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[EL024] Tange – Live 04.21.12

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 Tange – Live 04.21.12

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Ethereal Live is happy to announce the return of the ambient necromancer Tange, aka Gordie MacMillan. Tange is a gifted musician. Not only is he an accomplished string instrumentalist, he is also a synthsizer madman. For Tange’s newest release with Ethereal Live, we receive a beautiful long-form synthesizer suite just over thirty minutes that I guarantee you will find hard to resist.

On Live 04.21.12, Tange makes abundant use of Plogue Bidule, a generative software which can transform input into something entirely different as it interprets and translates the data through its algorithmic structure. Bidule can work independently or with suggestion by the player to alter its seemingly random course. In this case, Gordie modulates the generative output occasionally to steer the composition the direction he would like to keep going. MacMillan also supplies some additional instrumentation which fills in all the gaps and adds that extra element of excitement you get from live and improvised music.

Tange is able to craft gorgeous pads and floating textures throughout this live set that truly make you feel like you are drifting in the upper stratosphere. Live 04.21.12 tends to drift more towards the floating ambient / atmospheric side of the genres, but Berlin-School fans will be happy to hear some nice syncopated sequencing that flows in and out of the mix throughout the set. This is a lovely live set by Tange that you won’t want to miss. Must have!

All sounds by Tange

Perfomed, Recorded, and Produced by Tange

Recorded Live on Stillstream.com – Mysterious Semblanc

Album cover photo provided by http://photoeverywhere.co.uk under Creative Commons BY/2.5

Cover design by Shane Morris

All material by Tange Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL023] Inner Place – Biosphere

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Inner Place – Biosphere

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Ethereal Live is very pleased to welcome Inner Place to our net label for his first release. Inner Place is a project from artist IX from Tehran, Iran. Inner Place creates wonderful ambient music both in the studio and live. For his release with us of course, we are treated to a special live set.

“Biosphere” is a supple and dynamic ambient album, that resonates upon the first listen. IX has done a fine job of taking the listener on a slow motion dream-like journey. The music and sounds of “Biosphere” ebb and flow throughout each of the eight tracks as effortlessly as water lapping against the tide. Inner Place shows great mastery over his live setting, not rushing the music, and modulating the compositions in a natural successive way. Very nice synthesizer work throughout the album executed with a sense of control, surprise, and punctuation. Inner Place also does a superb job of tying together minimal field recordings in just the right places within each of the compositions.

We think “Biosphere” is an exquisite album, which touches and transcends the borders of ambient, dark ambient, space music. Highly recommended. “Biosphere” is released in 320k mp3.

Performed and Recorded by Inner Place

Artwork by : Wigell

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All material by Inner Place Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL022] Los Babies – Live from The Kitchen

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Los Babies – Live from The Kitchen

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Ethereal Live is excited to announce the arrival of our first female artists to the net label,  Los Babies. And indeed, it is quite an arrival. Los Babies is nothing like you have ever heard before on the Ethereal Live imprint which crosses deep into the ambient noise territories. These women mean business when it comes to taking their listeners on a trip through the inner and outer spaces.

Los Babies is mascara and Christina Amelia, a noise duo from Kingston and Nyack, New York, USA. In their own words the duo says, “we make sounds using a unique literary structure”.

The Structure:

courtship
vessel
the marriage
portal
other place

The music from Los Babies is a kaleidoscopic collage of sounds that borrows from numerous genres including ambient, experimental, noise, and hip hop. The sampling work done in these tracks is quite impressive which is reminiscent of 80s hip hop and 90s electronica. However, the beats are never the dominant aspect of the music, instead fading in and out much like the other sounds found in their compositions. It seems the only constant is change within the music, which gives this music the ethereal and ambient qualities we like so much.

As the album title states, these tracks were recorded live at “The Kitchen”, somewhere in New York. All samples are the ownership of the artist or borrowed from the public domain sector.

Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Los Babies
Album art by Los Babies

All material by Los Babies Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL021] Symatic Star – Transmissions

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Symatic Star – Transmissions

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Ethereal Live welcomes the return of our good friend and talented multi-instrumentalist, Symatic Star, aka Simon Walsh, to our net label. Simon is back with another adventure in the outer spaces, this time with a plethora of acoustic ethnic instruments. Recorded live at the electro-music.com streaming concert Autumnal Equinox 2011, “Transmissions” is a stellar performance that spotlights Simon’s instrumental and vocal skills quite nicely.

The release begins with a spellbinding mix of droning synthesizers and spacious melodies from the acoustic mbira. Symatic Star shows real proficiency with the instrument and blends the mbira in with the synth drones fabulously. As the mbira settles down, the long form track spirals into a deep cavernous movement with gongs and didjeridoo carving out some incredible spaces and textures. Electronic and acoustic percussions litter the track throughout as “Transmissions” slowly evolves and swirls ultimately into a pillowy mass of floating goodness the resolves itself somewhere in the nether reaches where Symatic Star resides.

