Posts Tagged: Sonic Pieces

Svarte Greiner ~ Devolving Trust

Erik K. Skodvin returns to his Svarte Greiner persona for Devolving Trust, a bleak yet meditative electro-acoustic improvisation for cello and electronics recorded in the crypt-like basement of an old Berlin brewery. While a seasoned improviser, Skodvin has eschewed releasing live

Svarte Greiner ~ Devolving Trust

Erik K. Skodvin returns to his Svarte Greiner persona for Devolving Trust, a bleak yet meditative electro-acoustic improvisation for cello and electronics recorded in the crypt-like basement of an old Berlin brewery. While a seasoned improviser, Skodvin has eschewed releasing live

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

This year, we reviewed more modern composition albums than those in any other genre ~ not because more were submitted, but because their overall quality was so high.  We read this trend early in our Spring Music Preview, and it

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

This year, we reviewed more modern composition albums than those in any other genre ~ not because more were submitted, but because their overall quality was so high.  We read this trend early in our Spring Music Preview, and it

ACL 2021 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Over the past decade, we’ve experienced a shift in the tone of winter music.  In more innocent days, winter music was the sound of snow, children skating and sledding, gorgeous piano miniatures that mimicked the patterns of flakes.  This type

ACL 2021 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Over the past decade, we’ve experienced a shift in the tone of winter music.  In more innocent days, winter music was the sound of snow, children skating and sledding, gorgeous piano miniatures that mimicked the patterns of flakes.  This type

Otto A Totland ~ Companion

In a time when physical packaging seems to have disappeared from the market, it’s encouraging to encounter the consistency of Berlin’s Sonic Pieces.  Companion is the latest entry in their cloth series ~ we’ll call this the Wheat One.  The album

Otto A Totland ~ Companion

In a time when physical packaging seems to have disappeared from the market, it’s encouraging to encounter the consistency of Berlin’s Sonic Pieces.  Companion is the latest entry in their cloth series ~ we’ll call this the Wheat One.  The album

Hauschka with Rob Petit and Robert Macfarlane ~ Upstream

Late last year, a gorgeous half-hour film appeared online, streamed by Emergence.  Upstream is now back on the film festival circuit, and comes highly recommended, especially for those who enjoyed Esther Kokmeijer’s Stillness.  The films share a slow-moving depth, an environmental tug and

Hauschka with Rob Petit and Robert Macfarlane ~ Upstream

Late last year, a gorgeous half-hour film appeared online, streamed by Emergence.  Upstream is now back on the film festival circuit, and comes highly recommended, especially for those who enjoyed Esther Kokmeijer’s Stillness.  The films share a slow-moving depth, an environmental tug and

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

Midori Hirano ~ Invisible Island

Invisible Island is a place of comfort without trivialization: a collection of simple songs that invite blissful quietude without any of the hollowness us cynics often see in anything optimistic. Berlin-based, Tokyo-born Midori Hirano instead tells us— through the transcendental language

Midori Hirano ~ Invisible Island

Invisible Island is a place of comfort without trivialization: a collection of simple songs that invite blissful quietude without any of the hollowness us cynics often see in anything optimistic. Berlin-based, Tokyo-born Midori Hirano instead tells us— through the transcendental language

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s