We’re doing a big sale this week on lots of heavily discounted items that we only have one or two copies left of on our shelves – super low bargain prices are good through August 25th or while our extremely limited supplies last, so grab them before they’re gone!
Aglaia – Otherworldliness –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
Digipak. “Suspended atmospheres, a mix of ageless sounds are the essence of Otherwordliness. Sounds that meet along border lines, beyond wordly dimension. Every moment is incomprehensible, every space is far, it becomes horizon when it comes in contact with the eyes, every fragment of life is a sound that it gets lost into infinite. We can only listen.”
Aglaia – Nights in Nubiland –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
Nights in Nubiland is a trip into fantastic territories. Nubiland is is the place of the Clouds, where the landscapes are attended between midnight and the dawn… before the sunrise. This new album start a new chapter for Aglaia. Pure electronics, new sounds, but above all we feel a new compositive spirit, that connect the therapeutic music of the beginning into new spontaneous forms… imaginary gestures, that without losing the sensibility and the mystery of the first compositions, expand the language into the personal expression of an art form. -aliodie.com
Alio Die – The Hidden Spring –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
A collection of new and previously released compositions from this interesting ambient soundscape artist. Many of the tracks seem to suggest watery landscapes, with thick, murky, wave-like movement. Droning low tones, eerie chimes, as well as slightly musical synths, samples, etc. all have their place here. – Hic Sunt Leones
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.
Alio Die – Khen Introduce Silence –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
Taking basic improvisations only from sounds produced by Khen (mouth-organ from Thailand/Laos) and processed by different controls like filters, pan and multi-effects, Stefano Musso looks for a vibrational enviroment that is like a special point of view, where time changes his meaning and sometimes becomes absolutely relative, finding a place for contemplation, like being in the clouds and breathing with the sound of the spheres. Observe the circular harmony of seasons in his never ending flow, it speaks like old poetry that is familiar to the soul.
Alio Die – il Tempo Magico di Saturnia Pavonia –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
We begin with A Gift” which is a composition of whistles and highly processed accordion–immediately the recycling projects of Vidna Obmana, for example Landscape in Obscurity, come to mind. Gradually the accordion tones build up to form a harmonic mass of sound, rapturous in tone. Pretty good for an accordion! The next two tracks launch right into traditional Alio Die territory–repeated “melodies” featuring processed traditional instruments alongside rich organic drones. This is what we’ve come to expect and love in an Alio Die CD. Alio Die has mastered this type of composition–not to mention the fact that the types of tracks he does are unmistakably Alio Die. There are not nearly enough Alio Die discs to be tired of the style yet. The attention to mystic tone is so deep that it is hard to not be entranced even with minor stylistic tweaks to the Alio Die-style proper. A standout track is “Fragile-struggente,” which is a very simple mixture of melancholy synth loop accompanied by the sound of a lemon peel burning on a stove (according to the liner notes). It’s a gorgeous little piece, with incidental noises and creaks that remind me of Ora. It’s tracks like this that have beguiled me with Alio Die from the start. A simple setup leads to pure ambient ritualism. A still later track, “Still Here!” reminds us that past drone albums are not far off–I would not be surprised if this were an outtake from Incantamento. I have always imagined Stefano Musso as some crazy Italian guy making ambient records out in the middle of nowhere. Sure, he’s got an email address, but who’s to say this isn’t some strange sham? Whenever I pop in the Alio Die album of choice, it’s not idle soundscaping with strange noises, it’s not a journey into deep, dark space like so many other ambient releases fine and not so fine. This is the sound of a man with wild hair performing a magickal-with-a-‘k’ ritual on the top of a mountain amidst blowing crosswinds. As we all well know, black magic is not performed without consequences–Musso has tapped into some leyline of arcane energy, and it’s seeped into the music.” -Review from Hic Sunt Leones
Alio Die & Zeit – Raag Drone Theory -Right now just $7.99
Tommaso Cimò (Zeit) is back together with Alio Die composing the long flow raga-drone of “Raag Drone Theory” with acoustic sessions recorded in the cloister of the Annunziata in Lunigiana. The warm tones of acoustic dulcimer and zither are mixed with the sound of a shruti-box, while the rest is done by the usual drones & loops dispensed with appropriate measures by the two. Charming quiet music. -oldeuropacafe.com
