Today Agniworld’s eye is pointed at another Somehow Recordings release – an album by Mark Hakonen-Meddings, which is called “Vapaa”, and contains 5 tracks, beginning with the letter “V”. It starts with “Viiva” – a drony set of pleasant and thoughtful piano flashes against the indistinct and blurred ambient background. The next track, “Vilja”, is more soothing and atmospheric, it has a fine-grained and glimmering structure, as if it consists of unknown radiant substance, producing some kind of spiritual relaxation and inner cosiness. “Virta” is predominantly bound to low level of sounding, also having fuss in between. It is more like a sudden break in the middle of the album, a time out for further acoustic experience. “Veri” is distinguished by its pulsing warmth and tenderness, bringing the listener closer to inner peace and solitude; luscious chords, smooth transitions and overall feeling of mental transcendence surely will lead you to balanced and quiet state of mind. “Voima” represents the logical conclusion for the album, resembling a kind of awakening from a soft and magic trance, giving us the evidence of the fact, that this music belongs to meditational art, where both the artist and the listener are engaged into this mild abyss of fantasy. Here you can hear guitar sounds together with synthesizer, that together create a strikingly bizarre soundscape. I think, that everyone will carry his own peculiar things out of this album – listening to such works of this kind will definitely benefit your imagination and perception of the world. So, join the meditation of Mark Hakonen-Meddings with his album “Vapaa”.
Somehow Recordings Shop
It starts with portions of soft wooden tickings, against the background of mild droning soundscape, winding up the bizarre mechanism of the album “Warm Colours”, written by Kenichi Oka – Yamaoka, and released on Somehow Recordings. Listening to it you are sure to agree with the album’s title, as the entire sounding emanates warmth and limpid comfort. The second piece is represented by presumably artificial ringings, resembling a bit telephone sounds, but in the concept of this track, they acquire new features and possibilities – of creating strange atmosphere and mysterious moods, as if in some science fiction film, when a hero makes hiw way through the blinking corridor of a spaceship, saving himself from an unknown form of life, which penetrated the cosmic vehicle (but these are only my own associations). The third piece contains some indistinct mumbling, subtle noises, maybe based on radio broadcast or something else, and excited looped bass arpeggio, which phases along the whole composition. The fourth ambience is built on muffled arpeggios, and some other drone layers, again creating a science fiction picture. Well, I won’t dismantle the rest of the tracks, for I want to share the pleasure of imagining the the listener, and to let him submerge into this magic underwater on his own – it is really an unforgettable experience. I must also remark, that the album seemed to me having a slight old-world flavour, linking back to the electronic music of the past decades, and making the album gentle and just great. So, see the “Warm Colours” of Kenichi Oka.
“Warm Colours” on Somehow Recordings
Occurrences In Rain is a collaboration project between two musicians, which work via internet and had never met physically; they are a Polish artist Bruno Janiszewski and an American artist Precipitous. By the moment they released three albums on their own bandcamp page, and now I will concentrate on one of them, called “Wafting Magic”. For me it was a sudden discovery, and I am really glad to come across such prostrating and enveloping ambient music. The album opens with “(They Were) Tuned To Wafting Magic”, which truly represents the tuning to some majestic kind of mood, as if making the listener ready to the artists’ flight of fantasy. It is worth mentioning, that on their SoundCloud page, the musicians give a detailed description of the tracks; this helps to plunge into their world deeper and thoroughly. You can hear various field recordings, which enrich the whole atmosphere – and it proves Occurrences In Rain to be thoughtful and serious ambient composers. Then comes “Sixteen Seconds Before Collapse” – a subtle, but dense airy drone with some metallic found sounds, having a very mystic and a little bit frightening (in the best meaning of this word!) environment. The sound is growing more strained and alerted – the track’s title contains the warning, that something must happen. “Anticipating A Sudden Lack Of Oxygen” again has some kind of agitated climate, with suddenly appearing howlings, squeaks, which later abruptly fade away, and appear once again. “The Inner Peace Of Profound Longing” represents a vibrating set of pulsing drone, oscillations of which, as if due to the frictional force, produces tangible warmth. This was the brief review of this album, I won’t perform an exhaustive vivisection, because primarily this music must be heard and listened to, as it really carries emotions, images and energy from the authors. So, get some “Wafting Magic” from Occurrences In Rain.
