Alex Mason & The Minor Emotion – Soul Breaker

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Alex Mason & The Minor Emotion

“Soul Breaker”

Contemporary classical music album by Russian projects Alex Mason and The Minor Emotion in collaboration. Music that can stop the heart. Music that evokes the most painful memories, the nostalgia of unimaginable power in that place, at that time, over that man. Music that will stir up something in the depths of the soul, in its very darkness, something that can not even be imagined.
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Mute Speaker – Buster Friendly

Mute Speaker

“Buster Friendly “

released August 25, 2017

Produced & mixed by Mute Speaker

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Basic Elements – Drum And Bones

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Basic Elements

“Drum And Bones”

Basic Elements is back on CerebralAudio with Drum and Bones. The first drum and bass style electronica release on CerebralAudio. It seems that Basic Elements is set on making as many firsts on CererbralAudio as he can, and we approve!

With this release he set out to produce an old school DnB release, harking back to the roots of Jungle music and the influences of producers like LTJ Bukem, Nightmares On Wax and The Prodigy. Breakbeats and Amen break inspired rhythms are the core of this release.

But it is much more. It is a listening experience: you will listen to from start to finish, and add to your playlist. There is not a weak track on this release. Bit this is the way Pim van Dorst works as Basic Elements, if he isn’t satisfied that his music can be listened to from start to finish, he won’t release it. He is a perfectionist, and it shows in his music.

This is a recommended headphone listening release for all lover of DnB and Jungle music styles!

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Mr. & Oso – Se dice Misterioso [pn123]

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Mr. & Oso

“Se dice Misterioso [pn123]”

“As every Tuesday night falls in the city of Viña del Mar; Moraga, Arellano and Castro meet to play and record what happens. Based on a spirit of camaraderie, they turn on their synthesizers, drum machines, effects and computers and once again begin their exercises in creating amusing and amiable improvisations. From these extensive sessions, recorded according to the dogma of the trio -directly to a stereo track-, they extract the passages that constitute each one of the six tracks that compose ‘Se dice Misterioso‘ (Its called mysterious).

Published by the indispensable Pueblo Nuevo, this is the third work of Mr. & Oso, an ensemble in electronic format that with its creative exercises transports us to the most inspiring grounds of Intelligent techno and the Ambient of the 90s, where electronica was – and here still is – a space of personal discovery, and at the same time a point of spiritual communion.

Either accompanying the beginning or end of the day; as much in solitude as among friends; wandering along the coast or without getting up from our chair, Se dice misterioso may be enjoyed equally, becoming an excellent soundtrack for a journey in which physical displacement is not necessary, since it is concentrated enough on the present to take us as far as we please.

With smiles of complicity and satisfaction, Mr. & Osos end the session tonight. It will not be until next week when they meet again and return to their instruments to exchange musings in a musical key.”

Juan Cristobal Saavedra
(Barcelona, España / Spain. Agosto / August, 2017)

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getdizzzy – WAVELAND

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getdizzzy

“WAVELAND”

getdizzzy is a composer, DJ and game designer living in Chicago. drawing from from ambient, hip-hop, techno, experimental sound collage and noise, getdizzzy’s music is rewardingly idiosyncratic, unfamiliar, colorful and accessible.

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KIN/LUCK – Antithesis

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KIN/LUCK

“Antithesis”

Today I’m happy to present to you, KIN/LUCK, another incredible project that finds BADLUCK partnering with a great new addition to blocSonic… Kin. Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, Kin delivers his own brand of lyrical dexterity. Together he and Luck deliver a stupendous new album, giving fans new and old that classic hip-hop… an embarassing backslap to the mainstream, no doubt.

“Antithesis” is BADLUCK’s 3rd project in as many months that finds him partnering with talents of such a high caliber and delivering hip-hop of such excellence, it’s simply mind-blowing. I hope it’s the first of many projects by KIN/LUCK.

Luck, you’re a hip-hop god in the making… you already know I’m a fan. Kin… incredible work… welcome to the blocSonic fam. I can’t wait to further introduce bloc’s listeners to your talent. Thanks also goes out to all producers and featured artists… you all shined immensely.

Of course, thanks once again to you for downloading & listening. We always strive to deliver the music you’ll love. Please spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!

Discover more great music at blocSonic!

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Daniel Robert Lahey – Epiphany Counterfeit

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Daniel Robert Lahey

“Epiphany Counterfeit”

Daniel Robert Lahey returns to CerebralAudio with a suite of four works on Epiphany Counterfeit.

