Watch/Read/Travel: Aidan Baker

"The primary narrative tells the story of a man who writes pornography and creates an idealized fantasy woman (who may or may not be the embodiment of the 20th century) for Hitler, and in the process alters the course of history, creating an alternative reality wherein the Germans won the second world war…"

Sounds Of A Tired City: Last Year’s Finest (Part #1)

Whether you like it or not, this year is slowly coming to an end. This means that soon there will be a gush of subjective end-of-the-year lists featuring the most essential records. While you are eagerly waiting to find out which were (are and will be) our favourite albums of 2014, you can take a step back and enjoy some of the best ambient pieces of last year with us.

Watch/Read/Travel: Lawrence English

"There was a day where I had one of those properly life changing experiences, something that I guess some people would find incidental, but I found innately powerful. I was standing on the edge of a large chasm, a sloped fall that ran from the edge of a plateau to the ocean. The temperature began to drop incredibly rapidly and the wind died away."

Oren Ambarchi: I think a lot of people are very snobby about music and they don’t appreciate incredible things because of silly hang-ups

Oren Ambarchi's latest album 'Quixotism' was released early October on Editions Mego, and definitely marks a new milestone in his ever-expanding universe. Recorded with a multitude of collaborators in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA, 'Quixotism' presents the fruit of two years of work in the form of a single, LP-length piece in five parts. We had the pleasure of talking to Oren during his brief stay in Stockholm, so you can find out more about his new techno record and its peculiar cover, his fascination with Thomas Brinkmann, experimentation in pop music and the unbearable lightness of constantly being able to create in various styles.

Watch/Read/Travel: James Ginzburg (Emptyset)

"and he gets paid well up there in norway, so everything is pretty expensive, those norwegian potatoes aren’t cheap. but it's ok. living in a cabin, you can get a lot of food out of a few potatoes. the north atlantic is still uninterrupted, and the islands are there this time, but the edge of the universe is there too, looming. casually. and you are already dead. how fortunate to see it, for a moment."

Sounds Of A Tired City #20: Morr Music

Morr Music is a label that truly has something for everyone. Same goes for Thomas Morr, the founder of the label who has something to tell everyone. In our in-depth interview with Thomas you will able to find out everything you always wanted to know about Morr Music and the secret of running an extremely successful label. Thomas also prepared an exclusive mixtape for Sounds Of A Tired City, full of delicious pieces released on Morr Music.

Morr Music – Thomas Morr: A goodbye kiss from Björk on my right cheek and such memories

Morr Music merges electronic and indie musical disciplines, so that many consider the label to have invented its own genre. With more than 130 albums in their catalogue, Morr Music is a label that truly has something for everyone. In our in-depth interview with label founder Thomas Morr you will able to find out everything you always wanted to know about Morr Music and the secret of running an extremely successful label. Thomas also prepared an exclusive mixtape for Sounds Of A Tired City, full of delicious pieces released on Morr Music.

Page #23. Scissors And Sellotape – For The Tired And Ill At Ease

Scissors And Sellotape is one of those projects which we would love to hear more from. Released in 2011 on Facture, 'For The Tired And Ill At Ease' works with the tristfullness of Stars Of The Lid and the dream-like minimalism of Nils Frahm and Olan Mill. The album reflects an atheist’s fascination with the continuing hold that theology has over people.

Watch/Read/Travel: Jason Corder (offthesky)

"I love all works by this author for their typically surreal, odd ball spiritual, and whimsical nature that often brings the reader into worlds that bridge reality with fantasy. This particular sci-fi number has stayed tirelessly in my mind over the years – the characters are odd and intriguing and the tempo of the book makes it easy to get along with."

BIINDS: Most of the time, the people around me told me to be quiet, so I just stayed quiet.

BIINDS is an audiovisual collaborative project founded by Nicolo Sommer and Christy Taylor based in Germany, the United States, Peru and the United Kingdom. Their self-titled debut album was released last year and involves various guest musicians with instruments such as the violin, percussion, cello, viola and drums. Their atmospheric world is based on soothing vocals soaked in a luxurious trip-hop and light orchestral ambient mixture. We talked to Nicolo and Christy to find out more about the genesis of their exciting project, their influences, and obviously you can check out their music as well.

