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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Somnia 007: Bluetech - Phoenix Rising
« on: November 06, 2008, 10:02:19 PM »

bluetech returns with his first new material since 2005. after splitting his musical expression into multiple aliases, phoenix rising marks his return to eclectic, ecstatic, and emotional electronic music, and exists as a precursor to an expansive album entitled the divine invasion coming early 2009 on aleph zero records.

music incubated in dreams, flows of energy from ancestral sources, the shape of the wind.

grab one while they are here, as they are only available from the somnia website and limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by ray massini

listen to full streaming samples and purchase here:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Somnia 006: Motionfield - Optical Flow
« on: September 26, 2008, 09:13:00 PM »

somnia is proud to present an album of delicate sensibilities, and subtle heart filled vistas. written as a dedication to his two daughters, motionfield's new album captures something wistful and nostalgic, like conversations from old friends overheard in dreams.

reminiscent of casino vs. japan, ulrich schnauss, and boards of canada, this album still describes a unique and personal stroll through misty locales.

fragments of a memory painted in fading light, places you recognize but cant place, a subtle embrace.

limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by ray massini

listen to full album preview and purchase at:

Very proud to announce our 5th release!  Info below:

transmitting from an alternate universe where david lynch is supreme
diety, the orb's pomme fritz is the national anthem, and flanger and
pole are the world's most venerated heroes, juxta phona & offthesky
set forth a treatise of intelligent and challenging electronic music.

sliding through a series of surrealist landscapes , this album
embeds texture and feeling into your subconscious through dense and
smoky occult electro-jazz rites.

capturing a prismatic work reflecting both organic and digital
faces, somnia is proud to release this unique and highly visual

incredible cover art by ray massini

you can listen to the album in it's entirety at

Hi all!  I am very proud to announce my new collaboration with Steve Hillage (system7, gong, frequent orb collaborator)

diving deep with hypnotic rhythms, sub-aquatic bass pulsations and reverberant melodies, evan marc explores varying states of non-waking life on this full-length outing. his sensitive approach to sound design is woven perfectly with atmospheric guitar tones supplied by system7's steve hillage, crafting a unique and cinematic take on the dub techno paradigm.

777 copies worldwide, printed with soy inks on recycled paper, sewn, sealed in wax, signed and numbered.   only available from somnia website until june 15th

continuously mixed CD available at:

unmixed files (wav/mp3) released on thoughtless music at:

I am proud to present a live set from Italian ambient and modern classical composer Emanuele Errante, who's recent full length Humus on Somnia is making a lot of ears happy. I could wax poetic about this artist, but I'd prefer to let the music speak for itself, so sit back and enjoy the set!

Listen to the show here:

Coming soon:
Somnia 004:  Evan Marc + Steve Hillage (System 7, Orb)


Somnia proudly presents a new album from respected Italian ambient composer Emanuele Errante.  _Humus_ unfolds slowly through a symphony of organic minimalism, evolving and growing over a course of 11 tracks.  Classical flourishes adorn warm and inviting textural sketches, and subtle electronic manipulation pervades a humid ambient environment.   Reich inspired microcosmic rhythms unfold and undulate beneath wide pastel landscapes.

Building from the same aesthetic starting point as Marsen Jules, Deaf Center, and the Miasmah label, Emanuele Errante makes a personal and inviting musical statement which fits right at home in the Somnia catalog, floating between worlds and creating a rich journey for headphone listening.

Limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn, and sealed in wax.  ONLY available from the Somnia website until May.

Full audio streaming of the entire album and ordering information at

Other Ambient (and related) Music / ECM: Nick Bartsch's Ronin: Holon
« on: February 14, 2008, 10:28:16 AM »
Easily one of the most exciting musical explorations I've heard in quite a while, and not easily pigeonholed.  To touch down on a few reference points that it brings up for me:  Steve Reich, The Necks, 70's era Eberhard Weber, Terry Riley.  No doubt this is rooted in cold and spacious ECM jazz, but this music moves beyond easily categorization.

One could call it minimalist post-jazz, but that's way too easy of a description.  Essentially a loop or motif is established (often in an odd time signature), and the  musicians began to spiral in heavier and heavier arcs around the concept so that the music swells and sways.

There is a ritual/sacred paradigm at play with the influence of modal elements, but this music really does move beyond.  Its like a personal jazz shamanic journey into deeper and darker emotional space.