This release starts with the serene, floating Given Time.  This work is brooding at times, filled with internal tensions and conflict.  It has the feeling of the internal struggle that we go through with our own mortality, that relationship with time that we cannot escape and yet we have a feeling of want or need to understand, a desire to bargain with it to understand our lives and our desires better.

Daniel has a penchant for offering pieces with titles that are puns, and Present Tents is no exception.  At first it seems to be an odd title, is it a play on the military phrase “present arms”? or maybe it’s a reference to camping equipment. And, then there is the play on the phrase “present tense”, in which case it could be a reference to current tension, or a reference to grammar.  Based on the context of the work, I would think that it is a play on the grammatical construction, but then again, maybe Daniel has a fondness for camping gear that he hasn’t told me about.

The third track is the main focus of this release.  It’s a reminder that sometimes things we think, or things that we are lead to believe can be false.  On one level it’s an interesting struggle that artists go through actually working to build knowledge, and to find a perspective on that knowledge to be able to communicate it in another form.  It’s almost a disaster to realize that the knowledge that has been built is not accurate, it’s false, and potentially destroys the work(s) one has built around them.

The final piece of this release is a another playful title from Daniel, Quatre Morceaux, can be a reference to this release (which contains four pieces), or it could be a reference to the work itself being comprised of four pieces.  Either way it’s a very fitting way to close out Epiphany Counterfeit.

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Gilman Mom – Manifest Destiny

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Gilman Mom

“Manifest Destiny”

Macaque Records presents its first release, Gilman Mom’s dark walk in the night that is “Manifest Destiny”.
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Mute Speaker – Ghost Machine

Mute Speaker

“Ghost Machine “

An experimental album of beats & soundscapes, built, broken & recycled from warped tape loops, field recordings, distorted space echo, analogue psychedelia & dusty vinyl.

nwonknυ – Castaway

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nwonknυ

“Castaway”

This is what surrounds you and what you cannot escape from. Broken feelings and abandoned inner worlds. Dead hopes and forgotten desires. This is what you get when you are frank and open to the world. Despair, aggression and numbness mixed together here in three tracks.
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Zifhang – Two Worlds

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Zifhang

“Two Worlds”

Tracks list:

Celesta
Magnetic Fields
Old Regular Stuff
Syntax Error Nostalgia 16
First Contact
Near And Within
Detuned Symphony
Sleeping Funk
From Far And Beyond
2 Days
I Was Once
Blurred And Forgot

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MEDL4 – Anima Mundi

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MEDL4

“Anima Mundi”

Tracks list:

Time Stamp
Sunwalker
Matters Of
Waves
Sticks & Stones
Old Waters
Human Condition
Starborn
SHE
Anima Mundi
Leaper

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Roedor – Simbiosis

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Roedor

“Simbiosis”

Monofónicos presenta el regreso de Roedor con su nuevo álbum Simbiosis.

Tras su segundo trabajo “Onirismo” publicado en 2013, no había vuelto a salir de la madriguera el Roedor. Al parecer había estado combinando nuevos sonidos todo este tiempo, hoy condensados en un álbum que aunque mantiene ciertas reminiscencias a objetos encontrados y la grabación de campo, viaja en sintes y ritmos que abren nuevos panoramas en su sonido.

“Simbiosis es música hecha con todo lo que aparezca. Es encuentro, diálogo, intercambio, mezcla. De sonidos, de sueños, de vidas, de objetos; de máquinas, paisajes, noches, silencios, recuerdos, sonrisas; datos, formas, colores, amor.”

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Grid Resistor – Beta

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Grid Resistor

“Beta”

Beta is the second of a series of releases by Grid Resistor, the new project of Thomas Park (also known as Mystified or Mister Vapor). Grid Resistor focuses on using field recordings of machines, weaving post-industrial ambient sounds. Best consumed with headphones. Photo by Jimmy Gunawan.
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Amorgos Soundscape – Nikos Theologitis / Stamatis Theologitis / Giannis Theologitis / Antoni Robert

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Nikos Theologitis / Stamatis Theologitis / Giannis Theologitis / Antoni Robert

“Amorgos Soundscape”

The notion of folk culture has definitely been transformed through the course of the centuries. More particularly, tradition and its authenticity and spontaneity in the context of orality seem somehow to have been mutilated and reconstructed, as soon as globalization and multiculturalism became one of the dominant discourses during the 21st century. Folk songs haven’t been an exclusion in this particular case, as revivalism and folklorism have emerged as a devastating force in the production of folk music. In “Amorgos Soundscape” by Antoni Robert, a paradox occurs: One could say that these folk songs are seen through the eyes of a foreign visitor and the recording could be seen as an exotic sound diary of a trip on a Greek Island. On the other hand, Antoni Robert’s recordings of the Theologitis’ family of musicians reveal an impressive approach on the concept of orality and its proud survival in the Greek folk culture.

