Sunday, October 10, 2010

[DIGIV 025] Brother Raven - VSS-30 Vinyl (LP) 2010

Brother Raven - VSS-30
Label: Digitalis Recordings
Catalog#: DIGIV025
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: Aug 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Space Rock, Ambient
Credits: Artwork By - BR
Mastered By - JEA*
Performer - Jamie Potter , Jason E. Anderson

A1 Space
A2 Megaton
A3 Cartoon Life
A4 Symbols
B1 Sentinel
B2 Cold Nothingness
B3 Whirlwind/Hyperdrive
B4 Sea Breeze II: The Final Battle

The outer limits of contemporary kosmiche and experimental synth music continue to be explored with a screen printed and hugely limited transmission from Seattle's hotly tipped Brother Raven. As a rite of passage, they've already released a handful of cassettes on local imprint Gift Tapes and the ace Taped Sounds outlet (home to Oneohtrix Point Never, Uton, and James Ferraro among others), before dropping these two sides of "space music with the positive-vibe ambiance of early new age". They also cite Inuit mythology and time travel among their influences, with slightly more discernable traits inherited from the early '80s synth music of J.D. Emmanuel. The duo of Jamie Potter and Jason E Anderson have a charmingly naive sound, wandering through an array of Multi and Micro Moogs, Polysynths and Yamaha keyboards recorded to tape, with the slightly unusual addition of a Roland SH-101 and SH-1, which we'd assume are responsible for the interjections of fragile proto-techno pulses which crop up in between their freeform strokes. Overall, the effect of 'VSS-30' is like progressing through an early 8-bit commodore game, eager to progress towards the next level, but happy to vibe off the dayglo graphics and sounds. The recording to tape adds that unmistakable analogue warmth that makes this one of the finer records of its kind to hit our racks this year. Limited to 150 copies and highly recommended to fans of KFW, OPN or Skaters.

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[ATAK 014] Mika Vainio - STATION 15, ROOM 3.064 Parts 1-5 CD 2010

Mika Vainio - STATION 15, ROOM 3.064 Parts 1-5
Label: Atak
Catalog#: ATAK014
Format: CD, Limited Edition
Country: Japan
Released: 18 Jun 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Glitch, Minimal, Experimental
Notes: Limited to 364 copies only

1 “Station 15, Room 3.064″ Part 1 18:29
2 “Station 15, Room 3.064″ Part 2 8:20
3 “Station 15, Room 3.064″ Part 3 8:57
4 “Station 15, Room 3.064″ Part 4 8:00
5 “Station 15, Room 3.064″ Part 5 11:14

Ennio Vai Pan sonic in this work ATAK central figure in Mika's second solo album from the unique work that has been produced by equipment brought into the hospital with leg injury during hospitalization. This work was made behind closed doors in the hospital also said the ultimate finish has become a unique work which makes it become a fully open his musical orientation as a result. This work initially, ATAK was released in October 2009 as the first piece of data Daunrodoonri. It is considered appropriate for this work from a purpose built motel distribution form that is downloaded to be delivered behind closed doors and not through the intermediary of the listener directly into the private work is what made behind closed doors of the room. At the same time, the relationship between music and media always / ATAK to explore the possibility that the CD was also trying to stir the media saying that the status quo.  Ennio Japan tour when Michael was in Weimar and in March 2010, only 364 copies of his CD named after the album was released only as the handwriting was on the board that the only clear case thoroughly transparent CD Release The big topic was called extremely limited distribution method and a simple format, CD has become a symbol of transition to work from the data.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

[PV 041] Keith Fullerton Whitman - Live Generators (1) 2 x Cassette 2010

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Live Generators (1)
Label: Protracted View
Catalog#: PV 041
Format: 2 x Cassette, Limited Edition, c38 + c34
Country: Canada
Released: Jul 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Experimental
Limited to 200 copies.

A Generator 1.0 18:41
B Generator 1.1 17:41
C Generator 1.2 16:41
D Generator 1.3 15:41

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

[BOLTVL 001] Yvat - Unfolded Vinyl 2010

Yvat - Unfolded
Label: Boltfish Recordings
Catalog#: BOLTVL001
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Blue
Country: UK
Released: 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract

A1 Blue Tusk 4:12
A2 Quaver 2:23
A3 Contrail 3:56
B1 Etcher 2:42
B2 Tide Out To Sea 4:29
B3 Alkyd 3:30

Unfolded is a very special six track release, presented on exquisitely designed and pressed blue 12” vinyl. Ten years since his first album and 25 released projects later, Yvat is searching for lasting integrity through his music. The core issue is now one of identity, and therefore the title Unfolded should be read literally: the six tracks unveil the artist’s individual sound and his own peculiar way of creating and understanding music. From one track to the next, he reveals what he is most passionate about: a synthesis of opposing tendencies, a lucid blending of melodic lines with fractured aggressive rhythms and angular textures. Unfolded is a mature work, built on the celebration of a decade of working in the field of sound design. With remarkable coherence, this project continues to unfold, gradually rewarding the listener with further surprises and small discoveries.

When you receive your vinyl copy of this release you will also get a special one-off code to download a FREE Digital copy from Bandcamp! *

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FACT mix 181: Pixel

FACT mix 181: Pixel

Pixel – real name Jon Egeskov – is a member of the esteemed Raster-Noton family, having released three albums on the label to date. He debuted in 2003 with The Display, following it with a collection of live studio recordings entitled Set Your Center Between Your Parts In Order To (2006). Pixel’s most recent offering is 2009′s The Drive, wherein he sets out to evoke an imaginary journey by car across the USA, via limber digital rhythm, the deep hiss and hum of guitar amplifiers, the churn and chatter of seemingly sentient micro-processors.
His mix for FACT includes four original Pixel tracks, with the rest of the tracklist made up largely of contributions from other Raster-Noton artists -  Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cyclo (Nicolai & Ryoji Ikeda) and Frank Bretschneider, the latter with no less than six untitled pieces. There’s also room for ‘Twenty’ by Labradford, whose psychogeographic post-rock and ambient meanderings in the 1990s no doubt acted as a formative influence on the young Egeskov.
Pixel will be performing live at the Alpha-ville festival in London on September 17-18. He joins an international line-up of audio-visual innovators and up-and-coming talent, including Actress, Subeena, Bola, Scanner and The Boats. Find out more here.

1. Pixel – Sinus
2. Pixel – +40° 11 35.63 -112° 52 31.90
3. Pixel – Both
4. Alva Noto – m08
5. Cyclo – C3
6. Pixel – Matrix
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – Duoon
8. Labraford – Twenty
9. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
10. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
11. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
12. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
13. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled
14. Frank Bretschneider – Untitled


Saturday, August 7, 2010

(MP 300) Various - Clicks & Cuts 5.0 - Paradigm Shift CD (Compilation) 2010

Various - Clicks & Cuts 5.0 - Paradigm Shift
Label: Mille Plateaux
Catalog#: MP 300
Format: CD, Compilation, Digisleeve
Country: Germany
Released: 07 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Glitch, IDM, Experimental, Ambient, Minimal
Notes: CD edition contains 2 bonus "Evac" tracks not available in the regular digital edition.
Comes in a nice 6-sided digisleeve.

