HANDS welcomes hyDrone, an act with a remarkable pedigree already, now ready for a proper debut CD release. “Chronos“ is a captivating, deeply atmospheric conceptual release about time and its perception, revealing influences from various eras of electronic music, pouring into a very individual musical language. Nine tracks plus remixes by Gjöll, Libido Formandi and Proyecto Mirage let you take a 57 minute lapse from the regular course of time! Preface: hyDrone is the alias of Panos Kouretas from Greece, who has got CD-R releases on Fich-Art and Le Petit Machiniste and a fancy vinyl on Sealt under his belt, as well as a performance at Maschinenfest – the accolade of the industrial scene. Now it’s time for Χρόνος, an album which truly deserves a distinguished presentation. Takeoff: The opener “Carefully and patiently [we are counting time]” draws the listener in with vocal snippets, atmospheric parts and insidious bleeps, while “Always late” moves along accordingly slow in eerie halfstep mode. “Whenever” is a grainy drone piece, “Backwards” fuses bass heavy drones with a cinematic melody and the title track draws heavily from 70s Kosmische Musik in an ambient mode. “Passing time” is a masterpiece, the perception of time during a human being’s lifespan in a nutshell, seemingly accelerating, while the actual pattern never changes. With “Chronotaraxis” we have finally left the time continuum for good and are prepared to plunge into the psychedelic ambience of “Time is running out of time” and “To maintain the balance”. Overtime: Jóhann Eiriksson aka Gjöll contributes a fuzzy, Raster-Noton style drone piece, Libido Formandi turns out a nicely accessible electronica track and also label mates Proyecto Mirage get the final say with archaic, analogue distorted beats. Epilogue: Far from easy listening, sometimes demanding, this album is a treat for anyone into atmospheric electronic music. Panos displays a knack for sound design and composition, the result being well-defined and yet complex, abrasive and beautiful at the same time. Worth your time!
This final release will be a double disc with beautiful artwork by Abre Ojos. The first disc contains two tracks of the most minimal drone/ambient SB has recorded. The first track on disc two (featuring additional electronics by Jóhann Eiriksson of Gjöll & Reptilicus) further develops upon the direction of recent SB discs while the second track explores far more experimental territory than previous releases. Release date is set at June 21 but will most likely ship late May/early June. facebook.com/23skyburial
From the Yatra-Arts compilation “Höfnin Hljómar” .
Canadian Label Yatra-Arts released a unique CD at the Iceland Airwaves festival this October: Höfnin Hljómar, Sounds of the Harbour, a compilation of Icelandic electronic music. The concept is the brain child of Yatra-Arts founder Praveer Baijal who co-produced it with Toronto’s William Blakeney. The compilation is a snapshot of what’s happening at fringes of the Icelandic electronic scene at the moment.
Artists featured on the compilation are. Reptilicus, Gjöll, Björk Viggósdóttir, Auxpan, Jóhann Eiríksson, Inside Bilderberg, AMFJ, Stereo Hypnosis, Jónas Sen, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Þóranna Björnsdóttir, Þorkell Atlason and Rúnar Magnússon.
Be sure to check it out — distribution in Iceland by 12 Tónar.
The new Reptilicus track “It’s lovely to be appreciated” from the compilation “Höfnin Hljómar” is now on Earbits….
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D I C K V E G A S & T H E D I R T Y P A P A S
F R E N C H G I R A F F E
August 3 at 10:00pm
Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri has an incredible soundscape and the raw atmosphere there is perfect for a line-up of mad electronic and experimental musicians including legendary industrial pioneers Reptilicus. Art opening and video performances earlier that day (and during the music program) by Richard Ashrowan http://www.ashrowan.com/temp/iceland/
RAFLOST Icelandic Festival of Electronic Arts 2013 presents
Riding the Extrems, a special and unique performance that brings together some of the most eclectic artists and composers from Iceland.
Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson
Rikhardur H. Fridriksson
Alexandra Chernyshova (UA)
Saleta Losada Rodriguez (E)
guided by Luca Brembilla (IT) will give life to new compositions especially written for this event by
Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson
Árni Bergur Zoega
Cornelia Zambila (RO)
23 MAY 8PM – LAUGARNESKIRKJA – FREE ENTRANCE