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CADENCED HAVEN - Peregrination (cd)

 
CALLISTO - Nyx (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Aureal (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Axiom (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Behind the Shadows (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Cracks in the Air (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Desert Dawn (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Eigenspaces (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Eunomia (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Exile (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Hidden Path (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - In this Moment, In the Place (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Light Echoes (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Nights of Brightness (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Psychedelic Voyage (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Strange Vision (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - The Following Rain (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Transfiguration (Digital Download)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Hydrophonic Garden (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Interloper (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Twentythree (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - World of Sleepers (CD/Digital Download)

 
CARBONEIDS - Synthsyg (cd)

 
SYLVAIN CAREL - Caravansary (CD/Digital Download)

 
SYLVAIN CAREL - Time and Tide (cd/Digital Download)

 
MARTIN CARRADUS - Analog (cd-r)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Below Zero (cd/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Fall into Winter (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Focus (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Inspired (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Passing Lights (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Windows (CD/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY & BRANNAN LANE - Climatic Infusion (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & BRANNAN LANE - Dreamswirl (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & GERARD GEARY - Mount Meru (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Ancient Flow (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Beautiful Depths (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Ethereal Deserts (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - In Neptune’s Wake (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Natural Wonder (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Oceanic Space (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Paradise Earth (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Photonic Movements (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Skyhearts (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Spore (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 1 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 2 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 3 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Suntales (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - The Inexplicable (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & SYLKEN - The Endless Vista (cd-r)

 
CHARLIE CASE & JONN SERRIE - Out of the Blue (dvd)

 
CASTLEVIEW - Artifacts (Digital Download)

 
DOLORES CASTRO - Fifth Dimension (cd)

 
CATALIN - First Breath (cd)

 
CAUL - Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night (cd)

 
CELER - Climbing Formation (cd/Digital Download)

 
CELER - Without Retrospect, the Morning (CD/Digital Download)

 
CELL - Hanging Masses (cd)

 
CELL - Live at Kumharas-Ibiza (Digital Download)

 
CELL - Phonic Peace (cd)

 
CENTROZOON - Lovefield (cd)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Abstract Ambient Form (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Ambient Archive (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Beneath the Ice Flow (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Deconstructing Silence (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Indefinite Duration (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Interpolation (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_3 Sono Luminarium (CD-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_5 Church of ambient sound (Digital Download)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_Inception (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescape_2 Alternating Frequencies (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Lunar Tide (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - More than can be heard (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music for Cloud Watching (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music in Ambient Motion (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music in Suspended Animation (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Optimum (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Subsequence (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
PETER CHALLONER - The Other Side of Time (cd-r)

 
CHAR-EL - Heaven and Earth (cd)

 
CHAR-EL - Resurrection (cd-r)

 
CHAR-EL - Worlds without End (cd)

 
CLAUDE CHEMIN - Esthésies (cd)

 
MICK CHILLAGE - Infinite Perspectives (CD/Digital Download)

 
STEEN CHORCHENDORFF JøRGENSEN - Internal Moments (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JOHN CHRISTIAN - Sol Invictus (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN CHRISTIAN - Susbarbatus (cd-r)

 
CHRONOS - Helios (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOS - When Mars Meets Venus (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Chrysalis (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Dawn Treader (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Dharma Rain (cd-r/digital download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Event Horizon (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Ovum (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Passages (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Solar Winds (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SUZANNE CIANI - Seven Waves (LP/MC/CD)

 
SUZANNE CIANI - The Velocity of Love (LP/Mc/CD)

 
CIRCULAR - Moon Pool (CD/Digital Download)

 
CIRCULAR - Nanotopia (CD/Digital Download)

 
CIRCULAR - Substans (cd)

 
THE CIRCULAR RUINS - Empathy Test (cd)

 
CIRCULUM MUSICUM - Phases (cd-r)

 
TIM CLARK - Tales of the Sun People (cd)

 
VINCENT CLARKE & MARTYN WARE - Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (cd)

 
CODE INDIGO - MELTdown (cd/digital download)

 
COLD SUN - Four Patterns (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MATT COLDRICK - Music for a Busy Head (CD/Digital Download)

 
COLLAPSAR - Beyond the Event Horizon (cd)

 
COLOURFORM - Visions of Surya (cd)

 
COMMON GROUND - Common Ground (CD)

 
COMPUTERCHEMIST - Aqual Measure (cd-r)

