Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Herzog - Small Loves EP


Text taken from Audio Gourmet

Herzog is the solo artist project of Bill Bawden from South London, UK. Many will be familiar with his work on the likes of Resting Bell, Serein and 12Rec and we are fortunate to be able to bring his latest work to you through Audio Gourmet.

'Small Loves' is a short set of musical vignettes inspired from childhood. For example, the front cover is a photograph taken from the artist's bedroom window, reminding of watching rain droplets 'race each other' across a car window whilst on a long journey. In fact, it was the auditory memories of rain/car/radio/motorway that inspired Bill to craft this sonic portrait of that moment in time.

The main musical influences for the work of Herzog are cited as being Fennesz, William Basinski and Colleen as well as bands such as Low, Mogwai and The Microphones. Bill's musical tastes are eclectic however and so influences can come from almost anywhere.

These many musical influences bleed into the work of Herzog, as a melting pot of different tones and textures. The three tracks that make up 'Small Loves' were created from a simple acoustic loop, which was manipulated for a long time until something different and unexpected was coaxed out of it to form the backbone of each piece. Many of the clicks and pops that arise through the process of cutting up the various samples have been retained, making for subtle extra detail. Over-distortion and clipping effects have been put back into the mix, at a lower volume to further extend the textures you can hear in 'Small Loves'

I am told that Herzog is slowly working on his first full length album, so much to look forward to! For the meantime, feel free to explore and enjoy this magnificent EP....



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rihmasto - live at Rajakokemus club

Text taken from Community Audio

episode guide (incl. spoilers!) for this ambient / drone gig: arctic atmospheric space... cold streaming water cave... dark thick claustrophobic tunnel... grows... big cave with bugs and waterdrops... watering... speed growing stream and water... underwater... back to surface... forest with birds and animals... synthetic noise... dronning thick sound.



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Monday, November 29, 2010

High Chair - Cosmic Oceans

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Long spacey piece using a variety of keyboard sounds.... mellotron (strings & flutes), psycho rhodes, marimba, organ and synth. It has no tempo, it just floats ...... very peaceful and calm.



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rihmasto - Uoma

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Only one single varying drone full of everything. You will find waterscapes, russian trains, a factory, pipe organ, nature and technology. This album shows you a very deep and spiritual side of rihmasto.



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rihmasto - Koneisto

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Live performance at Koneisto-festival, Turku of Finland. There was the ambient adventure park with lots of ambient-DJs and live performances.



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Cousin Silas - Complex Silence 9


Text taken from Treetrunk

There are such artists that quietly create and share their works and perhaps never really surface in the wild wild world of netlabel artists.

And to a certain point Cousin Silas is one of the best kept secrets under the radar, born and raised in the Colne valley of West Yorkshire, UK.

He first released in 2001 commercially through Fflintcentral but quickly found the world of creative commons in 2005 with 4 releases to date on Earth Monkey productions, 4 releases on Earthrid and wandering through the netlabel world on Just not Normal, Acustronica, BFW Recordings.

As we all mature, it seems to me that through time the stronghold of Cousin Silas' work digs deeper and has grown more subtle whilst remaining quite fragile.

Today Cousin Silas presents his 14th solo album here on Treetrunk. Continuing in the fantastic series called Complex Silence, Phillip Wilkerson brings to light a marvellous group of artists that dwell on the complexities of silence. One thing you can be sure of; this nineth complexity is one to hold dear. For Cousin Silas certainly masters this beautiful tonal silence and brings a beautiful 10 track album to set your mind off, into ....."



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Shane Morris and Dan Minoza - The Ritual Space


Text taken from Earth Mantra Netlabel

In July of 2010, we were privileged to be part of an intimate electronic music gathering held in Kansas City in the USA. Called the "2010 Kansas City Regional Electro-Music Festival", this event attracted ambient and electronic artists from all around the United States, who met for a few brief days to share music and art, collaboration and camaraderie.

Amongst the live performances, demos, and lectures put on by the various participants, two ambient artists who had never played together before presented a multi-hour ambient performance of great depth and beauty. Shane Morris and Dan Minoza were those two artists, and this beautiful album, entitled "The Ritual Space", is a gorgeous excerpt from that singular live concert.

