Meet the main involvee with New Zealand's Involve Records, Aspen tells all...including about his latest electronic adventures...
Alias Zone: Lucid Dreams (9.0)
(CyberMotion - 2001) - A heat-drenched neverworld between ethnic music, current electronics technology, electro-organic soundscapes and astute artiness.
amongst myselves: still life (8.3)
(RMC - 2000) - Australian ambience with immersive alien atmospheres, more-Earthly musical essences and offworld audioimagery.
A Produce: Smile on the Void (9.0)
(Hypnos - 2001) - Gorgeously rendered and often sweetly tonal atmospheres seem to be field recordings from another planetary system.
Koji Asano: Quoted Landscape (7.9)
(Solstice - 2001) - Longform immersions into slightly rough electronic textures work best in wallpaper mode.
aspen: music from passing cars (9.3)
(Label - 2001) - A perfect mix of electronic experimentalism, rhythmic effects processing and laid-back arrangements.
cathode ray tube: subzero sensei (8.5)
(CFOM - 2000) - These slightly-scuffed beatronic oddities aren't so "challenging" as to be hard-to-listen-to.
Cyscape: Alignment (8.6)
(Farfield - 2001) - Softly droning otherworlds brim with abstract soundvisions of a most celestial nature.
Bruce Kaphan: Slider (8.8)
(Hearts of Space - 2000) - A hearty dose of western seasoning (as well as a pinch of eastern) fill almost-an-hour with luxuriously rambling tunefulness.
Mandrake: Shake Your Space Traveller (8.5)
(Involve - 2001) - Downtempo grooves and bright synthsounds from New Zealand make for light-but-not-limp e-listening..
musical nature: solstice chill (8.5)
(Musical Nature - 2000) - Wintery-yet-warm visions and chilly atmospheres can take you away any time of year.
Robert Rich: Somnium - DVD (NR)
(Hypnos - 2001) - The master himself sets a sonic first with seven continuous hours of ambient soundscapes in highest-possible-resolution DVD-quality sounds
sandspider: spider (8.4)
(worm interface - 2000) - A blissed-out realm of cool grooves will ensnare fans of early '90s electronic dance music.
Eban Schletter: The Civilian (8.3)
(Netherota - 2000) - The bold churning monochrome of old-fashioned church organ sounds is decidedly picturesque and moody.
Paul Schwartz: state of Grace (8.4)
(Windham Hill - 2000) - Expect to be dazzled by ethereal/orchestral-plus-beats numbers.
Shimri: Lilies of the Field (8.3)
(Art of Fact - 2000) - Old-school electronic activities are propelled into a shadowy future through edgy sonic experiments.
v/a: 4x (8.2)
(Dark Duck - 2001) - An eclectic blend of raucous sonic experiments, and quieter realms of computerized materials.
v/a: bip-hop generation v.2 (8.6)
(bip-hop - 2001) - Top-notch electronicians from around the globe conglomerate their unique soundstylings into one multi-directionally sprawling complex.
v/a: Between Two Points (8.7)
(12k/Line - 2001) - A unique comp profiles tiny audioworlds, perfect for at-the-computer headphone-listening.
v/a: substancia 3 (8.6)
(quatermass - 2001) - (Often) beat-heavy mix-and-match explorations of sound and attitude specialize in quirky electronics.
Vidna Obmana: Subterranean Collective (9.4)
(Projekt - 2001) - 17 preternaturally exotic soundscapes fill this must-have collection from the masters!
May Overviews include:
Aidan Baker, "Element"; Client/Server, "Client/Server"; Karl Gerber, "Untitled Extra Mode CD"; Charly McLion, "The Nature of the Universe"; mad professor, "RAS portraits"; Various Artists, "Working with Children & Animals, Volume 1"; Wench, "Wench"
This Month: "Gear-R-Us"... 20 artists tell what's important equipment-wise...
New Links to:
For noise fans: Crucial Blast; Force Inc.; Mille-Plateaux;
Green Cafe, A Voice For Artists & Greensters Everywhere.;
Sozra website; a revamped Sub Rosa; offical temps purdu? homepage
P.S. I've just moved the site to a new server and would appreciate any reports of weirdness (other than the normal weirdness of course) i.e., slowness, missing pages... or any other anomalies that may occur with this switchover. Thanks! - David