Ambient Double Take

Olan Mill | Sounds of a New Father Shimmering Moods Records (CS/DL) Orphax | Dream Sequence #5 Non-Harmonic Multitones (3″ CD-R/DL) Two recent releases of drifting ambient here. Orphax presents the fifth installment of his “Dream Sequence” series, and it’s a meditative piece that ripples and washes by.  The composition was inspired by taking a train to his hometown and watching the landscape pass by, blurring into colours and lines.  The train journey lasts 18 minutes and 6 seconds, as does the track, and I like to imagine as the listener follows the progress of the piece, we’re taking the … Continue reading Ambient Double Take

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Offen by Modelbau

Modelbau | Offen Barreuh Records (CS/DL) Frans de Waard is a tireless creative, having produced countless recordings under a dozen or so monikers, solo and collaborative, and this past season alone, as Modelbau, four recordings have emerged on various imprints. Offen (in an edition of only 27 tapes) stood out to me for its tight programming and subtleties. Here are four pieces starting with Open Out, which is luxe ambient with strokes of Asian gongs, a melancholic melody and crickets. My only criticism is its over just as I am losing myself within it, though there is barely a second lost … Continue reading Offen by Modelbau

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Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its contents. With open mic in hand this is a survey of surfaces, of in-situ found object play, with small twists and crackle along the way. I feel as if I am sitting in the crook of a tree limb that is vaguely swaying in the … Continue reading Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

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Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

Abby Lee Tee | Imaginary Friends I Czaszka (CS/DL) Austrian sound artist Abby Lee Tee has been on the scene since around 2011, and his sound has always maintained maximum minimalism. An uncompromising approach to his material floods these twenty minutes with even more experimental gestures than usual. By its title we may assume that Imaginary Friends I is the first in a series. Let’s hope so. On this tape, two tracks, one per side, Tee attempts to define this world as: “While imaginary companions are still mistakenly associated with deficits or even mental health issues most of the time, … Continue reading Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

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ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

Ilia Belorukov + Alfredo Costa Monteiro + Miguel A. Garcia ETWAS | Tanuki Records (CS/DL) A first time trio (all who have worked together in various configurations) offers two lengthy textural works, one per side, on this cassette from Belgian imprint Tanuki Records. All three are playing electronics here, and in addition you can experience Belorukov on fluteophone. Only identified as sides a and b, ETWAS opens with an incredibly sparse set of pitched test tones, followed by a rumbling drone. A cryptic atmosphere ensues, one that keeps you on edge. It’s made of of scraping accents that sound like … Continue reading ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

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November Wrap-Up

For the last three months we have truly been inundated with diverse new releases, and because of volume and curation many of them miss hitting the pixels we produce here at Toneshift.net. We are so lucky to be able to have access to such a wide breadth of innovative sounds. Out of these numerous works I have decided there are a small batch that I cannot just allow to pass into the ether. So I am taking on those holdouts here in a series of quickie session of shotgun reviews (don’t let my brevity dissuade you from listening longingly), consider … Continue reading November Wrap-Up

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Shared Meanings by Mumdance

Mumdance | Shared Meanings Shared Meanings (12″/CS/DL) Curated and compiled by Jack Adams under his Mumdance alias, Shared Meanings is an expansive project taking in a mixed and non-mixed version, a 12” of selected tracks and even a limited edition cassette for the tape collectors out there. The 32 track mix covers a lot of ground, tying many disparate areas of contemporary electronic music together seamlessly. Every track is previously unreleased, often specially requested by Adams of each artist, so this selection is both fresh and unique. A dedicated website promoting the project even goes as far as breaking down … Continue reading Shared Meanings by Mumdance

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