26 May 2012

“signalsundertests” release Nascent on Fluttery Records

Richard (Ricky) Graham is a highly inspired and enthusiastic musician and music producer originally from Northern Ireland, now based in the USA. His music productions encompass everything from ambient to experimental to progressive music.

Graham has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and US promoting various music releases since 2006, recorded various sessions for BBC radio, and his productions have featured on regional and national TV & Radio. Ricky has been involved with a multitude of music festivals and performance events, sharing the stage with Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1) and Boxcutter (Planet Mu) in 2008, and electronica legend, Ulrich Schnauss in 2009. Graham completed his Ph.D in music in 2012. The same year, Graham joined Fluttery Records family.

signalsundertests is Graham’s sonic playground, beginning life as a collaborative project with fellow artisan, John King. Since 2008, Graham has developed the signalsundertests project to attend to the effects of interactive music technology on music performance, resulting in a series of collaborations with a conglomeration of contrasting artists.

“Nascent” features a series of ambient guitar-based musical works. The pieces seek to interrogate the increasingly polyphonic nature of the solo performing electronic guitarist. The disc features a series of refined live improvisations through production techniques. The live recordings were produced with hardware and software developed by Graham. The album features collaborative efforts from Irish Composer, Michael Andrews, and American Vocalist, Laura Graham. Dublin- based producer, Philip Byrne, mastered the disc. The artwork is by Tennessee-based Artist, Jon Kenney. Overall, this album has resulted from a positive musical experience, which Graham calls his best work, thus far.

signalsundertests produce sound sculptures; and they talk to you, as if they were communicating directly to your face. There are plenty of drone, ambient / electronic(a) musicians out there, but not many produce music with bespoke music software and hardware developed by themselves.

Guitar Player Magazine says: “The brainchild of Northern Irish experimental guitarist, Ricky Graham, in collaboration with composer and tape-wrangler, Michael Andrews, this music began as a series of improvisations created utilising looping and processing software and polyphonic guitar hardware developed by Graham, and was later refined into its present form. Unlike other “drone” and “atmospheric” music, it possesses a subtle evocative and majestic quality reminiscent of masters such as Brian Eno, Michael Brook, and Robert Rich.”

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02 Apr 2012

Clint Listing Collaborates Noise, Ambient, Drone and Industrial Artists In His New Release “In The Minds Of Madness

Clint Listings’s latest album “In The Minds of Madness” brings together 9 noise drone artists including himself.

 Clint Listing creates music as a solo artist in post industrial landscape mix elements of noise, ambient, drone and avant sounds. He has been producing music for twenty-three years. He also writes about music on his website called “Absolute Zero Media

“That’s how we know each other” tells the label owner Taner Torun who also made the artworks and the graphic design of the album. “We send our press letters to Clint as well. He sometimes reviews them. One day, he asked us if we could release his upcoming work. After listening to the album and reading about the people who collaborated, I definitely said yes.”

Clint Listing’s In The Minds Of Madness is a collaboration with some of the favorite artists he has performed with on tour, live events or just impressed him. Projects like Terrorfakt, Dream into Dust, Steel Hook Prostheses, Murderous Visions, Encomiast & Lopeholt. This album spans many genres of the post industrial and experimental landscapes from harsh noise, electronica to post-rock.

The Collaborations:

The opening track, The Dawn of Sorrow is a collaboration with Stephen Petrus of “Murderous Visions“. Murderous Vision’s style ranges from dark ambient to death industrial to martial industrial and neoclassical music. The Cleveland project was founded in 2004 as a duo, later became Petrus’ solo action.

Track 2, Love is Pain is a collaboration with “Lopeholt” which is a industrial & experimental project from Scotland.

The third one, Under the Frozen Moon of Tomorrow is a collaboration with John Stillings of “Steel Hook Prostheses” which was founded in 1999 by John Stillings then L. Kerr was soon recruited into the project and the project became a duo. Stillings says “I can best describe our sound as heavy electronics, a combination of power electronics, death industrial, dark ambient, and harsh noise.”

The fourth child, Your God is So Proud is credited as “4yrs of Suffering” which is a project between Clint Listing and Aries both ex As All Die. They released several works together in which Clint Listing does the vocals, guitar, synthesizer, bass, electronics, samples; and Aries on vocals, samples, percussion.

The fifth track is Passion Through Conflict and it’s a collaboration with Dana Duffey of “Demonic Christ” which is a black / death metal band formed in 1992.

Riders of the Final Dawn (the sixth track) is a collaboration with DJ Hell Raver of “Terrorfakt” which is an industrial / power noise project from New York City. Having been influenced by bands such as Controlled Bleeding, Monolith, Neurosis, Merzbow, Manufactura and Synascape, Terrorfakt describes their sound as ranging from “powerful dancefloor anthems to ambient sound-scapes and pure experimental noise structures.”

The seventh track is We’ve Been Forgotten, which is created with Derek Rush who is known from the projects like “Dream into Dust” “A Murderer of Angels” The projects are between Derek Rush and Bryin Dall whose music is called “ambient and electronic art-fusion is laced with inspiring and intuitive musical pieces designed to create an atmosphere and experience” by Smother.

Peace Breeds War, the final track is a collaboration with Ross Hagen of “Encomiast” which is a dark ambient / noise project came into being around 1999 in Colorado, USA.

“In The Minds Of Madness” has taken two years of blood , sweat and creativity for the people involved in this project. Clint Listing tells that this is the most expansive release of his twenty-three year music career.

