All Blog Posts Tagged 'review' (379)


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Preview: Neu Gestalt - Weightless Hours

"Weightless Hours" is due to be released next week.

True story: Les Scott (a.k.a. Neu Gestalt) and I live in the same city, and worked in the same organisation, and yet we’ve never met. “Altered Carbon”, his début release, was an astonishing tour de force. Indeed, it’s one of my five favourite electronica albums ever. “Weightless Hours” has been three years in the making. That’s a long time by any standards. Given how much I love his first album, I hoped so much that I wouldn’t be…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 16, 2012 at 6:26am — 4 Comments


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William Spivey and Aos Crowley - Absence of Matter

I’d like to start this review on a personal note. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has been my charity of choice for the past seven years. Every year, we sponsor a dolphin called Rainbow who lives in Scottish waters, and it’s lovely to be kept in touch with…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 13, 2012 at 10:07am — 2 Comments


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Review: Jarguna - Waiting for a Call From the Unknown

This double-CD equivalent from Jarguna is fresh from the Earth Mantra netlabel. With seven previous releases listed in the Italian artist’s discography, this is his debut release for EM.

“Waiting for a Call From the Unknown Part 1″ is the longest cut on the album, running at just over 36 minutes. Long slow…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 11, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments


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Review: Saito Koji - Again

Saito Koji is a musician currently living in Fukushima in Japan. His latest release, “Again”, his seventh on the Resting Bell netlabel, consists of eight tracks, each of which is three minutes long, just like its predecessor, “Guide”. An article about the artist on the website …

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


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My review of "Weightless Hours" CD by Neu Gestalt

In Edinburgh, Scotland, based sonic architect Les Scott aka Neu Gestalt has just released during June 2012 his second full length album "Weightless Hours" through local Alex Tronic Records, a follow-up to his debut "Altered Carbon", released in 2008. I am immediately amazed with the visual quality of the CD, which comes…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment


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Review: Gregg Plummer - Free

Gregg Plummer is an ambient soundscape musician from San Francisco. He has released nine CDs to date, and has also collaborated with a number of other artists. “Free” is his second release on the Earth Mantra netlabel. In addition, he has two singles which can be freely downloaded from SoundCloud.

There are four tracks on this…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 7, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments


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Chris Russell - Bloom

“Bloom” is Chris Russell’s third solo album on the Relaxed Machinery label, although he collaborated with Disturbed Earth on one of the label’s earlier releases, “The Approaching Armada“. Chris explains that for “Bloom” he was inspired by nature,…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 6, 2012 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

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