Sounds Of A Tired City #32: Peter van Cooten

Sounds Of A Tired City #32: Ambientblog / Peter van Cooten

Sounds Of A Tired City was born on 23 April 2014. For the first anniversary of our existence we teamed up with Peter van Cooten from The Netherlands, the founder of Ambientblog who prepared a sonic walk through the streets of a tired city – entitled 'Ghost Road Stroll'.

Erik K Skodvin (Photo: Monique Recknagel)

Watch/Read/Travel: Erik K Skodvin

"I'm sure most Belgian people would think I'm crazy for adding their country as my top favorite travel destination. I also have to note that I actually never saw the sun while visiting Belgium. I've probably been there over 10 times now and still as far as I remember... no sun."

Jannick Schou

Watch/Read/Travel: Jannick Schou

"The collection serves as a grim reminder of the excesses and violence brought about by war. It is a testament to the fragility of life, but also to a certain kind of adaptability; an ability to go on even in the face of such despair, hopelessness. I am not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, as it is not a pleasant affair at all, but on the other hand, it has really stuck with me as an important experience."

Intonal 2015

Crème de la crème: Intonal. Experimental Music Festival in Malmö (24-26 April, 2015)

What happens when Malmö (Inkonst), Stockholm (EMS), Krakow (Unsound) and Berlin (CTM) unite their forces? A splendid celebration of experimental music with a world class line-up, a whole weekend dedicated to sound, light and art in Malmö, Sweden. We are happy to announce that Sounds Of A Tired City will be the official press partner of the Intonal Festival, which means plenty of exciting news, reports and interviews coming up, just watch this space.

The Innernettes

The Innernettes: Lounge music for bankrupt video stores

The Innernettes are a music duo from Brazil, formed by two old friends and musical partners, Vinicius Cabral and Christian Bravo. They would describe their own sound as lounge music for bankrupt video stores... or as they’re moving forward, it’s becoming more and more like a cassette mixtape of spoiled and defective house music. We spoke to Vinicius to find out more about their obscure yet intriguing concept that nowadays is widely (un)known as vaporwave. Also, you can familiarize yourselves with some haunting commercials and ridiculous gym aesthetics from the 80s Brazil. Inspiration strikes where/when you least expect it!

Ran Slavin

Watch/Read/Travel: Ran Slavin

"The pace, locations, visual style, surprising turn outs are all great. The whole film throughout takes place in a freezing icy setting in an industrial suburb in Northern China and involves a melancholic femme fatale working in a dry cleaners. Great premise."

Black Swan - Sounds Of A Tired City #31

Sounds Of A Tired City #31: Black Swan

Although Black Swan does not give too many interviews, let alone do special guest mixes, we got both of them. Loosen your seat belts for some drone poetry.

Black Swan

Black Swan: Between thoughts and music, I never hear silence

We have no idea who’s the person behind the Black Swan project (okay, that's not entirely true anymore), but that’s maybe for the best. Since the beginning of this decade we get our yearly fair share of haunting drones from New York and we should not question their origins. Although he does not give too many interviews, let alone do special guest mixes, we got both of them.

Erik Wøllo

Watch/Read/Travel: Erik Wøllo

"As a Norwegian I like to go to places that are completely different to the Scandinavian nature. The southwestern parts of USA have some really interesting places, with large remote deserts and vast plains."

Kassel Jaeger: Fragments (collected sounds from deserted places)

PREMIERE: Kassel Jaeger – Silvaplana

After his brilliant 'Toxic Cosmopolitanism' on Editions Mego last year, the Swiss-French Kassel Jaeger returns with a collection of sounds from deserted places. 'Fragments' will be released in digital format only on 27 March, but the lucky readers and listeners of Sounds Of A Tired City will be able to hear one of the most impressive fragments entitled 'Silvaplana' right here, right now.

Chihei Hatakeyama - Sounds Of A Tired City #30

Sounds Of A Tired City #30: Chihei Hatakeyama

Chihei Hatakeyama prepared a guest mix for your listening pleasure, which might be one of the most soothing collection of sounds you could hear this year.

