A Dancing Beggar is UK based musician James Simmons. His work is based on instrumental recordings where tenderly plucked guitar strings meet post rock undercurrents and ambient field recordings. These are melded with soft piano loops and tender vocals to produce a refined emotionally charged sound. Jame's work has been compared to the likes of Sigur Ros & Grouper.
Aria Rostami is a musician and producer living in San Francisco. His work follows a "beginning, middle and end" structure that is heavily influenced by films and books rather than by music. His current work focuses on giving electronic music a spontaneous and organic feel that mimics an environment rather than portrays a song. Rostami has created ambient pieces for installations and produced scores for films.
Autistici creates audio narratives aimed at exploring the interchange between sound and space. Space in this context also includes the subjective space held within the listener. In this realm, reflection and fantasy recontextualise the sound according to the listener’s inner world or psyche. This fascination on the interplay between inner and outer world embodies Autistici’s sound.
Build Buildings is Ben Tweel. He makes music with household sounds, instruments, samples, and computers. Build Buildings has been featured on radio, television and motion picture soundtracks (including NBC’s World of Adventure Sports; National Public Radio’s Radiolab, On the Media and StartUp; and feature documentary Valley Uprising) and can be heard on a variety of internet and traditional radio stations.
Simon Kealoha has been releasing his own brand of electro-acoustic music for years. Through each release he has continued to explore his love of jazz, hip hop and post rock, found sounds, degraded loops and twisted beats, incorporating them into loose musical structures that grow organically from start to finish, taking unexpected twists and turns along the way.
Causeyoufair's music portrays breath-taking beauty, delicacy and grace. His focus on space, reverberation tales and the emotional resonance that occurs between and across each musical notation is exquisite. The music encourages the listener to become immersed accessing dreams, hidden memories and nostalgia. The quality of this work surely sits right up there alongside William Basinski and Stars of The Lid.
Wave Recital explores a variety of textures and dynamics using a range of different process-based method (indebted to Steve Reich’s early essays), for example the increasing duration of electric piano and harp note. This carefully structured approach to composition is countered by occasional flashes of noise and unpredictability. Beautiful work crafted with skill and patience.
Audiobulb Releases: AB073
Distant Fires Burning
The creative work of Gert De Meester from the town of Battel (A suburb of Mechelen, Belgium, at the confluence of three rivers). In 2007 Gert started to experiment more with ambient and it became clear that Distant Fires Burning was the vehicle for a very personal expression and one in which the bass guitar re-entered as the primary source. Distant Fires Burning is Gert’s expression through bass - enhanced and manipulated to create a very unique and personal sound.
Audiobulb Releases: AB080
The sonic outcome of Gábor Tokár's alterego Ficture is a collage of various sound sources, ranging from field recordings to analog synthesizers while keeping in mind that literally everything around us can be a potential part of music. Sound manipulation and resampling of self-recorded audio has a big role in his “meticulously electronic, yet strikingly organic” work.
Audiobulb Releases: AB076
Songs/Signs" is the third album by Flos and sums eight years' sound interactions between Luca Formentini and Stefano Castagna. Together they have been working in concerts, site-specific live improvisations, literary readings, art galleries and exhibitions like La Biennale di Venezia, although having each a separate and distinct musical activity. The tracks are mainly based on DIY soundboards assembling strings, ropes, microphones and assorted objects that can generate any sound that can be further treated electronically.
Audiobulb Releases: AB089
He has worked in a variety of creative, academic, research and teaching contexts, and is an ardent location field recordist, where he has embarked upon a growing number of recording expeditions throughout Africa, Alaska, Amazon, West Indies, Northern Europe, Middle East, Australia and the high Arctic/ North Pole.
Audiobulb Releases: AB065
Glass Locus is a musical project by UK native Matt H. that follows a path between ambient music and the potential discord that can arise from experimenting within it. Combining genres such as Bass music and Techno into the traditional ambient fold of pads and soft drums, the music of Glass Locus is an endlessly mutating and difficult to pin-down beast that has never been afraid to have some fun with convention.
Audiobulb Releases: AB079
How To Cure Our Soul
Through an intense process working with digital and analogue instruments, How To Cure Our Soul evokes a reflective space - philosophy, landscapes (natural and human) and communication. They work with videos, music and photos, finding new outcomes from a reinterpretation of reality.
Audiobulb Releases: AB061
Jacek Doroszenko is an artist active in the area of visual and sound arts. The core of his practice is to treat sound phenomena as a legitimate material of a field of visual art. Artist’s practice engages with the contemporary soundscape to select and rephrase the notion of noise as unwanted element. He uses a wide array of processes including installation, field recording, video, music score concepts and drawing, depending on context.
Audiobulb Releases: AB070
Jules is a new anonymous project. Through the use of different kind of technologies, instruments and attitudes, the project aims to create a mysterious and fantastic author, called Jules, who will propose to the listeners a dreaming atmosphere and persona far from reality, living in exotic and non-existent spatiotemporal dimensions. Jules is the spontaneity of the imagination and storytelling.
