This Halloween we have a very special release - very in tune with the "current mood".. /o_F/ returns with EVP Recordings - Volume I. As the story goes, around the mid 90s, Other Format's cousin founded an amateur paranormal research society as something of a hobby - being there little to do and plenty of haunted locations in the west country - and being a sound enthusiast began building ghost boxes and recording Electronic Voice Phenomena in supposedly haunted locations. The project took on a life of it's own when the material collected started to defy rational and technical explanations. The album is a constructed work of cinematic soundscapes and tense electronics based on and containing a selection of these recordings and accompanied by a collection of original field notes. For more information read "a message from /o_F/" in the info doc. As suggested by the author, we advise listening alone in the dead of night...
As we skip through genres and styles of electronic music this August brings Oregon Vortex with a very specific sub genre of Italic synth exploration. Unlike other brands of the ongoing retrowave scene, that tend to give the glorious old a modern glow, INVICTUS feels like it is out of a timewarp; a limbo somewhere between a roguelike dungeon and the recesses of a Vatican library. Bitter riffs take us further into the occult practices of heretics with themes from games we could have played and movies we might have seen.
For some of our followers OTHER_FORMAT will be a new name but the eraliest contribution dates back to 2009, collaborating with XZICD under the probably more familiar name CUT_REPEAT. For our more die hard followers, this marks the end of a long wait. Plenty of o_F music has been briefly glimpsed in the outback of the interweb, to then disappear never to be heard again. Now all those rare long lost specimens will get their own Hardiskeology series. Being a gentleman of criteria, o_F's releases come across as concept albums or studies. Starting with OPERATOR, that comes across as a workout in FM synthesis, in a relentless set of 8. The cover design by o_F says everything about the approach without giving away the mood. Also featured is a remix of another modfreak we all know and love - XZICD, which didn't make it in time for BSL_051.
Insisting in our numerological intent at 61 we happen upon Nick R 61 with Bessonnizza. A lullaby to accompany those last moments awake to the gates of sleep and beyond.. But all dreams and nightmares come to an end when broken by the the morning. Music that watches you while you sleep - best listened to in a comfortable bed or a padded cell..
Since around 2009, every 8th release here on brainstorm has been a Nukua release. And rounding nicely off at cat. number 60 Nukua is back with his 5th solo release on BSL and 10th in total - hence EP.10. A slightly different flavour of unfamilar nostalgia from what one might expect.. Already the old photo on the cover, for those in the know, is a world away from the usual dark environments and clinically lit genetic mutations - the music on the other hand, though certainly lighter than usual, is not so far from the Nukua we knowand yet something is different, something has changed. And that change is described in EP.10 so subtly that it feels like nothing has changed at all.
Always a pleasure when our very own mystical nomad comes "home" - IQbit dropping another album of eclethnic beats with Hello Mahadev. For those familiar with IQbit from his early days as A-Cycle and period of extreme glitch with Sytrjv by way of his foley project FIELD ABUSE will know by now that he has traded in his glitched 'camels' for real camels and the journey he takes you on is as physical as it is cerebral. The VIDEO by Claudio Curciotti, released with this album, proves as much...
The nightmare corpse-city of Heracleion was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great XZICD and his hordes, hidden in blue lofi vaults.. you can watch the video by Claudio Curciotti for the track Quetzlacoatl in the video section or by clicking HERE
From AO-DD's impressions of the past we now go -eeer - back to the future! First timers here in the lab, duo Orgatanatos, hailing from Uzbekistan with flΛwrex_Sc!nt. A heavily conceptual album bordering on the maximal side of minimalism, and following in the vein of deliberately dehumanising sound. The idea of a bored AI resorting to producing electronic music to pass the time, however improbable, is something I'm sure many a producer can identifiy with - both in relation to boredom and in occasionally feeling artificial (possibly the result of prolonged proximity to machines). The result is 1:00:10 of intercepted communication - to you the interpretation..
Part of a twin release this album is the first of two (conceptually if not by release date!) Check out the second part by Orgatanatos on Russian label MNMN
Debut album for Swedish duo AO-DD. Haling from the textile town of Norrköping, which hosts a small but rich electronic scene, they bring us a very specific blend of electronic music. By their own definition an EP inspired by early hip hop and a local sub-genre called cut 'n' lotto. My listening of the album was more like a sonic history lesson. The music is atmospheric with cyclical rhythms and the undertones of locally recorded foley sounds - as well as the track names - take us through the charred bones of a once thriving harbour town at a faultering industrial pace. On many levels a clear aural interpretation of urban environment.
After the mysterious disappearance of the ethereal entity known as Sytrjv in 2009, all that remained were a a couple of tracks on an abandoned myspace page and a few remixes for the likes of Iqbit, Unterm Rad and Hecq. But a recent discovery at a hardiskeology site on the outskirts of Rome has unearthed a vast array of out of place artifacts from as early as 2003. The artifacts will be organised and progressively released here on brainstormlab. Since their discovery, some of the specimens have shown signs of life, which, if the allignment is right, may harbour a return of the obscure occurrence... Be prepared..
And here it is. French duo Bunai Carus are on the rise since their formation in early 2013 and we are happy they made a pitstop in our edge of the universe.Veil merges clean cuts on soaring pads to great visual effect. Ranging from abstract sound design to syncopated glitch, this album plays as a single story line to be heard from start to finish, for the whole cinematic experience.
In the video section is the music video for the track "LUCID" taken from the upcoming EP by French duo Bunai Carus - The video is courtesy of Nicolas Millot and Caroline Collinot.
XZICD with another unspeakably named hit to keep you fit with a live take workout in the player.
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Free Download. Halloween Special! Spooky sounds from the haunted west country courtesy of /o_F/.
Free Download.Italian Occult Electro with Oregon Vortex - INVICTUS EP.
Free Download. /o_F/ for the Hardiskeology sries with an all FM oriented EP from the archives
Free Download. Nick R 61 for music that watches you while you sleep...
Free Download. Nukua returns with a slightly different flavour of unfamiliar nostalgia
Free Download. IQbit returns with more sonic tales of nomadic spirituality
Free Download. XZICD from the depths with his new album - ROTODYNE
Free Download. Crisp sounds and thrashing cuts by Uzbek duo Orgatanatos
Free Download. Debut for Norrköping duo on brainstormlab introduce their special brand of Cut n Lotto
Free Download. Unearthed artifacts from the ethereal entity that is Sytrjv.
Free Download. Rising stars Bunai Carus take us on an astral trip with Veil EP. Check the Lucid video on the right..
Free Download. From the Archives electro acoustic jam session recorded live by IQbit with Mahmoud Refat and Maurice Louca of 100COPIES MUSIC.
Free Download. MITOMA's first release on brainstormlab with mythical 12 track LP.
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