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Matt Robidoux - at dust

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There is something special in these selections from Matt Robidoux. Sparkling sounds beating with a rhythmic vibrancy then traversing aural spectrums to the droning lull of gentle waves making final landfall. Resting within this composition is the wisdom in understanding how the thresholds of uncharted creativity can be too much for a listening world. These sounds are brought back from the reaches of conscious exploration, then meticulously polished for an appreciative audience to enjoy. When listening to  Matt Robidoux, we can hear the distant places his mind grasps, his honing skills making it possible for efforts to become cherished passages in the world of music we all explore.   Like a raft ride on the river, at dust has a myriad of unique moments. Thankfully the most turbulent this composition gets is a class two, no guide needed. Matt Robidoux helms a big raft though, his talented friends all contributing to the incredible smoothness each pivot is made. The selections on at dust

Raphi Gottesman - The Clarity of Dawn

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The sky slightly changes hue from dark to the farthest shade of grey. Morning awakens in the most gentle rise, an attribute only attune with the rotation of the planet. The grey shade lightens and becomes stained with deep orange hues. Then eventually a ray of lights pierces down, illuminating an infinitesimal feature on the surface. Compared with the brightened area degrees forward in longitude, the is just beginning. Water vapor heats and becomes invisible while shadows of early dawn diminish. Radiating energy helps the world below synchronize and fall in place. The days events have begun to turn like an infinite amount of sprockets rotating together. This description is how The Clarity of Dawn plays throughout. A slowly warming build promoting happiness, introspection, mystery and tranquility. From the opening track, "Black Coffee and the News", Raphi Gottesman captures feelings and escorts them on the most pleasant sonic journey. Each selection a small movement in time, l

German Army - A Dream Favors Incompleteness

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The turn of a circular control, like a knob or ring slowly dialing into the zone of finely tuned. Our lives are like this, we adjust input and output to obtain balanced beauty. A brief state that once reached, the fleeting moment flutters, defying gravity to casualy move away and be pursued again. On this new composition titled A Dream Favors Incompleteness, another German Army massive output, the moment of fine tuned clarity has been most pleasantly procured. We listen to these tracks and feel a completeness, a balance of German Army sounds that delight and satisfy the path of prolific periods creating familiarity and comfort.    A Dream Favors Incompleteness holds twenty eight tracks across two cassettes and ninety five minutes of time. The use of dream in the title is a good description of where this composition rests. Phantasms of civilization's tribal beginnings, growth and refinement then disintegration into fertilizer for the process to repeat. There is patience and space in

Adam Void - New Depression Era Rambler

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Just finished my fourth cup of coffee, now i can write with the frenzied energy that fills New Depression Era Rambler. Between the spoken word, sung poetry and electronic coding interludes, keeping pace with Adam Void's mental process is a challenging task. His sequence of tracks rewrites thoughts if you really listen and throws sonic bombs if you are just feigning attention. New Depression Era Rambler is amazingly congruent. A flowing composition, even though the first listen might cause a bevy of questions without answers.    Well cultured instability or merely a mirror of the life most of live? Listeners will wonder is this all Adam Void in various states and guises, or are these field recordings collected over time and meticulously connected together. This is just the poetic tracks, the electronic brainwashing of Adam Void's sonic turbulence is special unto itself. If we think about a "New Depression Era Rambler", we can assume modern sensibility is a product of p

Rrill Bell - Blade's Return

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"An audio fable, This is the story of Blade, a fine crafted handsaw, former soldier of fortune, in the time of the timber wars, who renounced extraction for The Man, before retiring to the solitude of a shack on the plains. This is the story of Blade's return to the forest, where he gave up cutting, to sing a song of regret and seek redemption."   This is the opening preface to the story of Blade's return, a extraordinary composition of music with a story to bind and give purpose. Four parts, each beautifully portrayed in sound and story of the return of a fighter. A entity filled with suspect decisions, glorious triumphs and emotions crossing the spectrum. Part I, The Retrun, is living ambient  forest filled with faint tribal rhythms and swelling vegetation. Both forest and creatures within vibrant and ominous. There is a building anticipation, a stage of sound being set. Listeners invited in to bask in the experience of Part II, Lament. If there is any reason to con

Directives - Protenomaly

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Look above and see the sky. There is an ocean covering the entire planet. We can see various conditions of water vapor, smoke, moving mechanical creatures like aircraft and satellites. When light falls bellow the horizon, stars appear. What we don't see or even hear is the dense configurations of radio and satellite signals. This is how the description of Protenomaly begins. Sounds from the ocean above us. Electronic motion constantly traveling and absent from our perception. We can tune into single frequencies, but what if everything together creates the most unusually magnificent orchestra?   Directives is the project of D. Petri and Protenomaly is an hour long submergence in the opposite direction of down. Eleven tracks filled with fluctuating rhythms and anti-beats. These sounds struggle to extend across the vast atmosphere, and have unique creative abilities to harness distant signals at the end of there energetic projection. Protenomaly is completely mysterious and heavily we

Véhicule - Maison​/​Forêt

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Deep within the aural expanse, music and sound collide. Wind instruments playing in peaceful tranquility, fending of swarms of buzzing insects. Twisted notes bob in the air above orchestral tactfulness, a voice reads instructions for the experience we intake. All things come to rest and then reset to go again. Véhicule takes the realm of what we know and turns it ever so slightly. Now we hear the sophistication of generations of music evolution, but next to this is a pleasantly unfamiliar arrangement of unrecognizable beauty.  Maison​/​Forêt flows with a refreshing current of peaceful tones. With ten tracks in forty minutes of composition, there is plenty of time for pieces to develop. Véhicule takes melodies and draws them in long expanses. They become the canvas for drifting obscurities mutating above like sun drenched cumulus cloud formations. Véhicule also pulls sounds from the melancholy depths. "March" is a good example of a strikingly more somber approach. Rhythms

Bryan Day & Seymour Glass - Crooked Doppler

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Clarity in an environment of aural explosiveness. This is a place of found sounds and made sounds. A place where rhythms and beats ignite like old matches and extinguish with no smoke or smell. Listeners are dazed as minds numb in the volume of sonic passing. Are the vignettes within Crooked Doppler assembled as bits and pieces in randomness, or is the construct of a higher order? A question answered by the two artists themselves or pined upon in time by music scholars and noise specialist. Bryan Day is an artist who forges the physical world to make both sound and music. His skills pull from late nights in workshops and push towards stylish art galleries. A consciousness in tune with intriguing details, few people notice the sonic world the way Bryan Day does. Seymour Glass is a magus in a world of sound. Years of turning pages, reading about music, editing others thoughts about sound, and creating aural escapes that push the threshold of what is understood. Both Bryan Day and S

Black Tempel Pyrämid - Teotihuacán

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Ripples in the water create a focal point of motion in the still and humid surrounding world. We look to see this disturbance moving, but stationary in the vast expanse of watery shoreline. The dense aural warmth of Teotihuacán is like this description, a heavy press of sonic weight that sometimes shares inviting paths to the inner sanctum. The oscillation from our evolutionary presence, the infinite factors contributing to this, and then the push forward into into the expanse of energy we will all one day go... this is the beauty of Teotihuacán.  Black Tempel Pyrämid is the project of Patrick Pärk. Another facet of his prolific sonic creativity which has developed to include support of the Pärk Family Orchestre. In relation to Patrick's other projects, Black Tempel Pyrämid seems different. Kind of like Robert Rich and Alio Die listened to Kraftwerk's Ralf & Florian album followed by Test Dept.'s A Good Night Out. The pull of ambient into a driven world of rhythm and pe