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Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – Chicago Waves

Chicago Waves

Label: International Anthem
Format: CD, LP, Limited Edition, Digipak
Country: United States
Released: 26 Jun 2020
Genre: Ambient
Style: Ambient, Experimental, Free Jazz, Jazz


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Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward – Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient
Year: 1989



Side A is a masterpiece of piano and ambient music; one of Gigi Masin’s best works. I could list favorite tracks but it really is incredible from beginning to end. Side B is a haunting drone piece by Charles Hayward, and while I do appreciate it and its themes, it’s completely overshadowed by the brilliance Gigi Masin pulled off on the other side.

Review By windcollector
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Gaussian Curve – Clouds

Clouds

Label: Music From Memory ‎– MFM004
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Netherlands
Released: 2014
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, Downtempo


It’s been a while since I listened to a album that got my attention so hard than this one.

It’s beautiful. It’s dense. It’s well made.

Hard to say but somewhat hard adjectives for today’s ambient music.

My favorite track is Impossible Island.


After reading a few negative comments about both pressings, I decided to pick up the 2016 repress anyway (the back cover differs slightly with an extra date added in bottom right corner). My copy sounds great with any slight noise/pop/crackle from the pressing being mostly unobtrusive. Red Light is perhaps the only track where it draws my attention a little as the track itself is very sparse so any defects are very clear. I am only posting this to let others know that the whole repress is not poor quality. You can certainly enjoy this beautiful music on vinyl!

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Boards of Canada – Random 35 Tracks Tape

No oficial cover.

Random 35 Tracks Tape

Label: Music70
Format: Cassette
Country: UK
Released: 1995?
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDMDowntempo, Ambient



Random 35 Tracks Tape (real name unknown) refers to a collection of 35 tracks leaked on P2P networks around September 2004. Unlike other “Old Tunes” tapes, the tracks are completely unlabeled; however, a few match known tracks from other sources, including commercial releases. No liner notes or tape scan have ever surfaced.Despite its uncertain provenance, the tape is generally believed to be authentic.

Background

Random 35 Tracks Tape seems to be sourced from a cassette tape containing a (presumably) hand-selected set of pre-BoC Maxima tracks. The leaking of these tracks to P2P networks (Soulseek, originally) provided much drama on WATMM.All files are encoded as 320kbps MP3.

For a long time, it was assumed that this tape was the missing Old Tunes Vol. 1 (since A Few Old Tunes and Old Tunes Vol. 2 were already known), although this was never confirmed. This was finally proven false when, on 08 Aug 2009, Twoism forum member dealer posted new photos of a cassette and liner notes showing the A Few Old Tunes and Old Tunes Vol. 1 were, in fact, the same release.

MDG has said that it is not known who compiled the tracks, calling it “a mystery, just a mixture”.

Zoetrope, a user on radiomute.com, refferred to not only the commonly known A few Old Tunes and Old Tunes vol. 2, but also a third volume, which he appeared to reffer to this leaked release as. Some also seem to believe that this is a ‘Closes vol. 2’.

Download link soon.

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Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer

A I A : Alien Observer

Label: Yellow Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: April 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Experimental, Drone, Ambient


The tools Liz Harris uses to make music as Grouper tend to be pretty basic: piano, guitar, synths, drones, hiss, and lots of reverb. If you’ve been following along with the twists and turns of noisy ambient music these last few years, this collection of elements may sound familiar, possibly bordering on cliché. But it’s all in how you fit the pieces together. Despite sharing characteristics with a lot of other current music, Harris’ has a distinctive sound that she pretty much owns. These short LPs, released at the same time and that share an overall aesthetic, sound beamed in from another realm, and they also sound like they could have come from no one else.

Part of the distinctiveness can be traced to Harris’ voice, which floats above the music and can sound delicate and shrouded and mist and can also evince an approachable earthiness. Particularly on Alien Observer, she layers her voice in a way that occasionally brings to mind Julianna Barwick, but Harris sounds comparatively distant and less immersive. Her voice haunts these songs instead of leading them; it’s a presence and not a personality, and the voice and instruments are in balance, serving each other without any one element becoming more prominent.