1 Scattertape - Shelving A Tempered String (Intro) 1:00
2 Aoki Takamasa - RN4-09 (Short Version) 5:36
3 Wyatt Keusch - Object 02 (C&C Cut) 4:26
4 Loom - Isolex 03 4:10
5 Ametsub - Repeatedly (Video Edit) 4:41
6 Kiyo - Bear In. Warm-Noiz (C&C Fade) 3:32
7 Marow - e.coli 4:12
8 Manathol - BAKETO (C&C Cut) 4:18
9 Kabutogani - CXEMA 3:48
10 Nicolaus - Inner (C&C Fade) 5:28
11 Sifa Dias - Eitec Aa (C&C Fade) 3:14
12 Klive - Sweaty Psalms 4:22
13 Gultskra & Artikler - w 3:59
14 Yu Miyashita - Scrypt 3:43
15 Alinoe - Il (Outro) 1:24
16 Lodsb - Eve (CD Only Evac Track) 4:25
17 Rimacona - Message (CD Only Evac Track) 5:38

The influential electronic label MILLE PLATEAUX kickstarts it's newest chapter with it's flagship: A new edition of the legendary CLICKS & CUTS compilation series, that in fact named it's own genre. Volume 5.0 (subtitled "Paradigm Shift") features a totally new generation of young artists giving a 360 degree view on fresh glitch sounds: from Minimal Clicks to IDM-/Dub-ish tracks via Ambient and Sound Art to the 2 'Evac' tracks going to the Artcore and Organic extremes. Each song has it's own distinct character, and with a significantly higher amount in melodic and compository details than it's predecessors, this is probably the most musically substantial CLICKS & CUTS compilation ever.

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(PRE 029) Ous Mal - Nuojuva halava CD (Album) 2010

Ous Mal - Nuojuva halava
Label: Preservation
Catalog#: PRE029
Format: CD, Album
Country: Australia & New Zealand
Released: 25 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental

1 Marraskuu
2 Parveke
3 Tuulensuoja
4 Viima
5 Vaskiset Kielet
6 Kumiseva
7 Kotiin
8 Merilaulu
9 Ystava
10 Talviaamu
11 Aamubussi

Here's something very special indeed from the Preservation label: Nuojuva Halava is the debut album proper from Finnish artist Ous Mal, aka 22-year-old Helsinki resident, Olli Aarni, who recently appeared on Under The Spire with his Viime Talvi release. As with that outing, this album features a scratchy old sound palette, seemingly made up of several layers of dust, cobwebs and crackling atmospherics. The fustiness makes for a beautiful production technique, but the music itself is often incredibly light and ebullient. For all the lo-fi trappings encasing the record, you're seldom starved of something beautiful at the heart of the mix. For instance, on opener 'Marraskuu' there's a lovely swell of orchestral melody cutting through the sliced-up, heavily looped debris, and as Nuojuva Halava unfolds you'll hear Aarni putting to good use a combination of samples and instrumentation (including the indigenous Finnish string instrument, the kantele), conjuring a sonic playground that's loaded with fantastical imagery and faux-nostalgia. By the time 'Vaskiset Kielet' arrives you might be a tad surprised to hear a warm, low-end beat plodding alongside the track's patchwork of decaying melodies, but eroded away rhythms are buried throughout the album's sequence and as the label is keen to point out, this is a collection of of works that finds "common ground between the dusty tenor of old-school hip hop cassettes and the fog of deep ambience". A very fine album indeed.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

[Cotton Goods 001 SP, 002 SP, 003 SP] Sub Loam - Ohr CDr 2009

Sub Loam - Ohr
Label: Cotton Goods, Cotton Goods, Cotton Goods
Catalog#: 001 SP, 002 SP, 003 SP
Format: 3 x CDr, Mini, Single
Box Set
Country: UK
Released: 18 Jun 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient

Box Set containing three singles by Sub Loam. One track per CDr. Each CDr has a seperate catalogue number though they were released in this Box Set format only. Each CDr in a seperate hand made envelope fashioned from pages of old books. The whole thing packaged in a cardboard microfilm case, with a string tied archive strip around it.

CD1 Ohr Part 1 Nettle Mix
CD2 Ohr Part 2 Overgrown Path
CD3 Ohr Part 3 Stones, Sunlight, Morning

When writing about releases on Craig Tattersall's lovingly handcrafted Cotton Goods label it's always a temptation to start going on about the packaging first, and this new triple disc set from the mysterious Sub Loam proves to be especially alluring in that department. You'll find the three 3" CDs collectively housed inside a sturdy microfilm box, with each one therein individually slotted into envelopes made from old books, embossed with the Cotton Goods Ltd stamp. And of course everything's hand-numbered, with just 100 copies in circulation. It's a lovely and outlandishly elaborate item, so let's hope we find that the music has been similarly laboured over once we've prized it from its housing. The first disc in the Ohr triptych ('Nettle Mix') initiates us into a world of flickering delays and tape reel manipulations - a billowing soundscape littered with analogue recording artifacts, Radiophonic effects sweeps and overloaded space echo. The vintage feel is perfectly in tune with the recovered, antique feel to the presentation, and it's carried over onto the next disc (titled 'Overgrown Path') which features fragments of grainy chords and hiss-saturated background noises. Once again, the piece is characterised by the warm repercussions of vintage echo - carving thunderclap sound effects into the background - but there's a more prominent, Basinski-esque melodic element here too. The final disc ('Stones, Sunlight, Morning') is inevitably suggestive of that great buzzword du jour, 'hauntology', offering shadows and reverberations of something that once was, rather than anything tangible. These evolving, ambient echo loops eventually give way to more discernible constituents, and the sound of the elements consumes the final few minutes: gusts of wind and watery field recordings draw the disc to a close, leaving you with the same sense of mystery and puzzlement you probably had when you entered into all this. The discs played in sequence make for a beautiful, tape-spun sound cycle, but as an alternative serving suggestion, you could probably fashion yourself a rather wonderful Zaireeka-style multichannel listening experience by rigging the discs to all play simultaneously. However you choose to digest it, Ohr is clearly a very special release in all departments, act fast if you want one as these babies just never last very long...

