Newly-Added Items

This week we’ve added another handful of items that were either accidentally deleted or just somehow never made it into the SOUNDSWIM store after our big move a while back, but inventory is limited, so grab them before they’re gone!

The Hafler Trio – A Thirsty Fish –$9.99
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“You don’t necessarily buy Hafler Trio releases because they’re going to be ‘easy listening’…and this is no exception. In fact, this could better be termed ‘uneasy listening’. “A Thirsty Fish” is the aural equivalent of being transformed into a doggie toy and being violently shaken around by a rottweiler. Sound sources shift and jump with maximal contrast from one type to another, with seeming illogic. Snippets of voices and other semi-recognizable sounds flit by, just fast enough to realize what they are, but not to comprehend them. And just as you get used to one set of aural circumstances, you’re flung headlong into something else. Normally, this would be a huge laundry-list of negatives…but in the course of playing with all of these negative aesthetics, Andrew McKenzie crafts a work that is a seeming parallel to the surging bewilderment of the modern landscape. Hard to take, and downright devastating if taken at one sitting, this album is a tour-de-force in what can be accomplished by musique concrete methods, even in this day and age. And in the class of this sort of music, it ranks right up there with works by luminaries of sonic assemblage such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Max Neuhaus, Pierre Henry, et al.” –DAC Crowell

Halfer Trio – 3 Eggs –$7.99
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“A recording planned for release on the doomed 2005 US tour with Colin Potter, The Hafler Trio and Andrew Liles. Andrew Liles playing the Hafler Trio and Colin Potter, Colin Potter playing the Hafler Trio and Andrew Liles and the Hafler Trio playing Andrew Liles and Colin Potter… as well as each individual being themselves.”

Packaged in a deluxe 12 panel foldout cover. Limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Review:
VITAL WEEKLY
“Once three men wanted to go to America to play some music. A big country, alas but not with much money for three men to get everything they needed to get to this big country. So they decide to create a CD of pieces of music that are generated through the mail. A most common practice to make music these days. But then, for whatever reason, the whole tour fell through. And someone sat on this music created for this tour support CD.
It’s good to see it released, even when the content is puzzling. Apparently it’s Liles playing Potter and Hafler Trio, Hafler Trio playing Liles and Potter, and Potter doing something similar. Perhaps there is something solo by each as well. All clear, except the order of the proceedings and why three times three make eight and not nine tracks. My estimation is that the first track is indeed by Liles. Adding a bit of trademark collage music stuff in a somewhat synthetic field of sound, there is some little surprises. The second piece seems to me The Hafler Trio, with also a trademark sound: the wind like sounds we remember from ‘Inoutof’. Colin Potter must be the author of the third track, with it’s cymbals being played and a faint trace of digital distortion. Nicely drone related. After this things get a little bit more difficult. They are less trademark pieces, and it’s more difficult to decipher the codes of the specific drone in this. Of course it’s not worth fighting over who did as it’s the result that counts. And the result is surely just right up what you’d expect from the three man. Drone related, stretched out, atmospheric, spacious or whatever qualifications one can think of, this is a very fine disc of mood enginenering. Perhaps it’s a pity that the tour fell through, but on the other hand, we have another treasure to add.” –FdW

Yui Onodera – Rhizome –$7.99
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Album Notes:
“Yui Onodera is composer and multi-instrumentalist from Tokyo, Japan. He uses field recordings, electronics, piano, guitar, and voice to produce works of unrivaled ethereal beauty.

Rhizome is his 10th cd and showcases his truly unique talents for sound design and electroacoustic experimentation.”

Nikita Golyshev – Solaris –$7.99
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“Nikita Golyshev plays electronic music as if there is not any other music around, as if it had never existed. Dense drones live in strange harmony with micronoises, clicks and glitches, some alien substance, delicate acoustic splendor melodies, hidden in the tracks so deeply that they become almost invisible. Something amorphous is glazing the background, confusing thoughts, breaking fragile stylistic borders. But if you look carefully it turns out that this sustained cycle of artistic self-sufficiency is a place to hide for a boy with an ironic, god-like smile watching as his self-made, localized world collapses. There’s no difference if the sounds will continue to live, or disappears suddenly. Nikita’s music exists in the “here and now”, and there’s nothing to add, even for a moment, as long as it plays on your speakers.” –Ilias Mikanaev

