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GEOMATIC: Blue Beam

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 04 2008
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Artist: GEOMATIC
Title: Blue Beam
Format: CD
Label: M-tronic (@)
Rated: *****
Focused on upbeat electronic rhythmic ambient music with Mid-oriental percussions/rhythms/vocals, BLUE BEAM is the newest Geomatic's album. Duo formed in 1996 in Holland didn't produced much, in fact their debut album "Control Agents" has been released in 2001 on Triumvirate label. Active also in the soundtracks business, Geomatic are good at crafting rich electronic sound sculptures which are accessible on a multi-level approach: they can be enjoyed for the convolving ambient/rhythmical as well as used as a sort of meditation soundtrack where the listener is like suspended, surrounded by minimal sound changes. Somewhat BLUE BEAN recalled me some atmospheres of the latest OTX album "A World In Red", maybe for its incredible sound (Geomatic made Kevin Metcalfe of Bowie, Orbital, U2 fame doing the mastering and the result is really crisp). Anyway, if you are into Muslimgauze, This Mour Omina or into the less industrial Ant Zen stuff, this is an album you can check. P.s. On the second session of the CD you can find three mp3 mixes of three album tracks reworked by Lagowsky, Ex_Tension and Ah Cama-Sotz.

NORDVARGR: Interstellar

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Jun 04 2008
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Artist: NORDVARGR
Title: Interstellar
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
If you are used to listen to industrial music or if you read magazines which talk about this genre it's impossible that you hadn't the chance to read the name of one of the projects that have Mr. Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk involved. Names like: MZ412, Folkstorm, Toroidh, etc. This time Nordvargr is bringing to your speakers four dark industrial suites which aim is to re-create the dark sidereal sound of the space. Inspired by the Haglund theoy of "Absolute evil", INTERSTELLAR has been recorded using field recordings and sounds made by space objects transmitted over satellites. Space and its mysteries have always been the subject of ambient explorations since early 70's and it's difficult to being able to release something new and which works well. "Nothingness approaching", "Massive interstellar darkness", "Expanding matter" and the 17" long "Returning to a balanced existence" don't sound innovative but they succeed into creating a convincing and involving painful atmosphere. To be full appreciated this album mush be listened on a good hi-fi system or good headphones.

Unterm Rad: The Rake's Progress

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 03 2008
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Artist: Unterm Rad
Title: The Rake's Progress
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Difficult, quite difficult release from the Chicago Heights-based Tympanik Audio label. I know that Experimental-Electronica can take a quite strange course, which seldom follows and satisfies your typically listening experiences. That’s something which fits on this solo-project of Mike Slansky, who stands behind this mysterious project with the German title. Mike is also known with some different other projects like REKT and AURAL and through some contributions for TEXTBEAK. Described with polemic, the music of UNTERM RAD is a sort of minimal and fragmented D’n’B-IDM/Electronica which mostly avoids any straight structures, with the both exceptions "Sick" and "On The Brink". 9 original tracks plus 7 remix contributions by acts like SYMMETRICAL SYNDROME, ATOMATIK 13 (whose member Alex Stilts has helped out with some additional programming...), DREAMS ARE MAPS or TEXTBEAK are featured on here. Personally I miss something which adds "ground", something on which I could use the term "remarkable" in the music of UNTERM RAD. I hear and recognize the unique kind in Mike’s very personal sound, but at least it includes nothing interesting I would be able to remember 2 hours after another useless try to pick up the content of this album.

ABANDONED PLACE: Shadow Of Memory

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 02 2008
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Artist: ABANDONED PLACE (@)
Title: Shadow Of Memory
Format: CD
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Rated: *****
Born in 2006, Abadoned Place is a dark ambient project headed by Romain Lemenorel (the same guy who's behind March Of Heroes) and SHADOW OF MEMORY is his debut album under this moniker. Presenting eight untitled tracks or eight movements of the SHADOW OF MEMORY suite, Romain created one hour long cinematic album where the main theme, by looking at the album's art and pictures, seems to be concerning the abandoned houses and the memories which like haunted souls are chained to those places. Reverbered noises, synths and violins are the main instruments used. The atmosphere created is working well although the sound construction doesn't change too much as it is focused on the effect/ambience created. The album has been mastered by Frederic Arbour of Cyclic Law.

:WULGATA:: Echoes Of The Past... Not Far Away

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May 30 2008
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Artist: :WULGATA: (@)
Title: Echoes Of The Past... Not Far Away
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Containing eight tracks exploring the dark ambient/industrial realm, ECHOES OF THE PAST... NOT FAR AWAY isn't properly a new album by :Wulgata: as it gathers tracks which previously have been released on the MCDr "Echoes of 3rd", one remix of a Multipoint Injector track included into their "Altered states album" plus two compilation tracks (basically this is a CD reissue of the "Nag Hamadi - Unfinished Story..." CDr released by Mizantrophy Label back in 2005). Of the lot I appreciated most the five tracks coming from "Echoes of 3rd", because they are able to span through different dark ambient/industrial ambiences trying to diversify the sound. So, if "Abyssynthia" is based on minimal sounds/noises with bells and water noises that suddenly break in, "Le jour du soleil noir" has a strong mid tempo rhythmic section (a Middle Eastern kind of rhythm) with distant distorted guitar rumbles and a synth joining in after a while, enriching the atmosphere. "R.otten I.ra P.uryfication", instead, has a background of vocal and drum machine loops and creates a total different mood. The compilation tracks are nice industrial ambient tracks with ethnic references (this concerns "Gange flows") but they kinda stick on the same ground.


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