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Acid Test: Harsh Electronics, Spoken Word, A Vaporwave Classic, & More

Bandcamp’s outer limits continue to be a rewarding place for psychedelic music, noise, vaporwave, and the wholly uncategorizable. In this volume of Acid Test, we look at albums merging nature and electronics that range from spiritually cleansing to chemically polluted, a look back at the hardcore early days of some iconic experimentalists and one of the greatest vaporwave albums of all time finally coming to vinyl.

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The Best Ambient Albums of 2018

2018-best-of-ambient-1244There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp, from the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling. These compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella, albums without words that are both thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way. These are the Best Ambient Albums of 2018.

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The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp, October 2018

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There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp, from the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling. These compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella, albums without words that are both thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way. Every month, Aurora Mitchell takes you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s stunning trumpet solos from Romania, an unsettling and powerful ambient opera, and field recordings from Tbilisi. Continue reading

Eight Contemporary Artists Making the Most of Modular Synth

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Unlike, say, the saxophone, which has an inherent range of sounds due to its shape and materials, there is no one “sound” characteristic of a modular synthesizer. This is mostly because of the building block-like nature of the instrument: sound generation, timbre-shaping, sequencing, and audio processing modules can all be freely combined, resulting in a bespoke tool that is only limited by the user’s imagination. Synthesizer, drum machine, effects unit, sampler: all can be components of the same modular system. Continue reading

The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp, January 2018

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There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp. From the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling, these compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella. Albums without words that are deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way—these releases come from all corners of the globe. Every month, Aurora Mitchell takes you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s wonderfully strange music that accompanies short stories, wintry ambient made in the height of Brazilian summer, and aquatic meditations from New York. Continue reading