Category Archives: Ambient

CULT CLASSIC: TANGERINE DREAM-RUBYCON.

Cult Classic: Tangerine Dream-Rubycon. Tangerine Dream are, without doubt, the original musical chameleons. Since forming in 1967, Tangerine Dream’s music has been constantly evolving. As a result, they can never be accused of standing still. Far from it.  During the last six decades, Tangerine Dream have flitted between musical genres as they recorded over 125 …

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CULT CLASSIC: MANUEL GOTTSCHING-INVENTIONS FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR.

Cult Classic: Manuel Göttsching-Inventions For Electric Guitar. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, it was regarded as a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album, and first release after releasing five albums as Ash Ra Tempel. Or was it? Eagle eyed record buyers having …

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CULT CLASSIC: GANDALF-JOURNEY TO AN IMAGINARY LAND.

Cult Classic: Gandalf-Journey To An Imaginary Land. Prior to embarking upon a musical career, and becoming  one of Austria’s most accomplished, innovative and successful musicians, Gandalf travelled extensively. That’s why the talented multi-instrumentalist never released his debut album Journey To An Imaginary Land until 1980. By then he was twenty-nine. However, soon, Gandalf would make up for …

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CULT CLASSIC: KLAUS SCHULZE-IRRLICHT.

Cult Classic: Klaus Schulze-Irrlicht. In 1969, Berlin’s vibrant musical scene was thriving. At the heart of Berlin’s music scene was the Zodiak Free Arts Lab. It was the cultural centre of the city. This was where some of Germany’s top bands took their tentative steps towards greatness. However, the Zodiak Free Arts Lab was also …

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LA TORRE IBIZA: VOLUMEN TRES.

La Torre Ibiza: Volumen Tres. Label: Hostal La Torre. The nineties and early noughties were the golden age for what was referred to as Balearic, chill out or downtempo  music.  Many of these lovingly curated  compilations were released on smaller independent labels and featured a mixture of the new and old, from familiar faces and new names. Some of these …

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THE PAUL MARCANO AND LIGHTDREAMS STORY.

The Paul Marcano and LightDreams Story.  When British Columbian band LightDreams released their debut album Islands In Space in 1981,  it was a captivating psychedelic sci-fi odyssey exploring cosmic ideology. Normally, an album like Islands In Space would’ve found favour with fans of psychedelia and progressive rockers who embraced cerebral, innovative and epic albums. Alas, that wasn’t …

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CLUSTER’S CLASSIC YEARS 1971-1981.

Cluster’s Clasic Years 1971-1981. The Cluster story began in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin  when Hans-Joachim Roedelius first met Dieter Moebius. Little did they know that they were about to embark upon a musical journey that would last five decades.  During that period, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius were part of three …

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THE NEU! STORY.

The Neu! Story. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, Ashra, Cluster, Popol Vuh …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-FROM CAN TO THE THE SOLO YEARS.

Irmin Schmidt-From Can To The Solo Years. After eleven years and eleven studio albums, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded as one of the most innovative bands of the Krautrock era. They had enjoyed an almost unrivalled longevity.  Can were formed in 1968, by Holger Czukay and …

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MICHAEL ROTHER- FLAMMENDE HERZEN, STERNTALER, KATZENMUSIK AND FERNWARME.

Michael Rother-Flammende Herzen, Sterntaler,Katzenmusik and Fernwärme. Label: Gronland Records. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül …

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STUBBLEMAN-MOUNTAINS AND PLAINS.

Stubbleman-Mountains and Plains. Label: Crammed Discs. Forty years ago, in 1979, Pascal Gabriel aka the groundbreaking and maverick composer and producer Stubbleman, moved from his home in a Belgium to London. The former punk musician joined a series of experimental art school bands, which was the start of a voyage of discovery that led to …

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THE CAREER OF MUSICAL INNOVATOR STEVE TIBBETTS

The Career Of Musical Innovator Steve Tibbetts. Although Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. They showcase the talents of  musical innovator Steve Tibbetts. Steve Tibbetts  was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and growing up, was introduced to the …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-HIS ECM RECORDS YEARS.

Steve Tibbetts-His ECM Records Years. Ever since Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. These albums document the career of a musical innovator who was introduced to music at an early age. Steve Tibbetts was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES Of LARAAJI.

The Life and Times Of Laraaji, Laraaji’s career has spanned five decades, and during that period, the American multi-instrumentalist has released around forty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This is best described as a fusion of ambient, …

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COCTEAU TWINS-FOUR CALENDAR CAFE AND MILK AND KISSES VINYL.

Cocteau Twins-Four-Calendar Café and Milk and Kisses Vinyl. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached …

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FOUR DECADES OF MAKING MUSIC: THE CLUSTER STORY.

Four Decades Of Making Music: The Cluster Story. The Cluster story began in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Berlin  when Hans-Joachim Roedelius first met Dieter Moebius. Little did they know that they were about to embark upon a musical journey that would last five decades.  During that period, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius …

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THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL ROTHER KOMISCHE PIONEER.

The Music Of Michael Rother Kosmische Pioneer. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül II, Ashra, …

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COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS-VINYL.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years-Vinyl. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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GEIR SUNDSTOL-BRODLOS.

Geir Sundstøl-Brødløs. Label: Hubro Music. Since Geir Sundstøl’s career began thirty years ago in 1988, he’s been the equivalent of a musical hired gun and has featured on over 300  albums. This includes the albums he recorded as member of Rovers, and then Morris. Mostly, though, Geir Sundstøl has worked as a session player over …

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