Chihei Hatakeyama

Chihei Hatakeyama: When you are on the inside of it, Japanese ambient music does not seem to be that special

Unless you've been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere during the last decade, Chihei Hatakeyama's name sure must evoke powerful memories and delightful thoughts. Let's admit that not much is known about the person behind these celestial drones, which is mostly due to linguistic barriers. We have decided to overcome these difficulties and find out as much as possible about this mysterious Japanese treasure. Chihei also prepared a guest mix for your listening pleasure, which might be one of the most soothing collection of sounds you could hear this year.

Marsen Jules: The Empire Of Silence

PREMIERE: Marsen Jules – tlaslo

Ten years after his debut-album 'Herbstlaub', German ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his 'Empire of Silence', an impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of Nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Although we are still quite a bit away from the Greenlandic scenery Jules is dedicating the album to, considering our Scandinavian mood and climate, we are proud to present one of the eight tracks entitled 'Tlaslo', which means snow that falls slowly in Inuit language. Exclusive premiere on Sounds Of A Tired City!

Alient Transistor - Sounds Of A Tired City #29

Sounds Of A Tired City #29: Alien Transistor

We asked Markus Acher some questions about Alien Transistor to find out a bit more about their label activities. He also prepared a mix with some of the most essential releases on Alien Transistor.

Alien Transistor

Alien Transistor: Markus Acher

Alien Transistor was founded in 2003 by Markus and Micha Acher from The Notwist. The label's concept is quite an interesting one: to produce music that has a musical or personal relation to the Notwist-microcosm. From electronic soundscapes through abstract hip-hop to laptop-treated contemporary, from processed oriental music to Nick Drake-inspired-songwriting: Alien Transistor doesn’t respect any musical boundaries.

Klara Lewis

Klara Lewis: I cannot improvise my tracks, because then the concert would have to last several months

Klara Lewis' name should be already familiar to those who kept an open ear last year. The 21-year-old Swedish composer released her critically acclaimed debut album 'Ett' on Editions Mego in April 2014. When it comes to her music and artistic approach, there is plenty to talk about... therefore we sat down in Stockholm for a cup of noisy coffee with this talented young lady to find out more about her inspiring background and exciting future plans.

Bruno Bavota: Mediterraneo

PREMIERE: Bruno Bavota – Who Loves, Lives

Bruno Bavota is a Neapolitan pianist and composer – a romantic at heart. He invites his listeners to drown their sorrows in a beautifully shimmering sea of notes. We are proud and happy to premiere one of the most beautiful songs and Bruno's personal favourite from his new album 'Mediterraneo', which is going to be released on Dronarivm, 25 May 2015. Ladies and gentlemen: 'Who Loves, Lives'.

Joel Tammik

Watch/Read/Travel: Joel Tammik

"I had my first proper long motorbike adventure trip in 2008: 12,000 km to Albania and back. I had the opportunity to see this country before the "Western invasion". Albania was the adventure motorcyclist's dream country with hundreds of kilometers gravel roads in the mountains and kilometers long beaches with zero people."

Gizeh Records - Sounds Of A Tired City #28

Sounds Of A Tired City #28: Gizeh Records

We spoke to Richard Knox to find out more about the artists and the history of the label and the perks of an enthusiastic DIY attitude. He also made a splendid guest mix, featuring some of the best tracks released on Gizeh Records.

Gizeh Records

Gizeh Records: Richard Knox

Gizeh Records is an independent label based in Manchester, UK. Founded by Richard Knox in Leeds, 2004 and focusing on a fiercely DIY ethic, Gizeh has grown with its artists over the years to form a strong community of musicians and artists from around the world, most of them collaborating together over the years across various projects, helping the label and those involved progress and evolve in an organic, inspiring and galvanising way.

Dirk Serries

Watch/Read/Travel: Dirk Serries

"A serious movie about an extremely deformed man that is considered to be freak but in fact is a highly intelligent man. A metaphor for all of us that do not really belong to what society predicts and expects, no?"

