A haunting ambient sci-fi album about a message from Neptune

Latlaus Sky’s Pythian Drift is a gorgeous ambient concept album, the kind that’s easy to get lost in. The set-up: a probe discovered on Neptune in the 26th Century will communicate with just one woman back on Earth. The Portland, Oregon-based artists write CDM to share the project, which is accompanied by this ghostly video […]

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Eerie, amazing sounds from tape loops, patches – like whales in space

Fahmi Mursyid from Indonesia has been creating oceans of wondrously sculpted sounds on netlabels for the past years. Be sure to watch these magical constructions on nothing but Walkman tape loops with effects pedals and VCV Rack patches – immense sonic drones from minimal materials. Fahmi hails from Bandung, in West Java, Indonesia. While places […]

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Watch enchanting experimental live acts from Atonal’s control room

Berlin Atonal Festival wrapped up last week, and for all of the breathtaking impact of the power plant’s cavernous main room, as per usual, the sleeper hits came from the more intimate control room tucked next to the mainstage. Once you’re done acting out your Homer Simpson fantasies on the controls, this room – staffed […]

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From Japan, an ambient musician on solitude and views of the sea

As haunting, oceanic wells of sound sing achingly in the background, Tokyo-based ambient musician Chihei Hatakeyama talks in a new documentary about what inspires him. The creative series toco toco follows the musician to the places and views that inspired the images of his music – including gazing into the sea. Of that view, he […]

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Moving AV architectures of sine waves: Zeno van den Broek

Dutch-born, Danish-based audiovisual artist Zeno van den Broek continues to enchant with his immersive, minimalistic constructions. We talk to him about how his work clicks. Zeno had a richly entrancing audiovisual release with our Establishment label in late 2016, Shift Symm. But he’s been prolific in his work for AV sound, with structures made of […]

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Get lost in a Dasha Rush ambience, with hypnotic visuals to match

With all that sound out there, you’d better make your musical statement a strong one. And why not add the kinds of visuals we see when we shut our eyes and listen? This winter, visualist future error went into the archives of Resident Advisor and pulled out an evocative, dreamy ambient mix by Dasha Rush. […]

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Mammut is free software that does completely insane things to sounds

From the darkest arts in auditory alchemy, you can find gems like Mammut, a free tool that will utterly mangle digital audio into forms beautiful and chaotic. And I mean really weird. From producing eerie, smeared convolutions of files to manipulating the spectrum of a sound in ways that are actually unlistenable (as in, they […]

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Yves Tumor’s new free LP is an ethereal reverie for late summer

Yves Tumor, aka Rahel Ali, has garnered attention in a crowded music landscape for sonic tales that are personal and poignant. And as we enter autumn, with its orchestrated parade of releases, this new one has an informality to it – the emotional immediacy of a demo tape. Ali (aka Sean Bowie) is an artist […]

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easyJet have made an album of jet engine noise, so kids can sleep

Insomnia trouble? easyJet would like to sooth you with uninterrupted jet engine noise – and buying their album will help kids with challenges sleeping. If you’re trying to sleep, silence is actually not really what you probably want. There’s nothing quite like white noise – and few things better for generating that then the purr […]

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Listen to some gorgeous ambient music coming out on tapes

Okay, let’s try to put aside any hipster jokes for a moment. Maybe it’s a sign of the times that cassette tapes are becoming a scene for beautiful ambient and experimental music. It’s gotten to the point that you might find yourself paying to have a tape shipped to you, even if only to thank an artist for a download code. Here are a couple of mixes that might just hook you on the medium all over again. First , there’s Hainbach, whose YouTube channel full of live experiments and mixes is one of my favorite video subscriptions at the ...

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