Ciuta / Kwi / Simpson / Whitehead – An Attempt For Balance


Ciuta / Kwi / Simpson / Whitehead

“An Attempt For Balance”

Track 1:
Collective composition: An Attempt for Balance
Four individual sequences were mixed together. The structure was left intact – as it is – however overall volume levels of each contribution were adjusted in hope to create situation which would validate and accommodate all participating sounds as well is possible.
Mixed by Slavek Kwi, January 2018. Many thanks to Tony, Dallas and Darius for agreeing to this little experiment and to Chris for making it available to your ears.

Track 2:
Darius Ciuta: kadk2

Track 3:
Slavek Kwi: Time_R
Usually, when I am staying somewhere overnight and there is a clock ticking, it is rapidly removed from the room and ends up behind the doors. However, ticking sounds of clocks – even grandfather’s giant chiming clock – were part of my sound environment in my childhood. The sound of ticking has certain determination to it; destination-like quality. You can always hear it. For this piece I decided to use ticking sounds and the end of resonance of chime as basic material to evolve.
Recorded in January 2018, Mountshannon, Ireland.

Track 4:
Dallas Simpson: Vibrating Air: Wood / Metal / Water / Stone.
An environmental observation and improvisation recorded live on location near the village of Lambley, Nottinghamshire, UK on 4th February 2018 at 7am to 8am in a single take. All sounds and spatial choreography was created live on location. The recording was edited and mixed as my contribution to the Plus Timbre collaboration release in 2018.
Many thanks to Plus Timbre and the other artists participating: Darius Ciuta / Slavek Kwi / Tony Whitehead.
dallas simpson 05/02/18

Track 5:
Tony Whitehead: By the river, in the forest
Improvisations with natural objects. Dartington Hall and East Dartmoor.

Track 6:
Collective composition: As It Is
Four individual sequences were mixed together without any adjustments. Mixed by Slavek Kwi, January 2018. Many thanks to Tony, Dallas and Darius for agreeing to this little experiment and to Chris for making it available to your ears.

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Tony Whitehead – Shoreline


Tony Whitehead


Shoreline was improvised with found materials on the coast of Brittany near Perros-Guirec. It continues the artists fascination with the sound making potential of small ordinary natural objects.
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Dallas Simpson – Railway Footbridge Improvisation For One Adult and Two Children


Dallas Simpson

“Railway Footbridge Improvisation For One Adult and Two Children”

This work was created as a result of both joining a local walking group, the Netherfield Strollers and inspiration from an environmental improvisation workshop that was conducted at Hull University earlier this year as part of their Sound + Environment 2017 conference.

A walk with the Strollers earlier in the year introduced me to Carol and her two grandchildren, Eben (10) and Finlay (7). During our walk we crossed over a railway footbridge and then followed a footpath where I introduced the children to some simple sound making using a found stick and the railway boundary metal fence, then blowing ‘cawing’ sounds using our thumbs and a blade of grass. They loved it. And so the seeds of a freeform intuitive environmental improvisation were sown using both a prepared environment and found sound objects in the manner of the Hull Workshop at the location of the railway footbridge we discovered on the walk. This would feature Eben, Finlay and myself as freeform performers / improvisers.

As preparation for the performance I visited some of the houses adjacent to the footbridge to warn them of our activities at night just in case they may be disturbed by our soundings. The response varied from mild hostility, to curiosity, to support and even one couple asking if they could join in! I replied that they were most welcome.

Having obtained permissions from their mother Nicola, we gathered on the 9th December 2017 first at my house for a bit of instruction in making sounds with the objects I was preparing the location with (Aluminium Searchlight Mirror, 4 inch Fired Brass Gun Shell, Bull Roarer, various Plastic Pipes of different widths and lengths, Gong Beater, Long Thin Spring and a few other sundry items.) Following this brief instruction we went to the location in the dark at about 7:30pm and after placing the sound objects to prepare the location, we had a few moments silence, then made a short walk in to the start of our improvisation.

The performance consisted of two Movements:

First Movement: Outward (Practise, Vox ad-lib) Joyous.

Second Movement: Return (Performance, Vox tacit) More Meditative.

I was struck by the zeal and enthusiasm of the two children. They followed my example and were soon experimenting and making their own sonic discoveries. Found sound objects included the structural metalwork of the bridge itself, the metal fencing and lamp posts. Other found items included various pieces of discarded litter, drinks cans, plastic bags, drinking straws, sticks, branches, leaves and stones.