Only the fact that we were in the audience during this performance makes it easy for us to accept that this recording is live, uncut, and improvised in real time with no overdubs or edits by two artists who had never before made a single note of music together. What you hear in this recording is exactly what the audience heard that day. Indeed, the music of this album calls to the listener in a way that few ambient pieces can, inviting the hearer to fully participate and immerse themselves in the sonic space that the artists have so lovingly crafted. Our belief is that this recording would stand tall amongst nearly any collection of studio pieces, but as a live performance we are simply blown away.

So many facets of this music deserve comment, but we will point out just a few of the highlights that we found so irresistible. Firstly, we found Dan's use of the extended-range Warr guitar to be revelatory. He plays the instrument with a remarkably deft and gentle touch, and his processing of the sounds carried us softly as if on a cloud. Shane's tasteful keyboard work complemented Dan's guitar masterfully, but we particularly enjoyed his use of percussion and bowed gong to create otherworldly sound textures. Shane is a multi-instrumentalist in the truest sense of the word, and it was quite inspiring to see his performance in the flesh. Finally, we must add that during their performance, a light thunderstorm developed right over the performance venue. Snug and warm inside, the audience was treated to both the exquisite music of this talented duo as well as the music of nature falling upon the roof of the indoor venue. We cannot imagine a more apt setting for such magnificent music, an experience we will treasure always.

So it is our profound honor to present to you "The Ritual Space", the live concert by Dan Minoza and Shane Morris. We hope to hear much more from these two masters of the ambient form again in the future.



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Jannick Schou - Winter EP

Text taken from contemporary

Winter consists of four compositions I made during January and February. Each composition is based around me improvising (hence the titles) with different instruments and a program called gleetchlab. In order to keep the spontaneous and (sometimes) lively vibe of each composition I’ve kept post-production to a minimum – the only thing I’ve done is adding a few field-recordings and mixing and mastering. I hope you enjoy the end result.



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Jannick Schou - Just Passing By


Text taken from Rural Colours

Jannick Schou is a Danish musician, netlabel-owner and graphic artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In early 2009 he founded the netlabel dotContemporary together with friend and web designer Mads Fors. Since he has had a number of releases on great labels such as Dead Pilot Records and Under The Spire, the most recent a collaboration with Clem Leek titled Pimlico.

Jannick’s music ranges from ultra-subtle ambient/drone to modern classical. Most of his music is made through digital processing of guitar and piano recordings: he also uses tapes, old tape delays and field recordings. Just passing by is a 20 minute piece made up of three sections combining worn textures and loops all beauiful segueing into one another.



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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bo Becker - Zephyria EP


Text taken from Bo Becker

The Zephyria EP features the track "Islands of Memory" from the upcoming full length album by Bo Becker along with "Zephyria" and an unreleased b-side from Octodurum titled "Anthracene Fluorescence"
released 01 December 2010





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Christopher McFall - A Long Time Running for The Suicide Strays


Text taken from Resting Bell

Christopher McFall is a well-known name in the experimental music scene, not only because of his CD-releases for Entr'acte, Mystery Sea, Sourdine, 1000füssler, Gears Of Sand, Moving Furniture Records and Unfathomless, but he's also composed a multitude of netaudio-releases on Test Tube, Earlabs, Clinical Archives, Alg-a, CONV and Impulsive Habitat. What an impressive list of work.

His new release on Resting Bell is a lovely EP called "A Long Time Running for The Suicide Strays". It consists of 4 tracks with a complete duration of 25 minutes. The EP starts with very rhythmic fragments, bringing to mind notions of old machines covered with dust and then it evolves into a more droning environment. The sound is really dark and harsh. The rhythmic elements seem to be hammering from a distant time and the melodies are haunting through old and frazzled drapery. If I had to describe a room for this music it would be an old abandoned factory-building or vaudeville-theatre. Christopher has assembled all of these elements together very carefully and in a sublime manner. For me it is hard to say whether the source sound materials are derived from field recordings, piano fragments or some saxophone-sounds. As a whole, the EP has a very dense and atmospheric composition.