The Flatline Compilation 2 (2CD) –$9.99
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“Flatline Records does not have a huge catalog, but what the label does release is exceptional. As a who’s who of electronic music, A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 is a strong addition to the list. A Flatline Compilation, Vol. 2 hits the perfect and much sought-after mark of a compilation that has something to offer both the hardcore fans who have large music collections and those looking for an overview of the genre. Unreleased tracks are the main attraction, from both artists who are relatively obscure as well as mainstays, but there are some classics here as well. The only criteria are diversity and quality. Unreleased tracks by Cleen and Galan Pixs appear alongside well-known songs by Download, Front Line Assembly, and Numb on disc one; noise giants Converter and Noisex are joined with fresh approaches by the drill’n’bass of Needle Sharing and Ammo on disc two. This comparison also illustrates a good cross-section of flavors on the compilation — upbeat, hard electro is the general theme of disc one, while disc two has more of a beat-driven noise flavor. The result is a compilation that has transcended the ‘best of genre’ mentality, and instead provides a unique perspective on the electronic music scene.” –Theo Kavadias for allmusic.com

Various Artists – Analogy Vol. 2 –$7.99
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Album Notes:
“In 2005 under the title ‘Analogy, Volume 1,’ a compilation cd came out with unreleased material from a lot of interesting electronic musicians. The assignment was to create a piece only using analog equipment. This was a success, hence now a second cd is released (well, the title ‘Volume 1’ already indicated this of course…). And again, this album is the host for a diversity of wonderful tracks.
Collaborating artists are, amongst others, Ron Boots, Kees Aerts (who for the first time in years makes a -very nice- solo piece “Branch Hopping”), Stephen Parsick, Remy, Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij, EM2 (=Emmens and Embrase), Craig Padilla, Create, Remotion, and others. The cd begins with the most exiting piece, ‘Mellowtrothoughts’ from Roque Element. It is an improvisation (on a Saturday morning) on two Mellotrons, who give this track an atmosphere like Tangerine Dream’s ‘Mysterious Semblance At The Stand Of Nightmares’ (from ‘Phaedra’). But also ‘Velvet Sky’ of Emmens/Heij (not surprisingly with strong sequences), ‘Reaching Out’ of Create, ‘Expectations’ of Remy (for the biggest part played on the MemoryMoog) and ‘Sneak Preview’ of Ron Boots are fine pieces. Highlights on the cd are -next to Rogue Element- the moody ‘Electromagnetic’ of Stephen Parsick and ‘Sonar Vision’ of Remotion.”

Various Artists – Analogy Vol. 1 –$7.99
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Album Notes:
“Analogy, Volume1 contains music by some of the finest em-musicians of today:
Create, Remotion, Loren Nerell, Steve Roach and Chuck Oken, Paul Ellis and Steve Roach, 4m33s, Gert Emmens, Syn, Russell Storey, Kees Aerts, Altres, modulator esp and Ian Tescee.
The music ranges from traditional sequencer-based berlin school (create, syn, altres, modulator esp), via melodical (remotion, emmens, aerts, tescee), ambient (ellis and roach, 4m33s) to experimental (nerell, roach and oken, storey).
All music was played and recorded with care and love for the music and the instruments that it’s played on. “Analogy, volume1″ is a great and eagerly awaited project.”

Storewide Coupon Code Sale Extended

Hi there all,

We wanted to send out a reminder about our storewide coupon code sale, which we’ve decided to extend through Sunday, January 5th:

Using coupon code YearEnd19 at the checkout gives 25% off any size order (discount applies to products, not shipping charge, and includes all items in the store through January 5th or while supplies last).

Visit SOUNDSWIM soon for some (continued) great bargains!

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Year-End Storewide Coupon Code Sale

Hello all,
We’re running a storewide coupon code sale through the end of the year – using coupon code YearEnd19 at the checkout gives 25% off any size order (discount applies to products, not shipping charge) between now and year end with no minimum or restrictions, so visit the SOUNDSWIM store before the new year for some excellent bargains!