Antoni Robert talks about Amorgos Soundscape:

“This is my fourth soundscape, but it is of a totally different nature with respect to the previous ones. Initially, I just wanted to proceed in a similar way that I did for the St Petersburg one, but once on the island, I realized that this idea was not adequate. St Petersbourg is a noisy place, while Amorgos it is not. Generally speaking, the island soundtrack is the wind and the sea. And at once the title “Wind on Water” came to my mind, but unfortunately, that title was already used by Fripp & Eno. But it was adequate indeed. I had the chance to listen to some goats also; the island is the hometown for a huge quantity of goats. So I was wondering about those simple things when it happened. It was dinner time, and we went to the small town of Tholaria looking for a taverna, and we found the Panorama Tavern. We started dining and at a given moment the musicians appeared and started to play great music from the islands. I recorded two complete sets, in two unforgettable nights. More than four hours of live performance. And I was said they do it every night. Once at home, while listening to that music I understood that it would have been inadequate to edit bits of it in order to build something more personal. The main feeling was a deep respect for the work of those musicians, and so the best thing to do was to choose two or three songs and use them as they were performed, in spite of the recording problems and the noise of the taverna clients. The only things I’ve added are the intro and the links between songs because wind and sea had to be there anyway. The results are a real soundscape of a dinner at Panorama Tavern, with the music played by three real artists. Stamatis Theologitis plays the violin and sings, Giannis Theologitis plays Laouto and sings, and the great Nikos Theologitis, 90 years old at the moment of the recording, and the owner of the tavern sings, claps hands, dances and explains jokes whenever he wants. I don’t know if I will reach that age. Probably not. But if I ever I’m 90 years old I want to be like Nikos. A happy man full of energy and passion. So this soundscape is a respectful tribute to The Theologitis Trio. It is their record. The rock band is The Cave Children, from Athens, included because our stay there coincided with a 4 days rock festival, and it was a part of the soundtrack too.”
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released July 30, 2017

Recorded in July 2016
Processed in September 2016

Nikos Theologitis: voice and clapping hands
Stamatis Theologitis: violin and voice
Giannis Theologitis: laouto and voice
Antoni Robert: production, field recordings, and effects

Photography: Antoni Robert
Artwork: BroodingSideOfMadness

ET116 An Etched Traumas release July 2017

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MRTN CSTR – Arquitectura espectral

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MRTN CSTR

“Arquitectura espectral”

MRTN CSTR – Arquitectura espectral

‘Arquitectura espectral’ is the second work by sound artist MRTN CSTR (Martín Castro) from Córdoba, Argentina for netlabel ‘Modismo’. In this EP made up of three tracks we are able to appreciate and enjoy once again digital atmospheres which are characteristic in his musical duty: gliding melodies, delicate rhythms, fine atmospheres, counterpoints. Martín builds his songs from technology, he experiments with creation of waveworms, sound synthesis, complex structures created with specialized sequencers and instruments for the software Reaktor. However, the results are far from being robotics or dehumanized because the structures (the ‘buildings’ of this architecture) become cozy, puzzling at the same time and profound, inviting us to inhabit them. Moving musical ideas based on algorithm and mathematical formulae from theory to practice tends to be a challenge that is rarely well resolved, as elevating a structure from paper to physical reality, and by ‘well resolved’ I mean experimenting the beauty of a good listening at last, the pleasure of self-abandonment to contemplation beyond the techniques or technologies utilized for its construction, which it is fully accomplished in ‘Arquitectura espectral’. As a good sculptor, Castro reveals the shape of his compositions from the development of sound layers that are added, subtracted, that interact and move around space, generating tensions and distensions, creating sounds-cells and sonic-organisms pieces that evolve in their route. This is the difference between the robot and its perfect and synchronized movements, versus the organic bodies-muscles with their subtle differences and their impossibility of doing exactly the same, the same way, all the time, where one could be more efficient than the other, but never more interesting to contemplate or, in this case, to listen.
Mika Martini, electronic musician. Santiago, July 2017

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Luka Prinčič – Albatross EP

Luka Prinčič

“Albatross EP “

At the heart of it all lies a choreography of sounds – noises and tones and everything in-between. Of course there’s always the body. And its movement. Mental images flashing somewhere in the brain, a foot tapping, that feeling in the stomach and somewhere down the lungs when you’re hit with an emotional resonance. The whole brain is lighting up. And we never know it. Perhaps you are standing up already and you move to the beat. Lightly. The hips or knees jerking. Or you are a two-year old that is all open before your brain connections are pruned already and you start restricting your immediate impulses. Or you are just curled on the bed with headphones on with a torrent within.