The other aspect that sets Grouper apart is an approach to sound that feels somehow both cruder and more sophisticated than the majority of the lo-fi crop. It’s crude in the sense that it seems to hearken back to the dark, home-recorded songs of an earlier era. David Pearce’s music as Flying Saucer Attack, recorded mostly during the 1990s, was often referred to as “rural psychedelia,” and that description would fit this pair of records. This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them. The sophistication comes from the care in presentation. This music doesn’t sound like it was built from mistakes or thrown together, it seems precisely ordered and arranged even while it’s often muffled and warbly and distorted. Every sound exists for a reason.

Full review and more please follow this link [http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15332-a-i-a-alien-observer-a-i-a-dream-loss/].

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Sinoia Caves – The Enchanter Persuaded

The Enchanter Persuaded

Label: Brah Records
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2006
Genre: Rock, Electronic
Style: Progressive Rock, Ambient


The Enchanter Persuaded, the debut album from Black Mountain keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt (billed here as Sinoia Caves), is a nice example of the early-21st century’s fascination with synthesizers. Unlike his contemporaries, who tend to echo new wave acts, Schmidt draws inspiration from a different pack of synth gods — bands that boasted cosmic monikers like Tangerine Dream and Hawkwind, musicians who wielded their Moogs and Mellotrons like mighty swords.And as such, this album shouldn’t be viewed as a particularly innovative work but rather as an adept tribute to the analog wizards of the mid-’70s and early ’80s. The standout tracks here are the soundscapes, which echo Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra both in terms of the vast aural territory covered and in terms of actual length. “Dwarf Reaching the Arch Wonder” and “Sundown in the New Arcades (Milky Way Echo)” make for over half an hour of galactic terrain built on sheet after sheet of analog synth and Mellotron effects.

There’s a definite sense of composition here; every whoosh and drone serves the structure, and Schmidt does a good job of keeping these sprawling compositions under tight rein. Shorter, acoustic guitar and vocoder-knit tracks like “Naro Way” and “Through the Valley” are a nice break from the epic stuff going on elsewhere, and they’ll probably draw more than a few comparisons to some of the tracks on Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend. From the druggy green cover art right down to the humid, slightly grimy production, The Enchanter Persuaded is a convincing period piece, not to mention a fitting showcase for Schmidt’s impressive synth sorcery.

Review by allmusic [http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-enchanter-persuaded-mw0000451923]

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Muslimgauze ‎– Sandtrafikar

Sandtrafikar

Label: Staalplaat ‎– Muslimlim 011
Series: Muslimgauze Subscription – 011
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Digipak
Country: Netherlands
Released: 11 Nov 1997
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, Experimental, Tribal


So, so good. I have by no means heard everything Bryn Jones released, his earliest stuff being a bit of a black spot for me in particular – I’m getting there, though! Having said that, I have been listening to his stuff for close to 15 years now and this, for me, is his best work.

The Muslimgauze material I love the most is the stuff that really conveys an exoticism and otherness. Keyboards that drift like a Saharan wind, Middle Eastern percussion, electronic pulses, sudden bursts of distorted drums and voices. And, of course, those vocal passages, either from the passionate tongues of Arab and Persian peoples, or in English. Sandtrafikar has this all in abundance and it is executed in the most intoxicating way.

The two versions of the title track are so well balanced, almost restrained. One uses a primarily electronic rhythm to underpin it, while the other uses more acoustic percussion. Both, however, feature the same brooding keyboard line, touches of what sounds like an Iranian santur and the recital of lines from some unidentifiable, deep-voiced speaker of Arabic. What’s he saying? Who knows? But it sends a chill down your spine whatever his words are.

The two versions of Baku Oil Field use more electronic trickery, employing phased drones and bleeps alongside the blasts of hand percussion. The tension builds as the noise rises. Shards of an oud-like instrument spin out without warning. Someone intones without emotion, and in American English, that there is damage to the optic nerve of some unfortunate individual. A war casualty? A victim of a workplace accident at the titular oil field? Again, no context is provided and it makes it all the more mysterious.

With the looped interlude tracks providing short breathers and a churning Rootsman remix at the end, this is a highly recommended release. Not sure if it’s one to start your Muslimgauze journey with (maybe try something like Vampire of Tehran for that) but you could soon graduate to this truly epic and deeply satisfying entry in the mammoth Bryn Jones back catalogue.

