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Unicorn Dreams of Electric People by Jack Hertz

This time prolific drone and electronic sound artist Jack Hertz has done something special. Usually his netlabel Aural Films releases "soundtracks for movies that do not exist", this time though the movie does exist. In case the title "Unicorn Dreams…

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Operation Sunbeam by Thollem Electric

The new album from the master keyboardist and improviser Thollem McDonas, under his plugged-in moniker “Thollem Electric,” has the cheery title Operation Sunbeam, which has a disturbing twist: that’s the name of the final series of above-ground nuclear tests conducted…

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Inuksuk by Jack Hertz & Mystified

More often than not, when a release says it’s about “tribal” music, we’re talking about the tribes of the American southwest, and filling the space with drumming echoing off red cliff walls and out into the desert night. On Inuksuk, Jack…

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Fog Music 35 by Michael Brückner

We may become lost in thought, or lost in fog. Listening to the music of Michael Brückner will have us lost for words. His Fog Music 35 (61’25’) offers three tracks from out of the alone zone – our only companions the many vivid…

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Operation Sunbeam by Thollem Electric

Recent press action for Wolf Eyes has had the band eschewing the Noise label for the kick ass term Trip Metal. Disaster Amnesiac finds this move astute and fascinating. If any band OWNS the term Noise in the 21st Century…

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Operation Sunbeam by Thollem Electric

For sure Thollem McDonas cannot be accused of remaining stuck in the same place for extended temporal fractions. This time, the man plunged straight into the perilous waters of nonfigurative electronica of vintage descent. OK, now you have checked the…

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Five Live by Jack Hertz

Five Live’ is a superb collection of over four hours of live performances from Jack Hertz that offer deeply hypnotic, immersive and hallucinatory atmospheres full of subtle variations and ever-evolving moods. Lengthy drawn-out electronics mix with everything from Steve Roach-like…

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Beams by Eric Pietras

Eric Pietras offers an aural tour of the San Francisco area on Beams. Originally created as a soundtrack for a time-lapse film, the album guides us through a series of vignettes and vistas, shifting tone each time yet maintaining a strong balance…

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Inuksuk by Jack Hertz & Mystified

I enjoy listening to music while I’m going to sleep, letting it play throughout the night. Some long-time favorites include Brian Eno’s “Thursday Afternoon,” as well as “Neroli;” many of Lou Harrison’s orchestral works, and several recordings by Z’ev. Lately, I’ve…

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Time Spinners by Cousin Silas & Jack Hertz

I am a mere four minutes in to Time Spinners, the one-long-track collaboration between Cousin Silas and the prolific Jack Hertz, and if these guys keep up the Floyd-worthy electro-psychedelia I already can’t get enough of, I am going to love…