Sunday, March 29, 2015

Robot

Berlin School style pervades Elektronische Existenz's Robot, as evidenced by the first cut, Robotics. It plods along, building inevitably, looming up in the end before falling asleep. Unlike more recent works, a return to using percussion is evident, and mixes nicely with the analog synth work.

The cuts are very long, and are over 100 minutes in length in total. These are fun, evolving, synth instrumentals, and evoke cinematic imagery, a science fiction one of alien mechanical intelligence. The engineering is simple and tight.

You can find Elektronische Existenz at Bandcamp and Twitter.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Infamy #RPM2015

Composer Chrissie Caulfield's RPM 2014 Challenge  Things was a musique concrète  venture into new sonic realms full of unexpected sonic manipulation.  This year's  entry, Imfamy is as adventurous.

A surprising melding of analog synth and strings, providing a mix of novel tones throughout it. There's a lot of range in this music, over 30 minutes in length, cinematic and interesting. Certain moments are again created that evoke new vistas. It's a fun and dynamic sonic palette.

You can find her on Twitter at @Chrissie_c  and Chrissieviolin.info. She's also on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Urban Fairy Tales

Interesting play with samples and synths haunt this instrumental album from Nystada. Urban Fairy Tales is adventurous and experimental, subtle and subtly disturbing. There's something going on in the margins of these songs, something in the corner of your eyes that you can't quite focus on. Like an urban legend, these cinematic pieces recall the things we don't know, and codify it for our limited perceptions. They evolve in subtle ways , whispering along to our subconscious.

Musically these pieces are technically interesting as well, utilizing contemporary engineering techniques and lots of ear candy from Ableton Live. The compositions inspire ideas and create sonic spaces that are sometimes soothing, sometimes a little menacing.

What is that respiration  in Breath? Who is living though the thunderstorm in Gewitterregen? These little vignettes inspire mini-movies, a twilight zone to imagine. Lots of fun. Again, Mobius Spin continues to produce an interesting experimental piece in this Nystada album.

You can find Nystada on Twitter as @nystada and check their website nystada.com. Find more Mobius Spin on Twitter and  mobiusspin.com.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Inveniam Viam #RPM2015

Contemporary electroacoustic composer Stuart Russell's Invenium Viam RPM 2015 Challenge work is an epic 72 minutes of music, for your listening pleasure. An isolation pervades these lonely landscapes. The compositions end satisfyingly, and are inventive, often possessing a cinematic quality.

Surprising moments are found in Amundsen  / Ellsworth 25 and Andrée 97 / Nobile 28, where some of the tones become almost sirenlike, reverberating across the ice as the airships go majestically down. The album is filled with fun tones. Growling square and saw tones create repressive and claustrophobic moods.

You can follow Stuart Russell on Twitter at  @stuartr_comp  and check out his page Stuart Russell Composer. You can also find his blog at http://www.stuart-russell.co.uk/.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Oscillator Theory

Rainer Straschill is a prolific musician and composer that I've been following for the better part of a decade. I always find his music interesting and decidedly different. His latest effort Oscillator Theory is no exception. Put out for the first time on another label, Mobius Spin, this album is a meticulous exploration of musical symmetry and a cohesive concept.

The album consists of three tracks and is entirely electronic in composition. Schumann Resonance begins it, with a journey into Dark Ambience, with clean drones and lots of ear candy for headphone fun. It has a nice long length, sustaining the darkness through almost fifteen minutes.  The second track, IMPATT NDR is a glitchcore short, stuttering through three minutes of often surprising glitchy music, and is a lot of fun. It finishes with Wien Bridge, a techno epic almost thirteen minutes in length, which bleeps and bloops along happily, subtly evolving as it goes.

I had fun listening to this effort, and it goes well alongside the other two reviews of Rainer's work on this blog, Vershluckbare Kleinteille and Eclectic Blah.

Find Rainer Straschill on Twitter as @moinlabs, on Soundcloud, and on his website moinlabs.de. Find more Mobius Spin on Twitter and  Bandcamp.