SML023A . – The Best of w.x, Part I

. is a 3 part series featuring the best material from w.x. Since 2007 Ian Witzel has been releasing music covering a varied selection of genres under the name w.x. He has since decided to retire that name and expand the horizons of his music. After 5 years and over 20 releases the time has come to lay w.x to rest. This compilation features an assortment of different styles and textures ranging from harsh experimental noise to the more ethereal ambient and drone.

Part I focuses more on the noisier aspects but still includes drone pieces. It starts off with the very first w.x track, “Instant Replay Sequence”, originally found on the Vines for the Electric Pant Leg EP. It continues to cover sounds across the entire spectrum of the w.x catalog, including 2 songs from the last release, Hailstone. Dark sprawling epics coincide with noisy smashes of electronic distortion. Even though these songs were created years apart from each other they are able to coexist beautifully and help display some of the best this artist has to offer.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Stay tuned in the next couple weeks for the releases of parts 2 and 3 of this compilation. Thank you for listening.


Celestrial Strands

Circle Speed

This was created entirely in Photoshop, using various filters and gradients. The hypnotic and disorienting effects play with your mind and make your eyes question what they see.


One of the best artistic features of digital photography is the negative effect. It creates an abstract atmosphere, distorting reality right in front of you. All these photos were taken in negative with no other effect or manipulation.


Sandwiched Photos

All of these images were assembled from two separate unique photos of the same object. They were laid on top of each other showing a new dimension to what you are looking at.

Digital Squared


Chemical Drop



Optical Flow