Sound Impression: In Breath by Luke Gajdus

While many musicians in the neoclassical and ambient space embrace the solace listeners may find in their work, Luke Gajdus has chosen to pursue this avenue in a particularly proactive way. The pianist and composer who divides his time between London and Queenstown has obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy and his performances are…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Slow Dance by Francesco Berta

After spending the last few years honing his skills as a composer for film and conductor of orchestral music, Francesco Berta returns to his primary instrument of the piano for a new solo release on the 1631 Recordings imprint. Entitled Between Lives, the idea behind the album is that of transition and new beginnings. It…

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Sound Impression: On Paper by Nebel Lang & Ishmael Cormack

In Nebel lang and Ishmael Cormack, we have two artists with distinctly different takes on electroacoustic minimalism collaborating for the first time and finding a way to mesh their styles seamlessly to produce something quite special. Nebel lang is actually but one of several pseudonyms under which one half of our duo works. It is…

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Through a Musical Lens: A Broken House (Original Score) by From the Mouth of the Sun

It is all too easy to take home for granted, especially deep into a pandemic experience that has kept many of us confined there much more than we may have liked. But, take a moment to see the world through the eyes of someone who has to leave their home behind and it can alter…

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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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VIDEO PREMIERE: W for Waves by Matt Emery

Having worked with companies like Hugo Boss, GoPro, Red Bull, BT Sport, and BBC’s Top Gear, Matt Emery’s music has been heard by millions through cinema and TV. In April of last year, the London and Surrey based composer launched a new series of recordings each of which will focus on a single instrument. Spotlight…

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Sound Impression: Formations by Julia Gjertsen

Julia Gjertsen is a composer & musician who was born in Russia but grew up in the northern part of Norway playing the piano from a young age. She is currently based in Oslo where she continued her studies in music and sound design and composed for contemporary dance and other commissioned productions. Though her…

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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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