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TCF

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TCF

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Vividly synaesthetic stuff from the Norwegian genius' LP for Lib Tech

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Dynooo

Meanwhile At The Spa

Dynooo

Meanwhile At The Spa

Ambiguous ambient by a unique Belgian artist

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Boothroyd

Skinned

Boothroyd

Skinned

Remarkable, Coil-esque collage styles by Tri Angle's latest Manc pick-up

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VHS Head

Mutant Nights

VHS Head

Mutant Nights

Detailed, psychedelic deconstructions of '80s digital video nasty atmospheres

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Wanda Group

Enclave, Dome and Every Human Should Shut Their Mouth

Wanda Group

Enclave, Dome and Every Human Should Shut Their Mouth

Uneasy dose of surreality by the maverick sound artist

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Newworldaquarium

Thousand Oaks

Newworldaquarium

Thousand Oaks

An all too rare beatless piece by NWAQ for OstGut Ton

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Quiltland

Forever (Sunrise Version)

Quiltland

Forever (Sunrise Version)

Charmingly tropical trance/ambient projection by Sweden's Frida-Li Lovgren

Prism
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Henry Plotnick

Field 5

Henry Plotnick

Field 5

Lovely piece by the 12 y.o. Plotnick, especially those Catchphrase stabs

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David Kanaga

 Start Mush   

David Kanaga

 Start Mush   

Celestial sonics taken off the DYAD game soundtrack

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Laurel Halo

Melt

Laurel Halo

Melt

Classically-minded yet subtly forward track taken from Hyperdub's ambient compilation

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Dutch E Germ

Real Cuts Blud

Dutch E Germ

Real Cuts Blud

Chamber-esque collage for iMax systems

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Objekt

Cataracts

Objekt

Cataracts

Para-dimensional ambient model taken from Objekt's debut album for PAN

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Skyler & Kinlaw

Partial Recall

Skyler & Kinlaw

Partial Recall

Keening highlight from the duo's LP for Reckno

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Lee Gamble

Girl Drop

Lee Gamble

Girl Drop

Sublimating AI and Jungle-era ambient to heart-aching effect

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Ambient Zeitgeist”

In 2014 the ambient/electronica zeitgeist can be read as an impressionistic projection of our dreams inspired by current technologies and past memories. From T C F's mind-blowing work focussed on block chain encryption (the algorithms that run BitCoin), thru Lee Gamble's rave sublimations, to the hyper-coloured synthetic tone of 12 year old Henry Plotnick and computer games soundtrack designer, David Kanaga, we can hear a schism opening between the previous era of composition and those lush new 3D spaces favouring stranger, alien discord over staid convention. Rather than 2D ambient wallpaper, it's perhaps best to consider the music of new artists such as Dutch E Germ, Boothroyd, VHS Head, DYNOOO, TCF or Wanda Group as ambient collage constructed in 3D, and can you quickly forget about it being simply "nice" or strictly background music anymore; these are totally immersive and dynamic sonic environments. There are also those, like Newworldaquarium, who prefer a romantic classicism, as with the gorgeous 'Thousand Oaks', and those younger composers such as Henry Plotnick, Quiltland or Joane Skyler & Kinlaw who operate somewhere between, whilst the likes of Lee Gamble and Objekt who incisively, actively work towards presenting new ambient/electronic perspectives inspired by the dissociative experience of the Internet, software programming and virtual reality. As you've probably clocked, it's also all getting really interesting where this aesthetic meets club music in the "weightless" sound of Logos, Mumdance and co, but we'll save that for another selection while you dive in here.

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