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Minimal Wave Review Synth

Group Rhoda – Passing Shades

Dark Entries – Release: 20th Nov 2020
darkentriesrecords · Group Rhoda – Passing Shades SNIPS

Dark and foreboding synthwave from Group Rhoda, the solo project of Mara Barenbaum. Channeling some Grace Jones vibes in this one, over skittering unprocessed 808 beats and deep pentatonic analogue bass lines. A good exercise in pop reductionism.

Get the vinyl direct here

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Ambient Review

BAHÍA MANSA – Memorias de Los Pajaros Niños

Golden Ratio Frequencies – Release 26/11/20

Big fans of GRFRQ releases here at Flatland Frequencies, with many of their releases finding their way onto our monthly radio show.

Their latest offering is a lush 8 track cassette of bubbling lo-fi electronics from Chilian producer Iván Aguayo, who as the blurb states “creates emotive, dream-like vignettes of sound, assembled through an array of digital and analogue processes using electronics, traditional instruments, tape loops, found sounds, and field recordings.

Head over to GRFRQ bandcamp and pre-order your copy now, as these things don’t tend to stay on the virtual shelves for long…

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Ambient Experimental Review

Benge – Loop Series (One: BUCHLA 100)

Randomly stumbled on a tweet recommending this release from a few years ago, made entirely on a 1960’s Buchla 100 system. Glad I did, as it’s very very nice indeed! Pure tones and drones, without any overzealous reverbs masking those tasty analogue waveforms!

Check it out here (and chuck em a few quid)

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Ambient Beats Experimental Review

Bass Clef – Maze Greys

Four tracks of long form, linear compositions. There’s something quite modern and ‘techno’ about the sound design in these tracks, very up-front and clean, with the structure powering through from A to B. Quite refreshing for fairly long tracks to have the feeling of propulsion, without any tendency for meandering off the track.

Grab is now on the Frequency Domain bandcamp

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Art Experimental Review

Loula Yorke – Crowd Control Vol.1

Tigerforce Records – Oct 10th 2020

Crowd Control Vol.1 is a more thematic and focused offering from Suffolk based sound artist Loula Yorke, in comparison to her more techno-orientated output in ‘Ldols’.

The topic of surveillance capitalism covers the use of digital products such as social media, as a means of surveillance and corporate influence. The term was coined by the work of Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff and is also regularly covered by Silicon Valley commentator Jaron Larnier.

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Ambient Radio

Luke Sanger – Mutant Radio 23rd Sept 2020

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Electro House Radio Techno

Jeran Portis – Mutant Radio 23rd Sept 2020

Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MutantRadio/videos/742213306340090

Video credits:
NASA Image and Video Library
Charles Atlas, Shigeko Kobuta & Nam June Paik – Merce by Merce by Paik
Shigeko Kubota – Video Installations 1970-1994

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Books Culture

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany – Uwe Schütte

Book cover of "Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany" by Uwe Schütte

This book, published just a couple of months before the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Scheider earlier this year, is a timely retrospective of the band that changed the shape of popular (and not so popular) music forever.

Readers of this blog will no doubt include many die-hard Kraftwerk fans, so this general introduction probably won’t feature much information that is not already known. However, there is still something of interest to be found in this book. Aside from the usual biographies and discographies, Uwe Shütte considers the aesthetic and philosophical aspects that shaped the Kraftwerk sound and ethos.

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Ambient Radio

Frequency Domain label showcase

Those who tuned into our last show on Mutant Radio, will have seen and heard the incredible Ali Wade AV mix, showcasing tracks from the Frequency Domain catalogue. You can listen back to the archive here:

Frequency Domain · Frequency Domain label showcase on Mutant Radio

Shasta Cults – Sine Waves With Subtle Phase (fd010)
Southfacing – Make Way for the Young (fd002)
Forest Drive West – Scafell Pike (fd006)
Linnley – Simmer (fd006)
Apologist – No Closer Than The Moon (forthcoming fdlp001)
Datassette – Overtone Crystal (fd010)
Southfacing – Opt Out (fd006)
Ali Wade – My Mind Laid Out Before Me (fd012)
Southfacing – The Marking Song (fd013)
Luke Sanger – Mackerel Sky (fd008)
Polypores – A Horizon Rendered In Blue (forthcoming fd014)
Ali Wade – 187J3X1 (fd012)
Patrick R. Pärk – Splendor of Light (fd011)
Jo Johnson – Careless (fd010)
Matt Whitehead – The Great Attractor (fd005)
Matt Whitehead – Pris’s Dream (fd005)
Luke Sanger – Weathered Gansey (fd008)
Apologist – Still Unknown (forthcoming fdlp001)
Constantine ft. Christos Sakellaridis – Between Worlds (fd010)

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Ambient Feature Premiere

PREMIERE: Salvaticus Selvatico – Breath 9: Peaks

Golden Ratio Frequencies is a label you will have heard played on our monthly radio show. A label that operates in the meditative end of the audio spectrum. We’re lucky to share this exclusive premiere of a track from the excellent new LP by Salvaticus Selvatico. Sit back and let ‘Peaks’ occupy the space between your headphones.

Flatland Frequencies · PREMIERE: Salvaticus Selvatico – Breath 9 Peaks

Pre-order ‘The Science of Breathing’ from bandcamp here