Self-release page on Bandcamp
All tracks on SoundCloud
“Act III: Comics” by Wozzeck is the first release on Russian Petersburg-based Intonema label, and it turns out to be a certain kind of experimental music specimen. The main participants of this project are Ilya Belorukov and Mikhail Ershov, also some other musicians took part in this recording. The album represents two tracks, where different 47 improvisational compositions, in a kind of developing succession, will disturb the atmosphere with their sudden sonic bursts. Actually different musical instruments are used here – saxophones, bass guitar, electric guitar, trombone, violine, synthesizers, clarinet, as well as samples of voices, which, mixing, give a really intricate sound canvases, or sketches. The sounding is rather variable – from nervous spasms, as in the first part of the album, to smooth and balanced drone, enriched with muffled fuss of the listed above instruments. The creator’s intentions are really unpredictable, you can’t know exactly, where the curve of their mental activity will go. It somehow reminds me of the opposition between those short microexplosions and long and almost relaxing ambience in the second track. Beyond all doubts, the album is strange, and at the first glance it may seem a chaotic crowd of acoustic impulses, but just on the contrary – it is a conscious, purposeful and inspired act of creation, where the author’s skills and artistic abilities are clearly visible.
Official release page
Emerging from the deep, as if progressively gaining strength, Stanislav Rubyteno’s one-track album “Quinta Lupinus” exposes the wide inner panorama of the author’s creative mind. This was released on Ukranian netlabel Umpako on 26th of April, 2011. As for the persona of Stanislav, he is the owner of Aventuel netlabel, and he’s writing music since 1998. The mentioned album, “Quinta Lupinus” is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of theChernobyltragedy, when the entire world learnt, how the other side of the peaceful atomic industry looks like. In the process of the creation such instruments as radio, mobile phone, cassettes, synthesizer and audio player were used. While listening to the whole 30 minutes thing, you are sure to get the mixed feelings of gloominess and apprehension; furthermore, some lucid and flanging images appear, turning one into another. For me personally, this music appeared before me flooded with saturated orange light, sometimes being sprinkled with some inexact corroded elements and subtle distortions. The sonic flow resembles a dream, when your mind is like a stroboscope, with flashing pictures, sudden changes in the environment and plexiform plots. I also must mark out the fibrillating organ or some other synthesized sound, which encompasses the whole album, and absorbs the other coexisting components.
Official release page on Umpako netlabel
Stanislav’s Aventuel Netlabel
Ous Mal and Bedroom Bear – two projects from Finland and Russia respectively, have a great split, which was released on Karelian label Full Of Nothing, locating in Petrozavodsk. It is a cassette split with the A-side belonging to Ous Mal, and B-side belonging to Bedroom Bear. Ous Mal’s material consists of short sweet ambient tracks, which produce some kind of childish comfort and the light feeling of freshness and light-heartedness. As it is explained at the official release page, the author uses some samples, based on vinyl and tape sounds, creating a warm and very tender atmosphere. In several pieces you can catch some hints and links to the starting theme, but in every track the shades of this subtle impression differ from the previous one. For me personally this part of the split resembles the gentle smell of morning coffee with milk combined with loving embraces and observing the golden rays of the rising sun, It is a very natural and vivid work, which will definitely conquer your heart. The B-side, occupied by Bedroom Bear three tracks, tends to be more linear, but developing sunshine drones; their ringing is like awakening stretched bells, with some a little bit disturbing, but still kind-hearted machine elements, as in the end of “Sun Glyph”. “Down The Curly Sea” is a great result of, how I can suppose, processing of field recordings, or an act of imitating them (in this case this imitating is a very successful one!). Jointly with the beautiful poetic title, this track leaves a truly pleasant impression. The conclusion – “Crystal Gaze”, perhaps, made of harmonica sounds, accomplish the right sonic stroke for the split, combining some nostalgic and dreamy notes, and provoking us to listen to the tape again. So, have some inner joy with the split of Ous Mal and Bedroom Bear.