The only additional instructions given were that during the Outward (Practise) we could speak if we wished, but not to speak on the Return (Performance) movement. Quite spontaneously they incorporated the ‘thumb cawing’ sounds into the Second Return (Performance) Movement and made many exciting sonic discoveries such as the ‘frog sounds’. A few passers-by were briefly present while crossing the footbridge.


All audio was recorded binaurally and continuously as single takes using custom modified in-ear DPA4060 microphones directly into a Sound Devices 744T digital recorder.

All spatial choreography was created intuitively during the recording by dallas simpson.

Editing and minor corrective EQ was done using Cockos Reaper software.

Headphone listening is recommended for a full 3-D surround sound experience.

Photographs by dallas simpson.

Sincere thanks to Eben and Finlay for their inspiring participation, and to Carol and Nicola for their approval, plus supporting and helping during the preparation and performance.
Dallas Simpson, December, 2017.

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Slavek Kwi – Uchat C


Slavek Kwi

“Uchat C”

Uchat C(ompost)
“games of sounds” = m.i.y. (mix it yourself)
organize 2 (or more) groups of modules and play it simultaneously in random mode
(or alternatively you can decide yourself about combinations) from 2 (or more)
sound_sources (=machines).

based on Uchat M
Composed by Slavek Kwi in between June 2017 and January 2018,
Cave Studio, Ireland. Based on various field recordings,
focused mainly on animal voices, collected around the planet Earth,
underwater and in ultrasonic zone included.

A few brief appearances of James Kwi singing while clapping bones.

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Darius Ciuta – grt_p


Darius Ciuta


DariusCiuta / grt_p / recorded in Kaunas
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Lynlee – 1314




Chris Lynn and Una Lee
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BroodingSideOfMadness and Melophobia – Serpent Noir ΚΑΔΜΟΣ / Serpent Rouge ΑΡΜΟΝΙΑ


BroodingSideOfMadness and Melophobia

“Serpent Noir ΚΑΔΜΟΣ / Serpent Rouge ΑΡΜΟΝΙΑ”

melophobia comes from Greece. He likes to experiment with long noise and drone sounds intermingled with field recordings and acoustic sounds. melophobia is heavily influenced by contemporary artists such as Merzbow and early ’90s shoegaze scene. He is active with his ultra-limited releases of his 3″/5″ CDr label ‘illicit-tapes’. He cherishes the piles of his priceless jap noise C-xx tapes and obscure vinyls.

BroodingSideOfMadness is interested in phonemes, graph theory, realism and any dystopian ambiance. He seeks for the generative element in his tracks. He is the founder of Etched Traumas netlabel.

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Zigo & Camila Dos Santos (KURUNDU) – Yvykua Ipuva


Zigo & Camila Dos Santos (KURUNDU)

“Yvykua Ipuva”

Camila Dos Santos : cello
Zigo Rayopineal : fieldscapes, electronics, cello loops in real time

duo from Paraguay & Argentina.

kurundu is an amulet for rituals in south america.
un amuleto de luz flotando radioactivo por un rio de sud america.

cello,field recordings,electronics,loops direct rec in buenos aires.
improvised performance and looping to two channels.
no other post rec process.
field rec from Paraguay and Argentina.

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AD~E – Nahrungsknappheit





attenuation effect ° 1014 ° 2017
live @ re:flexions – silent series ° Ganze Bäckerei, Augsburg, 07.10.17
photography by Dan Penschuck
recording, mastering and design by EMERGE

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Juan Antonio Nieto – Airports & Hotels


Juan Antonio Nieto

“Airports & Hotels”

Airports & Hotels is a compilation of the sounds I have found in the trips I have made in recent years.

The sources of these sounds are field recordings made at different airports, on airplanes and in hotels. In these last ones the recordings are improvisations with the elements that I found in them and their different stays. These recordings were made with the windows open to capture the sounds of the outside, rain, traffic, people talking, etc.

These sounds were mixed, trying to maintain, as much as possible, the spirit they had at their origin, and rather than identifying the sounds, I wanted them to be intuited.

