Alpharhythm's debut album " Sentient Beings" is the culmination of a decade of experience in creating electronic music. It was at seminal events such as The Gathering, Destination and Winter Solstice that Alpharhythm first began mesmerizing dance floors with his trademark morning sets. He has played support for international acts as diverse as German techno pioneer Monolake, UK techhouse legend Dave Mothersole and Ninja Tune's audio/visual genius's Hexstatic, as well as New Zealand, Stalwarts Micronism, Epsilon Blue and Pitch Black.
Landline - The Electric Forest Order Number - fdr002
If mid period Cure is a style to your liking, try a listen to Landline, a 5-piece from Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand, and this is their second album. "I was fortunate enough to witness this talented group of musicians playing live recently, and what I observed made me hungry for more. This album is a godsend of hypnotic melodies and haunting beats." Christchurch Press.. "This album is a beauty. Largely instrumental, but oh so expressive. There's a healthy (and original) mix of trance flavours, rock'n'roll structures, some rolling drum'n'bass and the occasional well-placed vocal from either Sally McDonald (also guitar) or Shane O'Neill (also bass)."Ania Glowacz, New Zealand Musician 2006
Joseph Bacon - Guitar Music of Villa-Lobos Order Number - m17513
Guitar Music of Villa-Lobos is a 2003 re-release, which was originally released in 1978 on LP. The American guitarist Joseph Bacon; a student of Andrés Segovia, has selected pieces from the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos's more well known pieces for guitar, and gives the listener a small insight to the street music of Brazil in the first half of the 1900s. Bacon's playing is very clear, his tonal production is excellent and the sound produced is as if the guitar was sitting right in front of you. He captures the mood of the music effectively; both by his sense of space, dynamics and of course his exceptional technique.
Edward Artemiev - As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me Order Number - elcd045
Artemiev's score to the 1988 film version of As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me directed by Hardy Martins is a powerful portrayal in sound of the true story of the incredible journey undertaken by German soldier Clemens Forrell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labour camp. Set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger both from animals and humans, constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way step by step, kilometre by kilometre, towards Persia and longed for freedom. So Weit Die Füsse Tragen was the original novel
Edward Artemiev - Shadows of a Theater Order Number - elcd046
This 2005 release on the Electroshock label from well established film score writer and composer Edward Artemiev is a collection of scores written for theatre plays and motion pictures, covering a time span from 1987 to 2000. The pieces are in the manner of 18th to 19th century orchestral music. Artemiev is a prolific and versatile composer, and has produced scores for orchestral works as well as being a pioneer of electronic and electroacoustic music. He provided the scores to Andrei Tarkovsky's classic movies Solaris and Stalker.
Artemiy Artemiev - Time, Desert and A Sound Order Number - elcd038
"Artemiy Artemiev offers us a masterful album inspired in the vastness of the deserts. Through the five themes of the CD, the listeners can easily recreate in their imagination the desolate landscapes of The Desert, the adventures, sometimes tragic, that its explorers experienced, and the atmosphere of those regions. By skillfully utilizing synthesizers, the composer creates arid textures, mysterious, near to "ambient", in the most unsettling parts of the work. Other passages could be labelled within the "electroacoustic music". There also are some touches of "world music"." - Edgar Kogler ("Amazing Sounds
Roderik de Man - Electrified Music Order Number - elcd040
"Who would have guessed that behind such unpretentious title as this one hides maybe the richest "minimal" music I've ever heard. Yes, this is such stunning music. This man is a true genius when he can create such intense, shrill compositions with for example only recorders and tape, or just tape. Further on piccolo, Bassethorn, trumpet and more leave their definite mark in other tracks. It's all eerie, haunting, breathtaking, full of twists and wayward in its own character. ..."Roel Stevernik ("Expose")
Antanas Jasenka - An Artist and a Plane Order Number - elcd039
"In this album, Antanas Jasenka explores the hidden regions between "ambient" and "minimalism". The six compositions that integrate this CD, mostly based on unusual architectures of sound and electroacoustic collages, take us to an impressive adventure towards "The Unknown". " - Dominique Chevant ("Amazing Sounds")
Electroacoustic Music Volume VIII Order Number - elcd036
"This is another compilation disc in the stable of Electroshock Records. It is difficult to write a review about a compilation CD and certainly when it contains minimalistic, electroacoustic, low-fi, experimental music. ... If you like calm, classical, ambient, avant-garde experimental music you must explore this new compilation album of Electroshock Records (and of course also all the previous ones)." - Peter-Jan van Damme ("Darker Than the Bat")
Valery Siver & Kiryll Trepakov - Midway Order Number - elcd035
"Themes of a surreal sound, where acoustic guitar is wrapped within electronic effects. Rhythms near to classical Techno, the Industrial or the Ethnic. Melodies of an enigmatic nature at times, and romantic on other occasions. These are the main traits of "Midway", an imaginative album which can be more or less labelled within New Instrumental Music, although with the peculiarities already described. Both artists succeed in shaping a very personal, unmistakable style." -
