“And if I failed to mention this detail in its proper place, it is because you cannot mention everything in its proper place, you must choose, between the things not worth mentioning and those even less so. For if you set out to mention everything you would never be done, and that’s what counts, to be done, to have done.” SB
“I have nothing to say and I am saying it.” JC
Composed by Suspektema
Produced by rr.gross
“Travel” – A Collection of Sounds, Signals, Hums, and Noises
Only one permanent member (Achmad Luthfi), Ölü Körpē – “dead baby” in Azerbaijan – creates and carries instrumental/ambient/noise. The material ideas are based on readings and spectacles that are resistant to confusion, discomfort and jumble because that is what happens when a person is confronted with a strange situation; a dead baby.
A warm cold amniotic and cathartic liquid, find yourself on the edge of a wood, feel the leaves play for us. Ambient, neo classical, are just two of the adjectives we could give for this music by the composer Fabio Keiner, a master in creating atmospheres carved in Carrara marble or in the water of a lake at the passage of a swan. Fabio is Austrian and visiting his bandcamp https://fabiokeiner.bandcamp.com, you will discover a fantastic world of a true sonorous and visionary magician that will take you very far. We are honored to be able to publish a record of a musician of such stature, able to capture the heart as few, but above all to make the mind fly for a high-level ambient.
Un caldo freddo liquido solido amniotico e catartico, ritrovarsi sul limitare di un bosco, sentire le foglie suonare per noi. Ambient, neo classica, sono solo due degli aggettivi che potremmo dare per questa musica del compositore Fabio Keiner, un maestro nel creare atmosfere scolpite nel marmo di Carrara o nell’acqua di un lago al passaggio di un cigno. Fabio è austriaco e visitando il suo bandcamp https://fabiokeiner.bandcamp.com , scoprirete un mondo fantastico di un vero mago sonoro e visionario che vi porterà lontanissimo. Siamo onorati di poter pubblicare un disco di un musicista di tale levatura, capace di catturare il cuore come pochi, ma soprattutto di far volare le mente per un ambient di altissimo livello.
Tired of always being doing something. Always always always. Tapping, clicking, meeting, partying, exercising, networking. Working hard, playing hard, living hard.
Keep it up like that and listen Single-O by Walt Thisney.
“The Echo of Invisible Trees” is an extended noise composition
with slightly varying tones, the concept of the work is to create
an enveloping and dark atmosphere, which provokes a
certain tension and absorption in the receiver.
Maxim Kornyshev is looking for relevant musical solutions, combining elements of new age, free improvisation, chillout, instrumental music and electronic styles. The musician grows and develops his musical taste, creating tracks with a harmonious and light sound. Just relax by listening to “Mellifluous”, let the feelings be what they are …
This years VA Christmas release has a space theme. Taking you from here to far away Proxima B, being space themed we have some epic ambient passages (drifting through space) mixed in with some IDM beats and melodical work (as if a transmission from earth fades in, and you’re able to break the silence and tranquility).
As usual a showcase of unreleased artists, the best submissions of the year. A particular favourite track is by Rephazer, which is a remix of Honeyboy Edwards ‘Catfish Blues’. This is featured with special permission of Document Records, and I think it’s fantastic and fits the theme of the whole VA perfectly.
Enjoy this amazing compilation and see you in 2018!
As Thuoom closes his second grand cycle in order to begin a studio hiatus, there are two compilation albums released simultaneously.
“reCycle 2 is a compilation album that draws together a bunch of unreleased tunes that I composed during my second grand cycle (2013-2017). These 13 tracks didn’t fit on any album I released during this period but deserve to be out there nevertheless, showcasing different sides of my style of electroacoustic music.”
“Birthmarks” by Slit In Slot is an emotional, harsh and considered work. A precise, even meticulous amalgam of field recordings, ambient and noise music, the release combines as much as it dissects all of its core components. The resulting music is sometimes drifting, sometimes scorching but always remaining humane. Beneath “Birthmarks” lies a strong and personal concept, a complex understanding of sound and an obsessive desire to transform the sonic ruins of our shared reality into new worlds.
released November 28, 2017
via Amek and Mahorka
digital release + limited edition (50 pcs) cassette
Music by Yavor Grancharov
Artwork photography by Dilyana Dimova
Live Enhanced (#06/2017.5.18/ae7) features the full live show Thuoom played at Ambient Evening 7 in Parainen, Finland on May 18th, 2017. As usual for these evenings, Thuoom performed simultaneously with other artists but for this record, there’s no trace of other artists’ sounds. The sounds on this release have been processed to get a richer overall sound but the underlying performance has been left untouched.
