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Air - Photograph (from Pocket Symphony)

The French band Air is a duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. They went to school in Versailles before forming the band in 1995. Their critically acclaimed first album Premiers Symptômes was followed by the release of Moon Safari, The Virgin Suicides (soundtrack), 10,000hz Legend, and Talkie Walkie. In 2007, Air released the album Pocket Symphony and Love 2 in 2009. Air was commissioned to write a new soundtrack for the premiere of the newly restored Georges Méliès’ silent film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, at the 2011 Cannes film festival. Despite Méliès’ film only having a runtime of 14 minutes, Air still produced enough music to fill an entire album, which was released as their seventh LP on February 7, 2012. Although Air’s music is often referred to as electronica or trip-hop and is often found in such bins in record stores, their form of electronic music actually owes more to the synthesizer sounds of the 1970s such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. Other influences that are more readily apparent than house and techno are psychedelic rock pioneers Pink Floyd and krautrockers Tangerine Dream (although there are some echoes of dance music styles in the production). Another influence is French crooner Serge Gainsbourg.

Biosphere - Kobresia (from Substrata)

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 1962 in Tromsø, Norway), a musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient house” then “arctic ambient” styles, and his use of music loops and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His track “Novelty Waves” was used for the 1995 Levi’s ad campaign. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all-time classic ambient albums. Before launching Biosphere, Jenssen was a member of the Norwegian dream pop band Bel Canto. Bel Canto released records on the Belgium-based label Crammed Discs. The voice of the sample used in Kobresia belongs to Karl Nikolajev, a Russian “biocommunicator” (telepath), that is sitting in a room, trying to “see” which object is lying on a table two floors up. It is from Radio-Moscow.

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Air - Le Voyage de Pénélope (from Moon Safari)

The French band Air is a duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. They went to school in Versailles, (Lycée Jules Ferry) before forming the band in 1995. Their critically acclaimed first album Premiers Symptômes was followed by the release of Moon Safari, The Virgin Suicides (soundtrack), 10,000hz Legend, and Talkie Walkie. In 2007, Air released the album Pocket Symphony and Love 2 in 2009. Air was commissioned to write a new soundtrack for the premiere of the newly restored Georges Méliès’ silent film, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, at the 2011 Cannes film festival. Despite Méliès’ film only having a runtime of 14 minutes, Air still produced enough music to fill an entire album, which was released as their seventh LP on February 7, 2012. Although Air’s music is often referred to as electronica or trip-hop and is often found in such bins in record stores, their form of electronic music actually owes more to the synthesizer sounds of the 1970s such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. Other influences that are more readily apparent than house and techno are psychedelic rock pioneers Pink Floyd and krautrockers Tangerine Dream (although there are some echoes of dance music styles in the production). Another influence is French crooner Serge Gainsbourg.

Brian Eno - The Big Ship (from Another Green World)

Brian Eno is a British self proclaimed ‘non-musician’, who has made contributions to the music community as an instrumentalist, composer, record producer, music theorist and singer. He’s commonly regarded as the father of ambient music, although he has worked in many genres and fields of music throughout his career. Eno studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school. Eno is frequently referred to as one of popular music’s most influential artists.A critic at Allmusic argues that Eno “forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence.” He has spread his techniques and theories primarily through his production; his distinctive style affected a number of projects he’s been involved in, including Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy (helping to popularize minimalism) and the albums he produced for Talking Heads (incorporating African music and polyrhythms on Eno’s advice), Devo, and other groups. Eno’s first collaboration with David Byrne, 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, pioneered sampling techniques and broke ground by incorporating world music.Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies have been utilized by many bands, and Eno’s production style has proven influential in several general respects: “his recording techniques have helped change the way that modern musicians – particularly electronic musicians – view the studio. No longer is it just a passive medium through which they communicate their ideas but itself a new instrument with seemingly endless possibilities.”

Boards of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

Boards of Canada (commonly abbreviated BoC) are a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Mike Sandison (born June 1, 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born July 21, 1971). Boards of Canada’s music is reminiscent of the warm, analogue sounds of 1970s media and contains themes of childhood, nostalgia and the natural world. Mike and Marcus have mentioned the documentary films of the National Film Board of Canada, from which the group’s name is derived, as a source of inspiration. Their earliest recording that is commercially available now is 1995’s Twoism, which was re-released in 2002 by Warp. Initially another limited release, it was sent to Skam Records, who were impressed enough to sign the brothers and release another EP. This was followed in 1998 by their breakthrough album, Music Has The Right To Children. A masterpiece of ambient IDM, it brought them widespread acclaim from music critics and instantly made them stars of electronic music (although Boards of Canada very rarely give interviews or perform live). After a couple more EPs, their second full-length was released in 2002. Geogaddiwas again widely praised, although it was not considered to be quite as good as Music Has The Right To Children. Third album The Campfire Headphase (2005) saw a slightly different style, with more conventional structures and the inclusion of real instruments. It received mostly positive reviews, but some reviewers were disappointed with the new sound. Nevertheless, Boards of Canada are still very well regarded by fans of experimental electronic music, and their fourth album is highly anticipated.