Hypnotic, and I would dare say essential...

Samples here:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Luca Formentini
« on: February 01, 2008, 11:53:56 AM »
Listening to a really subtly executed, gorgeous and spatial album by Luca Formentini right now.  Existing somewhere in the nether realms of ambient, electro-acoustic, and post-jazz, it sounds like it could fit well on a label like Rune Grammafon. 

Dont take my word for it though, sample are here:

Somnia 002:  Evan Bartholomew - Secret Entries Into Darkness

evan bartholomew brings another example of sonic storytelling to somnia, moving from atmospheric float into pulsing minimal electroid rhythms.

fractaline analog grooves and micro beat construction establish a hypnotic base for a composed layer of ambient exploration to unfold. presenting a balance of analog moduler synth elements and complex dsp processing, 'secret entries into darkness' further's somnia's approach to cinematic modern music.

strictly limited to 777 copies worldwide. soy ink on recycled paper, sewn, sealed in wax, signed and numbered.

listen to the whole album streaming and purchase here:

hope you enjoy,

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 21, 2008, 10:09:58 AM »
Inspired by the Bill Evans thread, was wondering what people's favorite ECM releases were?

Some of my tops that come to mind are:

Tomasz Stanko - Suspended Variations
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle
Trygve Seim - Sangam
Bugge Wesseltoft & Sidsel Edresen - all albums
Stephen Micus - Music Of Stones

Such a huge catalog, I would love some more recommendations to dive in deeper.

This is my first show of 2008, and starts on a somber note. I've lost someone very close to me, so my song choices are a bit more in the melancholic spheres. Sorrow, joy, memory, presence, emotion... it's all part of our beautiful experience.

   1. Elegi - Time Lapse
   2. Balustrade Ensemble - Tangle In Delerium
   3. Klimek - For Ezekiel Honig & Young (Pan) Americans
   4. Ulver - Vigil
   5. Rolan Vega - Documentary
   6. Machinefabriek - Zucht 2
   7. Slow Dancing Society - Neverending
   8. Matt Borghi - White Shoal Point
   9. Sheila Chandra & The Ganges Orchestra - Not a Word in the Sky
  10. Slow Six - Echolalic Transitions

As always, thanks for listening and I appreciate your feedback.

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Thanks to everyone who listened to the last show.

Im ending 2007 with a delicate show which moves from modern classical to fourth world soundscapes to deep ambience to a masterpiece of modern music by murcof.  I hope this year closes on a harmonic chord for you, leaving you peaceful and connected for the year to come.

1. Mico Nonet: Gloaming - (Mico Nonet)
2. Inch-Time: Kyoto (Autumn Leaves) - (Static Caravan)
3. Jon Hassell: Darbari Bridge - (NYEN)
4. Enrico Coniglio: Lav(a) sciuga - (Psychonavigation Records)
5. Porn Sword Tobacco: Copyright The Universe - (City Centre Offices)
6. White Rainbow: Waves - (Kranky)
7. Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Dupree: Resevoir - (12k)
8. Svalastog: Snow Tracer - (Rune Grammafon)
9. Rafael Anton Irisarri: Fractal - (Miasmah)
10. Murcof: Cosmeta - (Leaf Recordings)

As always, you can download the show and subscribe here:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Ambient/Minimal/Drone Podcast
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:01:37 PM »
Hi all,

I'm always swimming in incredible music, both released and unreleased, so I've set up an audio blog/podcast to share some of the best.  Info is at :

Styles are ambient, minimal, experimental, electro-acoustic, modern classical, minimalist classical, jazz, post jazz, avant garde, and "other" music recordings.

Tracklist for first show below:

   1. Lars Danielsson (w. Bugge Wesseltoft & Nils Peter Molvaer) - Melange Bleu
   2. Paul Bradley - Chroma 3
   3. Inch-Time - Icicles And Snowflakes
   4. The Field - Kappsta 2
   5. Rod Modell - Subway
   6. Kiln - Flycatcher
   7. Chihei Katayama - Granular Haze
   8. Eivind Aarset - Family Pictures III
   9. Lusine ICL - Stones Throw
  10. Adam Pacione - Sawa
  11. Opitope - Trees Reflecting Off The Surface Of The Lake
  12. Michael Harrison - Revealing The Tones

Hope you enjoy, feedback always appreciated.

Evan Bartholomew

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