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Ambient Culture Film

Susumu Taka – Bright Days & Peaceful Nights

On a cold, snowy evening of the social distanced winter of 2021 we take stock and drift back not so many months to the warm summer of 2019 when this video was shot, on a mini-DV Handycam, in various locations around Felixstowe. The music is inspired by Japanese Environmental music and was composed on Nanoloop IOS. If you want more visit Penname records.

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Ambient Radio

Flatland Frequencies 23/1/21

Mutant Radio · ‘Flatland Frequencies’ w. Luke Sanger [23.01.2021]

Tracklist:

BengeDroneform
Ryan J RaffaSF Dreams
Marcus FischerMonocoastal (pt1)
BengeNoteform
Bass ClefMaze 1
HainbachSchwebungssummer
Stars of the LidThe Lonely People (Are Getting Lonelier)
Yumi IwakiMidAir
Lee EvansHolotropic Breathwork
HainbackOut Of Darker Days
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Ambient Dub Experimental Radio Techno

Jeran Portis – Mutant Radio 23rd Jan 2021

TrackArtistLabel
Frost Patrol (Ambience)Aura MinimumModern Nature
Mystical DynamicsMr. CloudyODrex Music
Hordes DescentFluxionSubWax
Starlight (Echospace Unreleased Mix)Model 500Echospace
WaterfoolNarson NelsonInsectorama
While In LockdownJon Dixon / minor INVENTION4EVR 4WRD
Optimal Power FlowRob StrobEMotech
MijoteC HH ICKInsectorama
Ela Konta MouJor-GGreyscale
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Ambient Review

Rikaar – IC 1848

Apollo (R&S) – 29/1/21

Classic, filmic synthscapes from Belgium duo Rikaar.

Big pads and pianos drenched in that reverb (think Eventide blackhole preset), gives these tracks a strong Vangelis vibe. Fans of sci-fi film music will feel at home here. The composition is tight and production values are high, which certainly gives the tracks a professional sheen, as associated with modern DAW-based soundtrack production.

Ambient is such a broad encompassing term these days, which can be used to describe anything from functionalist minimal Eno-school ambient, Japanese DX7 reductionism, modular experimentalism, all the way to epic-sounding soundtrack music (of which end of the spectrum this release lies).

Sci-fi music we collectively adhere to as ‘classics’, all have something in common. From the Barron brothers otherworldly soundtrack in Forbidden Planet, Derbyshire’s original Dr Who theme, Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack, all the way up to the return of raw analogue synths in the Stranger Things soundtrack. In all examples, the composers used technology in new and unexpected ways to portray a theme of the future. With this in mind, in terms of originality and inventiveness, IC 1848 doesn’t push any boundaries in term of sound design. However the composition is programmed impeccably and certainly serves its purpose.

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Ambient Review

Tomas Jirku – Touching the Sublime

The goal of this album was to capture the feeling of being in awe of nature. I think we can say that, especially when accompanied with the visual work above, this goal is achieved. Minimal soundscapes, and at times discordant tones, give an impression of vast space and power. The album is also available with a custom printed book of photographs. You can find out more here. And if you’d like to know more about the label Silent Season check this excellent video by Dub Monitor.

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Ambient Experimental Review

Asher Levitas & Hannah Archambault – Nous N’étions Jamais Vraiment Là

Line Explorations – 22nd Jan 2021

As we adapt to new ways of existence, projects and collaborations need to evolve alongside. Remote working is not a necessity confined to people working office jobs, but artists and musicians too.

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Ambient Electro House Radio Techno

Mutant Radio – Jeran Portis (21st December 2020)

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Ambient Feature Interview

This is: Grey Skies

Last week we featured a premiere of Grey Skies – ‘Heavy Burden‘ from his new release, Year. To follow up, Elias has kindly provided some insight on his influences, composition and production techniques.

” After being a member of indie/post punk bands for more than a decade, and being a huge fan of ambient and experimental music I wanted to create a record that is totally different from what people who know my previous creations would expect.

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Ambient Beats Experimental Premiere

PREMIERE: Grey Skies – Heavy Burden

Flatland Frequencies · PREMIERE: Grey Skies – Heavy Burden

Here we have an exclusive premiere of ‘Heavy Burden’, from Greek musician Elias Smilios. Taken from his upcoming release as Grey Skies – Year is an album that creates wonderfully bent landscapes of mysterious worlds. More to come from this producer and this special album, soon on the blog. In the meantime, let this piece soundtrack the Autumn as it rolls in.

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Ambient Experimental Review Synth

Miracle Pond – December Doubles!

ADVANCE WARNING: Miracle Pond are dropping two new cassettes on 4th December:

  • Plastic Moonrise (aka Catherine Norris) – Party of Dreamers
  • Time Attendant and Dolly Dolly (aka Paul Snowdon and David Yates) – ‘Subtle Bodies’

As with all their releases, these things sell fast, so stay frosty and don’t say we didn’t warn you!