Hi there, everybody!
We’re back this week with another round of random picks for you, and the sale prices are good through May 7th (or, of course, while supplies last).
Seren Ffordd & Oophoi – The Martian Chronicles–Regularly $11.99, right now just $7.99
The Martian Chronicles, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story collection of the same name, sounds very much like the soundtrack to a mysterious and strange science fiction film that exists only in the imaginations of Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi. These seven tracks, while slow, moody and at times weirdly alien, also evoke a drama and emotional depth absent from much recent ambient music. It’s a complex and beautiful mixture of electronic instruments, field recordings and percussion.
“The Martian Chronicles is a 74-minute longform album inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short science fiction story by the same name. It is the first collaborative album between Oöphoi (aka Italian drone expert Gianluigi Gasparetti) and Welch soundscape composer Seren Ffordd (aka Andy Benford).
What we got here is a deep and immersive work of cinematic ambient that took about three years in the making. The seven tracks feature vast, dark and slow morphing drone textures along field recordings and percussion, making up an intense trip into a mysterious and alienating world with psychedelic edges.
The Martian Chronicles is a spacious recording meant for deeper and focussed listening, that seems to submerge the listener even more when heard with a good pair of headphones. If you’re into dense ambient art works with both subtle changes along fine environmental sounds, this quality album is for you.” –Review by Bert Strolenberg
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A Produce – White Sands–Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
“A Produce has done it again with his best work ever, White Sands. This is one of those recordings that gets better with each listening. Is it because it’s timeless, trance inducing, yet ‘alert’ music? That rare moment of clarity when one is quiet yet very ‘alive’? Or is it a reflective, sonic snapshot of an at peace artist? A Produce, I feel, is on to something.”
–Dwight Loop, Santa Fe Sun
“This is a contemplative, diverse mix of slow ambient synthesizer places that compare favorably with similar works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin and Sati. The CD flows well even though it contains a considerable variety of sounds, and merits a serious listen. There is something here for every New Age/ambient/space music enthusiast– electronic New Age, tribal techno, meditative, ambient and sombient pieces, as well as works falling between definable genres, making this one of my favorite recent releases of ambient music by a single artist.”
–New Age Voice
“A Produce has consistently turned out albums of highly evocative and frequently very beautiful music which has on occasion been referred to as ‘trance’ music but would more accurately be described as ‘sound paintings.’ Each place evokes a place, a natural environment, a state of being. The composer is subtle in his use of eclectic resources that span the techno-tribal spectrum…. The White Sands anthology is a perfect introduction to this talented artist’s oeuvre.” –P-Form Magazine
LISTEN to “Within Reach” from this album.
Surface 10 – In Vitro Tide –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“Surface 10 is nothing less than a pulsing, reckless tour de force of spiky, punchy beats welded and fused with white noise, grunge guitar, dislocated voices and a swaggering disregard for somnolent sine wave culture that permeates much of todays Electronica. With a glistening, extrovert production, the album is a cavalcade of ideas which fly off like sparks. The dense layers of texture are frequently parted to reveal astonishing knots of wry melody lurking deep beneath the surface of the album. Each track slides from one oeuvre to another in a dazzling, almost precocious attention to detail which offers much in the way of rewards for repeated listening.” -din.org.uk
LISTEN to “Epheral” from this album.
The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind. -databloem.com
LISTEN to “Calibration” from this album.
Ray Carl Daye – Rapid Ear Movement –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
“Rapid Ear Movement” the third release by Ray Carl Daye, is a diverse collection of electronic/ambient instrumentals full of emotion and creativity. The compositions range from the energetic, sequence-driven minimalism of “Endless Departure” and “Dervish Moon” to the radiant, melodic riff of “Aqua Lit”. Other notable tracks are the sentimental, gentle meditation of “Quiet Remergence”; the glittering soundtrack-inspired “Elusian Spring” and cinematic atmosphere of “The Illuminated Earth”. In all, “Rapid Ear Movement” presents fourteen short soundtracks for an imagined cinema.
Ray Carl Daye has been writing and recording ambient/electronic music since 2006. His first album Spectral Navigator, released on Magnatune in 2008 was chosen by Galactic Travels radio as a Top 20 CD of June 2009. His second album Echoes From the Aether released in 2010 and available at the Hypnos store and ping things, was played on the nationally syndicated program Hearts Of Space. His current album titled Rapid Ear Movement was influenced by minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno.
“Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by…”
rik maclean, ping things
“we are absolutely crazy about your music…”
John Buckman, Founder/Owner of Magnatune
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Concert Silence – Rain Furniture –Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
With “Rain Furniture”, Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper wanted to explore a new and different musical territory than previously traveled, while still using the audio set up from “09.22.07”. As a companion piece to the full length, Rain Furniture engages a more raw energy.
Frequency In Cycles Per Second & Maurizio Bianchi/M.B. -Chaotische Fraktale+Letzte Technologie (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99
A double cd new edition by Silentes of “Chaotische Fraktale” and “Letzte Technologie”, a pair of works developed from the collaboration between M.B./Maurizio Bianchi and Frequency in Cycles for Second/Sandro Kaiser. A fascinating sonic mix influences’ industrial matrix revealing, electronic experimentation, minimalism, noises and deep music, alternating large deep drones based parts, destant sounds of reverbering piano, soft subliminal just whispered melodies, sudden electronic meddles, now dramatic and dark, now stronger and static atmospheres, in void suspended, between oniric motionless suggestions and totally earthly chaotic executions.
Steve Brand – Avatara –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name “Augur,” and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He’s quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums Bridge to Nowhere and Children of Alcyone on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we’re very excited to follow up with Steve Brand’s new album Avatara on the main Hypnos imprint. This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand’s recordings, though Avatara is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.
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