattern Seeking continues to unfurl the duo’s (over) 20-yr skill-set and their unique ability to create corrosive experimental machine music. Augmented by energetic melodic jolts and crunchy synth manipulation, this album simply packs a punch. Abrasive electro filled with industrial-techno clangs and rough bristles encapsulate the majority of Pattern Seeking by the long-running and always dependable Somatic […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously […]

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C_C :: Impendulo (Da Heard It!)

Nine tracks that ravage, ricochet, and syncopate their way through, Impendulo delivers high-level, machine-driven tectonic sound, and subtle melodic twists. Impendulo follows up from 2012’s Retro Action (Bedroom Research) which was described as “a collision between industrial, noise, dub and electro migrating around definitive analog rhythms.” This new title has a resemblance to Jack Dangers’ (of Meat […]

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Order Of The Muffin :: Dopamine EP (Bass Agenda)

Indeed a sonic neurotransmitter of the extraterrestrial kind, Order Of The Muffin creates seamless organic electro on the Dopamine extended player. From Macedonia we see Nikola Zhevairovski bust open into pure electro, breaks, and raw energy on the Dopamine EP. Its title track, perhaps the most contagious of the lot, is steeped in emotive goodness. […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (June 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Fizzarum, LODSB, Mikroben Krieg, Room Of Wires, and Xzicd. Fizzarum :: Frisson (Ant-Zen) It’s hard to believe, but Dmitry Dubov and Albert Rasyulis’s Fizzarum project […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The New Taxonomy (The Crime League)

The New Taxonomy is effervescent in its construct—weaving elongated dub realms with ease. Low-end waves continually crash against sharpened 4/4 mechanics which blends in a kaleidoscopic, surreal dream state. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) embarks on perhaps his most thorough and expansive album to date. Where past releases were engorged by visceral electronic mayhem, The […]

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Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Ignatius :: Hudibrastic & Smug Ruins EPs (Buried In Time)

Ignatius blends (these) interconnected noisy streams into mangled glitch sandstorms and electrical distortions. Ignatius certainly knows a thing or two about modular equipment, on both Hudibrastic and Smug Ruins, it’s evident that there’s more to life than waiting for another round of Autechre material. If elseq-1-5 was any indication of Ae’s “constantly shifting focus,” than Ignatius […]

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Mnemonic :: Moral (Halbsicht / M-tronic)

Delivering focused, dark and robust synthesizer mood-swings, Moral is a fine tuned effort. Dipping into the past with signature rhythms, Mnemonic redefines itself as a standalone force to be reckoned with. Mnemonic returns to Halbsicht, co-released with M-Tronic, and rightly so. Here we see further German electrical bits revamped in a swath of rhythmic, turbulent […]

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Everyday Dust :: The Green Decay (Sparkwood)

Combining outdoor recordings with retro synths and epic chord progressions, The Green Decay is an homage to the sounds of the 80s and horror fiction that eschews cheesiness and revels in the rush of terror. The album is delicious. Just like The Principality of Dustland, it yearns for stories to be told alongside it. Nearly two years […]

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Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, and his inspirations in this feature. System—an oddly comforting listen from start to finish Datach’i‘s eagerly awaited new release System is […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Celebrating DiN’s 50th—Prolonged analog electronics

Profile on DiN and a special iNDEX05 compilation digital giveaway! Prolonged analog electronics UK-based DiN has a long-standing musical history going back to 1999 and Igloo Magazine recently had the privilege to organize a Sonic Exposure profile for the influential ambient imprint founded by Ian Boddy. DiN celebrates their 50th CD release (limited to 1,000 copies) with their 5th in […]

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Oráculo Records :: Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town

Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town. Spain has a surprising tradition with electronics. The 1980s, a post dictatorial age, saw a burgeoning synth wave scene develop. This history has been captured by the likes of Domestica, but dig a little deeper and there is more to find. Just above Barcelona, near the French border, you’ll […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Nucleus (Self-Released)

A percussive darker energy unfolds in the opening nucleic chapters as a mechanical tone sets the pace. In the closing chapters, miniature stretched symphonies shimmy their way through echoed melodic layers. Synthesized industrial ambient in its purest form, Nucleus is SubtractiveLAD‘s latest sonic opus. Refined and aligned electronics, a lifting off point and a faint […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Abyssalia EP (Component)

Charles Terhune offers a sharp perspective of darker, more robust sound scraping filled with dub infestation, electronic smoldering and low end rumblings. Cathode Ray Tube returns in the shape of a 5-track Abyssalia EP—a smorgasbord of bustling bass, broken rhythms and melodic flares. Perhaps best consumed as chapters, Charles Terhune offers a sharp perspective of […]

