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The World Is Ending, But At Least There's Ambient Music

Why ambient music has become my spiritual life raft.
Colin Joyce
12.19.18
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This Is What Dreams Sound Like

Reissues of the Pennsylvania-based composer Michele Mercure's early electronic works provide an occasion to revisit the visionary electronic music that came to her in her sleep.
Colin Joyce
11.21.18
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You Need Some Rest. Sarah Davachi’s New Ambient Music Can Help

‘Gave In Rest,’ the Los Angeles-based composer’s second record of 2018, is a meditation on the rituals we adopt to find stillness.
Colin Joyce
7.17.18
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When Times Are Challenging, Listen to Music That Challenges You

Autechre’s new album is intimidatingly abstract and eight hours long, which is an ungodly amount of music to listen to in one sitting. You should try it.
Colin Joyce
6.29.18
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Ashley Paul’s New Record Chronicles the Strangeness of New Motherhood

'Lost in Shadows' is a foggy experimental collection that exists at the borders of joy and existential terror, just like all the best work from her decade-long-career.
Colin Joyce
4.30.18
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Somehow Lounge Music Doesn’t Suck Anymore

Bands like Quiet Friend, NADINE, Mega Bog, and more are picking up the many threads of easy-listening pop and making music that's both comforting and chaotic.
Colin Joyce
3.6.18
Thump

These Two Experimental Pieces Feel Like They Can Slow Down Time

Alvin Lucier's 'Criss Cross / Hanover' and Steve Reich's 'Pulse / Quartet,' continue several decades of their time-twisting compositional experiments.
Colin Joyce
2.8.18
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Spotify's "Fake" Ambient Artists Make Good Music, Actually

The faceless composers filling playlists for the streaming giant are actually a lot better than the tradition of corporate mood music that preceded them.
Colin Joyce
7.21.17
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Félicia Atkinson’s Music Is Full of Whispers, Both Intimate and Terrifying

The French composer’s ‘Hand in Hand’ is an ASMR-like meditation on the physical qualities of sound.
Colin Joyce
5.26.17
Brian Eno

The Lonely Indulgence of Brian Eno’s New Album

Finding discomfort in the gauzy infinity of ‘Reflection.’
Colin Joyce
1.6.17
Best of 2016

The 25 Best Experimental Albums of 2016

From church organ drones to locked groove pranks.
Colin Joyce
12.14.16
Features

Why Are People Brushing Their Teeth at Noise Shows? An Investigation

Untangling the densely woven web of an oral hygiene conspiracy.
Colin Joyce
11.14.16
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