Sound Impression: Fictions by Sérine

Franz Kirmann is a French electronic musician based in London who has been releasing music since 2006 both as a solo artist and with composer/multi-instrumentalist Tom Hodge as part of electronic/post-classical crossover project Piano Interrupted. Franz has recently added a new dimension to his work with a project dubbed Sérine which operates in the realm…

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A Sense of Place: Rift by Hugar

Known as The Land of Fire and Ice, few places contain more wonder per square mile than Iceland. The only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level, its central volcanic plateau is constantly erupting. For longtime friends Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson who make up the duo Hugar, there is musical inspiration to…

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2021 in Review: Highlights of a Headphone Commute

As I am sure many of you dear readers are already aware, Headphone Commute is an online resource of candid words on electronic, experimental and instrumental music that has long been setting the bar to which many independent blogs aspire to including this one. In fact, it was my own early encounters with and lessons…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: At the End of the Day, It Felt Like a Goodbye by Sven Laux and Logic Moon

Sven Laux is a German composer and freelance sound designer based in Berlin who takes a cinematic approach to electronic ambient music built on a modern classical framework of violin, cello, and piano. Tobias Lorsbach is an artist from Mainz with a background in multiple genres including techno and metal who makes guitar oriented ambient…

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Sound Impression: La première sortie de Florina by Lamasz & Grandbruit

Continuing the first tentative steps into a new year of music, it seems fitting to focus next on the discovery of a brand new net label launched late last year by two brothers from Montreal who ambient music fans may know by their respective solo monikers of Lamasz and Grandbruit. Described as “an ambient label…

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Sound Impression: Layover by Emilía

What better way to ease into a new year of stationary traveling than to ride the oscillating waves of Layover by the Málaga-based duo of musician Lee Yi and visual artist Meneh Peh known as Emilía. Shifting from the uneasy ruminations of last year’s Spring Through a Window (and companion EP Pollinations) and the mournful…

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2021 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually proves it can provide us with outsized moments of wonder and delight and the year in music would not be the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2021 in Review: Modern & Post Classical

From the intimacy of a solitary piano to the harmony of an ensemble or the mysterious alchemy forged in the studio where the analog is fused with the electronic, here is a selection of some especially memorable journeys in modern & post classical music released during the past year.

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2021 in Review: Electroacoustic & Experimental Folk

A selection of memorable releases from the year from the musical edgelands where electroacoustic ambient and field recordings meet acoustic, folk, and other analog experiments in sound.

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