Audiobulb Releases: AB075
Justin Varis (b.Cincinnati, OH 1979) is an American musician/composer living in Los Angeles. Drawing on the rich history of musique concrète while most recently exploring minimal single instrument composition, his music is one of contrast and contradiction. Abstract tendencies conjoin with basic intimate melodies. Disruptive sequencing is utilized alongside loops and repeating patterns. Meticulous audio editing creates calculated timing while improvised passages lend expressive mistakes.
Audiobulb Releases: AB046
Kein is a sound artist and performer from Italy. His work focuses on contemporary digital music. His signature sound incorporates beautifully broken rhythmic frameworks which are entwined with evocative melodic textures and melodies. As well as Audiobulb Records, Kein has released music on Helvet Underground (Switzerland), Nuhar Records (Italy), Cinoci Records (UK) and several European netlabels. Kein has also collaborated extensively with Flug band and he is the author of ‘Secret Diary' project.
Audiobulb Releases: AB053
Emotional depth and intuitive music are what Formentini is after and it is these two elements, rather than a desire to perform with famous names, which have broughthim in musical contact with Can's Holger Czukay and Markus Stockhausen - both known for their equally idiosyncratic attitude. A dance between improvisation and composition, between Sound Art, Jazz and Ambient, leading its audience away into a land where these terms turned entirely irrelevant.
Audiobulb Releases: AB082
Luis' interests in sound have carried him from a small border town near Mexico to graduate school in London, then to an unexpected life in Seoul and other cities in Asia. He has exhibited sound installations in various parts of the world and worked on sound scores for films which have premiered in several different countries. A commitment to opening ears to sounds of all natures is what drives him.
Audiobulb Releases: AB045
Marihiko Hara (b. 1983) is a composer residing in Kyoto, Japan. His main interest is to compose serene silence in music and to pursue his own texture of sounds, through electric/acoustic sounds and field recordings. He was invited for an improvised session with Ryuichi Sakamoto on the radio. He produces music for theatre performances and people involved in many fields, such as “VESSEL” by Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa, Hideki Noda’s works, Paris Fashion Week and Kabuki.
Audiobulb Releases: AB043
Berlin-based musician and producer Matthias Grübel mainly works as a composer soundtracking theatre productions. Projects outside the theatre stretch from radio plays to audio-installations. Earlier releases include albums and EPs as Phon°noir and Telekaster. The Longest Year In History marks Grübel's first release using his real name as well as his first collaboration with Audiobulb.
Audiobulb Releases: AB057
My name is Laurent Girard, i was born in 1975. I learnt piano when I was young, then electronic organ. At this period, I was already making my own music, based on melody. I spent years playing melodies on the piano or organ... I have been working with collage of difference sources of sounds including my own field recordings, noises captured in background sound of movies, TV shows, radio shows. I can't help making melodies, I make minimal acoustic instrumentals immersed in various sounds and noises.
Audiobulb Releases: AB067
Austin-based composer Mike Vernusky writes music for concert, theatre, dance, and film,
primarily using electronic sound and live performance. His works have been called ‘brash’ by
the New York Times, ‘isolationist’ by The Wire, 'otherworldly' by New Music USA, and
'étonnante' by the French publication EtherReal.
Audiobulb Releases: AB084
Monty Adkins is a composer and performer of experimental electronic music. His music is characterised by slow shifting organic textures often derived from processed instrumental sounds and found sounds. Inhabiting a post-acousmatic sensibility, his work draws together elements from ambient, acousmatic and microsound music into a richly melodic and harmonic tapestry. Adkins has worked collaboratively on a number of audio-visual projects and Rift Patterns is the natural extension of this work.
Nonturn is Nozom Yoneda, a musician working mainly in Tokyo. He collects environmental sounds and makes rhythmic and cinematic music using his harvested audio. He made his debut in the drum'n'bass scene from UK’s EastSide Records in 2004. Nozom enjoys vigorously exploring his creative energy through photography taking artistic photographs of street walls. The cover of Territory is a photograph of paint left by cars who have accidentally scraped against a concrete post.
Audiobulb Releases: AB077
Man Eats Fish is focused around tension between fiction and reality. Man eats fish works combined visual art, felt recordings, music and animation. He is educated in the Danish music conservatorium in film composition and has studied abstract sound texture, classical piano, composition and instrumentation. Based in Copenhagen Denmark Niklas Schak has under the pseudonym “Great Music” composed score music for more than 60 film and modern dance theatre since 2003, together with Tin Soheili.
Audiobulb Releases: AB056
Ted Laderas is a scientist, a cellist, and electroacoustic composer. He combines cello performance techniques with sound processing techniques to expand the outer realms of the cello. Marc Wiedenbaum of Disquiet wrote of his work: “As mediated by Laderas’ bank of technology, the lone cello takes on a kind of serene majesty – sustained, rich, formidable.”
:papercutz is about adventurous pop music. Pursuing a balance between acoustic and electronic sounds on instrumental and vocal tracks, Bruno Miguel's young band has resulted from his love of live instrumentation, organic electronics, dream like melodies, pop vocals and cinematic piano ambience. There is a dreamy, ethereal, cinematic aspect to :papercutz's music which has drawn worldwide admiration.
