Steve Roach – Painting In The Dark (Bandcamp)

In this new atmospheric opus, pioneering composer and artist of the transcendent – Steve Roach explores the confluence of texture, tonality, sonic abstraction, continuity and space with a set of 6 interconnected paintings in motion. The spirituality of sound is central within these emotional landscapes with infinite horizons. In the way a visual artist mixes their colors and utilize the natural light-infused ambience of the studio to support the piece as it evolves, Roach initiated these mystical sonic states under the influence of the late hours at night. Within the shroud of natural darkness and a few low level lights in the studio supporting the creative flow, these paintings in the dark were born. Steve often finds parallels in his creative process to that of a painter or sculptor and aspired in this direction before discovering electronic music as his main form of artist expression. Painting in the Dark presents an aesthetic that is unique to Roach’s work – embracing the mystery and wonder of sound as a constant evolving companion to the ongoing bloom of consciousness.

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Salar Niknafs – Point of Departure (Spotify)

Salar Niknafs – Point of Departure (Spotify)

Point Of Departure from lar Niknafs is an ambient drone with deep mysterious atmosphere in a hypnotic way, while explores more the dark side of the genre yet delivers dramatic cinematic feelings.

Artist shared few words with us about this track:
"The premise of 'Lesser Lights' was to create a narration, emotionally raw and personal, hopefully the sounds come through as it was intended.

Sketches were mainly done in Melbourne tram 64, where I spent a couple of hours a day commuting. Much inspiration was found in the railway hum and clunk, as from the co-travellers in the window seat. The sound of the album although preserved for the most part, occasionally developed into sections perverse enough to be noticed.

A greater deal of inspiration was drawn from Abul Mogard, Rafael Anton Irisarri and Loscil, whose music I listened to every other day. The tracks where then recorded and mixed in an unforeseen lockdown in mid 2020."

Few words about the artist:
Salar Niknafs (PhD) is an Iranian composer, musician and visual artist based in Melbourne Australia. Salar has a fascination for ambient, drone and post-minimalism music and in his art he primarily engages with experimental aesthetic forms. His recordings mainly utilise guitars (bowed or plucked), synthesisers, strings and hand drums.
https://salarniknafs.com/

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Willebrant – A Knight on a Boat (Spotify)

Willebrant – A Knight on a Boat
(Spotify)

Willebrant – A Knight on a Boat (Spotify)

"A Knight on a Boat" is a concept exploring the idea of a psychological journey to an uncertain destination and the persona that emerges at the other side of the whole experience.

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I Am Waiting for You Last Summer – ​​Foundation (Spotify)

I Am Waiting for You Last Summer – ​​Foundation
(Spotify)

I Am Waiting for You Last Summer – ​​Foundation (Spotify)

This track is a a part of EP "Turn off the lights for the next 20 minutes"

Turn off the lights for the next 20 minutes is a kind of mechanism with a manual attached to it. Its main function is to start the listener's journey through the gates of their consciousness in search of figural, figurative and abstract artifacts. It can be fragmentary memories, moments of insight, random visual images, short bursts of sensations and feelings caused by long-forgotten events emerging from the depths of memory, places, smells, and social contacts. A short briefing tells three things: to achieve the maximum effect, the album should be listened to alone, with the lights off, with a couple of minutes in silence on top of it (this is important).

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Anhedral Interview on Nagamag.com

Anhedral
Interview

Anhedral Interview on Nagamag.com

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Anhedral:
Ambient, Soundscape, Cinematic, Instrumental, Drone


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Anhedral:
Change, is constant. Driven by influences as diverse from his past bands' works, to melodic classic instrumentals, Anhedral (Singapore) combines sounds from people's daily, recognizable elements with a tint of unprecedented melodies. Listeners will be confronted with repetitive reconsiderations of their final conclusion about his learned pieces.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Anhedral:
It was the day where my dad gave me an electric guitar on my 17th birthday, just watching him play in front of me and guiding me the basic chords to start off everything, till now.


Nagamag:
Why are there no recorded vocal tracks in your works?

Anhedral:
I believe plain sounds, can really bring out different interpretations of a single track.


Nagamag:
Friends or How I Met Your Mother?

Anhedral:
I'm a crazy HIMYM fan!


