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Avant Garde Drone Experimental Minimal Review

MINING – Chimet

Crafted from weather data collected during a storm sequence off the south coast of the UK in October 2017, the album is a mesmerizing 74-minute journey through the elemental forces of nature. Craig Kirkpatrick-Whitby and PJ Davy’s sonification of the data, combined with Matthew Bourne’s intuitive piano and cello improvisations, results in a powerful, meditative, and immersive sonic experience. With each note, ‘Chimet’ encapsulates the ebb and flow of the storm, offering a captivating blend of tension and serenity that resonates on a primal level.

Released 8th March via Leaf Label

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Documentary Minimal

Tones Drones and Arpeggios – The Magic of Minimalism

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Avant Garde Experimental Minimal Synth

Benge – Forms 16

This is an album exploring the interplay between random events and deliberate human intervention, something which, in the electronic music field, I call cybersynthesis. I saw it’s creation as being analogous to creating pictures using the medium of Watercolour, whereby the various pigments are allowed to flow randomly in water with the hand of the painter guiding the proceedings with an eye on satisfying various criteria. These criteria define the artist’s intention. The work is the result

The music was made on the Serge Modular Paperface system, with most of the modules being made in the early-to-mid 1970s. However, one panel of the nine used is a modern unit formatted to the Serge standard, made by the British synthesiser manufacturer Loudest Warning. This panel was assembled on my instruction, a service happily provided by the manufacturer, and contains cybernetic functions that I felt were lacking in the other modules in my system, but which fit in with the spirit of the Serge. They were designed to aid in the composition of self-generating melodic and rhythmic patterns

These functions are as follows:

Two Gated Comparators, each one slightly different from the other. These modules take in pitch data, and hold it in memory to be passed out at a sequentially gated step, with up to 8 steps. They create a semi-random series of notes and gates and can be used in conjunction with other modules such as the Quantizer

Window Comparator: This takes a clock input and puts out up to 8 new gates based upon a range set by external CV. It can be used to create complex rhythmic patterns which again are semi-random in nature

And-Comparator. This takes multiple gate events and outputs a new gate only if all inputs fire together. It is useful for selectively thinning out complex events into simpler rhythmic events, also known as rhythmic quantizing

The Slope Detector takes any variable CV and generates various gates depending on the rise and fall time of the input

73 EG. A complex envelope generator based on the original Serge design from 1973. It allows voltage control over most parameters and also generates extra gate outputs under voltage control. In cycle mode it can be used as a complex VC-LFO

Having this extra panel added to my system has opened up the compositional potential of the instrument to a very large extent. All of the melodic elements you hear on this album were generated using what I call ‘cybersynthesis’ principles, which is a fascinating area of electronic music that I have greatly enjoyed exploring on this record

Download form Bandcamp includes full colour 10 page PDF booklet!

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Minimal Review Synth

Egil Kalman – Forest of Tines (Egil Kalman plays the Buchla 200)

Behold the enchanting Buchla symphonies, woven by the mystical hands of Egil Kalman, a maestro of otherworldly melodies. In this magical opus, Kalman guides us through realms where traditional harmonies intertwine with the ethereal. The mystical additive wave folding timbres, originating from the enchanting ELECTRIC MUSIC BOX, Series 200, resonate throughout the very fabric of these compositions.

Bandcamp for the vinyl (only a handful left!) and digital.

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Ambient Avant Garde Electro-Acoustic Experimental Field Recording Minimal Review

Top Freqs of 2023

Another fine year for music here in the flatlands.
Here are our ten most frequented frequencies of the past 12 months. Go check them out and support the artists!

1. Tape Loop Orchestra – Onde Sinusoi​̈​dale Et Bande Magne​́​tique

2. S. Costa – The Radiant Point

3. Cate Brooks – Easel Studies

4. T.Jervell & ChromaDots – Faksfjord / Fragsfjord

5. Field Lines Cartographer – Tone Maps

6. Elia Piana – Sotto l​’​Albero Tutto Si Copre

7. Anagrams – Blue Voices

8. Night Gestalt – The Staring Night

9. VirusMoto –

10. Sundheim – Glades of Flowering Stone

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Minimal Review Techno

Virusmoto – O

Always an exciting day when a Frequency Domain new release email lands. With its stripped-down beats and precise, calculated bleeps, ‘◯’, masterfully embraces minimalism, creating an immersive sonic landscape that feels both futuristic and meditative. The deliberate restraint in its use of elements allowed each bleep and beat to resonate with significance, highlighting the beauty found in the spaces between the sounds. Something that rewards as a listening experience, but could also work in a minimal techno DJ set.

Out now via Bandcamp

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Drone Experimental Minimal Review

Tape Loop Orchestra – Onde Sinusoi​̈​dale Et Bande Magne​́​tique


In his latest release under the moniker Tape Loop Orchestra (TLO), Andrew, a versatile musician with a rich history in various genres, showcases his mastery of minimalism and entrancing sonic landscapes. Using a simple setup of a test tone generator, tape machines, and effects, Andrew crafts a mesmerizing experience. The album, titled “Onde Sinusoïdale Et Bande Magnétique,” explores sustained oscillations, layered with carefully chosen tunings of sine drones that organically evolve, creating new rhythms and harmonic structures.

Out now via Quiet Details

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Ambient Minimal Synth

Cate Brooks – Easel Studies

Cate Brooks is back with her seventh release for Clay Pipe Music. Never one to stand still, ‘Easel Studies’ finds her pushing the boundaries of sound synthesis and experimentation on the Buchla Music Easel while still sounding beautifully beguiling and hypnotically melodic.

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Ambient Beats Minimal Synth

Yeon – In The Flow

From the vaults of Henry Homesweet’s sprawling discography, Pen Name present ‘In The Flow’, a 2015 EP worthy of the reissue treatment. With the Yeon alias, Homesweet explores a deep and mysterious tropical sound, enveloping the listener with meticulous stereo design (headphones recommended). Freshly remastered for tape / digi and featuring an unreleased extended cut on the B side.

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Ambient Avant Garde Experimental Minimal Radio

Flatland Frequencies 30/8/23

NameArtistAlbumYear
FlowstateCate BrooksEasel Studies2023
Warm CurrentsPolyporesAzure2020
Jamestown (Accra)Luke SangerField Recordings
AmuletIEPome LP2018
Tchaikovsky, Valse SentimentaleClara RockmoreOhm – The Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948-19802000
CurigCate BrooksEasel Studies2023
Delphic (Extended Mix)YeonIn The Flow2023
thai_mountain_ambLuke SangerField Recordings
ClockworksLaurie SpiegelThe Expanding Universe2012
Outline of NatureTwilight SequenceOutline of Nature2023
False AzureNight GestaltStaring Light2023
learning the doordan derksphylum2019
Soft MeadowGreen-HouseSix Songs for Invisible Gardens2020
A Fresh Dawn For North Cheshire Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development PlanBuilding a New Town 2023
all the way to kangroyabound2020
A Sonic Womb Part IIISuzanne CianiA Sonic Womb: Live Buchla Performance at Lapsus 2020
uume 24 extended mixClaude & Olauume2023
Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)Brian EnoOhm – The Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948-19802000
TelepathBoards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest2013
Sacred Transparency INight GestaltStaring Light2023
An Act Of Surrender – Part 1Thomas StoneAn Act Of Surrender2022
Lichwake FamiliarsFood PeopleMirrors & Vegetables2020
Before this Body is ForsakenAeonsInto Eternity’s Embrace2023
crumple your cryptoroyabound2020
hiroshima_frogsLuke SangerField Recordings