Official release page on Full Of Nothing label
Ous Mal on My Space
Bedroom Bear on Tumblr
The split on Soundcloud
“Hybrid” is the creation of CircumLiver, also known as Paolo Bono, an Italian ambient composer, whose mentioned work appears to be the object of the present reviewing. The starting theme, “Hybrids Are Coming” is represented by a looped sequence of some ringing curves, vibrating on different levels – from low to high frequencies. “Hybrids Are Coming” prepares the ground for the whole music matter – with its relaxed flow and measured blurred tempo. “Hybrid Speech” really resembles artificial vocalizing, based on some synthesized sounds, maybe sitar-like, or like some Chinese string instrument. The climate here turns to experimental sphere, with its unexpected technical or mechanical mood and strange sonic migrations. The term “hybrid” is the central point of the album and is met in every track, completely justifying the album’s title. So, the third track, “Hello Hybrid”, beginning with classic ambient droning, later appears to be a rhythmic phasing theme, which, however, doesn’t lose its atmospheric width and harmony. Then comes “Hybrid Clinicalambient01”, with its forceful stream of fluffy energy and subtle and a little bit sad tones, which entice the listener further into the depths of CircumLiver’s world of Hybrids. The whole work is proved to be an example of versatility and it carries the spirit of experimentalism, I won’t put all of the tracks under a microscope, but I can firmly say that “Hybrid” is worth listening and enjoying. I think, it is a great soundtrack for some science fiction film, for example something like “Alien”, though without any pictures Paolo Bono’s music can give rise to even greater inner fantasies. So, explore the “Hybrid” of CircumLiver.
Official release page
“Hybrid” on Bandcamp
CircumLiver on My Space
This is a new album from Prosektor, and a new portion of clinical dark ambient. As you can notice, this album continues the theme of the dark side of a human psychic, which was already seen in Prosektor’s album “Mortuus Spital”, reviewed here. The opening track “Psychosis”, slowly and carefully brings us into the black abyss of the author’s fantasy. The known atmosphere of anxiety and overall tension envelope you, by curly, sullen coatings of sounds. “Clinical Lycanthropy” with its sudden frightening splashes, describes the form of a delusion in which a person believes that he is a wolf, and maybe it also describes the possible flow of consciousness of such a man, with nervously appearing images, jerkings and aggression. “Confabulatio” represents a clot of irregular fantasies, thoughts, creating a strange, unpredictable sounding. “Deep-pression”, the casuistry, based on the words “depression”, “deep” and “pression”, reveals all of the possible applications of the mentioned notions – the morose, flying ambiences, projecting fear, may become a truthful embodiment of this hard psychic state. The further you get the harder the going – then comes “Paranoia”, with thin, piercing layers of drones, with some use of field recordings: you can hear some sounds of dripping water. The album is crowned by “Schizoaffective Disorder”, strongly differing from the previous track by its volume and mood – it is more colourful, the black tones are supplemented with new, still dark shades of some other colours. Prosektor chose the thorny path of exploring those regions of our inner worlds, which we are always afraid of – mental illnesses are concealed even in the depths of a completely optimistic human being, and this research turns out to be very informative and expressive: all this create an impression, that Prosektor is a Wanderer in the twilights of the Mind, and he is as if making a report from the Other Side. So, have some dark ambient therapy from Prosektor’s album “Mental Ilness”.
Prosektor’s “Mental Illness” on Soundcloud
Now let’s have some new portion of bizarre and pensive music from Thomas Park’s project Mystified and his 2008 Dark Winter release “Ophir”. First, let’s discuss the title: Ophir is a biblical region, location of which is unknown till present days – it is the place, closely related to King Solomon’s treasures. Also, a martial canyon was named in the name of this region. What was the initial and exact source of inspiration for Mystified remains a mystery; strictly speaking Mystified justifies his name. The main feature of this drone ambient album is minimalism and straightforwardness, though if going deep into this creation, if feeling it keenly, you are sure to enjoy the implied solid textures and unfathomable moods, resorted by Thomas Park. You hear some low-tone ringings, wide and thick strata of soft noise, hummings and slightly eroded distant melodies. The album is crowned by more than half an hour long track “Constant”, which again justifies its name – permanent drone in the aggregate with noise, builds this long, monotonous composition, but it doesn’t make you worn out, in spite of its structure, it isn’t boring – it is some kind of a field recording from another, parallel world. So, join Mystified’s revelations with his album “Ophir”.
Mystified’s official site
Official release page on Dark Winter label
The entire work of Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier “Tropical Malady” resembles a working one’s way through thick bushes in the jungle – a rather complicated task for a man, found himself there. Starting with troubled “Teach” with some ethnic drum rhythms and desperate shouts, this work later calms down, becoming more stable and flowing. The sounding is generally of synthesized origin, though it is in accordance with natural elements and phenomena – it resembles the Nature’s events. You can hear field recordings; furthermore, all of the sounds are unobtrusive and irregular, creating the spontaneous environment, characteristic of wild nature with its permanent feeling of inevitability and unpredictability. There are either incidental clusters of sounds, and balanced, solid drones, making in such a way a variable construction of the album. The general mood is quiet, with some exceptions, when sudden voices emerge, or some strange sounds appear out of nothing. So, meet the “Tropical Malady” with Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier.
