Paul Minesweeper – «EX LUX»

Paul Minesweeper - «EX LUX»Cat.# … DNA 200
Release Date … 20.11.2017
Genre … Drone, Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Another work from the Russian project Paul Minesweeper presents a mixture of several genres created without regard to the established traditions of the Russian ambient scene. It’s also a logical sequel for his release «Kingdom Of Grey». Opposing common calm sound natural for ambient works, this release is inspired by the slogan «A wall of sound right in the face». Being in a continuous metamorphosis of the timbre, drones meet logical melodic progressions with hard electronic bass preceding electric guitar and bass guitar, which echo and highlight the electronic component of the sound stream. Smoothly flowing from note to note, absolutely arrhythmic combinations of melodies ended up with the death march in the last composition made of noise and decay.

In fact, this work is an electronic ambient for metal music fans. As in the previous work, there is no place for strict fixing on a deep meaning or for propaganda of any ideas and beliefs. The author provides complete freedom for listener to explore himself since as he considers the individual perception and reflection as the greatest right and benefit for the listener. However, the general mood of the release is clear for everyone: sympathy for the darkness in each of us, immersion in nonexistence and self-decay.

«EX LUX» is the first episode in the string of the releases under the «EX» mark.

Tracklisting:

  1. Paul Minesweeper – aqua vitae (11:42)
  2. Paul Minesweeper – oculi ex furvus gelum (05:29)
  3. Paul Minesweeper – amor ad luna (09:51)
  4. Paul Minesweeper – trahit sua quemque voluptas (09:48)
  5. Paul Minesweeper – me mortuo terra misceatur igni (07:32)
  6. Paul Minesweeper – ex lux (04:24)

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Kolpakopf – «mono no aware»

Kolpakopf - «mono no aware»Cat.# … DNA 199
Release Date … 13.10.2017
Genre … Dark Ambient, Drone Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

Mono no aware is an artistic concept typical for Japanese culture in Heian period (794 – 1185 AD). It’s translated as «sad empathy to things around» – very roughly. Mono no aware is a state of your mind when you feel yourself in harmony with the things around. It appears when your subjective principle joins and comes in fusion with objects around you. For Japanese, it’s something calm and sofisticated. Your mono no aware can happen every time you meditate and listen to birds’ chirping, or rain, or brook murmur.

Kolpakopf’s new work isn’t as calm as the Japanese tankas but sofisticated as usual. His «mono no aware» appeals to sad autumn feelings, contemplation, reflection. High-frequency drones clip sounds from outside and make room for subtle loops of short stagnated melodies, vibrating ultra-low-frequency drones and elementary field recordings guiding you from lingering autumn rains to crackling of the fire between tall pines propping dark heavens as first snowflakes melt on your face.

The lines at the back of the cover aren’t tracklist but the tanka by Sarumaru no Taifu: «High in the mountains, a wandering deer cries in maple forest and I feel so sad as Autumn comes».

Tracklisting:

  1. Kolpakopf – Untitled (14:40)
  2. Kolpakopf – Untitled (05:25)
  3. Kolpakopf – Untitled (12:45)
  4. Kolpakopf – Untitled (07:22)

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Arcane Waves – «Lab Of Errors»

Arcane Waves - «Lab Of Errors»Cat.# … DNA 198
Release Date … 02.10.2017
Genre … Experimental, Electronic, Noise, Drone, Dark Ambient, Industrial, Electroacoustic
Type … FLAC Lossless

In Lab of Errors, annex of the French University of Errors, we study the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter’s limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics.

We will examine the laws governing exceptions of errors, and will explain mistakes of the universe supplementary to this one.

Lab of Errors does not, therefore, study the rules governing the general recurrence of a periodic mistake (the expected case) so much as study the games governing the special occurrence of a sporadic error (the excepted case).

Second volume of the Reaktor Sessions (first volume here), Lab of Errors is made with faulty virtual generators, and real synthesizers heavily modified by circuit-bending.

Recorded in September 2017 at Studio du Coin Cornu, Cœur de Beauce, France.
Photo-montage by Ironside (images public domain).
Sleeve design by Arcane Waves & Graph’Hypnotic.

Tracklisting:

  1. Arcane Waves – Special Occurrence Of A Sporadic Error – Part 1 (04:36)
  2. Arcane Waves – The Laws Governing Exceptions Of Errors (07:39)
  3. Arcane Waves – Special Occurrence Of A Sporadic Error – Part 2 (03:17)
  4. Arcane Waves – Explaining Mistakes Of The Universe (07:00)
  5. Arcane Waves – Superinduction Upon Limitations Of Physic (04:17)
  6. Arcane Waves – General Recurrence Of A Periodic Mistake (04:37)
  7. Arcane Waves – Expected Case versus Excepted Case (07:49)
  8. Arcane Waves – Far Beyond Metaphysic Of The Drone (06:00)

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System Morgue – «Forêt Noire»

System Morgue - «Forêt Noire»Cat.# … DNA 197
Release Date … 06.07.2017
Genre … Drone, Guitar Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

System Morgue takes you to the Forêt Noire full of phobias, forgotten dreams and imagery trapped deep in subliminal levels. Follow dense guitar drones, dissolve your emotions and thoughts in their vibrations, submerge in sleepy meditation.

Bunches of short mechanistic loops slowly pulsate behind stolid guitar chords, boost and mirror them, intensifying sonic pressure, spinning sound waves and locking them into spiral. Then pulsation become more frequent, anxiety grows and bursts with high-frequencey guitar yells and melody shreds cacophony in panicky rhythm. Short breather after panic attack, and sound pressure takes over again. Waves of guitar chords tighten distorted melodies in an uneven helix, sometimes ascending to hysterical crescendo, sometimes collapsing in melancholic alienation.

Tracklisting:

  1. System Morgue – Racines (09:39)
  2. System Morgue – Myrte (06:36)
  3. System Morgue – Forêt Noire (20:34)
  4. System Morgue – Sang (05:05)

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Kolpakopf – «Между (Between)»

Kolpakopf - «Между (Between)»Cat.# … DNA 196
Release Date … 27.06.2017
Genre … Dark Ambient
Type … FLAC Lossless

There is something between dream and reality. There is something between sanity and madness, between light and darkness, between life and death. Probably there is an edge between two opposites, strong like a friend’s hand or thin like a thread. Can you feel the edge? And where is the edge? And if you feel the edge between two opposite sides, do you know on which side is good and there is evil?

New Kolpakopf’s work called «Между (Between)» is about it but it does not offer any answers, neither does it ask any questions. This is something like a sound fingerprint of borderline state where you feel yourself placed in a vast empty space and in a tiny dark room simultaneously.

Tracklisting:

  1. Kolpakopf – Untitled (39:40)

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