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[ZagZig 004] Ryoji Ikeda - Dataphonics (Album) CD 2010

Ryoji Ikeda - Dataphonics
Label: Dis Voir
Catalog#: 133938 ZagZig004
Format: CD, Album, Book
Country: France
Released: May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Minimal, Experimental

Notes: Book 64 pages with 62 illustrations in black & white + free Cd.
The sounds for this Cd was commissioned by the Atelier de Creation Radiophonique (ACR) de France Culture.: It was broadcasted monthly troughout the year 2006-07 and finaly remixed as a special version.

1 Principle 6:00
2 Spectrum 6:00
3 Transmission 6:00
4 Transformation 6:00
5 Rhythmics 6:00
6 Automatic 6:00
7 Quantization 6:00
8 Harmonics 6:00
9 Counterpoint 6:00
10 Structure 6:00

Ryoji Ikeda is one of the world's most radical sound artist famed for his detailed and precise audio-visual work at the extremities of digital engineering, as well as an occasional collaborator with Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto. 'Dataphonics' is Ikeda's brand new book & CD exploring the relationship between the data of sound and the sound of data. It appears via the ZigZag series of book/CDs intended to create an editorial space for sound works by artists. The CD accompanying the book contains an edited sixty minute version of the series of 'Dataphonics' broadcasts commissioned by the Atelier de Création Radiophonique (ACR) de France Culture throughout the year 2006-07 and features an hour of utterly visceral and ultra precise physical digital processing using non-audio data as elemental source material and deploying frequencies at the periphery of human audition, sounds that as Ikeda explains, "the listener becomes aware of only upon their disappearance". The book attempts to explain the processes and methods behind the creation of these sounds through mathematical and graphical examinations of the fundamental binary reduction/representation of sound waveforms. It makes for another challenging yet beautiful addition to Ikeda's hugely impressive canon - and a startling, beautifully produced artefact in its own right. Highly recommended.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

[SPNet 11] Fm-Ra & jjoth - Impossible Worlds 2010

Fm-Ra & jjoth - Impossible Worlds
Label: SP
Catalog#: SPNet11
Format: 4 x File, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: US
Released: 22 Jun 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient

1 Fm-Ra - Fallen Eons 2:21
2 Fm-Ra - Oblivion 2:38
3 jjoth - Waste 3:57
4 jjoth - We Are Alone Now 3:05

Impossible Worlds is a split EP composed and produced by Fm-Ra and jjoth on June 2010.

The EP is one of many possible soundtracks for a dystopic world,
in which the quested paradise has become a vivid image - a memory? - in one's mind,
mere reflex of the past communion man-nature,
now overwhelmed by the assymetric relation man-technology/machine.

Therefore, the EP can be divided in two parts:

the first 2 songs, more melodical, are still reminiscent of the now only remembered harmony;
the 3rd and 4th songs, more amelodical, twisted and sometimes (post?)industrial,
reflect the experience of a cannibalesque humankind living in a now harsh world.

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[wh 127] O.E.S. - A Material, A Sound, A Shape 2010

O.E.S. - A Material, A Sound, A Shape
Label: Webbed Hand Records
Catalog#: wh127
Format: File, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: US
Released: 17 Jun 2010
Genre: Classical, Electronic
Style: Leftfield, Modern Classical, Experimental

1 Steve Layton - Night Lights (Shintaro Sato) 6:54
2 Massimo Croce - Middan Tharir 8:16
3 Steve Layton - Canto Notturno (Giacomo Leopardi) 7:46
4 Imago Meccano & Marco Lucchi - Glitchy Fragment #1 (Curtains Remix) 3:57
5 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 1 Entia Non (Steve Layton - Canto Notturno) 2:58
6 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 2 (Onomelotron) 3:11
7 Imago Meccano - Uncertain (Entia Non Remixed) 7:30
8 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 3 – Celer 5 4 3:30
9 Steve Layton - O Saffo 3:45
10 Angelo Secondini - Evaporate 8:26
11 loALUe - Along The Serpentine, Under The Snow 2:37
12 Lolek - A Material, A Sound, A Shape 5:20

Orchestra Eclettica e Sincretista is a musical collective led by Marco Lucchi.

The concept of this album is group members remixing or constructing pieces from tracks and
samples contributed by other members.
"it is about remixing and reworking each other -- an "internal" project... it concerns the pleasure of a collective and shared work... the title lightly refers to alchemy" - Marco Lucchi.

Features tracks contributed by Steve Layton, Massimo Croce, Loalue, Cometa, Imago Meccano, Giza and Lolek and sounds by Entia Non, Marco Lucchi, Kozo Ikeno, The Onomatopoeian, Celer, Christian Vasseur, Wara Tito Rios, Sonicbrat, Satoshi Arisaka, Naoki Ishida and Harold Nono.
Visit for more information about Marco Lucchi and O.E.S.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

[BB 048] Mœbius & Plank - Rastakraut Pasta (Album) CD 2010

Mœbius & Plank - Rastakraut Pasta
Label: Bureau B
Catalog#: BB048
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: Germany
Released: 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Krautrock, Experimental

Credits: Artwork By [Cover By] - Mœbius
Bass - Holger Czukay (tracks: 3-4)
Composed By - Moebius & Plank

1 News 4:53
2 Rastakraut Pasta 6:17
3 Feedback 66 4:58
4 Missi Cacadou 5:32
5 Two Oldtimers 7:03
6 Solar Plexus 4:55
7 Landebahn 1:29

'Rastakraut Pasta' is the 1980 album of odd studio experiments from the legendary Conny Plank and Dieter Moebius (also of Harmonia/Cluster/Kluster etc). In the scheme of things, this album appeared after some of Dieter's best works with Eno and Roedelius, and at the start of a fruitful pairing with seminal studio engineer, Plank, before they would go on to create the frankly awesome 'Zero Set' album together with Cosmic Courier, Manfred Neumeier. Obviously influenced by Jamaican dub and perhaps tired with lovely kosmiche trips, this album just reeks of smoke and heated circuitry, keeping the pace to a lethargic waddle throughout. The title track is basically a weirdo dub pattern scrawled with skronky Teutonic melodies and fizzing electronics from all corners of the studio and sounds like they had a wicked time making it. With 'Feedback 66' they version Ramones style punk at halfspeed with warped vocals, while there are a couple of more typical synthesizer workouts on 'Two Oldtimers' and 'Solar Plexus', but these both have a playful sense of humour that's generally not found in their other material. A landmark LP of late krautrock experimentation, then!

