Anastasia Vronski is a versatile experimental musician from Perm, Russia. Since years she has been creating an impressive and quite diverse body of work. Many of her tracks can be classified as “drone “or “noise”, but they always have a specific, often intriguing qualities. Above all, she’s not an artist who will do the same twice, and maybe that’s why some of her pieces are sometimes published separately. Since we thought many of them deserved more exposure, we decided to make a selection of such works in a compilation album : Estrangements, published in two volumes. While first one consisted of 4 minimal conceptual pieces, second one is made of 10 shorter tracks focusing on mysterious ambiances and dense sound textures. One of them, “the pack” wasn’t published before and was made specially for this compilation. The selection of tracks was made by the artist and the label, trying to make the compilation as cohesive as possible. We hope it will make you curious to discover more works from her.
Duality Micro (aka eVade) is a producer from lower Saxony who’s been active since the mid 90s, releasing on a plethora of labels. He’s the inventor of a cable to sync up Game Boys with Korg drum machines.
Previously, he appeared on two 20kbps compilations but this ablum is his first release on our label under this moniker. All of the eight songs of the EP are solid, but one that imo stands out is Guten Abend Leute (Nixtauger Mix 2), an addictive minimal tech-house track, where you’ll automatically start to shake along.
“Divertimento al Amanecer”
José Vicente Asuar RemixesElectronic music by José Vicente Asuar has influenced several generations of composers, both within the realm of electroacoustic music and other genres using technology as a means, ranging from techno to hip-hop, the latter at least in Chile. This has been proven, especially in recent years, with the growing rediscovery of his figure and work and his definitive positioning in the musical spectrum via academic writings and , especially, his complete electroacoustic oeuvre release (“Obra Electroacústica” / pncd08 / Pueblo Nuevo 2011) and Variaciones Espectrales documentary, by Carlos Lértora (2013).Therefore, and after several tributes due to Asuar’s death in January 2017, we wanted to carry out a new tribute, this time inviting the entire community to revisit the electronic body of work of the Chilean pioneer.
We have got together two perspectives, two schools: the electroacoustic one, which creates new pieces up from short sounds or sections from pieces by the honouree; the other one, in the vein of remix and sampling, also creates from the same sources, generating new works or tracks located in techno, ambient, hip-hop, and other related aesthetics.
In this deconstructive exercise, which we have called Divertimento al Amanecer, the pieces to work with were, precisely, Divertimento (1967) and Amanecer (1977).
The restriction was the use of one piece as an only source for a version, remix, etc., not merging both pieces into a single new one. Each author had to choose one or another work to participate, since the result of this call would be organized into a two-part compilation (sides A and B, corresponding to one of the two pieces each), participants were required to concentrate their efforts into on of the options.
About Asuar original works:
Divertimento “is a piece with great dynamism and speed, full of very elaborated articulations which are constructing the musical discourse with its structural and spectro-morphological richness, that due to its great fluidity, organic liveliness and contrasts that could be said to have a certain baroque character. Something amazing at the same time are rough textures got by modulations and high-speed iterations, that somehow anticipate the birth of granular synthesis and could be related with some moments of works by later authors like Curtis Roads. This work would get the first prize of the Dartmouth Electronic Music International contest, USA, 1970” (Albornoz 2017).
On the other hand, Amanecer is a piece labeled by Asuar as impressionistic, “in the sense of trying to describe, by musical means, the sensations or impressions that the author has about some natural event. In this case it is about sleeping nature that little by little it begins to revive until arriving at a final dance full of life and energy” (Asuar 1989). From a certain point of view, we could say that it is a contemplative work, close to ambient.
Call for works was so successful we were forced to go through a long, steady listening task in order to get the final pace for this release; thus, it presents a wide collection of works inspired by, quoting and appropriating the sound materials straightforwardly, nourished by the expresive and adventurous spirit of José Vicente Asuar. We hope they interest, inspire, and and become sources of enjoyment for all.
(Valle Hermoso, La Ligua, Chile, Marzo / March 2019)
(*) Albornoz, A. (2017) “Asuar: diez obras electroacústicas. Una breve reseña” (Unpublished).
(**) Asuar, J. (1989) “Música Electroacústica, José Vicente Asuar, Compositor Chileno” [Cassette] Santiago de Chile: Santiago Vera Producciones.
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Spirit Redux is a set of previously unreleased tracks, 1 and 2 were outakes from Spirit Replica, 3 from Hypnos.
Recorded between 2014-2017.
Track 1 recorded at Bedford Hollow.
Track 2 and 3 recorded at Seamonster Sound by Mike Baker.