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Aphex Twin - Matchsticks (from Selected Ambient Works Volume II)

Aphex Twin, born Richard David James, August 18, 1971, in Limerick, Ireland to Welsh parents Lorna and Derek James, is an electronic music artist. He grew up in Cornwall, United Kingdom and started producing music around the age of 12. Richard has been hailed as “the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music”, with his works ranging from ambient pieces to acid techno. Quoted in Mixmag Richard said ” I just love electronics and music and putting the two together just came naturally. I did electronics in college. Electronic music is just so lush basically I love messing with acid, jungle, and playing it out to my mates in a night club. Get out there and dance. Let’s have it! If anyone’s coming to my shows I just want everybody to just dance and have a laugh basically.” In 1991 Aphex formed the Rephlex record label with his friend Grant Wilson-Claridge. Signed artists include Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) and Squarepusher. He’s also known as: AFX, Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Caustic Window, The Dice Man, GAK, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Q-Chastic, Soit-P.P., Rich in Mike & Rich, Martin Tressider in Universal Indicator…

Múm - The Land Between Solar Systems (from Finally We Are No One)

It’s an enchanted world that Múm inhabit. Conceived in a remote Icelandic lighthouse, Finally We Are No One is an electronica album that conjures up hazy, half-remembered memories of childhood, both magical and eerie. The obvious comparisons are with Boards of Canada and Múm’s compatriot, Björk. But as with their superb 2000 debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK, Múm make a music that’s far too original to be easily compartmentalized. So analog keyboards hum alongside muted digital glitches, and “proper” instruments—accordions, cellos, melodicas—flutter in and out of the mix. The overall effect is of a modern kind of folk music. It’s gentle, almost-fey stuff, but the quartet (including twin sisters who appeared on the cover of Belle & Sebastian’s Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant) never slips into anything like polite ambience. Instead, the 11 pieces are like extracts from a particularly vivid dream journal, especially when the Valtýsdóttir sisters sing in their peculiar gurgling, infantilized way in the epically unfurling lullaby, “The Land Between Solar Systems.” This is an album that leaves you longing for shady childhood experiences you never knew you’d even had. —John Mulvey

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Biosphere - Silene (from Substrata)

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 1962 in Tromsø, Norway), a musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient house” then “arctic ambient” styles, and his use of music loops and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His track “Novelty Waves” was used for the 1995 Levi’s ad campaign. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all-time classic ambient albums. Before launching Biosphere, Jenssen was a member of the Norwegian dream pop band Bel Canto. Bel Canto released records on the Belgium-based label Crammed Discs. The voice of the sample used in Kobresia belongs to Karl Nikolajev, a Russian “biocommunicator” (telepath), that is sitting in a room, trying to “see” which object is lying on a table two floors up. It is from Radio-Moscow.

Tycho x Heathered Pearls Mix: Dazed

Scott and I put together a mix for Dazed Magazine last week, we wanted to make it a free download for you all. Below is the tracklist and link to the Tycho interview, enjoy.


CaribouSinuses
Com TruiseKarova
Broker/DealerOn A Claire Day
Cloudland CanyonKrautwerk
Tame ImpalaWhy Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
BibioSaint Christopher
Black Moth Super RainbowFrom The See
Odd NosdamUp In Flames
BonoboRecurring
J DillaOne
18 Carat AffairPhil Spector Daydream
Broadcast & The Focus GroupOne Million Years Ago
Ulrich SchnaussStars
BeckHotwax

From the Mouth of the Sun - Like Shadows In An Empty Cathedral (from Woven Tide)

From the Mouth of the Sun is the new collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (aka Jasper TX), and composer Aaron Martin. The duo brings together a beautiful blend of minimalist classical themes and subtle yet suffused atmospheric drone.  Fans of soundtracks by Peter Broderick or Johann Johannson… or the quieter music of Godspeed You Black Emperor! will find much to like here.  Woven Tide is their debut album. Out of the charred embers of dusk Woven Tide emerges with an incandescent glow. Each glimmer cast by the sustained notes of ebony keys, the taut strings of the cello, and the rampant buzz of guitar lights our way, gives us hope, brings us into the dawn of a new day. As From The Mouth of the Sun, the duo act as our torchbearers, scrawling messages along the walls of an elongated cave, toiling through the decayed remnants of fetid matter to create eight illuminating pieces.