Alio Die & James Johnson – Cube 7, Sospensione D’Estate –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
CUBE music is designed to blur the architectural spaces that we occupy during our waking hours of the day. Whether it be an office cubical, a personal listening space or subtly defined spaces within an architectural enviroment. CUBE music is music at the edge of perception, music meant to expand interior space. -aliodie.com
Saffron Wood – Platonica Filosofia della Temperanza –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
A land hidden from controled pleausures of rationality among soul an internal platonic part, it is the first andoncy CD by Lorenzo Scopelliti, single musical expression of Saffron Wood, rich in enthusiasm and love, emboried between discoring and long harmonious. The Friscalettu flutes, the impulsive tibetan trumpet and his bells. The vibrating harmoniuns dances of the sicilian Maranzannu and the Vietnamese Danmoi, the evocative sonority of the Indian Dilruba and the Egyptian Rebab, the shy puffs of the Shakuhachi and the indian Bansuri, the cymbals, the ceramic and glass percussions, are in this way translated and trasformed omeopathicly in Platonic Philosophy” expressing the possible prophecy among soul, ground and the acoustic steps of a special peace…. where we often like to find ourselves.”-Review from Databloem Records
Nosesoul: Francesco Paladino & Opium – Angel Ghost & Human Shades –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
Nosesoul project is pure improvisation, my sessions have been improvised and directly mixed with Francesco’s voices. These sounds are pure breathe, pure prayers, pure mourns and pure pleasures to me. I hope this experience won’t leave me through my next years. -TeoZini/Opium
Ambient experimental sounds combining the ‘Francesco’ voices with improvisational programming from Opium. Francesco Paladino here provides vocalisations that range from moans, whines and nasal tones through to various mutterings and mournings. Teo Zini or Opium surrounds these utterances with layers of ambient electronic texture and processed ‘wave editings’. There sultant sound is a mysterious organic sound installation that is suggestive of various dream states – jangling bells, buzzing flies, birds, water droplets and hypnotic drones hang in the aural air – ambiguous, evocative and unsettling.Titles add to the dreamy mood of the music – ‘grasswall painted green’, ‘me, thesky sleeping’, ‘sunrise overflow’. -aliodie.com
Werner Durand & Alio Die – Aqua Planing –Regularly $13.99, right now just $7.99
Drift towards the adventurous land at the border of dream. A happy game of lost and found in a different dimension…
Sounds mainly by Asian instruments like Kehn, Ney, Shakuhachi and field recordings made in Thailand. -oldeuropacafe.com
Nick Parkin – Descent –Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99
“A meditative obscure travel with acoustic and electronic treated sounds.” –aliodie.com
Rudy Adrian – Desert Realms –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
Rudy Adrian’s DESERT REALMS explores the spectacular stillness and vast landscape of the American Southwest desert through eleven beautifully crafted and deeply serene soundscapes. Explains Rudy, “I was fortunate to spend a weekend exploring The Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks in Utah, USA. My tour guides were electronic musician Robert Carty and his partner Patricia Sandoval, who showed me a number of their favourite locations in the North American desert. On returning to New Zealand I became interested in creating music inspired by that journey.” Rudy’s compositions are by themselves both vast and serene, but an additional level of emotion is provided by the poignant and moving flute expressions of Nick Prosser on a few of the tracks. Prossers stirring musical statements interact with Rudy’s vast soundscapes, filling the spectacular sonic vista with just the right amount of life and feeling; reminding the listener that although the desert realms may appear at first stark and barren, they are in fact full of life and captivating beauty.
The Circular Ruins + Off The Sky – We All Fall Down –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
Everything you would expect from these two contemporary talents. Complex atmospheres, strangely rhythmic, hauntingly melodic … a rare treat. -dataobscura.com
A Small Good Thing – Slim Westerns –Regularly $11.99, right now just $6.99
a small, good thing are the hybrid offspring of ethno-tribal-ambient heavyweights O Yuki Conjugate and Purr. ‘Slim Westerns’ is their debut album, an ambient rodeo for the vaporspace. Imagine equal portions of gauchos, guitars, and peyote simmered for hours over a slow fire, and served with a big bottle of tequila. Add a dash of outter space and you’ve got a small, good thing. three northern Englishmen who’ve never been to America, writting music for Westerns that will never be made. ‘Slim Westerns’ is the result their fascination with The West and it’s mythology. After five years of writting and recording in Leeds, York, and London, a small, good thing have produced a album of sly sketches for lonely landscapes, a desert sort of music: slim westerns, maybe.
