Ambicon 2013: The Hearts of Space 30th & 40th Anniversary Celebration & Music Conference
In January 1983, after ten years as a local program Hearts of Space began national syndication on the NPR satellite system with 35 stations. Within three years the program signed its 200th station and became the most successful and widely heard program of contemporary “space music” — a tastemaker in the genre. Hearts of Space has created its own format, featuring music of a contemplative nature drawn largely from the ambient and electronic genres, while also including new age, classical, world, Celtic, experimental, and other music selections. Now in its 30th year of national syndication, a one hour program airs weekly on almost 220 stations, including a majority of the top 50 U.S. radio markets. The program's longevity comes from a unique concept, consistently high production quality and sensitive, discriminating music programming.
More information and contacts here.
Michele Ippolito's Drifting In Dreams Makes Best Electronic Albums of 2012 List
New Age Music World names the best electronic albums of 2012 including Meditation by Chuck Wild, Windows by Bryan Carrigan, Connected by David Wright and Mysterious Garden by Julian Ray. Check out the complete list by clicking here.
Real Music artist Omar Akram nominated for a Grammy award. Check out the other nominations by clicking here.
Hear the Echoes interview with Manual a.k.a. Jonas Munk in the Echoes podcast. Check out the Echoes blog by clicking here.
Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer, resident of Barcelona, Spain, and cofounder of the ad21 label <http://www.ad21music.com/> . He has collaborated with such notable artists as Mathias Grassow, Byron Metcalf, Max Corbacho and Alio Die.
Sanfilippo's work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. *Urbs*, Sanfilippo's first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist's previous work. It's an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.
The title *Urbs* derives from the prominent incorporation /urban/ sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These "real world" sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and "intentional" nature of these soundscapes.
Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, *Urbs* is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.
Purchase for $12.99 ($8.99 until May 28) on Hypnos Online Store
The Return of Planet X - Ron Boots, REMY & friends
Live at the Great Church of Haarlem
Saturday May 19th, 2012
Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:45
The three part programme combines electronic music with classical elements at the unique site of the Grote of St.Bavokerk, situated in the city centre of Haarlem. Headlining musicians Ron Boots and REMY (Stroomer) will play in front of the world famous C. Müller organ.
REMY performs one hour of music, exclusively composed for this occasion. Besides using electronics and the grand piano, he will be accompanied by violinists Wouter de Ruyter and Dick Bijlsma and cello player Martine de Ket, members of the Symfonie Orkest Bloembollenstreek.
Ron Boots' part consists of a 45-minute set, inspired by the late 70s period music of Klaus Schulze and also contains completely exclusive music. He will be accompanied by fellow synth player Eric van der Heijden and percussionist Harold van der Heijden. Two musicians Ron has collaborated regularly with in the past twenty years.
The third part of "The Return of Planet X" will see Ron Boots and REMY performing together. Details about this set will be announced shortly.
19:00 Doors open
19:45 - 20:45 Concert REMY
20:45 - 21:05 Break
21:05 - 21:55 Concert Ron Boots
21:55 - 22:15 Break
22:15 - 23:00 Concert REMY & Ron Boots
Tickets (12 euros) are now available from:
Physical: Great Church of Haarlem, Grote Markt, Haarlem / VVV, Verwulft, Haarlem
Information and contact: email@example.com
James Murray set to release Floods on February 1, 2012
On the flood plain where James Murray grew up, twin rivers rose each winter fed by rainfall from nearby Welsh mountains. Breaking their banks they swept over pastures and hedgerows, tore at the fabric of the land and isolated remote villages. It was here, in a makeshift studio on high ground, that James began to explore sound using scavenged instruments and homemade electronics.
Floods returns to that landscape; an acknowledgment and celebration of the destructive and regenerative power of the waters. It is also an attempt by the artist to reconcile with his personal floods, those mental waters that rise to submerge the will, that can at times be opposed and must at others be allowed to overwhelm. _____________________
Written, produced and performed by James Murray at Slowcraft Studio. Dedicated to the Waters. (c) & (p) Slowcraft Records 2011
Kori Linae Carothers Kickstarter project for funding her new album Fire In the Rainstorm
I really want to continue to create and release my music. The past year, I have been writing some very innovative songs. Being influenced by so many things this time, friends, family, the ocean, poetry, history, current events - this album has been an extremely emotional journey. ( Which is a good thing! ) I am very excited to share with you, the music that is coming out of me.
Will Ackerman , founder of Windham Hill Records, and, Grammy Award Winning guitarist, is my producer. This is my fourth album and is the second album he and I will be working together on. He believes in my ability as a composer otherwise - he wouldn't work with me in order to create a solo piano album worthy of a Windham Hill production.
