SML025 w.x – Radial Circuit

Radial Circuit

Radial Circuit is drones in circles. It’s a pulsating ride through a soft storm in the dark. It’s planets spinning. A cascade down a canyon into the rushing water below. The seemingly infinite bliss at the moment lightning strikes.

After 5 years away from music, w.x has returned with 9 brand new tracks presented in a lush atmosphere. This next step comes in the wake of the Mini / Capsule / Evening Sunrise compilation of lost work with new remixes of them. Radial Circuit is likewise steeped in the old and the new, keeping treasured drones and noises alive while adding new rhythm and mixing techniques.

Radial Circuit comes at a rather stern time of uncertainty, but it is an opportunity for momentary escape, a chance to tune out. It is recommended that you listen to this album in the absence of screens.

Track Listing:

  1. Vertebrates (3:04)
  2. The Merging of Spheres (6:56)
  3. Like Spirals (3:28)
  4. Shadowpost (6:16)
  5. Chrome and Viscous (5:42)
  6. Rocky Mountain Drone (14:44)
  7. Entrypoint (6:10)
  8. Eye Blossom (6:38)
  9. The First Frost (4:21)

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SML023 w.x – . – The Best of w.x

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. 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.

You can now get the entire 3 part compilation showcasing the best of w.x in 1 free download. Altogether this series has 40 songs and clocks in at almost 4 hours. That’s 3 full discs’ worth of experimental ambient, drone and electronic soundscapes from a prolific yet reclusive artist. Throughout his career he has touched on many genres and taken lots of risks, blazing new paths in the electronic jungle. He has assured fans that even though his moniker is being retired he will continue to make music. Stay tuned in the future for new music and good times ahead. Thank you for listening.

SML023C w.x – . – The Best of w.x, Part III

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. 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 III showcases the end result from years of experimentation. Unlike the harsh noise and disjointed electronics of the past, this release leans more toward the sublime and transcending ambient. Deep drones murmur underneath slowly dreaming melodies as a soundscape emerges, sending the listener to a driftless plateau where one can see all the beauty of the world. Most of these songs capture the meditative bloom of our minds and make us all glad we possess the power of hearing. Songs like “Far Away From the World” and “Orpheus” have a dazzling charm that opens up our eyes to beautiful sights never perceived before. There is also the flip side of the coin, with songs like “Frozen Kaleidoscope” and “Erosion Decay” presenting the darker aspects of life that still need to be embraced. This release also includes 3 never before released remixes all remixed by the artist.

This is final part of a 3 part series featuring the best music from w.x. The time has come to retire the name and move on to bigger and better things. Thank you all for listening and keep in touch for new sounds in the future.

Track 8 “Above the Horizon” contains samples from Overtone Drones by Mystified.

Track Listing:
1. Certain Species (5:56)
2. Dead Sea Depression (4:27)
3. Frozen Kaleidoscope (4:21)
4. Far Away From the World (7:36)
5. Erosion Decay (4:01)
6. The Space Between Galaxies (6:16)
7. Whirlwind (4:17)
8. Above the Horizon (5:47)
9. Organism (9:29)
10. Orpheus (4:45)
11. Solstice (4:54)
12. Grace Mutilation (Brochial Remix) (6:57)
13. Odyssey Scream (Slow Motion Warfare Remix) (4:24)
14. Borealis (Celestial Endorphin Remix) (6:33)

Album Review: L_coma – Unwanted Noise

Floating on a rippling pond, gently rocked away by a placid lullaby. Layers of treated guitars are carried on the wind, entwining with the sweeping tears of distorted water. A column of dense echoes wraps around, different colors swirling into a vortex of soft noise. A whirlpool begins to twist, silently absorbing all the essence of life. A watery black hole inhales all existence and keeps it safe beneath its glassy surface. This is where all unwanted noise goes.