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[BB 049] Mœbius & Plank - Material (Album) CD 2010

Mœbius & Plank - Material
Label: Bureau B
Catalog#: BB049
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: Germany
Released: 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Krautrock, Experimental

Credits: Artwork By - Kilian - Moebius
Composed By - Moebius & Plank
Producer - Moebius & Plank

1 Conditionierer 8:47
2 Infiltration 7:40
3 Tollkühn 6:11
4 Osmo-Fantor 4:27
5 Nordöstliches Gefühl 7:15

'Material' is the second album of playful studio experimentation from Konrad 'Conny' Plank and Cluster's Dieter Moebius. It was produced in 1981 at Conny's studio and features the two long-standing friends and collaborators (Plank had worked as engineer on practically all of Moebius' records) in an endearingly explorative mode. The throbbing rockabilly send-up 'Conditionierer' makes a crazy start to the album, and much like the rest of their work at this time, strangely predates the techno culture of Germany by a decade or so. From here we pass through drowsy dub-tronica on 'Infiltration', to the exhilarating arpeggiations of 'Tollkuehn'and a pair of loungey off-world electronica tracks fixing kosmiche with dub techniques and an unimpaired imagination for new forms and styles. Awesome.

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[TYPE 050] On - Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night (Album) CD 2009

On - Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night
Label: Type Records
Catalog#: TYPE050
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: UK
Released: 21 Jul 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dark Ambient, Drone

Credits: Artwork By [Layout] - Radu Prepeleac
Drums, Percussion, Piano - Steven Hess
Guitar [Prepared, Electric] - Sylvain Chauveau
Mixed By - Helge Sten
Photography - Shawn Convey
Recorded By, Mastered By - Jeremy Lemos
Notes: Recorded at Acme Studios, Chicago, July 2003.
Mixed at Audio Virus Lab, Oslo, December 2003.

1 Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night And Flies Around My Bed 7:02
2 Erotique 6:02
3 Too Many Demons Still Haunt This Land 6:48
4 Oh Run Slowly 5:54
5 Façade 12:08
6 In The Forest Of The Night 8:08
7 The Lonesome Poetry Of Mark Rothko 17:29

*For all intents and purposes, this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album* 'Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night' seemed to go fairly unnoticed by the great listening public when it was initially released on a small cd-only pressing by the French DSA label back in 2004, but has since become the stuff of legend. To many this has become one of the great 'lost' death ambient albums, and an all too-rare full-length excursion from one of the most revered producers of the century - Helge Sten, aka Deathprod. As a producer, Sten molds the source material into the kind of menacing analog atmosphere established on his classic 'Morals & Dogma' long-player, leaving you with one of the finest examples of the genre this side of Deathprod's own peerless four-disc boxset. The real beauty of this record lies in the richness of its sound matter: you'll never encounter a drab low-frequency hum on this record. When you gaze beneath the surface you're always sure to make out something buried deeply within its dusky obscurities. Even during its most oppressive moments, such as the writhing, concealed darkness of 'Facade' there's a loaded atmosphere that plays on the mind - its vast sonorous clanking somehow reminiscent of Quatermass II's unseen monstrous mass, thrashing around in the industrial plant's cooling towers. Equally, much of 'Your Naked Ghost...' sounds like being stuck at the bottom of the ocean in a submarine only to hear someone knocking from the outside. It creepily plays on the subconscious in ways most records couldn't possibly hope to, resounding with a hollow metallic quality that conveys the utmost sense of sonic profundity - leaving you with a vacuum you can't help but fill with all manner of gloomy associations. Despite the sinister undercurrents, this is an unmistakably beautiful hour of music. From the penetrating blip narratives of 'In The Forest Of The Night' to the entombed industrial timbres of 'The Lonesome Poetry Of Mark Rothko', every moment of this once desperately overlooked album is incredibly special. In short, it's an absolute must.

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[WIT 009] Saturn Form Essence - Abyss (EP) CD 2009

Saturn Form Essence - Abyss
Label: Witte Dood Records
Catalog#: WIT009
Format: CDr, Mini, Limited Edition, EP
Country: Netherlands
Released: 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dark Ambient, Drone

Limited to 33 copies.

1 Abyss 11:06

Sometimes the name says it all; the solo-project Saturn Form Essence from Ukraine paints images of space through electronic and ambient sounds. Even though the band is really young, it's managed to create three full-lenghts, three demos and two EP's - and all of them were released this year!

  The track is based on a really slow, calm, spacey, and somewhat low-pitch ambient pattern that progresses in a vein that makes me think that it was made (and possibly improvised) with a synthetisator; the chords changes also imply to that direction, they are that visible. The synth-track is backed by a bassy "two-chord" droning pattern that's repeated throughout the track. The drone pattern doesn't change, it just occasionally changes it's pitch or volume a bit. These two sounds fit well together and create a working whole, except for the brief moments when the drone gets too much space to itself as it just doesn't sound too good on it's own.

  Even though this track is rather good execution- and sound-wise, it's ideas and structure present really basic material; if you're into space ambient, it's most likely that you've heard similar stuff way too many times. The track lacks in ideas and daring, and even though the used sounds are good, especially the synth-sound is rather basic too. As the release is based on such a sparse amount of elements and changes, it gives it's all in a rather short amount of time.

Despite all that, the release does succeed in painting images of deep space and is good for an occasional listen. Based on all the material I've heard from the band, there would be need for a good deal of practicing the usage the chosen instruments, as well as refining the ideas.

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[inre 040] H.U.V.A. Network - Live At Glastonbury Festival 2005 (Album) CD 2010

H.U.V.A. Network - Live At Glastonbury Festival 2005
Label: Ultimae Records
Catalog#: inre 040
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
Country: France
Released: 28 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient

Credits: Artwork By - Magnus Birgersson , Vincent Villuis
Mastered By - Vincent Villuis
Performer - Magnus Birgersson , Vincent Villuis
Written-By, Producer - Magnus Birgersson , Vincent Villuis (tracks: 1 to 9)

1 Intro 3:21
2 Time Circles (Live) 5:29
3 Moon Town (Live) 6:46
4 Processing Lights (Live) 4:00
5 Access To The Long Fields (Live) 9:29
6 Indigo Room (Live) 6:44
7 Distances (Live) 14:35
8 Symetric Lifes (Live) 8:50
9 Rain Geometries (Live) 7:19
10 Overload (Live) 12:56

Limited Edition - Digifile CD format + postcards
Exclusively distributed by [ ]

Magnus Birgersson aka Solar Fields and Vincent Villuis aka AES Dana
performed this memorable H.U.V.A. Network Live Act on the IDSpiral stage at British festival Glastonbury in 2005.

Expect some deep Downtempo beats, oneiric Trip Hop and Morning Trance.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

[Digitalis Limited: LTD#122] Celer - Rags Of Contentment Cassette 2010

Celer - Rags Of Contentment
Label: Digitalis Limited
Catalog#: LTD#122
Format: Cassette, Limited Edition, C75
Country: US
Released: Feb 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient

Credits: Artwork By [Design] - Rutger Zuydervelt
Music By - Danielle Baquet-Long , Will Long
Other [Titles By] - Danielle Baquet-Long
Notes: "Ahead of gainway, I think we'll both be trees by some pond one day."
Edition of 150 copies.

