[Rekonstrukt-I] Tegh – Night Scenes [Bitrot]

For some time now, we have been singing the praises of a collective of artists from Iran who have consistently been putting out some stunning ambient & electronic recordings. Several of them, namely Siavash Amini, Hesam Ohadi (Idlefon), and Arash Akbari, have gotten together to launch a new label they call Bitrot. The inaugural release is not only a superb record…

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Sound Impression: Idlefon – Submarine [Tympanik]

Tehran based sound artist and computer musician Hesam Ohadi has released a new EP called Submarine under the moniker of Idlefon on Tympanik Audio, following up his outstanding 2014 release on the same label. With five engaging new songs, Idlefon gently embraces the listener with a striking array of ambient sounds, locking in impressive rhythmic structures that…

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Arash Akbari – Vanishing Point [Flaming Pines]

Vanishing Point  is the latest full length recording from one of the leading lights of the fertile electronic music scene based in Iran – musician, producer and new media artist Arash Akbari. It has been released by Flaming Pines, a label founded by sound artist Kate Carr based in Sydney, Australia. Iran’s Arash Akbari’s Vanishing Point nestles into inbetween places,…

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Travelogue 2015-21: The Power of 3 (a case for the short EP)

Just like the short story in prose, the haiku in poetry, or the short subject in film, the humble EP is a form that can be enjoyed on its own terms. These four wonderful EPs that have something on common – each has exactly 3 tracks. The shortest lasts barely 11 minutes and the longest…

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Travelogue Week 2015-09: Spotlight on Hibernate

This week’s travelogue focuses on recent & upcoming releases from Hibernate Recordings, a label based in the South Pennines, a region of moorland and hill country in the north of England.  Featured: A stunning new collaboration by Iranian artists Tegh & Kamyar Tavakoli, a consoling reflection by Federico Durand, a mesmerizing sound experiment with turntables and found objects by Danny Clay,…

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Arash Akbari – Cracked Echoes [Soft Recordings]

Release information: http://soft-recordings.com/releases/st005-cracked-echoes-by-arash-akbari/ Order via Bandcamp: https://softrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cracked-echoes Artist site: http://www.arashakbari.com/ Arash Akbari (aka Odepth) is a musician, producer and new media artist, based in Tehran. His music explores the genres of experimental, ambient, drone and noise, utilizing electric guitar, acoustic sounds, field recording, digital synthesis and DSP to create soulful compositions and textures. Arash has also created numerous works…

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Porya Hatami – Arrivals and Departures [Time Released Sound]

    Arrivals and Departures by Porya Hatami  [Time Released Sound] What other word could we use to describe the year 2014 for Porya Hatami but prolific?  He has already given us two excellent solo albums in the form of Shallow (on Tench) and The Garden (on Dronarivm) as well as a pair of full length collaborations,…

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Siavash Amini – What Wind Whispered To The Trees [Futuresequence]

What Wind Whispered To The Trees by Siavash Amini  What Wind Whispered To The Trees by Tehran-based musician and producer Siavash Amini marks the second time that he has channeled powerful themes and cultural motifs from classic literature into a stunningly beautiful and uniquely moving collection of music.  Released earlier this year, Till Human Voices Wake Us distilled T.S.…

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Spotlight on Dronarivm: Pjusk / Sleep Orchestra/ Sima Kim / Tobias Hellkvist / Porya Hatami

Here is a look at the most recent releases on the Dronarivm label, an independent label from Moscow focused on contemporary ambient and modern classical music.  The quality of the music is uncompromising and there is great attention to detail and craftsmanship from the album packages to the presentation of the site.   Pjusk / Sleep…

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