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  • Ambient & Electronica by Michael Brückner - an update

    21 Aug 2014, 13:54 by BruecknerSound

    Dear electronica fans,

    after a rather long absence from LastFM (may have been three years or even more) I'd like to report what happened in the meanwhile in my musical world.

    Since this has been quite a lot, I'll try to keep everything as brief as I can, rather hinting with some links at single events; if anyone should have any further questions, I'll be happy to elaborate in detail on anything, if requested...

    For those who don't remember me here (...or never heard of me in the first place) a brief introduction:

    I'm composing, producing and performing electronic music since 1992. While the center of my creative output is certainly ambient / atmospheric electronica, I've also streched out to any other electronic style I can think of, for example dance, drum'n'bass, new age, electro, Berlin School (space music), or those new names for old shoes like psychill, psybient or psytrance - but also pop, rock, jazz, even metal - and more. All in all, most of my albums feature an ecclectic mix of styles, and it's rather difficult to pin my stuff down to any specific genre.
    Maybe I can add that some listeners (and reviewers) compared some of my music to Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Klaus Schulze, or Future Sound of London, Underworld, sometimes even Aphex Twin and Mouse on Mars (all of which indeed are artists I'm very fond of...).

    During the past 22 years I have created more than one hundred (that's 100 ;-) ) albums (and full lenght albums at that - meaning at least 70 minutes, then again some are actually sets ranging between two and ten (!) hours of music...).

    Most of my music is self-released (You can still order any of my albums directly from me...). More recently, I'm happy to also have released some projects on different labels.

    An overview over most of my output can actually be found here on LastFM (last update was in late 2012 so far, but I'll maybe do another soon...):

    Michael Brückner - the (almost) complete catalogue

    Many of my albums also are on LastFM, and (still) most of them are pre-listenable from here (although I might change that as I will rerelease them via Bandcamp in the future...). See here:

    Michael Brückner

    OK, now where to start with what happened...?

    First of all, after many years of being laregly a very obscure artist with only the tiniest bit of followers, I've finally started to be recognized on a (slightly) larger scale; some landmarks that made me evident for me (for example) were:

    - being nominated twice for the Schallwelle-Award, a German award for electronic music; I didn't win, however reached number three twice, in the category "best album national" in 2013 and "best musician / act national" in 2014 (referring to the previous year always...) - actually doing better than some famous acts like Schiller or Klaus Schulze...

    - having one of my tracks inlcuded to the large Pete Namlook tribute CD box "Die Welt ist Klang" on CarpeSonum Records

    - receiving positive reviews, or interviews / features on various webzines, or even print magazines

    - being invited for collaborations with many artists, resulting in some long-term musical partnerships, like with drummer Tommy Betzler, noteably for his early 80ies electronic prog band P'Cock and his work with electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze on several large live events (plus, in more recent years, drumming in Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning's project "Picture Palace Music")

    Then I'd like to highlight some album releases (not all, though) since 2012, in (more or less) chronological order; I'll link to YouTube trailers (as far as they exist), otherwise to Bandcamp (from where usually a preview file, and sometimes even whole albums, are streamable...):

    One Hundred Million Miles Under The Stars (2012)



    Eleventh Sun (2012)



    Naura (2013)



    In Letzter Konsequenz (2013)



    Thirteen Rites Of Passage (2014)



    Ombra - Revisited (2014)

    This release (a limited edition of 100 copies) actually includes my first ever industrially pressed CD - among other items...



    ...you can find more releases on Bandcamp, and more music on YouTube.


    From mid 2012 on also live performances became more regular (especially in 2013); here are some clips, again in chronological order (length and sound/video quality varies, but I think they at least will give You an idea...):

    RaumZeit Festival Dortmund, 2012



    Ambient Performance at BetterLife Akademie, 2013
    (...the whole of it, in two parts, actually)





    Live performance at Ritter Butzke (a club in Berlin), 2013
    (...now, that was an especially cool evening)



    Live performance at the church St. Peter, Frankfurt, 2014

    https://soundcloud.com/michael-bruckner/live-at-sankt-peter-april-2014




    Finally, some links to reviews and articles about my music...

