Aukai offers a collection of cinematic pieces and ambient acoustic soundscapes dappled with subtle electronic touches. Written by Markus Sieber, Aukai brings together outstanding instrumentalists to collaborate on music that could work in tandem with film, video, theater and the visual arts. Aukai’s featured works include his 2017 EP Snow Works and 2016 single “Cloudline”.
Official Website: https://www.aukaimusic.com/
Maiya Hershey is a Lebanese based sound producer and visual artist who spent most of her childhood years experimenting and learning with acoustic pianos and synthesizers. After composing a multitude of ambient and atmospheric singles, she produced her first debut album Tides. Maiya focuses on creating organic sound loops that are stimulated by natural components, she experiments by layering elongated sound waves and reversed piano loops accentuating reverb and delay to portray atmospheric fluidity and otherness. Maiya’s pieces typically transcend the physical, creating new dreamlike worlds and inviting the listeners in through the visuals of her compositions.
Released by Shimmering Moods Records, her debut album Tides is featured below
Yunus Tan a.k.a. Somnium Praeterid (Dream of Past) is an ambient producer whose potent in music is derived from the past of the dreamers (living) that surround him physically or mentally. As these abstract materials become an object in his mind, he then synthesizes these pieces with imaginary environments that mostly feature a non-somatic (body-free) realm. In his music formation, the main objective is to state what kind of image our innermost intellect, which hosts our true selves and past, would present if they were shaped into geometric space. At this point, ‘dreams’ are essential to support his work’s philosophy.
Of his featured track “Galactic Garden” Somnium says, “Based on a real event, this piece is a result of an experience with someone loved most. And fantasized to a place where time is just a destination that could be easily traveled to. Among all other restrictive laws that humiliated, also, this is no place for ‘time’ to surround us. In this place, time is surrounded by ourselves. The garden presents our positive and most loved moments in our lives. Those are the moments, that we want to stop the motion to keep and sustain it endlessly.
Nevertheless, drawing a realm that features so many extras compared to our physical reality. I must keep the contrast in a recognizable level which the point of the philosophy could be perceptible by anyone. So the music contains little, sometimes a bit bigger dark themes throughout the chords. And thus, represents the unrelenting dilemma of the emotion that we get when we are in our joyful moments. We enjoy it. But we want to keep it endless. And this is no question for the realm we live in. As escaping from our long known reality is important, it is by far the most important thing to stay close to it at the same time as much as possible. This is the real deal to keep sanity while we dream awake.”
Ambient producer Brock Hewitt creates experiential music that is storytelling focused on reflection and film. His music crafts intimate moments in time that guide the listener on an infinite emotional journey.
Official Website: https://brockhewitt.com/
The first Night Gestalt album, ONE, came with a limited edition book of the story written alongside the music. One tells the story of a spaceship called One controlled by a a computer name She transporting the remaining survivors of the human race from a destroyed earth. In tandem with this release, Night Gestlat announced [VAULT]. Of this album three unique versions of three songs from the album were pressed onto dubplate vinyl. While the masters were deleted, the vinyls were buired in three locations across the world. Night Gestlat says, “Wth my first album I wanted to limit myself as much as possible to see what would happen. Only bleepy arpeggios and vocals, no bass, no drums, nothing else. ”
Official Website: http://nightgestalt.com/
The label Easy + Nice was created by electronic musician Waki who creates ambient, chill techno, drone, electro or sometimes just experimental music. The sound is mostly meditative, not loud, repetitive, philosophical/ethereal, or sometimes just funny. Created in 2015, the basic concept behind the label is introducing ecletic music with CDR/download data. A compilation of music from different ambient artists, Aida is the first full length album released by Easy +Nice.
Featured below is Aida with artist comments below
Keita Sasaki / Mythology-Prototype No.02 “Swim Star”
“This track is my favorite gig tune. When you want to go your place, listen to this. It is the scene spread in your front I think.”
CrazyRomantic / Fleeting
“I suddenly realized that I was dreaming… I made this song from such a fleeting story.”
The Quietist / Undercurrents
“Undercurrents is part 1 of a three track ep. Track 2 is called “Unseen” and is on Soundcloud and part 3 is unreleased at the moment. Each track uses the same instruments and effects.
SHIMOMURA Yasushi / Kokin Boogie
“This song was born when I was trying to find the concept of my band with overtone instruments like jew’s harps and hoomei voices. If the band chose this kind of style, “Uryuyama Overtone Ensemble” might have been a glamorous rock’n roll band.”
Satoshi YAMASHITA / Kammerspiele XXX
“I usually play with multiple turntables. With regard to my tune “”Kammerspiele XXX”” this time, however, instead of using turntables, I reconstructed only a plurality of self-collected sound sources with so-called “”musique concrète”” methodology. While recalling that I was going to pursue electronic music seriously since I saw Luc Ferrari’s arrival in Japan. The quoted text in this tune is Kafka’s “”Die Verwandlung””.”
Nttt / The Opening Customer
“Multiple songs are connected in a song. I intended to make the track have the storyline that profound movies might have. “
Keikichi Kimishima / Paper,Guitar_Fmajor
“Musical sound and noise, reality and fantasy, repetition and asynchronous. Those were the concepts I was thinking of while I was composing songs including this one. It is made of crumpling paper sound and two guitar chords and the computer processing.”
Tontenten x Kaetsu Takahashi / Amber
“The time trapped in amber. Piano gradually gathers the fragments of memories and makes melodies from them, and the guitar drone fills the space.”
Masashi Ximoto / Nebula
“A song derived from the title song of my album “NEWEXOSKELETON”. Made with “Reason” of Propellerhead, and there I controlled reverb parameter with multiple LFO and controlled the effect channel with step sequencer to get continual change, quietness and dynamics at the same time.”
Cerebrum 24 / Float
“I usually play in a band named Gravel’s End. And both in the band and in this song I have similar themes like “”the end”” or “”the death””. The vibration of the lives, repetition, finish and release. This time I am happy to be in this compilation that has such a variety of electronic songs, and it was very stimulating experience to me.”
Jobanshi / KIOKU TO UMI
“This song is made of my original samples of the melodies taken from various oriental folk songs. Enjoy somewhat nostalgic and never-heard bizarre development.”
Official Website: http://easyandnice.chillout.jp/
Listener consists of techno producer “Content Corrupted” aka Garik and house producer “Eeli”. Both good friends they decided to make a platform featuring podcasts of the music they listen to and are interested in besides house and techno. Because of the emotional connection to the stories behind the music, the podcasts they make are really important to them. The music in their ‘Nude Nude’ EP is the soundtrack to specific stories reflecting an emotional range from loneliness to happiness and inspiration. Listener says, “All we are doing on “Listener” is sharing stories and we just want that music to be heard.”
Sun Through Eyelids
Sun Through Eyelids is a project conceived by Tom Necklen in 2014 to reflect the healing aspects of nature. His music may produce a healing element for many who appreciate the wonders of the unknown and the delicacy of nature.