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Nils Quak - Scenes From Memory Screen

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Pure forge for melting thoughts. Expanding time, pondering the surrounding activity as the consciousness moves like a humming bird in flight. There is a gooey medium within Scenes From Memory Screen. Elements holding qualities to engulf the process of contemplation, energy to remove the tedium of every day. The talk and commotion continues to escalate in the fringes as we are drawn more closely and securely to the aural world of Nils Quak.  With twenty years or more of compositions by Nils Quak, the sonic creative process pins the red in every aspect. Scenes From Memory Screen holds nine selections, each under heavy atmospheric pressure of geologic splendor. There is a weight in these sounds, an anchor that holds thoughts securely to the source of tranquility. But this is not ambient droning serenity. Scenes From Memory Screen is more like the epicenter of the small ripples that eventual reach the shore line. They are connected, properties from either end of the same event. Fortunately

Orasique - Ixtlahuaca

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eh? and Orasique are two electrons orbiting a nucleus of pure sonic energy. They have worked together, Orasique providing the sounds and eh? securing the platform for the sounds to be heard in a wider spectrum. In this edition of aural spirit, Orasique has collected seven tracks making the foundation of Ixtlahuaca. This album is uncovered seething radioactive noise. Structures have been discarded or melted away over time. What remains are four musicians connecting their vast experience, all gathered in an ammunition depot with a gunpowder trail fuse slowly burning to the center. The beauty of Ixtlahuaca is there is no explosion. With all the combustible energy in hand, this group of four artists skillfully skirts complete mayhem and delivers the thresholds of magnificent sounds.    One of the most intriguing aspects of Ixtlahuaca is the use of voice. Marco Albert is credited with voz in the liner notes, an Italian musician with a flare for language and it's diversity. Fernando Barr

Centrul Isteric - PASS​/​PORT

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A sea wall reversing energy from the ocean causes collisions of magnificent sonic waves. They swell in might as the wake of a ship adds to the chaos. Energy becomes uniquely spectacular for the moment as sounds build from perfectly formed smaller waves. The augmentation, like a soloist in an orchestra being joined by all the other musicians, yet this procession contains a more shocking beauty for those who listen. Time has interwoven, taking the centuries old colorful progression of characters from the Día de los Muertos parade in Mexico City interwoven with the jumbled noise from modern day media. Warm nostalgia flipped over, listening is from a new direction.    Centrul Isteric is the project of Gili Mocanu. An audio / visual artist who has stepped aside for a moment from his long running electronics project, Somnoroase Păsărele. PASS​/​PORT is a composition of two side long tracks. The first titled "Death / Pass", an aural climb of precise clear sounds. The apex shares diz

cursot - Haulin' Minds

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Skateboarding on a sidewalk, the rhythms of the seams in cadence with how fast you pump. The noise from the street overlaying the canvas of wheels against concrete and the continual click of rolling over each cut. This is an old part of town and nothing is too smooth. The droning rhythms experience broken sections from tree roots and misuse, a solid path filled with patches of chaos infused by time. A row of storefronts with open doors, enticing music and smells beckon. An area under construction and detour through the street, machinery so loud the current soundtrack is deafened. The board and skater push on into a place not familiar anymore. The path becomes electric, travel is within the mind. Beats and rhythms transfused from the physical to the ethereal. Haulin' Minds has shared the trajectory to higher vibrations.   Cursot is the project name for Garrett Anderson. His genius for music adrift in the chaos of an asteroid belt. Collisions and calamity giving way to sonic fragment

Baujillaud - A Vision of a Dragon’s Head

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The year 2021 has ticked over, so much good music has filled the mind. A Vision of a Dragon’s Head is an album i have been sitting on. I would like to say, "saving the best for last" or "patiently waiting to see if anyone else picked up on how good this is", but that would be too perfect. The reality is just being busy and slightly intimidated by a composition that included Emil Palme as part of the project. I know any project he works on will be beautifully complicated and push the thresholds of familiarity. Baujillaud is Mads Egetoft, Emil Palme and Anders Vestrergaard. After listening, i now know Baujillaud is a triple threat of skilled and creative artists. Emil's guitar, a triangular component of Mad's vocals, keyboard, saxophone, and Ander's drums. Together these three artist blend music from the past with crisp sounds of where music will go. There is so much on A Vision of a Dragon’s Head, wonderfully sparking thoughts of bands from ages ago while

Underworld Orchard - s/t

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Submerged in a world of shadowy moons giving way to thick foggy mornings. Melodies play in secluded clearings, we follow the winding single track path to find them. Sounds pull us through the dense woods as directions are instinctive webs drawing all who hear to the center. And in this open space, where trees tower on all sides creating a deep sunlight cylinder in the forest, there is sublime serenity. Underworld Orchard holds our thoughts and unfolds new beauties. The place of the spirit with a deep desire to hear.    This composition is the the first for the project Underworld Orchard. A group of three highly creative and talented artists focused on sounds with compelling spender. E. Liz Downing, Hanna Olivegren, and Steve Strohmeier harness an energy that flows through time. From a caravan of covered wagons hidden by old growth eastern European forests, to the vast stretch of empty coastline of early Americas, seven tracks swirl in a gentle maelstrom of harmonic magic. The duet of s

