Arrive Without Leaving is a fascinating collaboration that brings together various artists involved with acoustic and electronic ambient music, minimalism and sounds explorations.
On Arrive Without Leaving, Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda and Dallas Acid take the listener on a spellbinding voyage through mesmeric music, combining evolving electronic layers, mystical flutes and Laraaji’s signature sound on the electrified zither.
The lineup includes Laraaji on electrified zither, mbira, percussion, electronics, voice, ThumbJam electric violin, samples; Arji OceAnanda on percussion, ThumbJam strings, ThumbJam flute, Peruvian cacho seed pods, hand chimes, mbira, shakers; and Dallas Acid, featuring Linda Beecroft on steel tongue drum, gong; Michael Gerner on Moog synthesizers and Mellotron; and Christian Havins
Pn Moog synthesizers and Mellotron.
Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist has released his debut EP “The Material Turn” on his newly formed label Sonic Robots Records. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, “Robotic Electronic Music” on November 16.
The EP and LP, both co-produced with Berlinian sound wizards from Mouse On Mars, are the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots, including small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, and salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. It took Geist several years to build, tweak, test and play all his DIY robotic instruments which push the boundaries of the imaginable. With these releases Geist explores the unknown and the futuristic world of techno robotics.
“When you listen to robots playing, you realize, that they sound precise, but in contrast to digital sounds they transport an immense organic feeling,” says Geist. “No beat is like the other, everything is played with actual acoustic physicality and thus actual error. At the same time, the repetitive nature of the robots make it perfect for playing electronic music. It’s industrial and organic.”
Mortiz Simon Geist will be announcing US Tour Dates including an official SXSW showcase and panel/presentation this March.
French electronic music artist and producer Rone (Erwan Castex) has released a new music video titled Mirapolis. The video was envisioned by his sister, illustrator Aurélie Castex.
The concept is: in infinite space, a tiny woman pilots a paper plane. On the Mirapolis planet, among a crowd of extravagant characters, a man swallows it by accident. He finds himself instantly tiny on his turn. Then he goes through a crazy race. He will cross giant shoes, dive into the seabed of a tin can, climbs on a planet that smokes a pipe… until a big party in which a merry and motley crowd dances on the shoulders of a giant: Rone.
“Mirapolis” is one of the last solo tracks that Rone composed in the spring of 2017, while thinking about the live performance: “I wanted to record a festive track, which completely stands by its “funfair” vibe.”
This new video is combined with the release of a new four-track EP including 3 exclusive remixes by Laurent Garnier, Johannes Brecht and Matias Aguayo on October 5th.
Regular illustrator for Elle France magazine and Le Parisien Magazine, Aurélie Castex has also contributed to issues of Vogue Japan, Velvet Italia, Common & Sense, Flaunt and GQ. After graduating from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, she worked a year for Givenchy parfums before starting her professional free-lance activity in collaboration with her friend Claire Laude under the name Mesdemoiselles. They created many visual identities using drawing and illustration with chic and squeaky humor.
Now Aurélie is working in her own Parisian studio. She likes to draw funny pictures, to tell stories and to imagine animated movies for famous institutions and brands such as Paul & Joe, the Grand Palais, A La Mère de Famille, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, Château Troplong-Mondot St Emilion Grand Cru or Chaumet.
Electronic music artist Millimetrik has released a music video tiled “Adoration Lights”. The piece will be include in his upcoming album set to be released next fall on Coyote Records. The transfixing piece combines electronic music and psychedelic rock.
Thirty years after the seminal electronic music album Dreamtime Return (Fortuna Records, 1998), trailblazing synthesist Steve Roach has released a double album titled Return To the Dreamtime.
This recreation of the original music is an expanded version created and recorded live at the Galactic Center in Tucson, Arizona, on February 10, 2018.
The project came out after Roach remastered Dreamtime Return for the 30th anniversary. Roach wanted to magnify and present this music live for the first time since the early 1990s. In order to do this, Steve Roach had to locate the archived sounds, samples, and location recordings he made in 1987 and 1988. Thankfully, the files were still cataloged and warehoused in his studio.
Disc 1 begins with a mammoth Berlin-style, sequencer-based piece called “Towards the Dream.” After that, Steve Roach goes deep into the spellbinding dreamzone, incorporating marvelous soundscapes and tribal sounds featuring distant drums and aboriginal musical instruments like the didgeridoo.
Return To the Dreamtime is a masterful performance by the prolific Steve Roach, one of the great electronic music artists of our time.
Brainticket was one of the great Swiss progressive music acts of the 1970s. The double album Zürich / Lausanne features a set of live experimental performances where electronic music meets jazz improvisation and avant-garde sound experimentation.
This set of recordings were made in the 1980s and feature Joel Vandroogenbroeck on synths and electronics; Bruno Spoerri on lyricon and electronics; and Markus Fürst on percussion.
This was the year when the MIDi was introduced and the concert was part performance, part exhibition of the capacity of new technology. The final result is a fine example of live improvised electronic music from the mid-1980s.
Electronic music artist Dan Pound takes the listener into the subconscious mind. Dreams That Take You is a sonic voyage that features hypnotic floating synths, mysterious ambient soundscapes, trance-like beats, and shamanic vocals.
The primary musical instrument in this recording is a synthesizer called Evolver, designed by Dave Smith. Dan Pound found this synth especially effective as he developed his dream atmospheres.
Dreams That Take You is a deeply satisfying ambient electronic music album.
Mario Schönwälder, Detlef Keller and Bas Broekhuis, the current masters of the Berlin School of electronic music, delight the listener with another gem, Yellow. The album showcases their talent at developing fluctuating, multilayered electronic sequences, enriched by mesmerizing atmospheres and oboe-like synth melodies.
The three musicians use a combination of classic analog synthesizers and digital synths as well. It’s modernized Berlin-style electronic music influenced by early Tangerine Dream and Michael Hoenig.
The lineup on the album includes Bas Broekhuis on analog and digital synthesizers, sequencer, drums and percussion; Detlef Keller on analog and virtual analog synthesizer and sequencer; and Mario Schönwälder on analog and virtual analog synthesizer, computer and sequencer.
Yellow is a spellbinding recording of modern progressive electronic music by one of the most formidable acts in the genre.
Norwegian electronic music sound-crafter Erik Wøllo has released his 23rd album, titled Threshold Point.
Wøllo says about the recording, “For me, Threshold Point is a musical idea of an actual transformation: to cross a threshold, going from one form to another… into a change. Unfolding over time, gradually bridging and leading into new states or places. In my music, patterns and evolution are basic elements, always retaining an emotional connection with the melodies and the textures.”