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Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks update - March 31, 2009
« on: March 31, 2009, 08:40:02 AM »

Hello, everyone!  We've had a fantastic 2009 so far this year - and it just keeps getting better!

+++++ Recent releases +++++

:: Chris Russell - Aralu :: Brand new artist to AtmoWorks, a very ambient release.  Chris describes Aralu as a lost Babylonian underworld - a vast, dark underground cave entered through a hole in the earth.

:: Steve Brand - Cahokia :: Originally self-released in 2007, Cahokia has been refined, reworked, and remastered.  Steve has a deep connection with Cahokia - which was the site of a great city many years ago in Illinois.  Ambient, tribal.

:: miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1 :: AtmoWorks co-owners Vir Unis and MjDawn team up for a hard hitting rythmic tour de force. If you want to venture out of ambient territory and into something heavy on the beats - a little bit ebm... you have to hear this album.

:: Subseason - Subseason 1 :: Exuviae and Bunk Data collaboration of deep dark ambient.  Great album.   Turn the lights off and let it wash over you.

:: Pixyblink - Withered Leaves :: New artist for AtmoWorks, recommended highly by Disturbed Earth (and in fact a collaboration is complete and waiting for release).  Experimental, spoken word, poetry, field recording, ambient.

:: Steve Brand and Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams :: 2nd in a trilogy of collaborative albums between two amazing artists.  Ambient.

:: Holon - Dream Awake :: I really enjoy this album personally - field recordings, ambient beats, soundscape.   Very pleased to have Charity releasing her music with us.

+++++ Coming Soon! +++++

04/03 - Disturbed Earth - Ghosts of Carthage
04/10 - Mara's Torment - Across For Show
04/17 - Steve Brand / Disturbed Earth - The Rest of Time
04/24 - Pixyblink - Peridot
05/01 - Interstitial - Temporal Arc

+++++ New Artists +++++

A few new artists have agreed to release with us and we're quite excited about it.   Look for releases from these three sometime in 2009.

Bob Ohrum
Eyes Cast Down

Thanks for reading!

John K-N / AtmoWorks
We live and breathe music.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / iMac for music?
« on: March 30, 2009, 07:38:52 AM »

Both my windows laptop and desktop are having crashing problems.   My wife and I have reached the "ok - forget about other plans we had for this year - we're getting a new computer"...  So - we've always wanted a mac and I think that's what we're getting this time.   Originally thought I'd get a little macbook for $1,000 - but started looking at the iMac's - especially the one with the 24" screen.  That's what I want.

The plan is for this to be my new music computer (so yes - I'm making the big pc to mac switch).   I don't really plan to dual boot mac and windows - I just want to keep it mac.   

Heidi's big question is if the iMac is enough to do what I want to do with music - or do I need to save up a lot more money and get a mac pro desktop.    My gut is telling me the iMac is enough.    I need to hear from some actual mac users!

I have a Presonus Firestudio Project which runs on firewire 400.   The macs all have an 800 firewire port.   I've read that an adapter is available but haven't been able to actually find it to buy yet.  Ideas?   

I can't afford Logic right away...   I plan to use the new mac version of Reaper.   

I'd like a drum machine / simple sequencing ... recommendations?    I've loved Fruity 3.0 and Rebirth on pc - so you know I'm not looking for a massive thing...

I primarily record audio - always have.   I've used my music pc's more as big multi-track tape decks... I almost never sequence (except for drum patterns) - I almost never use loops.    I tend to record everything from hardware (synths, trumpet, bass, piano), use hardware effects while recording.   

I then do all the mixing, tweaking, mastering in the computer.   

Ok - help me out everyone...   I plan to buy the 24" iMac this weekend from Best Buy (zero percent for 18 months).    Basically I'm looking for someone to say... wait!  stop!  you don't want to do this because of 'x'...    everything seems to be leaning towards I'm making the right decision.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Numina - Sound Symbols download
« on: February 25, 2009, 07:47:23 AM »
I've been meaning to mention this...  AtmoWorks is distributing Numina's recent self released "Sound Symbols" album in 320 kbps mp3 download form.   It's on the front page of our store:

You can get the physical copies direct from Jesse's website...