Descending deep into the gleaming crest, soft trembles of sound emanate from walls of water. A lustrous world is revealed where lucid dreams go to sleep and unchained spirits roam free. All the unwanted noise discarded by the world is recycled in the deluge and transformed into a soft stream of calming drones. They slowly flow past, trickling away from the pond into the forest to merge sounds with the outside world. Something that was once undesirable to the ear is now a pleasant ambiance awash in smoky aquatic reverberation. It has made its cyclical journey back to the source only to be regenerated and sent out again. A continuous flow of enchanting sound designed to cleanse the mind and relax the soul.

L_coma’s dreamy world blocks out all distractions. It is very easy to get lost in this music and forget about everything. All negativity is washed away, all sense of time and reality put on hold while the encompassing soundscape caresses the body. Drowning in ringing murmurs and guitar twinges is almost suffocating and when the surface is broken and air fills the lungs once more, there is only a thick fog full of arresting sound, forcing the body to return afloat. Once again suspended and lulled by the embracing water as it slowly returns the brain to the conscious and dreary world.

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Standout Track: Released Anxiety

http://lcoma.bandcamp.com/
http://soundcloud.com/lcoma

Album Review: Steven R. Hess / mise_en_scene – Non-Distinction

Label: Los Discos Enfantasmes
Catalog No: LDE 030

We all thought the days of cassette tapes were over but like vinyl it’s trying to make an artistic comeback. The economic world has no use for this obsolete medium; it doesn’t make enough money. Creative people who care about the essence and art of things rather than their dollar amount can still find a sense of joy in such outdated material. It brings back a whim of nostalgia, a distinct smell that only tape conveying past metallic heads can make. This vintage sensation creates a unique experience for the music featured on the tape. It is a transatlantic collaboration featuring Chicago drummer Steven R. Hess and Israeli minimalist mise_en_scene. The project was recorded and edited on tape with some sounds added later. The textures and deep vibrating motions circle and hover around, asphyxiating the listener with extended drones. A translucent cocoon is sonically woven around the body. Heavy rumblings sneak through the membrane and gradually make their presence known, filling the chamber like a soothing vapor.

These distinct artists have forged a delicate intertwining of industrial and organic noise, melding into one uniform whole. Waves of oceanic distortion crash into silvery drones, ringing beautifully for an eternity. The hums of machinery constantly whirr behind the subterranean growls protruding from the purgatorial underworld. All life suspended in mid air while an aural tapestry unravels a minimalist arrangement. Harmony resonating from the convergence point of two different worlds. A new perspective is presented as another chemistry experiment is performed. From halfway around the world a sensory collision fused this impressive display of sound. The density from such cavernous thunder weighs deep into the body; it absorbs it like some therapeutic balm. This intense release is a reassurance that there are still people out there willing to take great risks in music.

Rating: 4 Stars
Standout Track: E.g_3

http://losdiscosenfantasmes.blogspot.com/2012/03/sten-r-hess-miseenscene-non-distinction.html

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.

http://wxsound.bandcamp.com/album/the-best-of-w-x-part-i

Album Review: JTrux – Death On the Seventh Day

Day 1: The bustling murmur of a busy downtown street. Glinting highlights of passing conversations sail past as the electronic hums rise formidably into an abrupt silence. Rounding the corner, you enter a sanctuary free from prying eyes of security cameras and chic pedestrians. The echoing sounds of the sun cascade over skyscrapers, enhancing the industrial squeaks and bangs from a nearby factory. The further you walk the darker it gets and the rhythms of the city continuously bounce of buildings before descending upon your ears. To escape the clamor you enter an abandoned warehouse whose long forgotten operations still secrete a haunting reverie of past noise. A broken window overlooks a never-ending forest and the setting sun in the distance. As the beats and high pitched whirs slowly quiet with the oncoming darkness, you lay your head down on the dusty floor to sleep.

Day 2: Hissing and buzzing of strange insects inside the forest. You take the first important step into the green depths. A somber elegy flows past with crackling rumbles and a saintly plucking of strings. The trees gradually come alive, releasing fast growing vines and blooming flowers that spring into existence before your eyes. Beauty is effortlessly born around you, only to die a few minutes later. Plants and animals begin playing a concerto as an overwhelming sense of loneliness drapes over you. You feel like the only human left on Earth and this natural concert has been specifically composed just for you. The swan song of insects darting in between leaf-covered branches scratching against each other, the quiet swirls of ambient photosynthesis. You can actually hear the forest growing. The night begins crawling in as only tiny shafts of light can break through the thick layer of leaves. Climbing a tree just in time to see the sunset, the music below slowly dwindles into a fantasy as the metallic sun rays force your eyes closed.

