Carbon Based Lifeforms – Hydroponic Garden


Release data: Carbon Based Lifeforms – Hydroponic Garden CD, Ultimae Records, 2003 Carbon Based Lifeforms is the Swedish duo Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Ringström of which some music already appeared on the Fahrenheit Project-samplers of the same label. Well, what we encounter here is down-tempo ambient from up north in which spacy textures and tribal ambient grooves are combined, shifting from meditative chill-out to more…

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Kevin Bartlett – Near Life Experience


Release data: Kevin Bartlett – Near Life Experience CD, Aural Gratification, 2003 “Near Life Experience” is the awesome debut-recording of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Bartlett, offering over 73 minutes of evocative instrumental songs in which influences of Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Peter Gabriel and progressive/symphonic rock can easily be heard. The album kicks off with (my personal favorite) “Gayatri”, with a Celtic kindred melody before the haunting female…

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AuReality – Sense


Release data: AuReality – Sense CD-R, Private Release, 2003 The man behind Aureality is the Dutch ambient composer Paul Swennenhuis, of which “Sense” is his second album. On this cd he uses the Alesis QuadraSynth, Emu Morpheus en de NI AbSynth, and the outcome is above average. AuReality’s music contains nice melodic lines and mixes them quite often with ethnic inspired rhythms. His compositions contain…

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Ashera & Brannan Lane – Sextant


Release data: Ashera & Brannan Lane – Sextant CD, Private Release, 2003 Anthony Wright and Brannan Lane join forces on this disc, offering 69 minutes of exquisite and delightful ambient music. “Sextant” offers five extended tracks of slowly morphing freeform textural ambient carrying a deep sense of introspection and solitude. The delicately shifting sound tapestries with some soft drony passages and bell sounds incorporate highly…

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Atrium Carceri – Cellblock


Release data: Atrium Carceri – Cellblock CD, Cold Meat Industry, 2003 Well, fans of dark ambient/industrial musiccan enjoy themselves with this heavy release of the Swedisch label Cold Meat Industry. Atrium Carceri, aka Simon Health, presents 43 minutes of creeping, gruesome and oppressive darkwave ambient, featuring deep drones, soundscapes and heavy fx’s. This is a total audiovisual experience on the theme from deep within isolated…

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Aperus – Tumbleweed obfuscated by camera failure


Release data: Aperus – Tumbleweed obfuscated by camera failure CD-R, Mpath Records, 2003 The music of ambient composer Brian McWilliams -also known as one half of the creative brain behind Remanence -has taken a new shape by the name of Aperus. Aperus brings us a recording inspired by obscured photographs resulting from camera problems during a trip Brian undertook to New Mexico. A happy accident…

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