Everything is set in place; the producer, studio, engineer, songs. I need a little help from you to make this happen! Every dollar will go towards the album: paying engineer(s), studio time, getting the piano in tune, mixing/mastering everything that makes a record a truly wonderful creation of music.
DiN releases Ian Boddy & Erik Wollo-Fronties on March 13th 2012
Frontiers (DiN39) is a musical travelogue through lands unknown although the sonic climate is very much influenced by the two musicians shared Northern European heritage. The album is book-ended by Vista & Ascension which feature Wøllo's panoramic chordal backdrops over which Boddy plays his now famous "Ondes Martenot" glissando synth lead lines. Between these two beautiful, haunting tracks the album is built around four sequencer driven pieces, each gaining in intensity and culminating in the intense penultimate title track Frontiers. These are interspersed with more abstract and atmospheric interludes, featuring field recordings the two artists have made in their own personal travels through their respective native landscapes. Constantly shifting in mood and tone, the album leads the listener across vast, open, icy sonic landscapes whilst periodically sheltering in more warm humane zones.
Expertly crafted by two renowned musicians Wøllo & Boddy produce a work of complex musical maturity that will open up it's secrets over repeated listenings.
New Deep Exile Podcast now online from David Helpling & Jon Jenkins
This 16th Deep Exile Podcast is filled with adventure as we embark on an epic quest to deliver a message that will change the world forever. Start your journey now and hear from the artists themselves: listener mail, new exclusive ringtones, iPod craziness AND a sneak peek of the new record currently in production.
WVKR-FM Secret Music Top 25 Albums for 2011
See if your favorite albums from 2011 are on WVKR-FM's list of best of 2011. While you are on the Charts and Playlists page be sure to check out what other shows around the web are playing this week and be sure to visit their pages for more information about the music they play.
New Age Music World talks with Al Conti about his Grammy nomination and more
John Olsen of NewAgeMusicWorld.com check's in with Al Conti for this in-depth interview oabout what inspires and moves the 2012 Grammy-nominee...and how it feels to be he only new nomininee in the New Age Album category
Saito Koji - Guide OUT NOW!
And December ends with another new release by Saito Koji. His follow-up to the earlier released album "Music" is called "Guide". The eight tracks are 3 minutes long, the classical radio hit length. The music is very dense. Starting with very distorted, thick and layered sounds shifting to a clear and calmer atmosphere in the end. All pieces are rather short in the field of ambient or drone music but Saito filled the pieces with an enormous richness and concentration. Overtones are swirling around in your head, layer over layer of crackling noise is added to a this warm blanket of sounds.
New releaese coming from Berlin Heritage called Land Of The Rising Sun in February
Berlin Heritage is a new name in the field of electronic music, who is going back to the roots of the 70s era of electronic music: At that time Berlin school artists like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream took their time to develop long compositions.
You can hear mysterious, hypnotic slow motion-like atmospheres that lead to old-fashioned sequencer patterns that sometimes remind us of the early work of Bernd Kistenmacher.
The nostalgic mellotron sounds and the deep space sound clouds create a fascinating bizarr atmosphere.
By the excellent blend of timeless soundscapes and lovely old sequences you can enjoy the whole album like a smooth and unique Berlin School journey. Dream and drift away!
Audiocast Productions releases new album by Kifthi Graßner
Even though kifthi is more well known as a writer (poet) of different kind of lyrics, you could say that he has also some artistic musical abbilties.
His debut album now released by Audiocast Productions will demonstrate his talent. Each track describes his feelings (admiration, love, affection and faith) These feelings are packed in his tracks and he wants to share every single track with the most important audience YOU and hopes you'll enjoy listening as much as he enjoyed creating.
New Igneous Flame album Lyra is now available
Since his 2003 debut release 'Tolmon', Igneous Flame has
sought to create an evolving body of work and whilst 'Lyra' continues in that
theme, it differs in that the approach taken to creating this work was
significantly different to that taken for his previous albums.
The work was created using a previously unused set of
tools and processes in order to experiment and explore in new directions. A
diverse range of sounds sources and textures were employed and extensively
processed. The primary instrumentation being electric guitar, nylon string
guitar and synthesizers.
The work was created whilst engaged with the natural
world as a primary source of inspiration - work in progress mixes were
auditioned whilst walking through local woodland and re-worked back at the
artist's studio. This process was repeated many times, until they were felt to
The material is primarily ethereal and meditative, with
intermittent high-energy bursts and characteristic 'trans-tonal shifts'. In
terms of production, a 'clean' approach was employed - full dynamic range was
observed and preserved.
[EL008] Emerald Adrift - Within the Purple Forbidden Out Now!
Delighted to announce the newest release from Ethereal Live with Emerald Adrift's beautiful adventure "Within the Purple Forbidden" Download or listen free Flac, Mp3, Ogg!
