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Scanner - The Great Crater

SCANNER – THE GREAT CRATER  Also on Spotify

The ever-prolific artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) has found a perfect home for his ‘soundtrack to a global warming’: it is released on the Glacial Movements label. The label invited him to create an album inspired by the strange circles appearing in Antarctica, discovered in 2014.
‘Investigating the circle on foot in January 2016 scientists found a 3 metre deep depression, with vertical well-like shafts in the middle. Drilling into the ice they found multiple lakes beneath the surface, as part of a ‘hot spot’ or melting ice sheet. There is growing concern that it could lead to further disintegration.’
This was the inspiration for this album: ‘at moments the ice moves and a sonic scar if formed, at others the chill wind blows across the exposed water.’

Robin ‘Scanner‘ Rimbaud has come a long way since his first recordings of cellular phone conversations captured by a police scanner in 1993. His career is the kind most composers of electronic/experimental music can only dream of: commissions by many famous clients (Nike, Philips, Chanel, Stedelijk Museum), collaborations with many famous artists like Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson, Merce Cunningham, Michael Nyman, Carsten Nicolai and many many more, and works on permanent display in various renowned museums. It’s good to see him going back (?) to the core of the scene, producing an album for a label so dedicated to the genre.

The Great Crater opens with a mainly electronic setting, but introduces more string ensemble arrangements towards its end.
The album is as unsettling as it should be, given the theme it deals with. It’s no large-scale, over-the-top production: the sounds are rather stripped down to the roots of Scanner‘s music. It’s even more effective that way, warning us for an immediate future that seems inevitable if we do not intervene somehow.


Adrian Thomas Tobin

AIDIAN THOMAS TOBIN – AS OUR BLOOD SEPARATES

A self-released album presented without much information, while at the same time the album and track titles raise some questions.
Aidan Thomas Tobin is a composer from Ireland, who graduated in musicology in 2015.
His music features impressionist harmony, noise, shifting time signatures and tempi, and attempts at experimental forms that satisfy.’

The promo sheet info includes some background info on this release that the Bandcamp page does not mention: ‘it was inspired by the downturn in my health in 2016, and how my life has become increasingly technologically mediated.’
This technologically mediated life / body is captured in the combination of ‘acoustic and electronic instruments, composition and improvisation, and linear and circular forms.’

A short but very impressive set.


Iurta

IURTA – NOTES TOWARD A MENTAL BREAKDOWN  Also on Spotify

An album title like a warning: this album will definitely nót cure your depression. But if you’re in the right mood, darkness can be fascinating mood to dwell in – as long as you know you can get out again!

Iurta is the collaboration project of J.A. (Johan Aernus) and Andre Coelho, both from Portugal. Inspired by J.G. Ballard and Andrej Tarkovski, ‘it is a reflection upon modern dystopia. A guided descent into an abstracted insanity, a sonic diary of the verge of mental breakdown through soundscapes built upon cascading drones, harsh textures and minimal sonic oscillations.’

This is their first full album as Iurta, but both contributors have created music for quite some years, which can be felt in the result.

About as dark and ominous as Dystopiambient music can get ….  !

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Cinta Cita 2

“Cinta Cita – Meeting with the Tape” is the second ‘guest mix’ created especially for ambientblog.net.
(The first was Muttley’s “Isolate”).

Cinta Cita is a 2 1/2 hour journey by DJ Rich-Ears, presented in two parts.
This is Part 2  (Part 1 can be found [here]).

“Ambient as atmosphere. Ambient as the cusp of melody and texture. Here we have an elegantly complex woven soundtrack (by DJ Rich-Ears) from the Lowlands that takes us through time, back and forth, from the familiar, the rare, the digital and the analogue. Let it be the soundtrack to a moment where everything slows down and re-engage with yourself and your surroundings.”
Robin Rimbaud / Scanner / april 3th – 2010

DJ Rich-Ears biography [here].
More DJ Rich-Ears mixes can be found on Soundcloud.
Contact (Twitter): @DJ_RichEars

Cinta Cita – Meeting with the Tape Part 2 – Playlist:

