The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]
I can never quite escape the pervasive appeal of electronic music. With this edition of Sound Sunday I present you the transition from last week’s chiptune & video game music to different variations of the electronic genre, including classical and ambient music. It goes without saying that this edition covers a broad range of genres, despite what may seem like a narrow focus.
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Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate and Dave Clynick – Perfect Dark
Genre: electronic, soundtrack, video game
Grant Kirkhope was featured in the previous edition of Sound Sunday with his video game soundtrack for Banjo-Kazooie. For Perfect Dark, he worked with Graeme Norgate and Dave Clynick to deliver a dark and ominous electronic soundtrack.
Perfect Dark is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
New Wave Syria – Summer
Genre: experimental, electronic, ambient, lo-fi
From their Facebook page: “Analogue synthesizers, DIY philosophy and circuit-bending were the main influences that had a strong impact on their music. They find their music closer to rock’n’roll rather than typical electronic production. When making music and playing live they use various synthesizers, drum machines and other electronic gadgets. The characteristics of their music are distorted melodies and beats, contrast between quiet and loud and vocals run through effects.”
Summer is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
iamthemorning – ~
Genre: acoustic, indie, classical, piano, strings, chamber rock
From their Facebook profile: “iamthemorning is a neo-classical vocal indie band from St.Petersburg, Russia with a sound unique to the Russian music scene. All instrumentalists in the band have higher classical education, and the vocalist is self-taught. iamthemorning combine non-typical but easily perceived vocal parts of progressive rock with a distinctly classical musical approach when it comes to the arrangements, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Phillipp Glass and the abstract poetics of Maynard James Keenan.”
~ is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP:– Violins for bass
Genre: experimental, ambient, classical
From the album page: “There’s nothing wrong with Camomille’s humble beginnings : basement dwellers with laptops, software and the occasional field recording sculpting electronic music from the ground up. Still today we value that sort of creativity. But when you come face to face with music created by the likes of Swiss and French duo Matthias Boss & André D., the word free music takes on a whole other meaning. Their improvisations are gusts of smoke and fire : poetic and free of shackles, they disperse and overtake. Violent, refined and steady.”
Violins for bass is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Mauri Candussi – Quilino Brunch
Genre: electronic, house, smooth jazz, soul, electronica, funk
Mauri Candussi is a musician and producer from Córdoba, Argentina. Quilino Brunch is a smooth combination of electronic, jazz, and soul elements. Mauri lends his music a lightness that is uplifting and relaxing at the same time.
Quilino Brunch is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: Orae – Alexandrina EP
Genre: electronic, acoustic
Orae is a Berlin-based music project by Geordie Little, Scott Van Manen, Sam Rogers, and Jian Kellett-Liew. Alexandria was released with Bad Panda Records.
Alexandrina EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Christoph El’ Truento – What We Used To Know
Genre: alternative, electronic
From the album page: “From 2011. An earthly journey through what we used to know // from the mind of a modern man in a dream state travelling back through the paths // knowledge // of our ancestors.”
What We Used To Know is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Doyeq – Never Back
Genre: electronic, bass, glitch, piano, strings
From the album page: “Slightly remaining works of Swod or any other piano based contemporary masters Never Back shows the same approach but the firm spirit and touch of Doyeq. A lot, really a lot of live instrumentals including stings, pianos, sax and double bass mixed together with glitch micro percussion and analog synth sparks. Warm, profound, cozy and soothing stuff and it’s truly cinematic. So the whole album is just a classic favorite one for us for sure.”
Never Back is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Sun – Red Mt.
Genre: experimental, abstract, ambient, electronic
From the master’s homepage: “John [Doak] records music under the names Sun, Fontaine and Death Leopard. He also curates Cuisine – a page dedicated to sharing the best in ambient, drone, experimental and noise from Bandcamp.”
Red Mt. is a free download from Bandcamp.
Exist Strategy – Air Shaper
Genre: ambient, electronic, dubstep
Exist Strategy is Montréal-born electronic music producer Anthony Baird.
Air Shaper is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Golau Glau – Somato
Genre: alternative, experimental, electronic, beats
From their Bandcamp profile: “Golau Glau are an anonymous collective of artists, photographers and musicians, with particular interests in social history, not-silences and environments under threat – both urban and natural.”
Somato is a free download from Bandcamp.
Bing Satellites – Blue
Genre: experimental, ambient, idm, new age, piano, shoegaze, soundscape
From the artist’s Bandcamp profile: “Bing Satellites is a prolific ambient shoegaze musician and producer from Manchester, UK. I also make music under the guises of The Lovely Moon, The Ambient Visitor and Blocker. I have collaborated with several artists including OnSpiderPark, Tange, Cousin Silas, Getzel, piper_ben and Who Invented Double Tap. Currently, I am playing keyboards in Daniel Land’s new band.”
Blue is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
V/A – Dark Ambient vol. 1
Genre: electronic, ambient, experimental, drone
From the album page: “1st in a new series of bi-annual kompilations featuring 23 Dark Ambient kompositions. This volume was originally released by Quartier23 on thee Spring Equinox 2011. Now it is back on thee Sombre Soniks label featuring brand new kover artwork by Fabian van der Meer & Marc Hoyland!
Also inkluded is thee original promo flyer for thee Quartier23 release. Many thanks to Q23 for permission to kontinue this series on Sombre Soniks.”
Dark Ambient vol. 1 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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