A dark ambient master resurfaces with Metavoid; Brian Williams will be happy if his soundscapes simply draw you in.
Arovane_Phonem: AER (VALID) (9.1)
(Vertical Form - 2001) - Scuffed-up beatronics combine synthesized sweetness with digitally-effected scruffiness.
Biosphere: Substrata2 (9.3)
(Touch - 2001) - A classic has been re-released, repackaged and broadened with the inclusion of a second disc.
demolition squad: hit it (8.3)
(Psychotropic - 2001) - Electronic noir could easily be the sountrack of some neo-crime caper on the dark streets of a dirty cybercity.
Taylor Deupree: Occur (8.4)
(12k - 2001) - Obtuse micronoise from the "snap, crackle and pop" pallette makes crystalline understatements of an exploratory nature.
monochrome white | polychrome w/neon nails (8.1)
(LINE - 2001) - An especially "light" series of soundscenes are like fizzy wallpaper-for-the ears.
Tom Heasley: Where the Earth Meets the Sky (8.8)
(Hypnos - 2001) - Forget "oompah-pah"... these transmogrified tuba sounds spread into never-before-heard panoramas of sonic exploration.
Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai: Cyclo (8.5)
(Raster-Noton - 2001) - New submolecular music in glitchy-yet-accessible experimentations that (micro)manage to entrance.
Lustmord: Metavoid (8.4)
(Nextera - 2001) - Less demonic and more symphonic, these pieces sprawl like soundtracks to some Gothic-tinged science fiction epic.
Tujiko Noriko: Shojo Toshi (8.7)
(Mego - 2001) - Unpolished gems which dazzle the ears with softness, sweetness and infectuous strangeness.
Nam June Paik: Works 1958.1979 (8.3)
(Sub Rosa - 2001) - Eclectic sound projects have been kept alive for posterity by documentarians of the experimental.
jon sheffield: it's been so long since i've seen the ocean (8.4)
(tomlab - 2001) - Decidedly different electronics take some unexpected detours, sometimes bypassing quirky and heading into full-on sonic dementia.
Steve Roach: Structures from Silence (9.3)
(Projekt - 2001) - Worlds of wonder will open (again, or for the first time) with this delicate balance of activity and stillness.
Sola Translatio: Mother Sunrise (8.8)
(Hypnos - 2001) - Scenic organic/electronic droneworlds are often still, but never stagnant.
Spaceheads w/ Max Eastley: Time of the Ancient Astronaut (8.2)
(BiP_HOp - 2001) - Surreal soundworlds of unimaginably skewed sonic streams and explosions literally blare with weirdness
Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (8.5)
(Touch - 2001) - The balance of these guitar-powered tracks decidedly tips toward the calm rather than the violent.
v/a: No Compression Festival 01 (8.3)
(littlefurythings - 2001) - Very various examples give a feel for many different directions into which electronic/experimental music is evolving.
v/a: Where Stalks the Sandman (8.3)
(Noh Poetry - 2001) - Explore the strange ambient soundscapes of digitally altered sonic terrains.
paul vnuk jr.: silence speaks in shadow (9.2)
(Hypnos - 2001) - Soundscape meets cityscape in a panoramic blend of shapeshifting ambient streams and subtle occurences.
July Overviews include:
ashfelt, "the butterfly chair ep"; Koji Asano, "Autumn Meadow"; Dissecting Table, "Memories"; Dissecting Table, "Power Out Of Control"; Alex Keller, "The Four Hundred Boys"; Larry Gaab, "Peripheral Visions"; oleg kostrow, "the great flashing tracks from ivona"; Mikron 64, "sys 49152"; v/a, "Le Sacre Du Printemps"
This Month: "Next Big Thing"... 14 artists play ambient "what if"...
Virtual Ambient Refrigerator Magnets... that's what I said. Bring your Flash plug-in and play... and hey, let's make it a contest while we're at it.
New Links to: Official Alpha Wave Movement site, Post-Industry (Polish Industrial site), trancemania (French trance site), triphop-music.com, soundtoys.net