A Pleased To Be In A State Of Sour Resplendency
B Things Gone And Still Here

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Hammock - North West East South (EP) CDr 2010

Hammock - North West East South
Label: Hammock Music
Catalog#: none
Format: CDr, EP, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: 18 May 2010
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Post Rock, Ambient

Credits: Performer - Hammock
Notes: Released as part of a limited edition book by the same title and packaged with a copy of Chasing After Shadows...Living With The Ghosts.
"North West East South" is a hardback, linen-bound volume that features 100 images Thomas Petillo shot while on four photo trips with Hammock from 2004-2009 (includes all album covers).
The book is numbered out of 287 and signed by Marc Byrd, Andrew Thompson, and Thomas Petillo.

1 North 7:57
2 West 4:05
3 East 7:42
4 South 6:45

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[THRILL 12.43] High Places - Can't Feel Born (Vinyl) 2010

High Places - Can't Feel Born
Label : Thrill Jockey
Cat. No. : THRILL 12.43
Format, Vinyl, 12", digital
Genre : Electronic
Style: Experimental

A1 Can't Feel Nothing
A2 I Was Born
B1 I Was Born (HP Remix)
B2 Can't Feel Nothing (HP Remix)

The 12” is housed in a DJ style jacket with black & white photographs taken by the band on each side. The LP labels are printed in full color from the original photos so that they will match up with the artwork and fill the holes.

The 12” is pressed on 150 gram colored “bad laundry” white vinyl (with a slight touch of blue) in an edition of 1,000 copies..

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[IA 030] Maps And Diagrams - Tööpuudus CDr mini 2010

Maps And Diagrams - Tööpuudus
Label: I, Absentee
Catalog#: IA030
Format: CDr, Mini, EP, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: 16 Feb 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Minimal, Ambient

Credits:Written-by, Producer, Photography [Cover Image] - Tim Martin (3)
Notes:Limited edition of 100 copies.
Written and produced at Roadmap Studios, Cambs in 2010.

1 Urschîpfung 6:42
2 Glottal 6:21
3 KÑsiraamat 6:24

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Mark McGuire - Dream Team CDr Limite Edition 2008

Mark McGuire - Dream Team
Label: Wagon
Catalog#: none
Format: CDr, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Acoustic, Drone, Experimental

Edition of 75 copies.
Comes with 2 inserts.

1 Dream Team 1 17:18
2 Different Light 9:43
3 Dream Team 2 13:10

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[ADR 075] Lullatone - Songs That Spin In Circles (Album) CD 2009

Lullatone - Songs That Spin In Circles
Label: Audio Dregs
Catalog#: ADR 075
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2009
Genre: Children's, Electronic, Pop
Style: Vocal

1 A Mobile Over Your Bed 4:37
2 A Plastic Bag In The Wind 3:01
3 A Merry-Go-Round In The Park 4:16
4 An Old Record On Its Player 2:48
5 A Carousel On A Slide Projector 3:55
6 Stars On The Ceiling Of A Planetarium 1:50
7 Tops On A Table 2:08
8 The Hands Of A Clock 3:28
9 A Toy Train On Its Track 3:12
10 The Whole World While You Are Asleep 8:55

Most recording artists would probably regard it as a bad thing for their audience to be sent to sleep by their music, but not so with Yoshimi and Shawn James Seymour, who have designed his disc for maximum soporific value. Lullatone, you had me at 'hello'. This particular Boomkat correspondent has never really got on with the desperately twee universe inhabited by cutesy, kiddietronica merchants Lullatone, and their latest enterprise is hardly likely to win me over. Equally though, Songs That Spin In Cycles probably delivers precisely what the duo's existing fanbase wants from their music, so in a sense, everyone's a winner. This series of lullabies - composed for their newborn son - introduces itself with 'A Mobile Over Your Head', a disarmingly agreeable constellation of deep, resonant chimes and twinkling bells. It's actually rather nice and liable to make you feel a bit warm and squidgy if you're so inclined, but altogether more cloying is the cute-core bossa-pop of the next track, which (sort of / probably / not really) references Wes Bentley's slap-able performance in American Beauty. It's called 'A Plastic Bag In The Wind' ("Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world... I feel like I can't take it." etc, etc....), which underlines a missed opportunity for the band - clearly they should have combined those first two song titles to create the ultimate Lullatone track: 'A Plastic Bag Over Your Head'. In truth, this is far better than I'm letting on. It irks me to say so but on its own terms this album is a raging success, and might reasonably be thought of as a modern-day equivalent to Raymond Scott's Soothing Sounds For Babies. Sweet dreams, kids...

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[WGGT 03] Emeralds - Lake Effect Snow / Science Center (Vinyl) 2010

Emeralds - Lake Effect Snow / Science Center
Label: Wagon
Catalog#: WGGT03
Format: Vinyl, 7"
Country: US
Released: May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Drone

Limited to 350 copies.

A Lake Effect Snow
B Science Center

two short-form tracks (the latter of which overlaps with “does it look like i'm here?” - the former appears to be exclusive here - perhaps an alternate to the album’s “double helix” ? - listen to the sound-sample) par excellence, continuing the band’s work in short-form variants on their extended synth/guitar bliss-out also with the singles its going to rule because its like a bunch of the tracks from the record, but also many out-takes, b-sides and live etc... next batch will have like three out- takes ! one includes an excerpt from our performance with tg in chicago .. pretty cool stuff

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

[R-N 108] Frank Bretschneider - Exp (Album) CD 2010

Frank Bretschneider - Exp
Label: Raster-Noton
Catalog#: R-N 108
Format: CD, Album
CD, Album, Enhanced
Country: Germany
Released: 17 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Minimal

