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Reminiscences by Zalys


One of the types of music I have always been into is classic electronic music – Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultze etc, and more recently what has become to be known as space ambient which draws on these classics. Zalys has created some original and awesome space ambient and has developed her own style further and created an excellent dark ambient/dark electronic album named Reminiscences.

The track names give away the nature of the album but this is not simply dark ambient (and the ‘dark’ is very good). This is dark electronic music that has been brought to you from the cold outer reaches of the galaxy. There’s no life out there, just the blasted surfaces of interstellar bodies tumbling through space. But, those bodies have seen things and if you know how to read them each has a tale to tell.

Leaking In The Machine Room and Aftermath leave you in no doubt that what once was no longer exists. Dark and forlorn, the music speaks of mistakes that led to decay and, ultimately, emptiness. Hopeless Mind hints at an inaccessible grandeur. A long time ago it might have been effulgent, but now just a faint grey memory exists…

Downfall follows currents washing through derelict spaces, dessicating and crumbling, eventually leaving nothing but dry dust where once strength and beauty reigned.This is followed by Into Oblivion which makes me think of some horrific gigantic maw swallowing everything in its path, devouring entire worlds in one go.

I like dark ambient very much and this is brilliant. While not the classic style, it is incredibly well done and what is important is that the ‘dark’ element takes precedence throughout. When asked, Zalys said that this album went through several iterations over two years – cutting stuff, re-writing, adding etc before she was happy with it and that it also provided some challenges. She says the main thrust of the album is its post-apocalyptic nature

There is a lot of dark ambient that uses long drawn out drones to build very dark atmospheres. This is far more melodic and that is what makes it stand out. This is for fans of dark ambient and dark electronica in general. I think it is great!

If you are not familiar with other work by Zalys you should definitely check her work out:


Randal T. Collier-Ford has been creating dark ambient music since 2012. He has participated in projects including Black Sun, Chernobyl Ghosts, Mors Universa, The Temple of Algolagnia, Non, The Seven-Crowned and Grey Light Shade. The first time I heard his material was when I discovered Dark Corners in 2012 released via Kalpamantra and knew that here was a dark ambient artist worth keeping an eye on. His style varies according to project but there is no doubt that Randal T. Collier-Ford makes great dark ambient.

His latest release is The Architects via Cryo Chamber, the dark ambient label established by Atrium Carceri’s Simon Heath. Cryo Chamber has been making a name itself because of the high quality dark ambient albums it has released so far and The Architects is going to maintain the high regard with which it is held. Overall, The Architects is without a doubt an excellent dark ambient album. I enjoy music that fills my mind’s eye with images and The Architects cries out for a video accompaniment.  Very dark, very deep, it is more of a statement of what might have been in the dim and distant past and what could be in the future. The tracks are amazing – they are structured as opposed to long droney landscapes and take you places, they create a world populated with beings of immense physical and mental power.

A symphony of behemoths introduces the album and heralds the beginning of the New Age. They bellow their triumph after passing successfully from one Eon to the next. You have the impression of gargantuan creatures celebrating through a deep bass ritual, the soil beneath your feet is shaking and there is no doubt who rules now.

Weaving etheric materials into physical, solid form and welding them using massive currents of electricity, the second track leads the mind’s eye through the creation of a demon. The creature is taught how to communicate verbally and by tapping out sounds. Wings flap rapidly as it tries out its body. A steampunk construct designed to serve those who now rule here.

The Return is a long climactic piece – ominous in the extreme. Hinting at irrepressible power/force. I will not bias you by describing what pops into my imagination when I listen to the rest of this album. All I can say is that this is what I regard as true dark ambient. It isn’t ‘darkly’ primal or primitive, it goes way beyond that. This is what darkness evolved might sound like. It is what an established darkly etheric culture would sound like. If the norm was a shadow world populated by a highly evolved and unforgiving race whose entire cultural origins were developed from and based around a ruthless need for survival, this is what it would sound like.

I asked Randal if he would like to share some thoughts about the creation of The Architects – what drove it, what it is about. He was kind enough to respond with the following:

The Architects was an endeavor I undertook while I worked on Our Gods Never Sleep with the ideas and pre-production of the album. It was meant to be the album that I wanted to push forward as far as production, theme, design, and technique, and the previously mentioned album would serve as my drawing board. I’d like to say that Our Gods Never Sleep wasn’t just a random album to make and get over with, it was it’s own entity of a raw and uncompromising nature, and it served it’s purpose on it’s own.