Jesse Sola (aka Numina) has recently released his latest opus, a 65 minute epic called Sound Symbols. Jesse has partnered with AtmoWorks to distribute this new release in download form, and we're absolutely thrilled to bring Jesse's music to the AtmoAudience!

Divided into five distinct parts, Numina's 'Sound Symbols' nonetheless flows seamlessly from one moment to the next, pulling the listener along a gorgeous sonic journey of sweeping synthesizers and deep atmospherics. Fans of Numina's 'Transcension" series will find this an experience they won't soon forget!

Pick up your download copy here or head over to Numina's Website to pick up the CD version.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks News - Feb 13, 2009
« on: February 13, 2009, 01:24:23 PM »

We've had a lot of exciting things going on behind the scenes at AtmoWorks Headquarters!   This weekend we're releasing a wonderful album by Holon called "Dream Awake" blending ambient, atmospheric, field recordings, samples, and drums.   Holon is new to AtmoWorks - and we know you'll enjoy her sonic journeys on "Dream Awake".   Be sure to check out the great artwork by Steve Brand.

Last week we released a pair of collaborative albums by SAVO and Disturbed Earth called "So Far" and "Flight Of Fancy".   Dean (Disturbed Earth) has been a long time friend of AtmoWorks and we're sure many of you have heard his gorgeous guitar and found object soundscapes.   SAVO is a relative newcomer - and we're excited they met and created this pair of drifting ambient albums.   Artwork was done by one of Dean's friends, Australian artist Steve Guest.

If you didn't catch the new Exuviae "Starting To See e.p" or the first full length from Vir Unis in a very long time - "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird" - please stop by the site and click on "news" or listen to samples in the store!

The AtmoWorks compilation project is underway - if you're working on submitting a track - it's due by April 1st.  Just join the "compilation" group on our website.

Upcoming releases:

02/20 - Steve Brand / Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams
02/27 - Pixyblink - Withered Leaves
03/06 - Subseason - Subseason1
03/13 - miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1
03/20 - Steve Brand - Cahokia
03/27 - Chris Russell - Aralu
04/03 - Disturbed Earth - Ghosts of Carthage

Thank you so very much for your continued support of AtmoWorks and our artists!   We have a lot in store for 2009 - we're so glad you're along for the ride!

John Koch-Northrup
We live and breathe music.

Artist: Exuviae
Title: Starting To See
Released: January 30, 2009
Label: AtmoWorks -
Format: mp3 download (320 kbps) and cdr
Catalog #: AW2031

"Starting To See" shows the diversity of scope that Exuviae posesses. As a tribute to his wife, Brooks has compiled a mini-album of sorts, focusing this time on his love for Shoegaze, Industrial and Beat-Driven electronica. Sparely used-vocal passages occasionally decorate the bass and drum-heavy structures, while highly experimental sections are fused together with more in-the-pocket loops and passages. The final form is a highly listenable, multi-mood inducing slab of rhythm, drone and deep low end.

Available as an mp3 download (320 kbps) or cdr from

Track List:

01 Fairy Tale Girl
02 Pillow Candy
03 Blunted Iris
04 Face Time
05 Starting To See
06 Blunted Iris (Blunt Force Trauma - Bunk Data Remix)

About Exuviae

Exuviae is the musical moniker of Minnesota-based electronic musician Brooks Rongstad, who has produced and recorded various forms of electronic music for the better part of 10 years. He was a co-founder of the GreenHouseMusic record label and is also an active participant on the AtmoWorks label. After a few years in hibernation, the year 2008 saw his return to the music community with a wide variety of projects being released in various formats through various channels.

About AtmoWorks

AtmoWorks has released and promoted electronic and ambient music since 2001 through 75+ releases (cd, cdr, and download), live concerts, online streaming concerts from artist's studios, and building an active community of music artists and fans. AtmoWorks is currently owned by John Strate-Hootman (Vir Unis, The Elf Machine, miKroNaught), John Koch-Northrup (Relaxed Machinery, Interstitial), and Matt McDonough (MjDawn, miKroNaught, Mudvayne) and was originally founded by John Strate-Hootman and James Johnson.

AtmoWorks has recently released a wide range of artists including: Steve Brand, Disturbed Earth, Exuviae, Peter James, Mark Tamea, and Jonathan Hughes.

