Through A Musical Lens: Ainu Mosir by Clarice Jensen

Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, ‘Ainu Mosir’ is a coming-of-age tale set in an indigenous village in Northern Japan where a community‘s livelihood depends on preserving and performing ancient traditions for visiting tourists. The film focuses on 14-year-old Kanto who has been taking under wing by a family friend after the death of his father as…

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A Conversation with Philip G Anderson and Laura Masotto

As I prepare this interview for publication, it is an unseasonably mild Sunday afternoon in January. The windows are cracked open to let in a rejuvenating breeze and to complete the illusion of spring, a lively pas de deux between piano and violin pirouettes in the air. The instruments belong to American composer & multi-instrumentalist…

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A Sense of Place: Domicile by Helios

It is fair to say that over the past year most of us have spent more time inside our homes than ever before. As a former commuter now working remotely, I’ve embraced the adjustment quite willingly, but it has still been a profound change in many ways. No longer walking in late with the brain…

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Sound Impression: Moments by Hotel Neon

The beautiful drones of Hotel Neon continue to hum as the ambient trio unveils two new albums this month, one to inaugurate the new year on Fluid Audio (more on that soon) and one on the Athens-based Sound In Silence imprint that you can wrap your ears around right now.

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Travelogue: The Last Leaves of Autumn

The days are growing shorter and the last leaves of autumn are fading embers that will soon disappear. The transition of fall into winter seems especially dispiriting in a pandemic year, but there is still comfort and consolation in the anodyne effects of music. The six albums that comprise this journey come from artistic voices…

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A Sense of Place: Du Nord by Elskavon & John Hayes

As lifelong residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, musicians Chris Bartels, aka Elskavon, and John Hayes share a common geography, but it was their shared interest in ambient-classical composition that eventually led them to forge a connection. Having been introduced by a mutual friend, a collaborative project was probably inevitable and so it has come to…

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Sound Impression: Invisible by Various Artists (Preserved Sound)

However long it takes to put this seemingly interminable pandemic in the rear view mirror, one day down the road we will get the chance to look back fondly on the bright spots of kindness, creativity, and friendship that illuminated the darker times. But that does not mean we can’t savor them now where we…

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Video Premiere: Wave I by Elori Saxl

The Blue of Distance is a phrase coined by Rebecca Solnit in her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost referring to the phenomenon that gives far away mountains their color due to the dissipation of light particles over distance, or what Solnit rather poetically refers to as “the light that gets lost” but which…

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Premiere: I’d Still Say Yes by Awakened Souls & Pepo Galán

A sublime new transatlantic collaboration comes our way in December thanks to Seattle’s Hush Hush Records, a label curated by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder whose weekly Pacific Notions show has become a welcome Sunday morning fixture for a growing audience of ambient listeners around the globe. Palettes is a mini-album consisting of five deeply immersive…

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