Words fail to describe just how important Raffaele Pezzella’s contribution to dark ambient music is. He has singlehandedly curated compilations from artists as far away as Russia, Iceland, Iran and seemingly all points in-between while concentrating on his own venerable work. These two compilations house 229 tracks covering the best of the bleakest, blackest ambient …
Conrad Schnitzler was a legendary electronic music composer who passed away in 2011. Four years beforehand, he collaborated with a young fellow German musician called Bernhard Wöstheinrich, who was well over 30 years his junior. The collaboration produced one hour-long track which builds, grinds, throbs and swells in a way that is abrasive, yet pleasant. The …
Cranioclast were from Hagen, Germany, and were one of the most interesting of the German cassette label projects I used to collect. They ventured into making a couple of vinyl records and CDs, but then disappeared into the ether. They’re a group crying out for a reissue campaign, definitely.
Mörder Machine was a side project of Marco Corbelli, who was better know for his project, Atrax Morgue. He was a profoundly brutal noise musician, and this is one of his calmer works.
Shimmery and lo-fi are words that normally shouldn’t go well together. In the hands of New Zealand guitarist Roy Montgomery and members of the Philadelphia-based Bardo Pond, the description fits perfectly. You can read more about Hash Jar Tempo here via Wikipedia.
Frank Bretschneider is one of the few composers who can make a glitchy racket actually sound like it makes sense. Beautifully recorded and composed.
Surrender? Never? Why would you if the ambient music you make is as brutal as that of Karjalan Sissit?!
Panasonic (now Pan Sonic, thanks to the multi-national company not being pleased with the Finnish duo pilfering their name) produced some gorgeous minimalism.
‘Sublime’ isn’t a word one normally associates with John Zorn, but this might be one of those rare moments when it fits rather nicely. Thanks to dear Silena Lena for posting this originally!
Thanks to Isidora Mikhailovich, whose Facebook post took me down memory lane. P16.D4 were the project of Ralf Wehowski, who would go on to record as RLW. S. B. O. T. H. I. was the project of Achim Wollscheid. Both were composers based in Germany working with extreme experimental music. Most of what I had …