The Complex Silence Series is proud to welcome and share a contribution by Shane Morris to mark the twentieth release of the Series.
Shane is well-known in the ambient universe for sharing his magnificent sound worlds freely as Creative Commons releases and through live concerts.
Here, Shane presents four minimal pieces that can only be described as lush and gorgeous. Bell-like sounds and electric piano predominate, but to say that is at once a contradiction. Listen deeply and then listen even more deeply. You'll hear reversed drones, floating tones, washes of faraway sounds, hints of melodies, echoes and reverbs adding space and immensity to an overall ambience and drifting quality, yet each track is intense and focused.
Four tracks of pure, ambient complexity. An October treat for your ears and for your mind.
DiN Releases Benthos by Memory Geist on July 4, 2011
The creation of "Benthos" has been a long process initiated in mid-2007 when Law visited Sirros in his home town of Athens, Greece and the duo recorded some initial material together comprising a variety of soundscapes, sequences, analogue rhythms & organic atmospheres. On his return to Melbourne in Australia, Law sculpted this raw material into a set of 6 tracks which were augmented by further soundscapes, rhythms and arrangement ideas sent across to him by Sirros. The gestation of "Benthos" took 4 years in total and has resulted in the birth of a complex and fascinating ambient electronica album. The pieces range from dark, industrial rhythmic tracks to cosmic style slabs of ambience and showcase the duos use of modular analogue synths alongside computer software manipulation.
Interview with Heidi Anne Bryer on Mainly Piano by Michael Debbage
Hypnagogue Podcast new show posted June 2, 2011 (I had problems dowloading the program)
Winterlight's "Hope Dies Last" is the Echoes June CD of the Month
New Eno Track Available for Download
Unearthed Music Presents
Unauthorized Modifications by Ostracon
Album Release Show Featuring: Dosh, Ostracon, Smyth, Ghostband, and Rogue Citizen
Date: June 24, 2011 9:00pm to 2:00am
Venue: Honey Lounge, Minneapolis
Please join us to celebrate Ostracon's debut release, Unauthorized Modifications, with live music from Dosh, Ostracon, Smyth, Ghostband, and live painting by Rogue Citizen.
CD release: Avatara by Steve Brand on Hypnos digipak CD
Steve Brand got his start releasing experimental music under the name "Augur," and more recently switched over to releasing music under his own name (both solo and in collaboration with such artists as Ishq and Disturbed Earth) on the Atmoworks, Hypnos Secret Sounds and Relaxed Machinery labels. He's quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music, and having released two albums *Bridge to Nowhere* and *Children of
Alcyone* on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2008 and 2009, we're very excited to follow up with Steve Brand's new album *Avatara* on the main Hypnos imprint. This album has a ritual feel common to many of Brand's recordings, though *Avatara* is more ambient and less percussive. The recording starts out in a place of low-key contemplation and evolves through distinct stages and moods, though it is always gentle and meditative.
Steve Brand describes some of the inspirations behind this album:
Avatara is Sanskrit for "descent" in the sense of a deity's descent from heaven to earth. Avatara is inspired by the various avatars of various ages and cultures...Yeshua, Quan Yin, Buddha, Brigit, Krishna, Saint Germain, White Buffalo Calf Woman, and others. I’m fascinated by the idea and the various stories in various ages and cultures of humans becoming "ascended masters," or avatars, non-human beings that still are attached to humans and choose to returns to Earth to assist them. The stories vary, and almost every culture has its masters, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories, they've realized a more expanded expression of being and awareness, of what we are and what we are capable of, and return to assist other human beings.
New Hidden Shoal Compilation Album Available for Free Download! To coincide with the label’s 5th birthday celebrations, Hidden Shoal is proud to announce the release of the latest installment in its free downloadable sampler album series. Hydrozoa compiles 18 singles released over the last 18 months and lovingly sequences them into an epic journey. The album is divided into two sides, each a distinct listening experience in its own right – or, if you choose to digest the album in its entirety, it’s a graduated ride from the ambient and minimal all the way through to the widescreen and guitar-fuelled. Whichever way you slice it, Hydrozoa is a compelling creature.
Featuring Antonymes, Boxharp, City of Satellites, Elisa Luu, Hotels, Iretsu, Jumpel, Liam Singer, Markus Mehr, Mukaizake, My Majestic Star, Rich Bennett, Salli Lunn, Slow Dancing Society, Stray Ghost, Toby Richardson, Umpire and Wes Willenbring, Hydrozoa touches all the bases that make the Hidden Shoal roster unique, and massages them into a broad-ranging and utterly engaging whole. The release accompanied by a pdf booklet containing stunning artwork by Hidden Shoal’s Stuart Medley.
Download the sampler here.