 
CONNECT.OHM - 9980 (CD/Digital Download)

 
CONTINUUM - Volume 1 (cd)

 
CON_SENSE - Code Sent (cd-r)

 
CORAL CAVE - Panorama (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
CORAL CAVE - The 4th (live) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO & BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Indalo (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Ars Lucis (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Arte Magnetica (Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - BreathStream (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Deep Time (Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Far Beyond The Immobile Point (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Future Terrain (Digital Download/CD)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Lost Links (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Moontribe (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnal Emanations (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnes (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnes II (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Source of Present (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Splendid Labyrinths (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - The Ocean Inside (cd/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - The Resonant Memory of Earth (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Vestiges (cd)

 
ROBERT CORY - Point of Origin (cd)

 
THE COSMIC ARC - Free Your Head (Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground (cd/digital download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground 2 (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground III (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground IV (CD/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Live (CD/Lp/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Astral Journey (cd-r)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Electric Trick (cd)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Hypernova (cd-r)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Outerspace Gems (cd)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Space Gems (cd-r)

 
COSMOMOOSE - Cosmic Invasion (Digital Download)

 
COUSIN SILAS - The Sound of Silas (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
BEN COX - On Water (cd)

 
ROBERT HAIG COXON - The Silent Path (cd)

 
JAMIE CRAIG - Illumination (cd)

 
CREATE - In the Blink of an Eye (cd)

 
CREATE - Lost on an Island of Adventure (cd)

 
CREATE - Space Time Continuum (cd)

 
CHARLES CREVIER , FRANCOIS KIRALY AND JEAN-FRANCOI - Music from the Sky (cd)

 
CSILLAGKöD - All the Time (CD/Digital Download)

 
CSILLAGKöD - Silent World (CD/Digital Download)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Ausländer (cd)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Cooperation (CD/Digital Download)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Moonscapes -How stones become enlighted- (cd)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE & MATT BORGHI - The Intercepted Transmissions (cd)

 
CYCLOTIMIA - Wasteland (cd)

 
CYMPHONIC - Dimensionata (cd)

 
CYMPHONIC - Strataradialis (cd)

 
CYSCAPE - Deep Sea Explorer (cd-r)


COUSIN SILAS
The Sound of Silas
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, WAAG, 2014
Cousin Silas is the nom de plume of UK-composer, producer and self-proclaimed "sound alchemist" David Hughes. He has describes his music (which he has created since 1996) as "audio photographs" or "moodscapes". Within the creative process, he seems to draw inspiration from such diverse sources as writer JG Ballard, Fortean events, memories and Brian Eno.

I have to confess I never heard of this very prolific musician before (although he seems to be around since 2001), having published a vast number of ambient releases on various net-labels around the globe.

From his blog I learned "The Sound of Silas" is the very first physical double album (produced as a specially designed limited cd-r release of 100 copies along a digital download) in Silas-history featuring remastered existing tracks and over 70 minutes of new material found on the second half.

As such it makes a suitable introduction to the sheer breadth of his output, ranging from soft glowing Eno-eque ambient-piano/ambient guitar musings with weird and rather quirky sound effects ("The End of Winter", "Of Passing Days"), to mysterious and foreboding soundscapes ("Into the Dark" part 1 and 7) along dark and drony spheres created with synths, many different e-guitars along a lot of audio processing techniques. A minimal approach is the key in all of these.

The "downside" of an overview/collection like this though is there’s no consistency tying things together, as it showcases bits of the various styles executed during the years. Mr Hughes touches some very nice ground though on e.g. the mellow "Endless Summer" and "Mini Dronescape", the more rhythmic-driven, rich sounding "Future Tense", the early Hemisphere-ish "A Place of Magic" and the lush spherics making up pieces such as "The Far Distance", "Through the Moon’s Opaque Light", "Down the Darkening Hills" and "Time Flow". A special moment of reflection is found on the emotive-confronting "Inside Chernobyl". The second half (the new stuff) of the recording is the strongest in my opinion, while I’d prefer the guitar sounds to be less upfront and more velvet.

The imaginative outcome (with occasional spoken words from what appear classical texts) featured on "The Sound of Silas" illustrates both the dark ambient side along David’s more accessible electronic/guitar soundscape excursions. Some further efforts on the production and mastering side would be most beneficial to open it up while creating more depth and impact.

Website: www.cousinsilas.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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