Upcoming Releases:

02/06 - SAVO / Disturbed Earth - So Far
02/06 - SAVO / Disturbed Earth - Flight of Fancy
02/13 - Holon - Dream Awake
02/20 - Steve Brand / Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams
02/27 - Pixyblink - Withered Leaves
03/06 - Subseason - Subseason1
03/13 - miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1
03/20 - Steve Brand - Cahokia
03/27 - Chris Russell - Aralu
04/03 - Disturbed Earth - Ghosts of Carthage

Artist:   Vir Unis
Title:   Stand Still Like The Hummingbird
Released:  January 16, 2009
Label:  AtmoWorks -
Format:  mp3 download (320 kbps) and cdr

Stand Still Like The Hummingbird is the latest offering from AtmoWorks artist Vir Unis. In ways it is aligned with earlier work that Vir Unis did with Steve Roach or Saul Stokes and solo work like Mercury and Plastic as well as Book of Mutations. There are deep and ultraviolet colored aural landscapes to explore while geometrical images of rhythms and electro-acoustical hybrid grooves forge new paths. While incorporating built upon techniques, this is an evolutionary step forward from Body Electric and Blood Machine, displaying a technical skill in percussion, machine programming, and refining 'in the studio' techniques to build a more elegant future.

Available as an mp3 download (320 kbps) or cdr from and also as a cdr from the Hypnos store.

Track List:

01 Sons of Thunder   [5:23]
02 A Calling Through The Wind  [8:15]
03 A Deepening Shift   [5:10]
04 Since Feeling Is First  [5:02]
05 The Moon And Tomorrow   [4:15]
06 In The Shade Sat Quietly   [3:48]
07 Stand Still Like The Hummingbird   [23:09]

About Vir Unis

Working for over twenty years, Vir Unis has released and produced nearly 50 albums.  His music has been played on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Hearts of Space, Echoes, and Star’s End, as well as many others around the world.  Combining an ethereal and swirling sound of electronic synthesizers, samples, and computerized loops, Vir Unis weaves a sonic tapestry over fractalized beats and terrestrial grooves.  He has collaborated with some of the best in ambient music, such as Steve Roach, Saul Stokes, Vidna Obmana, Ma Ja Le, MjDawn, Rena Jones, Interstitial, and James Johnson.  He has also created loop libraries for Sony Creative Software, which has been used for sound design in tv and film.

About AtmoWorks

AtmoWorks has released and promoted electronic and ambient music since 2001 through 75+ releases (cd, cdr, and download), live concerts, online streaming concerts from artist's studios, and building an active community of music artists and fans.  AtmoWorks is currently owned by John Strate-Hootman (Vir Unis, The Elf Machine, miKroNaught), John Koch-Northrup (Relaxed Machinery, Interstitial), and Matt McDonough (MjDawn, miKroNaught, Mudvayne) and was originally founded by John Strate-Hootman and James Johnson.     

AtmoWorks has recently released a wide range of artists including:   Steve Brand, Disturbed Earth, Exuviae, Peter James, Mark Tamea, and Jonathan Hughes.

Upcoming Releases:

01/30 - Exuviae - Starting to See
02/06 - SAVO / Disturbed Earth - So Far
02/06 - SAVO / Disturbed Earth - Flight of Fancy
02/13 - Holon - Dream Awake
02/20 - Steve Brand / Disturbed Earth - Busy With Dreams
02/27 - Pixyblink - Withered Leaves
03/06 - Subseason - Subseason1
03/13 - miKroNaught - Neutrino_2.1
03/20 - Steve Brand - Cahokia
03/27 - Chris Russell - Aralu
04/03 - Disturbed Earth - Ghosts of Carthage

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks Compilation(s)
« on: January 06, 2009, 08:08:20 AM »
We're kicking off a compilation project over at AtmoWorks...  if anyone here is interested in participating tracks are due by April 1.   Head over to for more details and join the "compilation" group if you plan to submit.

It's open to anyone for submissions.    We'll start the process of selecting tracks after April 1 with a tentative release of late summer.   Depending on the number of good submissions - we may to more than one comp... we'll see how it all works out.