Alongside the mp3s, there is a limited edition of physical CDR’s that will only be available at live shows.
Instrument used on this record: electroacoustic guitar.
live @ re:flexions – silent series ° Ganze Bäckerei, Augsburg, 07.10.17
recording, mastering, photography and design by EMERGE
Mental Escape Pod
alias: Dabit Vocem Austria; Oni_pelted_by_beans; Das Rheintaler Nachtwerk; Felix Montfort;
Born in 1977 in the far west of Austria, life for a hungry littlev electronica nerd was hard. My electronic music life started at the day I saw Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy” at MTV. In the next 2 years i collected what I got and also found some really relaxing works from him and other artists. With the purchase of Aphex’ “Selected Ambient Works 2” I jumped into soundscapes and Ambient sounds. In 1998 I started making own noises with a tracker and some free ware sounds. Then some personal problems kicked in 2002 and I did nothing until the winter of 2009/2010. In December 2010 Dabit Vocem Austria was born and 1 year later Mental Escape
Pod followed. And it never stopped until today.
“We are musicians who live and create at the edge of the world, who over two decades have worked to represent through sound and image various aspects of our habitat. ‘Ciencia Sur‘ (Southern Science) continues this trajectory, addressing the subject of field research. This work was conceived as a musical and audiovisual journey through the imposing landscapes of Patagonia and Antarctica, where science is developed in extreme conditions, as it seeks to answer transcendental questions about the past, present and future of the planet we inhabit.
The composition and recording of these works developed between July and September, combining the use of synthesizers with the use of unusual resources, such as the recording of sounds and electromagnetic emissions emitted by laboratory instruments and the conversion into sound of fossil images and diagrams concerning Climate Change through special software. We launched it in the framework of the opening of the IX Latin American Congress of Antarctic Science, an event that in early October 2017 brought together more than 300 researchers in the city of Punta Arenas (Chile).
The presentation of these works is accompanied by images provided by the Department of Communications and Education of the Chilean Antarctic Institute, which shows excavations in Cerro Guido (Torres del Paine commune), marine studies in the Magallanes channels, and images of the last two versions of the Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ECA), the latter including recordings made with drones on Chilean scientific bases in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands.
For us, it is very important to link art with the science that is being realized in the territory that we inhabit, because we believe that being of the Magallanes concerns not only knowing about our regional past, but also in imagining a future based on the search for knowledge. This work is dedicated to the women and men who study both the remote past and the uncertain future, entering the southern bastions. There, between the wind and the ice, they are discovering the keys to our destiny.”
(Punta Arenas, Magallanes, Chile. Octubre / October 2017)
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”
A Quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest inspired me to see how relevant the story is against todays lives and politics? Little has changed, people are still seeking revenge or power, but hopefully like in the story love for each other will eventually win the day. A dream perhaps but a nice one to think that eventually we will put our differences behind us and start to trust and teach other.
This is music for sound explorers who want to explore the canyons of sound but keep near the touchstone of melody. David Alan Krebs’ “Tides” discovers gently evolving drone sounds and, in particular, the textures within sound variations. Each track feels like a visit to a garden of diverse Baja California—each piece is distinct, solitary, spiky in its own way, and pleasantly alien. The pieces range from less than a minute to a few minutes each. The listener is pulled into a single musical in each track, which is investigated thoroughly and dispassionately. Listening is a pleasure rather than a laboratory explosion. Every piece presents the listener with its own bit of sonic intrigue. This is music that is clinical in its experiments while retaining its humanity. The artist eschews beats, time-signature-melodies, and pat ambient themes. Instead, pieces like “Draping Slowly” and “Crevices” contain music which neither panders to nor pulverizes the listener. No two pieces are faintly alike, but all the pieces fit well together. In “Cloud Base (Stage Two)” the drone hovers in that angelic space between the familiar and the strange, where the insights feel within grasp but the conclusions are wordless. The dozen tracks which make up “Tides” are ideal listening for an Autumn day, or an autumnal mood. David Alan Krebs takes us on a journey, and we are delighted to hike along.
