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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The Next by MAAT

MAAT | The Next Pacific City Sound Visions (LP/DL) MAAT is an archival nugget from the early 90s, a solo project by Hamburg artist Dörte Marth (Xyramat) – and what a strange delight it is. On wax, this’ll be limited to a total of 280 copies (on Bandcamp it lists as only 100), so if you dig real surprises from the past, that sound like something from the future, I urge you to check this platter out for reasons beyond my understanding – but I’ll try and make a case. That is aside from the fact that she recorded Hunde I, a … Continue reading The Next by MAAT

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GloryLand by PLYXY

PLYXY | GloryLandHallow Ground (12″/DL) There is something fairly old-hat about describing an aesthetic creation as ‘beautiful’, and to do so feels somewhat at odds with my distinctly post-modern roots. Contemporary works of art are surely beyond the consideration of beauty, a category that feels as though it should be consigned forever to the dustbin of romanticism.  And yet, for all of that, despite our ingrained knowledge of the peaks and throughs of modern art, beauty recurs. PLYXY’s GloryLand is beautiful – achingly beautiful, melancholically beautiful, and though it is often so much more than a simple aesthetic pleasantry, it … Continue reading GloryLand by PLYXY

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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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Robinson Out Of Context by Dirk P. Haubrich

Dirk P. Haubrich | Robinson Out Of Context Quanta Records (12″/DL) This is my introduction to both Paris imprint Quanta as well as to German improvisational composer, Dirk P. Haubrich who has been known to collaborate with choreographers and other artists. This is his debut recording which includes two works, 7 to 8 and the title track, Robinson Out Of Context. From the top this latter piece wastes no time making its presence with a tweak of electronic noise right into a melodic, elongated drone. A repeated intermittent glitch breaks the fluidity, but only along its surface. The floating silky … Continue reading Robinson Out Of Context by Dirk P. Haubrich

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Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly dropping into the mix are granualized effects, and other abstractions. These pops and twists sound like a contortionist trying to undo a tight situation from several angles. Many might hear this initially as something topically atonal, but there are actually a whole lot of pieces … Continue reading Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

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