So this sets the timeline for this album beginning around summer and fall of 2014.

I chose the name, The Architects, to keep with a momentum of Our Gods Never Sleep, because in their own way, they are connected. Much like looking at an object from different angles, this angle is one of wonder, awe, and ferocity. But the name itself, is meant to convey old and recent theories of otherworld, or inhuman, entities of a larger nature. Beings tied into religion, spirituality, metaphysical speculations and out of body vision. Theories to to try an makes sense of multiple plains of existence layered onto our physical plain, and how in their own right, are just as physical and feed into our own (and have through out time). What has come of this is the concepts of Gods, deities, Devils, and messengers of Heaven. Beings layered through out our realm of existence, capable of formulating and manipulating our realm, beings that have walked among us, ruled us, lead us, and ruined us. From stories of Chariots of Fire from the Heavens to the stories of monsters formed from the very Nothingness, and how their existence is intertwined to these things all at once in their own individual ways, The Architects is a collection of these theories as contemplative visions. Because these stories are as old as we are, they have stimulated the greatest of minds through our known and unknown history, from artists to prophets, emperors to dictators, these stories have shaped us on many levels. So I wanted this album to return to the roots of this, instead of picking up where we all left off, where we are now with these theories in the hopes that maybe in can stimulate minds once again from the ground up. Some of the most passionate forms of art have come from forms of spirituality and philosophy, and I hope that the passion I put into my work falls under this as well. But I hope just as much that my art can impress on others to do the same as so many others before us have done with art, and what I hope I am doing as well through awe, wonder, and fear.

I think Randal succeeded!

Seriously, this is one of the best ‘dark’ dark ambient albums I have heard in quite a while. You can stream the album for free using the link near the start of the article. If you are interested in discovering more about Randal T. Collier-Ford and his music check out the following:

Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Facebook, Bandcamp

We Breathe Together

rpo_300Red Planet Orchestra recently released their third album, We Breathe Together. The album marks a distinct evolution in their sound. Aurora Symphony, their debut release was a stunning piece of ethereal ambient and their second album also turned a few heads.

However, We Breathe Together shows that Red Planet Orchestra are striving to produce even more awesome sounds for your listening pleasure.

Red Planet Orchestra are Vince Rees  and Pete Smith. They combine elements of sublime orchestral themes in ambient music and produce astounding work.

We Breathe Together takes this even further. There are many types of ambient styles, but it is not often that artists are able to produce a sound that oozes emotion. Aurora Symphony had it, but their latest work is a positive tour-de-force of emotional ambient music.

The album starts with No Return To The Edge. From the outset it has a strong symphonic feel which has a very serious intent. The delivery is bright and cheerful but intelligently counterbalanced with a mature feeling of subtle melancholy. It’s almost as though you are experiencing the emotions of someone who has attained a worthy goal and is celebrating that, but who also is thinking of some of the trials that occurred along the way. In short, it is no effort to feel as though you are reflecting on the highs and lows of a journey.

This is quite a rare feat.

The rest of the album conveys the same maturity – sometimes dark, always emotional and always grabbing your attention and making you listen. If you enjoy orchestral ambient music, and also have an appreciation for the emotional side of ambient then I cannot recommend this enough. It is excellent.

You can listen to the entire album and purchase it via Bandcamp and there is a video containing an excerpt from the first track available on YouTube.

Have a listen!

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Releases from Sound4Good Records, AuralFilms, Phaselock, Garden State, Rumforskning, Elizabeth Veldon, Red Fog and Anyer Quantum


A Passage Through Time_12013bc (Don Cook) and William Spivey collaborated on A Passage Through Time, released by Sound4Good Records. Starting with Hiking To Shambala, the album carries you on a journey through varied and really interesting styles. The first track is an energetic piece that leads into Mysterium which is a darker, almost other-worldly and cold track that slowly evolves into something quite different from what it started out as. Lost Again gives a sense of searching, of anxiousness. In Pursuit Of Eden hints at the surreal, then becomes quite contemplative. All in all the tracks are excellent examples of what happens when musicians decide not to conform to the norm and allow their tracks to evolve . Well worth getting.