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$4.99-$5.99 on Selected Items (#2)

We’ve gone through our shelves and have chosen another batch of great music for this week’s deep discount sale! All items are just $4.99-$5.99, and the low prices will be good through December 15th or while supplies last.

Robert Rich – What We Left Behind –$5.99
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“As unpredictable as he is prolific, multi-instrumentalist/composer Robert Rich defies expectations on a stunning new release that combines field recordings, acoustic instruments (PVC flutes, percussion), lap steel guitar, and electronics. The result is a luscious, organic mix where textures and melodies float naturally in and out of the foreground, often to the accompaniment of irregular rhythms that decorate time as raindrops do, suggesting patterns that are always slightly out of reach.” –Gino Robair, Electronic Musician

Muridae – Under the Fable of Meaning –$5.99
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A variegated and original universe of electronic visions; leading rhythmic parts, cosmic suggestions, echoes of filtered human voices and hints of concrete noises extraordinarily mixed with catchy electronic progressions, among pulsating basses, sequencer patterns and winning melodic arpeggios… A surprising mix of ideas that draws from a wide range of stylistic influences, an extraordinary deep impact sound quality rich in dynamics, for an uninterrupted flux of incredible emotions… -Silentes

Maurizio Bianchi – M.I. Nheem Alysm –$4.99
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2005, release on Silentes, the new offshoot of Italy’s Amplexus label… the brand new album by Maurizio Bianchi is the first of a series on silentes. M.I. NHEEM ALYSM is a decompositive triad for reverberating piano and osmosized keyboards, idealized and carried out between the autumn 2003 and the spring 2004. Dedicated to all the people they proclaim the liberation of the modest mininmalistic sound. A true manifesto.

Faryus and Vadim Bondarenko – Quiet Songs from Misty Places –$5.99
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Frail and delicate ambient atmospheres, clusters of rarefied piano notes lying on discreet drones, soft and evanescent clarinet riffs, suggesting and catching natural sounds… Light and ethereal pastel-colored musical plots… Eight tracks, one hour of suspended and quiet sonic passages. -Silentes

Ray Carl Daye – Rapid Ear Movement –$4.99
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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

Crawl Unit – Vs Silence –$4.99
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Ultra-minimal ambience approaching the limits of silence.

“The sounds on this record, originally recorded between 1993 and 1995, were intended for use as “environmental sound for exhibition space”. These pieces are remarkable for how their subtle and dense soundscaping continuously moves in and out of a foundation in silence. These five segments create an amorphous whole where silence is not only used as marks of punctuation, but fulfils its double role as both the source and the destination of sound. Highly recommended.”
–Reviewed by Richard DiSanto, Incursion.org

Manifold says:
Classic re-issue of the only “dark-ambient” Crawl Unit record, if there is such a thing. Joe might kill me for saying that but this demo gave me the blissful creeps for a year before I finally called Joe Colley and said we have to make a record of this. This is a sonorous, billowing cloud of sound, expanding, deepening, wavering, occasionally throbbing the speakers with titanic world-heavy bumps and textures. The untitled tracks here seem to corrode and meld into each othr like tectonic plates, slowly crushing into the edges, burrowing and rumbling. All over this a dire wind stretches. Ground metaphors don’t do it justice because this feels so effervescent and airy. Light, yet totally black. In original artwork.

Maurizio Bianchi/Siegmar Fricke – Stroma~Konkret –$4.99
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Extra heavy fusion of industrial noise and musique concrete, this exclusive collaboration unites the forces of two legendary musicians who witnessed the roots of the industrial music movement. This album consists of three long tracks of mechanical aggression, clinical obsession and uncompromising psychic attack. -Monochrome Vision

A Produce – Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo –$5.99
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“Eno/Hassell fourth-world ambiance and Harold Budd styled keyboard atmospherics….. The most distinctive tracks are the last three, all of which have a strong invented ethnic flavor….. Other tracks are nicely (and even beautifully) done, but have a more generic meditative quality which hovers somewhere between background and foreground.”
— Option

“Overall, this creation is haunting, almost unsettling, probing hidden mysteries of the soul. Many cuts are very long, and very hypnotic, with an organic shimmering sound like random molecular movement. Its otherworldly ambiance brings to mind the devic kingdom. Great for deep journeying.” Heartsong Review

