Exceptionally varied compilation of experimental to conventional electronica from Phonocake.
It’s hard to talk about a release who’s name you cannot pronounce, and more genres included than I possibly could fit into this tiny review. Ranging from art pieces that you would expect screening in an avant-garde museum opening. The comparison is fitting, as this whole release is a nice marker for the state of Creative Commons music in the late 2000’s on both ends of the creative spectrum.
Continue reading “Various Artists –  月餅”
Extremely experimental theatre / sound art / pop music album by a Dutch theatre outfit.
I spun the time wheel heavily for this review, looking how far back the netlabel era would carry me. 1996 is the first year for which noticed output on the Internet Archive, my fishing grounds. Look what colourful specimen I caught us here! It features everything from synth rock over quirky, genre-defying instrumentals to pure spoken word tracks. Probably not your usual musical diet.
Continue reading “Banabila, Grem, Cramer –  Lieber Gorilla : Visionen”
Essential experimental IDM. 3 discs, 51 tracks of IDM à la Sutemos are an earful to chew on. Bring popcorn!
This compilation series by netlabel Sutemos is a little bit like vegetables: they are good for you, but they might not taste good at first. This release contains many different flavours, musical vitamins, experiments in sound design, genre-branching dubstep, IDM, cerebral techno, and lots of electro goodness in general. But, the sound is often outside the realm of “standard” harmony, often even completely devoid of it. Like these sentences, it takes some time to wrap one’s head around. So, if you are looking for easy listening while coding, please move on. If you want to enrich a late night party with an eccentric musical backdrop, give it a spin… Continue reading “Various Artists –  Intelligent Toys: We Make Music”
Minimal bleep sounds. Very experimental science fiction movie backdrop.
Sound samples and single notes from vintage science fiction movies, put together. I would expect to encounter this a) in a over-the-top artsy Scifi movie on ARTE, or b) in a museum for modern art, next to a… interesting piece of metal or unwatchable video montage. Still here? Great, because those tracks are very well put together. Let me give you two samples: Continue reading “Ryukau –  Muryoku”
Electronic noise something. Odd saw wave sounds over irregular beats.
“Not fun, but effective.” That’s the note I made to myself when adding this release from Portuguese netlabel Enough Records to my review queue. This 5 track EP is from the “power noise” genre, so do not expect Disco, but industrial sounds. Continue reading “Edgeist –  Septentrion”
Dark ambient drones. Clearly experimental two-track EP, delivering dark soundscapes direct to your brain.
If you have occasions where “proper music” would be too distracting, but “proper silence” to silent or boring, really ambient music, based mainly on long, drawn out ambient sounds, also called drones, fill a very handy niche. This representative of that genre adds a little rhythm to spice things up, and the end result sounds like you could read The Call of Cthulhu to it. Continue reading “SEA OF ÅLAND –  Extended Play One”
Exceptionally broad movie soundtrack. Cool credit punch songs, mystical and disturbing ambient tracks live side by side.
Netlabel blocSonic again manages to surprise me by the breadth of their roster. This compilation, a soundtrack (you may have guessed), covers a wide range of genres from rock to experimental ambient. If you are not looking for dance music, but an exceptional release to feed to your ears, look no further than this. Continue reading “Various Artists –  Dark Of Winter: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Netlabels come and go, artists stay. This gem of a release was originally released at now defunct label Candy Mind. Its site is offline, domain gone, yet thanks to archives, we can still enjoy its original releases. In this case, though, the artist has salvaged their releases on BandCamp (and added many more over the last years). It contains 8 quirky, yet highly musical tracks: Continue reading “Psilodump –  The Night I Lost You All You All”
Piano meets glitch electronics. Hybrid sound of live recording and studio production.
This is more on the artsy side of the spectrum I am reviewing here, but some broccoli from time to time is good for the taste buds, or so I heard… but sketchy metaphors aside: this release won’t make you dance, but instead tickle your musical senses where they are rarely touched by radio music. Continue reading “Luis Marte & Roger Delahaye –  MOVIL/INMOVIL”
Digestible microsampling. Hundreds of millisecond-long snippets, beautifully arranged, form a danceable melange.
This artists knows how to create a distinct sound, that you will be able to recognise, even after just hearing it for once. I guess that producing these arrangements, made from hundreds of tiny sound samples, must be quite laborious. But the effort pays off in a discernible, groovy end result that you certainly won’t forget. Continue reading “Ramacod –  Fang”