Few words from the artist: The sounds contained on the album are very organic, 70-80% of them were recorded on various microphones. They are actually “samples of reality” created from the sounds of nature, home, people, animals, machines. The remaining sounds come from virtual instruments (VSTI) and traditional instruments (acoustic or electronic), although often their sound was produced in a different way than it is suggested by the practice of playing. The basic layers are recordings (ambience) of the place, created in the philosophy of field recording. The whole album is based on activities from this area and treatments related to sound design.
The end of a dystopian nightmare is a landscape where the absence of the mankind is highlighted by the ruins, quietly devoured by the Nature. Roe deers now walk free in deserted squares, the northern seas crystallized in frazils. There was once a primitive society of a few individuals capable of capturing the energy of lightning to store it in machines which the fundamentals nobody knows, and so distant in the future nobody will see. These machines and everything the wisdom of this lost society produced was built to last, like the ancient stone temples or diamond star polyhedra. Sometimes, for unknown reasons they glitch, producing a spasm in the system: turning on street lamps in deserted cities and playing music in empty houses, through the indifference of the trees.
Sonambient is the moniker of the Italian producer Andrea Buzzi since 2012. His sound is a blend of bass music, dub delays and ambient noises.
Demetrio Cecchitelli (b. 1997) is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer and research artist.
With “Chances” the composer wants to investigate the intimate part of drone-music and the post guitar-oriented creative process. Huge reverberated sounds enter a massive emotive space, with the domain of long wide chords and suspensive harmonies, the feeling is that of being within a bubble that gently moves and oscillates into undefined places. In other words, a will to go beyond.
In this second album by Elastic Colors, the journey through the cyberpunk and the 80s sounds, continues. Rich of influences by anime, sci-fi movies, B movies, video games, this album wants to be especially an homage to William Gibson and his works. The fans of the sprawl will love the atmosphere.
Emiliano Ruggiero is an Italian film maker and musician based in Tokyo. Founder of the I Low You records, he believes in a vision of the music as art form. He’s also the man behind Earthquake Island, White living room and notorious projects on this land such as “the Summer family”, Elastic colors and Ninja from the future. However, for this project, more personal and intimate he decided to sign it with his given name.
Eureka is an audio-visual project about nature’s dreams and nightmares. The record swims through vignettes of seasons and hidden, hermetic places. The project was inspired by puddles and weeds.
Each track is composed of old tape loops, heavily reprocessed with the Blooper Pedal, and 16 of which are accompanied by a visual component directed by Martina Corá, madeByhujo aka Sun Glitters and Emiliano Ruggiero. The video in HD is available here: youtu.be/Qg1WNHoNeAQ
human language is the experimental electronic outlet for Dustin Zozaya. Born in El Paso, Texas and living in Sweden, he cut his musical teeth in Austin during a decade of intense writing, recording, and touring with the psychedelic band Holy Wave.
The search for the balance between a contemplative ideal and active pragmatism is the definition of human language: sometimes ambient, sometimes noisy, the project shifts between structured beats and a barrage of samples and sounds. Through Human Language, Zozaya explores how humanity, being singularly physical and spiritual, expresses this reality by using and breaking grammatical and musical structures.
This special album was conceived by Ninja from the future, producing 1 track a day for the whole month of June. A true time challenge… and Ninja knows about time since he comes from the future. A pure Lo-fi album with a very and unique fascinating mood
With “For a language to come”, Andrea Castiglioni wanted to make an homage to the works of 2 extraordinary visual storytellers: Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira. It is an urban album, a game of lights and shadows, where the electronic music has the control. There are contemplative moments and others more lively. I imagined being next to Daido, looking for the perfect shot, blending with the crowd, wandering through the city center to get to the suburbs. We both feel the need to put our vibrations and our pulsations in contact with those of the city, so we observe the people with their desires, excesses, their fears… we travel in a sort of constant empathy for everything it’s alive.
The album comes with a video that aims to celebrate the 2 Japanese visual storytellers.
Antoine Prost is an electronic composer and sound designer. By mixing the synthetic textures of modular synths with natural sounds of instruments like the piano or the guitar, he tries to reveal his inner landscapes.
Who had visited Japan, knows that every train station has its own melody to announce the train departure. Mountain hands collected all these melodies and worked with them to have an amazing piece of work. Ambient, vaporwave, loopwave, all together in this incredible album.
« You’re Searching For Nothing » is a 7 tracks album by Mickael Halley. Every tracks are based on one different field recording that was made this year. They all represent a concrete moment or space that are codify and transform into note thanks to modular synthesizer. The result is 7 analog ambient/drone soundscapes, all made of multiple abstract layer.
It would take at least 4 other albums to give back what the world of video games has managed to teach me on a musical level and beyond. However, this seems like a good start. From an early age I was fascinated by the ability of video games to arouse emotions, to put yourself in a completely new world and at the same time, to be able to face important topics. Music was the component I preferred the most, to the point that I played the same levels several times just to listen to a certain song. Even today when I hear some of my favorite soundtracks I realize how great the influence they have on me. All this increase my admiration for the composers and the entire development teams who dedicate body and soul to these small technological jewels. You can consider this album as a sort of collection, the inspirations have had different sources, but I want to mention at least a few: Mirror’s Edge, Deus ex Human Revolution, Beyond Good e Evil, Just Cause, Wipeout3, Oddworld, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Crash, Shenmue, The Neverhood, Dethkarz, Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation, Ignition, Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, Prey… better than I stop here, there would still be too many !!!
Are video games art? Of course they are, they are one of the most complete forms of art that exist.
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From the mind behind Grant Summer, Olivia Summer and Dave Summer, a 14 tracks album about future and past. A journey on a flying VHS in dreamy sounds and neon landscapes, celebrating the Cyberpunk culture of the 80s. Inspired to cinema masterpieces such as Akira, Blade runner, Ghost in the shell and yet true artists like Carpenter, Tsukamoto or Joe Hisaishi, this album will bring you in a new land unexplored by the ambient music.
The whole album has been recorded on a VHS cassette tape, then transferred on an audio tape and finally mastered on the computer again. This to have the typical vintage sound and noise of the 80s… the great magic we like.
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“I’ve never been to Tokyo, but since dreaming is free, I picture it like this.”
For this album I set out to make music able to bring the listener to the streets of a big metropolis, make them feel that blend of emotions that only come when you walk in a unknown place: agitation, fear… but also a sense of safety and hope. I imagined music heavy like a skyscraper but at the same time light like the neon in Tokyo that works at night but fades with the daylight. Music that is hyper-technical, but also natural. Tokyo seems to be the perfect picture of these moods.
Being a lover of soundtracks, this album has been strongly influenced by “Lost in Translation” by Sofia Coppola, one of my favorite movies. The atmosphere from the movie suggested which direction I should take for the album, the images and sounds constantly inspired me.
Exhilarating melodies with transient showers, birds, children who immerse us in an impromptu sound. This fragment is revived by sounds forgotten or neglected by the noisy flows of the moment. A poetic pause in this ‘Over data’ that tends to erase silences.
Handyman of sound loops, L.Boy jr. is an artist based in Nantes (France). He’s passionate about finding dusty vinyl records and various sound materials. He cuts their sounds, sticks together and transforms them in order to create weird and messy worlds. For this latest project, he was inspired by David Toop’s book “Ocean of sounds”. He worked with samples of popular 20th century music, reverberation and effects. The result is a floating music imagined like in the people’s subconscious.