Thako Othiamba Davidson
Sound designer Thako Othiamba Davidson is the founder of Omniverse Sound Designs. Focusing on sound design processes and possibilities, Omniverse Sound Designs seeks to show how sound design can be applied in everyday living. Thako says,”Omniverse Sound Designs’ purpose is to draw out the sounds of human experiences rather than inputting sounds into the human experiences. I wanted it have the meaning that everything is connected and everything is everywhere; I used the name Omniverse with the same meaning that someone would use for the word omnipresent.” His featured tracks include “Chasing After Ghosts and Shadows”, “Spaceless”, and “A New Dawn” which he describes as follows:
“Chasing After Ghosts and Shadows”: This track was done for the pure fun of Halloween night and scaring someone with so called “creepy music” like something will jump out at you, and it can also be perceived as floating music.
“Spaceless”: I made this track to have a open space feel, that had some rhythmic sounds that keeps the listener grounded to a solid platform that the listener can explore.
“A New Dawn”: Was made from an ideal what will it sound like when I take my first step towards shamanism and understanding about the ancient usage of “Plant Medicine” from the forests of Peru called “ayahuasca” this journey will take me to know the ways of the shaman, mother ayahuasca is calling me….Thako Othiamba Davidson AKA Omniverse Sound Designs.
Thako Othiamba Davidson is featured for this month’s artist discussion in which he describes his musical roots and apirations.
The full discussion is available here.
Soundethers is a small and proud sound design lab focusing on ambient music and subtle cinematic atmospheres made of organic sources, field recordings and digitally processed samples. Led by Italian theater director, composer and actor Matteo Gazzolo, who for the past twenty years has researched digital music and live electronics, Soundethers aims at sharing with musicians the experience of narrating a story primarily with sounds.
Featured below are their sound libraries The Big Blue and Quark.
Official Website: http://soundethers.wixsite.com/soundethers
Finding his refuge in nature, as a child Purl would get lost among the trees forgetting everything except the beauty that surrounded him. He says, “Nature reflected back to me something deep within myself that I had lost touch with – the unconditional peace and joy that is the foundation of everything that exists.I chose the artist name Purl for the music I was creating, as a tribute to the sounds of nature.” The intention behind Purl is to be an expression of the serenity and depth of our natural state.
Featured below are his recent releases Renovatio, Sagan and Form is Emptiness. Renovatio is an unreleased work in progress, while Sagan and Form is Emptiness are both available from Bandcamp.
For the past year, sixteen year Jovian has been producing ambient music because it is a place where he can lay down his emotions and allow someone else to truly feel or connect to what he is feeling. He says, “It’s my outlet…” Featured below are his 2016 Forsaken EP and his recent track I’m Not Myself and 12 Seconds.
Powlos is an ambient and experimental sound designer, producer and instrument builder from the UK. His music is influenced by his ever changing emotional state, the comedic stylings of Bill Hicks and the love of his family. Released by Newlab Records, Stasis is his first EP release of the year. He describes Stasis as follows: “Stasis is a period of time in human history when an Artificial Intelligence system called ‘Quantum Youth’ conducted a series of experiments to preserve consciousness.”
His latest album release Shaman/Orrorin is a collaboration with Tectorum Tapes founder Cave Space. The seven track album is divided between the two musicians with separate titles of Shaman and Orrorin. The first four tracks created by Cave Space collectively called Shaman consists of ambient sounds, field recordings, and an interview with Tectorum artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr, aka The Urban Shaman. Orrorin, the remaining three tracks created by Powlos is described as follows: “Orrorin, which means ‘Original Man’ in Tugen, is inspired by the Men and Women who are brave enough to tell the truth and blow the whistle on government and corporate entities.”
Release Date: January 24, 2017
After working as a drummer of an Alternative/grunge band, the solo project “Jobanshi” was created in 2012. Presently, through BGM/jingle production Jobanshi produces music for WEB CM and radio programs. Based in Tokyo, he also does sound design and MA of video work in addition to the release of his album in recent years. The use of oriental vocal samples, field recording material, and a combination of sound-morphing technology are unique features not commonly seen in the genre. His latest ambient releases The Incidental Lost Tapes and Herriot Underground follow his 2016 releases of December 31, 9999 and Neutral Landscapes. Jobanshi’s releases are all available from Bandcamp.
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Birtawil is a minimalist one piece project from Bordeaux, France that started early 2015. The idea behind the project was to just play with sound without boundaries nor directions, the complete opposite of the artist background, coming from more classical bands in hardcore, post-hardcore and the black metal scene. Even though he was using multiple guitar effects to create new textures and ambiances for his very first band, he discovered ambient and drone music very late, and realized it was a path he could take all by himself.
His latest release, Kenal, is available from Bandcamp
Michael Fk and G.Strizzolo
Two years ago Michael FK discovered a Hammock album. Now twenty four, he has paved his own musical journey. Michael FK is an ambient/chill and experimental sound designer, producer and arranger from the Republic of Moldova. This project blends ambient, chill and electronic music, building melodic drones and soundscapes, that include ambient and atmospheric sounds with hypnotic and haunting melodies. His favorite instrument is the cello. Recently, he release an EP called Mabinogion in collaboration with electronic producer G.Strizzolo which is featured below.
Guillermo Strizzolo is a musical composer and an industrial technician, from the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. In 2010 he started making music with heavy sounds such as minimal and techno music. With the passing of years and to this day he began to make sounds that were more relaxing and delicate-ambient music. He always has something clear when it comes to producing-he tries to do what he feels. His music is a musical demonstration about his feelings.
Michael FK Contact
Official Website: https://vk.com/michaelfkmusic
For the past year, sixteen year Jovian has been producing ambient music because it is a place where he can lay down his emotions and allow someone else to truly feel or connect to what he is feeling. He says, “It’s my outlet. My latest track Nightshade with Powlos was a lot of fun. He is an extremely nice guy and an extremely talented musician. It was a very awesome experience to be able to work with someone I’ve been looking up to. ”
Marcus is a UK producer who has recently released What We Have Learnt, available on Bandcamp, in tribute to the end of the year. Also featured is his track Champion from his recent EP 50 Thrones.
Ambient producer Kyak has been producing music since 2012, his latest release is Empathy. His recent interview with Buzz Magazine can be found here.
Isaac Middendorf is a young producer based in Nashville, TN. Growing up he has always been fascinated by music. Whether it was a rock band or a classical composer, Isaac loved it. His musical journey began at age five when he began playing drums and piano. He has played both instruments for about eleven years on and off. In the summer of 2014, Isaac began producing music on his computer using Ableton. After about a year of producing music he wasn’t proud of, Isaac began producing ambient music taking inspiration from Minecraft composer C418 as well as his own imagination. Exotronik’s beautiful synthetic soundscapes, emotional melodies, and interesting sound structures are sure to create a futuristic space world that you can explore for hours.
Eastern Standard is a twenty year old producer who has been making music since 2011. Featured below are his tracks Seoul and Not Guilty.