  • Susumu Yokota – Kodomotachi
    Sakura, Skintone BAY13CD
  • Harold Budd – Little Heart
    Avalon Sutra, Samadhisound sound-cd ss004
  • Ugol Ratmanova – Irc Eyes Asleep
    live december 27th 2009, (nanocast. N018)
  • N.A.I.P (No Accident in Paradise)
    LIVE @ Bad Schandau Therme (EDIT), 2009
  • Brian Eno – (Condition 4) (for SF MoMa)
    Compact Forest Proposal, Opal records, 2001
  • Woob – Giant Stroke
    Woob2, Em:T records – 4495, 1995
  • Air Liquide – Ballad Of The Nameless Guitar Player
    The increased difficulty of concentration, Sm:)e Communications SM-8004-2, 1994
  • Carlos Santana & Bill Laswell – Bliss – The Eternal Now – Return
    Divine Light, Columbia COL 502239 9, 2001
  • David Toop – Slow Loris Versus Poison Snail
    Pink Noir, Virgin AMBT 18, 1996
  • Thomas Fehlmann – In The Wind
    Pop Ambient 2010, Kompakt KOMCD77, 2010
  • Axiom Ambient– Ruins
    Lost in The Translation, Axiom 314-524 053-2, 1994
  • Kettel – Halt them
    Exclusive download for sendingorbs.com, 2010
  • William Orbit – City Lights Reflection
    My oracle lives uptown, Kobalt Digital KD001, 2009

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Cinta Cita – Part 1

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Cinta Cita, Part 1

“Cinta Cita – Meeting with the Tape” is the second ‘guest mix’ created especially for ambientblog.net.
(The first was Muttley’s “Isolate”).

Cinta Cita is a 2 1/2 hour journey by DJ Rich-Ears, presented in two parts (Part 2 can be found [here]).

“Ambient as atmosphere. Ambient as the cusp of melody and texture. Here we have an elegantly complex woven soundtrack (by DJ Rich-Ears) from the Lowlands that takes us through time, back and forth, from the familiar, the rare, the digital and the analogue. Let it be the soundtrack to a moment where everything slows down and re-engage with yourself and your surroundings.”
Robin Rimbaud / Scanner / april 3th – 2010

DJ Rich-Ears biography [here].
More DJ Rich-Ears mixes can be found on Soundcloud.
Contact (Twitter): @DJ_RichEars

Cinta Cita – Meeting with the Tape Part 1 – Playlist:

  •  Ajuin Yao – Satisfaction of Oscillation
    An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music; Fifth A-Chronology 1920-2007, SubRosa SR270, 2007
  • 31mtr band (shortwave broadcast) – Segment1
    WFMU blog, 2006
  • Jorge Antunes – AutoRetrato
    Musica Electronica 70’s, Sistrum Edicoes Musicais Ltda. CD ST 001, 1994
  • T.U.U. – Body Of Light
    One Thousand years, SDV Tontrager SDV 027, 1992
  • AFTA-1 & Imani Waddy – Light & vibration
    LOVE IS REAL VOL.4: Vessels Behind A Moment, 2009
  • The Cinematic Orchestra – Breathe (Susumu Yokota Remix)
    You don’t know: Ninja Cuts, Ninja Tune ZEN CD 150, 2008
  • Chris Hinze – Gayatri Mantra
    Passage, Keytone records KYT 764, 1992
  • Araxa’s – Nanderu Papa Miri
    Timeless vision, 44798
  • Adham Shaikh – Journey to the Sun
    Instinct Ambient IAE006CD, 1995
  • Chris Hinze -The Old Rinpoche
    Keytone records KYT 799, 1997
  • Another Fine Day – Green Thought (In Green Shade)
    Beyond records RBADCD7, 1994
  • Global Communication – 12:18
    76:14, Dedicated, DEDCD014, 1994
  • Biosphere – Kobresia
    Substrata, Thirsty Ear THI66033.2, 1997
  • Bombay Dub Orchestra – The Greater Silence
    Six Degrees 657036 1120-2, 2006
  • Hypnagog – Tiny Little Pieces
    Dreaming in Pieces, UP records, 2009

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