Saturday, February 26, 2011

Strom Noir - Kueyen


Text taken from Resting Bell

strom noir is a project of Emil Matko, born in 1979 and now living in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is wellknown from his releases on u-cover (ylomejja, kruhyNAvode), ambsine (luvyoo) and format noise (lorawa).

"kueyen" brings you six athmospheric ambient-experimental tracks, built mainly with electric and acoustic guitar loops, synth-layers and some well-arranged field-recording elements. Deep, sometimes really dark droning elements, repetitive melodic structures and more abstract electronic sounds were composed to six works with a big ambience and a little melancholic touch. Especially the combination between the rougher guitar loops and the cleaner synth-parts opens up a new and wide soundworld to the listener.

A great release to enjoy the last summer evenings here in Europe.
Please lay back, watch the stars above you and enjoy "kueyen".



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Friday, February 25, 2011

Spheruleus – Forgotten Outland

Text taken from Resting Bell


The sound-art of Spheruleus is produced by British artist Harry Towell with a previous discography including releases on the likes of Under The Spire, Earth Mantra and Test Tube as well as his own label Audio Gourmet. Intrigued by all things old and rustic, his music is often inspired by the rural Lincolnshire surroundings in which he lives and his first outing of 2011, here on Resting Bell, is intended to really captured this.

A short collection of deliberately loose and degraded instrument samples and field recordings, 'Forgotten Outland' is presented as if it were an old record found discarded inside a derelict farm building on disused land.
It comprises of blurred melodic passages and offers a faded insight into times gone by when the farmland thrived. Just like the physical state of the farm itself, the record sounds timeworn, warped and a shadow of its former self.

The instrument leads and various sounds climb over one another as if fighting for a voice. Nothing seems structured or in order, although amidst the deluge of disjointed melody, subtle detail can be focused upon to reveal parts of this purposefully concealed soundtrack.



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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Finglebone - 23

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Different states of mind, hazy, melancholy reverie. Originally released on Rural Colours label as an EP, this release is the full album.

"23" is a collection of experimental layering of field recordings and ambient sounds is interwoven with light and sparkling acoustic guitar melodies. All in all, this results in a very organic sound structure. This is a great one for headphone listening, as many of Pan, EQ and other effects details are buried deep in the mix. Contemplative, meditative, sunny and peaceful - like a walk in the woods". - Klangverhaltnisse Ambient blog.


released 30 November 2010
All tracks Mastered by Wil Bolton except 'twenty-three.






Janes scenic drive - now to then


Text taken from Amorphos Music

Here is the first of many long-form ambient drones by Janes scenic drive. This is the 68 minute version; an abbreviated, 30 minute version, is also available. "Now to then" is the longest single piece of ambient music I have ever created. But the content is more important than the length, and this drone has an atmosphere best enjoyed at about 1/4 volume.

Phillip Willkerson

www.janesscenicdrive.net



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Luke Bacon - Equivalence #3


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Recorded on a rainy night in December 2010, this is an improvised piece, the first thing that happened when I sat down at the piano.

released 19 January 2011




Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier - Tropical Malady


Text taken from ihadanaccident

From France, living in Belgium, Tropical Malady was recorded during a residency in the United States - Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier brings out sounds from Portland Oregon and (oddly enough) Upstate New York. Tropical Malady is a haunting auditorial interpretation of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Malady; a sound experiment - a ghostly ambience with chant like vocals and echos. Mysterious drone soundscapes and tones set against a television frequency, the motion of the ocean the ebb and flow of emotions. Limited to 50 c36 with download code.

released 21 September 2010





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Coldstream - Drown/Lights


Text taken from Rural Colours 

Coldstream is a London-based musician and sound artist Dan Mumford who creates his music using guitars, melodica, piano, old tape recordings, synths, percussion and field recordings. To date Dan has releases out on Under the Spire, Audio Gourmet, Aether Everywhere & Vikomt.