Patrick McMinn - Have Done

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Vision defines so much for most people living in this world. Human sight can detect wavelengths from 380 to 700 nano meters, but beyond this extends a spectrum of spectacular energy. Within this field, sounds traverse in the most beautiful patterns and unfathomable chaos. This release titled Have Done holds focus on a world we can not see or hear. Steady droning vibrations sparked with molecular melodies, deep undercurrents of shuddering bass stained with crazing fissures of sonic radiation. Have Done highlights energetic particles bombarding Earth and follows their coarse through the crust to rest in tranquil stillness for millennia.   Patrick McMinn is the composer for Have Done. His album contains two forty five minute pieces, one on each side of the cassette. The first titled Habit Fills Up what Remains is composed for live performance. Driven by the chaotic environment of a SuperCollider, modular synthesizer and trumpet create a serene canvas. A place where sonic familiarity is on

BBJR + SLW - Discount Sacrifice At The Altar Of Bargains

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 "The fix is in" on two prolific musicians from Iowa. Bob Bucko Jr. and Samuel Locke Ward work together to create a genre expanding Original Soundtrack Recording for a movie yet to come, but there are videos! Discount Sacrifice At The Altar Of Bargains pulls together individuals with a passion for expressing joy for life and having fun. This is easily seen and heard in their love of music and abounding friends. But, in this en devour, Bob and Samuel deliver a little more sonic heavy, think Jesus Christ Superstar or The Wall. This composition sides on the grandeur sonic theater. A place where song writing and performing saturates listeners with intensity, pulling them away from daily contracts.     With eight tracks around forty minutes in time, Discount Sacrifice At The Altar Of Bargains travels the farthest spectrum of real harmonic craftsmanship. Lucky Break is the first and longest track. A dizzying guitar driven lament for getting f'd over, no lucky break after all. A

Tereshkova - Beefy Chiffon

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Disney World recently overhauled the Electric Light Parade, a spectacular event held each evening just before the park closes. Being from Florida, this restructure was in the news. After listening to the perfect soundtrack, Tereshkova's Beefy Chiffon, there was a thought to help with better music for the parade  The initial listen was given the nod by an old friend working in the parks redevelopment department, the stage was set to have Beefy Chiffon be played for one of the test nights of the parade's week long trial run.    Why Beefy Chiffon? The answer, this is a composition of pure creative pageantry. The sounds within effortlessly connect with the sparkle of dancing electric lights. The opening track "Punchdrunk" is an excellent example of this symbiosis. Tereshkova creating melodies exploding in slow motion, like a grenade filled with non lethal sonic fragments. Filled with a myriad of rhythms and harmonies, "Punchdrunk" will fit perfectly in this para

Meta Mora - Zodiac Shift

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Captured again by sounds brushing the skin then reaching deep into the heart. Like jumping into a cool 72° spring on a summer day, heat vanishing as the crystal cool water envelopes all senses. A plunge into another world where sound is controlled by an all encompassing medium. A place where we are visiting foreign bodies, but welcomed as our presence changes nothing. It is difficult to think of a more accurate way to describe pressing play on this beautiful composition tilted Zodiac Shift. With just a little bit of volume, this composition has the ability to sink deep into our consciousness, creating the always desired ability to look at everything around us in a serene new perspective.    Meta Mora is the project behind Zodiac Shift. Eight tracks of cosmic exploratory groovy ambience. There are moments for listeners to float within the vast space of planetary bodies and then there is the pull of gravity. Zodiac Shift allows aural free fall, a world rushing towards us as the tiny deta

Music En Berlin - ANIMAL

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The natural world has been flipped over exposing the raw currents of flowing energy. Like a burning fire, the sounds within breathe with both fuel and oxygen as it is dispersed. At first listen, the overwhelming feeling of chaos fills all thoughts. Hearing the under workings, chemical processes, even the synapses of minute signals is daunting in the beginning. Slowly though, the details begin to surface and separate. There is a pageantry resting deep within, these sounds have cycled through their patterns over countless millennium. The intricate process like evolution of flora and fauna. Researching the current conditions requires a lifetime, we are left to enjoy the beauty of the moment. Take it all in! Music En Berlin is the project of Nathan Berlinguette. An artist based in California with a twenty five year discography. This is an important variable in the experimental genre of music, since creativity crystalizes with experience and practice. As the boundaries of sounds are pushed

Günter Schlienz - Unstet

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Two dogs laying side by side with backs to each other. They are beneath my feat and completely content. Many times this has happened in some form of dog napping, but i am always busy with stuff to do, things to complete. Today writing might be the thing, the music of Guenter Schlienz plays in the foreground. While looking at the dogs, thoughts began to form on how very special this is. They could sleep anywhere in the house, but they choose to be next to me. Listening to this recent release titled Unstet, there is a realization of how artists connect with us in levels we sometimes miss the strength and emotion of. Artist's music plays in the background while we are busy tasking time to finish responsibilities. Even with the musicians we follow and love, there are still moments of explosive realization on how special the relationship is and what it means to us. This is one of those moments... Unstet is another massive composition by Guenter Schlienz. The timbre and tones he chooses

Modern Lamps / Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Cutlass Obscura / Extrasolarity

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A long time has passed since listening to a new Hooker Vision cassette. Years of pause in releases from the label started before Lost in a Sea of Sound was created and has taken until now to become synchronous. And from the thought of synchronicity, the Cutlass Obscura / Extrasolarity cassettes were happened upon while they were available in limited numbers, they sold out in minutes after first glance. And in the few minutes copies could be purchased, there was a whisper echoing in thoughts and the process to order a physical copy was initiated. Two forty five minute-ish side long tracks, one by Modern Lamps and the flip by Motion Sickness of Time Travel.   The Modern Lamps composition is a slow burner gaining and shedding sonic details throughout the course. The sounds are reminiscent of Jake Webster's Tuluum Shimmering pieces, but Modern Lamps has it's own unique approach. Grant Evans, the solo source behind Modern Lamps finds musical harmonies in long drone like rhythms. Unl