Page #22. Yasume – Where We’re From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song

Since the gum we like is going to come back in style, it's quite appropriate to celebrate with an album that refers to the cult series Twin Peaks when it comes both to its title and vivid cover. However, that is how far it goes when it comes to the Twin Peaks atmosphere of Yasume – the rest is all about multilayered glitch and playful beats.

Watch/Read/Travel: Sylvain Chauveau

"The jungle where almost everything you see could in fact be a strange animal, is haunted by insect noises that recall the electronic sine waves of Ryoji Ikeda et al. In the evening the volcano became all dark, showing red and yellow lines of falling lava that looked like flashes in the night."

Sounds Of A Tired City #19: Ben Lukas Boysen

Ben Lukas Boysen – you might know him as Hecq, but preferably both – has been busy for more than 10 years with redefining the possibilities within ethereal soundscapes and brisk breaks with genuine love towards music. Whether he is working on his own albums or developing ideas for commercial projects, Ben always tries to find an efficient and direct way to leave a strong emotional impact using his distinctive style. Here you can listen to an extremely special mix featuring bits and pieces by Windy & Carl, Svarte Greiner, Demdike Stare, Morton Feldman, Lustmord, Deathprod & Biosphere and many more.

Hecq / Ben Lukas Boysen: If I had a wish to send to the commercial universe, it‘d be that the world should slow down a bit more – what‘s all the rush for?

We talked to Ben about the special concept of this remix album, the difference between Hecq and Ben Lukas Boysen, and the enormous amount of patience one needs to have when working with commercials. You can also read about his dream collaborations and at last but not least you can listen to an extremely special mix featuring bits and pieces by Windy & Carl, Svarte Greiner, Demdike Stare, Morton Feldman, Lustmord, Deathprod & Biosphere and many more.

Page #21. Deux Filles – Silence & Wisdom

The short, mysterious career of this French female duo is bookended by tragedy. Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule met as teenagers on a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident. The two teens bonded over their shared grief and worked through their bereavement with music.

Watch/Read/Travel: Aaron Martin

"At the bottom of the hill where sleds and shadowed bodies would rush on winter nights was a tire swing. On the other side of the property was a large tree with a faded yellow, knotted rope. I would often climb up with a book and sit or look out onto the roofs in the distance."

Sounds Of A Tired City #18: n5MD

We've asked Mike Cadoo to participate in our label Q&A session, since besides curating and supporting quality music, he produces music himself, and let's admit there are not too many labels around who first started to release music on MiniDiscs. Mike explained the story of this extinct format, the emotional vision behind his record label and he also delighted us with a mix composed exclusively of pieces released on n5MD.

n5MD: Mike Cadoo

n5MD is an independent record label based in Oakland, California. The label is run by Mike Cadoo and primarily releases electronic music which focuses more on melody and emotion. We've asked Mike to participate in our label Q&A session, since besides curating and supporting quality music, he produces music himself... and let's admit there are not too many labels around who first started to release music on MiniDiscs. Mike explained the story of this extinct format, the emotional vision behind his record label and he also delighted us with a mix composed exclusively of pieces released on n5MD.

Page #20. Belong – October Language

The fragile yet heavy texture of these guitar sounds, distorted and heavily processed loops feels like it never ends. Ambient and noise music on their honeymoon. It's been three years since we last heard from Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones – we sincerely hope that we don't have to wait much longer.

Watch/Read/Travel: Marc Dall (Dalhous)

"Cronenberg's film based on the novel is equally lurid and provocative, but I find the film a lot funnier, it has a mischievous sense of humour that wasn't as visible in the book. Still, the novel is a haunting vision of the future we're currently living."

Benjamin Finger: I’m trying to combine hip-hop, techno and pop elements in a very conservative genre that I think many tend to think ambient music is

Norway's Benjamin Finger was educated at Oslo Photo Art School before he started to study fiction film to become a director at the Film and TV Academy (NISS) in Oslo. Since then he has done several short films, music videos and participated at various photo exhibitions, besides working for television, NRK. He is now a freelancer director and photographer and have by accident been composing music 'with a healthy disregard for genres'.