Daniel Robert Lahey wields the tools of a trained classical musician in pursuit of ambient music with direct and fresh (but never simple) melodic charms. Each of his pieces bears a symphonic influence, but each piece aims to provide the listener a listening experience of intriguing sound-on-sound. Rather than the sunny sleepwalk of new-age-style waves of saccharine melody, Lahey weaves complex themes throughout each composition.
This is not music for everyone—but it is music for anyone. In “No Cure”, Daniel Robert Lahey takes the listener in for a digital scan, and the diagnosis is positive for sound. This is sound to take the indolence of an idle hour and turn it into the therapy of intriguing sonic exploration.
Fernando Cerqueira aka Rasalasad started its activities in the late 80´s with the Atonal fanzine and the SPH label, where he released Jim O’Rourke, Merzbow, Smersh, Maeror Tri, Brume, The Haters, Telectu , etc.
Founder of Thisco records, which has released cds from Rasalasad, Merzbow, Kk Null, Rapoon, Lasse Marhaugh, Jarboe, Von Magnet, shhh … among many others.
Alongside Thisco he is editor of the occultural anthologies Antibothis which features texts and sound works from Hakim Bey, V. Vale, Carl Abrahamson, Andrew Mckenzie (Halfler Trio), Critical Art Ensemble, Pentti Linkola, Erik Davies, Robin Rimbaud, Francisco Lopez, etc.
He has several works released through on Symbiose, Thisco, SPH, Grado, Blocsonic, Illuminated Paths, La Nostalgie de la Boue.
His most recent releases includes collaborations with Matthew Waldron (irr.app (ext) / Nurse with Wound ), Merzbow, Emil Beaulieau, Jarboe (ex: Swans), Von Magnet, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Smell & Quim, Wildshores Antonym among others.
Fabio Keiner explores the landscape of the post-nuclear fallout of Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Black Rain.
In the days following the United States bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, the residents were left to deal with the fallout from the devices. Nuclear fallout is commonly known as Black Rain. Fabio Keiner has recorded a series of works that looks at the exposure to radioactive fallout in terms of ambiguous time perspective. The X on Black Rain could be interpreted as days, weeks or even months.
Fabio Keiner hails from Vienna, Austria. He creates musical pieces and photographs. His credits include his contribution to the soundtrack to the 2015 award winning short film “Reformation” by director Hoyon Jung.
Active in the netlabel scene for years, his soundscapes, melodies and drones criss-cross the borders among ambient, dark ambient, abstract experimental and melodic electronica. His work is atmospheric and imaginative, with a sound that seems narrative without quite telling specific stories in defined words. His releases have appeared on numerous labels, including Treetrunk Netlabel, Webbed Hand Netlabel, Petroglyph Music, and Cian Orbe netlabel.
The 13th release in the ‘Neoteric Directions in Contemporary Electronic Music’ series from Thomas nmi Poole.
Complicity with Anonymous Materials is a collection of ambient/drone meditations in the contemplative sense (not necessarily as an aid to relaxation), consisting of thought-pieces reflecting inner states of consciousness and responses to the social, political, and historical conditions and technospheric embeddedness.
Warahraan is an Ambient/Electronic/Experimental music project from Persia founded in the early 2008, inspired by the immensity and grandeur of the nature and cosmos. The music is trying to illustrate the creation through a different view. Warahraan is a journey through magical sovereignties and enigmatic kingdoms, a deep mystical discovery through terrestrial and extraterrestrial zones.
Warahraan means victory and conquest in the ancient Persian language. The other older forms of this word are Verethraghan and Verethragna. Warahraan is the Persian god of Fire, the most sacred of all fires that is a combination of 16 fires as it mentioned in the Avesta (Sacred Book of Zoroastrians) and other ancient Persian sacred texts. The word referring to the Mars (fourth planet from the sun) in astrology. The twentieth day of month is dedicated to him according to the Zoroastrian calendar.
Fallout of Nevada is a Russian Fallout 2 total conversion project. The development project started in 2009.