I cannot hide the desire that this music would perhaps be heard beyond from what it was made for at first. That it should be thought without the missing component which it was made to harmonize with, to be a support to. It’s a standalone. Or so I wish. It irrevocably connects to its past, to its sources. Many threads have been drawn from many spindles to knit it. Some were planned, some not. Some were conscious, some not. And then there’s also an atmosphere. A socio-sonic environment. It’s where the listener comes in with all her baggage. And joining happens – through very particular nodes: those who moved to it, those who pressed buttons so it became a recording, those who thought about it and searched for moves, those who organized the sounds, bodies, reflections, feed-backs, and experiences. And then, reaching the ears and auditory cortex the music reorganizes itself again. Thus, it has an irrevocable future, and more resonance.

Albatrosses: it’s how they looked like, how they moved. It’s how they were called, how they named themselves and carried that name proudly.

I’m grateful to: Maja, Urška, 4H of 2016/17 SVŠGL class, Igor, Tina, Matjaž, my Patreon patrons, Emanat, SVŠGL, Iljus Wifmo, The Internet, Little Simz, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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released July 31, 2017

written and produced by Luka Prinčič
piano and theme by Matjaž Predanič (1,2 and 7)
mastering by Igor Vuk
illustration by Emma Lazauski
design by Tina Ivezić

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Clap! Clap! – DIG! DELVE! DAMN! (Dutch Archive Edition)

Clap! Clap!

“DIG! DELVE! DAMN! (Dutch Archive Edition)”

“To have the honour of digging through the Dutch audio archives was like a dream come true! I was very excited to delve in and explore the vast differences between those countries. It was also an important responsibility to approach the project with respect for the sources of recordings, as many were from the ex-Colonies of the Netherlands.” -Clap! Clap!

Unlocking Sounds revives Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum audio collection which features thousands of original field recordings from around the globe dating back to the 1920s. This collection was started by Dutch conservationist J.C. Lamster and Jaap Kunst, who would eventually coin the term ‘ethnomusicology’.

To connect with the source material and explore the multitude of intricacies that accompany topics like ethnomusicology, anthropology and cultural appropriation, all the artists visited the Netherlands where they conferred with leading researchers from the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Leiden University, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies.

Much like the sampled source material, each artist translates the world sounds through their individual styles. Clap! Clap! – DIG! DELVE! DAMN! (Dutch Archive Edition) strips down his bombastic, multilayered take on global rhythms, jazz, and footwork, letting the samples take center stage. Drawing on the archive’s recordings from Afghanistan, Suriname, Zambia, Bali, Libya, India, Uzbekistan & Morocco, accompanying and accentuating them with his singular voice.
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released July 28, 2017

Sampled sounds provided by the Tropenmuseum

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Jan Strach – Bjurwa Fantomatyczna

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Jan Strach

“Bjurwa Fantomatyczna”

“Absolutely uncategorizable combination of rock, casio-electronics, lo-fi, majestic pop, punk, post-punk, krautrock, full of colliding samples, guitars, keyboards, whiny effects, but also beautiful melodies and non-dumb lyrics. For lack of a better term called by me “psychedelic chaos-pop”. A work of constantly sleep-deprived madman, made with love and as carefully as the modest setup allowed, so as to depict, as closely as possible, the inside of his tired head.”
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Cairo Braga – Qualquer Arte Derivativa É Melhor Que Arte Nenhuma

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Cairo Braga

“Qualquer Arte Derivativa É Melhor Que Arte Nenhuma”

after her first attempt at an album-a-day in late 2016, Cairo Braga decided to revisit it and derive material from it, leading with an english version of the title track and following with a mashup and a bunch of instrumental mixes. what does it mean to derive art from crap art? let’s find out!

this release is part of Netlabel Day 2017, go to netlabelday.com to listen and download from more than 100 free digital music releases.

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