Ajna & Dronny Darko – «Misconceived Origins»

Ajna & Dronny Darko - «Misconceived Origins»Cat.# … DNA 160
Release Date … 29.07.2014
Genre … Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

«There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.»
Carl Jung

Dark ambient can be ominous at the moment and slumberous a second later. It changes elusively in a single track, tracks form changeable atmosphere which keeps listeners waiting for another turn.

Two men, Ajna and Dronny Darko rework their selected tracks in this way and bring to the spotlight the best features of the projects: post-industrial mechanistic soundscapes, droning waves, obscure atmosphere and viscous transparent layers including sounds of various nature and demeanour.

Tracklisting:

  1. Ajna – Hour Of The Wolf (Remixed by Dronny Darko) (13:00)
  2. Dronny Darko – Imponderable Light (Reworked by Ajna. Part 2) (11:11)
  3. Ajna – The Strange Demeanor Of Solitude II (Remixed by Dronny Darko) (12:02)
  4. Dronny Darko – Imponderable Light (Reworked by Ajna. Part 1) (09:45)
  5. Ajna – The Vault Of Forgotten Spirits II (Remixed by Dronny Darko) (10:00)
  6. Dronny Darko – Vapor Ghosts (Reworked by Ajna) (09:15)

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Kolpakopf in Sadayatana Podcast #190

A track by Kolpakopf have featured in Sadayatana Podcast #190 «Lost» (July 13, 2014).

Listen and find there:

Thanks to John Tocher.

Sadayatana Podcast #190 «Lost»

Kolpakopf – «And Death Shall Have No Dominion»

Kolpakopf - «And Death Shall Have No Dominion»Cat.# … DNA 159
Release Date … 07.07.2014
Genre … Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

«And death shall have no dominion», Dylan Thomas said. Snatches of indistinct tunes, that humming in the head when bitter words are said and heard, and despair comes in stead of anxiety… Kolpakopf was there with his wordless hymn to fallen and reborn. In pains of loss he fell and then arose, another man. Some scars are left deep in the heart but who cares. When cries are over, just stand up! You, man who shall never be the same henceforth.

«Faith in their hands shall snap in two, And the unicorn evils run them through; Split all ends up they shan’t crack», that Welshman said. In clinking hum Kolpakopf answers: «And death shall have no dominion». Stop crying, live your life until you’re alive, a man with bleeding heart. Pain will be soothed, scars will be healed when doomed one passes away. Now you know that death shall have no dominion.

Tracklisting:

  1. Kolpakopf – Untitled (25:00)

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Igl00 – «Untitled Scenes II»

Igl00 - «Untitled Scenes II»Cat.# … DNA 158
Release Date … 26.05.2014
Genre … Drone Ambient, Isolationism
Type … FLAC Lossless

Here is a sequel of «Untitled Scenes» by Igl00 which is as consistent in a style as in a title – «Untitled Scenes II».

Find there the same cold atmosphere of isolationism and tranquillity, the same quiet and half-hidden melodies beyond the veil of slowly pulsing drone loops floating in the layers of hushing noises.

Tracklisting:

  1. Igl00 – Scene IV (10:24)
  2. Igl00 – Scene V (10:08)
  3. Igl00 – Scene VI (10:08)

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Igl00 – «Ниже нуля (Lower Than Zero)»

Igl00 - «Ниже нуля (Lower Than Zero)»Cat.# … DNA 157
Release Date … 02.04.2014
Genre … Drone, Isolationism, Field Recordings
Type … FLAC Lossless

«…We had “strayed”, as the Swede put it, into some region or some set of conditions where the risks were great, yet unintelligible to us; where the frontiers of some unknown world lay close about us. It was a spot held by the dwellers in some outer space, a sort of peep-hole whence they could spy upon the earth, themselves unseen, a point where the veil between had worn a little thin…»

This quotation from «The Willows», a story by Algernon Blackwood, is a better description for the atmosphere created by this work. «Ниже нуля (Lower Than Zero)» consists of minimalistic isolationist soundscapes which split up into myriads of noises of uncertain nature. Weird, cold, incomprehensible – it’s something beyond human perception.

Tracklisting:

  1. Igl00 – Ниже Нуля (Lower Than Zero) (18:08)

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uhushuhu – «dlinnye pesni priyatnye slukhu»

uhushuhu - «dlinnye pesni priyatnye slukhu»Cat.# … DNA 156
Release Date … 23.03.2014
Genre … Drone, Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Here is «dlinnye pesni priyatnye slukhu», the début work by «ухушуху» (uhushuhu), a side-project of Russian creative association «Утроворту» (Utrovortu). The title is Russian «длинные песни приятные слуху» which means «long songs pleasant for hearing» in English.

These three tracks present a journey through structures and layers contained in sound envelope of drone and ambient. Find there sound anomalies, unsystematic wanderings in shaky unpredictable areas, vague rustles and seeming echoes, spaces of various density, mood and nature, secret dead ends, spontaneous sound making and labyrinths closed in themselves.

