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 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 18 2012
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Title: Passage Omni
Format: Tape
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Logosamphia is the musical project of a Netherlander called Sadra Hemati. I already checked his music on the double album compiled by Enfant Terrible, titled "Kamp Holland". On that release, Logosamphia had a track titled "La Hars". It sounded like an electronic twisted melody cool for an Eastern circus. On this new release PASSAGE OMNI, Sadra, changes everything and composed four tracks for a total of about twenty minutes of music, using only an Omnichord instrument. The Omnichord was made in the early 80s by Suzuki and it was an electric harp. It had chords buttons on the left and a pad on the right where you were able to play the virtual strings. It had also some basic rhythms and few effects like the sustain. It had a particular sound and the way it's used on PASSAGE OMNI remember some 70s German ambient music. Melodic, intense and evocative, Logosamphia on this tape did a great work and I'll have to keep an eye on the Enfant Terrible website, because it will be relased on only 60 copies on February.

Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg : The Chronicle of the Black Monks

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 15 2012
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Artist: Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg
Title: The Chronicle of the Black Monks
Format: CD
Label: Waerloga Records (@)
Rated: *****
Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg has outdone themselves really with this fine release from Waerloga Records. It's the 19th release for the label and this one might not be a bestseller but it's a rellay good album that deserves some credit.

Chronicle of the Black Monks is a soundtrack for a Swedish historical movie but could be listened to on it's own for sure. If you follow the link to the artist page above you can here a great medley with the songs of the album.

The sound of this album is great and I am not surprised to learn that the brilliant Simon Kölle (film composer, Za Frûmi, Musterion, Abnocto, etc.) has done the master. The album is the best so far from the Tjernberg brothers. You should relley check this one out.

Alon Nechushtan: Dark Forces

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 11 2012
Artist: Alon Nechushtan
Title: Dark Forces
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I've tasted the talent of this proteiform NY-based Israeli pianist and composer - and in this capacity he could boast of some compositions written for important "academic" ensembles such as Bob Brookmeyer's New England Conservatory Jazz Composers Big Band, Fred Harris' MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the BMI Orchestra - on a release marked by Zorn's Tzadik Records as a founder of a klemer jazz quintet called Talat. His talent as a "musical scenographer" was not so evident, but it was clearer that he gave a remarkable proof of rethinking the syncretism, which already belongs to that particular kind of music, born from a fusion of different musical traditions (mainly Polish, Russian, Romani and Moldovan), known by Ashkenazic Jews during their wanderings over Eastern Europe, which, so it seems, had an important role for the development of some American jazz branches, when that tradition was transplanted in the USA by some Yiddish-speaking immigrants. Mine should not be just considered a scholarly remark, as you will easily notice that some rhythmic and melodic structures of that tradition - particularly in the "scores" for Mark Dresser's double bass, Nate Wooley's trumpet and Okkyung Lee's cello - sound like one of the most audible filler mixed with other elements in this black pudding sliced in ten parts, being the other elements some tricks taken from experimental electronics, improvisational, ambient, ritual and concrete music and even tribalism - the moments where this element sounds clearer such as in the fourth or sixth track are my favorite ones of the whole recording -. Someone could argue that such an ensemble could outshine individual skills, but I'm pretty sure that each of 11 musicians with their rich sonic stores, including two electric guitars, one double bass, one trombone, one alto saxophone, a baritone one, one cello, one tuba, one bass clarinet, one bass flute, one trumpet, involved in this obscure work will be satisfied of the highly visionary opalescence their choral performance aimed to highline a property of music, more than a concept, managed to reach thanks to Alon Nechushtan direction as the listeners will easily acknowledge.

Aria Rostami: Uniform

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 06 2012
Artist: Aria Rostami (@)
Title: Uniform
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Audiomoves (@)
Rated: *****
This second release signed by San Francisco based sonic designer Aria Rostami titled Uniform has been introduced both as a remix album (although this release contains just three proper remixes) and as a follow up to his lovely debut album Form I spoke about some months ago just because while the latter was based on deconstruction of sound, the former concerns the reconstruction of it, but this approach centered on a totally different way of processing sound (or emotions...) could let think about something new coming from the same source for inspiration, the gentle and sometimes foggy slopes of Rostami's city. In spite of the importance of some compositional aspects, what really matters in my modest opinion is not a comparison between Form and Uniform, but the preservation of Rostami's intimate enchantment, which has kept his wholeness even though some matter has been processed according to different standards: psychedelic melodious breezes blow on field recordings, delayed piano touches, percussive tingles, stifled metallic sounds, so that all tracks sound like evoking a veiled feeling of opacified purity. It's clear Rostami's past experiences related to the production of scores for films in many moments of Uniform, even in those ones where he seems to fill sound machines' wires with laudanum ("Memorium: The Choir", "Triagnol" - what a lovely cameo! -, "White"), whereas in other moments his agglomerative sound (re)processing reminds some sonic artifacts by Arovane, Boards Of Canada or Bauri ("Midori", "Tokyo"). It's astonishing the way the three remixers kept remarkably high the psychedelic level and the daydreaming emanations, being my favorite ones the treatment Shawn Dickerson reserved for "Cleare": the mentioned remix let drip silicium and sugar from broken pipes carrying fuel for dreams, letting resurface some past listenings of mine such as some stuff by Norken Lee Norris, and the highly cinematic version of "Streetlights As Fairgrounds" by Saine.

Z'Ev & Hati: Heart of A Wolf

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 02 2012
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Artist: Z'Ev & Hati
Title: Heart of A Wolf
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This is the second collaborative album by the industrial legend the Polish duo from Torun, and is a sonic postcard from their 2011 tour in May 2011 and is composed of two, supposedly without overdub, livesets: "Live in Turin" is the first set, a long track, and is focused on the resonance of the cymabals and gong notoriously used by the players in the first part of the gig while the development is focused, in the second part, in african percussion that introduce in a meditative and silent third part that end in an oriental like percussion development. The final part of this gig is divided in two section: the first part use some strange flute sounds above the subtle Z'ev percussion and the second end this gig with the same evocative mood of the introduction. "Live in Gdansk" is a smaller, and more predictable, set based almost exclusively in ritual and meditative gong resonance periodically interrupted by atmospherical silence above subtle metallic percussion. The result has a good impact due of the undoubtable craft of the musician involved.
A fine release but only for fans of ritual ambient music.

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