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13 Mar 2012

Ambient & Experimental Electronic Music Specialist Astrowind Releases “Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams”

Astrowind, Ambient & Electronic music artist

Astrowind is Kriipis Tulo from Latvia who has been featured as a key figure of the Latvian electronic music scene for producing some of the most essential experimental electronic and ambient music of the past years. Astrowind creates deep music with help of vintage analog synthesizers and open-reel tape recorder. Sven Swift says “Astrowind got the harmonies and the sound to become one of the most interesting Baltic acts to emerge from a scene rich of innovative musicians.” After releasing a few works on underground music labels, Astrowind took his place on Fluttery Records and his 12 track album Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams is made available the label.

Many Astrowind’s tracks are themed in outer space and its secrets – musical attempts to grasp the unknown. Astrowind offers a spiral of accumulated experience of what has been seen, heard, dreamt and read, the desire to get away beyond the horizon of consciousness and sub-consciousness through musical experience.

The album is dedicated to the cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov – the first man in outer space and a person who has always appealed to the author. Such tracks as The Case with Colonel Aleksey Leonov, Lost and Found on The Moon, Mute Pilots and Aleksey Leonov See Dreams are also inspired by the movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact (a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) which tells the story of an American-Russian space crew flying to the Jupiter System on a ship named after Aleksey Leonov. The author hopes that Aleksey Leonov will hear this record. This track greets him.

The album’s title track, Wind on the Plain, has been named after Debussy’s Le Vent de la plaine. This is a tribute to the composer who has been an inspiration for Astrowind for a long time. The album was recorded in collaboration with Mahi Bukimi. Kriipis Tulo is grateful to Mahi Bukimi for his contrubution in the recording of this album.The album provides a fusion of nostalgic echoes of Soviet news broadcasts, an echo of old radio sets and the cinematic patina of artwork by censored Soviet filmmakers. These are islands of memory, the past overcoming the future.

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27 Feb 2012

Mooncake, The Post-rock Band, Release Their Acoustic DVD & Album

Post-rock band Mooncake

Post-rock, ambient and crossover indie music label Fluttery Records has just released Mooncake’s Acoustic DVD and the album. Lovers of Mooncake and instrumental post-rock music can listen free or buy this release on the label page.

Mooncake is a Russian post-rock band founded in Moscow early 2006. Since then Mooncake has been permanently performing at top Moscow clubs and festivals, toured Russia, Ukraine, Baltic countries and shared stage with such bands as God is an Astronaut, Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, Russian Circles and finally became number one of Russian instrumental and post-rock music scene.

In five years time the band released three EPs and one full length album, which were warmly welcomed both by listeners and critics all over the world.

The newest Acoustic CD and DVD is a live Mooncake’s show performed on Rain TV. The video contains five tracks in pretty new acoustic arrangements. The release will be available through Fluttery Records not only in DVD format, but in CD Audio and digital as well.

Mooncake is sometimes compared to Pink Floyd or Mogwai but the band has made a name for itself having developed its own style and became quiet popular among connoisseurs of genre both home and abroad. Catchy melodies, atmosphere, the ideal balance between rapture and grief: all this has always been Mooncake‘s distinctive feature.

Today Mooncake is working on its second LP that is planned to be released in 2012. The DVD, CD and the digital versions of the releases are also available on various stores like iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp. Also the label offers various options to buy or download these releases.

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23 Feb 2012

Debut comes from Inner Trip, the ambient / post-rock project from Iran

Inner Trip’s cinematic sound travels between various music genres. His debut album Somewhere Near The Pulse is available on Fluttery Records

Saman, Inner Trip

Fluttery Records is the home of many creative artists from all over the world. The label is now releasing the debut album of Inner Trip from Iran. ‘Inner Trip’ is the musical solo project of Saman N (born 1984, graphic artist and musician), on which he started to work since the spring 2011.

He has just released his debut album “Somewhere Near The Pulse“. The album can be streamed free from this link.

The project’s musical genre was based on cinematic soundtracks in which there were multiple influences from other genres like ‘Modern classical‘, ‘Ambient‘, ‘Electronic‘, ‘Trip Hop‘. However, Saman N’s unique style of musicality also made ‘Inner Trip’ an “Experimental” project in the sense of musical genre. Beside of transferring his sole feelings to the audience, Saman N has quoted attempts to produce a music which could create strong visualizations for them.

‘Inner Trip’ started with the production of ‘Somewhere Near The Pulse‘ album which was composed, recorded and produced from winter 2010 to summer 2011, an album with seven tracks and 46:49 length.

It is an album with seven pieces based-on cinematic and emotional atmosphere with lots of strange musical elements which are gathered to depict a dreamy dramatic story. He says “It’s like a prophecy because there is no flat line to follow, no definite structure but that’s all about a way to represent an inner world while strings, drums, woodwinds and electronic sounds combine to make a wide scene in the front of listener.”

 

As Saman N. quoted that during the production of “Somewhere Near The Pulse”, he always tried to free himself by listening solely to the inspirations inside him and allowed these elements to shape his music as it should be. Therefore, he has called this album as an interesting risk in his artistic profile. Close your eyes , turn up the volume a bit and let the dreams began, have a good trip! Recommended if you like artists like Brian Eno, Saltillo, Clint Mansell, Subheim, Field Rotation, Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Biosphere.

The album is available on Fluttery Records, a “New home of Post-rockAmbientExperimentalElectronicModern Classical music”. The album is also available on major download stores like iTunes, Bandcamp, AmazonMP3. All the releases by the label can be streamed free on the site.

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