Sound Impression: Citation Index by Olan Mill

Whether working on his own as Olan Mill or collaboratively as part of Pausal, Ampersand, or ilm, Alex Smalley has been among the most compelling artists in the field of experimental ambient and electronic music for over a decade now. After relocating to Germany and becoming a father circa 2018, Smalley signalled a conclusion of…

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Sound Impression: Dreamers and Tides by Federico Mosconi

Italian composer & guitarist Federico Mosconi is an artist with considerable experience as a live performer in solo, ensemble, and orchestral settings and styles ranging from classical to contemporary. In the studio, he is as much an explorer as a musician with a growing catalog of stunning experimental works that blend fluid guitar passages with…

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Sound Impression: The Perception of Invisible Forms by Lee Yi

Perception Of Invisible Forms is a release that marks two occasions – the 10th anniversary of Lee Yi as a recording artist and the inauguration of a new series of digital offerings from the Rottenman Editions imprint which previously only released bespoke limited editions. The notion the label will be expanding their catalog in this…

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2020 in Review: Ambient & Drone

In a year that has deprived so many of us from interactions that we once took for granted, music can be a great companion allowing us to feel connected, comforted, and even transported through just the sounds that fill the space between our ears. I’ve always found that to be especially true of ambient music,…

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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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Video Premiere: “Arrangements VII” by Asher

Based in East Somerville, Massachusetts, Asher is an artist & composer who has worked for over 15 years with location recordings, electronic synthesis, and found sounds to create a varied body of work. This includes appearances on the venerable Room40 label (curated by Lawrence English) where he will soon be releasing his latest album entitled…

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Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

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2019 In Review: Ambient & Drone

Once again, this list can’t be big enough to contain all the fine work done in these genres over the course of a year, but these are 20 albums that left a lasting impression. Here you’ll find rich atmospheres, deep emotional undercurrents,organic, warm, tactile soundscapes composition & decomposition, and a generous embrace of stillness, beauty,…

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Premiere: “Astray” by North Atlantic Drift

From the glacial post-rock soundscapes of Canvas (Polar Seas Recordings), Monuments (Sound in Silence) and Resolven (Polar Seas Recordings) to the sprawling drones of the more recent Departures series, Brad Deschamps & Mike Abercrombie have shown a willingness to change tack as they have navigated their North Atlantic Drift project over the years since their…

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