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Jaap Mol – Drifting (Spotify)

“Lightly touching the unknown, fingers glide over the piano keys. Felt mild anxiety mixed with curiosity. Angelic voices come in time, soothing the soul disturbing. And you step on the water surface and begin to drift. Drifting is a Mesmerizing new single by Jaap Mol under Woody Forest Records.”

“Слегка притрагиваясь к неизвестному, пальцы скользят по клавишам пианино. Чувствуется легкая тревога вперемешку с любопытством. И ангельские голоса приходят вовремя, успокаивая тревожную душу. И вы ложитесь на водную гладь и начинаете дрейфовать.”

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Autumn just entered here in Amsterdam. We have to stay inside. It's raining. The streets are wet and empty. Here's a track to curl up on the couch and drift away into an endless and peaceful state of mind.

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Epokhé – Everything at Once (Spotify)

“-Everything at Once- is an ambient chill electronica theme with anything at all. Epokhé brilliantly layers an emotive story which manages to dive you into an ocean of feelings.”

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Artist shared with us few words about this song:

"I started writing this song in my analog synth studio after reading the Ancient Greek philosopher Parmenides who believed that time and change were an illusion and everything exists all together at once. I wanted to express what it might feel like to experience the whole universe and all of time as one single thing happening in the same moment."

About the Artist

Epokhé is a composer and electronic music producer born in Canada and based in New York City. He spent his college years studying philosophy, music technology and sound recording.

The influence of both his acoustic and electronic background is evident in the complex sonic textures he creates and the innovative music production and recording techniques he uses to create them. His compositions are often emotionally impactful and can range from subtle and relaxing to tense and grandiose.

In 2017, he launched his solo electronic project and began DJ’ing in the Montréal club scene. In 2019 he began his mark in the film industry by working with academy award winning composer Howard Shore, where he has served as a musical sound designer and programmer to create unique electronic and acoustic elements to accompany Shore’s music.

In addition to his music, Epokhé has been building interactive immersive sound instillations which allow users to interact with music in ways never before seen.

Elskavon & John Hayes – “Refrost” (Video)

“The morning sun just waking up the world, the mist on the grass scatters dew. Peacefully the forest dwellers starts to wake up. Harmony envelops the whole world and hear that music. Refrost from Elskavon & John Hayes is that soundtrack experience. ”

“Когда утреннее солнце только просыпается, туман по траве раскидывает росу. И безмятежно просыпается лес. И просыпаются лесные жители. И гармония окутывает весь мир. Так мы слышим эту музыку.”

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“The pair’s intent was to frame the sonic strata of their home state of Minnesota’s overlong winter months. They’ve succeeded.” – Aquarium Drunkard

Elskavon aka Chris Bartels and pianist John Hayes found their way to one another through a common interest in ambient-classical composition, and paying tribute to their mutually beloved home state Minnesota, particularly as it is during its overlong winter months.

Using cassette tape, and both in and out-of-the-box effects processing, to wring every last drop of sincerity out of a small array of acoustic timbres, Hayes and Bartels manage to lure electronic composition away from its oft-accused sterility into a deeply human, empathic realm. Their debut collaborative album Du Nord is out next Friday November 20th via Western Vinyl.

“Refrost” encapsulates the entire project with a wide-framing ambient opening, leading to clicking percussion and complimentary rhythms the rest of the way.

Few words about Elskavon & John Hayes

Elskavon aka Chris Bartels and pianist John Hayes found their way to one another through a common interest in ambient-classical composition, and shared influences spanning Chopin to Eno, both in genre and chronology. On their debut collaborative LP Du Nord,the pair work in a modern framework draped in classical textures, adding up to a moving and tranquil outcome that sonically describes their mutually beloved home state Minnesota, particularly as it is during its overlong winter months. The album is set for release November 20th via Western Vinyl and can be pre-ordered here.

Du Nord makes a gregarious introduction with “Vermilion” wherein a deep four-on-the-floor kick drum anchors a plucked violin leading to one of the album’s most extroverted and percussive cuts that gets into head-spaces occupied by both Four Tet and Balmorhea. The track is streaming via YouTube and all digital services.

Using cassette tape, and both in and out-of-the-box effects processing, to wring every last drop of sincerity out of a small array of acoustic timbres, Hayes and Bartels manage to lure electronic composition away from its oft-accused sterility into a deeply human, empathic realm.

Following “Vermilion”, the heavy percussion recedes into the blizzard, and the focus shifts to subtler, more microscopic emotional detail. On album centerpiece “Closer,” like so much of Du Nord, closeup pianos carry the whispers of their felt and wood viscera, while reverberant strings and synths echo from the pews in solidarity. Echoing the state’s distinctive seasonal changes, title track “Du Nord” is a brisk, gale-force drone that contrasts the relative gentleness of its aforementioned companion piece. The epilogue “Lobby” spotlights a lonely, cornered piano, captured from across the room on a cassette tape that reveals its age in hisses, warps, and flutters. It’s the product of two minds working with such synergy that their sonic thumbprints blend together entirely, becoming one.