Phaselock-one_1205Another album that throws off the shackles is Phaselock’s One. These people sound like they are jamming purely for the love of jamming. The first couple of tracks are alive and a sense of being carefree and happy clearly carries over to the listener. The last tracks are ambient and comprise almost melancholic piano work which is quite calming. Catch up with Phaselock on Facebook.






Prehistoric Tar Pit Music_1206Auralfilms have released a compilation from artists which is causing quite a stir. I mentioned the IAM group that was started on Facebook in my last entry and this album is a direct result of the interest it has generated. The album comprises tracks which the artists consider ambient, but which do not fall within the generally defined boundaries of ambient sub-genres. You can download Prehistoric Tar Pit Music from Auralfilm’s Bandcamp portal. Truly, this is highly recommended and has been praised a lot.





Milam_1204I bought a wonderful ambient album from Garden State called Milam. This is another one that stands out from the crowd. The music is lush, warm and seriously good through headphones. Sparkling melodies weave through the album, scintillating the imagination. Awesome stuff.






Fremtiden 1_1202Going back to a darker style of music, Rumforskning’s 2005 release Fremtiden on DataObscura, comprises sparse glitch and dark ambient cleverly melded to produce some stunning soundscapes. You can preview some of the tracks on the release page. Interested? Check this out as well. More info about this duo here.






maps_1203For those who enjoy minimal ambient work that slowly (and I really do mean slowly), evolves, check out Elizabeth Veldon’s Maps. All of the music I write about is music that is designed to be really listened to – not background music – and this is one of those that deserves your full attention. When I first heard this I was reminded of Eliane Radigue’s work. It is absorbing and completely selfish listening, and again, listen through a quality pair of headphones to pick up all the nuances. Wonderful! Elizabth Veldon’s Facbook page is here.





Soundcloud 1_1207Speaking about nuances readers may remember the review I wrote of Red Fog’s Sculpted In Luminol. He has recently released tracks on his Soundcloud page that are to feature in a future DNA Production release. One in particular is a mind-bending piece of work called Above The Storax Sedan Cloud. This track will quite literally shred your conscious perceptions when listened to through a seriously powerful audio system. It will make the hairs stand up 🙂 Red Fog is a master of deep atmosperic drone ambient.





Framework of Veneration to the Sun_1208Upping the pace, if you like your trance to be original and fresh and very danceable this is an absolute must. Anyer Quantum’s mix entitled Framework of Veneration to the Sun : Rhythm, Groove and Devotion is available to listen via Mixcloud. Like all his work, this mix comprises top quality trance music that imparts a very positive vibe. Cheer yourself up and give it a listen 🙂


Variety Is The Spice Of Life!

Works from Sombre Soniks, James the Lesser, Cousin Silas, William Spivey and Zreen Toyz, Red Planet Orchestra, Gruener Starr, Mon0, Tuonela, Deep in Dub, Load and Clear, DBS Netlabel, Cyberage Radio and Radio Free Clear Light.

The last six months have seen a staggeringly excellent stream of music pass my way. Following are some of those that I have really enjoyed. Some of this stuff is new and some not so new and comprises, once again, several genres and genre-defying sounds 🙂 Some is free, but where it is not, the cost is very reasonable.

Spice1000-SM1Кфяфсицп is a dark ambient compilation released by Sombre Soniks. 3hrs of truly original sounds designed to evoke all aspects of ‘dark’ music – ambient, ritual etc. I think this is the best dark ambient compilation release of 2012.





Spice1000-SM2Road of Verdant Praise by James the Lesser is a dreamy excursion into the realms of idyllic ambient music. Well structured and beautiful, this is tranquil music. Keep up with this artist on Facebook





Spice1000-SM3During the last few years I have occassionally come across references to Cousin Silas. Recently, I started to take more notice of this artist and have been amazed by the variety and quality of his work. If you enjoy ambient, beatless music, guitar and piano then you will not be disappointed. He has contributed to two Complex Silence releases (9 and 28) and has a dedicated outlet in the form of the We Are All Ghosts label started by Thomas Mathie which also releases work from other distinguished musicians. You can get an idea of how well respected he is by the recent collaboration Silas & Friends where he works with 6 other artists. Check his music out, it is great!