LightTools is Steve Brand's first long form piece, taking over a year to complete. Constructed of keyboard textures, bells and voice, this 63 minute piece takes the listener on a journey through brightly lit zones of intoning celestial choirs, only to submerge into volcanic, rumbling clouds of mercurial darkness, returning again to skyscapes that are at once familiar, yet alien. The piece is inspired by our rapidly changing times, and is intended to bring Light, power, hope, connection to the listener.

Available as a 320 kpbs mp3 download or cdr in our store:

A long excerpt from this album is available on the music player on the front page of our community site:

We're honored to be able to bring Steve's wonderful album to you.

Thank you!

John, John, Matt, and Geoff

p.s.   Steve has also released a free e.p. called "Epicenter of a New Dawn" in conjunction with the "LightTools" release.   Read about it on his blog:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Survey 2008 - time to Vote!
« on: November 21, 2008, 07:30:05 AM »

It's time to vote!


The Ambient Mailing list has been doing top ambient surveys at least since 1994 - and has every 2 to 3 years since.    For the first few years surveys - check the Hyperreal page:

I've reposted most of the surveys since 1999 here (thanks to everyone that shared results!):

For this time around, I volunteered to compile the results and posted a few questions to the list during the last few weeks.  I've tried to incorporate as many suggestions as possible (apologies if I forgot some!) - above all - I hope this is fun for everyone!

2008 Survey Notes

The "top 20 of all time" category is the main one and the one hopefully *everybody* will vote in.  This is the survey that's been fairly consistent throughout the years on the list.   I will do some comparisons of this years results to these earlier surveys as others have done in the past.

If you think the album is ambient by whatever definition *you* think of as ambient - then you should list your favorite albums here.   There are several other 'fun' categories - your favorite albums may easily be in several lists.    For example, one of your "top 20 of all time" albums may also be in the "...since 2000" and the "top 10 beatless" as well.   

The "fun" top 10 categories are simply that - they're fun.   If you don't want to vote in these, don't.   Or maybe you love dark ambient, but don't listen to berlin school... vote in the categories you enjoy.   Remember that one album could be in quite a few of your top lists...    Don't think too hard about whether an album is this or that category - this isn't a test!

I didn't split into a bunch of sub-categories of beatless or beat sub-types (except for berlin school and dark ambient which seem to be larger sub-categories) as was suggested by a few list members.   I thought it might be getting a little too long. 

The "extra credit" section is totally and completely optional.   

I'll also be posting this message to several other forums that have strong ambient communities:

Please let me know if there are other 'ambient' forums/lists that I should post to.

Also, several people suggested creating a webform to compile the results - I decided to keep it in email and manually plow through these as I thought some people may not want to 'join' a site like AtmoWorks to vote.  My gut feeling is more people will participate if we keep it simple through email...  Thanks!

How to Vote!

To vote - please email me off-list at with a subject of "Ambient Survey 2008".

Voting Ends: 12/31/2008

This gives everyone just over a month.   I'll compile results and publish them hopefully by end of January.   

The Survey

Copy/paste this section into an email to me at with the subject "Ambient Survey 2008"

Main Categories:

* Top 20 Ambient Albums of All Time (as far back as you want and including *today*)
* Top 20 Ambient Albums released on or since 2000

Fun Categories:

* Top 10 Beatless Ambient Albums (drone, drift, etc...)
* Top 10 Ambient with Beats Albums (chill, ambient techno, groove, tribal, etc...)
* Top 10 Sequencer / Berlin School Albums
* Top 10 Dark Ambient Albums
* Top 10 Ambient Labels (cd/cdr/download/netlabel/etc...)
* Top 10 Reviewers/Blogs/Sites (whether an individual blog, webzine, online magazine)


Are you a:
a) releasing ambient musician
b) musician, but don't release ambient
c) not a musician - a very passionate listener
d) other

You primarily listen to music on (pick one):
a) stereo speakers at home
b) car speakers
c) portable radio
d) big over ear headphones
e) earbuds
f) other

Your age range:
a) less than 20 years old
b) 21 - 30
c) 31 - 40
d) 41 - 50
e) 51 - 60
f) 61 - 70
g) 71 - 80
h) 80+

What country are you voting from?

