Harold Budd : utterly no interest in labels

It's a strange thing for anyone to say, but from a renowned composer it's especially baffling. "I'm not much of a music fan," says Harold Budd towards the end of a warm, engaging if occasionally mystifying conversation. "I just don't listen to music – at all!" Even more surprising, perhaps, is the fact that the … Continue reading Harold Budd : utterly no interest in labels

Anna Thorvaldsdottir : composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Anna thinks sonically; her music comes from a deeply non-verbal place, and she has developed a brilliant workflow which allows these ideas to remain mostly whole and unmolested through her creative process. Anna … Continue reading Anna Thorvaldsdottir : composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound

Antecedents of Ambient Music

It was English musician, sound designer and conceptualist Brian Eno who first officially coined the phrase “ambient music”. In the sleeve notes to his 1978 opus Ambient 1: Music For Airports he defines it as music "designed to induce calm and space to think".  Eno's concept of "ambience" is music that can be either actively … Continue reading Antecedents of Ambient Music

Composer Profile: Pietro Riparbelli

Website | Bandcamp Pietro Riparbelli is a philosopher, composer and sound-multimedia artist based in Livorno (Tuscany). He studies the phenomenology of perception with particular reference to the dichotomy between the visible and the invisible closely connected to his conceptual address of the sonic landscape. His compositions have been published by Touch (UK), Radical Matters Ed/Label … Continue reading Composer Profile: Pietro Riparbelli

Pet Sound: Lawrence English

Website | Soundcloud  Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He utilizes a variety of media including live performance, audio/visual environments, found sound/vision to create his work that typifies his interests in creating experiences that create … Continue reading Pet Sound: Lawrence English

Composer Profile: Rutger Zuydervelt a/k/a Machinefabriek

  Website Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger's music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at … Continue reading Composer Profile: Rutger Zuydervelt a/k/a Machinefabriek

Pet Sound: Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree

Isolation, solitude, contemplation. These are the themes that discreetly weave their way through “Disappearance”, the first collaboration album between 12k’s Taylor Deupree and pioneering electronic composer and pianist 坂本龍一. The two began their musical dialogue in 2006 when Deupree was invited to remix a song from Sakamoto’s album “Chasm”. With the convenience of both artists living in New … Continue reading Pet Sound: Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree

Christina Vantzou ~ Brain Fog

Website In the last decade Christina Vantzou has gone from an art student playing around with motion graphics and animations to designing projections for touring musicians, co-founding The Dead Texan with her partner Adam Wiltzie and eventually creating her own solo audiovisual project. The Dead Texan toured extensively in 2005-2006 and in 2007 Christina was … Continue reading Christina Vantzou ~ Brain Fog

New Voice: Abul Mogard

  Abul Mogard describes a recent work ~ This track is taken from my second album "Drifted Heaven" and is one of my favorite ones. I find it difficult to translate my own music into words.  I can say that it's quite melancholic and it still moves me.   BIOGRAPHY Abul Mogard approached music in … Continue reading New Voice: Abul Mogard

Mathias Grassow ~ Tara

Website Mathias Grassow was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1963. From the start, music has always been a deep passion. He played drums and guitar in the 1970s and moved on to keyboards in the early 1980s. Mathias became increasingly fascinated with the flexibility and possibility inherent in keyboards and electronics and created experimental electronic … Continue reading Mathias Grassow ~ Tara