Watch/Read/Travel: Vladislav Delay

"I'm totally drawn to that landscape where nothing much grows anymore, it's just rocks and sea. Whatever else is there it really is there for a reason and because of serious resistance and strength. There's very little nonsense there, which I truly appreciate."

Sounds Of A Tired City #17: Ben Vida

We talked to Ben about his unusual rhythmic patterns and his interests in experimental music, which he also illustrates with a rather unconventional mix especially composed for Sounds Of A Tired City. Tracklisting is quite loose: performer + album/collection title, various bits and pieces from here and there.

Ben Vida: My intention was to make an electronic music record that was focused on rhythm but where the rhythms were always failing

Ben Vida is a Brooklyn-based artist and composer who mainly works with electronic compositions that utilize analog and digital synthesizing technologies, with a focus on aural phenomena and sound localization. Just recently released on Shelter Press, his latest LP 'Slipping Control' was originally composed to act as a score, a sound piece and as raw data for electronic control source. We talked to Ben about his unusual rhythmic patterns and his interests in experimental music, which he also illustrates with a rather unconventional mix especially composed for Sounds Of A Tired City.

Page #19. IKEBANA – When You Arrive There

Japanese female duo IKEBANA consists of two very gifted female artists, Maki and En. Technically speaking, there is not much going on on 'When You Arrive There', but at the same time this is what makes it so brilliant – what these women can achieve with the help of two guitars and their own voices is simply mesmerising. Genuinely effortless yet awe-inspiring, emphasizing form and balance.

Watch/Read/Travel: Jessica Bailiff

"The view was gorgeous and surreal: the water and sky were perfect blues, the springtime-green grass was dotted with dandelions, and the cliffs [...] were glowing white. The sun warmed us as the wind cleansed our spirits, after a very trying and somewhat unsuccessful venture on the continent."

Julia Kent: I am working increasingly with electronic sounds and I think that would be where I would turn if the cello suddenly vanished

Julia Kent is a Vancouver-born, New York City-based cellist and composer. She has written music for film, theatre, and dance, has released three solo records, and has toured throughout North America and Europe. Her most recent solo record 'Character' was released by The Leaf Label last year. We've talked to Julia about the beginnings, the long way that eventually lead to finding her own individual voice, influences and inspirations, Paolo Sorrentino, the seductive Italy and her future plans.

Page #18. Ben Woods – Moments

Ben Woods' 'Moments' might (should!) be one of the most memorable ambient albums of the last decade. It's a collection of carefully selected moments, each piece is embodied in the strength of being able to accompany you during various activities like strolling in the meadows when the days begin to chill, reading on the sofa under your favourite blanket with a cup of piping hot chai, or making sweet love in the profound darkness of your eternal space.

Watch/Read/Travel: Félicia Atkinson/Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier Indian Summer Picks

While spending the summer between the French Alps (where she lives now) and on tour in West Canada and the Pacific Northwest, this is what Félicia enjoyed reading, listening and watching the most.

Talent Bazaar: Dragon Turtle

When you listen to a certain band for the very first time – especially when they are practically unknown to the ears around the world – you have no expectations. Once you start listening to Dragon Turtle, you feel it immediately that you're going to be surprised, instantly getting all your hopes and expectations extremely high. And that is how it should be, because they continuously deliver immense quality, post-rock, shoegaze and ambient never went so perfectly hand in hand.

Page #17. Zèbra – The Black And White Album

Zèbra is one of the numerous aliases that Frans de Waard and Roel Meelkop used to produce a the most surprising mixture of IDM, techno and... disco music! The Dutch duo called this refreshing shake 'meltpop'. After releasing such heavy sounds as Goem and Kapotte Muziek, 'The Black And White Album' reveals a heartwarmingly healthy sense of humour. While not exactly taking themselves seriously, Zèbra masterfully poises between dance, disco, funk and noise, techno, glitch – resulting in an organic whole, definitely colourful instead of black and white.