a small, good thing are:
Mark Sedgwick acoustic & electric guitars, glissando, keyboard, percussion, jew’s harp
Tom Fazzini guitar, keyboard, tapes, voice, typewriter
Andrew Hulme keyboard, percussion, trumpet, whistles, wildlife
Stephan Mathieu – Kapotte Muziek (3″ CD) –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
3″ mini CD. Original recordings from a Kapotte Muziek concert from august 1996, reworked by Stephan Mathieu during 2002. -Boomkat.com
Paul Bradley – Memorias Extranjeras –Regularly $11.99, right now just $5.99
Recorded in Valencia and Gandia (Spain) in October 2005. Mixed October to December 2005.
Limited to 500 copies.
Packaged in color printed cardboard sleeve.
“Graceful and epic cocktail of atmospheric neoclassical passages, Japanese drums and rhythms. The album is released as appealing digi-pack, its design in classical Japanese style was created by Peter Savelkoul. ” –clearspot.nl
Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli – Whinny Muir –Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99
A singular long, deep moving, slow and expansive drone-track, built on always changing sonic masses, low frequencies, strong electric-electronic sounds, field recordings, feedback, buzzes, hisses, rough distortion, fading organ chords, cellos and orchestral parts. Alternation of progressive crescendos, ambiental pauses, sudden, dramatic and catchy dynamic shocks. An evolving and extraordinary trip through an obscure sonic journey, convincingly assembled by Italian Pietro Riparbelli (K11, PT-R) and Belgian Yannick Franck (Y.E.R.M.O., Idiosyncrasia).
“Fantastic one-tracker collab. that celebrates the beauty of shimmering & overtunic drones !! Melancholic majestic sounds that are sometimes near to the border to noise, sometimes move into very subtle fields, with organ-like sounds at the end. Really great, highly recommended for any Drone-lover-boy or girl !!!”
Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place–Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’”
Hall of Mirrors – Reflections on Black –Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99
Reflections On Black is HALL OF MIRRORS’ first album: a dark transmission from the hearts and minds of AMON and NIMH. Instruments used to make these sounds were constant companions of the artists for days-on-end. This document utilizes an immense range of synthesizers and obscure electronic equipment. Complex compositions created with various sequencers, backing tapes, field recordings, electric guitar, and masterful audio processing techniques, combined with expert assembly (mixing/digital editing). With “Reflections in Black”, AMON and NIMH redefines the genre of dark ambient music. A definite buy for fans of Lustmord and darker/gothic atmosphere. Isolationistic music for midnight rituals. Post-millennium soundscapes. Intensely foreboding… Like watching storm coluds gather on a late summer night. Darkest beauty personified. silentes.it
Daniel Menche – Static Burn –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
Constructions created with crude analog and digital treatments of tortured electronics, destroyed voices, raw materials and one old forgotten song.
Desiderii Marginis – Thaw –Regularly $10.99, right now just $7.99
“Of the Swedish wave of Dark Ambient acts from the 1990s, Desiderii Marginis is one of the few still active and definitely one of the finest. Desiderii Marginis has created and developed its own unique sonic palette merging digital and analogue: melancholic electronica with electroacoustic elements and intravenous rhythms. Over the course of 20 years, Johan Levin released 7 full-length albums (Cold Meat Industry, Cyclic Law, Kaosthetik Konspiration). His latest offering entitled “Thaw” compiles the compilation appearances and adds 3 tracks from the “Lost Signals From Unknown Horizons” split (Beast Of Prey, 2004). On the one hand, it is simply a collection of rare tracks, but, on the other, it may serve a purpose of a “best of” album. With the chronology unaltered, it gives you the full picture of the project and its progress. It is a history lesson of the last 20 years in sonic melancholia of Desiderii Marginis.” -coldspring.co.uk
Francisco Lopez – Wind [Patagonia] –Regularly $9.99, right now just $5.99
Wind [Patagonia] is the third part of Spanish sound artist Francisco López’s already classic trilogy of the Americas” which started with La Selva, followed by Buildings [New York] (both released by V2 Archief, Netherlands).
An immersion into the sonic matter from micro- and macro- environments dominated by wind in Patagonia. A vast barren space shaped and inhabited by the ever-changing forces of unmuted plants, rocks, sand, snow, and ice. An irregular broad-band environment of relentless strength and richness. And above all, a tour de force of profound listening.”