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ACL 2016: Top Ten Drone

While ambient music can be surprisingly loud, drone can be surprisingly soft; the genres dance around each other like yin and yang, never separating yet never quite reconciling.  In each genre, the sharpest contrast makes the biggest impact. Drone can

Continuum

ACL 2016: Top Ten Drone

While ambient music can be surprisingly loud, drone can be surprisingly soft; the genres dance around each other like yin and yang, never separating yet never quite reconciling.  In each genre, the sharpest contrast makes the biggest impact. Drone can

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ACL 2016: Top Ten Ambient

There will always be hard days.  We will always need to be soothed.  But there is also great beauty in the world, which is where this genre makes a (quiet) impact.  The irony: some of this year’s ambient albums get loud.   Perhaps

eluvium

ACL 2016: Top Ten Ambient

There will always be hard days.  We will always need to be soothed.  But there is also great beauty in the world, which is where this genre makes a (quiet) impact.  The irony: some of this year’s ambient albums get loud.   Perhaps

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Album Covers

A great album cover makes us want to hear the music; a poor album cover pushes us away.  A great album cover we share with friends; a poor album cover we keep to ourselves.  We’ve reviewed music because of covers.

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Album Covers

A great album cover makes us want to hear the music; a poor album cover pushes us away.  A great album cover we share with friends; a poor album cover we keep to ourselves.  We’ve reviewed music because of covers.

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

While videogame soundtracks have followed a different path to that of film scores, ever since high quality, non-synth or electronic audio started to become accessible to studios there’s been a stark focus on the cinematic side of sound: bombastic orchestral

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

While videogame soundtracks have followed a different path to that of film scores, ever since high quality, non-synth or electronic audio started to become accessible to studios there’s been a stark focus on the cinematic side of sound: bombastic orchestral

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Film Scores

With this feature, our film score picks graduate from a pre-awards article to a year-end list.  2016 has been an exemplary year for film scores, as many of our favorite artists have tried their hand at the cinematic genre and passed

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Film Scores

With this feature, our film score picks graduate from a pre-awards article to a year-end list.  2016 has been an exemplary year for film scores, as many of our favorite artists have tried their hand at the cinematic genre and passed

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music can be cold and imposing, or warm and inviting; it can feel like a harsh breeze or a comforting blanket.  Our Winter Music feature highlights sounds that are inspired by winter and reflect the elements of the season.  Many

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music can be cold and imposing, or warm and inviting; it can feel like a harsh breeze or a comforting blanket.  Our Winter Music feature highlights sounds that are inspired by winter and reflect the elements of the season.  Many

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ACL 2016: The Happiest Music of the Year

After a year such as this, we could all use some happy music.  But we don’t want silly music; we just want our moods to be lifted so that we can begin to see the good in the world again.  These ten

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ACL 2016: The Happiest Music of the Year

After a year such as this, we could all use some happy music.  But we don’t want silly music; we just want our moods to be lifted so that we can begin to see the good in the world again.  These ten