Katzo – Disposition –$5.99
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Katzo is a Japanese project by Katsuya Urushizaki and with Disposition” he offers a flux of dynamic/driving programmed rhythmic sequences, bass lines, pulsing grooves and micro sounds.” -databloem.com

Andrew Liles – All Closed Doors –$4.99
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With a title such as ‘Largactil and Dilaudin for the Soul’ this newest release from British composer Andrew Liles should give an indication of the eccentricies from where this recording is coming from. One track of stark resonating piano followed by the slow warming of the orchestra that draws you in. Once there, it tip toes, echoes and dissolves with each track re-emerging more fractured than the next. Intricacies of creaks, dull thuds, traditional instrumentation and then subtle ambient drones. ‘All Closed Doors’ could be the aural equivalent of living in a disused cupboard; dusty and empty – dark and damp. Perhaps the definitive song on the album, ‘What Never Will Be’ is a bizarre ghostly version of the ‘que sera sera.’

Michael Mantra – A/B Illuminated Music (DVDR) –$4.99
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A/B Illuminated Music DVD-R provides a visual gradient to the audio-CD (of A/B). Beautiful video art… with a higher purpose. The visuals here provide a true change in state-of-consciousness, and conversion of negative yin emotions into a more positive yang emotion. For maximum meditative state, watch this DVD while listening with stereo headphones. This DVD is dedicated to world peace for all sentient beings. -Silentes

Daniel Menche – Incineration –$4.99
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Re-issue of 1993 originally Soleilmoon release. Standard jewel case with one insert. Originally recorded in 1993 using very cheap recording equipment and crude electronics. Rough field recordings and found objects were used and abused. Recorded live straight to recorder without overdubs, at the “Club Les Girls” and Smegma Studio. Remastered February 1999 at OMRO Studio by Timothy Stollenwerk.

Dale Lloyd – Semper –$5.99
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Semper is Alluvial’s first release of 2005 and is co-released with the and/OAR label. Seattle-based composer Dale Lloyd has collaborated in the past with people such as Yannick Dauby and Michael Northam, and has had work released by labels such as Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Staalplaat and Sirr.ecords. For the past 5 years, Lloyd has played a quiet but strong role in bringing new life to the notion of environmental recordings as sound art” (or “Phonography”) with the highly regarded compilations produced for Phonography.org, as well as other projects and activities.

The first piece entitled “Semper”, is mostly a quiet and contemplative work, yet it contains sprawling builds from near silent ebbs and flows to thunderous crescendos. Also heard are delicate field recordings and found objects transformed and woven into intricate electronic tapestries. The second and shorter piece titled “Magnesian Recumbit” is a slowly building ambient work with a unique sense of melancholy that makes for a perfect ending.

“For me, Semper basically illustrates a series of self-searching questions (with subtle epiphanies) followed by a somewhat enigmatic resolve or ‘answer’, of which I believe we have all encountered in our lives in one way or another.” -Dale Lloyd

Francisco Lopez – With/In –$4.99
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Created by Francisco López with original sound matter recorded from body, clothes and immediate surrounding space during ritual whirling by Valentina Lacmanović. As subtle as the almost invisible image that appears on the back cover, this work translate the dancer’s breath and movements into music. One of the most interesting concepts in López later works and surely one of the best entries in his ever-growing discography. Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over sixty countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology. Since 1999 Valentina Lacmanović has researched dances from different cultures through their ritual, folk, classic, and contemporary aspects. From 2001 onwards, her work has been focused on the creation of dance-theater and multimedia performances where Eastern and Western worlds meet. She has worked intensively on creating performances inspired by dances of trance and collaborates with artists from various disciplines. Profound research into dances of trance and ritual versus performing spaces since 2003 gave new direction to her work as an art director and performer. Her investigations into whirling dance led to insights into its origins and practice extending beyond Sufi meditation that supply an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration and contemporary creativity, ultimately resulting in the project Shedervish, which marked an important change in her artistic development.

