Artists

  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 37 AM

    A Lily [uk]

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    A Lily<q> [uk]</q>

    A LILYA Lily is James Vella, better known as the guitar player for Burnt Toast and Big Scary Monsters’ instrumental post-rock collective Yndi Halda. He makes music with a computer and as many instruments as he can find – the making of wake:sleep included electric and acoustic guitars, accordion, piano, drums, glockenspiel, bass, lap steel, zheng, vocals and a light switch.

    Influenced largely by electronic-based post-rock bands – Múm, The Album Leaf, Amiina, Efterklang, Mogwai et al, and gentle acoustic folk – Mirah, Iron and Wine, Maria Taylor, Juana Molina etc (that is to say, sweet and gentle), A Lily was born wide-eyed admiration for starry skies, empty beaches, towering trees and campfires.

     

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  • 31 May 2011 at 06 : 19 AM

    Amman/Josh [usa]

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    Amman/Josh<q> [usa]</q>

    ammanjoshThese days, it seems, we no longer have to concern ourselves with distance. Ever since the telephone, in-between has gotten smaller and smaller. But one thing remains important – the places we are.

    Their glimmering and expansive EP is a testament to the life spent where they are, strange since it was composed in far-flung places: Iceland, Arkansas, New York. During the US premiere of Riceboy Sleeps (curated by Josh for friends Jonsi and Alex), Josh Varnedore and Amman Abbasi (Abbasi Brothers) decided to go to Iceland on a quest to make unique and beautiful music. After recording a few tracks there, they collaborated with Hammock and, before long, a collection of songs were born. Even without these auspicious beginnings, the music stands for itself – great expanses – open, wide and inviting.

    To further support these tracks, video director David Altobelli, (Hammock, Arms and Sleepers, M83) lovingly captured the track Leawood‘s quiet nostalgia perfectly.

     

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 57 AM

    Christian Albrechtsen [denmark]

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    Christian Albrechtsen<q> [denmark]</q>

    christianalbrechtsenAt the mere age of 25, Christian Albrechtsen is gifted: Poet, musician, artist, Ssculptor, and singer. In addition to writing, performing and recording all the instruments (and voice) on each track , he is also an accomplished artist and sculptor- creating the wave mask and samurai-like costume ( made of layered white-collared shirts) presented on the album art.

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  • 6 April 2011 at 00 : 31 AM

    Curium [usa]

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    Curium<q> [usa]</q>

    CURIUM

    Evan Sornstein may be most at home working under the name of Curium, which he has espoused for 20 years. During that time he has released fourteen suites of music ranging from the haunting and histrionic to the audacious and alchemical. Evan has long been a staple of the San Francisco electronic music scene and has enjoyed contributing to several bands of varying genres: Battery,and Ivoux, the legendary 3 piece industrial/electro band with Shawn Brice (Bloodwire) and sInger Maria Azevedo. Also, he has spent the past 18 years as a part of Nux Vomica, an experimental/ambient collaboration with Alan and Jenny Herrick (Auricular). He has also worked on a synthpop project called AXOE with singer Patrick O’Connor.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 31 AM

    Disinterested [usa]

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    Disinterested<q> [usa]</q>

    DISINTERESTEDMatt Brown crafts his pensive, lazy-day sound like no other. Easy and gorgeous, humble and encouraging, Disinterested grew out of the desire to make ambient music with only a guitar, exploring the usage of effects pedals and other experimentation during the recording process. Originally intended to be a solo project, Matt found it difficult to resist the desire to collaborate and has enjoyed working with many people on his two albums, including his bandmates from Seattle’s Trespassers William, artists over the internet he’s never met (Ma-Chan, Klassen), classical singer Dino Palazzi, and, on his new record, renown guitarist Bill Frisell.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 31 AM

    Fjordne [japan]

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    Fjordne<q> [japan]</q>

    fjordneShinuchiro Fujimoto is writing a journal. It’s a journal of music, sound, and time experimentations inspired by the works of the author Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle). Fjornde, Shunichiro’s solo project, happened suddenly in December of 2007 and he has been feverishly pouring out chapter after chapter of transporting ambient experimentations since. It’s no wonder that his music inspires such suspended timelessness in extreme contrast to his frenetic Tokyo life. While his life is on fast-forward with a full-time job, playing in the post-rock band Fhenomina, and all of his work on Fjordne, Shunichiro creates a dreamworld that is suspended in a constant state of pause.