Official release page
Found at Deleted Scenes Forgotten Dreams Blog
Unpresumaple and stunning sound of The Dawns and their album “In Heat & Angel Dust”, with its driving synthesized drone and wails, resembling a screaming violin, is now in the focus of Agniworld’s attention. There’s not much information about the author or authors of this work, however, I’ll try at least to characterize their music. As for the technical side, it could be estimated, that the main components of this crystallized and solid sounding are synthesizer and distorted guitars, combined in a tragic and pathetic duet. The evidence of this tragedy could be also seen on the official release page: “Between the ivory, the dirt settles. Flesh becomes swollen”; “The dirt is on us all, blood is on all our hands. We’re sliced and diced”. And it was a finding for me to learn, that “In Heat” denotes sexual excitement, whereas “Angel Dust” is a slang variant for PCP, or phencyclidine, a very dangerous depressant drug. In complex, these to concepts are mixed in a really depressive unity. But still, the music is quite well-organized and worth listening to. So, share the sorrow of The Dawns with their “In Heat & Angel Dust”.
Official release page
Found at Deleted Scenes Forgotten Dreams Blog
March release of 2009 on Biodata Netlabel appeared to be [neuma]’s “Mourning Star”, an experimental noise ambient single-track album. It starts with high-tone sounds, which immediately start pulsating, with the progressive addition of new elements, as if a frame, becoming overgrown with new elements. On the fourth minute of the track, you can hear some shot-like sounds, which turn to become rhythmic, and after the seventh minute, they fade out, leaving place for almost melodic part, which, in its turn, disappear in the initial pulsatings. Jointly with the strange cover art picture, the album give rise to mysterious feelings. The casuistry of “Mourning Star” and “Morning Star”, which made me be strongly mistaken (great thanks to attentive and thoughtful readers!), and also made me rewrite the whole review, may play a significant role here, implying some kind of disastrous phenomena or object, which causes sorrowful emotional experiences. So, watch the “Mourning Star” of [neuma].
Official release on Biodata Netlabel
The starting track “Aisla” of Jazznoize’s album “Alba”, released on Biodata Netlabel, seemed to presage a calm, restful listening, with gently singing crickets and purple placidity of night. However, the next compositions will make you change your mind and become alerted. “Komintern” is the first swallow of the coming collapse – perturbed, precautionary echoing and ringing particles are already spreading in your mind, through the headphones; in the end of the track there is silence, but it is a calm before the storm. “Viento Urbano” is the following piece, with rush of chaotic conglomerations of harsh noise, pipes and distorted forms. “XGAE” is again harsh, furious and powerful. The whole work deserves attention, and it really produce some contradictory feelings, and it is sure to make you puzzled with its peculiarity and eccentricity. So, have some unusual joy with “Alba” by Jazznoize.
Official release on Biodata Netlabel
Another interesting specimen from Biodata Netlabel turns to be ABLUONIHIL’s “R100%=G”, with very peculiar title, and as much peculiar music – the product of experimenting with the nature of noise. You can hear low drones, as in the first track “Tiempo”, chaotic swirls and changes as in “Vacio”, high-toned pipes, as in “Pensamientos”, enveloping humming, as in “Ruido Interno”, some strange abrupt textures, as in “Ruido Externo”, and sandwiches, made of different layers of noise, as in the last track “Medio Final”. In the whole, the sounding is unobtrusive, moreover, it represents a very pleasant and expected item in the collection of an experimental-music-lover. The idea of the album is original and worth listening. So, have some “R100%=G” with ABLUONIHIL.
Official release page on Biodata Netlabel
Strange and wayward, specific and original is the work of Piscis, called “Diatomita”, released on Biodata Netlabel. I don’t know much of the author, the “making of” the album, and the album philosophy, but I can affirm, that much soul is put in this work. “Diatomita” is a real vortex of weird sounds of guitar nips, of something made of metal, some bow use is detected. I assume, that some self-made instruments or some non-musical instruments were implied, may be even accidentally found nearby. Piscis’ music produces wonder, with its unexpected methods and solutions; it is a real surrealism in music. The sound is travelling from right channel to left, than from left to right, and once again in the manner of Brownian motion. So, get a little bit puzzled (in the finest sense of the word) with “Diatomita” by Piscis.
“Diatomita” on Biodata Netlabel