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STEPHEN BACCHUS - Ambient Origins (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Etherium (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Pangaea (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - The Keep (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
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)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Almost Human (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Rene de Bakker (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Returning Winds (CD/Digital Download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Apollo (cd/digital download)

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

 
BAFFO BANFI & MATTEO CANTALUPPI - Frontera (cd)

 
BARBELO & JORGE REYES - Ethnoaural (cd)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Pillars of Light (Digital Download)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Structures of Light (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
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)

 
PETER BAUMANN - Machines of Desire (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
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)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Phoenix (Digital Download)

 
BERNHARD - Down on Earth (cd-r)

 
RON BERRY - Osiris (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Analogue (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Black Horses Of The Sun (CD/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Autumn Continent (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Legacy (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Radio Silence (cd-r)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Secret Observatory (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - The Edge of a Fairytale (cd)

 
BETZLER & BRüCKNER - Triplet (CD/Digital Download)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Fine Tunes (CD)

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

 
AMIN BHATIA - Virtuality (cd)

 
MARK BIEHL - Landscapes (cd)

 
BIOSPHERE - Shenzhou (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 - As Above So Below (Lp/CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Aurora (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - Chiasmata (cd/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Continuum (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Liverdelphia (cd/digital download)

 
IAN BODDY - Sepulchre (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Slide (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Strange Attractors (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Aera (USB-Drive/Digital Downloa)

 
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 - Juxtaposition (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 - Standing in the Rain (CD)

 
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 - Polar Reflections (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Return to the North (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - yg:drasil (Digital Download)

 
ANNEMARIE BORG - In Nomine Tellus (CD)

 
BOUVETøYA - Interstellarphonic (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MEG BOWLES - A Quiet Light (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - Blue Cosmos (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - Evensong - Canticles for the Earth (CD/Digital Download)

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

 
KEVIN BRAHENY & TIM CLARK - The Spell (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Galaxies (Original Soundtrack Music) (cd/mc)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Lullaby for the Hearts of Space (Mc/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)

 
BRIDGE TO IMLA - The Radiant Sea (CD/Digital Download)

 
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 - Green (cd)

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

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

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red Live @ USA (CD/Digital Download)

 
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 - Lovely Thunder (Lp/CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Room (LP/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)

 
BYSENSES - Frigments-Fragments (CD)


BOREAL TAIGA
yg:drasil
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Wayfarer Records, 2012
"yg:drasil", subtitled "Modern Interpretation of Northern Sounds", is Boreal Taiga's fourth release with Wayfarer Records and also his first double album.

The recording, clocking over 2,5 hours, features ambient and deep space tracks on the first cd that explore the vast regions of our Arctic environments. On the second disc though, there’s a switch to down tempo ("Lofoten Night"), chill-out techno and ambient dub tracks in the tradition of the Basic Channel label ("Rein Dear") along more experimental pieces with beats that continue the further and in-depth exploration of the northern sounds and environments.

The lengthy recording, oncemore containing many binaural recordings, was inspired by Northern Tribal mythologies (such as the Sami, Evenk, Aleutian and more) as well as the ancient Scandinavian myths based on the poetic Edda. "Yg:drasil" was created from a lot of older material the composer wanted to release. But instead of using that older material, he wrote new tracks based on those sounds.
Therefor, a lot of the tracks have something in common with two previous albums, "Northern Shamans" and "Podkamennaya Tunguska". Both are on the composers list for future release after some proper remastering.

A closer look to the albums music reveals the first part of well mastered and produced "yg:drasil" is an exciting journey into beautifully rendered ambient and drone spaces, accompanied by lots of found samples and an array of field recordings.

One can e.g. hear faint radio sounds, crackling ice, wind, rain, jet pilots chatting, small stones, shaman drums, radio frequencies from space, astronomers discussing the Southern Magellanic Clouds (you can hear this on the track "Antarctic Magellanic Clouds"), cuckoo birds (featured on the third track "Gullesfjorden"), helicopters, airplanes and much more. Besides that, I love the intrinsic stillness and hidden dynamic undercurrent running through the music, as e.g. in "Conifer Polar", "Above the Taiga" and the mesmerizing "Flying low over the high glacier". With headpnones, this stuff works miracles.

As said previously, the second part of "yg:drasil" is a different story, as JamesDe (aka Boreal Taiga) wanted to create a more varied sound and take the plunge into the down tempo and experimental avenues. A more pure and accomplished form of down-tempo can be heard on the smooth pieces "Arctic Doppler" and "Discovering New Ice" found at the end of the release. Notable other takes here are e.g. "Aleutian Village", that contains an actual Alaskan Aleutian tribe sample of children singing, and "Tunguska Evenk" (where JamesDe implemented real Evenk tribal chants and prayers in the music). Boreal Taiga’s already mentioned albums "Northern Shamans" and "Podkamennaya Tunguska" explore these tribes in more detail and sounds.

What the composer especially loved a lot about this side of the album’s music are the different percussion explorations, both challenging and enjoyable. On that behalf, these all reconnect to the more percussion-based tracks created in the earlier days of the Boreal Taiga project with a more ethnic and down tempo feel.
Nice going, JamesDe!

Website: www.borealtaiga.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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