Day 3: Back on solid ground an exciting sense of danger prevails as you suddenly realize you are being followed. Everything you have ever run away from in your life is chasing after you at breakneck speed and its too much to handle. So you begin to run as fast as you can through the brush and undergrowth of the woods. The impending doom slows down behind you and a cautious relief sweeps over. Lost in the sprawling forest, a tense quiet is accented by the faraway drones of a factory somewhere on the edge of the forest. A soft watery flow is heard and dances around, confusing your senses. Ears filled with an imaginary substance clouds your hearing and there is nothing left to do but stagger through until you find whatever it is you are looking for. In the distance a glowing beam of light appears. It’s milk-white florescence illuminates the lazily darkening woods. Your ears become clear from the psychosomatic blockage and the crackle of a fire can be heard. Closer to the beam of light you see it is a giant freshwater pearl, floating in midair and emitting docile tones. They kindly suffocate your synapses and you drop to your knees in languid bliss, dreaming of floating orbs in the forest.

Day 4: Hours passed. The sun grazes past your closed eyes and you awake to a fiery world of iron and lava. Skeletons of former travelers sharpen swords on large decaying anvils. A rushing sound inside your ears grows ever more abusive before cresting and falling back to a sprawling spectacle of distant echoes. These echoes possess a strangled ethereal strand of hope, like a caged angel singing an imprisoned song. The siren’s call draws you away from the hellish awakening to a strange door amongst the trees. It opens to a world of bright white light and angelic drones so beautiful in their resonance that the all the darkness of the world fades away. Some unseen force lifts you off the ground and you begin to float, weightless, an amoeba lazily floating in a still pond. Years of grief and anguish are melted away from your sullen face and your eyes return to the wondrous luster they possessed as a child, before you lost your way. You are reborn, falling back to the Earth while the fires of Hell can be heard dying in the distance.

Day 5: Now an enlightened wanderer of the forest, you see everything the way it should be seen. Colors are more vibrant, the details of the forest ever more prominent. Bird songs ring like bells high up in the towers of the trees. A peaceful unity with the natural order of the world. But there is still a minute problem, something still scratching away at your psyche. You can hear it crackling away somewhere inside you while the rain drizzles and the sun sets. Orchestral waves of nature’s music crash around you as you sail through the forest, searching for meaning now that you have achieved total understanding. The drones continue to oscillate and the concerto continues to play.

Day 6: The slowly encroaching realization that you have been drugged. The enlightened feelings experienced the day before were nothing but tricks played by the forest. Something inside you is still lamenting, aching to be set free. Dark undertones slowly sweep in as you come to understand what this journey was about. It wasn’t an escape or a spiritual journey to find understanding. It was your body coming to terms with the fact that it’s dying. Your mind has continually set up roadblocks to prevent this inevitable. Your body struggles to run away from the soldiers of death and keep out of sight. Your soul has played beautiful music to give you comfort during this transition. The heart sits back and listens to its requiem, content on its demise. Realizing that it is better to accept it than fight it, you lay down amongst a twisted jumble of tree roots and close your eyes, letting the somber harmony of the piano take you away.

JTrux has given us an example of death. How the mind and body struggle with this eventuality and how the heart and soul make us realize that the experience is necessary and beautiful. Death On the Seventh Day is an inspired look on a subject we will all experience but few want to think about. JTrux’s meditative drones and grim noises exhibit a range of emotions providing comfort and peace no matter how scared we are. He has given us a piece of his soul so that our own souls can feel safer during that scary process when we close our eyes for the last time.