Enjoy the days of fall with this wonderful release.



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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Norss and mystified - Golven


Text taken from Treetrunk

Norss approached mystified and asked to collaborate. Mystified readily agreed, and the two artists put together a release of ambient drone material.

Mystified wrote tracks 1 through 4. The mystified tracks are original except for track 4, which uses sounds from K.M. Krebs' piece "Diodical".

As for the Norss tracks, tracks 5 and 6, the two tracks were created by deconstructing mystified work. "Koud" finds its source in various tracks from "Cold Telemetry" and "IJl" was done by remixing sounds from "Skywatchers" (both originally released on Small Doses).



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I.M.M.U.R.E. - Somnia


Text taken from DNA Production

I.M.M.U.R.E., who contributed a lot to DNA Production catalogue in the past, now presents a new considerable work with clear composition and idea.
This album called "Somnia", a Latin equivalent for English "dreams", is a compressed flow of dream essences expressed in sound. Against all expectations, it's not calm and fuzzy soundscape but intense and droning ambient layer on background with dense build on "natural" sounds layer in front. Throughout all 43-minute piece minimal and powerful background layer is continually competing with "natural" sounds while clear light consonances hover over all.
Emotional peak of the piece is in the beggining of last third when Troum-like dry pulsations raise and begin to support "natural" sounds layer harmoniously interlacing and painting unusual pictures of dreaming subconsciousness.
And in the end of "Somnia" is the same haze of "natural" sounds floating above droning background.



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Ananta - Live On Rainy Days


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"This music originated instinctively as I was sitting and watching the rain for many days. It was a heavy weather outside as dark clouds covered the sky and the sounds of rain made the rest of usual city sounds unhearable. Such weather has always made me think that there is a drone sound somewhere among the puring water. So I just started to play a single drone. And then I started improvising, to make my music correspond with the rain. And so this music (became) one with the rain. It should be listened to while there is rain falling. Then and only then that subtle feeling of oneirism will be created."-- Ananta.

Treetrunk is very pleased with this release, feeling that its creation methods and compositional elements make it fit right in with the label. We hope you enjoy the music as we have.



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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tange - A Tub Full of Tange


Text taken from Earth Mantra Netlabel

Welcome to 'A Tub Full of Tange', the biggest release Earth Mantra has ever made.

This monstrous release is a huge selection of Tange's live performances from StillStream.com. One exception is CD10 which features a 'live' studio set recorded as an experiment which turned into a full length performance. All other material was recorded as it happened.

However, for the purposes of this release, all of the material has been remixed and remastered to varying degrees, from simple tidying-up to major reworking. All of the material, with the exception of CD10, is available for download from the StillStream archive, but at a much lower bitrate and in their original form without much in the way of tidying up or remastering.

This compilation is intended by the artist to be burnt to CD audio disks, as indicated by the CD number, and kept in a 10 CD tub. According to the artist, the CD artwork "may require some stretching to fit. The cover artwork can be printed and cut to fit the rim of the tub."

We are very happy to bring you this epic collection of remixes of Tange's best live performances, and hope it brings you many hours of listening pleasure.



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oathless - Lambent Amber Winds



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Drone Wallah - Womble-cropped


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Drone Wallah's new collection for Fall 2010 presents four glamorous drones in a variety of edgy styles and colors.

Drone Wallah is a recording project of CP McDill (Saluki Regicide, Djinnestan, Akashic Crow's Nest, Tree Helicopter) focused on long, shimmery works of drone ambient. This is the sixth release under that name.

credits:
Recorded & produced by CP McDill
November, 2010



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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tobias Hellkvist & Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words - White/Grey/Black

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Written, recorded and performed by Tobias Hellkvist and Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words. Cover artwork by Thomas Ekelund.



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Stray Ghost - A House Of Gold And Oak


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Following hot on the heels of two stellar records released on Dead Pilot Records and Highpoint Lowlife respectively, Stray Ghost delivers the monolithic A House of Gold and Oak for Phantom Channels 5th webrelease

Ghost is one Ant Saggers, who constructs deep drone steeped in a haunted melancholia. His music often teeters on the brink of oblivion, where throbbing pulses of sound and other sonic rumblings are in danger of consuming everything they touch. Yet, as this piece proves, his slowly intensifying sound exudes a sense of hope and optimism amidst the darkness as we are unwittingly led down an increasingly plaintive orchestral path.

