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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Fadechase Marathon by Babe, Terror

Babe, Terror | Fadechase Marathon Glue Moon Records (CS/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano The Brazilian producer Claudio Szynkier, known as Babe, Terror strikes back once more with a very laidback yet solid release for the American label Glue Moon Records: Fadechase Marathon. The album’s very beginning, Hazelon, carefully builds the idea of a modern-times urban ritualistic experience and it does it very directly, without any fuss. Bass and snare pulled out the mix, a good preamble to the colourful perdition we are about to experience. From there on, Fadechase Marathon sounds like one of those poorly planned nights out in … Continue reading Fadechase Marathon by Babe, Terror

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Elemente by Qluster

Qluster | Elemente Bureau B (LP+CD/CD) Out just today is the latest from the most recent iteration of the “-luster continuum” (ranging back to the early 70s), as in early incarnations such as Kluster, then Cluster (you may recall their collab with Brian Eno) and since 2011 it’s been Qluster. Gone are legendary sonic craftsmen Conny Plank (1940-1987), Dieter Moebius (1944-2015), Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) and other collaborators. Making up this evolved trio are mainstay Hans-Joachim Roedelius, still going strong at eighty-four, as well as the newest generation of Onnen Bock and Armin Metz, both men half his age. Here Elemente is … Continue reading Elemente by Qluster

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Capsaicin by MoE / Marhaug

MoE / Marhaug | Capsaicin Conrad Sound / Substrata + Utech Records (CD/CS/DL) From Norway comes a noise collaboration that has proven to be a sonic surprise from MoE and Lasse Marhaug, it’s Capsaicin (parts One through Four). At first it is a bit brooding, an extended deep bass drone, growing gradually, in time-released single strumming with a silently lethargic nature.  Part One finds itself at some variable precipice looking downward.  As if a bell were tolling within a somnolent, disturbed state of unrest, the repeating drone increases in reverb and burnished surface layer that seems to slowly flay from … Continue reading Capsaicin by MoE / Marhaug

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Esam by Ligovskoï

Ligovskoï | Esam Field Records (LP/DL) The French duo of Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig are Ligovskoï. The two formed in 2010, releasing one full-length back in 2013 and a few remix eps since. Their first effort for Amsterdam-based imprint Field Records is Esam and you can get a sneak peak listen here before its release on November 12. The record is saturated in ambient passages that are immediately sedative. The recording opens with Thessalonians, employing a winding and dappled synth, a font of pleasure for the eardrums. The atmosphere is doused in soft layering effects that are silky with … Continue reading Esam by Ligovskoï

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Rheingold by Tamtam

TamTam | Rheingold Crónica (CS/DL) Such is the stature of ‘Des Ring Der Nibelungen’ that even the mildest utterance of Rheingold feels somewhat brazen, a laden-thrust to the overbearing musical resonance that word conjures: yet Tamtam’s work is entirely antithetical to the Wagner opera with which it shares a moniker. Based upon hydrophone recordings of the Rhine River, the listener is proffered an enchanting yet infinitely subtle world, a shifting, creaking mass that is amorphous by design. The source material serves both as a conceptual bed and compositional framework – the entire piece feels like a river, unfolding in waves … Continue reading Rheingold by Tamtam

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