The developers sought to preserve the basic principles of the original, such as moral and ethical issues, post-nuclear wasteland gloomy atmosphere, black humor, and so on.
Soundtrack for Fallout of Nevada (in ambient and dark ambient styles) was written by composer Alexei Trofimov (aka Nobody’s Nail Machine). It is close to the design of the original series soundtrack by Mark Morgan (Fallout 1 & 2). These compositions have found great resonance among the fans of Fallout of Nevada and connoisseurs of the genre of ambient music.
Remastered version of original soundtrack.
Latest album by our staff member ps, mixing influences from drone, dark ambient, shoegaze, indie folk, psychedelic, noise, experimental, ethereal, celestial ambient, field recordings. A little bit of everything in an album about the hardships of finding your own way back home. Photo by Aleksi Stenberg.
Thomas Jackson Park (formerly known as Mystified) has undertaken a new approach to post-industrial age music with Grid Resistor. For this project he used contact microphones to make recordings of machines and appliances. These recordings were then processed digitally to find the hidden harmonics and rhythms. His latest release, Mu, focuses on finding the harmonies and rhythms in the noise produced by old shortwave radios.
Grid Resistor is Thomas Jackson Park’s first post-Mystified project. The Grid resister series is limited to twenty four releases, one for each letter of the Greek alphabet. (With a couple of side-project collaborations.) Mu is the final recording to be released in the series.
He who is in his late thirties, stares out into the open vast waters of northern lake Michigan. Blue sky above him reminds him of past wilderness adventures, hiking, camping, enjoying the company of no-one else but his solitude. As the ferry boat rocks ever so gently with each wave, his stare becomes hypnotic in the anticipation of traveling to a different world then he’s used to. From the cluttered exhausted saturated air of the motor city to the crisp clean everything of those islands in the middle of this lake. Traveling on a whim, spontaneous plans of going to meet and shake hands with his fears are all in the back of his mind. “You can plan for everything under the sun. But you’ll never plan for that banana peel you’ll slip on” he recalls from reading mystic literature. “I know I’ll make it” saying to himself in a reassuring vibe. Carefully planning every spot, step and strategy to get to a small island by kayak for months now. “Just remember the banana peel!”
Piano Moods is the first of a serie of releases in which Walt Thisney plays piano, in an impressionist vibe.
An upcoming release will be out on the North American Label Illuminated Paths.
File under Erik Satie, French Impressionists, Virginia Astley,Harold Budd, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
“My Own Cubic Stone” defines its music as “Dark Ambient”. To many that means that his music could appear in a horror film, but for this artist the meaning of “dark” goes much further: it is a state of mind. A level of consciousness suitable for both introspection and to explore emotions and feelings that we normally avoid. Like traveling somewhere under glass clouds.
Catalog Number: mn006
Artist: My Own Cubic Stone.
Title: Glass Birds
Many Cousin Silas works are built on the concepts found in science fiction and science. It is one of the most fertile grounds for exploration in an artistic context that is available.
Cold Star is a long-form recording that creates the ambiance of a long journey to another planet. This journey concludes with the view of a brown dwarf star, known as a “cold star”. Cold stars have long been the subject of science fiction, having been referenced in many novels and TV series. In science cold stars are commonly known as brown dwarfs, (or “failed stars”) which are unable to create their own energy.
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.
“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)
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.
‘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
Twenty-three works of ambient doodling’s, short soundscapes, or possible soundtracks. The idea behind the project was to allow artists, film directors or animators to use them with their work. If I get mentioned in the project for providing the music. Allowing the works to work with or inspire other works. It would be great to build on this idea so groups of artists are working together on small projects all over the world, sharing ideas and concepts together.
Circadian is the sixth full-length album under name Thuoom. The starting point was an hour-long live improvisation played in a cave (Ambient Evening 6, Parainen, Finland). During this event, Tuomo did an a cappella piece while Barque Sound Experiment (aka BSE) played synthesizers. While for most of the tracks there are no hints of synths, two tracks feature BSE sounds extensively. Nevertheless, Tuomo considers this his first a cappella full-length. The end result features more relaxed ambient sounds than the previous release, Fokus.
Instruments used on this record: Human voice alongside Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer & Korg MS-2000, all echoing in a cave.