Drown/Lights ep contains two tracks both recorded from the same session which are based around treated guitar and bass guitar, but also incorporate some old synths, piano and organ. What makes these tracks interesting is the field recordings that are woven into them; these were recorded during a trip through the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific North West of America and are recordings of forests, wildlife and AM radio broadcasts from the area.



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The Omega Core - Massive Black


Text taken from Earth Mantra Netlabel

We have oft mentioned how much we enjoy meeting new folks and bringing their music to our listening audience. Today, we have the pleasure of welcoming Matt Shepherd of The Omega Core to our family of artists, with his fascinating release "Massive Black".

We find it difficult to categorize this captivating album. Certainly much of the music could be labeled dark ambient, replete with foreboding abstract sound sculpture and baleful waves of texture crashing all around. But much more lurks in this album than darkness, including movements of beautiful melody and radiant light. Somehow Matt found a way to blend all of these disparate elements into a cohesive whole that hangs together in a truly hypnotic fashion.

For this reason, we think that "Massive Black" will speak to lovers of many schools of ambient thought. Those who seek epic scope and haunting vistas will find much to love here. But likewise, those who eschew the darkness and instead crave concrete musical elements, even melody, will find parts of this album deeply satisfying. For our part, we find this fusion of ambient styles to be a novel and holistic form unto itself, a clever combination of pieces that yields a unity that stands firmly on its own, a whole whose value exceeds the sum of its parts. Truly well done.

Matt himself describes the album thus: "Being a fan of drone, and huge, dreamy soundscapes, I thought I'd have a bash at creating my own. I wanted to make something that would make my spine tingle, even after listening to it countless times during the 'inspiration' sessions. "Massive Black" isn't exactly that, as it's rather more abstract than I would have ultimately wanted, but an entire album full of ear-bending symphonic ambient might get a bit tiring after a while. You need to have intervals of peace and WHAM, into the climax."

If this album weren't enough, Matt has released a great deal of other music directly through The Omega Core's web site, and we encourage our audience to not only grab "Massive Black" for your collections, but to investigate his other work as well. Earth Mantra is very happy to bring "Massive Black" to our listeners, and we certainly look forward to Matt's future releases, both via Earth Mantra and beyond. Highly recommended.



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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Listening Mirror - Wet Roads


Text taken from audiogourmet

In just a year of operation, Listening Mirror's Jeff Stonehouse and Kate Tustain have managed to put together a solid foundation to their discography with EPs out on Rural Colours and Heat Death Records. Their debut album then followed on Somehow Recordings later in 2010.

Sadly for the duo, Kate has decided to call it a day as part of Listening Mirror for personal reasons, leaving Jeff to carry forward the project. For one last excursion as the Listening Mirror duo, Jeff and Kate have assembled a two track EP called 'Wet Roads' to commemorate their work. The pieces act as bookends, with 'Wet Roads' being the very first piece of music they recorded together and 'The Organist' being the last.
To some of you, 'The Organist' in particular may feel quite familiar; this could be because a one minute edit was featured on the Audio Gourmet Coffee Break Ambient EP released last year.

Whilst this EP will always serve as space to reflect on how their sound first started out, we can thankfully anticipate a bright future for Listening Mirror as Jeff fully intends to carry forward the project.
The first solo excursion penned for release is to be a 3" cdr EP in an A3 folded poster, recorded as a tribute to the late Throbbing Gristle legend Peter Christopherson.This will be out very soon on Heat Death Records:
www.heatdeathrecords.co.uk

A final word from Jeff on this EP: "I'll miss Kate's input, the beauty and talent of which is evident in both of these tracks. We remain good friends, and I wish her the very best in her new adventures."
(Jeff Stonehouse, January 2011)

released 22 February 2011
All music by Jeff Stonehouse and Kate Tustain
Photograph taken by Jeff Stonehouse



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Nasienie - Haunting Last Spring EP


Text taken from Webbed Hand

A third EP for Webbed Hand by Nasienie, of chilled ambient soundscapes.

Understated, subtle, but rich in detail, these ambient works by Nasienie have quickly been attracting an appreciative audience.