Roger Sellers

Roger Sellers: People see me perform with a table of electronic equipment with headphones and immediately think that I’m a DJ

Imagine folk-dance-americana-electric-symphonic fusion, where Philip Glass, Sufjan Stevens, and Joanna Newsom all groove to late night ambient house music in George Martin’s livingroom – that's where you find Roger Sellers. We spoke to the ambitious, Texas-based musician about his career and the perks of being an independent artist these days.

Brendon Anderegg

Watch/Read/Travel: Brendon Anderegg (Mountains)

'Musicophilia' is a really interesting and easily digestible collection of stories about individuals with neurological disorders who experience music in completely different ways than most. From synesthesia, to amusia (lack of pitch recognition), to a man who has no memory for anything other than music, the book explores the way the mind processes music.

Pepijn Caudron / Kreng (Photo: Nathalie Tabury)

Kreng: The record is not dedicated to the people who are dead, it’s a record for the living

It was about time for a new batch of haunting sounds, although the circumstances around the genesis of 'The Summoner' could not have been more harrowing: it is based around the five stages of mourning, been made after a year of losing several close friends. Sounds Of A Tired City was curious to hear more about Kreng's latest album, which was released on Miasmah (6 February 2015). We asked Pepijn about his most personal work up to this date, his perception of death, and you can also read a bit about his recent film-related works.

Mytrip: Empty

PREMIERE : Mytrip – Empty

Mytrip is a dark ambient/drone act ran by Angel Simitchiev, a 26 year old musician and composer from Bulgaria. After about 8 years spent mostly performing live and publishing music on cassette tapes, Mytrip is finally releasing music on vinyl, which has its premiere on Sounds Of A Tired City.

Steinbruchel - Sounds Of A Tired City #27

Sounds Of A Tired City #27: Steinbrüchel

On the occasion of his recent release 'Parallel Landscapes' on 12k, we would like to invite you to travel within our conversation with Ralph Steinbrüchel in which we go back to his roots, explore his inspirations and creative methods during the last 20 years. He also prepared a rather special guest mix for us.

Steinbrüchel Competition

Steinbrüchel Competition: Win A Copy of ‘Parallel Landscapes’

Win a copy of Steinbrüchel's new album 'Parallel Landscapes'. The question is to identify (or guess as close as possible) how many different tracks have been used in Steinbrüchel's mix Sounds Of A Tired City #27. It’s not necessary to identify any of the artists and titles. The person guessing the correct (or closest) amount of tracks will win a copy of ‘Parallel Landscapes’, courtesy of 12k.

Steinbrüchel

Steinbrüchel: For me music is like a three dimensional audio based sculpture in space

Ralph Steinbrüchel is a German musician and graphic designer living in Zürich, Switzerland. His productions – be it music or graphic design – follow a distinctly sophisticated aesthetic. Steinbrüchel's musical work deals mainly with the texture and atmosphere of sound, and you could hear the results of his spacious arrangements on prominent labels like 12k, Room40 and LINE, just to name a few. On the occasion of his recent release 'Parallel Landscapes' on 12k, we would like to invite you to travel within our conversation with Ralph in which we go back to his roots, explore his inspirations and creative methods during the last 20 years.

Sounds Of A Tired City #26: Dronarivm

Sounds Of A Tired City #26: Dronarivm

We spoke to Dmitry Taldykin to find out a bit more about the history and current activities of this dynamic Russian label. While Dmitry took care of the words, Bartosz was taking care of the sounds and prepared a guest mix featuring some of their favourite tracks from the Dronarivm discography.

Dronarivm

Dronarivm: Dmitry Taldykin & Bartosz Dziadosz

Dronarivm is a Moscow-based independent label founded in 2012. Managed by Dmitry Taldykin and curated by Bartosz Dziadosz aka Pleq, the label focuses on contemporary ambient and modern classical music. Considering the label's young age the roster features numerous illustrious ambient artists such as Celer, Machinefabriek, Pillowdiver, Aaron Martin, Christoph Berg, Offthesky, Strom Noir etc. While Dmitry took care of the words, Bartosz was taking care of the sounds and prepared a guest mix featuring some of their favourite tracks from the Dronarivm discography.