    Entry at progarchives.com (including two recent reviews...):

    http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=8891



    Article / review on tokafi.com

    http://www.tokafi.com/news/michael-brueckner-seismograph-curiosity/

    Interview on Headphonaught's Nanolog:

    http://www.headphonaught.co.uk/2014/05/seven-questions-with-michael-bruckner.html

    Review / interview on Synth Caresses:

    http://synth-caresses.blogspot.com.es/search/label/Sparrows

    Entry on WikiPedia (German only):

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Br%C3%BCckner_%28Musiker%29

    Entry on Discogs:

    http://www.discogs.com/artist/1313425-Michael-Br%C3%BCckner


    .

    Well - this much for now; I'm aware it's much indeed, however please keep in mind that I had to make up for a long time, and in that time, there happened a lot.

    Actually, as much as I've put in here - it's only part of all that happened, and I could write at great length on many of those points at which I've just hinted here...

    In any case:

    Thanks a lot for Your attention, and if You've listenend to some of the music, I hope You did enjoy it!
  • A new song and online store by VFSix

    13 Jan 2014, 11:33 by vfsix

    In space of VFSix passed a symbolic 12 years cycle. Our musical project grew from three musicians to tens, have gone beyond the borders of Moscow and a light trip-hop style frame, and have got the name V.I.C Sound. We were engaged generally in writing music and getting it through to our listeners, who could download our tracks for free and got gift CD's at our concerts. Now we have a good experience of working with record companies, publishers, distributors. The main conclusion is: the most fair and transparent way is to do everything by ourselves, independently.
    Therefore we invite all our fans to our online store vicsound.ru, where you can listen and download tracks of all our projects. All new music will appear first of all here as well.
    Purchasing on the site vicsound.ru you can be sure that all money goes directly to authors and performers. And now a choice where to search and download our music is yours.
    Have a good listening!
    A new song http://vicsound.ru/product/princess-of-moon/
  • thvn - Butterfly Effect (2013) / Ultra Vague Recordings

    6 Nov 2013, 21:39 by FudoKazuki

    thvn - butterfly effect (2013) / Ultra Vague Recordings

    Label: Ultra Vague Recordings
    Catalog#: uvr1307
    Source: http://uvrecordings.com
    Release date: 15.10.2013
    Format: mp3
    Quality: 320
    Size: 75Mb
    Genre:
    Style: , ,

    thvn (short from "to heaven") is a Zaporozhie based Ukrainian 18 years old electronic bedroom producer.

    Представляем альбом Butterfly Effect от thvn, восемнадцатилетнего продюсера из Украины. Всю музыку thvn (производное от To Heaven) создает в своей домашней студии на компьютере. Альбом вышел на лейбле Ultra Vague Recordings 11 октября.

    Tracklist:

    1. butterfly effect
    2. the storm inside me
    3. tides
    4. 21
    5. journey to the bottom
    6. you float like a feather
    7. my heart
    8. sleepy
    9. nausea

    DOWNLOAD
  • Core Yatis - Core Yatis (2013) / Ultra Vague Recordings

    21 Jul 2013, 19:05 by FudoKazuki

    Core Yatis - one album project of art experiments with beats, analog synthesizers, orchestral and ethnic instruments and vocals.



    Core Yatis
    Album: Core Yatis
    Year: 2013
    Genre: World Electronic, ,
    Label: Ultra Vague Recordings (UVR)
    Recorded and mixed during 2012-2013 at 211 Recording Studio (Kyiv/ Ukraine)
    Mastered at Optimum mastering studio by Shawn Joseph (Bristol/UK)
    Produced by Alex Shulga and Olena Bilous
    Mixed by Alex Shulga


    Credits:
    Olena Bilous - vocals, violins, Wurlitzer, grand piano, backing vocals, album cover painter
    Alex Shulga - music production, performing, programming, recording, editing, mixing
    Olena Pavlova - saxophones in Izytami
    Vlad Mohgilniy and Maryan Gysiak - recording and performing fx's in Taina
    Kobzaruk Evgen - recording assistance in Nateya


    Tracklist:

    01. Time
    02. Tory
    03. Taina
    04. Izytami
    05. Nateya
    06. Izangto
    07. Neft
    08. Ana Hia Sou
    09. Rannet


    Ultra Vague Recordings
    http://uvrecordings.com

    2013 UVR promo group

    Download Lossless:
    http://uvrecordings.com/2013/07/19/core-yatis-core-yatis-2013
  • NEW Embryonik - NOGHTFLIGHT e.p. Blog Reviews and Store Links

    15 Mar 2013, 13:45 by embryonik

    New Embryonik - NIGHTFLIGHT e.p. is OUT NOW!

