New Plastikman Album, Ex (Stream It Here Now)

Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) has a new album out, EX, recorded live at the Guggenheim, New York’s iconic art museum.

“EX is an Excursion into the past, Exploring the uncertainty of the future, EXpanding and EXtending the immersive atmospheres of my Plastikman project,” notes Hawtin.

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Mathon – Lieus Pers

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Swiss electronic trio, Mathon, has released a new album, Lieus Pers.

The trio, Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki and Pete Leuenberg, make ambient electronic music, inspired by architectural spaces.

Lieus Pers is inspired by a photo series by Stefan Flükiger. The Bern-based photographer captured abandoned industrial areas and subterranean canals, that have been gradually reclaimed by nature.

On Lieus Pers, Augustiny, Leuenberger and Stucki have created 12 soundscapes, inspired by dystopian landscapes. According to the group, “the album is a quest for traces, conciliating graphics and sound, past and present, nature and technology.”

Like Eno’s seminal Ambient 4, the soundscapes explore the darker, edgier and less calming possibilities of ambient music.

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Solvent – New Ways (Music From I Dream Of Wires)

solvent-new-ways-i-dream-of-wiresAt Moogfest 2014, we had the opportunity to see the US theatrical premiere of the modular synth documentary, I Dream Of Wires (IDOW).

Jason Amm, aka Solvent, was there and was selling copies of his soundtrack to the film, New Ways. We picked up a copy of the vinyl release, which is a gorgeous 2 x 12″ + 1 x 7″ package.

The album is Solvent’s sixth album, following releases on Suction Records, Ghostly International and Morr Music.

jason-ammAmm, right, partnered with director Robert Fantinatto to help write and produce I Dream Of Wires. The film looks into the origin, demise and renaissance of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with Trent Reznor, Vince Clarke, Chris Carter, Daniel Miller, Flood, John Foxx, Bernie Krause and dozens of other electronic musicians and manufactures. 

As you might expect, Amm’s soundtrack was heavily influenced by his other work on the documentary. According to Amm, he looked on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; he was determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular, but with a focus on completing a body of work. Continue reading

Juan Blanco – Nuestro Tiempo

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Innova has released a new album of music by Juan Blanco (1919-2008), a pioneer of electronic music in Cuba.

Blanco’s work is not well known, but he’s considered the first Cuban composer to explore electroacoustics, spatial music and multimedia works. Nuestro Tiempo offers a retrospective work.

The album features significant works from four decades in Blanco’s career. The works on Nuestro Tiempo are largely electronic, but also feature congas, timbales and saxophone. Continue reading

Bruno Ender Lee’s Hope Beyond Menace

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We got a nice surprise in the mail at Synthtopia this week – a vinyl LP of synth music by Swiss synthesist Bruno Ender Lee.

Long time readers of Synthtopia will be familiar with Lee’s live synth jam videos from our Sunday Synth Jam series. Lee’s music is explicitly in the space music category, with titles like Hyperspace, Mindsong and Moonsphere. Though Lee has clearly been inspired by classic Berlin school music, especially the work of Klaus Schulze, his albums, now in the dozens, define a unique vision for this genre.

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Berlin Heritage – Land Of The Rising Sun

Berlin Heritage Land Of The Rising SunLand Of The Rising Sun is a new CD of synth music from Berlin Heritage.

WIth a group called Berlin Heritage, you probably expect to hear some old-school analog synth sounds and Berlin School style sequencing – and Land Of The Rising Sun delivers.

The first track, Long Journey To Different Temples, for example, is an epic 34:50 sonic trip through intricate sequences, washes of synth strings, vocal synth pads, deep drones, Minimoog solo explorations – and more sequences.

The next track, Spectral Enso, is an extended drone piece. It mixes gentle sequences and phased synth pads to create blissful textures. Zen seems like it could be a lost 70’s synth music classic. It’s structured in an A B A form, starting with drones and Mellotron-style flute a la Tangerine Dream’s Sorceror, building to a more propulsive sequenced section with Minimoog soloing and then returning to the more reflective mood of the beginning.

The album ends with Flying Cranes in Slow Motion, the shortest track on the album at 8:27.  The track has a relaxed, hymn-like quality. Synth organ/string pads are used in slowly changing chord progressions, over a deep bass pedal point. These are accented by quiet, percussive synth notes that create an effect almost like distant birds.

Berlin Heritage’s Land Of The Rising Sun harkens back to the classic synth music of the 70’s, evoking at times artists like Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. But, rather than sounding imitative, Berlin Heritage uses vintage sounds to create a ‘second generation Berlin School’ sound, taking some of the best elements of classic Berlin School synth music and looking forward, instead of back.

Land Of The Rising Sun is available via Amazon or the Spheric Music label site. Audio demos are available at the Spheric site.

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“This Music Makes Me Want To Slap My Sister’s Fat Bum!” – Kids On Skrillex

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This video, via noisey, features a bunch of adorable kids offering their honest opinions on the Skrillex track, Bangarang.

Some of the comments are dead-on and others probably make more sense if you’re six years old.

Along the way, they also offer their insight into why people like to go to nightclubs, drinking drinks to stay awake, what ‘the drop’ is and Skrillex’s ‘horrifying’ hairstyle.

Let us know what you think of their review!

via Tom at Waveformless, Buzzfeed