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Brian Eno - Signals (from Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks)

Brian Eno is a British self proclaimed ‘non-musician’, who has made contributions to the music community as an instrumentalist, composer, record producer, music theorist and singer. He’s commonly regarded as the father of ambient music, although he has worked in many genres and fields of music throughout his career. Eno studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school. Eno is frequently referred to as one of popular music’s most influential artists.A critic at Allmusic argues that Eno “forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence.” He has spread his techniques and theories primarily through his production; his distinctive style affected a number of projects he’s been involved in, including Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy (helping to popularize minimalism) and the albums he produced for Talking Heads (incorporating African music and polyrhythms on Eno’s advice), Devo, and other groups. Eno’s first collaboration with David Byrne, 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, pioneered sampling techniques and broke ground by incorporating world music.Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies have been utilized by many bands, and Eno’s production style has proven influential in several general respects: “his recording techniques have helped change the way that modern musicians – particularly electronic musicians – view the studio. No longer is it just a passive medium through which they communicate their ideas but itself a new instrument with seemingly endless possibilities.”

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Epicentre (First Movement)

Carbon Based Lifeforms is an ambient music group made up of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad ( Ringström), in Gothenburg, Sweden. They have released four albums and one EP: “Hydroponic Garden”, “World of Sleepers”, “Irdial EP” and “Interloper” as Carbon Based Lifeforms, and “The Path” as Notch. The goal of CBL is “to combine earth and space in fine-tuned, but still solid, musical visions, seldom forgetting the irreplaceable TB-303.”Johannes and Daniel initially formed CBL as a side project to Notch in 1996. As time went by, CBL became their main focus while Mikael continued with various solo acts. The first releases by CBL were made on the old mp3.com in 1998. CBL has always been open for collaboration with other composers and musicians; for instance, they teamed up with Magnus Birgersson (Solar Fields) in 1999 to write the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s performance “Fusion”.

From the Mouth of the Sun - Like Shadows In An Empty Cathedral (from Woven Tide)

From the Mouth of the Sun is the new collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (aka Jasper TX), and composer Aaron Martin. The duo brings together a beautiful blend of minimalist classical themes and subtle yet suffused atmospheric drone.  Fans of soundtracks by Peter Broderick or Johann Johannson… or the quieter music of Godspeed You Black Emperor! will find much to like here.  Woven Tide is their debut album. Out of the charred embers of dusk Woven Tide emerges with an incandescent glow. Each glimmer cast by the sustained notes of ebony keys, the taut strings of the cello, and the rampant buzz of guitar lights our way, gives us hope, brings us into the dawn of a new day. As From The Mouth of the Sun, the duo act as our torchbearers, scrawling messages along the walls of an elongated cave, toiling through the decayed remnants of fetid matter to create eight illuminating pieces.

Biosphere - Kobresia (from Substrata)

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 1962 in Tromsø, Norway), a musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient house” then “arctic ambient” styles, and his use of music loops and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His track “Novelty Waves” was used for the 1995 Levi’s ad campaign. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all-time classic ambient albums. Before launching Biosphere, Jenssen was a member of the Norwegian dream pop band Bel Canto. Bel Canto released records on the Belgium-based label Crammed Discs. The voice of the sample used in Kobresia belongs to Karl Nikolajev, a Russian “biocommunicator” (telepath), that is sitting in a room, trying to “see” which object is lying on a table two floors up. It is from Radio-Moscow.

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Terpene

Carbon Based Lifeforms is an ambient music group made up of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad ( Ringström), in Gothenburg, Sweden. They have released four albums and one EP: “Hydroponic Garden”, “World of Sleepers”, “Irdial EP” and “Interloper” as Carbon Based Lifeforms, and “The Path” as Notch. The goal of CBL is “to combine earth and space in fine-tuned, but still solid, musical visions, seldom forgetting the irreplaceable TB-303.”Johannes and Daniel initially formed CBL as a side project to Notch in 1996. As time went by, CBL became their main focus while Mikael continued with various solo acts. The first releases by CBL were made on the old mp3.com in 1998. CBL has always been open for collaboration with other composers and musicians; for instance, they teamed up with Magnus Birgersson (Solar Fields) in 1999 to write the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s performance “Fusion”.