KE I TE KI by Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda | KE I TE KI Room40 (CD/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano When we talk about music we often tend to talk about time. The way a composer manages and builds structures over time. But sound is as much depending on space as it is related to time, everything from room acoustics to the way weather influences the qualities of sound in a radical way and taking such considerations into account this has become a crucial set of elements in the aesthetics of many modern day composers. In KE I TE KI, Akio Suzuki and Aki … Continue reading KE I TE KI by Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

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Found by J Butler

J Butler | Found self-released (CS/DL) In his fifth release since 2011 Pittsburgh’s J Butler rolls out Found an austere and unique study in looped ambient textures. Limited to only fifty tapes, this one is fueled by oscillators and guitar, and was mastered by 12K imprint + electronic whiz Taylor Deupree. Five lustrous tracks that run for just about a half-hour give you a great sense of Butler’s spatial probabilities. Opening with Theme, which opens like a panoramic screen, a light dusting of melodic ambience broken by a dappled hiss. This plays with sound-shaping provided by modular synths and low-end, … Continue reading Found by J Butler

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Falling by Mind Over MIDI

Mind Over MIDI | Falling Shimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) Voices, analogue warmth and endless echoes are the order of the day on this new 10 track album by Mind Over MIDI. Released by the Shimmering Moods label, it’s an ambient album that works essentially as a whole. Each track is around the 5-minute mark, but bleeds seamlessly into the next one with such ease that the collection feels like a single piece. Track titles such as “Loss”, “Sorrow” and “Elegy” suggest a mournful theme underlying the music, and there is a melancholic vibe throughout. But it’s not gloomy, more like … Continue reading Falling by Mind Over MIDI

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Extrametric by Katharina Ernst

Katharina Ernst | Extrametric Ventil Records (LP/DL) It’s hard to imagine this is the debut LP by Austrian artist Katharina Ernst as her skill, precision and fluidity as a percussionist is so notable. She’s worked with some of the most distinguished artists working from Christina Kubisch, Ken Vandermark and Martin Siewert who also mixed/mastered this record. Mind you, it did take portions of the last seven years to come up with some of the original rhythms found on Extrametric (Ventil Records), and it comes off as well produced and still real fresh. Here she has titled each of these seven … Continue reading Extrametric by Katharina Ernst

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Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky by Ian Wellman

Ian Wellman | Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky Dragons Eye Recordings (DL) Ian Wellman’s debut album, Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky, exists at the nexus of the pleasant and the problematic. All breathy ambience and city-scape field recordings, Wellman constructs an entirely palatable sonic tableau, yet it is one that struggles to offer anything new to the already well-marked conceptual path that it treads. Your enjoyment of Wellman’s work will no doubt depend upon whether you … Continue reading Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky by Ian Wellman

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A.S. by Bionulor

Bionulor | A.S. Oniron (CD/DL) This is Polish sound artist/actor/educator Sebastian Banaszczyk‘s eighth full-length since 2009 and under the moniker Bionulor and it would seem this is dedicated to source material of classical composer Alexander Scriabin or here simply A.S. And just as he has in work of the past dedicated his recording to other artists (Shakespeare, Burroughs, etc.) on this record he employs a style referred to as “100% sound recycling” – and I will try and find evidence of this as he describes as “every track is created solely on the basis of processing only one sample, deriving … Continue reading A.S. by Bionulor

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

Scott Fox | The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ant-Zen (DL) Out November 9th exclusively as a digital-only release via Ant-Zen, this work, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Canadian artist Scott Fox is based on a lengthy poem written in 1834 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge of the same name which you can read in its entirety here. Fox has also engaged three others in the making of the record: Brien Hindman provides additional synthesis & sound design, Jay Watamaniuk is the narrator and Jamie Blacker on acoustic guitar. Right from the start of this forty-three minute journey a sonic boom … Continue reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

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