Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weather Resonance Loops

White sound sprays, pulsing in a rhythmic meditation, Trium Circulorum's Weather Resonance Loops is true ambience. This is music that is as easy to forget in the background as it is to focus on.

Unlike some things that I've heard that attempt rhythms in an ambient setting, the percussion is nested far into the mix, becoming part of the wash. It fits. The artist is able to pull these elements together into a cohesive soundscape.

The experiment had begun as field recordings of a thunderstorm. Then a fun time was had into an old tape deck, then back into the DAW, adding samples from modular synth--just the type of fun I love to hear. Put it on and let it wash through your house.

You can find Trium Cirulorum on Twitter as @TriumCirculorum. Check his other release featured here Seven Seals (and one Spell).

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Women

Percussion and synths sum up the work of Toaster, often with random elements thrown in. Interesting sound design fills the new album Women.

Toaster describes his work as "a band made up of one person who programs things." Ambiguity aside, the music produced is engaging. Cinematic tension fills the work, and would be excellent music for incidental uses. The moods are varied, and some pieces are near ambient. All are fun soundscapes.

The sound is simple and clean. The programmed things all sit well in the mix, and I found lots of variation to keep me interested. 

You can find Toaster on Twitter as @toddbert and on Soundcloud.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SoundFireSilence

Snake Robot has created a prolific and varied collection of interesting sound with the SoundFireSilence series. Full of imagination and playfulness, encompassing many moods, these pieces are great examples of how a soundscape does not have to be ambient. 

The electronic sound is simple and clean. Nicely balanced mixes provide a snapshot of novel sounds and instrumentation. The songs often seem driven and intense, and could provide excellent tension for cinematic uses, surely. Both volumes are filled with different worlds. Go visit some of them.

You can find Snake Robot on Twitter as @WayPastSurreal and on Soundcloud.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Almost Over

The past and the present mingle in Huge Shark's almost over. There's a Eurodisco quality to the pieces, dense rhythmic percussion melds with pulsing synth. The interjection of piano and birdlike voice recall giants. 

Composer Valerie Polichar, our Huge Shark, has created a timeless collection here. It's epic scale electronica. These are big dramatic pieces, echoing her poignant lyrics. Emotional explorations, very nicely put, and personal. Her quirky mix of elements is worth hearing. 

The sound is beautiful, and well engineered. Elements are all placed perfectly in the mix, and are clear and clean.

You can find Valerie on twitter as (of course) @hugeshark and on Soundcloud as well.