Posts Tagged ‘experimental’

It would be a major understatement to claim that Tomorrow’s Harvest was a highly anticipated release. It seems that ever since the group’s last record in 2005, The Campfire Headphase, the internet would light up with annual gossip of their return, the frenzy spreading fast and wide only to dead-end in another discredited rumor. So […]


In 2009 Ian Hawgood released an album titled Wolfskin on Jonathan Lees‘ beautiful hibernate label. The album contained “a series of sketches inspired by childhood dreams and nightmares.” The inaugural label release billed the work as “a cathartic and cleansing collection of soundscapes, created by guitar and piano…” And it seems that Hawgood wasn’t finished with […]


As you could tell from the title of this mix, today’s podcast is experimental in nature. The selection of the acts comes courtesy of Robert Skrzyński, experimental sound and video artist from Poland, and spans some of the most essential Polish recordings between 1960 and 2012. This showcase features music by Polish Radio Experimental Studio recovered from archives by […]


I initially intended to drop a few words in regards to Raime‘s latest Hennail 12″, but as I began listening to the two tracks for my sixth time I realized that a tour of all three singles is in order, starting with the very first catalog release on the label, the self titled Raime EP. Coming out of nowhere in […]


Somewhere around the eleven-minute mark of the sixth track on Ivory I realize that I must absolutely tell you about this album. Appropriately titled ‘Sombre‘, the strings loop in the ether of distant pads, chirping birds, and ambient drones. Creating an atmosphere of multi-layered textures, the music swirls like the vapor of glum memories and […]


I have to admit that sometimes it’s hard to write about music. Not only is it difficult to put the right words that have concrete meaning to something that exists in an abstract and tangible way, but I often run out of adjectives to describe particular sounds, attempting not to stay repetitive in my observations. […]


By now Demdike Stare is more than just an occult new project from Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. In the last couple of years, since the initial release of Symbiosis (2009) followed by Voices Of Dust (2010), Liberation Through Hearing (2010) and Forest Of Evil (2010), the duo has swept the music scene off of its seemingly stable base with a […]


Outmind descends upon your waking ears with a suffocating density of Los Angeles morning smog. Matthew David McQueen produces captivating lo-fi leftfield beats that fall somewhere between the mysterious ambiance of Boards of Canada, the exotic selection of Demdike Stare and the esoteric rhythms of Flying Lotus. Somewhat psychedelic, a little hungover, and a tad blunted, the […]


I discovered Herd‘s sound only last year, when he released another installment in his Tangents series on Future Sound of London‘s own label, fsoldigital. I’ll be honest, being a huge fan of everything FSOL since the early 90s, I was immediately blown away! I still play Lifeforms every time I need to enter a world of experimental downtempo and leftfield […]


Japanese ambient, electronic and experimental musicians have a cunning skill at bringing inanimate objects to life. Perhaps it is the traditional roots of Shinto and Buddhism that reveal a presence and being in each and every thing. The fact that on a subatomic level, every living thing shares the same particles with non organic form. […]


Today’s Headphone Commute podcast comes from Floyd Kelley III, a selector of eclectic sounds and a curator of sonic journeys, including the last two mini-compilations on Dynamophone (003 and 004). This mix is almost exclusively composed of tracks from Taylor Deupree‘s 12k label and Richard Chartier‘s LINE imprint, both at the forefront of experimental, minimal and microsound evolution. Here are some words […]


Although appearing on our radar in 2012, The Caretaker‘s latest opus was actually recorded prior to his 2011 lauded release, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, which was featured in Headphone Commute’s Best of 2011 : Music For The Film Behind Closed Eyelids. Released on his very own History Always Favours The Winners, Patience (After Sebald) is actually […]


When I first glanced at a cover of Wurdskrieme I had an involuntary reaction… You see, I don’t really like lyrics and prefer instrumental music, painting the pictures without the words. That being said, I was relieved to see that it was not in English, and that perhaps the sound of a foreign language will add to […]


Along with our Experimedia Label Special, we have a very special mix for you from the label! Featuring new and upcoming releases from many of our favorite and a few new labels, this 80-minute journey across ambient and experimental music is a perfect mid-week surprise! Something that’s definitely needed on this end… Hope you feel […]


It’s true… I wait until the sun goes down to listen to the second release from Black Swan. I listen to the music the way others watch the movies. Lounging comfortably in my chair, positioned perfectly between my studio monitors, their cones facing towards me, slightly tilted, completing an imaginary triangle. A glass of wine in […]


Starting off from the very first track – the album name, the cover art, and Lisa Isaksson‘s lovely voice – everything suggests that I’m about to enter an epic story, a little medieval, a bit contemporary, and always unique. Defying all categorization, the eight tracks on Meadow Rituals, remind me of old-fashioned stories, lost antique […]


A long time contributor, a sonic curator, and musical journey vanguard, Cole Pierce, returns to Headphone Commute’s podcast series with his latest auditory map – LAKE ODESSA. This latest installment is more than a mix – it is an extension to Pierce’s sound installation for the Born Digital Exhibition at CAM Raleigh, which is opening today (January, […]


Today we are honored to share with you a special mix from Richard Chartier. With numerous releases on his very own LINE, as well as 12k, Raster-Noton, Room40,  Spekk, Die Stadt and many other experimental labels, Chartier is a highly regarded sound artist, manipulator and sculptor of ambient, minimal, and reductionist electronic music. I could continue […]


Does the sad, minimal, and drony music compliments the rain, or does the wet, dark, and windy morning makes that music so much better? These are some of the thoughts on my mind during my rainy commute, as the scratching little noises of Donato Wharton‘s guitar, floating synth ambiance, and seemingly random lo-fi acoustic frequencies […]


Tim Martin has been very prolific this year. Wasn’t it only a this past spring, when he released a limited edition c30 cassette as Maps And Diagrams, titled Red Moon Rising on Chemical Tapes? And wasn’t there another ambient album in June released by Handstitched Recordings, titled The Voices Of Time? And wait, didn’t we […]



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