Loren Nerell – The Venerable Dark Cloud


Release data: Loren Nerell – The Venerable Dark Cloud CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2016 “What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong?” You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. It’s a question Loren Nerell thought about around 2000 when he was approached to contribute a project to Amplexus mini-cd ambient series. “The Venerable Dark…

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Loren Nerell – Lilin Dewa


Release data: Loren Nerell – Lilin Dewa CD, Side Effects, 1996 “Lilin Dewa”, the follow-up album of Loren Nerell’s 1986- release “Point of Arrival”, takes us on a deep sonic trip into the culture of Java and Bali. The 5-track outcome offers gamelan (an ensemble of instruments, mostly tuned percussion similar to xylophones) along loops and assorted field recordings, making up resonating ambient spaces. The…

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Loren Nerell & Mark Seelig – Tree of Life


Release data: Loren Nerell & Mark Seelig – Tree of Life CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2014 All who love in-depth ambient journeys through sound with a profound sense of world music will probably know some individual works of Loren Nerell and Mark Seelig. These two accomplished composers decided to start collaborating after a fruitful and most satisfying meeting at Steve Roach’s 2010 SoundQuest Fest. As…

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Loren Nerell – Slow Dream


Release data: Loren Nerell – Slow Dream CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2012 As some may know, the music of Los Angeles-based composer Loren Nerell always had firm roots in the music from Indonesia, especially when it concerns sounds that were from a gong’s perspective (in that culture, a gong is regarded a thinking spirit). The deep, dense and cinematic ambient featured on the 67-minute “Slow…

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A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible


Release data: A Produce & Loren Nerell – Intangible CD, Hypnos Recordings, 2011 “Intangible” is the outcome of a collaboration between Barry Craig (aka A Produce) and Loren Nerell, both known as skilled ambient composers for many years. Composed between 2007 and 2010, the seven moody tracks on their debut album are a journey into warm textural drone paintings and smooth sequencer patterns with both…

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Loren Nerell – Taksu


Release data: Loren Nerell – Taksu CD, Soleilmoon, 2003 As far as I know, this is the sixth cd of Loren, his previous cd (“The Venerable Dark Cloud”) was released on Amplexus in 2000. “ Taksu” contains one uninterrupted, cinematic track of 69:17. It’s a slowly evolving, flowing blend of environmental soft drone sounds and Balinese/gamelan instruments, rather soundtrack-like atmospheric music. Around the 40 minute…

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