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Kraftjerkz :: Kid Ginseng, Lexander James, Newmonics

Styles are mixed and matched. New with old. Classic with experimental. There’s a touch of vintage shop chic to the whole endeavor. Kraftjerkz isn’t a label that follows trends. I mentioned this before in a profile of the imprint earlier this year. Styles are mixed and matched. New with old. Classic with experimental. There’s a […]

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Gnome & Spybey :: Reflective (The Crime League)

This new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano touches around touchingly emotional ambient pieces in a pure classy vein. Signed on the highly productive and pluralistic electronic music label Crime League, this new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano […]

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Dryft :: The Blur Vent (n5MD)

Cadoo turns in some of his most breathtaking work, which masterfully delivers that sublime admixture of beauty and harshness. This is a tough review to write. It’s not so much the musical content of The Blur Vent, but the emotional context surrounding it. I’d assert that no other artist is as closely associated with Igloo […]

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D’Marc Cantu :: 1210A (One Electronica)

1210A broaches, breaches and broils styles. Soft moments are later hardened in jagged shards, hopeful echoes disintegrate into audio rack and ruin. Political division is part and parcel of life in Northern Ireland. Nationalism, Loyalism and the plethora of issues that surround a joint party devolved government of two groups who are poles apart. The […]

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Brett Naucke :: Seed (Spectrum Spools)

Naucke is an expert at corralling the organic tumbling output of his modular experiments into a cohesive whole. Modular synths are unwieldy beasts to control. The potential for mind expanding sound experimentation is so varied that when faced with banks of wires, knobs and whistles the temptation to disappear down a rabbit hole of endless noodling […]

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SXSW 2014 Moog / Switched On showcase :: Visual archive

Austin’s SXSW is the world’s largest and most diverse music festival, where over 2,200 bands performed this year. One of the highlights for electronic music fans is the annual showcase co-sponsored by iconic manufacturer Moog Music and Austin’s beloved synth store Switched On. This year the packed event featured a headlining performance by legendary UK synthpop […]

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Ghost Station :: Ghost Station (Self-Released)

A compelling and intensely retro-minimal electronic album with eerie, post-human and hypnotically emotional tendencies. Rather discreet but not a new comer in the “oceanic” universe of digital self releases / autoprod, Peter Warren is a London based electronic musician and synth wizard whose core influences in composing phase are coming from the 80s electronic music […]

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Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter :: Colour Division (DiN)

A delightful album where the electric guitar is in intimate conversation with a network of textured synthesized ambiences. This Colour Division is the fifth chapter of a durable and fruitful collaboration between two majors architects of sculptural-modelized ambient experimentalism. Ian Boddy whose artistic sensibility covers a large range of synthesized textures and electronic explorations cultivates in […]

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Druc Drac :: Retrofuture (Hymen)

A definitive look into nostalgic memories created by current technological tools which also successfully keeps the consciousness at ease. François Dumeaux operates under the Druc Drac moniker and unleashes a digital release via Hymen perhaps best noted as a warm buzz of oscillators communicating together as they look back to the future. Retrofuture is described […]

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V/A :: Space Consortium Vol. 1 (Flight Recorder)

Space Consortium Vol. 1 is some solid restoration work, but it is impossible to replicate the blue skies of Italy circa ’83. Instead, this is a 12” of 2013 analogue rich, energetic, Electro Disco. Flight Recorder take off once again, this time the destination is the synthesizer laden land of Italo. Some of the modern […]

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Linea Aspera :: Linea Aspera (Dark Entries)

The economic, social and environmental plates have been shifting viciously for years, culminating in the financial quake we are living through. Linea Aspera take up a synthesizer and a soulful songstress to map this present state. [Release page] I recently mentioned the prospect of “something” being in the waters of the US West Coast for […]

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Julien Demoulin & IA & Silencio :: Double review (Basses Frequences / Three:Four)

[Julien Demoulin & IA :: The Bay on Basses Frequences]—A cyberspace collaboration devoted to a real place. Julien Demoulin resides far from it in France while IA, making his recording debut, is right there in Oakland, California, breathing the same air that circulates over San Francisco Bay. A fog rolls off of it, and a […]

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Axxess :: Novels for the Moon (Medical)

The album is pure synthesizer, from beginning to end. Mimran takes Barhardt’s machine and test drives it to the limit. Melodies are poured from one speaker to another, counter rhythms rushing forth and accelerating past tapered beats. Axxess traverses a gamut of sounds, cornering ambience whilst pursuing a new electronic destination. [Buy at Amazon] You’ve […]

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