John Hayes & Elskavon prove that even though “magic” may be an overused descriptor, there is a healthy amount of it to be found in the distinctive seasons of the Midwest, particularly its winters. In the colder months there, Earth pretends to be a different planet: Woods become more walkable, their underbrush suppressed by snowfall; days get shorter as once-busy locales dress themselves in motionless sheets of ice; a sun that shone gold in the spring and summer now beams a faint purple light from behind cloud cover that only shows mercy at dawn and dusk. Yet, winter has a counterintuitive consequence.

Though the season is bereft of warmth, the absence of heat compels us to seek it out, and makes us hyper-conscious of its necessity and sensation. It spurs a deeper appreciation of spring and summer, the other side where the grass is literally greener. It is in this way that Hayes and Elskavon are able to divine such deep affect and intimacy from the starker phases of their environment. While the Great Indoors is something we’ve all come to know regardless of our respective climes, these Minnesotans have always been in touch with the lonesomeness of such disconnection; theirs brought on by lingering, secluding winters.

The pair met out of the unique brand of kismet that can only be found in local music scenes, and their shared geography is integral to the aim of Du Nord, both practically and thematically. The two lifelong residents of the Twin Cities were introduced through a mutual friend in their city’s burgeoning ambient scene, and the exchange of ideas developed naturally from there. In Bartels’ own words “We first got together to write a song at John’s former apartment, in around the fall of 2018, something like that. Pursuit of a collaborative single turned into a 4-song EP, which eventually turned into this full-length. We’ve just let things naturally develop. For some songs, John improvised on the piano, sent them to me, and I did some chopping and processing, and added some of the more textural layers. But the majority of the album was written together, in the same room at the same time… these were the most creatively exciting times for us.”

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Dean Evenson – Full of Now (Video)

“Dean Evenson music is both rolled on the shore of the ocean waves. Bringing the notes of ethnic aftertaste. This is the perfect music that would relax after a hard day or in the meditation time.”

“Его музыка как накатывают на берег волны океана. Приносящие с собой ноты этнического послевкусия. Это идеальная музыка что бы расслабиться после тяжелого дня или во время медитации.”

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This is the fourth song on one of Dean Evenson’s most ambient albums “Seeking Stillness”.

Matthew Avery Interview on Nagamag

Ambient


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

Matthew Avery:
Classical, minimalism, ambient, melancholy.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Matthew Avery:
I used to play guitar in several punk/hardcore bands from age 15-23 and then slowly began composing on piano over the next years. I find the sounds of the piano soothing and more conducive towards composing songs that inspire strong emotions. Guitar is still an amazing instrument that I enjoy playing, but the piano has taken over as my instrument of choice over the past few years.


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

Matthew Avery:
My first real love of music came when I heard AFI's album "Sing the Sorrow". The guitar tones, song structures, lyrics, melodies and production quality were all so perfect in capturing a sort of romantic feeling of sadness. I would say my biggest inspiration for composing instrumental music came later from listening to movie soundtracks done by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis as well as Clint Mansell. They were able to inspire so much emotion with minimalistic piano-based songs.


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?

Matthew Avery:
Caravels "Hanging Off"


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

Matthew Avery:
Nil Ciuró "Inner"

Discover & Listen to Matthew Avery

Matthew Avery on Spotify

Matthew Avery's Signature Track

Matthew Avery on Social Media

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Matthew Avery's Website

Matthew Avery's youtube channel

Lux Aeterna by Frederik Magle – Maleen (soprano) & Edgar Asmaryan (duduk) (Video)

“With visuals that syncs perfect with the atmosphere of this cinematic neoclassical song by FREDERIK MAGIE, LUX AETERNA delivered as a hymn for the beauty of nature and the life that lights gives to Earth. Dreamy vocals and abundant harmonies of keys and pas mixed with clarity, engage a deep relaxing atmosphere. ”

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Featuring Maleen (soprano) and Edgar Asmaryan (duduk), Lux Aeterna combines Maleen’s angelic voice with Asmaryan’s beautiful duduk, and the composer Frederik Magle himself on electric piano, synthesizers, and pipe organ, creating a classical but at the same time modern, otherworldly sound depicting the eternal light.

The text consists of three words: Speratum (hope) and Lux Aeterna (Eternal light)

Originally released on the album Anastasis-Messe, this is a brand new version of the piece, recorded and produced in September 2019 (The album track has been replaced with the new version on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc.)
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Paul K – Ephemera (Official) (Video)

“Don’t be afraid, step in the sound world of -Ephemera- by -Paul K- and let your self float for the next 4 and half minutes. A minimal ambient cinematic story which progress slowly and dive deeper into sadness through carefully emotional key notes and brilliant sound design with a video which makes the story even stronger! A memorable track which haunts you after complete the full listen and you feel the need to revisit again and again.”

