All Blog Posts Tagged 'review' (385)

My review of "Maitreya - The Future Buddha" CD by David Parsons

In New Zealand based sonic magician and famed doyen of ambient scene, David Parsons, has released "Maitreya - The Future Buddha" album back in 2002 on Celestial Harmonies as his 8th album. Even if 10 years passed already, this album will always remain as one of his most meditative and spectacular sonic pearls,…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 18, 2012 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

Review: Jack Hertz - Speleo

I’ve wanted to review an album by the prolific Jack Hertz for a while, and the timing of his latest album, “Speleo” is just right. Jack runs the Sound for Good netlabel, where profits from sales of downloads and CDs go to charity. Eagle-eyed readers may recall me talking about Sound for Good on my earlier review of William Spivey and Aos Crowley’s “Absence of Matter“. It’s notable that, in just four months, already the label has reached its sixth release.

The album’s notes state that…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on July 27, 2012 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Review: Roberto Massoni - Diter:0

Roberto Massoni‘s “Diter:0″ is the first album to be released on the Docil netlabel, which is based in Argentina. According to the Internet Archive, the label may previously have been named Data. The label also has a SoundCloud page with some additional tracks. The description on this release’s webpage (as translated by Google) describes the music as being “created from the kindness and acceptance of happiness”.

At just over half an hour long, the album moves from one slow, perfect…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on July 19, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Review: Rune Martinsen & Øystein Jørgensen - Mysterium Cosmographicum

It’s always exciting when a new netlabel launches. Petroglyph Music is a fresh Norwegian label which intends to focus on ambient and experimental music and their subgenres. The label currently has two releases under its belt, having been launched just over two weeks ago. Some of Rune Martinsen’s earlier work can be found under the name Abhorrent Beauty; Øystein Jørgensen has also recorded fairly prolifically under the Ambient Fabric name.

To say that the minimalist cover of “Mysterium…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on July 17, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

My review of "Altered Carbon" CD by Neu Gestalt

November 2008 marked the debut album of Neu Gestalt for Alex Tronic Records, both based in Edinburgh, Scotland. "Between Her Dreams" is leaded by dreamy, evocative washes, which are delicately supported here and there by slowly swirling pulses and crystalline glitches and hisses, all masterfully blanketed by…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 15, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

My review of "Mosaic" CD by Mathias Grassow & John Haughm

Wow, here is another collaboration that was held as a well kept secret, so the more surprised I was when this project came to light on Dämmerung Arts label. But I must say that Agalloch's John Haughm is not new in his ventures into drone realms as he already appeared on two tracks of Nostalgia's "Echoes From The…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 13, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Review: Shane Morris & Mystified - Epoch

...the album’s longest cut, lays small seeds down under long, ominous notes which furl and unfurl like sonic rope. The soundscape beguiles the listener with a keening, hypnotic repeated motif hanging in the ether above rock-solid didgeridoo drones. Organic splashes and burbles signify the changes in the forms of...

The full review is over at EarTickles: Shane Morris & Mystified - Epoch

Added by Baxter Tocher on July 10, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

My review of "Waterfront" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Landru

"Waterfront" is the first collaboration between two Altera Orbe creators, Ran Kirlian and Landru, both emerging talents and kindred spirits from respected Spanish ambient scene. Released during the May 2012 through their Altera Orbe label. "Alkali" opens the journey and dives quickly into shadowy cavern with…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 6, 2012 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

My review of "Resonance Level" CD+3"CDr by ISH

Here comes another highly pleasurable moment for myself as a reviewer, who is going to focus on Slovak project venturing into ambient domains. ISH is a project of Igor Šenigla, the guy who is also the sole protagonist of another project connected to Aliens Production, Ambiguous. "Resonance Level" is a…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 5, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

Review: Jaja - Ascend

“Ascend ” is the second solo album by the German musician Jaja (J.R.), and is released on the netlabel she co-founded, CYAN Music; its predecessor ”Oum” was issued in 2011. She is also one half of the psytrance duo “New Age Hippies“. Jaja describes her music as live electronic compositions, where she plays and arranges nearly everything live on her keyboard, which always makes for interesting listening.