Spice1000-SM4Spice1000-SM5Sound4Good continue to release albums from artists who dedicate 100% of the money made to good causes. Some are completely free, and the rest start at $1/pay what you want. Recent releases that really bowled me over include Slant by William Spivey and Zreen Toyz and Aurora Symphony by Red Planet Orchestra. Slant is a magnificent piece of genre-defying work and is one of the best albums I bought in 2012. Aurora Symphony comprises truly beautiful ambient music that really does evoke what an aurora event might look like on Mars! Seriously, I cannot stress how good these are.



Spice1000-SM6Spice1000-SM7My enjoyment of ‘dark’ music extends to other genres. I am a very big fan of so-called ‘dark techno’ and closely follow the mixes produced by Gruener Starr. I really like the dark (and it is dark) minimal beats that this guy finds and mixes together. You can follow him on his Soundcloud page. A very good and truly dark techno mix that was recently released is that by Mon0. Check out the mix here.




Spice1000-SM8Are you a fan of thick, heavy drone that is highly charged with an awesome atmospheric quality? Get over to Soundcloud and listen to the work of Tuonela and in particular fill your head with Ascension of the Sorcerers. There are several tunes from the Sorcerers’ set: Arrival of, Ascension of, Feast of, Festival of and Return of… Also, don’t miss Magician’s Hat Parts 1-3. I follow much of the work of this artist. His output is varied and the quality is high.




Spice1000-SM12If you are a fan of the laid back dubby, echoey sounds that comprise dub-techno then you will enjoy dipping into the catalogues maintained by Deep in Dub and Load and Clear. Both promote very good dub-techno artists and Deep in Dub’s physical releases include the excellent compilation album Dub Sunset.




Spice1000-SM13Further dub-techno goodness can be found in the podcasts (all music and no chat) released through DBS Netlabel. The podcasts comprise mixes from the likes of Buster, Slownoise, Roberto Figus, IFIHADAHIFI, Substak, Dubstard and others. They are all free to download from DBS Netlabel’s Official FM page. This is the first that was released.




Spice1000-SM9Industrial sounds still make me sit up and listen. A regular radio station that showcases some interesting industrial music is produced by Cyberage Radio. If you want to fill your head with this stuff check out the following Facebook grouphere and here. I was listening to this last weekend and enjoyed it very much.



Spice1000-SM10Here’s something that Radio Free Clear Light have released – The Labyrinth of Ohgel is a 14 track album comprising several chambers that span a range of styles. There are dark-tinted gems such as the opening track Ohgel, The Chamber of Stone uses the teleporter sound from the original Star Trek series (and uses it intelligently) as part of an ambient voyage, Fountain of Youth begins with a slightly haunting atmosphere that slowly builds into an almost pure digital distilation of what such a fountain might sound like. Overall, a very good album. I’m pleased it came my way (thanks folks!) 🙂



Spice1000-SM11Finally, there is an exciting group that has just been created on Facebook called Intelligent Ambient Music. The idea is not to bring together so-called ‘intelligent’ music, but to bring together musicians whose work falls outside the presently defined genres but who use ambient as a component in their art. Intelligent Ambient Music is a concept and is not really intended to be a defining genre. Use the group to discuss your work and to suggest or promote work that you feel falls within the concept of IAM. Read about it here.

There’s a lot more, but I will save them for a later post 🙂

Awesome albums, artists and labels

Wow – there has been a lot of really good ambient, dark ambient and techno sounds released recently. Read and listen…

Ambient and Dark Ambient

I recently discovered Philip Wilkerson’s The Way Home from Earth Mantra. This is wonderful idyllic ambient music. Some stuff reaches out to you and that is what you’ll experience with this. Emotional.





Cryo Chamber has released Out Of Time by Halgrath. This was a surprise as the emphasis is upon the music rather than Agratha’s classically trained voice, which, as ever, is awesome 🙂 Dark and mysterious, the album is best summed up by a brilliant video available on Vimeo





Bardoseneticcube and Thelxinoe worked on a split which has some excellent dark vibes reverberating through it. Very atmospheric. Released by DNA Production.





Earlyguard is another artist I recently discovered who produces long form ambient drone sprinkled with delicious sounds designed to please the ears. Momentum is essential listening for ambient lovers.