Tracklisting:

  1. uhushuhu – поверхностная (surface) (24:11)
  2. uhushuhu – подводная (underwater) (18:51)
  3. uhushuhu – подземная (underground) (09:42)

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Accasari – «Mare Fungus»

Accasari - «Mare Fungus»Cat.# … DNA 155
Release Date … 14.02.2014
Genre … Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Unevenly pulsing guitar chords and monotonous but vibrant drone ambient layers merge in two long pieces presented by Accasari in the new work called «Mare Fungus». Along with mushrooms on the cover, the title comes as straight as provocative. But there is no any traditional psychedelic features, only resonant drones that eventually develop in big and complex sound tangle where some layers may come in resonance and then cause a deeper immersion in these sound structures.

Peter L. – guitar, bass, sound processing.
Ilya Matsevich – additional guitar on «Ascomycota».
Kol Belov – cover art.

Tracklisting:

  1. Accasari – Ascomycota (15:38)
  2. Accasari – Mare Fungus (32:20)

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Kolpakopf – «Papora»

Kolpakopf - «Papora»Cat.# … DNA 154
Release Date … 05.02.2014
Genre … Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Papora is the alter form for paporotnik, a word which means «fern» in Russian. Fern plays a role in mystic rituals of many pagan traditions. In Slavonic pagan cults fern is considered as a magic plant whose flower provides some important magical skills such as a breaking any locks or an understanding animals’ language.

Legends tell that fern blossoms one night in the year (herbalists tell that fern never blossoms at all). This night is Ivan Kupala night, the night of 6/7 July. Ancient Slavs believe that forest evil spirits arise on this night and only bold man can overcome fears and find papora, the fern flower.

Kolpakopf in his new work called «Papora» brings us in that wild forest on the night of Ivan Kupala. Darkness breathing, weird noises, myriads of sound fragments are incorporated in raw and cold dark ambient soundscapes. Nine tracks merge in an imaginary trip full of irrational fears, forgotten feelings of something mystical and evil like ancient spirits waiting behind each tree in the wild dark forest where fern starts to blossom.

Tracklisting:

  1. Kolpakopf – Untitled (05:28)
  2. Kolpakopf – Untitled (06:08)
  3. Kolpakopf – Untitled (07:20)
  4. Kolpakopf – Untitled (05:49)
  5. Kolpakopf – Untitled (07:04)
  6. Kolpakopf – Untitled (06:32)
  7. Kolpakopf – Untitled (06:08)
  8. Kolpakopf – Untitled (05:20)
  9. Kolpakopf – Untitled (06:56)

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Igl00 – «Untitled Scenes»

Igl00 - «Untitled Scenes»Cat.# … DNA 153
Release Date … 01.12.2013
Genre … Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Ukrainian isolationist project Igl00 presents his début work «Untitled Scenes» in which he offers three ultra-quiet but very deep drone ambient tracks. They are tranquil and serene and look like slow journey on the edge between dream and reality. Here the mind resets its state and clear residual data to be ready to get consciousness to sleep. Nor people nor machines are there, just isolation and tranquillity.

Despite cold images used in virtual cover, «Untitled Scenes» isn’t too static and offers a lot of warm sound. Slight movements in the air, vague tapping, remote and barely audible sounds – all these dying day’s melodies form a proper ambience for relaxation and meditation.

Photo by Alexey Vilyansky.

«Untitled Scenes» is a part of «Short Drones» series – «Short Drones Part XIII».

Tracklisting:

  1. Igl00 – Scene 1 (05:29)
  2. Igl00 – Scene 2 (08:12)
  3. Igl00 – Scene 3 (02:35)

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Kolpakopf – «Solitude Éternelle – Six Pieces Pour le Bruit et l’Orchestre»

Kolpakopf - «Solitude Éternelle - Six Pieces Pour le Bruit et l'Orchestre»Cat.# … DNA 152
Release Date … 25.10.2013
Genre … Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Here is another return by Kolpakopf who later released some exceptional albums at DNA Production. The project is famous for his conceptual approach in composing, and now Kolpakopf presents a short work inspired by modern symphonic music as well as spectral music.

In musical terms, «Solitude Éternelle – Six Pieces Pour le Bruit et l’Orchestre» is a dark ambient work with classical music samples expertly inserted in ambient canvases. But author puts emphasis on a mental aspect which drove him to create these six pieces, a solitude. A feeling every human faces in his life, solitude is eternal until humans feel and think. To want to be with somebody and to feel oneself lonely is a human nature. That’s a thought Kolpakopf tries to express in his new work enchased with reminiscences of modern classical and spectral music.

Tracklisting:

  1. Kolpakopf – Adagietto (01:37)
  2. Kolpakopf – Andantino Stridente P.I (03:39)
  3. Kolpakopf – Adagio (04:44)
  4. Kolpakopf – Largo (04:31)
  5. Kolpakopf – Andante Non Troppo (05:12)
  6. Kolpakopf – Andantino Stridente P.II (03:45)

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