    'NIGHTFLIGHT' is:
    A JUNO ‘Leftfield’ AND ‘Coldwave/Syth’ #1 bestseller,
    A Bandcamp ‘Electrodisco’ #1, bandcamp ‘Italo Disco’ #3 now.

    NIGHTFLIGHT e.p. Available here:
    JUNO: http://www.junodownload.com/products/embryonik-nightflight/2157396-02/
    BANDCAMP: http://binalogproductions.bandcamp.com/album/nightflight
    DjDOWNLOAD: http://www.djdownload.com/mp3-detail/Embryonik/Nightflight/Binalog+Productions/6290838
    DISCOGS: http://www.discogs.com/mp3/Embryonik-Nightflight/2157396?ev=dg%3Db

    NIGHTFLIGHT ep blog reviews, so far:
    ELECTRONICRUMORS: http://electronicrumors.com/2013/03/08/audio-embryoniks-new-ep/
    PLAYMAKER: http://playmakersplayground.blogspot.be/2013/03/embryonik.html
    FUTURE CITY RECORDS blog: http://futurecityrecords.com/embryoniks-night-flight-e-p/
    SYNTHETIX.FM: http://www.synthetix.fm/2013/03/embryonik-falls-from-skies-and-then.html

    Enjoy!
    Thank you!
    G.
  • Shinobi 009 feat. with Tha Glitch April 10th at 50 Mason!

    4 Mar 2013, 08:29 by SHINOBI009

    [Description]


    SFExc: is back at it again for 2013!

    In this opening celebration of the 2013, the SFExc: Collective mixes it up for our first event installment of the year with an enthusiastic look into audio from local musical acts like:

    -Tha GLITCH
    (feat. Dj Monte Carlo, Shinobi 009, Jye- I, Joe Conscious)

    -Mark Joseph and The Missing Pieces

    -Classical Celloist Leo Suarez

    -M.C. Dive

    - Live painting by PoLyAmorOrphic
    Event is 21+ w/ I.D. only

    *SPECIAL ADDITION*
    On this event of SFExc:4 we're shining a spotlight on Tui Na expert Christine Pao, who gives you an amazing opportunity, bringing you healing arts from ancient China in the form of energy healing,

    ...more TBA.
  • [uvr1211] MOON VOYAGE - DREAMERS (2012) EP

    5 Nov 2012, 11:14 by FudoKazuki


    Moon Voyage is a solo trip-hop project of Moscow producer and DJ Igor Shalapi, who is also known to be a member of Panic Dynamic duet. There is lots of synths, skretches, and samples that characterize the sound of this record, released on Ultra Vague Recordings (UVR)

    FREE DOWNLOAD:
    http://uvrecordings.com/albums/downtempo/moon-voyage-dreamers-2012-ep

    Shalapi — Keys, Samples, Mixing

    Sessional Musicians:

    Anna Mia — Voice, Lyrics in “If I Believe” and “My Universe”
    Inna Echoes — Voice, Lyrics in “Dreamers”
    Paola Prinzivalli — Voice, Lyrics in “I Saw You”
    Alexey Popov — Solo Guitar in “My Universe”

    Moon Voyage — сольный трип-хоп проект одного из участников электронного дуэта Panic Dynamic, ди-джея и композитора — Игоря Shalapi.
    За относительно короткий промежуток времени были записаны совместные треки с различными вокалистками и музыкантами. Среди них
    Inna Echoes, Anna Mia и итальянская певица Paola Prinzivalli.
    Музыка проекта насыщена вкроплениями синтезаторов, скретча, джазовых и электронных семплов.
    Помимо написания своей музыки, Shalapi активно записывает ремиксы на русских и зарубежных исполнителей, среди которых Mairi, Tricky,
    Portishead и Half Dub Theory.



