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AMON: Nona

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 09 2004
Artist: AMON (@)
Title: Nona
Format: CD EP
Label: Amplexus
Rated: *****
Amon is back after a long period of discographic silence, though Andrea Marutti's own AFE Records has surely become one of the best cdr labels around. "Nona" is an ep (released by Amplexus on two different formats, a mcd and a 10" vinyl, with different lengths and mixes) which puts Amon back on the map of the best dark ambient around. First it's just menacing low-end rumbles, slowly crawling and overlapping, then you recognize higher frequencies and metallic drones - all very scary and pitch-black, just like in the previous masterpiece "The Legacy", but with a second half which is more "cosmic" and less opressive, much as in Never Known's releases. Listen to this in the dark.

Ziino, Robert: Twilight Clones

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 05 2004
Artist: Ziino, Robert (@)
Title: Twilight Clones
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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Twilight Clones is the latest release by Robert Ziino, experimental electronic artist who has been composing music since the 1980's. His latest work utilizes modular synthesizers to create his artistic landscapes. According to Robert the fact that his music is entirely instrumental is that his music is his words. The goal of this release was to create a sonic landscape of sound and emotion which is accomplished. Most tracks are composed of a basic rhythm and percussion sequence with the modular synths taking the lead as voice in a way that is most alien to the casual listener. In some ways it could be soundtrack music for sci-fi cartoon shorts. In other ways it may remind some of the earlier electronic artists who hit the experimental music scene in the late 70's through 80's. As for the quality of the work one cannot judge based solely on musicianship or the standard concepts of 'music' as this work is more of an artistic expression and an abstract one at that.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 22 2004
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Title: Sarrazine
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
SARRAZINE is a particular project sponsored and produced by Von Magnet and focused on the person and personality of François Testory. Who was Sarrazine? On the notes is reported: "We find Sarrazine in a novel by Balzac: in Rome, at the beginning of the XIX century, a young sculptor is in search of perfect beauty. He finds it one evening on a stage, in a theatre, it’s a castrato". Now, who François Testory is? He is a former star dancer and actor of the Lindsay Kemp Company (choreographer of Kate Bush and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust). He now sings in operas as well as cabarets and he regularly tours the States, Japan and Australia. For this project coordinated by Phil Von and Def, François gives his voice to fourteen tracks orchestrated by different Prikosnovenie artists: Phil Von, Wild Shores, Lys, Mimetic, Negative Stencil, Def, Stocha, R.B.B., Sigmoon and Jose Barinaga. The tracks are originals or covers of famous tracks of people like Frank Sinatra, Ginsberg/Glass, Marc Almond, etc but revisited under a trance/middle eastern key. Most of the tracks have got ambient influences with some excursions into distorted rhymths realm contaminated by classical music. I must admit that this CD isn’t of immediate assimilation as you’ve got to be into the right mood and you’ve got to let yourself loose just to be ready to listen to one hour of floating sounds.

Miba: The Corplate Porblem

 Posted by Dj Peter Lee (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 17 2004
Artist: Miba (@)
Title: The Corplate Porblem
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Pax Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Miba, a duo from the San Francisco Bay , bring us a glictchy, atmosperic, minimally rythmic compositon. Full of dark ambience, droning vocals, and yet also gracefull bell tones, idmism compositions, and floating vocals. Moments of moving sub-bass, and broken noise interupt the compositions, flowing in and out of the sturctures of the songs.The cd itself flows through the different aspects well, keeping us on an emotional roller-coaster of sorrow and joy. Each track going in a different direction so that the listener is kept aware of the general tone, but unable to assume what is next. Varied and highly enjoyable. The cd works well as a whole and seems out of place in a seemingly art-rock/academic noise area. This would appeal more to the fans of such acts as VROMB or ORPHX, and labels such as Hymen, M-Tronic, Warp, ect.


 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 13 2004
Title: Insomnie
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After the very positive debut mcd (see archive), Andrea Freschi (also in Coma Divine, Canaan and Weltschmerz) is back with the Subinterior monicker and a full length 41' work. This time the sound sources do not seem to be manipulated field recordings only, but I could be wrong. The fact is, Subinterior has become even more solipsistic in his approach to ambient drones. Isolationism may not be a trendy tag anymore, but it's perfect to describe "Insomnie". Most tracks seem to be originated from manipulated feedbacks creating clouds of black droning frequencies. I still have to use the Main comparison as the most fitting one - Main at their darkest and less cosmic, that is. Amon's "The Legacy" could be a possible paragon as well. This is like being plunged into total darkness. Listening to the bottomless moanings of "Insanity" and the final, elegiac "Close to the end" is almost soothing after so much void. A recommended listen for sure.

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