Playing catch-up again I found Alio Die’s Cube 7 – Sospensione D’Estate. Dreamy vibes available from various outlets. This is orchestral ambient with a strong contemplative element.





Úden’s Ruinas comprises skeletal dark ambient soundscapes. Released via Kalpamantra, the album is best appreciated through headphones as there are some very quiet moments.





Another Kalpamantra release features Alphaxone’s Invisible. Ambient drones and other vibes reach out and populate the space between your ears, filling your head with electronic goodness. My favourite track is Echoes.





Starting to move into the realms of more experimental ambient I was bowled over ny Another Neglected Hobby’s Lingo Tango. This is excellent ‘picture’ music – literally. The album was inspired by the works of Ed Paschke and it is easy to equate the music with the art. Top job!





Webbed Hands Records’ Rain Series continues with long form contributions from Eccentrum and Jack Hertz. This series contains some very good works, but both of these really stand out. Highly recommended.






The last couple of saturday mornings I have managed to catch Anyer Quantum’s Mixlr sets. Last week was an 8 hour epic and this morning’s broadcast was full of very cool sounds. I really like Anyer’s sets because he is not afraid to slow the pace down or move away from mainstream sounds. Quality! Catch up with him on Facebook and listen to his selections from Hoof and Horns and Soundcloud to get an idea of the sort of music he enjoys.





Still on Techno, Point has released another minimal techno album called Waveform on Digital Diamonds. Slightly different to Point, this is more exploratory in nature and will have your body rocking in no time at all 🙂






For those of you who like your ambient music and who have varied tastes, check out Stars Can Frighten. This is aimed at artists creating more experimental music and Kiril Platonkin kicks off with Irregularity (also, check out Kiril’s collaboration with Italy’s Jarguna on Endless Ascent). Out on a limb!





Sound For Good Records releases a lot of music under a pay-what-you-like basis, including free. Every single penny goes to a good cause. They have a very impressive range of styles including dark ambient, ambient, experimental, psychedelic and space music. The Space Music compilation alone contains over 14 hours of great sounds!

Dark Ambient Journeys

Emptywhale : Fearscapes

Fearscapes is one of those albums where you close your eyes and suddenly realise you are no longer sat in front of your speakers. Track 1, ‘Fields’ drops you in an empty, open and lonely expanse, the terrain has been blasted, nothing grows here. Five tracks of emotive, melancholic dark ambient that will transport you to different realms for 35mins. Available through HAZE via

Instant Pyrolysis : The Asylum

Valenten’s album is a triumph of intelligently crafted dark ambient music. Those lucky enough to get the limited edition will also enjoy a lot of bonus material along with the signed album. This moves well beyond the usual DA fare. It is directed along a narrow path, but the diversity of the sounds is astounding. One of the better dark ambient albums that has been released this year.

IOK-1 : That Which Remains Is Silence

I am a huge fan of IOK-1 and listening to That Which Remains Is Silence is, like listening to all his music, an immersive experience. David has the rare ability to create music that is skeletal in content, but which is so well made and produced that you quite literally feel you are hanging in space – there is nothing to impede these sparse sounds from impacting every sense you own. Download it from Etched Traumas

Subterrestrial : Lifeform

Subterrestrial recently re-released two albums for free. One was the dub-themed Agartha (another of my favourite genres), and the other was an ambient excursion into nature called Lifeform. Subterrestrial is an accomplished artist whose work varies enormously. When you listen to Lifeform you are struck by the melding of different genres and emotions that combine to create a very listenable and enjoyable piece of music. Light and dark, airy ambience and subtle menace, abstract sounds and electronic noise are all used to illustrate Lifeform.

Dirty Knobs : Ghost Geometry

I really enjoy ambient music, especially long-form drone, but what really makes me take notice is when that music is atmospheric/cinematic. This has it in spades. If you were watching someone conduct this it would be a very dramatic performance, not through the vigour of the conductor, but through the atmosphere that is generated.

Ghost Geometry by Dirty Knobs comprises 4 hours of atmospheric drone. The album is rich and vibrant : imagine walking into a cathedral on another plane of existence while the musicians are checking out the acoustics. Imagine long, sustained notes building up, layered on top of each other, flowing across the floor, slowly lapping up against the walls and flowing back straight at you. Imagine this blocking out everything, deadening all other sounds until you can hear nothing but Ghost Geometry. If you could see sound this would be like watching a viscous liquid slowly filling a space as the sound increased and changed.

