This week we’ve got another selection of various artists for you to check out, and sale prices are good good through April 24th or while supplies last.
Numina & Caul – Inside the Hollow Realm –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
Here’s one of the latest from Numina, the hottest new name on the ambient scene right now. It’s a collaboration with Caul, whose own work is even spookier and darker than Numina’s. Disquieting and spacious, with a definite soundtrack-like quality.
SGNL_FLTR – Chrono –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
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.
LISTEN to Track Seven, “Conek.”
Steve Roach – All is Now (2cd) –Regularly $21.99, right now just $14.99
Fresh from select U.S. performances in 2002, this purely live double-CD documents the current evolution of Steve’s iconoclastic live experience after 24 years of electronic concerts worldwide. During the first half of this year, Steve was on the road constantly, playing in one city, then setting up the live system in The Timeroom to reflect on that week’s performance, developing new sounds in response. The music evolved through this process, offering a refreshing alternative to the “tour-’til-you-drop” approach for the composer and audience alike.
Elements from CORE, STREAMS & CURRENTS, EARLY MAN and INNERZONE are present, but the spontaneous moments within these two CD’s, along with many new pieces and spaces created just for these events, create an atmosphere than can only come from stepping outside the safety of the studio. From the intimate to the immediate, ALL IS NOW captures Roach’s deepest, most intense and searching sound journeys undertaken with an entire audience onboard. These “mobile Timeroom” events were recorded at Sedona Arizona, Oakland and San Francisco California, Portland Oregon, and the SFMOMA / Yoko Ono event in June 2002.
“All is Now, Steve Roach’s newest double-CD release on Timeroom Editions, represents Roach’s 24 years of nearly nonstop dedication to presenting live electronic music worldwide. This is a collection of selected live recordings from his 2002 tour of the U.S. including Sedona, Arizona, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland, Oregon. CD One is a blend of four live concerts including a portion from the premiere party for Yoko Ono’s “Yes” exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. CD Two is a complete set from a recent Sedona, Arizona concert, just as it occurred, with a full-house audience.
All is Now is a dialogue of in-the-moment sonic excursions woven from elements of recent studio albums CORE, STREAMS & CURRENTS, EARLY MAN and INNERZONE, as well as a varied collection of new sounds and pieces created for these live concerts. The recordings are taken from both theater-size venues and non-traditional performance spaces, dramatically capturing the current state of Roach’s living sonic vision. That vision taps into the roots of his mandala-like trance pieces, signature atmospherics and neo-tribal groovescapes, weaving it all into one continuous sonorous stream.
The All is Now excursions are an organic maelstrom of elemental earth sounds didgeridoos, shamanic percussion, clay flutes and analog and digital synthesizers sculpted by various synthetic treatments and evolving, real-time effects processing. These recordings also feature Steve’s live debut on electric-guitar-triggered atmospherics on “The Infinite Heart”, recorded in San Francisco. Roach’s artistry as a sound sculptor is an inspiration, given the current status quo, paint-by-numbers mentality which relies on samples and generic synth presets.
As a sonic iconoclast, Roach’s live music sets are challenging certainly not for the faint of ear. Taking Roach’s music into your reality tunnel is to traverse the core of an experimental electric storm. Through exotic textures, subterranean rhythms and expansive vistas All is Now reaches critical mass at many points throughout the two disks.
For Roach, this releases is a significant step forward in the live experience as a living art form a bridging of the studio and stage. Not a premeditated occurrence, the now energy of these concerts is what brings audience members from great distances. Roach prepares each concert by creating his palette through extensive hours of studio time leading up to the events, preparing possibilities, working on pieces and sounds. Yet when the time comes, the all-is-now attitude is what shapes the journey. Roach is able to connect to his audience through the sound, uninhibited by preconceptions. Roach clearly trusts his “in-the-moment” creative juju. He graciously accepts the here-and-now, soul-rattling concert experience as a natural occurrence.
With All is Now, Roach invites us to join him on an exhilarating expedition to the edge and beyond. Would we expect anything less?” –Dwight Loop, Earwaves
Broken Harbour – The Geometry of Shadows (CDR) –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
Notes From the Artist:
“Following a 14 month break from recording, I rebuilt my studio, dug out the synths and got to work. ‘The Geometry of Shadows’ marks another stylistic-shift from previous releases and is almost entirely synth-based. Initially inspired by the concept of faster-than-light communications over galactic distances, the original material for the album was recorded under the title of ‘Ansible’ in late 2009. In 2011 this material was reworked, re-recorded, and recycled over 9 months until no trace of the original material was actually used. This new version of ‘Ansible’, while retaining the spirit and atmosphere of the original recording, shifted the focus to the interplay of light and darkness, both physically, metaphorically, and spiritually, necessitating a change in title. The original idea of superluminal communications however, still threads through the aural landscape, as echoes from the past and future over astronomical distances that we simply cannot comprehend. These ideas: light and shadow, past and future, distance and time, informed the creative process of this album.” -brokenharbour.ca
Craig Padilla – Genesis –Regularly $13.99, right now just $8.99
The music of GENESIS consists of creation-inspired electronic ambiences that are woven from elements of new synthesis forms as well as vintage analog instrumentation. The resulting music will please anyone who enjoys electronic music that is timeless and yet current, bold and yet subtle, melodic while remaining ambient. Genesis takes place inside the listener’s mind and spirit.
LISTEN to the title track, “Genesis” from this album.
IXOHOXI/Numina – Megaliths & Monoliths (cdr) –Regularly $12.99, right now just $7.99
IXOHOXI (Dan Russo) and Numina (Jesse Sola) have collaborated twice before, on a couple of related projects, Starfarer’s Tales volumes 1 and 2 (both of which are available here).
Recently, Dan Russo passed away unexpectedly, just as he and Numina were finishing work on this third collaboration, so we bring you this last project by the duo. Prior to Dan’s death, we here at Hypnos had discussed with him the idea of releasing a couple of his albums on Hypnos Secret Sounds, but alas the projects did not come to be before it was too late. It’s our hope that now that IXOHOXI is gone, more listeners will become aware of this interesting and worthwhile artist.
“The third, and ultimately final collaboration between Numina & IXOHOXI titled “Megaliths & Monoliths” is now available for release. This is, by all accounts, Dan Russo’s final musical work to be released and the last known that he had worked on. Rest in Peace, Dan.”
LISTEN to Track Three, “Nartiang Misty Monoliths.”
Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra –Regularly $9.99, right now just $6.99
The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion. -databloem.com
LISTEN to Track Six, “Lono.”
Steve Brand – The Space Between –Regularly $10.99, right now just $6.99.
Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr, shrink-wrapped
“The initial tracks for “The Space Between” were begun in early 2011 and work continued on the four tracks until early in 2013. I usually work on several works simultaneously, each one informing and propelling the others along. As “Spaces” began to develop, I felt that I wanted to include the assistance of another artist for this release, and “A Thousand Little Wounds,” seemed just right for the richly textured bass work of Peter James. Peter very kindly agreed to help and supplied me with a lovely addition to that track which deepens the feeling greatly. Instruments used in these songs include: keyboards, voice, gongs, bells, bass, field recordings and flutes. I experienced many losses and many life changes during the making of this album. In a way, creating this music, helped me make it through an extremely difficult time and enabled me to process some very challenging emotions. The title was inspired by a spark of intuition that I recieved: although loved ones, situations and events seem to pass into history and other kinds of existence, the apparent space between us, between us and our lost loved ones, between us and those events, does not actually exist. Past events, loved ones, even the resources we need from all our pasts and futures are there waiting for us…in still, quiet moments. – Steve Brand”