Produced in 2011



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Simon Whetham - Cold Shoulder


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Simon Whetham has been capturing and composing almost primarily with field recordings since taking part in a research trip to Iceland in 2005.
Since then he has been gaining a steadily increasing profile: exhibiting in Iceland; recording in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil; performing at a large number of festivals and events, both nationally and internationally, notably the recent Madeiradig 2010; having work accepted for release by labels such as Cronica, And/OAR, Dragon's Eye, Con-V, Trente Oiseaux, 1000fussler, Mystery Sea, Entr’acte, Install, Lens and Gruenrekorder; commissioned by Creative Labs to build a surround sound installation to demonstrate their equipment and software; commissioned by painter Kathryn Thomas to compose a surround soundtrack to accompany her ‘Lightyears’ series of exhibitions; producing radio works for Resonance FM, Overlap.org and Kunst Radio Austria; and invited to participate in two residencies at the Art Container in Tallinn, Estonia, the second to compose new work, collaborate with other artists using sound and run deep listening, field recording and compostion workshops.
This residency has resulted in ‘Active Crossover’, a touring exhibition and exchange project which continues to tour through 2011 in four further exhibition spaces across the UK.
Future events and projects also include a performance at Experimental Intermedia in New York, and running field recording workshops in Bogota, Columbia.

Simon is based in Bristol, UK, where he has lived on and off for 14 years. Whilst much of his work is based around his travels, Simon took time out to record some sounds within his locality to make up an Audio Gourmet EP called 'Cold Shoulder'...
For four months Simon lived facing an industrial area of Bristol called St. Philips, where on quiet evenings he would wander around the buildings, listening to the city, but from somewhere very still and lifeless compared to it's daytime activity. Of course, as we all know, these areas are never silent. These nocturnal sounds of an area, normally crashingly loud, are the raw materials of 'Cold Shoulder (Parts 1 and 2)'

Simon has also put together a bonus track continuing from where he left off with this EP and it will be available to download as part of a forthcoming compilation album here on Audio Gourmet


released 18 February 2011
Recorded and produced by Simon Whetham
Photography by Simon Whetham






Friday, February 18, 2011

Asfandyar Khan - Snow Makes Things Perfect





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The House In The Woods & Coppice Halifax - The Deep Tapes





Orphax - Live at NetstockFest, March 19th, 2005


Text taken from Orphax

This live set is played from my house and broadcasted through
streaming radio into the wide world as part of the NetStock
Festival, 2005. The piece is on long ambient drones set of
processed guitar, samples and fieldrecordings.

Free download (or pay what you want).

released 19 March 2005





Spaceship Graveyard - Surfing Solar Winds

Text taken from spaceshipgraveyard

After receiving a report of a wreck spotted adrift near the Wolf 359 system, two crew members were dispatched to investigate and engage in salvage operations. Upon arrival, the crew picked up a failing distress signal, likely triggered when the wreck came within range of the solar winds from Wolf 359. Investigation revealed no survivors, but did identify significant remaining fuel supplies and several other precious elemental substances which were extracted and contained for delivery back to earth base processing stations.


There was a time when we could all imagine the future and think of a whole landscape of possibilities. Strange and fantastic machines and voyages to far away places were just a small part of the pallet of imagination with which we painted stories that swept us up in our hopes and dreams. Yet, today, that imagination is being smothered in global crude oil spill floating continents of garbage. Economic vampires suck us dry, leaving us in crumbling homes repossessed and abandoned to ghosts who themselves are filing for bankruptcy. And con man debt Frankenstein monsters stumble across the face of the world, smashing social structures and cultures into relic pottery shards for future archeologists to scratch their heads over. The future has been damaged, but it has not yet been destroyed. We still have a chance to make changes and salvage something from the wreckage. Use your imagination. Use your creativity. These are the tools which can bring us new hope and optimism.