Bram Bosteels / Kaboom Karavan

Watch/Read/Travel: Bram Bosteels (Kaboom Karavan)

"My girlfriend and I lived in an abandoned art-deco villa for some weeks. On an exploration tour through the many different rooms of the house, we opened the door of the basement. We found the remains of an old, bizarre café there, with an old gas lamp standing on a small table. To our surprise the lamp was lit, we saw a flame dancing right in the middle of it."

William Ryan Fritch - Sounds Of A Tired City #25

Sounds Of A Tired City #25: William Ryan Fritch

William has a surprising number of instruments and he is not afraid to use all of them. Also, he was not afraid to talk to us about his ever-expanding passion for creating music and to compile a guest mix for your pleasure.

William Ryan Fritch

William Ryan Fritch: Over the last 18 years I’ve accrued a large collection of about 50 distinct musical instruments

William Ryan Fritch is a film composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His compositions are characterized by his unique range as a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, which allows him to realize large ensemble arrangements as a solo endeavor. William has a surprising number of instruments and he is not afraid to use all of them. Also, he was not afraid to talk to us about his ever-expanding passion for creating music and to compile a guest mix for your pleasure.

Chris Hooson

Watch/Read/Travel: Chris Hooson (Dakota Suite)

"I find myself being upset with anyone who doesn't think it's in their top three films ever. In the same way that I cannot understand people who look at me oddly when I suggest that I consider myself to have been altered on a structural/DNA level when hearing 'Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten' by Arvo Pärt for the first time."

Marcus Skinner (Bird Traps)

Bird Traps: I just came into the studio with this minimalist concept, a guitar and badly written scores

Bird Traps hails from Australia and takes the listener on a trip of sonic meditations and hazy minimalism. Quiet sprawls and repetitive, hazy harmonies. Blurs genres of ambient, neo-classical and experimental. Marcus Skinner's music is ethereal and ephemeral, slow shimmering soundscapes, cinematic and warm, lush and emotional, long slowly unfurling melancholic melodies, sun dappled and soft focus. Exploring unfolding abstraction and minimalist arrangements.

Richard Skelton

Watch/Read/Travel: Richard Skelton

"I have a particular fondness for the ITV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, starring Jeremy Brett, which ran for a decade during the 80s and 90s. Watching them all these years later provokes a peculiar nostalgia, and Brett is at once histrionic and yet utterly compelling – he draws you in. Benedict Cumberbatch has a long way to go…"

Eric Holm

Eric Holm: I was born in a horrendous ice storm. So maybe it’s just in me but if it’s cold and snowing, I’m just happier

'Andøya' was one of the most impressive releases last year, but practically nothing is known about the man behind this exciting collection of mechanic purrs. This being the first interview that Eric has ever given, we tried to find out as much as possible about this man in the proper winter jacket and his fascination with remote places and unusual sounds.

The Cosmic Jokers: Sci Fi Party

Page #24. The Cosmic Jokers – Sci Fi Party

The Cosmic Jokers is not really a band per se but a supergroup of several German musicians and personalities from the 70's psychedelic philosophies. Among the participants we can find names such as Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze of Ash Ra Tempel, Jürgen Dollase and Harald Grosskopf of Wallenstein, and Dieter Dierks (the inventor and patent holder of the DVDplus).

Ezekiel Honig

Watch/Read/Travel: Ezekiel Honig

"I've had many serendipitous moments of randomly passing a piece of work that inspired me, just on the way to look for the restroom or a drink of water, or accidentally entering a room that I found fascinating as a means of passing through to a different, intended one. It’s really a benefit to ignore all maps and guides and just wander and get lost, because you will always see something new, and learn something new."

HOLOVR (Jimmy Billingham)

HOLOVR: The tape scene had a real underground feel – not just a signifier of being underground, obscure, niche, as it sometimes feels now

London-based artist Jimmy Billingham is the man of many musical monikers, therefore you might know him as HOLOVR, Tidal, Venn Rain and Holographic Arts, just to name a few. Over the last years he's been involved with various labels, but he kind of stayed under the radar until his first album as HOLOVR ('Lunar Lake', 2013) was released on Opal Tapes. This was followed by his second one last year ('Holo Earth'), bringing him some well-deserved attention.