    FREE DOWNLOAD:
    http://uvrecordings.com/albums/downtempo/moon-voyage-dreamers-2012-ep
  • AerialNoise blog EXCLUSIVE-FREE download - Embryonik's remix for 'She's The Queen's…

    13 Sep 2012, 12:29 by embryonik

    Hey guys!
    It's been a while but i have some cool news!
    New York electro-pop band 'She's The Queen' drop their new single
    'talk to me' on Sept 24, on the ultra cool 'electronic rumors' label.
    They asked me to do a bonus -promo only- mix, and it is exclusively available
    through the major 'aerialnoise' music blog, for FREE!

    so.....go GET IT here:

    goo.gl/OA02f

    reminder about my latest release on vinyl!
    Upon release, SKYSCRAPER went straight to No1 on the Juno electro bestsellers 'overall' and 'this week's' chart, becoming the fastest selling single for Binalog>>>Productions, so far!
    It is DJ MAG's 'ELECTRO SINGLE OF THE MONTH' (issue 504), rated 9/10!

    If you are interested in buying the limited edition 4-track clear vinyl (180 grams) 12inch there are still some BLACK copies left - the transparent ones are now sold out. To order please visit the label's PAYPAL store here:

    http://binalogproductions.weebly.com/shop.html

    Every purchase comes along with a code to download the digital edition in lossless format.
    thank you
    all the best
    G
  • Vladimír Hirsch : Missa Armata . Invocationes

    6 Sep 2012, 09:02 by JanBlanicky

    Vladimír Hirsch : Missa Armata . Invocationes - Ars Benevola Mater, Sept.6, 2012


    TWO albums in ONE !

    ENG:
    The album contains two thematically similar works, original version of the battle Mass Missa Armata (English translation: "Mass in Armor") and Invocationes, a cycle of musical prayers. Both works belong to the larger main directional scope of Vladimír Hirsch's creative perimeter. In a musical context, they represent theconfrontational nature of his music. The character of rites is the main axis of both compositions. As such, bothprojects fit naturally together.

    Missa Armata (1999) is based on standard liturgical elements, except the final track "Exodus." The album however avoids using verbal singing of appropriate text as it is not a Mass itself, but rather, a narrative about the communication between its content the listeners' state of mind. Parallel to this, the album expresses afictional war story, where adversaries are forced to participate in a worship together. The composition is very strict and uncompromising, demonstrating a highly structured industrial sound combined with classical instrumentation and choirs, achingly electrifying noises and power-electronic force and energy. Approx. time 44 min.

    Invocationes (2001) is a cycle of 4 ritualistic musical prayers. The project is - both thematically and in means of expression - significantly related to Missa Armata, but the overall character structurally aims more towards dark ambient. Compositions have a deep ambience with immersive emotional perceptions, without sparing any intensity and urgency. The composition is an introspective journey inside a tempestous and submerged world together. Approx. time 34 min.

    CZ:
    Album obsahuje dvě tematicky podobné práce, původní verzi industriální mš Missa Armata a Invocationes, tématický cyklus skladeb pro integrovanou techniku. Obě práce patří k širšímu perimetru hlavního tvůrčího směřování Vladimíra Hirsche, představujíce formálně i obsahově konfrontační charakter jeho hudby. Protože obě skladby patří k tématicky, dobou vzniku i technologicky k velmi blízkým, byly zařazeny na společný disk a vydány více než 12 let po jejich zrodu.

    Elektronická mše Missa Armata (1999) se sestává ze standardních liturgických částí (s výjimkou závěrečné skladby "Exodus"), avšak bez užití verbálních vokíálních partů. Díky jednoduchému ústřednímu epickému rámci je spíše příběhem o jedné mši než mší samotnou. Ilustruje na počátku násilný střet dvou znepřátelených stran, které jsou však posléze přinuceny v něm ustat a zúčastnit se společné bohoslužby. Ta se stává znovu konfrontací, tentokrát však v dimenzích spirituálních. Jedná se o původní verzi alba, která nabízí vysoce strukturovanný industriální sound, často dospívající až k extatickému prahu power-elektronického charakteru, organicky sjednocený s klasickou instrumentací.

