Vindodo by The Tonga Boys

The Tonga Boys | Vindodo1000Hz (CD/DL) Hailing from the Republic of Malawi, the Tonga Boys wield a sort of frenetic, often humorous take on the sort of ‘African’ drum music to which western ears might typically be accustomed.  ‘World’ music so often takes one of two forms – either it has been almost clinically westernised to make it suitable for a culturally-distanced audience, or it is presented as a naive, traditional presentation of a static and primitive culture. It is a rarity to come across artists that are both distinctly foreign and in any way contemporary, with modern world music … Continue reading Vindodo by The Tonga Boys

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Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying Vol. II by Rudolf Eb.er

Rudolf Eb.er | Om Kult : Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying (Vol. II) Om Kult (CD/DL) I got to know the work of Rudolf Eb.er when once I saw he was going to perform a concert in my city. At that time I was very much into noise, but for some reason I could not attend that concert. This occasion, and the will of making up for an opportunity I felt I had lost, made me explore his published works, his extreme rituals, a bit further. After that, other adventures and a certain drift from noise kept me away from his production. What … Continue reading Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying Vol. II by Rudolf Eb.er

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Illustrations For Those Who by Tomasz Bednarczyk

Tomasz Bednarczyk | Illustrations For Those Who Room40 (CD/DL) His third album on the Room40 label, Tomasz Bednarczyk’s new release is absolutely essential listening for fans of deep, moving ambience. It’s been a decade since he last issued something under his own name, the 2000s seeing him release a handful of acclaimed albums on the likes of 12k and Room40. His work stood out then as heartfelt and emotional, with subtle implied melodies buried deep under the shifting sands of his drones. This latest album sees the Polish producer investigate new methods of working, focusing on single sources of audio … Continue reading Illustrations For Those Who by Tomasz Bednarczyk

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Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

Hans Castrup | Das 7. Siegel Submarine Broadcast Company (CD/DL) A document of a 3-channel electroacoustic sound installation at Museumsquartier Osnabrück by musician and visual artist Hans Castrup. Das 7. Siegel (aka The 7th Seal) is based on a print by Albrecht Dürer from 1498. The piece runs for over thirty-six minutes, opening with a soft smouldering drone. A dragging clang and whistling wind enter. The atmosphere just drifts, that is until a series of what sound similar to the magnitude of computer dial-up penetrates the peace. And suddenly its whispery winds once again. This cyclical channeling of pitch is … Continue reading Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

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The Recounting Of Night Time by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project | The Recounting Of Night Time The Helen Scarsdale Agency (CD/DL) Chicago’s Fossil Aerosol Mining Project has an interesting history dating back to the 80s with many recordings in their discography. Since 2015 The Helen Scarsdale Agency has been assisting in unearthing their work, and bringing new work to light. This opens with the enigmatic violin swirls and decaying electronic manipulations on An Unexpected Appearance of Folkway. They explain the process of composing this work back in 2014: “The source material focuses principally on a certain piece of German gothic cinema made during the late 1970s. … Continue reading The Recounting Of Night Time by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

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Fragments of Scattered Whispers by Endless Melancholy

Endless Melancholy | Fragments of Scattered Whispers Dronarivm (LP/CD/DL) Ukranian sound artist Oleksiy Sakevych’s Endless Melancholy project is a long running exploration of piano and, more recently, tape manipulation. His new album on the Dronarivm label is full of plaintive piano musings nestled in the warm hiss of tape loops and minimal synth melodies. Just as the days are getting shorter and the shadows longer, this music seems entirely appropriate. Sounds to add warmth to your surroundings. “Prologue (For A Broken Tape Recorder)” is a gorgeous album opener, soft distortions and crackles adding grit to a beautiful synth line. “Postcards” … Continue reading Fragments of Scattered Whispers by Endless Melancholy

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Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

Howard Stelzer | Across the Blazer Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) ‘Tis the season for something new from Boston area cassette deck master Howard Stelzer, and Across the Blazer brings with it a whole new set of intriguing atmospheres. This is also my introduction to the fledgling imprint, Marginal Frequency from my old haunts of the Pacific Northwest  – my guess is we will be hearing a great deal of expertly curated work out of this joint. The rainy hiss and low grumbling drone on the quizically titled Selective Memory (You Never Know Absolutely Quite Where You Are) is head-expanding, and at a … Continue reading Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

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