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Bvdub Puts Rough Year Behind Him on Rare Ambient Mix

Words + Mix BROCK VAN WEY The past year has been worst than I could ever have imagined on a personal level—a living hell I can’t escape from. Only in recent weeks have I begun to learn to cope with the effects it has had on my psyche, both on my own and with professional […]
Rafael Anton Irisarri

Rafael Anton Irisarri’s Rebuttal to Pitchfork’s Best Ambient Albums

As if he wasn’t busy enough playing festivals, manning sound boards, mastering countless albums, and making his own experimental music, Rafael Anton Irisarri became our hero by filing a fantastic retort to Pitchfork’s recent 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time list. It’s a doozy—100 records that represent a full range of sounds that soothe […]
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David Darling
Cello
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Nailah Hunter On…
Duchenne Smile

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Otto A Totland
Pinô
(Sonic Pieces, 2014)

Otto A Totland isn’t nearly as prolific as his Deaf Center partner (Miasmah founder Erik Skodvin, a.k.a. Svarte Greiner). Never has been; never will be. In fact, he’s released just two solo records in the 15 years since the group’s stellar debut album Pale Ravine. And that’s okay. Quite appropriate actually, considering how loudly both […]

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Trilogie De La Morte
(XI, 1998)

Some people have noise machines. Others go to bat for guided meditation apps. Us, we can always rely on Eliane Radigue. A peerless, multi-faceted pioneer of atmospheric pressure since the early ’70s, Radigue started out exploring musique concrète and electroacoustic music with the two Pierres — Henry and Schaeffer — and shared a Morton Subotnick-built […]

Lisa Lerkenfeldt
Collagen
(Shelter Press, 2020)

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KMRU
Peel
(Editions Mego, 2020)

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Biosphere
Dropsonde
(Biophon Records, 2020)

The latest Biosphere LP to receive a proper reissue through the producer’s Biophon imprint may not be his most iconic effort (Cirque and Substrata land on more far more best-of lists), but that doesn’t make it any less essential. First teased in 2005 on Touch, the record started out as a six-track survey of slow-moving film […]
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Concentric Records
On… Insen and
Trans-Millenia Music

In the spirit of Concentric Records’ recent self-titled playlist, Simone Merli (Soundwalk Collective) and Luca Calo (Born In 1986) also broke two of their favorite ambient records down in detail. Both set the scene for the label’s opening gambit (the three-part compilation Profile of the Lines) beautifully, as if they’d just been asked to reveal […]

Andrew Tuttle On…
Playthroughs

Words ANDREW TUTTLE There’s definitely recent albums I could just as easily write about, but I want to allow myself more years with them, so I’m going to write about a record that I’ve had well over a decade to get acquainted with. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I first heard Playthroughs (Kranky, 2002), […]