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Standout track: Dusk III

http://jtrux.bandcamp.com/

http://www.thesirenssound.com/2012/08/23/jtrux-death-on-the-seventh-day/

Album Review: SYNEK – Paradiba EP

Paradiba is a short and sweet preview of the foreboding world where SYNEK resides. Consisting of two original songs and one remix, it catapults us on a dark and menacing descent into blackness. The first track, “Fathom”, is a slightly disturbed symphony of industrial sounds saturated by metallic reverberations. They unceasingly bounce off each other until they crash into a point directly in the center of the tunnel we are falling through. The tunnel presumably leads to the center of the Earth but we have no way of knowing. It is simply constant darkness and a lifetime of plummeting.

“Paradiba” is a 13 minute minimalist measurement of atmospheric pressure that lifts us out of the tunnel into the light radiating from above and further. We continue to rise and gently float in space toward a set destination far beyond the galaxy’s horizon. Off in the distance sharp screeches of painful echoes can be heard, though they are not threatening. They still send a shiver down the spine as they inject a fearful strength into your nerves.

The third track is a remix of “Fathom” done very well, with layers of punchy noise strangling the dense clanking echoes into a beautiful and harrowing drone series. It captures the essence of a deranged descent into madness whilst creating a dreamy atmosphere that comforts the tortured mind.

This debut is an excellent starting point for such dark atmospheres. Hopefully we will see more from this artist very soon.

Rating: 4 stars
Standout Track: Paradiba

http://rano.bandcamp.com/track/fathom

Review: No-xygen and Mike Radice – From Darkness to Renaissance

Label: Eg0cide Productions
Catalog No: Eg0_052

The latest collaborative effort in the Dark Ambient cosmos has emerged from the atmospheric masters No-xygen and multi-instrumentalist Mike Radice. They have presented us with a soundtrack for the ultimate journey of humankind. Their concept surrounds our struggle to relinquish the darkness and dessication within us and be reborn in an enlightened existence.

These subterranean compositions feature catatonic orchestral progressions that flow in between avant-garde bursts of Industrial despair. With various tones from all over the globe, these movements fuse our anguishes together and give us all a common goal to reach for. Genres clash into each other as Drone intertwines with ethnic beats. The end result is a sui genereis affair that covers the entire atmosphere. From the deepest cave to the exosphere, waves of Ambient murmurs drape over everything, covering our souls with a comforting despondency.

The collaboration consists of four songs from each artist. They each take one end of the spectrum: No-xygen forges the difficult and sorrowful uphill climb out of dark times while Radice shows us the ethereal beauty that awaits us at the top of the mountain. Each song exhibits the yin and yang of their concept. They each contain sentient beauty alongside daunting torment. From this we learn that even though we are in dark times there is still beauty everywhere. We must also not forget that when we are reborn there will be still be desolate gloom to combat. As eternal beings we cannot live without one or the other. In order to evolve we must find the delicate balance between darkness and renaissance.

Rating: 4 stars
Standout track: Renaissance

http://www.archive.org/details/eg0_052
http://eg0cide.com/2012/01/29/eg0_053-no-xygen-and-mike-radice-from-darkness-to-renaissance/

SML022 w.x – Hailstone

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As the Northern Hemisphere hides from the frigid forces of nature, creative energies are regenerated and sow the seeds for glorious times ahead. Hailstone was created by harnessing the darker aspects of weather and forging them with a wide-eyed optimistic view of the future. It sends us on a journey to find true happiness in our lives, no matter what desolate horrors lie in front of us. We can all channel the dark energies of the evil surrounding us and transform them into a positive reinforcement.

Hailstone utilizes subterranean drones drenched in delays that slow down time and immerse us in a rejuvenating environment. Place headphones on and slip into a dimension created solely for us to experience rebirth. The dark and cold winter is a chance every year to reset the controls and start anew with a wiser insight and more level spirit.

This is the last release under the “w.x” name. Keep in touch as bigger and better things await us all in the future.

Tracks:
1. Glacial Mass (4:05)
2. Black Hole At the Center of the Earth (5:52)
3. Whirlwind (4:17)
4. The Vanishing Sea (5:22)
5. Petrified Forest (6:12)
6. Wings Melting (4:46)
7. Denouement (7:00)