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  • 7 July 2011 at 07 : 26 AM

    Geskia! [japan]

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    Geskia! <q> [japan]</q>

    Geskia is an innovator of Japanese underground hip-hop and breakbeats. He started his journey in sound making in 2001, and became a part of the down-beat unit “coma5”. Although Geskia’s music style is heavily influenced by industrial music (especially by Industrial icons like Coil and Einstürzende Neubauten), trip-hop and techno, the unique music that he has been creating one can tell that Geskia has already established his very own distinctive music style and philosophy, and it has begun to mesmerize many people, including his fellow artists.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 06 : 10 AM

    Grzegorz Bojanek [poland]

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    Grzegorz Bojanek<q> [poland]</q>

    Grzegorz Bojanek (1975), also known as Eta Carinae, is the founder of the net label: www.etalabel.com. Since 2007 he has been the artistic producer of Warsaw Electronic Festival. As an artist he consequently introduces field recordings and electroacoustic sounds into his compositions which are the combination of the modern melodics ambient and sometimes noise. He cooperated with many artists from USA, Canada and China. Grzegorz is the co-founder of ChoP project where he concentrates on multicultural collaboration between China and Poland. Together with Zen Lu, Grzegorz collaborated with British film direcotr Isaac Julien on his latest project “Better Life” (“Ten Thousand Waves”) – starring Maggie Chuan. Among others the film was shown during the 67th Venice Film Festival 2010 and 8th Shanghai Biennale, where Greg and Zen played live soundtrack during the grand opening.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 06 : 29 AM

    Josh Varnedore [usa]

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    Josh Varnedore<q> [usa]</q>

    josh1Joshua Varnedore has epic dreams. Dreams where massive, brilliant things happen. Grand vibrant landscapes and impossibilities and long lost people. And in his waking life, serendipity follows him around- chance meetings, repeating numbers. But instead of being investigated by Scully and Muller, he records an ongoing soundtrack to all of these events almost effortlessly. Utilizing whatever he can get his hands on- from VSS-30 to guitar, glock to voice – he manages to paint such rich soundscapes, its nearly impossible to not feel transformed after hearing them.

    We are all filters to what we experience, and Josh is no exception: his inspiration is evident coming from his friends, Hammock and Jonsi and Alex, nodding to the organic, expansive and otherworldly nature of their music. Ultimately, his music is, without a doubt, moving yet strangely familiar.

     

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 28 AM

    Konntinent [uk]

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    Konntinent<q> [uk]</q>

    konntinentKonntinent is the project of London based Antony Harrison. He currently has 3 albums and 4 EPs. Aside from Konntinent, Antony co-curates drone net label Phantom Channel and hosts regular experimental live shows in east London. For live shows he is joined by cellist Andy Cordle, vocalist Lisa Madisson and former Rothko/Geiger Counter member John Meade, all of whom have also joined him in the studio for released material.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 06 : 37 AM

    Moshimoss [japan]

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    Moshimoss<q> [japan]</q>

    moshimossBorn in the shadows of Mt Fuji, Kosuke Anamizu now lives in Tokyo, and believes that music and place are eternally connected. Inspired by great expanse, he endeavors to bring warmth and life to the wide barren landscapes of all our worlds.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 06 : 42 AM

    Nao [japan/uk]

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    Nao<q> [japan/uk]</q>

    naoJapanese implant to London, Dada-ist Nao builds delicate aural collages of found sound, toy instruments and voice. Her work is a fascinating combination of summer endlessness, human error and nostalgia.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 20 AM

    Pawn [japan]

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    Pawn<q> [japan]</q>

    pawnHideki Umezawa is interested by the tiny sounds in his surroundings. Delicate, careful, brittle things.Pawn is a project that has grown out of this fascination. He takes a sort of holistic approach to experimenting with sound, as if listening through a microscope, paying close attention to how sound changes with his state of mind. Beginning on Piano as a child, Hideki’s work with electronic, glass harp, household items and found sound now culminates in light moments of time and wonder, hovering and timeless.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 04 : 27 AM

    Po [denmark]

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    Po<q> [denmark]</q>

    po2Born near Copenhagen just about 20 years ago, Daniel Porcelli (PO) began his musical career at 13 learning various instruments. Two years later, inspired by minimal/melancholic bands like ManualMum and Styrofoam, he began experimenting with electronics and computer music. He now continues to develop his palette, painting musical abstracts at a feverish pace.

