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STEPHEN BACCHUS - Ambient Origins (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Etherium (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Pangaea (cd)

 
JONATHAN BADGER - Metasonic (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & MATHIAS GRASSOW - True North (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & NIMH - Entities (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & WEE BANDITS - A Brief History of Light (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Bluebox Collection (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Cages (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Dreamresources (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Exosphere (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Light Textures (CD-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Live Long and Proper (CD/Digital Download)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Planet X (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Prayers for the Earth (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Rooms (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - The Serenity (CD)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Time (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Winterscape (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Yalda (cd-r)

 
CHRISTOPHE BAILLEAU - Air Resort (cd)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Apollo (cd/digital download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Maya (20th Anniversary Edition) (cd)

 
BARBELO & JORGE REYES - Ethnoaural (cd)

 
DAN BARRIO - This Physical World (cd-r)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Caverns of Time (cd)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Secret Entries into Darkness (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Glow in the Dark (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Near Life Experience (cd)

 
KARL BARTOS - Communication (cd)

 
LYONEL BAUCHET - The Secret Society (Digital Download)

 
HOL BAUMANN - [Human] (cd)

 
ADRIAN BEASLEY - Powerhouse (cd-r)

 
BEEHIVE PLAINS - Tape (cd)

 
MICHEL BEKKERING - Cosmopolitan Dances (cd-r)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - A Lone Reply (cd)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - Salvaging the Past (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Arctic (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Images from Earth (cd)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Land of the Rising Sun (cd)

 
BERNHARD - Down on Earth (cd-r)

 
RON BERRY - Osiris (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Autumn Continent (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Radio Silence (cd-r)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Secret Observatory (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - The Edge of a Fairytale (cd)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Music for Cosmic Nights 2013 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AMIN BHATIA - Virtuality (cd)

 
MARK BIEHL - Landscapes (cd)

 
BIOSPHERE - Substrata (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Music for Real Airports (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Radio Scarecrow (cd)

 
TIM BLAKE - Blake’s New Jerusalem (CD/Digital Download)

 
DANIEL BLANCHET - L’Harmonie des Mondes (cd)

 
SERGE BLENNER - Musique de Chambre (cd)

 
DANIEL BLOOM - Event Horizon (cd)

 
BLUE STONE - Breathe (cd)

 
BLUETECH - Phoenix Rising (cd)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Dawn of Mars (cd-r)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Rings of Saturn (cd-r)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Bi Polar (cd)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Mare Stellaris (cd)

 
CHRIS BOCAST - Through the Airlock (cd)

 
WOLFGANG BOCK - Cycles (Lp)

 
CLAUS BOCKSTANDT - Voyages (cd)

 
IAN BODDY & BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Hemispheres (cd-r)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - EC12 (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - Frontiers (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & PARALLEL WORLDS - Exit Strategy (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - SID SMITH - JANE MOLLOY - Other Rooms (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - After the Rain (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Aurora (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - Chiasmata (cd/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Liverdelphia (cd/digital download)

 
IAN BODDY - Sepulchre (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Strange Attractors (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Alternate Realities (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Anthology (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Beleagured Blossoms (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Experiments ’80-’82 (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Images from a Parallel World (cd/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Infinite Plastic Creation (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Saiyuji (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Short Waves (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - Sudden Departure (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Eternal Now (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Ghosts of Hanton Village (cd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Spectral Ships (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vertical Life (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vesperia (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Xessex (The Palindrome Project) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BOOTH & CREEK - Lightwaves (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - By Popular Demand (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - Joie de Vivre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & IAN BODDY - Phase 3 (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & JOHN KERR - Offshore Islands (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & MORPHEUSZ - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & SYNTH.NL - Refuge en Verre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS, KEES AERTS & HAROLD VAN DER HEIJDEN - BAH! Live in Sweden (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS - 80's Box (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Acoustic Shadows (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ante Oculos (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Area Movement (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Current (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Derby! (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Detachment of Worldly Affairs (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Different Stories and Twisted Tales (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Dreamscape (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ghost of a Mist (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - La Caída de Hormigón (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Liquid Structures in Solid Form (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Mea Culpa (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Of Desolate Places And Urban Jungles (cd-single)

 
RON BOOTS - Screaming Whispers (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - See Beyond Times, Look Beyond Words (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Signs in the Sand (CD/Digital Download)

 
RON BOOTS - Tainted Bare Skin (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Too Many Secrets (cd)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Arctic Remixes (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - At Gutú (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Glacia Form (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Isopectic Isotac (cd-r)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - yg:drasil (Digital Download)

 
MEG BOWLES - A Quiet Light (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - Blue Cosmos (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - The Shimmering Land (CD/Digital Download)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY & TIM CLARK - The Spell (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Galaxies (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - The Way Home (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER - In the Land of Power (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER II - Not Far from a Distant Sun (cd)

 
BRAINWORK - Ten (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Avatara (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Bridge to Nowhere (cd-r)

 
STEVE BRAND - SoulSpiral (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Satori (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Shimmer (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Signals in Moonlight (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Silver (cd -r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Stories from the Forest (cd)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Vibrant Water (cd-r)

 
OLIVIER BRIAND & BERTRAND LOREAU - Interférences (cd)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - 4 at 18 (cd)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - A Strange Mint (Digital Download)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - Afield (Digital Download)

 
BAS B. BROEKHUIS - The Escher Drawings (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Blue (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - In Repelen (cd & dvd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Repelen 3 (cd)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Broken Harbour (cd-r)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Gramophone Transmissions (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - The Geometry of Shadows (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - Dauphins et Baleines (cd)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - La Nature s’endort (cd)

 
BRUNETTE MODELS - Last Poem (cd)

 
MICHAEL BRüCKNER - Endless Mind Portal (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - The Pearl (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD & CLIVE WRIGHT - A Song for Lost Blossoms (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The White Arcades (cd)

 
BUDD/GRACIA /LENTZ - Music for Three Pianos (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Bhakti Point (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Invention (cd)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Mosaic (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - On the Third Extreme (CD/Digital Download)


BROKEN HARBOUR
Gramophone Transmissions
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2011
"Gramophone Transmissions" is the second album by Broken Harbour, aka
Canadian ambient composer Blake Gibson, made without any use of synthetic sources. Recorded between July and October 2009, the release offers a fascinating, highly cinematic ambient travelogue of loops, drone and textural pads with a strong organic rim. According to the linear notes, the outcome was created from classical vinyl records beside choral, piano and mellotron recordings.

The flowing, non-rhythmic strings pads with smooth crackles journey through shaded, at times slightly ghostly landscapes were time and place seems to be of no importance. While we wander through the remote and expansive territory making up "Gramophone Transmissions", the first half turns out to be sounding more accessible, smoother and lighter.

Things turn lengthier, darker and more dense in the second half of the recording, starting with the beautiful alienating choral "Dark Clouds approaching from the West". This great minimal piece is the entrance to the 16-minute "Maelstrom (The Decent)", a halucinogenic/abstract trip down into the underworld, but a tad too adventurous for my ears. Fortunately, smooth drifting textural atmospheres and choral pads nicely return on the last piece "Unforeseen Conseqences", that incorporates a beautiful dynamic undercurrent.

All in all, "Gramophone Transmissions" is rather unusual but well-rendered ambient headphone music for those looking and cherishing the beauty hidden in remote expansiveness.

A special note on the stunning cd art work by Michal Karcz, that perfectly mirrors the mood and deep feel of the album’s introspective music.

Website: www.brokenharbour.ca

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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