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Anhedral:
Elephant Gym "Finger"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Anhedral:
Rest You Sleeping Giant Three Sparrows

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Sundrugs – Tribute To Sailors Of The Kursk (Spotify)

Sundrugs – Tribute To Sailors Of The Kursk
(Spotify)

Sundrugs – Tribute To Sailors Of The Kursk (Spotify)

The new ambient drone album of Sundrugs it starts with a heavenly atmospheric scenery and moves on to a tribute about Kursk capturing perfectly the tension and the drama beneath. Continues exploring deep inside the sea abyss, with a tragic story telling, where only cold, dark and fear grows up. Liberating all feelings in a crescendo end, where anything in past is in doubt and questions for the future on the rise with no excuse for today.

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Akkor – An (Spotify)

Akkor – An
(Spotify)

Akkor – An (Spotify)

Besides the synthesizer recordings and found noises, “An” is a piano piece that is digitally manipulated and deformed. Produced and performed by Üstün Lütfi Yildirim, mixed by Yildirim with contributions of Kemal Cankaya, mastered by Cem Oral. With his new single “An”, Akkor presents his contemporary musical language and it’s tendencies, also teases the upcoming album “Durma” (March, 2020).

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Steve Hadfield – Middle Distance (Spotify)

Steve Hadfield – Middle Distance
(Spotify)

Steve Hadfield – Middle Distance (Spotify)

Choral ambience to close out the Displacement Activity EP. Described in the review by At The Barrier: "Concluding the EP is the epic Middle Distance, which returns us to an ecclesiastic setting, taking the organic beauty in a choral harmony and crushing it with feedback well before our love can be soured. A ghost of the choral resonance remains to see out the piece and the record."

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Project Divinity Interview on Nagamag.com

Project Divinity
Interview

Project Divinity Interview on Nagamag.com

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Project Divinity:
Chillout, Ambient, Drone

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Project Divinity:
I have been producing music in my home studio since 2006 focusing on cinematic and ambient styles. I have a few different artist monikers that each focus on specific style and genre of which Project Divinity is the most ambient and laid back one. Others include Celestial Aeon Project (cinematic / soundtrack), Frozen Silence (piano) and Celestial Alignment (lofi beats) to name a few. I don't have a strong classical background nor have I studied composition nor arrangement, so you can say I'm mostly self learned and approach music from improvisation and "using my ear" kind of angle. Usually I just push record and start playing.

Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Project Divinity:
I have always loved music and played piano and guitar since a small child, but I think the moment that really got me interested in production was back in the day when I first played a computer role playing game Baldur's Gate which had a gorgeous cinematic soundtrack by Michael Hoenig. It just got me thinking that if even games can have this kind of music I want to be a part of the realm in which these soundtracks are being created.

Nagamag:
What do you think of the streaming services and way the internet has changed the music business?

Project Divinity:
I think in many ways they have opened up new possibilities especially for indie producers like myself. Before this era there were no means for an unknown musician to get the music heard anywhere. Only way was through traditional labels and "gatekeepers". Process was heavy and hard to get started. But these days the freedom comes from the fact that after you have created your tune, after a few mouse clicks you will get it on the streaming services and potentially heard all over the world. There are no more gatekeepers to keep you from reaching that point. It's more about the music and the listener and how to create that connection instead of how the get the music heard in the first place. I personally find this new world a fascination realm full of possibilities. But I do understand that for many who were "happy in the old world" it's not that simple.

Nagamag:
What does music mean to you?

Project Divinity:
It is a complex thing. When I create music, I sometimes think practically like "what would people want to hear" and then approach that question from my side, finding a balance between what is my sound, but still something I think some other listener might enjoy as well. But then there also comes these moments of pure creation when I just get the urge to create exactly what I want no matter if anyone else enjoys it or not. So it's a scale between totally personal and "I do it for the others" kind of state of mind. But music itself is one of the most interesting forms of art and something bigger than life itself.

Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Project Divinity:
Pat Metheny "Tell Her You Saw Me"

Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Project Divinity:
Biosphere "Poa Alpina"

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Simon McCorry – The Nothing That Is (Spotify)

Simon McCorry – The Nothing That Is
(Spotify)

Simon McCorry – The Nothing That Is (Spotify)

A subtly airy and stripped back performance that builds upon the use of live looping & computer processing: processes & technologies that transform the cello to sound ever more ambiguous

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