Sounds Of A Tired City #16: Constellation Tatsu

Learn about the history of the Constellation Tatsu and listen to a special mix prepared by the man behind the label – Steven Ramsey – containing some of his favourite tracks from the past and present.

Constellation Tatsu: Steven Ramsey

Constellation Tatsu is an extremely young and relatively small independent label from Oakland, California. The man behind this exquisite collection of quiescent ambience is Steven Ramsey. During these two years, since the birth of Constellation Tatsu he thoughtfully managed to gather Celer, Hakobune, Cankun, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, White Poppy, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel and Jonas Reinhardt under the same roof.

Hauschka: Pianos are obstacles that help me find more answers and new ways of finding new sounds

Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka's name had become one with the dynamic and playful phenomena of the prepared piano. Once living its life as a classical instrument, Hauschka's plaything is ever rejuvenating, each time resurrecting as a different creature with pristine sounds bursting out from its surprised strings.

Page #16. DOS Tracks – :)

Uwe Schmidt (Atom™) has (at least) 70 different aliases. Even if you try really hard, most probably you won't be able to check them all out. DOS Tracks is one of these obscure aliases, and no matter how irrelevant it might seem in the sumptuous discography, this austere album title leads the way to a time machine, which is going to take you straight back to a tender age.

Sounds Of A Tired City #15: Memory Drawings

Listen to a special compilation of influences made by Joel Hanson and Richard Adams. After all, this might be the perfect place to find out more about Memory Drawings.

Memory Drawings: Being open to abandoning your original idea in favor of the new one is the key to successful collaborative composition

Memory Drawings are not your usual musicians who spend long months together, experimenting with endless possibilities and each other's nerves. Besides some guest musicians every now and then, the Anglo-American group consists of Richard Adams, Joel Hanson and Sarah Kemp. Despite being at least at three different places at the same time, the members of Memory Drawings have a remarkable pace of creativity. Today we are celebrating the release of their second feature album, 'There Is No Perfect Place' – this time on Hibernate Recordings.

36: People see a lot of ambient music as something to help them sleep, but I’m trying my hardest to keep them awake

36 is the experimental (mainly) ambient project of Dennis Huddleston from the United Kingdom. Since 2008, the focus for the project has been to develop warm, hugely emotive loop-based compositions, with particular emphasis on melody and melancholic atmosphere. Dennis has his own label 3six Recordings, which serves as the perfect platform to publish his self-released works. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and talent to manage a project like this all alone, but Dennis seems to be extremely self-conscious and determined enough to overcome any obstacles and just let his music speak for itself.

Sounds Of A Tired City #14: Preservation

90 minutes of lush bliss coming from artists featured on Preservation’s limited edition Circa series – Dusted Lux, Matthew Barlow, Olan Mill, Seaworthy, Panabrite, Mirror To Mirror and much more. Warmly welcome!

Preservation: Andrew Khedoori

For many of us, Australia might seem to be extremely far off, exotic and almost unreachable. Obviously, it has a great deal of specialities to offer, nature and adventure at its best – plus they have Andrew Khedoori as well. Andrew is the founder of Preservation, a record label based in Sydney since 2001, releasing suave melodies from all around the world. While making the whole planet a timeless, little cozy place, where distances don't really matter anymore, he took his time to talk to Sounds Of A Tired City about the importance of design, their vision and concept and he also prepared an extraordinary mix.

Talent Bazaar: KLØP

Among the 1.4 million releases on Bandcamp there is a modest but mighty fine self-released ambient drone debut album, which you most probably have never listened to. Until now. 'To Mould The Deceiver’s Song' by KLØP was released last winter, and it’s time to discover who is hiding behind this rather funny sounding name, producing some seriously heavy psychedelic drones, which resonate like a perfect mixture between Tim Hecker and Windy & Carl.