Marsen Jules

Watch/Read/Travel: Marsen Jules

"This is one of H.P. Lovecraft's masterpieces. I love how he is drawing you deeper and deeper into the story with his mysterious announcements and subtle anticipations of the plot. A style of writing which can also be found in some stories of Edgar Allen Poe and which was later adapted by Stephen King for some of his less 'horrific' books."

Sounds Of A Tired City #24: Sonic Pieces

Sounds Of A Tired City #24: Sonic Pieces

Listen to a guest mix featuring some of the finest pieces of the Sonic Pieces discography – even a special one from Jasmine Guffond's first album under her real name. 'Yellow Bell' is going to be released on 30 January on Sonic Pieces. The compilation is mixed by a good friend of the label, Lingg Wray.

Sonic Pieces

Sonic Pieces: Monique Recknagel

Sonic Pieces is a boutique record label from Berlin, founded and thoughtfully managed by Monique Recknagel. They have always been focusing on quality over quantity, therefore every carefully selected release comes as a limited edition in genuine packaging, hand-crafted with locally produced and designed material. Mostly focusing on neo-classical and ambient music, they have been working with musicians such as Deaf Center (Erik K. Skodvin, Otto A. Totland), Kreng, Nils Frahm, Greg Haines, Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka, Hildur Guðnadóttir...

Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner: The longest period that I’ve written a song is a decade

Mirel Wagner is a singer/songwriter born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland. Since an early age she is writing rather doomy folk and blues songs, performing with her ethereal but rough voice, complemented with a minimalistic guitar picking. Despite the bare sounding, her music has a thoughtful intensity and a sincere weight.

Wouter van Veldhoven

Watch/Read/Travel: Wouter van Veldhoven

"This place combines things I really love: old industrial buildings, open space and nature. Located in the middle of a nature reserve there is this colossal building, a concrete cathedral which used to be a longwave radio transmitter for communication with Indonesia..."

Sounds Of A Tired City #23: EUS

Sounds Of A Tired City #23: EUS

There's no better way to start this year than sharing a special guestmix with you coming all the way from Costa Rica, compiled and mixed by EUS. He prepared a special compilation, consisting of tracks from his favourite albums of 2014. This means Lawrence English, Erik K Skodvin, Richard Skelton, Jacaszek, Janek Schaefer, Deru, Kyoka... and more!

Sounds Of A Tired City: Best Of 2014

Sounds Of A Tired City’s Best Of 2014

2014. It’s been a good year. Actually, it’s been an extremely good one, since earlier this year Sounds Of A Tired City didn’t even exist. Summarizing facts is not a complicated task, but epitomizing a year in music is a damn difficult one. We loathe to love and love to loathe end of year lists, since everything is so relative, highly personal and subjective, no one can argue with that. Even so, it can be a wondrously inspiring journey to sink into a list full of – supposedly – impressive, powerful, substantial releases. If someone manages to discover at least one record they haven't heard before, it was already worth all the effort.

Best of 2014: Part #5 (10-1)

Best of 2014: Part #5 (10-1)

Hope you're all ready to discover the 10 most essential records this year. Because they're here on this page, you just need to keep scrolling down. This was the most difficult part of compiling this list, since numbers and ranks seem to be so irrelevant at this point. Let's just say that all of these records (so do the previous ones) deserve your utmost attention which should be carried on for many more years to come.

Best of 2014: Part #4 (20-11)

Best of 2014: Part #4 (20-11)

We are slowly heading towards the end... Every day, in every way, getting better and better. In the fourth part you will find some gorgeous records by Richard Chartier's Pinkcourtesyphone, Yair Elazar Glotman's KETEV, Jenny Hval & Susanna, Ueno Masaaki, Saåad, Dalhous, Mica Levi's brilliant 'Under The Skin' soundtrack, and one of the most impressive debutants this year, Siavash Amini.

Best Of 2014: Part #3 (30-21)

Best of 2014: Part #3 (30-21)

Voilà, it’s time to take a look at the third part of our end-of-the-year best of list including recent works of Vessel, Opitope, Vladislav Delay, Andy Stott, Oren Ambarchi etc. If you missed the first parts, make...