The album is an epic project, clocking in at over two-and-a-half hours. “Aero” has…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on July 5, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

My review of "Coast/ Range/ Arc" CD by Loscil

Vancouver, BC, Canada, based sound designer Scott Morgan aka Loscil is busy during his full time job with creating sound effects for video games, but his part time hobby is devoted to sculpting ambient experiments, mostly for Kranky label. But "Coast/ Range/ Arc" is another exciting contribution to magnificent arctic…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 1, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Review: Inner Place - Biosphere

The newest release on the Ethereal Live netlabel, “Inner Place” is a project by an artist “IX” from Tehran, Iran. This seems to be his second album under this name. The first appears to be “Substratum” on the Russian Subwise netlabel. According to…

The full review is published over on EarTickles at: Inner Place - Biosphere

Added by Baxter Tocher on June 28, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Review: Amygdala Projects - Syzygy

The BFW Recordings site tells us that Amygdala Projects is the stage name of Hungarian musician László Néder. He has played guitar for 20 years, and aside from Amygdala Projects, he’s also a member of a rock band, TerraLuna. This ten track album, however, is a solo release, and his fourth on the BFW label.

“Galactic City”, the opening track, starts with a long, slow introductory sweep, as a Berlin School sequence bubbles under sonics which sizzle off to left and right. A solid bass…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 25, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments

My review of "Low Volume Music" CD by Steve Roach & Dirk Serries

Yes, this was a truly jaw-dropping news, when revealed for the first some months ago by Steve and Dirk. Until that moment it was held as a top secret project, now it's a reality, two giants of ambient genre are reunited again after ten years. I am quite sure this news brought happy smiles on faces of many ambient…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 24, 2012 at 6:56am — 2 Comments

My review of "Hymn" CD by Juta Takahashi

"Hymn" is the 7th album by Japanese ambient maestro Jutaro "Juta" Takahashi (based in Sendai, Miyagi), released in January, 2010, on his own label Lunisolar Records. Just the same as with his "Silence" CD, reviewed some weeks ago, "Hymn" CD gets immediately extra points for its stunning front cover image featuring the…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 23, 2012 at 5:31am — 2 Comments

My review of "Dämmerung" CD by Mathias Grassow

Welcome to the drone heaven!!! Yes, here is the first of three sonic installments by the German drone alchemist Mathias Grassow, released on Swedish Gterma label at the beginning of June 2012, together with "Wisdom Of Fate" and "Uttarakuru", both a 2CD editions. Continuous drones of the most gigantic caliber invade the…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 21, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

My review of "Slow Dream" CD by Loren Nerell

In Long Beach, California, based composer and ethnomusicologist, Loren Nerell, is known as avid admirer of Indonesian native styles of gamelan music. His location recordings from trips to Bali and Java, which document everyday's life and events, are again utilized and processed into deeply meditative stream of…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 21, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

Review: Matthew Barlow - Fields

Matthew Barlow is a guitarist and ambient synthesis sound artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He also hosts a radio show called “Notes From the Underground” on Asheville FM. At the time of writing, he has five releases listed on Bandcamp.

“Fields” has two tracks, and is just shy of half an hour long. Both are named after letters of the Greek alphabet. On his Bandcamp page, the artist describes the music as being “created & inspired largely from processing two 15 min…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 18, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

My review of "The Hidden Islands" CD by Havdis

Promising and fastly expanding Swedish Gterma label keeps on striking and brings here another exciting new project, this time a Norwegian drone addicts acting under the moniker of Havdis. The image of misty seascape with island on the cover artwork is precisely displayed by the opening drones of "Beluga". I am…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 17, 2012 at 4:29am — No Comments

My review of "Hypersona" CD by 36

"Hypersona" was released back in 2009 as a debut album by UK based project acting under the 36 alias and first part of three planned albums, which later became known as "Hollow" (2010) and "Lithea" (2012), all released on 36's own imprint 3six Recordings. The sole protagonist of 36, Dennis Huddleston, presents here his…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 16, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

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