Sound Impression: we grow in a gleam by r beny

For the better part of five years under the name of r beny, Austin Cairns has been carving out an ambient music space all his own with synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments. There are few artists working today who can elicit such soulful, emotive sounds from their gadgets and machines. Surely it was only…

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Sound impression: eistla by r beny

Maybe it is my lack of imagination or maybe it was growing up during the era of the Apollo Program, but when I picture the busy maze of knobs, ports, lights, and crisscrossing cables that make up a modular synth setup, the last thing I expect are warm, organic, efflorescent sounds full of soulful melancholy…

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Duologue: A conversation with r beny

Electronic ambient music is a funny thing when you think about it. How is it possible to create compelling music with no conventional instruments, no words, and no beat? But, Austin Cairns, aka r beny, is one of those rare sonic alchemists who does just that weaving rich aural tapestries and exploring the labyrinths of…

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Sound Impression: cascade symmetry by r beny

Following last year’s impressive full blossom of the evening, California-based r beny returns with another beautifully crafted opus fashioned from modular and hardware synthesizers entitled cascade symmetry.  The album, which was recorded in San Jose but features additional field recordings captured in South Korea is a work the artist refers to as  the “culmination of…

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