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DJ Shadow ‎- Our Pathetic Age

Our Pathetic Age

Label: Mass Appeal
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Red sleeve
Country: US
Released: 15 Nov 2019
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: Instrumental, Hip Hop


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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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Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

Label: 4AD
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 2006
Genre: Classical, Electronic
Style: Modern Classical



Comes in a four-panel digipak with a liner notes paper sticked inside.

The orchestra was recorded at Barrandov Studios, Smecky Soundstage in Prague in September 2005.

Additional recordings were made in Reykjavik, Skálholt, Florence, Madrid, Zurich, Piran and Rennes during the period 2003-2006. Mixed in Syrland, Reykjavik in February 2006.

Mastered in Abbey Road.

Tracks two and three feature the voice of “an unknown instructor from an IBM 1401 Data Processing System maintenance instruction tape found in my father’s attic.”

All electronic sounds were derived from the IBM 1401 Data Processing System and the Hammond B3 organ with Ring Modulator, Distortion and Filter pedals. The music and sounds of the IBM 1401 Data Processing System were recorded by Jóhann Gunnarsson, Örn Kaldalóns and Elías Davídsson in Reykjavik in 1971. The musical fragment played by the computer is from the hymn “Ísland Ögrum Skorid” by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns, used by kind permission.

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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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Dolphins Into The Future – Canto Arquipélago

Canto Arquipélago

Label: Underwater Peoples Records
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: March 2012
Genre: Electronic, Non-Music
Style: Abstract, Field Recording, Experimental, Poetry


This sound will take you out your bedroom for a small trip around windy mounts. I promise you.


“There is something phenomenally enticing about a sequestered island chain, literally bounded by a vast and enveloping sea.Perhaps it’s the romance of discovery – the knowledge that here lies the safety of land within the great seclusion of nature. Perhaps it’s the raw beauty that is simply emerald speckled turquoise.Lieven Moana as Dolphins Into The Future dedicates his latest effort to the Azores, a remarkably beautiful volcanic archipelago that lacks very little by way of inspiration. The ambient conjurer weaves glorious tones and minimal percussion with brilliant and evocative field recording, having spent several weeks on the island cluster for this body of work. “Once an island gets born,” Lieven articulates, “it’s a continuous struggle, a continuous dialogue, a learning, a BATTLE and cooperation of influences. The sea starts bashing on it’s shores. Erosion starts the complete demolition of the island. But at the same time, sun and sea give birth and food… Archipelagos have a heavy rhythm.”

Quoted from http://underwaterpeoples.com/

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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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Boards of Canada – A Few Old Tunes Vol.1

A Few Old Tunes Vol. 1

Label: Music70
Format: Cassette
Country: UK
Released: ?
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Downtempo


Ok, I’m jealous of sharing this with you. This is a ultra rare release that I can’t even remember where I got it. It’s the real cassete rip of a unreleased album. Still, it’s one of my favorite albums ever. It has public-exclusive tracks like Spectrum and P.C.. The album ambient is dark, low ending music with lots of dark textures and black-and-white feeling, low-frequency background and a nice Boards of Canada feeling.
It also includes some remixes like Trapped, originally by Colonel Abrams in mid 80s.
In any way, a incredible and rare piece of sound. I can recommend the tracks:

  • I Love U
  • Original Nlogax
  • 5-9-78

For 5-9-78, I ask you: please listen to this track cerefully. I dare you’ll be the same person again.

Hope you enjoy it.


A Few Old Tunes seems to be sourced from a cassette tape containing a (presumably) hand-selected set of pre-BoC Maxima (you find try it here) tracks. The leaking of these tracks to p2p networks (Soulseek, originally) provided much drama on WATMM.

Commonly referred to as A Few Old Tunes, due to its label; however, according the Twoism forum user dealer, who posted new photos of the cassette and liner notes, it is also the true Old Tunes Vol. 1 (and not the tape previously assumed to be OTV1). But, on the other hand, the WATMM forum user phaelam posted new scans from a different angle which depict A Few Old Tunes as the cover and the cassette label.

Download soon.

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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.