Tone Science sub-label, from DiN records, continues to explore the world of modular synth music. 

Following the success and critical acclaim of the first three Tone Science compilation albums, DiN label boss Ian Boddy has collated another nine tracks from musicians of varying backgrounds  working in the realms of modular synthesis. 

One of the challenges for Boddy in compiling the Tone Science albums is to get the track order flowing to reveal a musical structure.
There’s a certain amount of serendipity in this but for Tone Science V4 the shape of the album became very obvious early on. Opening with the beautiful abstract forms created on a vintage Paperface Serge system by Batchas the next two tracks feature gentle shimmering & undulating sequencer patterns from Lightbath & Panic Girl that instil   a sense of calm & wonder. 

This leads us to the middle section of the album where first Andrew Huang gently slows down proceedings with harmonic abstract patterns before Stefan Bojczuk twists the mood with a stark, moody atmosphere conjuring up images of the isolated landscape referenced in the title of his track, Blackstone Edge. 

Things start to climb up to the sonic climax of the album with first Ebcidic providing a dark & dangerous pulsing sequence followed by a crazy psychedelic melange of a track from the inimitable Steve Davis. This is followed by a sledge hammer of audio from Mattia Cupelli with huge gnarly bass & TNT percussion from which there seems to be no escape. 

After such an astonishing climax the longest track on the album by Tim Held at first appears to mirror the distorted tones of the previous track before a sense of calm ensues and the album finishes with a final long, beautiful breath. 

“Tone Science Module No.4 Form and Function” continues the journey down the rabbit hole of possibilities and sound worlds inhabited by artists and musicians working in this ever fascinating and varied musical field.

The DiN ambient label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridged the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70's synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music.  

Releases on September 18, 2020    

Intervals is the eighth album from Tim Arndt's Near the Parenthesis. For Intervals, Arndt's chose the family piano to begin the creative process. By placing less importance on the skittering rhythms, which propelled previous Near the Parenthesis collections, Arndt was able to focus more on the instant gratification of sitting down and just playing. These ideas became the backbone in which he then composed eight tidal tracks, mostly in the early morning hours in his East San Franciso Bay creekside home. In these sessions, Arndt utilized various synths, and percussion to provide additional depth and atmosphere to the tracks' original skeletal structures.

Arndt says of Intervals, "The title has a dual meaning as there has been a decent period of time between my previous album Helical and the release of Intervals, Four years to be exact. This concept of time and the spaces between gives the title its other connotation, which is a nod to musical intervals and the spaces between notes. I think this becomes evident in my use of arpeggiation, which I feel is a grounding motif across the album." As with many Arndt's Near The Parenthesis works, there is a gentile hopefulness sewn through Intervals forty-minute runtime that provides much-needed solace in such unsettling times. Intervals will be out on October 16th on white vinyl, which is limited to 200 units worldwide.  

n5MD is an independent record label based in Oakland, California . The label primarily releases electronic music which focuses more on melody and emotion but also now releases music in compatible genres such as shoegaze, post-rock, IDM and electro-acoustic

Releases on October 16, 2020

For Farewell Of Nostalgia is Vision Eternel's newest concept EP. It is a narrative of how emotionally devastating falling in love too fast can be and the aftermath of a heartbreak. Sometimes, looking for tender affection can be detrimental; this tale of infatuation, wounding absence, intimacy, melancholia and never-ending nostalgia intends to make the listener feel every bit of that. 

Alexander Julien began composing and recording demos for the release in 2017. For Farewell Of Nostalgia was first recorded over seven months from April to October 2018. Unsatisfied with these original recordings, Julien put the release aside for a year, until he ultimately decided to re-record it, entirely from scratch, over the span of two months between October and November 2019. 

For Farewell Of Nostalgia was mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in January 2020 and the cover artwork was illustrated by Michael Koelsch at Koelsch Studios in April 2020. The EP features additional painting and photography by Rain Frances at Rain Frances Art. 

Julien also wrote a short story to accompany the release (in place of lyrics in the booklet), which recounts the events that influenced this concept EP. The short story is only available in the physical editions.   

(Somewherecold Records, 2020) Release Date: 09/14/2020

Audiobulb Records is an exploratory electronic music label proudly based in Sheffield/UK. We support a worldwide roster of wonderful artists whose work is often described as electronic, ambient, microsound, electro-acoustic, idm/glitch and modern classical.  

In September 2020 the exploratory music label Audiobulb Records reaches 100 releases. To celebrate we will be releasing one single per day for 35 days. 

Each single is a unique art piece from artists past and present as well as friends of the label. We consider it a great privilege to work with these artists. Creativity which comes forth in such subtle, beautiful and at times unsettling forms. 

As well as their music each artist chose an image to represent their track which is hung in a frame on the exhibition wall. 

The singles will be released one a day on spotify, iTunes and other digital stores. Bandcamp will have the entire collection available as a compilation with individual artwork for each track.

Carefully balancing style and technique, Austin-based experimental producer Dylan Cameron is back with the sophisticated new dance track “Dust Lust.” Composing with a collection of modular and vintage hardware, Dylan Cameron pays homage to drum n’ bass and IDM as he merges textural sound design with perfectly pitched restraint. 

Intricate drum beats are delicately arranged with fluidity, gliding through fills and breakdowns that accent the call-and-response of beautiful analog synth melodies. Cameron returns with the comfort and craft of an artist in their prime as he cleverly incorporates complexity into an irresistible dancefloor banger with “Dust Lust.”  

Holodeck Records is an Austin-based vinyl & cassette label owned & operated by members of S U R V I V E, Troller and Thousand Foot Whale Claw

Releasing on September 4, 2020