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[Music] NERATERRÆ – Scenes From The Sublime

Our friend Alessio Antoni of NERATERRÆ is visiting us for the third time, and he brings along some of the finest composers in dark ambient music to collaborate with.

Some of the participants in this album include Alphaxone, Dødsmaskin, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Mount Shrine, Phelios, Phragments, Shrine, Xerxes The Dark, George Zafiriadis from Martyria and Yann Hagimont from Cober Ord. The variance of sounds and textures on this release corresponds well with the different paintings which inspired Alessio to produce this album. Such painters as Zdzisław Beksiński, Ilya Repin, Salvador Dalí, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Francisco Goya among others.

There is a ghostly quality that comes with the genre on each track, but they have more of a viscous feeling to them. They sound, and in a sense, feel, more substantial than others I’ve been hearing recently. There is no shortage of incredible ambient music going around today, but Alessio and his partners continue to impress and surprise.

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[Music] Johan Troch – Bring Out The Stars

Mellow Sunday listening for your pleasure.

Belgian guitarist Johan Troch has released an elegant new album which strides somewhere between a Steve Roach-influenced ambient style, a sublime and relaxed Bill Frisell, and a warm, loungy vibe.

I really enjoy how relaxed this album is. Go through this track by track. It’s sumptuous.

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[Music] Azu Tiwaline – Draw Me A Silence Part. I

A very pleasant surprise came into my inbox today.  From Azu Tiwaline’s Bandcamp site:

Azu Tiwaline : It’s a new name for a new spirit. The one of a producer willing to find a new sound in her origins which take root in the Sahara and El Djerid region in the south of Tunisia. A sound from the desert, drawing on berberian and saharan transe music that connects human beings with Nature.

Peculiar translations and spellings aside, this album managed to hold my attention the whole way through. Thanks to being better connected to the world, we are beginning to hear more and more musicians come out of Tunisia and the Maghreb who are of an astounding quality. This is 21st Century Berber Music mixes techno, dub, and native Saharan rhythms. Fourth World music, updated.

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[Music] Lauri-Dag Tüür – Polar Night Jet

Lauri-Dag Tüür is a composer from Estonia, a country whom I have a deep love for and who have given presented two equally fine composers whom I admire (Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür).

Lauri-Dag’s work compares favorably to these legends, as Polar Night Jet reminds me of works by a more freeform Popol Vuh, Paul Schütze or Steve Roach, yet with an aura of a field recording about it.  The percussion work is very engaging, so ambient it isn’t – it hooked me about 5 minutes into the release.

According to the composer, the three pieces should be perceived as one symphony.  I concur.  Everything flows together naturally.  One of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.

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[Music] Ataşehir – AVM

Ambient as a cool breeze meeting a calming shopping experience.  Oxymoronic, I know, but humor me a bit.

This description fits this release from Ataşehir (an alias of the ever-wonderful project and friend to this blog, Sumatran Black).  AVM in a Turkish acronym for alışveriş merkezi, which translates into supermarket or shopping mall, though I might be mistaken.  There is a nearly vaporwave aesthetic to their music in this release.  It’s ambient, of course, but spiced with a touch of 80s or 90s cheese, the sort you may have encountered wandering in a mall 30 or 40 years ago.  Modern Muzak.  The music of my youth spent in elevators, escalators and fast food courts.  Very pleasant, indeed.

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[Music] RRUFF – Impresiones

RRUFF are a band based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  Though they are tagged as “dungeon-synth,” there is a dark, rather pleasant, atmospheric, air about this two-track album.  The work seems to come from a performance-oriented project focused on the ideas of Joan Fontcuberta regarding the state of photography and image.

From the band’s Bandcamp page:

Today photographs have ceased to be a memory to be ephemeral. The massification of photography has led us to a new situation in which it is not so important to own as to share. We live or perceive through the screens, which, like the shadows of Plato, are now our access to reality.

Perhaps it is because she was on my mind today, but the second track reminds me of American composer Pauline Oliveros, of blessed memory. RRUFF are in good company.

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[Music] Janne Hanhisuanto – Ambient Collection 2020

Janne Hanhisuanto is an ambient music composer out of Finland.  His soundscapes are about as bleak as his homeland.  What I enjoy most about his work is that it hovers somewhere between 5 and 9 minutes, and it gives one time to really let the mind enjoy each and every pulse of this work.  I’m looking forward to hearing more from Janne soon.

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[Music] This Place to Be, by Steve Roach

How can you go wrong with Steve Roach? His music gives such bliss.

Ambient Landscape

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This Place To Be centers in on a sweet spot of serenity with a sense of perfect weightlessness and contentment, nowhere else to be but here.
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After the run of concerts and the wide range of dynamic releases over the past few years, I am feeling deeply drawn towards a return to home and to my soul tone zone of pure immersion, deep atmospherics and textural healing. That is the best way to describe this work and the place I need to be.

Steve – May 27, 2016

Released May 27, 2016

So . . . sitting around in #QuaratineLife I downloaded this – and then began to tinker with it. I took 2 long sections of the composition, stretched them x…

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[Music] Philippe Simon – Android

This is something of a revelation to me.  Until the good folks at Kalamine Records (run by Zumaia) told me about him, he was off my radar.  This I count as a loss, because Philippe Simon brings a vibrant, updated sound to the Berlin School of electronic music which peaked with artists like Klaus Schulze, Mario Schönwälder and others during the 1980s.  Simon’s sound is a fresh, even better-produced continuation of that tradition.

He has made 200 albums.  I have some exploring to do.

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[Music] Charles Wuorinen’s 80th with Goeyvaerts String Trio

American composer Charles Wuorinen passed away a couple of days ago.  Here is a sample of his compositional prowess, along with a rather well-done interview.  He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for the purely electronic piece, Time’s Encomium.  Rest in peace, Charles.