Audiobulb Releases: AB029
Tools manipulated in an old workshop, clocks slowed down, the spinning wheel of a rusty bike, children playing near a church, the sound of the wind in Norfolk, climbing up the stairs in a disused windmill, ghost echoes. Those are some sounds that constitute the atmosphere of The Silent Watcher. Presented in their raw form or heavily processed, they all relate to old memories, often blurred and incomplete; the aural equivalent of a faded polaroid.
Audiobulb Releases: AB042
Porya Hatami (b.1981) is an experimental sound artist based in Sanandaj, Iran. Working in the field of ambient/minimal, his compositions explore the balance between electronics and environmental sounds, utilizing processed acoustic and electronic sources and field recordings. His Debut album released on UK based Somehow Recordings in January 2012 and since then he has worked with numerous high quality record labels.
Audiobulb Releases: AB068
Adam Wilkinson applies years spent as a sound engineer to a large and well-ordered collection of things that make noise. His compositions have ended up on nature documentaries, short films and the albums of MC’s who think different. Collaborative efforts with singers and internationally renowned musicians have captivated the interest of Radio DJ’s. Radio Wales’ Adam Walton called his sound “evocative” and says he “would like to live inside Quiet Noise’s music.”
I usually work by trying to create forms out of found audio and material extracted from field recordings. I like to think in terms of skins of sounds and what characteristics I can pour into it them to create a hybrid. I take field recordings of everywhere I go, searching for ‘sound marks’ or 'habitats' that I can capture and use to generate new sound designs and inspire new work.
Seigo Aoyama is a Japanese musician/composer/sound designer residing in Tokyo. He had been playing the piano since his childhood and started his career in music from 20 years old playing piano & keyboards in many pop, rock and jazz groups. During his career, he studied classical musical and with a focus on 20th century composers (Debussy, Stravinsky, Cage, Reich and musique concrete). In 2014 he started incorporating field recording into his contemporary, ambient or experimental music.
Audiobulb Releases: AB081
Devon Ferrucci is an artist based in Arcata, California who often plays music under
the name Swimming. Sometimes he finds his friends joining him under that alias as
well. Devon plays guitar, drums, and various object s made from metal, plastic, and
colourful wires. He likes to record interesting textures, turn knobs, press buttons,
and see what happens.
Audiobulb Releases: AB037
My approach to music, having received a specialized education in art, might be said to be closer to that of paintings and sculptures. Being conscious in the handling of elements such as hue, saturation, brightness, mass, form, and texture, I directly apply these principles to sound as well. My inspirations are visual rather than musical. To me, there is no boundary in particular between making music and drawing a picture.
Alternate guitar tunings passed through SuperCollider, Max/MSP, and Reaktor patches. Analog synthesizer patches made and printed. Game Boy sound chips hacked for textures we couldn’t find anywhere else. Toy pianos bought and broken as we beat out melodies. Strings arranged then re-arranged. Field recordings and sound designs chopped up live using Monomes. Bass lines passed through fuzz pedals.
Tucker Sferro is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer who began his career playing trumpet in live jazz ensembles, moving on to guitar, bass, and electronic music production with various bands throughout the Northeastern US in the late 90s and 2000s. Tucker is fascinated with mathematical models of probability and weaves a large component of chance into his compositions and live sets to create music that is constantly evolving.
Audiobulb Releases: AB072
Tomotsugu has received continuous support from many artist like Laurence English and Nils
Frahm. His live performances have featured in art galleries participating with Stephan Mathieu + Taylor Deupree + Federico Durand during their tour of Japan. Tomotsugu has had sound installations in the art festival "steirischerherbst’18" in Austria. In 2016 his 3rd album “An opened book in the dark” was released from Kaico, this followed previous releases with Audiobulb & White Paddy Mountain.
Audiobulb Releases: AB086
Ümlaut is Jeff Düngfelder, a U.S. electronic music composer who is based in Queens, New York. The thematic concepts distinguishing his work are absence and silence; the ineffable exchange between viewer and image; random moments of stillness within a landscape in flux. The listener sets out on a richly layered journey into the unknown. As Rajneesh once said: “Sit very quietly, and when the scenery shifts, slip between it.”
Xumla is the artistry of Ilya Goryachev, who at 30 years of age is living in his town of birth Yaroslavl, Russia. Xumla was born in a search for simplicity. Xumla likes to produce naivety within sound. Marked by gentle, almost fragile melodies, broken rhythmic patterns, minimalistic arrangements and characteristic textured layering of musical themes. Each work of Xumla is an element of live musical canvas, micro fibers which grow into each other.
Audiobulb Releases: AB052
Tomotsugu Nakamura is a sound artist residing in Tokyo, Japan. His primary artistic practice is composing music by acoustic instruments, and field recordings. His sounds function like a sketch; dotted patterns on white clean paper.
Yuki Aida is a Japanese sound artist. His music crosses the boundaries of ambient and dance and has received complimentary feedback from Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Audiobulb Releases: AB055