A House of Gold and Oak unfurls majestically over almost twenty minutes, touching on cornerstones including Tangerine Dream and Godspeed You Black Emperor and finds Stray Ghost operating in a Symphonic-Drone stratosphere all to his own.



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Ivan Čkonjević - Plavi bicikl pod oblacima rdje


Text taken from noechorecords

Album  "Plavi bicikl pod oblacima rdje" (Blue
bicycles under the clouds of rust) was
recorded between April and December 2007.
It consists of two parts, first entitled the same
as the album was written as the end theme of
the movie for student's film festival: "In same
deep water as you". Second part - "Umesto
Budjenja" (Instead of Awakening) is a main
theme of another movie also screened on
festival (Honey, honey, please put some sugar
in my coffee). Tracks were recorded during live
performances at amphitheater of Medical Faculty
in Novi Sad.

"Plavi bicikl pod oblacima rdje" is a third album
of Ivan Čkonjević.

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Saito Koji - Time / Line


Text taken from Resting Bel

Saito Koji is a musician from Japan, who creates wonderful minimal drone-music with guitar, keyboards, field recordings and some effects. He is known for his releases on Magic Book Records, Kesh Recordings and Gears of Sand Recordings.

"Time / Line" contains the two pieces "Time" and "Line", with a duration of 33 minutes each. "Time" is drone in the best way. You feel like standing in a field of clouds or wrappped in a warm blanket while listening to this. Just slightly shifting tones, moving very soft and slowly. Layer over layer, and only one big, resonant drone, oscillating between your ears. "Line", the second part, is more moving, more concrete. The tone is sharper, vibrates a little bit, and the shifting from one sound to the other is faster than in "Time".

Both pieces are really great minimal drone music. Peaceful and centering. Please enjoy.



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Saito Koji - Candle


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After his fantastic "Beautiful"-CDr on SEM Saito Koji releases another great track on Resting Bell. Besides his work on SEM you may know Saito from his releases on Magic Book Records, Kesh Recordings and Gears of Sand Recordings.

"Candle" is a single 30 minute-ambient-drone-track, and the title fits perfectly to the presented music. Various themes are shifting softly from front to back and back to front. Flicking and shimmering like candle-light. Saito creates a deep and warm sound-carpet and he uses only a guitar. Layering and merging one motive into another, which gives the track an enormous deepness and meditative approach.

You can close your eyes and feel really comfortable in this smooth and warm environment. Perfect match for the cold and rainy fall here in northern europe.



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Saturday, November 20, 2010

David Tagg - Skin Diagram


Text taken from Archaic Horizon Records

‘Skin Diagram’ is able to achieve a mesmerizing solar glare, like the bouncing refractions of the sun rays underneath the water, that can transfix its listeners into a quiet serenity. Evoking this imagery with a youthful, kinetic sonic, David Tagg wraps a quivering stereo field with slow movements of warmly wavering drones. Deriving a thermal energy from a biological motif, the sound of his music posses a glowing translucence, as if lit from within.

Opening with 'Sunscape' appropriately themes the album with minimal textures drenched in an alluring glow, that quietly pulse within a fluid mixture. Retreating into the fond, fading memories of youthful adventures, ‘Playful Beginnings’ circulates skyward leaving a wake of dreamy solar flares. The impulses and sensations of ‘Tangled Nerves’ transmit signals of ultrasonic imagery from the miracles of life, as slow, resonating breaths of low frequency tones that were absorbed within a soft fleshy skin.

David Tagg's use of translucent layers of washed sonics, allows warm, enlivened tones to surface through the viscous flowing depths of this biological being. Existing within these milky margins, 'Skin Diagram' bids welcoming in its cozy, meditative sonics, that allures listeners to flow back through the inner depths of his music.



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David Tagg - Extreme Scenic Route


Described as Ambient with a pulse the music is a journey through fleeting moments. Filled with texture, this politically motivated music constantly breaksdown and expands unto something new.



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