1-1 Monopuls 2:01
1-2 Blue: Cobalt 0:39
1-3 Strobe Room 1:00
1-4 Blue: Ultramarine 1:31
1-5 Chamber Jazz 1:05
1-6 Biplex 1:03
1-7 Blue: Cyan 0:38
1-8 B.L.U.E Best Linear Unbiased Estimator 1:04
1-9 Polylog 1:12
1-10 Node 0:32
1-11 Orion 0:48
1-12 Spin 0:20
1-13 Novo Duplex 0:35
1-14 Blue: Electric 0:22
1-15 Mass 1:06
1-16 Blue: Aluminate 0:42
1-17 Ventilator 1:01
1-18 Colour Wheel 0:31
1-19 Tron 0:31
1-20 Echolog 1:05
1-21 Reflex 0:50
1-22 Multimath Duplex 0:21
1-23 Polycopter 2:55
1-24 Memory 1:47
1-25 Phased out 0:41
1-26 Oscillation 0:14
1-27 Funkalogic 0:37
1-28 Monoplex 0:14
1-29 Multiplex 0:29
1-30 Panback 0:37
1-31 Blue: Prussian 0:30
1-32 Light Weight 0:48
1-33 Satellite 2:13
1-34 Crystal Dub 2:49
1-35 For Kyoka 2:29
2-Video1 Monopuls 2:01
2-Video2 Blue: Cobalt 0:39
2-Video3 Strobe Room 1:00
2-Video4 Blue: Ultramarine 1:31
2-Video5 Chamber Jazz 1:05
2-Video6 Biplex 1:03
2-Video7 Blue: Cyan 0:38
2-Video8 B.L.U.E Best Linear Unbiased Estimator 1:04
2-Video9 Polylog 1:12
2-Video10 Node 0:32
2-Video11 Orion 0:48
2-Video12 Spin 0:20
2-Video13 Novo Duplex 0:35
2-Video14 Blue: Electric 0:22
2-Video15 Mass 1:06
2-Video16 Blue: Aluminate 0:42
2-Video17 Ventilator 1:01
2-Video18 Colour Wheel 0:31
2-Video19 Tron 0:31
2-Video20 Echolog 1:05
The package contains a compact disc audio with 35 tracks and a compact disc data with the live visuals of tracks 01 to 20 as quicktime movie file (, 18:05 min).

The movie was generated from realtime live visualisations of Exp.

EXP is a music-visual work based on the idea that fine art should attain the abstract purity of music. an attempt to assimilate the qualities found in music – including movement, rhythm, tempo, mood, intensity and compositional structure – within visual phenomena. the music for the project was composed of specifi c generated and selected waveforms, feedbacks, impulses, clicks, the sound of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light and other radiation. in addition and since the animation is mainly driven by sound frequency and intensity, the sonic quality of these sounds makes it possible to obtain an optimal effect on the graphics motion. in combination with several other ways of controlling the animation – from midi programming to applying motion curves – the visualization represents an exact reproduction of the audible occurrences. as a consequence the computed images often attain anunexpected beauty, from simple geometrical patterns to extraordinarily complex forms.

the package contains a compact disc audio with 35 tracks and a compact disc data with the live visuals of tracks 01 to 20 as quicktime movie file (, 18:05 min).

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[Crónica 051~2010] Mosaique - Shattering Silence 2010

Mosaique - Shattering Silence
Label: Crónica
Catalog#: Crónica 051~2010
Format: 14 x File, MP3
Country: Portugal
Released: 24 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Noise, Abstract, Drone, Experimental, Hardcore, Minimal
Credits: Mastered By - Miguel Carvalhais

1 Semendia 4:04
2 Axis Tilt 5:52
3 Ithom 12:16
4 Mundo 8:16
5 Typus Und Form 4:24
6 Ropea 9:12
7 Photon Hills 6:40
8 Fissures 10:40
9 Recoil 5:16
10 Tessian 7:20
11 Golden Vertical 6:48
12 Beasts 4:32
13 Gravity And Grace 14:08
14 Sinum 4:00

Following his 2008 release in Crónica, “Filare”, Jan Ferreira presents his new work “Shattering Silence”, 14 tracks totalling over one hundred minutes of music. Once again, Mosaique releases in the Unlimited Series and is available as a free download in either 320kbps MP3 or Apple Lossless formats.

Jan Ferreira is one of the most promising Portuguese new composers of hands-on electronic music, creating his pieces from a limited palette of tools and resources, including the manipulation of feedback, analog synthesis and distortion. His pieces have deep roots in live performance, and that imbues them with a characteristic immediacy and freshness, as traces of his creative touch and direct manipulation are felt throughout the pieces.

“In this release I worked for the first time with analogue synthesis. It was new territory so I spent long time exploring timbres and textures and what especially drew my attention was the "sharpness" of sound as if one could sense its outlines like with forms and shapes. Also how sounds emerged and 'cut' through the air was of special interest to me. After recording the material it was put into composition with emphasis on the effect of layering certain sounds (and hence what depth or sense of contrast they create) and the feeling of change that occurs when the "sound scenery" shifts. The composition then was more a frame in which these things were allowed to occur (especially in the more abstract pieces) than a linear narrative. All this is also based on a general visual quality that sound conveys to me.”

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[de6 007] mimosa|moize - Title: Live at Unit 3.03 2010

mimosa|moize - Title: Live at Unit 3.03
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings
Catalogue: de6007
Duration: 32:13
Format: MP3
Edition: Open
Release: May 2010

Live at Unit 3.03 is a sequence of sound sketches that were spectrally deconstructed and reconstructed live, with intentions of engaging the listener with the space. Each sound used was mono allowing any stereo effect of movement perceived to be those created from the influence of the space itself.

The nature of performing at Unit 3.03 is generally one of a more domestic gathering than that of a public event. This shared domestic-come-temporary-social situation creates an interesting interaction with the sounds to be heard coming from within and beyond this personal and intimate space. Interestingly, this situation also directs ours attention inwardly to the sounds that we carry with us and outwardly to the ones that people carry with them.

This recording was taken during our very first live performance held at Unit 3.03, where we shared tea, coffee and cake, met old friends and new ones, and shared old stories and made new memories.

Recorded on the afternoon of March 20th, 2010, at Unit 3.03, London, UK.

Thanks to Dead Wood and Jonny Hill who also performed that day and to everyone who visited our home on that memorable afternoon.

Also, special thank you to Kimvi Nguyen for providing the artwork, a gift on that day.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

[zym 025] Nicolas Bernier + Simon Trottier - The Market Fresh 2010

Nicolas Bernier + Simon Trottier - The Market Fresh
Label: Zymogen
Catalog#: zym025
Format: 1 x File, FLAC, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: Italy
Released: 24 May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient
This work (audio tracks, cover, text) is licensed under a creative commons license.
Cover Artwork: © Mikel Aramendia Lacalle:

1. The Market Fresh

Nicolas Bernier and Simon Trottier are two talented musicians from Montreal, Canada. Nicolas is an electroacoustic artist and founder of Ekumen collective more recently famous for his live performance "La Chambre des Machines" with Martin Messier invited in festivals around the world including Transmediale (Germany) and Sonar (Spain).
Simon has collaborated with a number of instrumental rock and improvised music groups, and has accompanied pop artists such as Québec’s French pop duet Tricot Machine and Halifax’s spooky folk duo, Ghost Bees. He is now a member of Ferriswheel with Torngat's multi-instrumentalist Mathieu Charbonneau, as well as Toronto’s haunted blues-folk group Timber Timbre.
Together they released two excellent EPs on 12rec ("... et retrouve en foret" and "Objet abandonne en mer") and in August 2009, during the Sound Travels Festival in Toronto, they performed an improvisation gig in a market fresh during the day and this one-track EP is the recording of that show.