What area of that country?  (city, region, etc...)

Thank you!

Thank you for voting in this years survey!

John K-N
Relaxed Machinery | Interstitial
AtmoWorks -

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Survey 2008 - ideas...
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:33:23 PM »
Below is the email I sent out to the Ambient Mailing list this morning regarding a new 'best of ambient' survey. Please feel free to post your suggestions!

If you'd like to view the results of past - here's my blog post which links to all (or most at least) of the past results which I re-posted here on the AtmoWorks community...

==== begin email to Ambient List ====

I'd kicked around the idea of doing a new ambient survey a couple months ago and
admittedly, everything got really busy in life, work, and with the label - so it's been
on the backburner until now.

I'd love to give this a go and several people offered some advice regarding past surveys.
Let's kick this off with a couple of questions about how you want to approach this.

I'm happy to compile and publish the results.

Once we decide - you can either submit your lists to the group or to me privately at

Should this be a Top 10 or Top 20 of all time? 20 gives everyone a bit more room to
stretch out.

Should we have a few categories or keep it simple and be just best overall?

Some ideas on a few sub-categories would be - maybe keeping these to 5 votes?

* Best after 2000 (this one was done a few years ago)
* Best beatless (drift, drone, etc...)
* Best beat oriented (chill, groove, etc...)
* Labels you turn to time and time again...
* Silliest name for a sub-category in the ambient genre (ok - I'm semi-kidding...)

I don't want to make it too complicated - but having an overall category - and then a
short list of other things you can vote in would be fun to me personally. So if you're
really into Koner's Teimo - it might be in both the Overall and the Beatless list for you.

I'd also like to open this up beyond the Ambient Mailing list... hitting some other
forums if they'd like to participate (electro-music, emportal, hypnos, atmoworks, etc...).

Ideas - thoughts - opinions?


Interstitial | Relaxed Machinery

==== end email ====

In the last few weeks we've released four new albums – stop by AtmoWorks for more info, previews, and to purchase a download or cdr copy.

* Steve Brand / Disturbed Earth - Broken Gold:  A great long form ambient track and the first release of a three part collaboration planned by Steve and Dean.   Look for the 2nd installment in the coming months.

* MjDawn - Frequency Response:  This is AtmoWorks' co-owner Matt McDonough's first solo release.   Best known as the drummer for Mudvayne, Matt has been a creative dynamo whether behind the drum kit, synths, or working at his laptop.

* Mark Tamea - Tessellation:   Mark is back for his second release with AtmoWorks and we're thrilled to have him on our label.   Check the review from Vital posted on the website.

* Steve Brand - Because We Were Once Covered In Gold:  Steve is another artist we're thrilled to have releasing with us.  This is his second release with us and ambient music fans will not be disappointed!

Stop by the store for previews and to purchase:

Stop by the community to chat with friends and check in with your favorite artists in the forum and blog posts.

Thank you!

Disturbed Earth - Butterfly

Released in September on AtmoWorks.
Dean Richards recorded Butterfly at a live "living room" concert in August 1977 in Caulfield, Australia (outside Melbourne).   The album is recorded live with no overdubs.   Dean used a double neck guitar using a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continous loop - his goal was to create the longest loop possible with the equipment he had available.  A Roland Space Echo was also used.

Interestingly - he had to unplug his refrigerator during the concert because it made huge cracks and pops on the recordings.   It was an intimate setting with a group of people watching and a fire in the fireplace because it was winter in Australia.

Dean also recorded three other albums this way in 1977 and he hopes to bring these out at some point in the future.   Butterfly was originally recorded to reel to reel tape - and later moved to a minidisc recorder and then to mp3 for this release.

AtmoWorks is proud to release Disturbed Earth - Butterfly.

To see the front and back cover art:

To listen to previews and purchase any of Disturbed Earth's albums:

Thank you!

John Koch-Northrup

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Peter James - Is [New Release!]
« on: September 19, 2008, 08:17:15 AM »

Peter James - Is

Released in September on AtmoWorks.