-www.silentes.it

Nimh – The Unkept Secrets –$4.99
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After few months of distance from the escape of The Missing Tapes” and the relative “Rework” by Aube, Nimh (Giuseppe Verticchio) sets aside the ethnic-lysergic visions that have characterized the previous album and continues along the distance of sonorous search and fascinating experimentation electronic, already undertaken with works such as “The Impossible Days” and “Subterranean Thoughts.” Nimh expands the range of sounds and instruments, revealing his own “secrets” through a new, dark but stylistically unclassifiable CD, in which he arranges with extraordinary originality and in an absolutely personal way elements of drone music, dark ambient, electronics, ritual, ethnic, field recordings, enriching every track with the recurrent presence of evocative sounds of electric guitar in varied filtered and elaborated way.” -Silentes

Sale: $4.99-$5.99 on Selected Items

We’ve done some deep discounts on a large selection of items from the Hypnos shelves this week, with the low prices being good through December 1st or while supplies last!

Robert Rich – Open Window –$5.99
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Open Window
Piano Solos

While better known for his electronic textures, Robert Rich often includes piano solos during his live concerts. Open Window documents his improvisational approach to acoustic piano, with influences ranging from Alan Hovhannes, G.I. Gurdjieff and Erik Satie to Terry Riley and Keith Jarrett.

Rich chose to record Open Window on his own 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand, an instrument with a more intimate sound than a full-size concert piano. Over a period of two months, he kept a daily schedule of piano improvisation, with microphones set up to record at all times. The pieces selected here reflect special moments during this concentrated period. These were the moments when effort vanished, and the music seemed to write itself.

Aube – Reworks Stefano Gentile –$5.99
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2006. Wide-ranging Japanese sonic experimentalist Aube (real name Akifumi Nakajima) takes a crack at source materials by Stefano Gentile. Here’s what the Silentes label says:

“Aube Japanese artist living in Kyoto has made an restoration and revision of original material by Stefano Gentile. Glacial sonic tensions, hypnothic electronic sequences, loops alienated stratifications, isolationist dark atmospheres, slow and progressive accumulations of changing sonic masses.” Glacial sonic tensions, hypnothic electronic sequences, loops alienated stratifications, isolationist dark atmospheres, slow and progressive accumulations of changing sonic masses… An extraordinary work of restoration and revision of original material by Stefano Gentile developed by Aube, japanese great master, and able manipulator and contemporary electronic-experimental music reworker.

Mystified – Passing through the Outer Gates, Eulogy Series Volume 1 –$4.99|
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Ambient and dark ambient soundscapes alike are deftly populated by neo-classical elements, occasionally with an experimental twist! There are no comparisons to other musicians or albums, as this album and the journey within are distinctly those of Mystified! Dare you join Thomas on his spiritual journey? Or do you fear to leave this world behind?

Mystified`s “Passing Through the Outer Gates” is presented in an A5 digipak with silver foil-embossed lettering and a specially die-cut cover whose coffin-shaped hole reveals only a hint of the true album cover artwork underneath! Featuring David Demaret`s “Burning Souls” painting, with additional graphics and layout by Eclipse Media. Limited to 500 copies.

Aqua Dorsa – Cloudlands –$4.99
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Aqua Dorsa is a musical Italian ambient project formed by Enrico Coniglio and Oophoi. Their work “Cloudlands” is a perfect mix of glitch,classical and orchestral glacial ambient soundscape. -Glacial Movements Records

Seele – The Deep Side Of My Soul –$4.99
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Seele is a collaboration between Amir Baghiri and Stefano Gentile.

After the previous Silentes cd: “Berlin”, Seele offers a new, entrancing excursion into urban atmospheres. A rhythmic trip thats deeply moving and coloured, mixing different styles with remarkable originality. Seele uses synthetic sounds, drum machine grooves, ambient textures, alluring female vocals, iridescent chants of the orient, exotic instrumental sounds, rapper-esque vocal phrases, arpeggios of pizzicato strings, and deeply evocative piano melodies. An unbelievable blend of sonic elements clash to create a new sonic fabric that has never been experienced before. Uncharted musical terrain for the listener seeking a completely new direction in sound.

Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig / Steve Roach – Nada Terma –$5.99
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Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as “discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound”) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork. -projekt.com

Sone – Passerelle –$4.99
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Documented on this CD is a site-specific sound installation / performance given by °Sone (pronounced osone”), a project of Yannick Dauby, Christophe Havard & Hughes Germain. The only sounds used were from within the walls of the building where the event took place, channeled and recorded using large transducers and then mixed and broadcast back into the main space of the building.”-and/OAR

Maurizio Bianchi & Land Use – Psychoneurose –$4.99
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Italian Avant-Noise legend M.B. and Land Use collaborate on dramatic, subterranean wall-of-noise constructions and swirling textural storms, dense and complex arrangements, shifting and shimmering tones barely under control, streaming toward some distant and indefineable precipice. Not noisy, but way too tense and corrosive to be called ambient. These vibrant monoliths of sound shift the listeners pysche into a restless sort of zen, a blissful chaos – truly mind and mood-altering. Bianchi released early records on Whitehouse’s Come Org. label and has been active since the 1970’s. And a recent and conspicuous absence from the experimental music world has been broken by several recent releases of surprising freshness and relevance. It is unclear where MB leaves off and Land Use begins but Psychoneurose is definitely a clear and brilliant return to early MB techniques with several refinements in delivery and focus. Psychoneurose will be the clear weapon of choice for those who prefer their ambience with teeth and their Power-Electronics with more of the deep, vaster textures than violence.

Aspectee – Morben –$4.99
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Influenced by the human condition and the human experience, by humanity’s fortune and misfortune, the soundscapes of Aspectee’s “Morben” are varied, ranging from ambient to dark ambient to experimental, though the sounds remain forever blackened, and the moods heavy.” Presented to you in digipak format, limited to 500 copies.

REVIEW:
MORBEN creates tense atmospheres through opposing sounds, deep drones, but has also very cinematic elements. The opening of the album, ‘Stuhlmann’, sounds very grand and has a very cinematic quality. ‘Dianthus’ is etched in very intense and deep drone and has very interesting sound design. ‘Newin’ is a very great soundscape with a more experimental structure. It has some nice orchestral elements and a very mystical sound. An amazing sound experience! ‘gotheDrStone’ continues this way, but has a more angelic feel to it. ‘kince’ is a great emotional piece that has a kind of sad element to it, but also feels uplifting in other ways. Towards the end it gets a more raw sound. It has some very dual feelings that make this song very interesting to listen to. ‘aspectee’ starts very raw and abstract, but halfway turns more deep and cinematic. ‘betho et’ reminds me somewhat of the netherworld soundscapes of Vestigial. It’s a very rich soundscape that is also very immersive. ‘leanon’ is also a very deep voyage into the underworld, where all things hidden seems to show themselves. The album ends with ‘unwic’, which is a very soothing piece of music. It’s this conclusion that gives the whole album its emotional heart. -fabienvandermeer.com

Bruno Sanfilippo – ClarOscuro –$5.99
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“Barcelona based piano player and electronic musician Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer who has been exploring the borders of minimal piano concepts and electro-acoustic music for more then 20 years. His CD series “PianoTextures“ sets him in a direct tradition of artists as Harold Budd and Brian Eno, combining slow piano tunes with electronic soundscapes. With “ClarOscuro“ he now makes his step into the genre of modern classical music by presenting his first composition work for piano trio. Most of the nine tracks on the album feature Sanfilippo accompanied by spanish musicians Manuel del Fresno on violincello and Pere Bardagi on Violin, while some of the tracks still let the sensitive piano playing stand on its own. With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, “ClarOscuro” brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie.” –brunosanfilippo.bandcamp.com

“ClarOscuro is completing Bruno Sanfilippo’s return to his origins. As a classically trained pianist with a Grand Piano in his basement studio, he is ready to fulfill his long time dreams and challenges. Bruno Sanfilippo has already proved many times his amazing talent and flexibility within ambient genre and “clarOscuro” is the next, giant step in his recording career. Muchas gracias, Maestro!!! And of course kudos also to all other contributing artists!!!” –Richard Gurtler

Objekt4 – Her Face Among the Shadows –$4.99
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“Hydraulic creaks and myriad other disturbed noises creep to the surface from an underground dungeon in Objekt4’s Her Face Among the Shadows. The eight-track collection by Sweden resident Anders Peterson, who “composed, decomposed, recomposed, coded, decoded, and encoded” the subtly menacing material, is largely dark ambient in character though occasionally animated by beats, typically hip-hop flavoured. His focus on spectral atmospheres is so consistent, the beats that abruptly appear in “Her Face” seem out of place. The lurching rhythms in “Foreverneverendeverend,” by comparison, more naturally emerge out of the setting’s crime scene ambiance where swirls of buzzing flies suggest the aromatic presence of a decaying corpse. Even subtler, “Among the Shadows” undulates gently until clanking chains pierce the droning heartbeat that softly pounds throughout.