    His distinctive sound encompasses a myriad of instrumentation, electronics and hand made sound. Without the use of software synths or plug-ins, the music is carefully created using a laptop, acoustic instruments and voice. The result is similar to a carefully carved ice-sculpture. Something immediate yet immediate.

     

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  • 31 May 2011 at 04 : 03 AM

    R/R Coseboom [usa]

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    R/R Coseboom<q> [usa]</q>

    rrRebecca and Ryan (R/R) Coseboom are the songwriters from Halou/Stripmall Architecture. Their first project for Dynamophone features the naked beauty of Rebecca’s voice entwined with Ryan’s dynamic production and explores everything from linear pop songs to more formless, organic compositions. Through grace, intimacy, and spot-on technical prowess, R/R bend the notion of what electronic music is supposed to be, cradling you in their arms all the way.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 04 : 46 AM

    Rigil [uk]

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    Rigil<q> [uk]</q>

    rigil22 year old Rigil from Bedford England shows so much pure and lovely innocence it’s infectuous. Simple, longi ng compositions set the stage for clear, light and honest vocals. His brand of ambient-pop gets stuck in your head for days at a time.

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  • 31 March 2011 at 23 : 25 PM

    Seven Saturdays [usa]

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    Seven Saturdays<q> [usa]</q>

    Mulholland Drive, malt scotch, Edinburgh Scotland and Christmas trees may not seem like they have a lot in common, but in the case of Jonathan D. Haskell, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist for the band, Seven Saturdays, they are the landscape for his cinematic orchestra.

    A native Angeleno, Jonathan D. Haskell has spent years working and re-working the subtle melodic nuances that have become the headphone-centric Seven Saturdays. Conceived walking the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh, Haskell accepted his inescapable fate of never leaving Los Angeles and his impending return. With that, Seven Saturdays embody his love / hate relationship with said city.

    “I became more interested in how music made me feel and became a bit more selfish in the type of sounds I wanted to record. I mostly listen to music in my car, and the sounds that moved me the most occurred late at night while driving around the steep slopes and sharp curves of Mulholland Drive. There’s nothing like that winding road at midnight… the ebb and flow of swirling tones pouring out from all angles leaves you with a renewed sense of focus and direction.”

    Seven Saturdays is a direct result of this renewed energy and a reaction to growing up and feeling trapped in Los Angeles. “There is no escaping this city. If you’re born here, even if you move away, its impact is always brewing just below the surface.”

    Seven Saturdays was recorded, produced and mixed by Haskell and Daniel Farris (St. Vincent, The Black Pill) in the shadowy confines of downtown Los Angeles. And contributing everything from heart-pulled strings, down tempo beats, delicate keyboards and distant voices, Seven Saturdays comprises an impressive list of talented musicians including: Lester Nuby (Verbena, Terra Naomi), Morgan Grace Kibby (M83), Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins), Wesley Precourt (Dave Stewart, Jenny Lewis) and Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Ray LaMontagne).

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  • 31 March 2011 at 23 : 13 PM

    Sleeprobot [uk]

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    Sleeprobot<q> [uk]</q>

    Sleeprobot is the side-project of London-based guitarist Henry Clarke. Entrancing and engulfing ambient guitar, piano and electronics that make time stand still.

     

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  • 6 April 2011 at 00 : 14 AM

    The Abbasi Brothers [usa]

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    The Abbasi Brothers<q> [usa]</q>

    The Abbasi Brothers

    Yousuf and Amman Abbasi represent a new generation of evocative and epic instrumentalists. Following in the footsteps of the Eno/Byrne and Rodelius of the late 70’s then wade through the enigma of early-80s 4AD, arriving in the 21st century with a sound that is familiar and yet all their own. Intensely motivated by the moving image, The Abbasi Brothers have created a new lexicon of music using digital instruments, electronics, guitar, piano and found sound. Through dreamlike ‘sound-scenes’ that celebrate nostalgia and the gentleness of the mundane in our day-to-day living they manage to make the ordinary extraordinary. While engulfed in their take on life-as-film made super-real is so rewarding one doesn’t want the simple moments to ever end.