Page #15. nsi. – Non Standard Institute Plays Non Standards

This non standard project of Tobias Freund and Max Loderbauer – whose name you are already familiar with because of their other music projects –, nsi. might be one of the most underrated projects ever that was featured on the nowadays rather moribund Finnish Sähkö Recordings. Up until this record, both Freund and Loderbauer have been actively involved in the techno scene, so this release is not only a spruce endeavour into something more clean, more minimal, but also a revolutionary yet simple way to sonic catharsis.

Frank Bretschneider: When I started making music, I just wanted to explore and see what I can do. Today I only want to make music.

Between 14-27 July, EMS based in Stockholm, Sweden hosted Frank Bretschneider as a resident artist, who was eager to submerge into the legendary Buchla and Serge modular synthesizers. On this occasion, we've talked to the co-founder of Raster-Noton to find out more about what is so special about these machines, his current plans to shift from digital towards analog directions, why computer sounds made such a big impression on him when he was younger, and strolling down memory lane he also shares his experiences with mono turning to stereo, raising the question what else is out there which could make such an enormous difference within the limits of perceptible sound.

Page #14. Steinbrüchel – Stage

Originally composed for a dance performance, Ralph Steinbrüchel's second album on LINE never got the attention that would have deserved – therefore it's time for reevaluation. Since Steinbrüchel works both as a musician and a graphic designer, not only his sonic structures and textures are carefully composed, but the cover also speaks for itself. Working with electronic compositions, yet going back to our organic nature is an extremely well executed dichotomy.

Peter Broderick: I would love to score a film by Miranda July

Sounds Of A Tired City gives Greg Gives Peter Space space (yes, you read that right) once again. After talking to Greg Haines, now it's time to meet the playful brain and voice of the project: Peter Broderick. We asked Peter about his impressions on their recent tour, returning to the USA after living quite a few years in Europe, film and photography, and last but not least: poetry. He also shares one of his special poems with us, which has not been featured in any of his songs – yet!

Greg Haines: For some reason it’s not “cool” to talk about reggae, but everyone wants to talk about dub

Greg Haines uses a wide range of classical instruments, sometimes focusing more on ambient drones, other times on the piano. His last album, ‘Where We Were’ was different in every way: not only he had done most of the composing and recording alone, but he had also shifted from neo-classical ambient towards beat-driven experimental dub music – which is something that unfolded even more in his latest collaboration project with Peter Broderick: Greg Gives Peter Space.

Page #13. Bersarin Quartett – Bersarin Quartett

Apparently you do not need four people to make up a quartet but still sound like one, Thomas Bücker has already proven to us twice. Although promoted as "imaginary film scores for fans of Sigur Rós and The Cinematic Orchestra", we would modestly beg to remark that it's definitely better than both.

Edith Progue: due to the fact that Paris is noisy and very crowded, I have been forced to create some kind of a cocoon

There are so many artists who release one brilliant album and then you never hear from them anymore. Edith Progue is definitely one of them. Timeline' was released eight years ago on Mille Plateaux, but listeners who have been actively following the modern classical and glitch scene are still revisiting it quite frequently, elevating it to immortality. After all these years, we were wondering what Edith Progue is up to nowadays, and he was kind enough to share with us the reason why the second album is delayed so much.

Sounds Of A Tired City #13: James Conduit

Exciting experimental techno set featuring artists such as Lee Gamble, Marina Rosenfeld, Terrence Dixon, Mike Parker and Black Dice. "I’m not a DJ, so I just trainwrecked some tracks I’ve been listening to lately. Hopefully it shows a bit where I’m coming from. There’s some raw techno, some dubby suff, and beatless ambience, old and new. If these songs have a unifying element it’s the unique way they address the spatial."

James Conduit: I prefer the club to the classroom, it feels more like the arty punk mess I grew up on

In former lives spent with School of Seven Bells and Bear In Heaven, as well as under the solo-moniker Ateleia, James Elliott has explored the threshold of avant pop and minimalist, neo-psychedelia. With Conduit however, Elliott takes an unsavory and insoluble turn for the worst. Simply put, James Conduit is not in the mood for love. There’s no room on the vessel for sentimentality – merely a glass overfilled with primordial destitution and a mischievous grin.