In Peter James words:   The original idea behind the recording of “is” was to create an album using only very limited instrumentation, mainly bass guitar, and electric guitar – no synthesisers were used to make this album, only samples and loops made from bass and guitar work I had recorded in my studio. Often I would record an hours worth of stuff, only to come out of the session with maybe a minutes worth, or less, of useful sounds. It was recorded between june 2007 and july 2008. It wasn’t an easy journey. And that’s reflected in the overall tone and feel of the album. it’s also designed to be listened to loud, but it works well quiet, too. I’m not sure if it’s “dark ambient”, or “ambient” at all. I guess that’s not for me to decide. For me - It just “is”.

The download version of the album comes with extra artwork, and 3 different coloured “sleeves” – all created by the uk based graphic designer and photographer David Gregson.

To see the front and back cover art:

To listen to previews and purchase any of Peter James' albums:

Thank you!

John Koch-Northrup

AtmoWorks is proud to release SoulSpiral by Steve Brand!

Steve wrote about the album on his blog in the AtmoWorks community and he describes the album in a wonderfully personal way...

"SoulSpiral" represents a new phase of work for me, in which I felt the desire to explore the creation of longer, more dense zones which unfold slowly over longer periods of time, as opposed to shorter "songs." The album consists of 2 long tracks, each timing in at over 30 minutes. The first track, "SoulSpiral," is dense mass of ever-shifting drift formed from layers of keyboard, voice and didg textures. Zones change, overlap, shift gradually, letting in more light, then obscuring, designed to take the listener deeper and deeper. The second track, "Worldmaker," begins with a clarion call of deep Tibetan horns. There is a more terrestrial feel here than with the previous. Kora, bells, voice, drums and more densely layered whistling, droning, thunderous textures reach out from the depths of distant timelines. While the first track initiates the journey, "Worldmaker" brings the listener to the other side, into dimly lit worlds, other possible universes, other possible selves.

"SoulSpiral" was in part, inspired by the stream of stunning photos from Hubbell and NASA of worlds taking shape, and by channeled writings that I've been immersed in over the past few years by Jane Roberts/Seth, Lee Carrol/Kryon, Geoffrey Hoppe/Tobias, Barbara Marciniak, Pamela Kribbe/Jesuha and JZ Knight/Ramtha; these books address the expansiveness of consciousness in and around us, and our true creative nature as Human Beings, as opposed to the more limited and limiting one sold to us by organizations, popular culture and advertising.

Released on July 18, 2008 in 320 kbps mp3 and cdr formats.

Link to SoulSpiral in the AtmoWorks store:

AtmoWorks is proud to release two brand new albums this weekend:

* Vir Unis | Disturbed Earth - Drawn From the Well
* Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex

Both albums are available from the store in either 320 kbps mp3 download or cdr format. AtmoWorks cdr's are also available at the Hypnos Store -

Vir Unis | Disturbed Earth - Drawn From the Well

Disturbed Earth and Vir Unis have teamed up to bring you a three long track journey into pastoral tones and ethereal shades of sheer atmospherics.

Recorded in late spring of this year, these two artists trading tracks over the net, were so happy with the results, they've decided to record a series of albums with this process. Drawn From the Well is the first part of this collaborative series between these two.

Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex

Jonathan Hughes' debut album for AtmoWorks. We're very proud to have a musician of Jonathan's talent releasing with us.

In Jonathan's words from the liner notes: "I'm a big fan of words in general, but specifically of words that evoke a certain feeling or image, but mean something completely unrelated. I'm also a fan of the minutiae that makes up the language of various industries. The titles for all the tracks on Circumflex are typographical terms. To me, these particular words sound like they'd be equally at home in a document from NASA as they would in a book about graphic design. I wish I could say that the titles had some deep connection to the music, but nope -- they just sounded cool."

Jonathan has previously released acclaimed albums on The Foundry label including Trillium and the virtual collaboration project, Fluidities, where each track on cd1 could be played randomly with tracks from cd2.

Coming in the next few months!

* Steve Brand - SoulSpiral (planned for July 18)

* Exuviae - The White Underneath
* Camera - Fire and Science
* Igneous Flame | Achromus - HALO
* Disturbed Earth - Sleep of Wonder
* Vir Unis - Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

* Relaxed Machinery - Temporal Arc (reissue)
* Exuviae - Settling Density (reissue)
* Exuviae - Response (reissue)
* Mark Tamea - Buried Traktora (reissue)

We also have projects from Numina, mjdawn, Paul Vnuk, Float Method, Mikronaught, and Autumn in Analog in the works for later this year.

