Ran Kirlian – Sidereus Nuncius


Release data: Ran Kirlian – Sidereus Nuncius DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Altera Orbe, 2020 The largest part of “Sidereus Nuncius” (Sidereal Messenger) -named after Galileo Galilei’s famous 1610 astronomical treatise- was created mostly during the Covid19 confinement in spring 2020. It served as an imaginary escape route for the composer to travel light-years away without leaving his home studio. Moreover, it was developed as an ode to…

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Echoflex – Echoflex I


Release data: Echoflex – Echoflex I Digital Download,  SeeHear Recordings, 2020 “Echoflex 1” is an ambient recording by Echoflex, aka Plymouth-based composer and visual artist David Muddyman (also a member of the band Loop Guru) who lives close to the sea on the Devon/Cornwall border. He developed an interest in how emotions could be brought into a sound palette by changes of timbre, pitch and…

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Juta Takahashi – Music for Urban Promenades


Release data: Juta Takahashi – Music for Urban Promenades CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Lunisolar Records, 2020 Taking inspiration from a collage of faint bell sounds heard inside an indoor shopping mall in Yokohama, Juta Takahashi decided to undertake his own environmental approach and create this continuous low volume ambience. The outcome, the nearly 63-minute “Music for Urban Promenades”, is a slow evolving tapestry of lush swirling sounds…

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Ava Felsenstein – Hydrolux


Release data: Ava Felsenstein – Hydrolux DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2014 Through the years there have been several electronic musicians who make or have made Jarre-inspired music or music recreating his synth sounds and atmospheres such as Kebu, Victor Cerullo and MoonSatellite. German synthesist Ava Felsenstein has the same intention with “Hydrolux”. Well, the eight tracks continuing Jarre’s spherical sounds prove much softer as well…

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Havdis – Fugløya


Release data: Havdis – Fugløya CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Gterma, 2020 “Fugløya”,  Havdis’4th album on Gterma, was actually ready to go to print in early March but due to Covid19 had to sit back and wait a bit just like everyone else. This time around the album comes with some stunning photographs of label owner Johan Rehn complementing the 78-minute narrative ambient journey very nicely. As was…

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Steve Roach – A Soul Ascends


Release data: Steve Roach – A Soul Ascends CD/Digital Download,  Projekt Records, 2020 Meant for deep inward immersion & infinite playback, “A Soul Ascends”(created over seven days in mid-April 2020 during the Covid19 crisis) kinda fits in the same league as Roach”s “Quiet Music” and other tranquil longform soundworks.  While submerging in this new slow morphing outcome it becomes clear the music is more “present”…

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