Eduardo Fontana ("Amazing Sounds")
" Roman Stolyar was born in 1967 and presents "Credo" that is filled with experimental classical music. With piano, flute, and other instruments he creates songs with jazz influences, classical orientations and hints to popular tunes. Sometimes you think a TV show is beginning. We have to wait until track 5 to hear some vocals. That is because the CD is divided in three parts. The second part is called "Songs of the Season" (vocal suite) and holds four songs. The track Meditation ends the album that reminds me of Frank Zappa." - Peter-Jan Van Damme ("Darker Than the Bat")
"The music in this album by Richard Bone explores new, imaginative regions of Ambient, yet it never falls into chancy experimentation. Although there are static passages, many others possess complex orchestrations, and even rhythmic sections that, even if they are slow, they do provide the music with a strong vitality. The melodies range from the space atmosphere to the romantic, at times with a triumphant air, while at other times it presents a subtle melancholy. " - Jorge Munnshe ("Amazing Sounds")
Victor Cerullo - Visions - a homage to Tarkovsky Order Number - elcd032
"Impressive, this album - homage to the departed film maker Andrei Tarkovsky. Victor Cerullo reflects in his music some of the main elements from the best known movies by this genius. Edward Artemiev, who composed sountracks for several of the most remarkable movies by Tarkovsky, has praised this album. "Visions" is electronic music that flies among the darkest side of Ambient, wondrous space symphonism, and a melancholy romanticism of a great strength, which acquires the connotations of a Greek tragedy. "Last Scene" is, most probably. the most impressive theme in the entire album. " - Edgar Kogler ("Amazing Sounds")
A Artemiev & C de Laurenti - 57 Minutes To Silence Order Number - elcd029
"As if inspired by the ghosts of an abandoned mine, this album permits the listener to look through a series of windows towards places where our earthly reality never reaches. The treatment of sound that the artists have given the pieces puts any natural sound or any sound that could be created with a musical instrument far away from us. They make spooky whispers paint terrifying melodies, as if they were transmissions from feral regions of cosmic devastation or from the dark depths of hell." - Dominique Chevant ("Amazing Sounds")
Anatoly Pereslegin - Fastgod: E-Psalms Order Number - elcd028
"... an interesting electronic neo-classical album with somewhat medieval influences and an experimental approach to the blend of the ingredients. Looped sequences, churchy synthesized sounds, soft string pads holding long chords, organs playing lines, harpsi-chord-like sounds playing fast sequences repeating forever, heavenly bells punctuating high chords or creating intertwined textures in the background and ghostly synth voices are the main sounds you will hear..." - Mark Urselli-Scharer ("Chain D.L.K.")
Electroacoustic Music Vol VII - 2002 Order Number - elcd026/elcd027
The 2002 release in Electroshock's series of cutting edge and experimental music compilations. "This is art with a capital "A", there are no commercial considerations here, no pop hits. The two CDs contain a total of twenty tracks, and feature artists from right across the world....It has to be said that the contents on this double CD is in no way easy listening. It represents a challenge for anyones' ears, including mine - one really needs an appreciation of the surreal and perhaps the bizarre to even gain a foothold with the sound presentation on this double album." - John Peters ("The Borderland")
J. Cohen-Solal - Flutes Libres, Capt Tarthopom Order Number - mio025
This re-issue combines two original vinyl albums from Jean Cohen-Solal - Flutes Libres (Musiques et Instruments Insolites), and Captain Tarthopom. While almost completely unknown outside of France, Jean Cohen-Solal deserves to sit with the most famous progressive and experimental rock bands. The innovation and complexity of this music invites comparison with Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd (Ummagumma era) , Magma, Focus, and Jethro Tull.
The Platina - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Order Number - mio030
The Platina were formed in 1971 by Roman Kunsman and Aaron Kaminsky when Israel's famous singer Arik Einstein called Kaminsky to ask about starting a new band. Kunsman and Kaminsky were joined by another famous guitarist, Itzhak (Churchil) Klepter, and the American bass player Paul Silver was brought in. During The Platina's existence from 1971 to 1976, Kaminsky and Kunsman formed the core of the group. During those years, The Platina was the official representative jazz group from Israel. They toured Israel during this period, and made four albums, but only two of them were released officially: "Live at Barbarim" and "Freedom". This album is a new release from 1976 recordings by the band.
Philippe Besombes - Libra vol 1 Order Number - mio008
Conceived as the soundtrack (and, in fact, the ONLY sound in the movie) for the avant-garde film Libra, the music on this 1973 album ranges in style from electronic pop mixed with music concrete ala Parmegiani/Henry to psychedelic exercises, progressive rock, and fusion.
The album includes a mix of rock musicians and electronic treatments, a very new way of working at this time. Bonus tracks include three cuts from the same sessions that have never been released before. Another long, experimental prepared minimalist piano piece is included.
