Wow! 50 tracks on this "name your price"public remix project featuring contributions from Robert Lippok, Simon Scott, The Sight Below, Corey Fuller, Radere, Christina Vantzou, Celer, Szymon Kaliski, Sun Glitters, Sun Hammer, and about 40 other contributors!
Along with our Experimedia Label Special currently running on Headphone Commute, we have a very special mix for you from the label! Featuring new and upcoming releases from many of our favorite and a few new labels, this 80-minute journey across ambient and experimental music is a perfect mid-week surprise! Something that’s definitely needed on this end… Hope you feel the same!
Hidden Shoal Recordings is proud to announce the release of new album In by German experimental ambient artist Markus Mehr, the first of a triptych that also includes the forthcoming releases On and Off, all released over the next 12 months.
It is difficult to know whether to be more impressed by the sheer size of Brock Van Wey’s portfolio as an artist or the level of quality that he manages to sustain. Regardless, Van Wey, or bvdub, surely stands out as one of ambient music’s most influential figures. His recent collaboration with Ian Hagwood, The Truth Hurts, for Nomadic Kids Republic, reviewed by Headphone Commute in October, and his curation on the compilation Air Texture Vol 1, speak to bvdub’s growing reputation in the industry. His output as a solo artist is showing no signs of slowing down, however, and I Remember is his sixth release in 2011!
Sit down. Stop thinking for a while. That thought? Let it go. Let it all go. Call it meditation, call it concentration, call it what you will, but let it go. That thought? Be above it and let it pass. Watch the thought pass through your mind. It passes, as the air through your lungs passes. It passes, as the blood through your heart passes...
A fantastic compilation featuring some of our favorite artists from Hibernate and Home Normal available as a digital download with 100% proceeds going to the Archway Foundation (helping those hurt by loneliness).
Stormloop is Kev Spence from Leeds, England who has been making electronic and ambient recordings since 1999. Snowbound* is his first recording on a record label, and the ambience is in perfect harmony with the icy themes of the Roman Glacial Movements.
Ah, geez... a three volume, 4.5+ hour FREE compilation from escala net label featuring Pleq, Monoceros, Antonymes, Mark Harris, Shaula Ambient, Fabio Orsi, Jannick Schou, Talvihorros, Jason Corder Offthesky, Segue, Thisquietarmy, Konntinent and 40 more artists!!! This link points to the first installment. Don't forget to click through the next two!
Welcome to another week of beautiful music. Today we turn our attention to one of our all time favorite labels, Home Normal. Curated by Ian Hawgood, this independent imprint running out of Japan has been responsible for many fantastic albums that have been featured in our Best of the Year lists since the inception of Headphone Commute. Two years ago I even published my own tribute to the label, At Home With Home Normal. Today, one of the label’s artists, Jara Tarnovski, recording under the alias Gurun Gurun, shares with us another great selection of tunes.
After 2011′s quickly sold-out edition Remain (LINE_047), Stephan Mathieu returns to LINE with a majestic new collaborative live work with Argentine artist Caro Mikalef. Radioland (Panorámica) is originally audiovisual piece commissioned by Wili Peloche and Martín Borini for Panorámica, performed live on March 11, 2011 at Espacio Fundación Telefónica Buenos Aires with a setup comprising two Fender Twin amps, an Ampeg SVT-810 and a 21 x 4m video projection.
It’s already dark and already cold. On my way home I bundle up, wrap my ears in headphones, and cover my head with a hood. Wind is trying to penetrate my sonic shell, but I got a stronger wind inside. Jannick Schou creates torrents of sound capable of silencing the gust. A strong tempest is growing inside my head, ripping through torn speaker cones, ear plugs and wires. The sky opens up, and in its center noise becomes silence, as everything muffles and drowns. Sound turns light into a dizzying array of speckled frequencies. And I fall…
It’s true… I wait until the sun goes down to listen to the second release from Black Swan. I listen to the music the way others watch the movies. Lounging comfortably in my chair, positioned perfectly between my studio monitors, their cones facing towards me, slightly tilted, completing an imaginary triangle. A glass of wine in my hand… my eyes slightly closed… I let the sound envelope and surround me in preparation for a film. Occasionally I drift away, as images begin to swirl behind my eyelids, and this is when the music becomes alive, telling the story through its long growing fingers, gesturing me to follow its essence around the corner, down the corridor from whence the voice comes.
LINE is proud to present a new work by Montreal sound artist France Jobin. Having released under her moniker i8u, Valence is her first release under her own name. Created entirely from transformed field recordings, this collection of three compositions has an elegant flowing simplicity. Slow harmonic modulations of a similar essence to the works of Eliane Radigue and Celer.
Japanese instrumentalist Taishi Kamiya’s Spectra of Air is the artist’s first studio album. Released by the ever impressive Home Normal, the album is a departure from Kamiya’s previous focus on improvisation. Instead we find a carefully constructed soundscape, rich in steadily built texture and detail. The result is both immersive and intriguing.
Today we are honored to share with you a special mix from Richard Chatier. With numerous releases on his very own LINE, as well as 12k, Raster-Noton, Room40, Spekk, Die Stadt and many other experimental labels, Chartier is a highly regarded sound artist, manipulator and sculptor of ambient, minimal, and reductionist electronic music. I could continue spewing praise, but will opt for “less is more” aesthetic, letting music speak for itself, in honor of the master…
My good friend and accomplice in exploration of beautiful music, Peter van Cooten, returns to Headphone Commute to showcase some of his favorite selections from 2011. And what a great way to start off the year!
Dropped Pianos is a series of sketches and outtakes from Hecker’s 2011 album, Ravedeath, 1972. Some might say that Dropped Pianos is one of the more accessible oeuvres in Hecker’s vast catalog. And although that may well be true, the album stands on its own as a significant piece of music.
“This is the deepest and also the simplest piece I have created. All harmonics of two notes with very low waves of bass. It’s all about being present, in affinity and in love with you, and all that surrounds you. I created this piece to relax with, to meditate with, my intention is to create a bath of sound and light.”
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