Thank you for supporting the artists and AtmoWorks!

John Koch-Northrup

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks - July 2008 update
« on: July 02, 2008, 07:00:47 AM »
I'm getting ready to send this out to our past customer base...  it includes a few things you probably know about as well as some new stuff... enjoy!

AtmoWorks Update - July 2008

AtmoWorks Changes

2008 has been a year of changes.   After seven years, James Johnson decided to step back from running AtmoWorks with Vir Unis.   James is focusing on his family, sound design work, and his music.   In March, Vir Unis decided to ask two long time friends to co-own the label going forward:  John Koch-Northrup and Matt McDonough.   The three of us have known each other since high school and have played music together for years. 

After server and site upgrades, we're getting ready to start releasing again.   All releases will be available as either 320 kpbs mp3 download or as a cdr.   We've also expanded AtmoWorks to include a number of great new artists - some you'll know, and some are brand new.   In addition to the high quality ambient music that we're known for, we're expanding into techno, idm, and even have a few rock and shoegaze/ethereal type artists coming soon.    What ties everything together is we believe in these artists and the music they write.

Partnership with Hypnos

In the past, AtmoWorks has released in mp3, cd, and cdr format.   Going forward, we've decided to focus on mp3 downloads.   In order to bring our customers a choice between download and cdr - we've formed a great partnership with the Hypnos label.   They'll be making and selling cdr versions of all of our full length releases.   You can buy these cdr's either from our store - or through the Hypnos store - either way the artists will be getting the exact same royalty whether it's the download or cdr from either store.   This is a truly fantastic relationship for all involved.

Upcoming Releases

Vir Unis | Disturbed Earth - Drawn From the Well
Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex
Steve Brand - Soul Spiral
Exuviae - The White Underneath
Mark Tamea - Buried Traktora (reissue)
Camera - Fire and Science
Igneous Flame | Achromus - HALO
Relaxed Machinery - Temporal Arc (reissue)
Disturbed Earth - Sleep of Wonder
Vir Unis - Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

We also have projects from Numina, mjdawn, Float Method, Mikronaught, and Autumn in Analog in the works.

The AtmoWorks Community

If you go to - you'll notice you go to our community now instead of directly to our store.   We'd absolutely love for you to join our site.   It's a great place for you to mingle with fellow music lovers and directly with the artists.   You can upload your own music, your photos and videos, keep a blog, or post to the forum.   It's amazingly easy to sign up and use.   

The AtmoWorks Store

Of course, we'd love for you to pick up our latest releases.   The store link is at the top of the community page and also on the right side under links.   Or just go straight to:   

We'll be updating the site in the coming months to have a fresh coat of paint and added functionality.

Thank You!

Once again, thank you for your past support of AtmoWorks.   Without you, we couldn't continue to support the artists and provide an outlet for this wonderful music.

John Koch-Northrup
AtmoWorks Music



AtmoWorks / Hypnos - CDR Partnership

AtmoWorks is very proud to form a partnership with Hypnos to bring AtmoWorks titles to CDR format.   Hypnos will manufacture and ship AtmoWorks label titles sold through both the AtmoWorks and Hypnos stores.   

AtmoWorks is excited to provide our customers the choice between high quality 320 kbps mp3 downloads or CDR in a slimline jewel case similar to the Hypnos Secret Sounds CDR releases. 

Releases in both formats will begin this summer.

About AtmoWorks

AtmoWorks was founded in 2001 by Vir Unis and James Johnson featuring ambient and eclectic electronic music.   As of 2008, the label is now headed by Vir Unis, John Koch-Northrup, and Matt McDonough and is gradually expanding into techno, idm, and rock music while still retaining their ambient roots. |

About Hypnos

Hypnos is an ambient music label and online music store founded in 1996 by Mike Griffin.  The label has released more than 60 CDs of material, on the main Hypnos imprint as well as the Binary and Hypnos Secret Sounds sublabels, while the online store carries about a thousand CDs from around the world.

