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POL 06 2012
Ang Mo Faux - Improvisations
"improvisations is the premiere recording by ang mo faux, a singapore-based trio. the two pieces presented here are essentially sonic explorations of software environments for live signal processing. in the case of "lobby", the software environment is...
PoL 02 2010
Barreca, Marc - Subterrane
"Composed with layers of computer processed, chopped and looped sounds including samples from field recordings, as well as studio recordings of accordion and other acoustic and electronic instruments Subterrane merges acoustic with electronic...
POL 05 2012
Barreca, Marc - Tremble
"Comprised of nine settings that exhibit a nearly perpetual sense of instability, Marc Barreca’s Tremble shudders and grinds and shifts through aural spaces that collapse from highly detailed sound fields into massive densities, or expand into sheer...
POL 02 2015
Barreca, Marc / K. Leimer - Field Characteristics
Marc Barreca : digital synthesis, sampled sources, treatments and signal reprocessing
K. Leimer: analog and digital synthesis, electric guitar and bass, percussion, prepared piano, treatments and signal reprocessing.
Tyler Boley: guitars....
POL 01 2014
Barreca, Marc / K. Leimer - Premap
"The first collaborative work by Marc Barreca and K. Leimer since Savant. A hybridization of Barreca's "Tremble" and Leimer's "Permissions", Premap's 13 tracks coalesced from a huge number of individual sources, each produced as discrete, stand-alone...
Leimer, K - The Pale Catalog
"These 10 new pieces by K. Leimer derive from sources and sessions from his prior CD, The Grey Catalog. With an interest in restating existing materials while exploring new methods for reshaping audio, The Pale Catalog uses completed stereo mixes of...
Leimer, K. - Closed System Potentials
"Leimer uses piano tape loops, moog synths, guitars and other things to weave his spells of tranquility. It's easy to compare him to Eno but it would be unfair to say that "CSP" is Enoesque because he gives it a quality that is entirely his own foundin...
PoL 01 2010
Leimer, K. - Degraded Certainties
"Extensively manipulated audio files, layered elements combined from multiple versions of shared sources, edited, reshaped envelopes and extended periods of dust collecting resulted in six pieces of minimalist / process music. Layered by arbitrarily...
Leimer, K. - Imposed Order
"...K. Leimer creates similar sound mosaics, albeit with a greater dynamic range and rhythmic drive. He’s been putting out records since 1979 on his Palace of Lights label, sort of a Windham Hill of electronic music. As a Brian Eno disciple, Leimer is ...
Leimer, K. - Land of Look Behind
"Written as a soundtrack for Alan Greenberg's documentary on the death and funeral of Bob Marley, the music for Land of Look Behind was produced in a little under two months. The music draws extensively on location recordings made for the film..
Leimer, K. - Land of Look Behind vinyl lp (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)
"A persistent favorite since its original release in 1982, this is an almost-soundtrack for the Alan Greenberg film of the funeral of Bob Marley. Robert Palmer wrote in the New York Times that “Mr. Greenberg’s cinematographer was Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein, a longtime associate of Werner Herzog, and his eye for color and detail and use of a pleasantly grainy film stock give "Land of Look Behind" its distinctive appearance and texture. K. Leimer’s electronic background music contributes some drama and a sense...
Leimer, K. - Land of Look Behind (remastered)
"A persistent favorite since its original release in 1982, Land of Look Behind has been remastered by Greg Davis, revealing new detail and depth in the studio and field recordings of this almost-soundtrack for the Alan Greenberg film of the funeral of...
Leimer, K. - Lesser Epitomes
Another handsomely packaged album of ambient music by this U.S. pioneer of the style.
"Lesser Epitomes is process music for active or passive listening. The pieces are derived from the aleatoric reordering of discreet, compatible musical...
POL 04 2010
Leimer, K. - Permissions
"Pursuing shorter forms, Permissions became a laboratory for creating pieces that verge on becoming somewhat traditional, recognizeable song forms that refuse to completely cohere, a sort of “disassembled music” technique Leimer had explored in the....
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Leimer, K. - Re-enact
"Following a few years of back-catalog recovery, K. Leimer has completed work on his first new solo album since The Grey Catalog. These ten new tracks follow an emergent arc, a refinement of the techniques he has used since Permissions. Highly tactile, with an emphasis on subharmonics, Re-enact sketches an antediluvian soundstage of deteriorating fragments scattered among still-recognizable artifacts. This multitude of points-of-collapse in textural, timbre, harmonic and rhythmic relationships...
Leimer, K. - Statistical Truth
"K. Leimer, that neglected minimalist soundscaper is back with another smartly-packaged record, and it's a dandy, the sort of disc that begs the question as to why he isn't one of the Nobel Laureates of ambient already. Self-released on Leimer's own Pa...
POL 01 2015
Leimer, K. - The Grey Catalog
"The Grey Catalog departs from Leimer’s typical obsessions with understatement and homogeneity to range freely across rhythmic, melodic, and disassembled forms. Incorporating percussion, electric guitar and bass as well as found sound, digital and...
Leimer, K. - The Listening Room CDR
"As pure, unadulterated ambient music, Leimer’s new disc, The Listening Room, acquits itself admirably, a plaintive, resonant balance of questing tones and beauteous drones that is a cousin in many respects to Steve Roach’s Quiet Music. Both recordings...
Leimer, K. - The Useless Lesson
Sixth album, in beautiful low-key packaging, by this ambient electronic pioneer...
Leimer, K. / Savant - The Neo-Realist At Risk
"The spectre of Eno also looms over K. Leimer and his Palace of Lights crew from Seattle who make up Savant. Many of the same techniques are used, but instead of ritual trances, Savant has developed a pan-ethnic techno-dub music. Origins are blurred on...
Peters, Steve - Occasional Music
"All of this music was either made for various collaborative projects, or eventually found its way into them. None of it is much like the work I usually do on my own, but this is why I enjoy working on assignment: externally imposed parameters lead to...
Taylor, Gregory - Amalgam: Aluminum/Hydrogen
This is a beautifully packaged and presented album of a bit noisy and extremely cool ambient music. This was recorded in a single live performance in Madison, WI in 2006.
PoL 03 2010
Taylor, Gregory - Dua Belas
I don't know anything about Taylor, but I gotta say that this is one of the very best ambient sound CDs I have heard in a very long time.
"dua_belas' title — Indonesian for “the twelve” — and tracknames hints at what awaits within before even...
POL 02 2014
Taylor, Gregory / Darwin Grosse -Tourbillon Solo
I'm quite a fan of Gregory Taylor's works, which are electronic and completely unique, to my ears. This one is obviously heavily inspired by gamelan music and is a real winner.
"Like Robert Henke, Keith Fullerton Whitman, or Christopher...