Terrible news from The WIRE. Susumu Yokota, ambient DJ and composer extraordinaire, passed away from complications in March of this year, but the family only recently made a public announcement of his passing.
You can read The WIRE obituary here, as well as notes from FACT Magazine, The Leaf Label and Natalie.mu.
To hear some of Susuma’s work, check out Gekkoh below:
A warm thanks to Praveer Bea for kindly posting this wonderful slab of minimal, crunchy rhythm, courtesy of Alva Noto and Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio working under the monicker of Ø.
If you wish to pick up this album, Mikro Makro, go here.
Frank Bretschneider is one of the few composers who can make a glitchy racket actually sound like it makes sense. Beautifully recorded and composed.
Up until today, I had no idea who Schneider Kacirek was. Thanks to Toni Dimitrov, my old friend, I got turned on to this track, and this rather incredible project. It features Stefan Schneider, who was in Kriedler and To Rococo Rot. No wonder why the beats sounded familiar!
The ever-prolific Qualo Infinity strikes again with another side-project, this one being Cooper Raines. Hazy, surreal, filmic, hypnotizing music, perfect late-night headphone trip music.
Boreal Taiga is one of the most innovative ambient musicians based in the United States (though he worked out of Norway for some years). 3Music is Viktoriya Natoloka, herself an incredible composer. These two make a fine pairing, stretching the meaning of what ambient music is.
Love him or hate him, Richard James (Aphex Twin) has been the figurehead of IDM for over two decades now. There is no one more influential (or frustrating at times). This article, written by Stuart Aitken for The Guardian, discusses his current projects and the amazing dump of unreleased material on Soundcloud that is certainly good enough to be collated into a few albums.
How on Earth did I miss out on this one? Ian Astbury must have been on haitus from The Cult while making this track for the electronic music group U.N.K.L.E. His voice is in very good form here, and U.N.K.L.E. provide a perfect backdrop for it.
Julio Gutiérrez (Cremadelic in this guise) has few side projects which will eventually be featured on these pages. This one is something akin to shoegaze music touching base with IDM.
I can’t say I follow much IDM anymore (or EDM, Breakcore, or whatever the name the genre passes itself off as this week), but I’m really enjoying Venetian Snares tearing up the computer speakers right now.