Review by AllyKarate

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Loscil – Plume

Plume

Label: Kranky ‎– krank096
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 22 May 2006
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Minimal, Ambient


Vancouver based Scott Morgan is a sound director within the video game industry. But that’s his daytime job, and his contemporary ambient soundscapes constructed with looping oscillators (a similar function in Csound computer language is compounded to Loscil) don’t have much in common with game music.

In contrast, Morgan’s fourth album Plume, on Chicago’s Kranky Records, is a relaxing, atmospheric, and hypnotic trip unfolding layers of sound complimented by ethereal percussion, gentle xylophone taps, and strums of elbow guitar. For Morgan, the creation of music starts “with a harmonic root from which sounds [are] processed into a loose structure over which the live players could improvise”. Each track within the album grows, transitions, and gradually develops into a piece bestowing a specific state of mind or a flashback to a concrete memory.

A quote from Morgan’s elaboration on a piece capturing the growth of family, if you will: ” ‘Charlie’ was composed after seeing/hearing my daughter Sadie through ultrasound while she was still in the womb. The track was also partly composed as a womb-like sound experience for her to sleep to after she was born, hence the heart beats…”

Recommended if you like his ambient label mates, Stars of the Lid, or other excellent artists in the modern classical genre, like Helios, Deaf Center, and Xela.

Review by Headphone_Commute

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Carbon Based Lifeforms – Twentythree

Twentythree

Label: Ultimae Records
Format: CD, Mixed
Country: Sweden
Released: 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient


Since I discovered Carbon Based Lifeforms my life has been different. Their understanding of nature and respect for it always changes my day when I listen to them. In this album, the duo changes the way people see the space and the stars.


The Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms graces us with their fourth album Twentythree. An interpretation of sidereal music captured in and around layers of atmospheres.From wide and far reaching soundscapes, the hypnosis subtly builds up with washes of ethereal melodies while floating padsare brushed by reverberated organic and electric data or the distant echoes of life on a planet.
The album consists of 8 genuine and unrestrained tracks that will forever expand our visions of the open space. Authentic and vibrant, deeply emotive, the story unfolds.

Composed by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, except “VLA” by Johannes Hedberg, System” and “Somewhere in Russia” by Daniel Segerstad. Voice by Karin My Andersson on “Inertia” & “Kensington Gardens”.Mastered by Vincent Villuis at Ultimae studio, France.

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Boards Of Canada – Boc Maxima

BoC Maxima

Label: Music70
Format: CD, Mixed
Country: UK
Released: 1996
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient


Hello my friends, I’ve always been obsessed by this fabulous duo. There are some albums that are ultra rare and some that can’t even be found on the internet anymore. In any case, this is my first upload and I hope you like it. Here is a very nice album by Boards of Canada, one of my hardest finds. I can identify a Boards of Canada fake mix. This is the real one.

Files are compressed from pure FLAC files that I have access no more. Every file is 320kbps.


Limited to fifty copies, pressed on both cassette and cd formats, the tracks on BoC Maxima range from previously released material to songs which to this day have yet to see wide re-release. Many of the tracks featured on this disc would later be chosen for the track listing of Music Has The Right To Children, though with some differences (notably on One Very Important Thought.)

This release was broadcasted in full on France’s Helter Skelter’s radio programme in 2002.

Wildlife AnalysisBoc MaximaRoygbivTurquoise Hexagon Sun and One Very Important Thought later appeared on Music Has the Right to ChildrenEverything You Do Is a BalloonJune 9thNlogax and Turquoise Hexagon Sun also appear on Hi Scores‘. Rodox VideoNova ScotiaRobotsSkimming StonesCarcanM9 and Original Nlogax appeared on A Few Old Tunes (albeit in slightly different forms). A longer version of Chinook appears on the Aquarius single.

At 5:17, the version of Sixtyniner that appears is shorter than the version on the original Twoism release. However, when Twoism was publicly released in 2002, this 5:17 version was used instead.
As of 2011, NiagaraRed MossConcourse and Whitewater are exclusive to this release.