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SCREENING: Low End

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 12 2004
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Artist: SCREENING (@)
Title: Low End
Format: CD
Label: Maor Appelbaum (@)
Rated: *****
Screening is one of the personal projects of Maor Appelbaum and LOW END is his first album. First of all I've got to underline that the sound produced is really various and catchy if you think that he used only a treated bass guitar to do it. The tracks sound like ambient/experimental suites which sometimes remember me big names as J.M. Jarre, Vangelis and also Coil. If it wasn't written, it is impossible to guest what instrument you are listening to as the sound differs from track to track. Sometimes more layers would enrich the sound which is basically based on isolationist solutions but all in all the whole atmosphere is functional to titles such as "Experiments" or "Alone suffering and screaming".

Limon: Visions of Future Past

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
Artist: Limon (@)
Title: Visions of Future Past
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The somewhat tritely titled CD "Visions of Future Past" by Limon actually covers a mesmerizing and spacey journey into the center of your mind. These "dreamscapes", as 28-year-old Gene Deel, the mind behind Limon, likes to call them are minimalist but captivating planes of stretched out aural tones that expand to fill the size of infinite space itself. Percussion elements are few and far between but when they arrive they serve only to enhance the addictive loneliness of Limon's music, acting as brief flickers of life in the void before it disappears and the listener is left alone again, to wander the depths of outer and inner space. A masterpiece of ambient space experimental.

VV.AA.: Electroacoustic Music Volume IX

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electroacoustic Music Volume IX
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
Ninth volume in the Electroshock series, compiled and edited by Russian composer Artemiy Artemiev. It's a good international showcase of well-known and less well-known artists, and while electroacoustics/concrete music/contemporary composition are predominant, there's also room for deep ambient electronica, as in Victor Cerullo's lengthy "Rusalki". I was not familiar with many names, and artists like Gottfried Michael Koenig, Rodrigo Sigal and Mark Cooley are a nice surprise, along with more experienced ones like Carl Stone and Simon Wickham-Smith. They all offer crisp and engaging compositions. The only contribution which seemed out of place to me was Eternal Wanderers' "Sufferer's Drems" (contemporary art-pop/prog?), but as a whole this is a solid sampler.

AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF: Mezethakla Mukabalatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Mezethakla Mukabalatt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Third DIY cdr in a year for this up-and-coming German project, here as a duo (Mirko Uhlig and Joerg Eger). "Geschwaerzte Milch", a melancholic acoustic instrumental reminding of mid-period Current 93, is a deceiving beginning for the massive 46-minute title track, which is divided into several movement but easily flows as an organic composition. The first half is a lunatic session of heavily delayed, echoed and pitch-shifted clanks, mixed with subdued environmental drones: I was a bit put off by this one, as the same tricks are repeated over and over again with tedious effects. Luckily, the tour-de-force becomes far more successful and worthwhile halfway, with a more controlled use of minimalism. Drones, strummed guitars, vocal samples and concrete noises are skillfully textured in a surrealistic soundscape not far from what Monos or Ora (to name but two possible references) have produced over the last decade. This second half manages to put you in a suspended, dreaming state, and promises great things from the project.

F. S. BLUMM & FRIENDS: Sesamsamen

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 05 2004
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Artist: F. S. BLUMM & FRIENDS
Title: Sesamsamen
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Plop
Rated: *****
I remember trading with a friend of mine Ziegler/Blumm's "Die fünfte Dengelophonie" 7" on Dhyana, and it's already 6 years ago, dammit! Meanwhile, Blumm has made himself a name as one of the best artists in the glitch-pop (or whatever you want to call it) field, with releases on Tomlab, Staubgold, Morr etc. "Sesamsamen" comes in a gorgeous childish/surrealistic layout, and is a nice work again. Interacting with several friends and guest musicians, Blumm plays modern folk instrumentals where electronics mainly serve as an arrangement for acoustic guitars, toy piano, vibraphone, harmonica, etc. It's delicate, intimistic and vaguely naif art pop, closer to, say, Robert Wyatt, Penguin Café Orchestra or Gastr del Sol than to electronic composers. Perfect for early Autumn afternoons, in its watercolour melodies and soft nostalgia.


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