Just a quick update on what's going on with AtmoWorks right now.   Our main website is down and consequently our email isn't working either...   however, we're alive and well and can be reached through our community site (see below). 

* We're migrating to a new server within our webhost - unfortunately something went very wrong with the transition and our site has been down a full week longer than it should be.   (we're still down).

* We've been creating a wonderful community website...   which we're hoping many people will soon join.   It's still in beta and we're a long way from completion.   Right now - you can easily sign up, create a profile page, write blogs, post photos, upload your own music, post videos - it's a great way to communicate and especially collaborate with other musicians, artists, and listeners.    It combines the best features of a social network like myspace, or the old, combined with blogging and forums, with easy ways to post your music or photography or art.

* Very soon... when you type in - you'll see our community site on Ning instead of our store.   Our store will be integrated into our community. 

* We're revamping the look and feel of AtmoWorks - the websites, logo, etc...    We're also upgrading and enhancing our store.

* We have a tremendous list of releases planned for this year - we're finalizing a few artists and will announce them later.   

* Many of these releases will be the fantastic ambient music you've come to know and expect from AtmoWorks... on the other hand, as part of our growth in 2008 - we're branching out into other forms of music.    Expect to see a few IDM, techno, and even rock artists on AtmoWorks in the future.   

* We have a few secret surprises in store... :)


Someone posted this over on the discogs forum and I thought readers here would be interested...

Peter Neubäcker, a former German guitar maker turned programmer, has done what many in the computer-music business believed impossible.

A new piece of software called Direct Note Access, first publicly demonstrated by Neubäcker and his company Celemony Software last month, will for the first time allow computers to analyze the digitized sounds of guitar or piano chords, or even multi-instrument recordings, and then extract and modify individual notes.

Computers have revolutionized the recording process, giving sound engineers wide latitude to manipulate notes recorded singly--to change their pitch, their tempo, or where they fall. But teasing apart notes recorded simultaneously, as in a six-string guitar chord, has never before been practical.

"In terms of sound processing, this is kind of the holy grail," says Michael Bierylo, a guitarist and professor of computer music at Boston's Berklee College of Music. "It's something everyone more or less thought we couldn't do."

*** rest of article at link above ***

AtmoWorks has two reissues of albums from 2001 now available for download.

Vir Unis - Pulse n Atmo


1 Ghost in the Bubble
2 Doppleganger
3 Spoon Bender
4 Black Locust Beach
5 Good Morning Blowfish
6 Mind Blink Bike Ride
7 Rinse
8 Alpha State
9 Logan
10 Tweak the Pulse
11 Transmission at Banner Marsh
12 We Are the Sun's Dream

Pulse n Atmo, originally released on Groove Unlimited in 2001, is now available at AtmoWorks as a high quality download MP3 (320K) with new artwork.  Predating Blood Machine, with Steve Roach, by mere months, Pulse n Atmo is a work that is in the vein of the elegant futurism explored by both Roach and Vir Unis in their trilogy of Body Electric, Light Fantastic, and Blood Machine.  Pulse n Atmo is an exploration in pulse, texture, and atmosphere.  Using these basic elements, Vir Unis creates an album that is unique and stands on its own, while still connected to all the frenetic work going on at the time.  Aeonian Glow was released around this time as well, so there’s an interesting dichotomy between his more atmospheric albums and these rhythm driven pulse works.  Pulse n Atmo displays a delicate balance between these two seemingly parallel worlds.

Vir Unis - Live at Gathering 23


1 An Opening Occurs
2 Appoaching the Portal
3 Finding the Center
4 Transient Light
5 Passage
6 Return

Released originally on Space For Music, Live at Gathering 23 is a recording of a performance by Vir Unis in Philadelphia in March of 2001.  The Gathering Concert series is really a very special event, hosted by Chuck van Zyl with sonic support by Art Cohen.  Chuck has hosted this event for well over 20 years and has numerous artists in this space, creating some very interesting electronic music.  This performance was captured live on digital tape inside St. Mary’s Cathedral, so there’s incredible ambience in the recording and a special warm atmospheric texture.  It was an honor for Vir Unis to perform for such a special group of people that support this music very well and for many years.  This feeling resonates throughout the entire recording.  New album artwork also!

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