“For some years now, the Córdoban producer Martín Castro, aka MRTN-CSTR, has been surprising us with his creations, ever since releasing his debut album “Kr0m” through Pueblo Nuevo in 2014. This time he presents “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, an album comprising 7 tracks with an aesthetic he has developed through “patches”, which he designs himself for the software “Reaktor” from “Native Instrument.” These allows him to create an idiosyncratic style, with industrial sounds, granular trips, and glitches, as he develops a penetrating IDM with intense and sometimes devastating environments that make us think for a few minutes that we are in an empty and abandoned city, where only robots live and humans are extinct.
With a sound marked by broken and changing percussion, approaching that of new-acid, “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, produced by one of the most talented current musicians in Argentine electronics, is a highly recommended album.”
(Valparaíso, Chile. Marzo / March 2018).
ThaBaaz was born in 1974, classical studies of percussion instruments and acoustic drums, disparate musical interests: from dodecaphonic serialism to minimal electronic and to the IDM, just to expose only a few. His latest project, the most articulated, is entitled -reb0und- , it’s a concept album, year of creation 2008, 59 minutes of frequencies collected in 2 Suites respectively of 4 and 3 movements, 13 tracks; “an ascent in the disturbed darkness from fragments of noise “.
The work evokes a “system” at its last stage in fast introversion, the disruption is massive, directed to the chaotic darkness, to the cold disorder towards the “non-human noise”.
The solar and luminous scenarios of the 2 movements of the first Suite curve and slide rapidly into the deep “interior”; the “musical form” that we had known so far is running out; we are at the end of “music” (in the broad sense of the term) heading for an authentic solitude of bright dazzles in nocturnal and deserted isolated, non-systemic, atypical highways.
The second Suite invades the soul: the existential fear is director, places the audience constantly on the edge of a chasm, dissolves the last “fragments” of the “conventional” themes at the beginning and separates them, dissolves them in Larsen of frequencies strongly destabilizing.
The Metaphysics is the central theme of Suite II, we try to “portray” the inaudible sound spectrum, we try to recreate the “end” of every tangible empiricism; to this complex task we use sound generators, krell patches, collages (samples) of contemporary (musical genre) and what transcends the traditional and academic: structure, melody, harmony and metric they are almost totally “informal”.
ThaBaaz in -reb0und- inserts and “deforms” short phrases and solos (woodwind, violin, piano) taken from works by important exponents of contemporary music and avant-gard of the ‘900 (Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varése, Igor Stravinsky) with these ” citations “stands out, beyond the importance of innovation of such masterpieces, the multifaceted contribution to music in all its expressions; importing them in “foreign” contexts and distant from their origin (virtual modules, oscillators and automatisms of envelopes) are colored by oppressed and gloomy tones that we could approximate to those of the dark ambient genre but not only, can be identified (in the whole album) serialism (musical current) that translates into these generic guidelines: avoiding repetition and symmetry at all structural levels by working with a limited number of compositional elements for each musical cell (in the piece). This in order to synthesize and label, describe in a few lines the supporting columns of -reb0und-.
We need the “tradition” of the avant-gard itself to search for another.
The work does not present rhythmic and percussive lines, only in 2 pieces we recognize some measures in sinusoidal pulsations, this almost total “rhythmic absence” has “freed” the time from the usual role and task of metric and timbral constant, repetitive, “symmetrical” quantization “.
Using an exquisitely didactic vocabulary: the crown, the breath; the almost absolute absence of timbral pulsation reiterates itself emphasizing, emphasizing the incessant sound disruption that takes place in the succession of the two Suites before the listener.
Last but not least, the final mastering part was followed with “meticulous” attention by Kill KRT (friend of the author of -reb0und-) who tried to “accelerate” some “dissonant” color both on the timbral dynamics and on waveforms.
From the “warmth” of the wave (sawtooth) to the “emptiness” of the white noise; to you -reb0und-
I follow subtle seismic ambient vibrations that immerse me in a deep state in-between the world of dreams and the dream about distant worlds covered in a fog of colours.
Rhythmic and slow landscapes.
