Anjou; Pan & Me; Giulio Aldinucci; Ben Fleury-Steiner; Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
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AnjouThe migration of this blog has taken up quite a lot of time, so I got a little behind in reviews and recommendations. Here’s another shortlist to catch up: intriguing collaborations, deep drones, the sound of Aer and a collage of sounds like a fever dream. … Read more/Listen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos


A Winged Victory for the Sullen (AWVftS) is often referred to as a duo consisting of Adam Wiltzie (core member of the legendary Stars of the Lid – guess there’s no further introduction needed) and pianist/composer Dustin O’Halloran. But AWVftS would not be AWVftS without the (now 7-member) string section and the additional modular synth sounds created by Francesco Donadello. Together they present a full orchestral sound with a fascinating balance of string arrangements, melancholic piano melodies and (somewhat unsettling) synth embeddings. … Read more/Listen

Thomas Köner – Tiento de las Nieves – Cloître

Thomas Köner is perhaps the Jules Verne of ambient-electronic soundscapes: his sounds seem to come from the deepest ocean, the centre of the earth, the vastest spaces imaginable. If you know his work, you will often immediately recognise his sound when you hear it – and maybe feel it before you even hear it.

Knowing his back-catalogue, the choice of a piano as the main instrument for his new album is somewhat surprising. Piano notes are clearly fixed in time, as opposed to the stretched sounds Thomas Köner usually applies. It is, in a way, a bit of a “rigid instrument”. … Read more/Listen

Max Richter; J. Peter Schwalm: Transformed & Recomposed

Vivaldi RecomposedThroughout musical history, composers have always taken fragments of other composers’ work and used them to re-compose completely new compositions. Before “electricity”, their choice of instruments was ‘limited’ to that of the classical orchestra settings. And now time has passed, they all sound ‘classical’ to contemporary ears.
But when contemporary composers – especially from ‘rock’ or experimental field – reworks classical compositions, incorporating electronic media – hell breaks loose in purist camps on both sides.

At least, that’s how it used to be – some years ago. It seems things have changed a bit since we’re more accustomed to the culture of ‘sampling’. … Read more/Listen

DreamScenes 1 – October 2014


DreamScenes

This is the very first of a monthly broadcast I plan to do from now, presenting (more or less) recent ambient/electronic music in a one hour uninterrupted “show”.
These programs will be streamed “live” every first friday evening of the month (7PM+2 UTC; 21:00hr local time) via the MIXLR channel  -where you can join in and chat/comment if you like!
They will also stay available for on-demand listening on MIXLR (as a ‘Showreel‘ – click the Information button on the left side) and also on MIXCLOUD.

Full playlist details published below.
Hope you’ll join in!! … Read more/Listen