As with most long form drone, changes are subtle and slow to occur. I think one of the reasons I enjoy listening to this so much is because Ghost Geometry is a single long form piece of music that has been ‘divided’ into 7 chapters. Listening to it without reference, one is unable to tell where the majority of the tracks begin and end because the change between them is subtle and unhurried. Nevertheless, each track has its own unique quality.

I know I use this expression a lot, but this is ‘journey music’. It fills the imagination – not with specific imagery but with a sense of place, a sense of environment. As you listen to it you gradually become aware that although the start of the album is filled with rich, deep resonating sounds, the mood gradually lightens as the album progresses. Near the end of the piece you experience ethereal spaces filled with liquid light that contrast with the darker, almost orchestral heavy areas near the start where behemoths lurk and prowl.

Overall, layers of sound gradually build up, raising the intensity of the album. The music takes on an inexorable quality. Parts of it seem to rush at you, building up the pressure, then receding, then rushing at you again, tides of sound enveloping you, picking you up and depositing you on strange shores.

So, who is Dirty Knobs? This is the music of Zac Bentz, an accomplished musician and a man of many talents. Zac was kind enough to answer a few questions about Ghost Geometry. Ghost Geometry follows on Field Recordings From The Edge Of Hell, an 8hr epic that uses the same method of transforming electronic sounds, stretching them to produce long form drone. I used the term orchestral above because when I listen to this, it certainly has that feeling, and I thought perhaps an organ had been used after the ‘stretching’ transformation. I asked Zac if this was the case and he said the sound you hear is entirely the result of the stretching effect.

I think that’s largely a result of the process. I use many different layers of sound throughout each song, then work on stretching them out to see what happens to them. Certain qualities of sound work better than others, so it’s a bit of trial and error to get something that sounds right (for lack of a better word). The feeling that it often sounds like an organ might come from those long, sustained notes and the sort of slow modulation that occurs. But in fact the original sounds are totally electronic and rather unlike organs.”

I think that’s amazing. So, is this process an easy thing to accomplish? Apparently not. From previous interviews it is obvious that there is quite a bit of trial and error involved at the start of the creation of the album, and that the process gradually becomes honed, producing this excellently atmospheric work.

When I litened to Ghost Geometry, I had not heard Field Recordings From The Edge Of Hell. I had to get it, and after listening to it, it is quite apparent that although both albums are similar, they are in fact also quite unique. The biggest difference is that FRFTEOH contains separate, distinguishable tracks. Also, and this was quite interesting, Zac said that the naming of the tracks on Ghost Geometry was designed to be deliberately vague – meaning that the names are sufficiently surreal that the listener can create their own world and populate it as they wish. This is the main difference between the two albums. When you listen to FRFTEOH, it is easy to see why the tracks are named as they are. The Locust Eaters contains a continual metallic rushing as of millions of tiny wings, The Minotaur’s Breath contains exhalations that are strange enough that it is easy to imagine a minotaur at rest. When you listen to Ghost Geometry, the imagination is not constrained by recognisable labels, but can roam free, counjuring anything it fancies to fit the music – the track names help promote this freedom of the imagination. Zac said:

After Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell, I wanted to simplify things a bit, make something that was more like one whole piece rather than separate scenes. I also wanted it to be a bit more vague and imposing, so the song titles are rather arbitrary, though I did put some thought into them. To me, these songs evoke images of huge shapes rolling through an ethereal space, so the idea that they were some sort of otherworldly architecture evolved from that. It’s more like feeling the geometry rather than seeing it, if that makes any sense…

From the release page:

Ghost Geometry is four unbroken hours of sub-harmonic oppression and walls of melodic haze. Using techniques both new and old, Ghost Geometry is a cloud of expansive architecture exploding into our physical world.

If you really wanted to go for it, listen to FRFTEOH followed by Ghost Geometry – 12hrs of amazing music – they fit together rather well.

Field Recordings From The Edge Of Hell

 Zac Bentz

Honourable Mention 2

Listen to some of these – ambient, minimal techno, dub-techno, dark ambient, downtempo, drone… Some very good albums here. If I had the time I’d write a lot more. Ctrl+click on the image to open the download/purchase page in a new tab.