Page #12. Motion Sickness Of Time Travel / Nova Scotian Arms – Slow Architecture

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel is probably one of the most descriptive and awe-inspiring artist names in the world of ambient music. However, feels a bit discrepant to believe that Rachel and Grant Evans' music belongs to our world, since the best way to describe it is 'otherworldly'. So is the cover made by Grant himself, with a strong dystopian touch and full of tiny details to explore, reminding us of all the sci-fi books we should have read and all the films we should have watched.

Serein / Huw Roberts: You can’t guess what’s next

Serein is an archaic word meaning 'the supposed fall of dew from a clear sky right after sunset'. However, nowadays we identify this delicate dew as Huw Robert's exceptional record label based in Wales. Huw – the heart, brain and ear of Serein – shared some thoughts with Sounds Of A Tired City regarding his artistic background and genuine love towards music and creativity.

Sounds Of A Tired City #12: Dag Rosenqvist

"For the mix I’m presenting here I have just chosen some artists that I like and that I think people should listen more to, that’s basically it. Some of the tracks are kind of raw, some of them are calmer. They are all uncompromising in their own way, and they are all very good. If you like this music, check it out. Buy the records, support the artists. If you don’t like it well, then you don’t, and that’s okay too."

Dag Rosenqvist: It was my way of dealing and not dealing with the fact that my life had been taken away from me in an instant

In our interview Dag unfolds why his latest album turned out to be even more personal than the others, tells us about his special relationship with books and explains why you should watch more films by Gaspar Noé and Harmony Korine. He also prepared a non-conventional mixtape featuring artists such as Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, Gnaw Their Tongues, Nekrasov and Khanate, which will make his own music seem to be sweet lullaby compared to the tracks he has chosen for this compilation. This is what you should start your week with.

Page #11. Greg Haines – Moments Eluding

You don't always have a cat posing on a piano as a contemporary classical album cover, but when you do it's Greg Haines. Gracefully captured by Peter Broderick, the black creature seems to be all set to embrace the absorbing tinkle of this beautiful instrument. Are you?

Sounds Of A Tired City #11: Pleq

Pleq aka Bartosz Dziadosz, the prolific Polish musician is the knight of collaborations and remixes. Besides focusing on his own music – ambient glitch soaked in melancholy – he also curates the Moscow-based Dronarivm label. For the readers and listeners of Sounds Of A Tired City he prepared a special mixtape featuring some personal unreleased material, also plenty of Miasmah, Sonic Pieces and Dronarivm releases.

White Poppy: Experimental music doesn’t go over so well at an Irish themed pub on St. Patrick’s Day

Introducing Crystal Dorval is actually not as easy as it seems. She's an experimental multimedia artist from British Columbia, Canada. Crystal makes music as White Poppy, manages a mental wellness blog called Sanity Soap, creates live projections and music videos, performs around the world, fights her demons, takes good care of her fans on Facebook, and apparently sleeps a lot. Let her tell us about the rest.

Page #10. Vladislav Delay – Tummaa

We cannot be exactly sure what is happening on the cover picture, but the Helsinki-based illustrator and costume designer, Kaisa Kemikoski could probably help us out with an explanation. What is for certain, however, is that Sasu Ripatti's abstract jazz infusion from five years ago is one of a kind in his discography.

Sounds Of A Tired City #10: cétieu

'A draft of this mix has been prepared as means of preparation to a live performance, so apart from a track by my colleague, De Form, it solely contains my own music. Part of presented tracks hasn’t been previously released, and to those already released I added a lot of new, completely different field recordings to spice things up a bit, since they are rather minimalistic in their original form. I hope that it’s going to be an enjoyable ride.'

Tekla Mrozowicka: My music has to be a reflection of my emotions, otherwise it would be an empty shell, no matter how technically impeccable

'My experiments bashfully began in 2011 and it all started out with ambient. However, the technical aspects of recording quickly put me off, I didn’t understand a thing from all these programs. I took part in production workshops where I was surrounded by advanced users, so I learned a thing or two by looking at my colleagues’ work, but what I really realized back then, is that I simply have to be really persistent.'