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  • 6 April 2011 at 00 : 47 AM

    The Balustrade Ensemble [usa]

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    The Balustrade Ensemble<q> [usa]</q>

    the balustrade ensemble

    The Balustrade Ensemble has been described as “an underwater haunted bird sanctuary kaleidoscope”, which isn’t too far off the mark. Like the aural background to a Victorian science fiction film, world traveler Grant Miller (from industrial-ambient Mandible Chatter fame), with the help of Scott Solter (Tarentel, Charles Atlas, Boxharp, etc.), has developed an amazing rendition of steampunk-ambient.

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  • 29 January 2012 at 21 : 40 PM

    The Beautiful Schizophonic [portugal]

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    The Beautiful Schizophonic<q> [portugal]</q>

    “The Beautiful Schizophonic is the pseudonym of Portuguese audio artist Jorge Mantas. Starting this moniker in 2004, the artist soon developed his own vision of drone music through the composition of shimmering melodic layers, creating a delicate web of micro-textures and undulating waves of sounds. In records or in live performances, The Beautiful Schizophonic is exploring the affective resonance of psychological and physical environments around the listener. “Musicamorosa” (cd Cro?nica, 2007), the debut album, was somehow a groundbreaker in the genre, combining elegant multilayered drones with an overall sensual but at the same time mysterious ambience. It defined the musical style of the artist and established an unusual romantic thematic, developed on a more conceptual level. “Erotikon” (cd Cro?nica, 2009) went further on this intense imagery of audio seduction, with its digital post-orchestral drones. The pure ecstatic bliss of love is best represented on the album in themes such as “Bambila?ny” and “Aysha”, with the ethereal vocals of Christina Vantzou (part of The Dead Texan) giving a sweet aftertaste. The collaboration with Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist Yui Onodera, “Radiance” (cd Basses Frequences, 2009), was another highlight of the discography, blending entwined textures, melancholic pianos and the daydream realism of environmental recordings. The Beautiful Schizophonic has also performed live in festivals or solo in Portugal and England (ICA London, Casa da Mu?sica Porto, Sonic Scope Teatro Maria Matos Lisboa, etc.), composed soundtracks for films and created audio-visual installations. More works in the making for a promising future in sound.”(Photo by Cristina Oliveira)

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  • 31 May 2011 at 04 : 30 AM

    The Lullaby League [usa]

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    The Lullaby League<q> [usa]</q>

    tll2Flirting amongst London’s dusty archives and lantern-lit pubs, The collective known as The Lullaby League has an uncanny, almost-arcane talent for light, rich ambient music that tells vast stories and relates ages-old philosophies. Their pledge is to weave soft, secret tales of beauty and vibrance for children and parents alike – an expression of the history and legacy of humankind fused with the magical creativity of myth and fantasy.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 00 AM

    The Refractors [usa]

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    The Refractors<q> [usa]</q>

    refractorsThings grow in the most unexpected of places. Ten years ago, Joseph and Kayline first started working together with developmentally disabled kids and adults, and soon after began collaborating on sound and film. With the belief that nature prevails, they allowed thier music to develop out of improvisation, like allowing gardens to take form. Living in the mists of Pacifica, California, their convenient seclusion allows them to create surreal environments with an eclectic collection of instruments and field recordings. They continue to score their award-winning short films as Lucid Cine.

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  • 31 May 2011 at 04 : 14 AM

    The Science Teacher [usa]

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    The Science Teacher<q> [usa]</q>

    scienceteacherThe instrumental side project of Halou’s Ryan Coseboom. The ‘Pensive side!”

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  • 31 May 2011 at 05 : 40 AM

    The Soul’s Release [usa]

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    The Soul’s Release<q> [usa]</q>

    Even at the bright age of 18, Alex Rich is wise beyond his years. A wisdom that doesn’t involve too much thinking or intention. Whether or not his Oregon surroundings affect his almost distrait yet affable sound, one can only guess. A true renaissance musician, the feat of playing all the instruments, singing and recording, seems effortless and discreet.

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