Best Of 2014 (40-31)

Best of 2014: Part #2 (40-31)

Here comes the second part of our end-of-the-year best of list including recent works of Lee Gamble, Chris Herbert, Robert Curgenven, Olan Mill, Loscil, Otto A. Totland and then some more.

Best Of 2014 (50-41)

Best of 2014: Part #1 (50-41)

Summarizing facts is not a complicated task, but epitomizing a year in music is a damn difficult one. We loathe to love and love to loathe end of year lists, since everything is so relative, highly personal and subjective, no one can argue with that. Even so, it can be a wondrously inspiring journey to sink into a list full of – supposedly – impressive, powerful releases. If someone manages to discover at least one record they haven't heard before, it was already worth all the effort.

Christ.

Watch/Read/Travel: Christ.

"I lived on a traveller site with various forms of travellers, hippies, anarchists and oddly, a couple of traditional gypsy traveller families. It was an interesting time… It allowed me to experience life from the point of view of someone for whom most daily activities had tangible, touchable results."

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

A Winged Victory For The Sullen: Some pieces live better in the memory

Sounds Of A Tired City were lucky enough to sit down with Adam and Dustin in Stockholm. We talked about the birth of 'ATOMOS', the collaboration process, finding the right performers and pushing the individual limits. We were also curious to hear a bit more about Dustin's involvement with film scores and at last but not least you will be able to find out what is happening with the new Stars Of The Lid record – if anything. However, we have failed to find an answer to a substantial question: what happened to 'ATOMOS IV'?

Ben Woods

Watch/Read/Travel: Ben Woods

"For a couple of miles you can follow the walk ways and bike trails all the way to the sea. I’ve spent many nights in my teen years cycling along these lit paths listening to my favourite tracks in my headphones. I knew that even at that age that these images would stick in my mind forever."

Sounds Of A Tired City #22: Sundrugs

Sounds Of A Tired City #22: Sundrugs

"To fit the mood of the interview, I collected the most interesting ambient tracks released in 2014 – according to my opinion. Although this year, like the previous one was in many ways quite poor…"

Patryk Kawalarz (Sundrugs)

Sundrugs: Making music is mainly a passion. You can always do it for yourself, silently hoping that someone will appreciate it one day.

Sundrugs is the solo ambient/drone project of Patryk Kawalarz, a composer and producer based in Warsaw, Poland. His debut album 'Hidden Scenes' was released last spring on BLWBCK, which was recently followed by 'Low' on the same Toulouse-based label. We talked to Patryk about his early and current influences, the first steps towards becoming a composer, also raising important questions about the Polish music scene and the difficulty of reaching out to the international audience. He also prepared a guest mix featuring some of his favourite tracks of this year.

Sounds Of A Tired City: Last Year's Finest (Part #2)

Sounds Of A Tired City: Last Year’s Finest (Part #2)

As promised previously, here comes the second collection of last year's finest sounds - this time for the lovers of harsher rhythms and stern sounds. Don't be afraid to embrace it as loud as possible.

Tor Lundvall

Watch/Read/Travel: Tor Lundvall

"There was an underlying creepiness to the 1970s, at least that's how I perceived the decade as a child. I was afraid of strangers, apprehensive that my mother wouldn't pick me up after my piano lessons (I walked home alone several evenings whenever she was late). Most of all, I dreaded the dreams and visions I'd have when I was really sick, like seeing faces and patterns in the carpets and wallpaper, or when the bedroom seemed to grow at least ten times its normal size at night."

Sounds Of A Tired City #21: Home Normal

Sounds Of A Tired City #21: Home Normal

We've talked to Ian to find out as much as possible about this special little world he's created with so much honest enthusiasm and hard work. You can read about the history of Home Normal, the birth and concept of its sublabels, the exclusivity of each release, the importance of supporting each other and some exciting future plans. Ian also did a smashing 2 hours (!) mix featuring some of his favourite releases and plenty as-of-yet-unreleased tracks from the future – exclusively for the readers and listeners of Sounds Of A Tired City. 

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