This artifact is the result of a live, improvised performance. It was recorded directly to stereo digital output with no additional overdubs, mixing or editing. The sounds you hear are exactly as they were heard at the time they were created

released 11 February 2011





Thursday, February 17, 2011

Souns - Lights


Text taken from Kikapu

Souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement. 'lights' are the drones used in these two movements and have not been altered. tracks one through eight were used in conjunction with crystal bowls sounded by christine paton, with additional sound from anomalous disturbances, and follow the chakra system from root to crown. track one represents chakra one, track two is chakra two, and so on. track eight represents the first harmonic of the root chakra and doubles as the possible eighth chakra as well. each track contains the elements, sounds and the artist's interpretation of the essence of the corresponding chakra. track nine was used as the transition sound between movements, made from the sounds of a rainstick, to clear the energies brought about from healing. the sound of rain, and moving water in general, is quite cleansing. track ten and eleven were the drones used as a backdrop for vocalist little woo sounding ancient sanskrit mantras for the purpose of healing, peace, and general well being.

in addition to 'regular' relaxed listening, 'lights', at varying volumes, could be experimented with as a tool for meditation, self-exploration or discovery. however you choose to experience it.... please enjoy.

'lights' appears in it's raw and stripped form with the intention to be remixed and reworked by souns himself as well as other artists. breath in. breath out. the first remix project, 'coloured lights', will be available through kikapu in the new year.



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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Osakan - Music For Astronauts

Text taken from Community Audio


This is the debut album from ambient musician Osakan. Influences and points of comparison include: Stars of the Lid, Brian McBride, Tim Hecker, Aidan Baker, and Loscil





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Friday, February 11, 2011

Hessien - Hessien ep


Text taken from handstitched

This self-titled Hessien ep was originally released for free download from Hessiens' web site in December 09 as a prelude to the 'Skurjn' ep on Handstitched* Recordings. After much demand for these songs to be released in flac/lossless formats they have been remastered and now appear at Bandcamp for easy, accessible downloading.

Hessien info:

Hessien usually occurs somewhere between the UK and Australia, somewhere between the hours of 11pm and 6am (Southern Hemisphere) & 9am and 8pm (Northern Hemisphere) Hessien is made up of acoustic noise artist Charles Sage (Australia) and Tim Diagram (UK). They collided through a coincidence and were pleased to note that the collision has produced an EP – ‘Skurjn’, which was released on 29th January. ‘Skurjn’ is the first EP from Hessien, and is limited to 100 copies (worldwide) and housed in hand-stitched cork sleeves (from a sustainable source)

The musical content is acoustically-challenged, inverted and lo-fi, an amalgamation of tangible styles, pedal-work and mangled, modern conversions that combine the audible landscapes into one bigger image. Each song has been constructed from live workings and sketches of sound and field recordings, stitched together with fine acoustic thread and broken down into less accessible fragments to be built up again into mutual timings and compositions.

Hessien appeared on Fluid Radio (19 March) for a live mix installment, to listen to the mix visit Fluid Radio on Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/FluidRadio/hessien-descending-out-of-the-grey/

Hessien also have a digital single via the French label Beko, which has received 'song of the day' in France's cool, Indie Pop website 'MagicRPM' www.magicrpm.com/son-du-jour

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The Inventors Of Aircraft - Lull


Text taken from audiogourmet

The Inventors of Aircraft is a London based music project helmed by Phil Tomsett and here with 'Lull' we are proud to present three tracks of fine ambient music, themed around the sea.

With 2008 debut 'Unknown Language' out on the old Serein netlabel and then last year's follow up 'As It Is' on Resting Bell, the Inventors Of Aircfraft project is slowly gathering momentum. It is inching along further still with the inclusion of the three-track EP 'Lull', here on Audio Gourmet.

'Lull' was recorded during what turned out to be some fairly intense sessions in Phil's studio between December 2010 and January 2011. Through these sessions, around 15 pieces of music were collated at various states of completion and it then became an issue as to which he would choose to fit the bill for a fifteen minute Audio Gourmet EP.
Throughout the recording process, Phil became unintentionally aware of some kind of sea voyage theme, with flickering imagery of giant ships hauling themselves away from the quayside and powering through the water running through his imagination.
When the sessions were complete and the time came to chose the final three tracks for the EP, the sea voyage theme had remained. This prompted the overiding nautical theme to be written into the track titles and the cover artwork too.