The sound is sometimes described as slow IDM. The distinct feature of the album is that only a few tracks have real drum samples, however, almost all of them are quite rhythmical. Rhythms are created just the way J. M. Jarre did that on “Zoolook” – using weird sounds, pulsing synths, and very clear melodies. Due to the lack of easily recognized drums, the album is sometimes ascribed to ambient, however, I’d call it “seismic ambient”, because of extremely heavy basslines.
Jam’s marks the 51beats’ 10 years anniversary with a touching piano-based ambient release of unique deepness and melancholy. In 2010, during the first quite exceptional participation of 51beats to the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in Paris, we got in contact with Jam’s, which later released his debut-album “Homeless Soul” with us. It is an immense pleasure to host Jam’s again on 51beats to celebrate our first 10 years. Sit down, relax and enjoy.
Planetary Dislocations” is a journey through space, from lush garden worlds to barren exoplanets. It is a sonic landscape intent on portraying inconceivably far away places and unimaginable circumstances, a dream about intelligence, technology and the future.
Simulations of random behaviour lead us through an artificial organic space. The machines become our nature, as we venture into the abyss.
Energy is harnessed from natural elements by the use of power plants and this industrial EP shines a light on the inner workings of such places. Each power plant has a different feel and process but heavy basslines and tight rhythms will ensure a continuous operation.
My second release under the guise of ‘fascinating earthbound objects’ finds it’s way to your ears in the form of this 20 track album. Running the gamut of unrestricted genre exploration, expect a little bit of everything.
-c. ‘transient’ martin
Rephazer appeared on Kahvi with a similar styled release previously last year, created on a single instrument but with all the hallmarks of what makes nostalgic idm so great. And he’s back, with what could be a sequel with some new tracks making up a seven track EP.
Shortwave will be familiar to some, after appearing on our Boards of Canada inspired VA last year, but check out Between for one of the most catchy subtle analogue sounds I’ve heard for quite some time.
The perfect release for the cold winter and deep snow is North Capital from Kri Tik. A minimalist and delicate nine track album consisting of cold icy sounds reminding of ice crystals hanging in the air, and deep snow all around.
A stupidly named EP, with unthinkable cover, and idiotic track names.
This EP includes the very first track of Number Eleven. A sandbox where random ideas and experiments merged into incomplete forms while searching for sounds and compositions, which sometimes became source material for new tracks. From this sandbox emerged the first few ideas of the way the first album Indefinable should reach its end, how the Blur should start, and how Protrusion should sound.
Antonio Díaz better known as Pirate, is an electronic music producer who lives in Los Lagos, Chile, and who has always been bound to sounds more ambient, IDM, minimal and dub, is now presenting a surprising EP called ‘En el aire estoy’. The journey starts with the track ‘El Pantano Invisible’ with ambient and minimal surrounding noises, a marked bass drum and several reminiscences of the English electronic sounds of the 90’s such as those of F.S.O.L. or The Orb but at the same time maintaining the originality of the sound that distinguishes us. The second track, that gives name to the EP, includes more atmospheric sounds and a beat closer to IDM. With this track, Pirata shows his exponential growth through complete command of softwares and machines he uses to compose. Moving forward to the next song “Espacio On”, we find a galloping beat with atmospheres and a profound sample similar to a mantra. Later we run into ‘Galeno’ in which Pirata shows clear influences of the German electronic sound of the 80’s. The following song is ‘Imperio Lúdico’. In this one, Pirata, who won the French prize ‘Qwartz Electronic Music’ in 2009 under the category ‘Discovery’, comes back to calmer and more ambient sounds with voices that weave together and glitch sounds that always characterize his music. Finishing this trip with ‘Imperio Lúdico’, Pirata invites us to explore in his EP ‘En el aire estoy’ diverse sounds, influences and an extremely high-level production that has allowed him to position himself as one of the most remarkable exponents of the national electronic music.
Chains of musical events collected in the album. The regularities set by the author are reflected in the listeners and create a pleasant, mysterious world of sound experiments and abstractions. Technical futuristic music with pleasant consequences.