    Invocationes (2001) je cyklus 4 hudebních litanií. Skladby s výraznou rituální charakteristikou, dominantním industriálním soundem a repetitivními vzorci rytmiky, s deklamovanou i zpívanou religiozní lyrikou (Sv.Augustin, Enchiridion Indulgentiarum), především v hutné dark-ambientní atmosféře. Intenzita a naléhavost, přesto introspektivnost a ponoření, to je výsledná substance této alchymické práce.


    Musicians and cooperators:
    Vladimír Hirsch - electronic keyboards, synthesizers, vocals, integrated techniques, Tom Saivon - additional sounds, Martina Sanollová - backing vocals. Lyrics: St.Augustine, Raccolta (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum). Mastered by Vojtěch Haňka. Cover design: Marianna Auster.

    Tracklist:

    Missa Armata (43:11)
    1 Introitus (6:46)
    2 Kyrie (4:45)
    3 Gloria (6:04)
    4 Credo (7:10)
    5 Sanctus (5:38)
    6 Agnus Dei (7:27)
    7 Exodus (5:21)
    Invocationes (34:21)
    8 Invocatio I (7:37)
    9 Invocatio II (6:41)
    10 Invocatio III (8:19)
    11 Invocatio IV (11:44)

    ©2012 Ars Benevola Mater, catalogue number ABM44, jewel case

    Album video trailer on:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waTh7ZW4UzU

    Short previews of tracks on Last FM Radio:
    http://www.last.fm/music/Vladim%C3%ADr+Hirsch/Missa+Armata+.+Invocationes

    Order:
    info@arsbenevolamater.com or
    order@arsbenevolamater.com
    Also on:
    http://www.vladimirhirsch.com/e_menu.html (PayPal - EU, USD)
    http://www.vladimirhirsch.com/cz_menu.html (PayPal - CZK)

    Release date: September 6, 2012
  • Tree Bosier - Anchoring Effect / That Sky & Noise Beats - VOID

    2 Sep 2012, 11:42 by FudoKazuki

    This is a quick note about two recent releases, one was done as a support release for our partner label from Belarus, Ezhevika. The owner of Ezhevika is well-known to you as our roster artist Diamos Roll.
    So, on 30 August we did this split release of


    That Sky & Noise Beats - Void.
    DOWNLOAD: http://ezmusic.org/2012/08/29/void

    Ezhevika together with Ultra Vague Recordings present a split release by a Belarusian producer Alexander (That Sky) and a Moscow beat-maker Yaroslav (Noise Beats).

    “We followed our favorite conception and recorded as much live instruments as we were able to: bass, guitar, acoustic, drums, piano and even violin in the most emotional track of the album Remember. Our most ambitious experiment is Great Hoax. It’s smooth, but at the same time very rhythmic, so we even put it through a test at the morning jogging! The album endures 20 minutes and something. We tried to make “compact” tracks, so that listeners won’t be able to understand the whole complexity and attraction straight away. You need to listen to this album attentively!”
    http://fb.com/thatskyour
    http://soundcloud.com/thatsky
    http://thatsky.bandcamp.com
    http://vk.com/thatsky

    tags:

    Tree Bosier - Anchoring Effect
    DOWNLOAD: http://official.fm/playlists/9s3I

    Tree Bosier is a one-man project of Max Anant'ev. Broken hip-hop rhythm in the basis and , , , along with on top, that's the sound of it.
    Anchoring Effect is a pretty interesting thing in pshychology. Sometimes you sit in your room or in the office or wondering through the forest, looking for mushrooms or just running down the street chasing a bus. There is a change of light, a smell of perfume or a music from some old TV show and everything is changing right away. You feel calm and nostalgic. I wish I could feel it more often in life, but it seems to me the only ones managed to control it are the capitalists trying to sell us things through TV commercials and billboards.
    - Max Anant'ev
    http://fb.com/pages/Tree-Bosier/175706789155959
    http://uvrecordings.com