Symatic Star executes this live set with grace and precision. “Transmissions” carries captivating dynamics and flow throughout the 35 minute set keeping the listener’s attention throughout the journey. We think you will enjoy “Transmissions” for almost any activity, and most especially for your next trip to the stars.

Performed, Recorded, and Mastered by Symatic Star
Album cover & design by Sheah Nahshon & Simon Walsh

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All material by Symatic Star Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL020] EugeneKha – Green Quest Live

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EugeneKha – Green Quest Live

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EugeneKha is back once again at Ethereal Live for his second release with the net label. Hailing from Moscow, Russia, EugeneKha is a musician, poet, photographer, and artist of
epic proportions. EugeneKha, aka Evgenij Kharitonov, is also the author of numerous literary publications and books, and works in journalism.

For “Green Quest Live”, Evgenij performed live at White Art Studio, 15 October 2011. This album is a live companion to his studio recorded album, “Green Quest” at Earth Mantra. Here we have EugeneKha interpreting those songs in a beautiful long form sonic journey that clocks in at 44 minutes.

EugeneKha takes us in many directions on “Green Quest Live”, but maintains the cohesiveness and flow throughout the entire set. Heavy use of synthesizers from both hardware and software, field recordings, sampler, and a drum machine were used in the set. Evgenij’s instrument list includes Roland JV 1080,Kawai K1m, Alesis Micron, Korg Kaossilator Pro, Akai MPC500, Korg Legacy Collection, Toxic III, Absynth 4, Boss DR-202, Roland A-500S, Alesis Q25, Korg NanoKONTROL, and Ableton Live 7.0

Many genres and influences on “Green Quest Live” with light ambient and new age being quite dominant in influences, as space and experimental sounds lie on the periphery. The album has an airy vibe throughout which is quite refreshing with a nice balance of harmony, melody, and rhythms not always heard in ambient music. Evgenij is a unique musician and composer and we think you will be quite pleased with what he has offered up with “Green Quest Live”.

Music created, arranged, performed and recording by Evgenij V. Kharitonov (EugeneKha)

Photographer by Evgenij V. Kharitonov, August 2011

All material by EugeneKha Copyright © 2012 released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial use under certain conditions. BY/NC/ND

[EL019] Jack Hertz – Droneware

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Jack Hertz – Droneware

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Ethereal Live is pleased to welcome the return of our good friend Jack Hertz. Jack is an accomplished composer, instrumentalist, and synthesist as well as an excellent improviser. He has been composing electronic music for decades now and holds a degree in electronic music from John Chowning University.

Droneware is our newest release from Jack Hertz and a fine one it is. This is a live performance on Stillstream.com February 16th, 2012. Droneware is a beautiful bubbly longform track that seamlessly ties elements of ambient forms and electronic synthesizers together. At just over an hour, Droneware will certainly please those who enjoy a full immersion into the sound.

Listeners will find a world of sounds brewing together in this release. Rhythmic percussion and perky synths glide in and around the sound field, as light melodies from bells and marimbas cascade around your eardrums. Synthesizer melodies, harmonies, and effects ascend and plateau atop this silky foundation which makes a lovely transcendent mix of sounds on this track.

Droneware has a bit of a new age influence in the album, however the ambient and drone content are definitely the dominant forces in the music. The light atmospheric haze that surrounds the album is the subtle magic that draws you in, while the rhythms and melodies give your mind’s eye a colorful journey. This is a great album for about any activity but particularly for occasions that call for relaxing. Droneware is chillaxing. Drone Age, Drone, and light Ambient fans will want to take note of this fine release.

Performed, recorded, and mastered by Jack Hertz
Album design by Jack Hertz
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[EL012] adamon – ships

[EL012] adamon – ships

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For our twelfth and final release for the year 2011, we are proud to premiere the very first net label release by adamon. Damon Mar, the man behind the moniker, is a guitarist, synthesist, and electronics instrumentalist that is also a bright engineer with his own synth company called Marsynth. Apart from Damon’s solo work as adamon, he also plays in an experimental duo with David Herpich called Tensor Sensellation, which makes great use of his Marsynth creations.

Ethereal Live is very excited to release “ships”. We were lucky enough to be in the audience when this show took place at the annual Kansas City Electro-Music Festival, which is held each year in July.

“Ships” is an unedited live set, meaning what you hear on this release is exactly as the audience heard it on July 23, 2011. This is actually the original recording from the live set without any additional editing or mastering, which makes this release even that much more incredible.”Ships” is an amazing blending of genres and elements of ambient, noise, experimental, and electronic sounds that is frighteningly original. You will find lots of granular textures, dronescapes, and rhythms and sounds that percolate in and out of the sound field throughout the 43 minute long form set. Damon shows real mastery of subtlety and nuance as this set progresses, modulates, and mutates into many forms. There is lots of ear candy here as well, as adamon has done a great job with spatialization and stereo panning that really knocks this release out of the park.