-Nagamag.com

This track alludes to the short-lived nature of all things. Even now in the depth of the pandemic the reality is the world will still move on and this moment will be recorded in history as just a brief moment in time
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I Awake Interview on Nagamag

Ambient


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

I Awake:
Ambient, Breakbeats, Deep


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

I Awake:
Since birth an audio nerd.
”I Awake is one of the principal producers of the Swedish ambient posse Ghostfriend that, apart from the solo projects, also produces music for television, motion pictures and commercials.”
”I Awake ́s music compositions are known for their rich textures and lush soundscapes”.


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

I Awake:
My parents dancing and being happy to soul music as a child. I had a natural urge to explore what I could do myself with instruments and recording equipment.


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?

I Awake:
Mop Mop "Spaceship: Earth"


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

I Awake:
The Future Sound of London "My Kingdom"

Discover & Listen to I Awake

I Awake on Spotify

I Awake's Signature Track

I Awake on Social Media

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I Awake's Website

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Sync Zephyr – Away (Video)

“Away by Sync Zephyr is a deep ambient emotional theme with lush pad & strings, gently piano keys and a cinematic approach which captures through the sound harmonies the memories of freedom feeling, as where you are on a wonderful place, simple alone, you and nature.”

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Inspired by the range of emotions experienced when exploring a place that instantly commits itself to one’s memory for the rest of their life.

Sync Zephyr’s favourite habits include going for walks and searching for strange, obscure corners of the internet. These are the things by which most of his music is inspired.

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Leonardo the Space Pianist Interview on Nagamag

Ambient


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
My music style’s roots are a crossover of different experiences, the seed is in my background as classical pianist and metal keyboardist. I describe my music as Contemporary Space Music, where there are influences of cinematic, experimental, neo-classical, progressive metal and wave genres.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I was born in Venice, Italy, and discovered the piano at the age of 6 and astronomy at 9. At the age of 12, by reading Isaac Asimov, playing Beethoven and Bach, listening to Queen, Steve Vai and Robert Miles, I decided I would travel the Space and play my music outside planet Earth. So I became a professional pianist AND an aerospace engineer.
As a pianist I graduated at the Music Conservatory in Italy, studying composition and developing my passion for synths and electronic music. I was mentored by Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater's keyboardist. In the meanwhile I graduated with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Padova, researching on hypervelocity impacts and space safety. During those years I did a concert at the ESRANGE Space Center in cold Sweden while taking part in his first space mission with the SCRAT Project, a very important milestones of my Journey.
In 2006 I created the Music House to develop my View - the project 'Nullo Die Sine Nota’. The Latin sentence means 'Not A Day Without a Note'. I recorded four studio albums and two EPs, with always new music in the flow. I played in several countries like Italy, Germany, UK, Netherlands, and Turkey. I teamed up with many artists during the years, like Yossi Sassi, Aliki Chrysochou and Anna Utopia Giordano. In the last nine years, I have worked with several dancers too; the latest chapter of this experience is 'BlackShip', an innovative show for contemporary music, contemporary fusion dance and visual art.
In 2016 I moved to Malta. I wanted to deeper discover myself, islands are the perfect metaphor of our planet, and an excellent place for freediving…and it is actually working!
Currently I am developing further my space music and researching and lecturing at University in aerospace.
Nearly forgetting, I am also passionate about martial arts and photography.


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
The very first memory I have is of myself at 3 years old with a yellow toy-piano. I liked to improvise (clearly!) with it and sometimes to disassemble (maybe an early sign of engineering). Besides this I realized that I wanted to become a pianist when I was 6 years old, I remember there was another kid playing an old upright piano at school, seeing the other school mates around happy and smiling. When he finished I have vivid in my mind that I played my first real piano key, thinking: Wow! I want to play it and share music with people!
So a few months later, I started my musical journey.


Nagamag:
How did the Covid19 pandemic influence your artistic activity?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am seeing it as an opportunity of growth, despite the difficult moment that everyone is facing. I increased considerably my online activity, publishing every week vlog episodes on my YouTube channel, starting to stream regularly my music performances on Twitch and releasing with a higher frequency new music on the main music distribution platforms, like Spotify. The effects of the pandemic will take quite a lot in my opinion to be completely managed and society and music industry will be quite different in the near future. 2 new EPs and 4 singles are in the workflow for the upcoming months.


Nagamag:
Who is the Space Pianist?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am a Dreamer that step by step is designing his way to perform the first piano concert on Mars.


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?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
IGORRR "Downgrade Desert"


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
Infected Mushroom "Heavyweight"

Discover & Listen to Leonardo the Space Pianist

Leonardo the Space Pianist on Spotify

Leonardo the Space Pianist's Signature Track

Leonardo the Space Pianist on Social Media

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Leonardo the Space Pianist's Website

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