Because of its improvisational nature this EP is deeply different from everything you already heard from them.
The perfect mix of guitar melodies and electronic sounds which was the trademark of their previous songs it's here expanded and dilated into a unique fluxes.
The brilliant combination is still there, but this 19 minutes long recording shows a very different approach to the sound and leaves more space to experimentation and sound design.

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William Fowler Collins - Surreal In Springtime

William Fowler Collins - Surreal In Springtime

The sun's shining, so who better to usher in the light faeries than William Fowler Collins?

t’s hard to believe this is only William’s first mix for Type, and I can’t give a reasonable explanation why that is. While he might be best known for his doomy, blackened soundscapes, his taste varies far more than he’s given credit for, as this wide-reaching collection of surreal gems attests. Really, there’s no better way to spend your hot spring/summer days than listening to these peculiar sounds…
1. Patsy Cline // “Sweet Dreams” // Decca Country Classics (1934-1973)
2. Lydia Lunch // “The Drowning” // Drowning in Limbo
3. Lefty Frizzell // “I Never Go Around Mirrors” // Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection
4. Helena Gough // “Yolk” // With What Remains
5. The Flying Burrito Brothers // “Sin City” // The Gilded Palace Of Sin
6. Maryanne Amacher // “Tower” // Sound Characters
7. Chris Watson // “Vultures, Nine Birds Feeding On Zebra Carcass, Itong Plains, Kenya” // Outside the Circle of Fire
8. Giacinto Scelsi // “Anahit” // Quattro Pezzi per Orchestra – Anahit – Uaxuctum
9. Xasthur // “In The Hate Of Battle” // Nocturnal Poisoning
10. Ennio Morricone // “The Man” // Once Upon A Time In The West
11. Butthole Surfers // “Whirling Hall Of Knives” // Rembrandt Pussyhorse
12. Jimi Hendrix // “Machine Gun” // Live/Isle Of Wight

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Monday, May 24, 2010

[ACE 031] J. Hanson - Boolean Blues (Album) CD 2010

J. Hanson - Boolean Blues
Label: Digitalis Recordings
Catalog#: ACE031
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: Apr 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient
Edition of 500.

1 Shut-Your-Fucking-Krout 6:33
2 Catshit And Sandalwood 8:18
3 Swat Valley Driver 10:49
4 Peace In Sumeria 5:58
5 Sometimes I Dunno... 2:52

Josh Hanson is another of Portland, Oregon's underappreciated sons. Having come up through the ranks of long-time, long-forgotten faves Hochenkeit, he also spent time as a member of The Davis Redford Trio. But Hanson's path diverges into a totally different sphere nowadays, spinning solo modular synth exploits to the stars. Influenced not just by the likes of Subotnick and Cluster but also various types of Eastern sounds, Hanson is looking forward, trying to find new pathways in electronic music. Using a homebuilt synth, Hanson is like a magician that keeps you looking one direction while he's cooking up something special from out of left-field. "Boolean Blues" is psychedelic and mathematical all once

Starting with the pulsing and surprisingly catchy "Shut Your Fucking Krout," you are instantly sucked in as a listener. The revolving synth melodies are in your face, never trying to hide behind a veil of reverb of fuzz. "Catshit and Sandalwood" works as two separate tracks, conjoined at birth and held together through piercing synthetic bleeps. Again, there's a softness and melody here that hook you straight off, but the heavy doses of electronic mayhem that go along with it are what keep things uneasy. It's like a warning bell going off so often you have no idea if there's hell on the way. That feeling comes to a head on the centerpiece, "Swat Valley Driver." This is where the psychedelia really kicks in. After a methodic exercise in control backed by a minimal, analog beat, you are greeted with heavy Indian influences. No, of course there's no sitars or tanpuras, but Hanson twists his synth into spitting out racing analog ragas. It's fucking exquisite, all the while backed by black bass lines. "Peace in Sumeria" continues the theme but moves a little bit West, getting lost in translation all the way.

What is perhaps most amazing about "Boolean Blues" is that even though at its heart it's a synth album, wholly electronic, it feels like so much more. It's full of warm tones and rich visions. It's a trip in every sense of the word.

Edition of 500 in gatefold jackets printed by Stumptown, designed by Brad Rose.

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[TO:73] Jana Winderen - Energy Field (Album) CD 2010

Jana Winderen - Energy Field
Label: Touch
Catalog#: TO:73
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 06 Apr 2010
Genre: Electronic, Non-Music
Style: Field Recording, Experimental

Credits: Composed By - Jana Winderen
Mastered By - Denis Blackham
Photography - Jon Wozencroft
Notes: Recordings made in the Barents Sea, Greenland and Norway using four DPA hydrophones & 4060s, a Telinga parabolic reflector and a Sound Devices 744T.
Mastered @ Skye.

1 Aquaculture 18:00
2 Isolation/Measurement 12:11
3 Sense Of Latent Power 20:04

This outstanding new Touch release is an album comprised of documents made by sound recordist Jana Winderen over a number of field trips to the Barents Sea, Greenland and Norway. Winderen's focus takes in above-ground sounds of extreme Northern weather systems and the wildlife that inhabits such surroundings, but perhaps more significantly and insightfully, the Oslo-based artist makes probing recordings of sub-aqua environments/habitats using hydrophones. Winderen delves deeply into glaciers, fjords and the open ocean with her equipment, capturing incredible unseen worlds populated by baffling and wholly alien sounds. You'll seldom have any idea as to what might be making some of these amazing noises, but among them are: "Sounds of crustaceans, fish such as cod, haddock, herring and pollock recorded as they are hunting, calling for a mate or orientating themselves in their environment". The disc is divided into three lengthy pieces, each one assembled from a variety of different recordings, carefully layered and edited so as to give a flowing, seamless account of the various locales Winderen explored on her field trips. In terms of recording fidelity and all-round immersive brilliance, Energy Field is right up there alongside Chris Watson's greatest works - it really is that good. Anyone with an affection for the art of sound recording will instantly adore this release; it's an album that offers a consistently surprising and illuminating depiction of regions in our natural world that would otherwise be inaccessible to us.

**When you purchase this CD from the TouchShop you will receive as a free download: Jana Winderen - Live in Den Haag, recorded on 25th September 2009 at the TodaysArt 2009 festival. This performance was recorded straight to digital from the main desk. In order to obtain your free download, click "Return to Touch" at end of PayPal process, and you will be given a download link**

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[RF 002] Curgenven - Silent Landscapes (Album) CD 2008

Robert Curgenven - Silent Landscapes
Label: Recorded Fields
Catalog#: RF002
Format: CDr, Album
Country: Australia
Released: 2008
Genre: Electronic, Non-Music
Style: Field Recording, Experimental
Notes: Part of the label's Field Recording Series.