Antanas Jasenka - Deusexmachina Order Number - ELCD025
"Deusexmachina" is a large, complex, multi-faced work, whose controversial ambiguity is encoded in its every title. The antithesis of its meanings also lies in the symmetrical-oppositional sound construction, wherein the composer frequently combines totally contradictory textures: gentle elegiac piano tones & somnambulist whisperings are "bombarded" with sharp electronic noises. An ambient impassive tranquility is annihilated by expressive surrealist outbursts, while maniacal passions are tamed by the halters of an exalted prayer." - Raimundas Eimontas ("Tango")
"In Tibetan Buddhism, there exist states of consciousness, or "bardos", possible to be attained by the enlightened, four of which are explored by Italian sound artist Oophoi on his latest CD release. All his previous output has inclined toward the slowly-shifting and meditative, and "Bardo" no less so. This is the sound of the universe, or the soul, or the universal soul, breathing in, breathing out. What is daunting about Oophoi is how, always mustering roughly the same arsenal of instruments (synthesizers, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, wind instruments and electronic effects), his every release seems so fresh and varied. As do each of the four tracks on this CD on Artemiy Artemiev's Moscow-based "Electroshock Records". Each track is accompanied by a short note describing the state of consciousness being conjured up ("contemplation", "dissolution (of the mental and physical self)"). Exquisite throughout, it concludes beautifully with the simulation of a slow, growling Buddhist chant." - Stephen Fruitman
A. Artemiev & P. Klinger - A Moment of Infinity Order Number - ELCD022
"Exploring the darkest frontiers of ambient, these two composers show us one of the most radical aspects in their respective styles. Five electronic pieces, featuring an infinity of disquieting sounds coming and going, constitute sinister paintings, capable of making us imagine descents into caverns brimming with unearthly beings, or astral voyages beyond the limits of space or time." -
Edgar Kogler ("Amazing Sounds")
A.Artemiev & Peter Frohmader - Transfiguration Order Number - ELCD021
"Transfiguration" is an album of many moods, at times forceful but also laid back, it ranges from avant-garde to commercial electronica, but it is always listenable and at times quite stunning in its range of sounds and their musical manipulation. It's difficult to allot credit to either musician, their individual styles have merged seemlessly together here. Another winner for "Electroshock Records".
John Peters ("The Borderland")
Artemiy Artemiev - Forgotten Themes Order Number - ELCD017
"Forgotten Themes" mainly consists of pleasant, rhythmic electronic compositions. If you enjoy the soundtrack music of Tangerine Dream then you will most definitely enjoy this CD. Standout tracks in my opinion are the moody spatial electronics of "Space Distortion" and the gloomy electronics-possessing grandeur of "Realm of Shadows". The sombre violin music on this composition makes the piece outstanding." -
Robert Maycock ("Lockjaw")
Electroacoustic Music Volume V Order Number - ELCD013
"The samplers of electroacoustic music of Electroshock Records display the great merit of having broken the frontier among artists of a classical education and artists formed in the culture of Rock, Pop, and other genres traditionally regarded as "little serious" by the supporters of the most retrograde of conservationisms. Fortunately, such initiatives as those developed by this label allow the audience to listen to the sound adventures by creators from all origins, and in doing so, the listener can realise that, in their different trends, all these artists follow a given common path, which is to progress with their music towards the unknown, to offer the listener new continents of sound." - Edgar Kogler.
Artemiy Artemiev - Mysticism of Sound Order Number - ELCD009
This album takes the ambient blueprint of "Five Mystery Tales of Asia" and moulds it into four highly atmospheric pieces... The textures are very evocative and the mixes draw you into distant sounds making fuel for the imagination... There are also far away koto like sounds that carry on the lineage that began with the previous albums' eastern flavour." - Richard Wileman ("AM" Magazine)
Alexei Borisov - Polished Surface of a Table Order Number - ELCD037
"Alexei Borisov is able to surpass barriers and shape music alien to any conventionalism. This album has a mysterious character, oniric, surreal, where sound collages and audio distortion take an important role. Borisov explores sound in different constructions and aspects. The most radical areas of electroacoustic music and the most abstract ones of "ambient" constitute the stage where the pieces in this CD are developed." - Dominique Chevant ("Amazing Sounds")
Stanislav Kreitchi - Voices and Movement Order Number - ELCD023
"In and amongst the synthesised sounds are samples of all kinds of things from Wolves (used beautifully on "Winter" from his "Four Fantasies")... ... Tracks like "Spring" burst onto the ears with life: water, and birds, sampled and treated in the most inventive way possible. ... In most respects the album acts like a wake up call to your senses. A bloody hard album to review as it's simply in it's own genre, but if you're prepared to truly experience a drug free trip, then give this a shot. Seven tracks in all, ranging from reflective to eyes (and mouth) wide open. Kreitchi is certainly a composer at the cutting edge. - Dave W. Hughes ("Modern Dance")
Alexander Volodin - Reflections of Time Order Number - ELCD043
In this album, Alexander Volodin blends sound textures, shapes echoes, sculpts silences on the surface of ripples, experiments, in short, with the patterns that determine the identity of each sound. He also makes use of architectures typical of "industrial music", and even of "ambient", so as to develop some passages. These eight compositions are treks towards the darkest areas of electroacoustic music.
- Dominique Chevant ("Amazing Sounds")