The different titles of the tracks refer to the places where they were recorded. The majority were mastered and completed in Madrid.
– Juan Antonio Nieto

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Martin Rach – Dream Fog Light

[GFR, 112]

Martin Rach

“Dream Fog Light”

Recording of cruise ships passing through a fog in Oslo fjord

and some noodlings by the fjord

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SATORI – humanimaladjusted

[ACP 1125]



homo animalis
by dave phillips
remixed by satori
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Jørgen Brønlund Quartet – From A Logical Point Of View


Jørgen Brønlund Quartet

“From A Logical Point Of View”

The sound of melting floe, captured by a hydrophone, crackling under a female enchanting voice that repeats the same words continuously, like a gentle mermaid calling towards fatal cliffs, and whirring sounds rotating like ghost ships passing.
The landscape is white and grey and cold but open to a myriad possibilities of northern lights and very distant fires in the sky.
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Slit In Slot – Birthmarks


Slit In Slot


“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

mhrk190 // amek017

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Mental Escape Pod – silent series VI

[ACPC 1006]

Mental Escape Pod

“silent series VI”

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.

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ref/inter – /inter




/inter is an album based on a certain visuality of sound. It has various sounds in it (field recordings, instrument samples, pure frequencies, and glitch/feedback noise), however, the core of this album was an experiment – an analog connection of sound and image. By sending a sound signal to a screen in such a way as if it were visual information the screens started to show imagery and by testing four different approaches towards using sound and testing how they look in this particular connection /inter was formed.
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PHONOGRAPHIA – live @ lab​.​30

[ACP 1122]


“live @ lab​.​30”


performed live @ lab.30 festival
abraxas, Augsburg, 27.10.17

thanks to Martina, Barbara, Julia, Gerald and the whole lab.30 crew !

photography by Tilmann Jakob
recording, mastering and design by EMERGE

performers: szmt, Acid Discharge, EMERGE

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C. Reider – Listening After the End

C. Reider

“Listening After the End”

“Listening After the End is a study of one’s immediate environment, of the resonant potential of what surrounds us. A frozen stream. A passing train. A ceiling fan. The wind. A cat plays; someone sneezes; an autoharp lets out a long hum. These vignettes–textural, spacious, and sonorous–are wonderfully evocative pieces that, when taken as a whole, form a vibrant sonic life, one that revels in the animus to be found in even the subtlest of things.”
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Lynlee – Words in the Winds: Sounds



“Words in the Winds: Sounds”

‘Words in the Winds : Sounds’ is the new collaborative series by
Chris Lynn and Una Lee. The project rose from recognising that
we as field recordists often try our best to disguise our presence
within the sound recordings despite the fact that their mere
existence implies the involvement of human activity. As a result,
we started to mark our presence through reciting our original
haikus and poems, whilst making the field recordings, the
content of which were based on or inspired by our sonic
Each track effectively contains a short poem written and recited
either by Chris or Una, which would be sent to the other who in
exchange would create an accompaniment whether in a musical
format such as piano or vocal improvisation or with another piece
of field recording as a response.
This process is an evolved version of several projects previously
and currently conducted by the duo, such as ‘Miniature
Landscape Correspondences’ and ‘Word in the Winds’, the word/
image-based project in which an image was sent from one to the
other person who subsequently would respond to it with a short

Artwork: Chris Lynn and Una Lee

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ps – Finding My Own Way Back Home



“Finding My Own Way Back Home”

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.
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Grid Resistor – Beta


Grid Resistor


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


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.”
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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Nacho Jaula – Hombre​,​tierra​,​madriguera


Nacho Jaula


Nacho Jaula: Guitar,bass,percussion,objects,field recordings and atmospheres.

Recorded,mixed and mastered in Málaga
Winter 2015.

Art work: Nacho Jaula

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“Valore Neutro”

STREPITVSITVS is the new realisation of musical duo ASOLANMAC PROJECT and meant to be a sort of inner self-reflections as well as a very personal study about environmental connections between people and places: the focus is set on the Montello hill, near the Piave river, pretty close to our hometown. It’s a really peculiar site, where nature, hystory, legends and mysteries are all mixed up together in a unique way. This piece of music fully represent the feelings we share about it and express also the will to define the whole thing like the primal step of an introspective journey through memories and sensations, inspired by that magical location, under the form of an audio description.
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METEK & Artificial Memory Trace – Dynamic equilibrium


METEK & Artificial Memory Trace

“Dynamic equilibrium”

Dynamic equilibrium
by METEK & Artificial Memory Trace
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