Phil would like to extend his gratitude to Ian Hawgood who showed amazing speed and dexterity with the mastering on 'Lull'.
As with the Resting Bell album 'As It Is', Ian's mastering job really brings the EP alive...

released 10 February 2011
Mastered by Ian Hawgood (www.homenormal.com)
Cover Artwork by Phil Tomsett




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Thursday, February 10, 2011

djozr - Sad Songs

Text taken from Petcord

The dynamics of constantly shifting sound fragments. Pulsating repetition as a means of diving into the essence of an idea. On Sad Songs, hist first album for the Petcord netlabel, Glenn Bryce incorporates Microsound aesthetics, Minimalist music, reverberating drones and cut off clicks in his musical approach. Development takes place as addition and subtraction of acoustic, layers rather than through variations of a musical theme. One might suspect an approach like Djozr's may result in something unlistenable, however Sad Songs appears warm and harmonic with a melancholic touch, much like the dampened light of a drizzly summer day.



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djozr - Stasis


Text taken from high linear music

Stasis is an album compose during october, november 2009 by the guitarist and sound artist Glenn Alan Brice as "djozr" from Florida.The sound on stasis is defenitevly cycling, with a meaning for inertie of time, light and spaces.The sound cleverly shape, fairly depht and blur use tone from electric guitar, micro sample and an amount of audio filters.
The process of djozr, more than create drones and stromb of sound, do play with frequencies level to make each track convulsive, mecanic and alife.

Don't mind the beat per minute here every second is the resolve of sound, just let it go into the progressive, thick and awsome loops of Stasis.

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Relmic Statute - Abscon (5.L) ditus ianua


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"abscon (5.L)ditus ianua" by Relmic Statute easily flows through whole sonic worlds and musical genres. One can't help but feeling that this album takes a tour through the personal world of its creator and through the vast places that modern electronica has made possible through technological wizardry. This album is the perfect fusion of its elements.

Filled with field recordings and manipulations, the experiencer is quickly driven through an evolving environment that at once embraces noise and ambience, music concrete coupled with a deep sense of folky romanticism. This work will surprise you, it will challenge you, but it will not leave your deepest desires for music unsettled.

This is the music of someone who embraces what is and what will be.

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Tanner Menard - You Had Not Changed But Your Cameras Were No Longer Identical


Text taken from high linear music

'you had not changed but your cameras were no longer identical' is my first foray into the world of noise in many years.
By combining the pianos that have become customary in my work with spectral processing and soft, controlled noise, this new EP signals both a change in direction as well as the summation of several years of artistic exploration.
Employing a set of tunings created by Nicholas Gish and beautifully mastered by Ian Hawgood, 'cameras' uses the string resonance of an imaginary thirty foot long piano to drive a series of processes that propel the listener through a world of glacially evolving static sonorities and symphonic climaxes that border on the ecstatic.
The title, based on a dream in which i encounter a friend whom i have never met, is in itself a poetic expression that emphasizes the bleak beauty of my inner landscapes. In the dream, i am riding on my childhood school bus; my friend is in the school yard taking photos and i notice that there is not one but two of him. As i look closer, i can not tell which is which, but his cameras are no longer identical. if music can express anything, this is my attempt to forge a virtuoso exploration of raw symphonic emotion and uncompromisingly poetic romanticism.
Special thanks to Alexis Béchu for encouraging me to compose this work and to Johnny Utterback for his stunning artwork.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Adam Czarnecki - Ambient 2




Lattice - NORTH RD


Text taken from latticemusic

New York ambient drone artist Lattice was formed in the late Winter of 2009.

The music of Lattice is characterized by the combination of drone and the breaking down of traditional musical devices. The music is melodic, yet abstract and generative.

Influences include Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Stars of The Lid, William Basinski, Windy and Carl, Eluvium and Belong as well as last.fm community artists such as Susperia-Electrica (susperia-electrica.bandcamp.com), Distant Fires Burning, Frags and Le Berger (leberger.bandcamp.com).