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In 2009, Stendeck released “Sonnambula.” “Sonnambula” creates a unique environment in which the music transports the listener to different points in this environment. Glossy, celestial, interweaving chords are laced with glitches and distorted beats and makes for a listen with surprises at every new phrase, and new aural territory explored and exploited. Stendeck takes the almost polar opposites of electronic music and fuses them into a form that pushes boundaries of IDM, industrial, and ambient. The music emits a very personal, touching message through heartfelt, melancholic synths as heard in “Hunters of the Last Summer Breeze.” It draws the listener out this world, and into space for a view of the tiny specks of light millions of lightyears away.

With sounds that seem to tear at ones emotions, “Safari in the Blue Tails Cockatoo’s Garden” is an extremely powerful piece. From the second that screaming, piercing, guitar-like instrument bursts into the music it’s as though being catapulted through cascades of falling stars all around you, and the light from these stars pierces deep into your heart, and cleansing the mind, and simply filled with an entire spectrum of sounds at one time.

Over the course of the album, abstract thoughts and ideas contort and twist, evolve and grow to carry the listener to worlds unknown, and places undiscovered. With every listen this album becomes more and more enjoyable as, continually, different sounds emerge, and new interpretations can be made.

More information at:

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To me, SE’s “Epiphora” is like a soundtrack to a futuristic underground medical facility; a place where everything is a pristine color of white and almost everything is automated. The minimalism of the rhythms and warmness of the ambient pads give this album a certain hollow and futuristic quality. The chords in the pads are beautiful and lush while light, and short percussion hits dance over them to create an extremely ambient, atmospheric listening experience while engaging at the same time.

The album is heavy, emotional, and constantly shifting in and out of realms of ambient and IDM. The weight of the album is mainly on the deepness and richness of the pads that direct the flow of tracks gracefully through chord progressions. The prevalent dark tones throughout create such a sense of gloominess, but also draw out intense emotions as though longing to escape from a sort of prison; a prison of white walls, celings, and floors with windows that look out into a rainy and gray sky.

I would call this a great step forward in the movement of IDM and ambient. Having the fusion of deep pads with minimal glitches and percussion in such an arrangement that is beautiful, organic, and full of raw emotion is simply stunning.

More information at:

SE at Tympanik Audio

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Cold, metallic, and potent are three descriptors that first spring into mind when I listen to this album. Decisive and uncompromising, this record vividly encapsulates some of Black Lung’s best exhibitions of talent yet. In the battlefield of music, this represents the slow moving behemoth that wields ultimate power with phenomenal accuracy. I am reminded of scrap.edx: very similar to Black Lung in a lot of ways. Both artists uniquely create a story behind their music rooted in military history, concepts, technology, and weaponry.

By definition, Full Spectrum Dominance is in itself a controversial military concept involving establishing control over a field of battle by employing a multitude of assets built or trained to be lethal from the get-go, and to be tactically and strategically superior to enemy forces on site. This is accomplished by the large-scale usage of land, air, naval, and space warfare, as well as technological-based attacks (information warfare, computer/network detection, hacking, data retrieval, and so on); all for one goal: to eliminate the enemy as quickly and as potently as possible.

With Full Spectrum Dominance, Black Lung masterfully illustrates this in audio-form: a dark, military-industrial landscape that challenges his previous works as an artist. Listen to this album, and peer into the pulsing imagination of David Thrussell. View the promo sheet.

Awesome album.

This record is recommended. It is available to purchase at:

– n5md’s album order page

Tympanik Audio

Ant Zen

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Sorry for the brief outtage in updates. Been pretty busy.

Displacer is M. Morton, signed to Tympanik Audio. The Witching Hour is his first full length release on the label, a mix of a sort of dark-ish dubby IDM, with a rather large amount of echo effects applied to specific portions of certain “layers” of the song, so for instance, you’ll notice claps being loudly (it’s like a controlled loudness though, not something designed as an afterthought) echoed back (“Squirm”), etc, etc. It’s a thirteen track album, including remixes from ESA, Diff_Cult, L’ombre, Larvae, and Autoclav 1.1. I’ve noticed some samples used from old horror movies; nice addition to the atmosphere of this record. Here’s a brief sample of the title track, The Witching Hour, on Youtube. It is not the full song. This album is recommended by yours truly.

I’ve heard this album being described as post-industrial, though I am not quite sure what exactly that entails as far as this particular album, so I won’t add it to the tag cloud (seen at the bottom of this page).

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– Tympanik Audio release profile

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Approach is the debut album from Tympanik Audio-signed artist Subheim (Kostas K.). Not necessarily strictly melancholy, but still falling under the increasingly blurred realm of really dark and atmospheric music. His artist profile at Tympanik states:

Complex and uncompromising, Subheim’s debut album on Tympanik Audio is full of intricate rhythms, deep reverbs, and bitcrushed sounds, combined with pianos, cellos, and beautiful synthwork. Haunting melodies and distant voices meet complex beats and luring atmospheres to create a unique blend of dynamics and emotion. ‘Approach’ flirts with post-rock and atmospheric downtempo styles, while still maintaining an original sound that is both captivating and inspirational.

The album features sparsely applied female vocals throughout; adds quite a nice touch to the overall texture of the music. I came away really impressed with this record; it also features two remixes from Mobthrow as well as Flaque (covered on this blog previously). It also happens to be on sale at Tympanik for $5 USD. Do yourself a favor and order it!

Subheim has created album artwork for numerous other artists on the Tympanik label, including Autoclav1.1’s latest release, Stendeck’s Sonnambula, as well as the Emerging Organisms Volume 2 official label compilation. Noteworthy for me, in part, because album art is a factor in determining whether or not I buy the album in physical format. The album art on this record is outstanding.

An album to have a cup of hot chocolate and listen to on a rainy day.

For more information:

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Artist profile @ Tympanikaudio.com.

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