Linden Pomeroy is a musician and sound artist based in Worthing, West Sussex UK, applying field recordings, tapes, voice and treated guitars into compositions from expansive drones, to delicate ambient ballads.
Released by Pilot Eleven Netlabel (PE19) on 23 March 2019 under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license CC BY-SA 4.0.
A big welcome to KUNI from Australia! KUNI explores both digital and natural sound, weaving through various musical genres. A hybrid creature with bass-driven grooves, tribal rhythms, evolving soundscapes, and hypnotic, pulsating beats. His debut EP “Silhouettes” is a musical gem with four dance floor tracks, each track with its own character and story. It also sheds some light on KUNI’s upcoming cross-over album “Coalesce” here on Digital Diamonds!
On Wooden Mirrors: Daniel Barbiero, double bass (left channel); Cristiano Bocci, double bass (right channel)
On From a Concourse: Daniel Barbiero, double bass; Cristiano Bocci, live electronicsRecorded live in the studio August 2017 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.
Cristiano Bocci: Engineering & mixing.
Photographs by Cristiano Bocci
Following his Automatic Writing single, issued on the Autumn Equinox in late 2018, Brother Blue opens 2019 with Shoreline Drive, a 5-track EP of dub techno cuts and RP’s first release of the new year. It is also fitting that it should come out today, during the Super Blood Wolf Moon, a rare celestial event that echoes some of the themes on these tracks.
Musically, Shoreline Drive brings more excellent electronics on the deeper side of the spectrum to play with the rest of the Bedroom Compost catalog. Tim’s work is never less than superb and intimately engaging, and these five tracks are equal parts rugged techno rhythms, sultry dub chords and textured atmospheres that displace the listener. Shoreline Drive recalls not only Detroit classics like Echospace and Deepchord, but also many other deep moments in the Recycled Plastics library, from Ohrwert, Mon0, Axs, Zzzzra, Coppice Halifax and Textural Being, among others…In short, we are beyond happy to have Tim once again here with us, and Shoreline Drive feels both new and home-worn familiar, in all the best ways.
NOTE: The physical edition of Shoreline Drive also contains two additional tracks: “Automatic Writing (Version)” from BC72 and a 2018 remaster of “Summoning UFOs”, which previously only appeared on a compilation at the luxurious Silent Season label. With these two extras, Shoreline Drive becomes a 67-minute long dub trip, not to be missed!
released January 21, 2019
In the mood … for evolution.
Walls of machine tones.
Soon to be upgraded. Again.The music by illocanblo can be perceived as rather contemporary art instead of classic electronic or IDM.
His production process consists certain artistic techniques. The machines are fed with his mood and
partially put in generative mode and automated. So illocanblo is like a duo of a human and a machine.
Sticky and cold silicone sealants, spades and screwdrivers allow you to forget the crippling life threatening drama of Strict, Event and Resistance. Another pile-up of sand which was forcefully shaped into something comprehensible and mostly even danceable. Disclaimer – the danceable part is evaluated by the rhythmical insanity of the brain in control of the sequencer. Apply incorrectly and it’ll break your spine.
The wonderful comeback of Gabriele Ragonesi for Florence, one of the most interesting musician out there. His first opus with In Your Ears , was one of the most downloaded in our history.
This work is amazing, plenty of music form prog to rock, from post rock to jazz. Gabriele plays every instruments, is the producer and the recorder, and plays a gentle and affascinating music.Dark Passenger is the perfect journey, take the ride.
The artwork is, like the first work, of the talented William Santiago from his serie “ Zabele “. All is well with Gabriele.
A special thanks to Gabriele Ragonesi, one of the people that is why we are on this.
z(xW+yW) is a solo project of Kecap Tuyul started spring 2018 while experimenting different ways to generate low volume feedback with small gear : for instance with one contact microphone and one 1W battery-powered amplifier. It was initially thought as lo-fi version of the “Failure Circle” project work with chaotic feedback system of the no-input mixer in a more portable way, but finally took a quite different direction, with a more tactile & acoustic dimension.
3×2(1W+18V) is the first published album of this project. It was recorded in june 2018 with lo-fi means (cell phone and a cheap digital recorder). Each track is a mix of two improvisations played with the most primitive form of z(xW+yV) : one contact microphone, one 1W battery-powered amplifier and two guitar effects (overdrive and equalization).
“Go Ask Alice – Ten little dreams (and one bonus nightmare)”
Humankind has always looked to the stars as its own destiny. For this reason, indefatigable and willful, it has always climbed the highest peaks to get as close as possible. It knows that this is impossible, but it has the courage to try the same. This is written in the sign: the capricorn.
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