Much to his credit, Peterson eschews cheap theatrics—groans, screams, annihilating beats—others might have deployed for the genre in question; “A Way Away,” for example, ends the album on a peaceful (if gloomy) rather than harrowing note. Shaping his material in restrained manner ultimately enhances its impact by allowing the listener to visualize the album’s desecrated landscapes (apparently, Objekt4’s site also makes the release available in a 5.1 Surround Sound-CDR version, which, given the material’s cinematic character, might be worth investigating). For those whose listening is as much label- as artist-oriented, Her Face Among the Shadows appears on the Czech label Ravenheart but would reside just as comfortably on Ad Noiseam or Sublight .”
–Reviewed on textura.org

Opium/Sostrah Tinnitus – Stain –$5.99
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Warm, involving, deep and penetrating… Flowing sound patterns, vibrating drones permeated by a discreet sense of tension, evolving in dark, obscure, foggy, nocturnal atmospheres, violated by raven voices, mysterious noises and sounds of metal objects in motion… And then concrete noises, confused and elusive melodies, feeble light flashes, buried echoes of human voices, distant whispers, sudden passages of rough sounds, undefined nuisances, subliminal and hypnotic sequences. -Silentes

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One –$4.99
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early an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.-Silentes

A Produce – White Sands –$5.99
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“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

Michael Mantra and Charlz de la Casa – Cerulean Transmission –$4.99
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A precious sonic masterwork, documenting the extraordinary collaboration between Michael Mantra and Charlz De La Casa. A cd of suspended time and space… “classical” static music. Two long tracks flow like sonic lava, weaving together lush background washes, and evocative field recordings. Dark electric sounds, beautiful drones, inner-Earth rumbling, human voices, concrete noises, ship engines, sirens, sounds of the sea, bubbles, wind, chants, and wildlife sounds merge in an indefinable (and never before experienced) way… an absolutely unmissable work.

SGNL_FLTR – Chrono –$5.99
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After years of signaling, filtering, phasing, delaying, decaying, compressing, compromising, changing, arranging, changing, rearranging, adding, removing, accepting, denying, deleting, rendering, considering, forgetting, remembering, reconsidering, choosing and compiling, this is it. However, an empty duration as a naked prefix of random time is all this is, until you make my time yours and relate the position of the prefix to the duration of you.

All tracks by Danny Kreutzfeldt during 2002-2006. Guidance and good intensions provided sporadically by my friends with a special mentioning of Dennis Knopper.

Michael Mantra – Mobius Logic –$4.99
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Evocative and crepuscular atmospheres, tenuous sounds from the inks color pastel, minimalistic melodies acclimatized on background of discreet but wrapping field recordings… Evoked and surrealistic soft sonorous landscapes with warm synthetic sounds, mixed to crystalline natural noises, concrete sounds, breaths. A fascinating classic and quiet album of ambient music.

-Silentes

Northern – Drawn –$4.99
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Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams.

Bruno Sanfilippo – Subliminal Pulse –$5.99
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Veteran Electronic/Ambient composer and recording artist Bruno Sanfilippo has been creating and releasing impressive soundscapes since 1991. Now the internationally established instrumentalist delivers his first official US release, Subliminal Pulse, a tranquil and hypnotic ambient musical tapestry comprised of delicate melodies, layered electronics and synth textures that seem to come from deep within a dream.-spottedpeccary.com

Lullabier – Verita rivestite d’ombra –$4.99
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Delicate and fragile dreaming atmospheres, melodic and hypnotic ambient light sparks, sonic landscapes both semi-acoustic and then close to shoegaze, introspective lyrics almost whispered by a simple and gentle voice, mainly based on evocative and shiny, delicate, and dilated electric guitar riffs laid on discreet rhythmic backgrounds, sometimes simply backed by acoustic guitar chords, in a singer-songwriter mood.  -Silentes