Ambient Music Mixes & Recommendations
Oct 18

Birthday Gifts!
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Celebration

On Tuesday, October 21, it is exactly NINE years since the very first post on this blog.
And also five years since its name was changed to Ambientblog.net.
It is also the day this weblog (and all of its content) will be migrated to a new software platform.

To celebrate this, I have 30 FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD CODES to give away!

Oct 15

Tiento de las Nieves


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".

Oct 08

A Turn of Breath

"A collection that holds twelve works for voice and 1/4" tape" is a description that immediately grasps my attention, especially when the performing artists is "a trained opera singer, delivering an elegant balance between theatrical and ambient sentiments".

"A Turn of Breath" is my first encounter with the work of Ian William Craig.
And after a brief moment of "What-am-I-currently-listening-to!?"-confusion, this quickly turned out to be one of the most surprising releases I have heard in a long time.

Oct 07

Throughout 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'.

Vivaldi Recomposed
Oct 03

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!!

Sep 20

DreamScenes

Some of you may remember that before this blog became "Ambientblog" in 2009, it was called "DreamScenes".

Although still a 'niche genre', the interest in ambient/electronic/experimental music has kept growing, and currently there seems to be much more music than I could ever write about here.
Which sometimes leaves me with a slight guilt about not presenting music that is definitely worth listening!

Time to revive the "radio show" format.....!

Starting October, 3, (21:00 hr local time: UTC+2), the DreamScenes ambient music channel will be broadcast monthly using the possibilities of MIXLR webradio.

The programs will also be archived for later listening on MIXCLOUD - ánd of course here on Ambientblog.

Sep 12

Woob

WOOB - AMBIENT DISASTER MOVIE
After having released two timeless albums on the now legendary EM:T label ("1194" and "4495"), Woob (Paul Frankland, also known as Max & Harvey and half of Journeyman) took some time off from making music (to work in the advertising industry) - returning in 2010 to release a string of new albums on Bigamoebasounds.

On "Ambient Disaster Movie", the sound (sometimes referred to as 'post-rave ambient') is still as bright and recognisable as it was in the beginning - presented with a refreshing (tongue-in-cheek) sense of humour.

Aug 17

TAPU 25 Anniversary Mix
(Banabila label remix)

Tapu 25

This mix is especially created to celebrate the 25th release on Michel Banabila's Tapu Records (which will be released later this year).

In this mix (in fact a follow up of "Streets, Dreams and Memories"), all tracks & samples are chosen from the Tapu Records catalogue and so it displays the versatility of Banabila's work - as solo artist as well as in collaboration with others.

A limited edition (100) physical Audio CD with this mix will be included with every physical release order from Banabila's Bandcamp

Also, a VIDEO version (presenting the covers in sync with the mix, as well as including the impressive Geert Mulvideo for 'Crowds'), can be downloaded for free (link below).

Aug 14

Description of Problem

Richard Chartier - composer, sound artist, designer, LINE label curator - has released over 30 critically acclaimed albums under his own name since 1998, building himself an unrivaled status in the 'reductionist' electronic sound art field.

As Pinkcourtesyphone, he has released released music since 2012 with a somewhat different angle - the alias giving him some space for a slightly 'looser' approach:

"Pinkcourtesyphone is a more emotional, dare one say musical side of his work.
Pinkcourtesyphone is dark but not arch, with a slight hint of humor.
Pinkcourtesyphone is amorphous, changing, and slipping in and out of consciousness.
Pinkcourtesyphone operates like a syrup-y dream and strives to be both elegant and detached."

Aug 12

London Docks

London Docks is the alias Nikita Sorokin uses for his solo work.
He's not from London, but from Los Angeles.
Also a member of Insects vs. Robots - but don't let that count as an introduction, because the music he presents as London Docks is quite different from that of this particular "psychotropicturesque quasi-nomadic music tribe".

"Tangaróa" is a collection of tracks merging Nikita Sorokin's solo violin improvisations with "fields recordings and electronica into sonic dreamscapes that are inspired as much by science fiction and mythology as they are by musical ideas".