Maximal techno and beyond. Filled with polyrhythmic melodies and offscale sounds, precisely controlled bass-lines, massive kicks and sharp percussions.
Scratchy analog electronic ruminations from a quiet veteran Ministik, that ebb and flow like natural processes of evolution, growth or/and decay.
Perception and alienation, with (re)use of techniques, sources, and designs are the main features in his work expressing the world as the artist sees it.
Strange shifting rhythms, finely shaped clouds of noise, and distant techno patterns. Ministik is not a normal DJ. This craftsman will invite you to lose yourself in the depths of the abstract sounds and surreal melodies on concrete based drum patterns.
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.”
Album created in 2011 and talking about nine lives, about worlds and planets, the mysticism of number nine, the completeness of the single-digit numbers. This is the second official album made by KiB and an attempt to step from dreams into reality.
Ekar is pleased to share this brand new release by Air Protection Office;
A reflection about the concept of limit driven by this electronic sound inspired by the early 2000.
The CD version is also available,following of course the 2000’s style, have a look on the bandcamp!
Nuova apparizione e nuovo artista alle manopole
nelle pagine di EPHEDRINANETLABEL,
da un bellissimo posto che nessuno mai saprà, del pianeta terra,
arriva Mr CRPTC ed il suo mondo
fatto di suoni Techno filtrati tra maglie sonore IDM e richiami oscuri
che sicuramente vi piacerà ascoltare in cuffia mentre nella notte
vi affacciate dalle vostre finestre di casa,
per vedere se qualcuno vi ha seguito!!!!
M.Clike aka CRPTC – Italy.
The first approach to the music is when he starts around 1998 as hip hop dj/producer playing and sampling his personal collection of old and rare records.
Changed radically in 2002 pointing toward the electronic music, starting to mix breakbeat, house and techno.
Today he produces sperimental, ambient and electronic music in general.
CRPTC – Peaks
01_CRPTC – Jumping haze
02_CRPTC – Landscapes textures
03_CRPTC – Don’t Hate Me
04_CRIPTURE (crptc + structure) – Lullaby
M.Clike aka CRPTC – Italia.
Il primo approccio alla musica è quando inizia nel 1998 come dj / producer hip hop, suonando e remixando la sua collezione personale di record vecchi e rari.
È cambiato radicalmente nel 2002, puntando verso la musica elettronica, cominciando a mescolare breakbeat, house e techno.
Oggi produce tracce che spaziano dall’IDM, all’ambient sino ad arrivare nelle galassie più lontane.
Special guest da MILANO Mr STRUCTURE che appare nella quarta traccia con un Lullaby per le vostre notte insonni….
Damaged with disorders, constant reconstructions, and wrong decisions, while losing the ability to dictate your own rules, Strict falls into a state of attacking everything that could lead to a failure, introducing a crude self-defense mechanism of attacking everything that is interfering with principles of existence. All this has the potential of destroying all bonds and connections, dismissing the opportunities, just to find the cause of disorders, ripping every reason of existence just to have an answer.
Regained, recuperated anger and blasts combined with illogical analytic attacks, resulting in a powerful complex forge of rhythmic structures which are hard to stand and fathom, coupled with the angry synthesis of orchestral and electronic surges of extreme insanity and sadness put at the precision of a scalpel.
An interesting and slightly different release this time from guest artist Kinza.
Some elements of oldskool 90s techno appear in this quirky but refreshingly interesting 6 track EP, even some kind of avante garde (reminiscent of some John Cage-type) nuances, but they all ‘add up’ into a nice, cohesive track… challenging to begin with, yet drawing you in as they progress.
Track of choice is Here we go again, which starts off in a very oldskool melody kind of way, then moves into small breaks and then ends with a mix of c64 sounding arpeggios and a 4/4. Great stuff!
Mysterious and almost mythical substance that lives deep under water of earth’s electronic oceans. It designs synthetic sound sculptures on regular basis. It’s compositions are dynamic rhythmic patterns combined with emotional melodies and various digital effects. Few it’s creatures are captured in our nets and presented in this release.
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