1 Silent Landscapes No 1 8:11
2 Silent Landscapes No 2 7:28
3 Silent Landscapes No 3 11:12
4 Silent Landscapes No 4 15:43

Silent Landscapes, the first volume in Recorded Fields’ “Field Recording Series”, reveals four crisp, meticulously layered vignettes composed from field recordings made throughout Australia. Somewhere between beauty and brutality, the restrained fury of this landscape becomes quietly perceptible upon the threshold of silence; creating an intense exploration of uncharted territories at the edge of human experience. This country, given voice through one of the world‘s oldest living cultures, can unexpectedly raise its whisper to a storm of sound for those with patience enough to wait and listen.

Composed from unprocessed recordings made between 1999 and 2008 in places that include some of the world’s oldest - the 2.5 billion year-old rock-shelves of the Tanami Desert in north Western Australia, Litchfield National Park and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory; volcanic fields by the imposing Mount Warning (Wollumbin) in northern New South Wales; the desolate open plains between the Channel country and Barkly Tableland in Central Queensland; along Indigenous songlines that cross and connect the ancient continent – from Muggadah (Echo Point) in the Blue Mountains near Katoomba to Coober Pedy in South Australia - these recordings combine to present a compelling insight into the experience of space, place and time across a country that can offer much but often says little.

Mixed live to DAT with five CD players and a 12 channel mixing desk in Berlin on 8 April 2007, 20 January and 29 February to 1 March 2008; DAT transfer from DAT was made by Marko Ciciliani in Amsterdam on 6 April 2008; final mixes mastered to DAT, Milan, 15-18 April. Master DAT transfer, Oori Shalev, Berlin, 5 April 2008.

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[oz 032] NOS project - NOS project

NOS project - NOS project
Label: ozky e-sound Netlabel
Cat#: oz 032
Psychedelic, Experimental

1 nothing special but hot
2 noisy sunday
3 geometric shapes
4 bile me homo
5 near the sea pu
6 searching for the key
7 shh be careful with this
8 once is enough
9 colors,games and birds
10 the last at last

After more than 20 years of service as the drummer of Greek neo-psychedelic pioneers Purple Overdose and No Man's Land (still on active duty with the latter), Chris Silver Triantafillopoulos decided to temporarily abandon his drum kit in order to embark on a private journey in the sea of sounds that laps the shores of his mind. The results of this esoteric trip can be heard in the soundscapes of NOS Project: ambient memories of places one visits in dreams.

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[zym 024] Werken - Sum (Album) 2009

Werken - Sum
Label: Zymogen
Catalog#: zym024
Format: 11 x File, FLAC, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: Italy
Released: 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient, Glitch
Credits: Artwork By [Design] - Zymogen
Photography - Mikel Aramendia Lacalle
Written By - Tilman Ehrhorn
Notes: All songs and artwork licensed under Creative Commons.

1 On 1:15
2 Some Home Truths 4:03
3 Dub Traffic Pt I 2:38
4 Odd Fish 4:06
5 Now I See 2:59
6 C & P 4:08
7 Surrender 4:03
8 Dub Traffic Pt II 2:38
9 Blues 5:34
10 Port Elizabeth 7:45
11 Over 1:04

Sum is the debut album of Werken, one of the aliases of Tilman Ehrhorn known for his releases on Mille Plateaux and Resopal Schallware.
Working full time as saxophone and reed player, composer, producer and sound designer Tilman Ehrhorn is a highly regarded jazz artist who also took roots in the electronic world.
Among teaching, giving jazz clinics and regular work in theater, tv-, radio-, and cd- productions he has established himself as a composer as well as a performing artist in clubs, at festivals and for concert tours all over the world.

This release introduces an experimental and ambientish dubby side of his producing skills. Almost every sound has been generated on a modular synthesizer. Some important developing tools within the synth are sine- and noiseoscillators, with which also most of the percussion sounds are built.
The majority of tunes are crossfading to the following; the progress of the album ranges from the opening track to its closing reprise like of one piece.
In many parts of the tracks, beats are used rhythmically free to interrupt a pulsing soundpad, which is a main element of the music. Some minimal changing figures are taking hold to break up continous sequential patterns.
The non-conventional manner of generating sounds as well as using elements of chance within the production process creates similarities with the improvisational niveau of jazz and contemporary composed music.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

FACT mix 151: Demdike Stare

FACT mix 151 is the eerie, absorbing work of Demdike Stare – the Manchester-orbiting duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. 

Whittaker is perhaps best known for his austere, dub-infused but club-friendly releases on Modern Love as MLZ and as one half of Pendle Coven; Canty is one of the tireless nugget-hunters working behind the scenes at Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers label. Like the Haxan clubnight which predates and informs it, Demdike Stare is a project combining the duo’s interests in techno, dub, drone, early electronics, astral jazz, off-kilter ethnic musics; grounded in samples, it blurs the boundary between DJ and producer, collector and creator, and has yielding astonishing results on record. The first Demdike offering was 2009’s Symbiosis album (released on CD and across two self-titled 12″s), followed by the enchanting mix CD Osmosis and most recently another LP of original material, the two-track, vinyl-only Forest of Evil.
Buoyed by the considerable cult success of their releases, Summer 2010 finds Demdike Stare have venturing out into the world for a number of live audio-visual performances, including an appearance at Shedding The Past, Dubbing The Future (Nocturne 3), a collaboration with FACT at the 2010 Mutek festival that also features King Midas Sound, Shed, Ikonika, Actress and others. Mutek takes place across various venues in Montreal over the period June 2-6, with the FACT event happening at Club Soda on Friday 4. Catch ‘em if you can.
Above and beyond their often tongue-in-cheek invocation of the occult, there is something truly uncanny about Demdike Stare’s overlapping and synthesis of textures ancient and modern, eastern and western. Witness their FACT mix, which sees ‘La Dance De Nadia’ by Lebanese composer Elias Rahbani sharing airtime with Robert Hood’s 1998 minimal banger ‘Grace Under Fire’ (Nighttime Mix) and Carl Craig’s noir-techno sure shot ‘Darkness’, and also features psychedelic reggae of Keith Hudson and German art-prog from Guru Guru as well as four previously unreleased Demdike Stare productions: ‘Rain And Shame’, ‘Matilda’s Dream’, ‘Caged In Stammheim’ and ‘The Stars Are Moving’.
Grab the mix and cop the tracklist below. See the next page for a Q&A with Demdike Stare.

1. Demdike Stare – Rain And Shame
2. Demdike Stare – Matilda’s Dream
3. Guru Guru – Atommolch
4. Demdike Stare – Caged In Stammheim
5. Keith Hudson – Satan Side
6. Unknown – Unknown Thai track
7. Elias Rahbani – La Dance De Nadia
8. Robert Hood – Grace Under Fire ( Nightime Mix )
9. Demdike Stare – The Stars Are Moving
10. Carl Craig – Darkness