Track Premiere: Zola by Aukai feat. Lisa Morgenstern

The music of Markus Seiber as Aukai has always embodied a spirit of wandering and a palpable sense of the outdoors. Informed by his wide-ranging travels across Europe an the Americas and a deep appreciation of nature, Aukai’s redolent, peregrine style owes much to his use of the ronroco, a small guitar originating in the…

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Travelogue: A hibernate recordings Collection

After a relatively sparse 2019, it is very nice to see a flurry of new activity over at hibernate recordings, the Yorkshire-based ambient label founded a little over a decade ago by Jonathan Lees. The catalyst has been something called the 2.6 challenge, a charitable initiative intended to fill the void left by the cancellation…

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Track Premiere: Fired by ABADIR

ABADIR is the solo alias of Berlin-based Egyptian producer Rami Abadir, also one-half of the experimental production duo 0N4B and the electronic music section editor of Arabic online music magazine Ma3azef where he covers music theory, critical studies, history, reviews and interviews. After solo releases on Italy’s Yerevan Tapes, Germany’s Kaer‘Uiks, and Montreal’s D.M.T. Records,…

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Premiere: Infinite by Valeska Rautenberg

“My heart melts into rivers … into the infinite until it becomes pure tenderness. My heart, my infinite heart … it always loves.” Born in East Berlin to actor Klaus-Peter Thiele and painter Rosemarie Rautenberg, music was the art form that became Valeska Rautenberg‘s true love leading to a career as an instrumentalist, singer, composer,…

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Travelogue: A Journey With Whitelabrecs

By my count, Whitelabrecs has come out with nearly 70 releases in the four years since it was founded  by Harry Towell (aka Spheruleus).  For the first three, the label strictly followed a set formula in which each release came out on vinyl-effect CDs in a limited run of 50 copies.  This year, Towell has…

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Video Spotlight: Bryce Dessner and Ensemble Resonanz

It is one thing to be a versatile musician and quite another to work at the forefront of multiple genres with the kind of virtuosity Bryce Dessner has shown over the past decade. He has won Grammy Awards both as a contemporary classical composer and as guitarist, arranger, and co-principal songwriter of The National as…

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Through a Musical Lens: Healing by Anna Salzmann & Garreth Broke

The  partnership of visual artist Anna Salzmann and composer/musician Garreth Brooke (aka Garreth Broke) has always been a special one both personally and creatively. Their latest work together is entitled Healing and combines 11 abstract artworks by Anna with 25 minutes of piano music by Garreth which seeks to explore this complex and sometimes contradictory…

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Sound Impression: ‘Hothocleana’ by the volume settings folder

Since starting his ambient-drone-post rock music project in 2011, M. Beckmann has been making a unique brand of music as the volume settings folder while drawing on the “countryside ambience” of North-East Italy as his main inspiration. As Beckmann tells it, his process usually begins with a spontaneous rush of ideas which he then nurtures…

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A Sense of Place: Hiddensee by CEEYS

CEEYS is a portmanteau coined from the names of the primary instruments used by brothers Sebastian & Daniel Selke to perform their minimalist modern classical compositions – the cello played by Sebastian (‘violoncelle’) and Daniel’s piano and vintage synthesizers (‘keys’). Their latest album now out on the Neue Meister imprint is the final chapter in…

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