Raymond Scott’s ‘Soothing Sounds For Baby’ Series Reissued On Vinyl

Raymond_Scott_Soothing_Sounds_For_BabyBasta Music has announced a vinyl reissue of Raymond Scott’s Soothing Sounds for Baby series of electronic music albums.

The unusual three-album set, originally released in 1964, targets three age groups:

  • Volume 1 is 1 to 6 months;
  • Volume 2 is 6 to 12 months; and
  • Volume 3 is 12 to 18.

While we’re not sure how many babies or parents were soothed by Scott’s Soothing Sounds for Babies, the albums are sought ought by electronic music fans as pioneering examples of pure electronic music.  Continue reading

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.

The album is available as a double vinyl LP and as digital downloads. Continue reading

Trevor Horn + ZTT Announce ‘Ultra-Deluxe’ ‘Inside The Pleasure Dome’

inside.the-pleasuredomeProducer Trevor Horn has announced Inside The Pleasure Dome – an “ultra-deluxe” box set celebrating the 30th anniversary of Welcome To The Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

The deluxe release is being produced as a Pledgemusic crowdfunded project.

“We want to take you Inside The Pleasuredome to explore Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Trevor Horn’s greatest work,” explains compiler Ian Peel. “So we’ve dreamed up the most ultra-deluxe box set possible. Can we make this dream a reality? Pledge via the website – and we can, and you can get this strictly limited edition visual, tactile and audio release in your hands.”

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Drum Break Sample Library, Internationals Breaks 101, Now Available On 12″ Vinyl

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The Drum Broker has released a new drum break sample library, Internationals Breaks 101, mastered for and pressed in vinyl.

Here’s what they have to say about the collection:

Ready to chop, loop, and layer, International Breaks 101 features 101 breaks from from the late 60’s to early 80’s. Our team assembled a comprehensive break beat kit with ultra rare gems from Russia, China, Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, UK, and Brazil.

If you are looking for more variety than your typical over sampled Soul Breaks, then this kit is is perfect for your production arsenal.

Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading

The Soundwagon VW Bus Record Player

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, one of the stranger things being displayed was the Soundwagon – a music toy described as ‘the world’s smallest portable vinyl record player’.

The Soundwagon a miniature VW bus that is also a self-contained record player. It’s battery powered and plays by driving around the grooves on LPs.

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Making A Vinyl Pressing – Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Scientist’

If you’re into synths, chances are that you’ve got a few passions – about gear of a certain era, about analog or about a certain synth – that border on the fetishistic.

Putting your latest electronic music release out as a limited edition on red vinyl, in this day and age, probably fits into that category. But that’s exactly what Alessandro Cortini is doing with his latest SONOIO release, Scientist.

Whether or not you’ve got the vinyl fetish, this behind the scenes look at the making of Cortini’s new release is pretty hot. Full of retro tech, steaming machines and gooey vinyl, the video follows the pressing process from cutting the masters to pressing the vinyl to Cortini signing the cover.

The Scientist 7″ is available for $8  in a signed edition of 350 via the SONOIO site.

Mathon – Terrestre (Vinyl + DVD)

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Mathon’s new release, Terrestre, is a unique album, both musically and in terms of the physical format.

Switzerland based Mathon is made up of Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki und Pete Leuenberger. They create cinematic ambient music.

The album comes as a vinyl LP + DVD combination. It’s worth noting that the LP is pretty sexy, as it’s pressed in clear vinyl. A DVD is also included, with digital versions of each of the tracks, remixes and videos for several tracks. It’s clear a lot of thought went into the presentation of this release.

The album features 6 tracks, 3 to a side on the LP. The music combines electronic sounds, acoustic instruments & environmental sounds.

Mathon says that “they took their mobile recording-studio into the mountains and they chose the earth as their main theme for the compositions. The coexistence of nature and civilization and also the contradictions between the two can be heard on Terrestre.”

The tracks mix fluttering ambient synth pads with: piano, violin and other instruments; subtle glitch effects and processing; and an assortment of unidentifiable creaks, scrapes and drones. At times, it’s a bit like George Winston had to do a gig in one of the slightly eerie landscapes of Brian Eno’s ambient classic, On Land. Other times, it has more of a meditative quality.

Though the music on Terrestre is described as ambient – it’s not necessarily music you’re likely to put on and ignore. This sonic landscape may make you wonder just what’s in the shadows, behind that tree or over the next hill. Continue reading