Tillman Slayer – Chiquandella Street – Orignal experimental ambient music.





Giriu Dvasios – Visa – Very deep Dub-Techno





Dan Miñoza – Winter Kept Us Warm – Dark industrial ambient longform. Technological dounds…





The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities – Clean clear shimmering ambient





Point – Deepending – Quality groovy techno





Smooth Genestar – Rem Phase – Warm comfortable downtempo sounds.





Sandwell District – Feed Forward – Excellent smooth techno rhythms. These tunes are mature and well rounded.





SlowNoise – The Cold Ground – Superb heady dub-techno that’s heavy on the dub. Spacious!




Giriu Dvasios – Ziema – Dub Techno with deep bass textures. Subliminal!





Reptilian Fur – Compilation album featuring many types of ambient to suit all moods.





Kirill Platonkin – Pines At Sunset – quality dense drone ambient from Russia!





Wings Of An Angel – In My Darkest Dreams – Massive ambient/dark ambient album. Some very long form tracks totalling 4hrs!





Aythar’s Soundcloud profile – Lots of great electronic mesmerising ambience. Very good sounds! Check out Aythar and Aythar3 too.





Red Fog – Anthracite Winter Over The Lidocaine River – From Paralucid – another great ambient drone album with a sprinkling of dark ambient too…





i AM esper – Floating Black – More guitar work from New Brunswick soon to be released on Vomit Bucket Productions and Depressive Illusions Records





The Beyond are presently Rob Warner and Uwe D’Rose. Rob Warner started The Beyond in 1986 when the band originally comprised Rob Warner, Matt Russel and Nick Ralph. They released Episcense in 1987, and tracks from this still appear on YouTube. According to their Bio (see below), several CD’s were released and then the band stopped making music. A couple of years ago The Beyond was reinvigorated through the collaborative work between Rob Warner and Uwe D’rose when they released a new album called Exploring Imagined Spaces.

According to Rob Warner ‘every track includes a base frequency that effects the listener in a different way’. More on this later. It’s all about soothing, pleasant atmospheres. If you want to relax, listen to Exploring Imagined Spaces.

The album begins with 528hz Ascension. The gentle sound of waves sussurating from the speakers introduce this track. A synth voice gently flows over them while a light melody supports the ensemble. About half-way through a short classic ‘Berlin Style’ synth melody makes a brief appeareance, picking up the pace slightly before fading. Bright and airy. Following on from this is Memories Like Dust which begins with a melancholy piano. Light melodies gently wash across the background resulting in a sad, quite evocative tune that epitomises the ephemeral nature of memories and how flimsy they become over time.

The third track, Under Ancient Skies comprises a wonderful bit of guitar work that evokes a mystical Eastern paradise. Uwe D’Rose’s guitar work dominates this track with long drawn out echoing melodies with an unmistakable Eastern flavour. A male voice from long ago softly chants phrases from some forgotten language. The Alchemist, which follows on from this is great. Music like drops of ambient fall around you, bouncing around and gently settling . The essence of this track is ‘relax’. It truly flows with such a relaxing style that you’ll want to close your eyes and smile. It enourages laziness 🙂 Just lay back and put your feet up.

The Innerworlds is a beautiful uplifting ambient track that echoes with a bright scattering of minimal guitar, sparkling and lazy. The Big Freeze is a reserved piece of music – slow and contemplative, hinting at sadness while Flo, the final track, darts brightly here and there to a light tempo with not a care in the world.

Overall this is a true synthesis of keyboards and guitar. They work so well together that the whole is a masterpiece of sound. An amazing ambient album that uses Solfeggio frequencies as indicated by the title of the opening track.  These tones were supposedly used centuries ago in Gregorian and Sanskrit chants (though there is no concrete evidence for this – if anyone does have any references let me know and I’ll add them), and were believed to impart spiritual blessings during religious ceremonies. One thing is for certain, the overall effect is one of peace and relaxation. Get it. This album is guaranteed to work magic.

Buy the album from the dedicated online shop and you get an extra 25 minutes of music comprising The Innerworlds, The Big Freeze and Flo.

The Beyond are the other side of Harkonnen. You can read a short bio of The Beyond here where you will find further information and photos.