The adventurously bright acousmatic soundscape Phonotopological by Robert Scott Thompson is beautifully contrasted by the dark Selva Oscura of William Basinski and Lawrence English.
Eraldo Bernocchi writes a soundtrack for a documentary about Cy Twombly * Martin Ptak depicts the flow of a river from its spring to its destination.
Italian duo Iluiteq presents their soundtracks for winter departures *** Hirotaka Shirosubaki prepares for the end of the Japanes Heisei era in which he grew up *** Belgian duo Clearlight & Owl take you to your deepest thoughts.
Using environmental recordings to create musical compositions: Geneva Skeen is inspired by a geological phenomenon, Kate Carr by a poem about wreck-diving.
Explaining the obscure by the more obscure: drones by Matthijs Kouw and BJ Nilsen
Jana Irmert‘s immersive ‘Flood’ and Thomas Ankersmit‘s ‘Homage to Dick Raaijmakers’
Combining the warm immersive widescreen sounds from Snufmumriko with the microscopic detailed organic electro-acoustics from Arovane/Porya Hatami for guaranteed aural excitement.
Pantheon is one of those DIY labels that present their releases with such unbelievable detailed handmade package that each release becomes a piece of art in itself. This is their MAY package, for example: featuring Rhucle, EugeneKha and Pool of Light.
An extra dreamy July edition.
With, apart from the usual new releases, a fragment of Robert Kroos‘ Brainwave Set as performed in june as part of RAAR (Rotterdam Art And Radio)/Varia.
Annea Lockwood and Christina Kubisch explore the sounds of the inaudible -*- Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett transform Zin Taylor‘s drawings into sound.
Claire M. Singer presents Fairge, for (church) organ, cello and electronics. Ben McElroy plays Songs of Iceland.
Two duo’s reflecting on each others work: Orphax / Machinefabriek and Stijn Hüwels / Danny Clay.
And some ‘smoke columns’ by Federico Mosconi as an encore!
Three releases from the Cryo Chamber label, bringing you deep ‘dark ambient’ soundscapes:
Dronny Darko, Phonothek and Dead Melodies “bringing the sound of the old world to life as it shines light on the new and dying one.”
Svarte Greiner’s Moss Garden, Franz Kirmann’s Elysian Park and Loren Nerell’s Dark Cloud: the references to nature are strictly coincidental.
Or maybe not.
More experimental music from the Lowlands: new albums by Sonmi451, Legiac, Machinefabriek & Michel Banabila and some more Machinefabriek this time with Anne Bakker & Edith Karkoscha
Neither ‘new age’ nor ‘dark ambient’ – yet maybe some of both?
Presenting collaborations by Steve Roach/Robert Logan, Erik Wollo/Byron Metcalf and a new Phonothek album.
Edgar Varèse defined music as ‘organized sound’…
This shortlist presents some fine examples of ‘organized sound’: the final chapter of Multicast Dynamics’ four-part series, audio/visual experiments from Tobias Freund & Valentina Berthelon, urban dreamscapes from Mario Gronnert and CommonSen5E, and, to conclude, a work by Richard Eigner that may best demonstrate why Varèse’s definition is a good one.
Music about The Sun’s Orbit (Aidan Baker), Earth’s collision with Theia (Markus Guentner) via the shores of Spain (David Cordero) into the microcosmic space between sounds (Autistici).