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In which current events lead me to make music…

“From Beirut to Paris the world is turning to ashes.”

This quote is what I said the day of the Paris attacks, and a day after the bombings in Beirut. Current events don’t always make me write music, but something compelled me this time. A synth work composed and performed with Rev by Output, it signifies mourning. Ashes. Dust. What massacres like these leave behind.

From Beirut to Paris the world is turning to ashes.

I have no hope when I look at the world. Not anymore. But for some reason we have to hold onto hope. I don’t why. But we just do. What do you see, especially now, when you look at the world? What do you see today?

Album Review: MO-DU “MOD01”


My reviews on this site aren’t as frequent as I would like because I only review submitted music I think is worth hearing. Additionally I find no point in giving negative press to fledgling artists. Thankfully I have another artist to pass onto you, in hopes you experience it for yourselves.

MOD01 is an album from the Prague-based electronic artist Jan Jiskra who performs under the name MO-DU when not with his other group Neden. MOD01 explores the experimental/atmospheric nature of ambient music and electronic music from the Berlin School (which contains artists like Tangerine Dream).

Composed and performed entirely by the artist on analog synths, sequencers and more, MOD01 delivers the mental escape that this genre is so well-known for creating. It isn’t an escape entirely, however, as you are still challenged to pick apart the multiple layers of the works found on the record. The tracks slowly build on the melodic material (which to my delight utilizes a variety of scale patterns) until there is a grand finish.

As it is with most music in this genre, you probably want to find a quiet place to experience it. It commands your full attention, and it is worth the time. If you are looking for something different or are already a fan of Berlin School-esque artists, give MOD01 a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

MOD01 can be found at

Album Review: Eli “Dream Dimensions”


I always am on the lookout for music that is different. Especially with the current climate of the music industry, it is really hard for “different” artists to be found anywhere except in the fringes. With this website, I try to bring people you should hear out in the open because they need a space to be featured outside the mainstream media.

The artist in this case is Eli, an electronic artist from Madison, Wisconsin. His new album Dream Dimensions is an expression of creating new from scratch and also existing materials. The sound of Eli is a blend of original sounds/instrumental lines (such as cello) with sampling of other artists (whom he gives credit to when necessary). The thing is, with pre-existing sounds, he isn’t sampling as much as he is creating from a foundation. The samples are made anew and you can’t really call them a remix as the sounds are unique unto Eli’s own artistic palate.

Dream Dimensions is an exploration in looping, downtempo, glitch, and avant-garde sounds combining to make a product that exercises your mind. You are always thinking as you hear the music and the more you think the more you enjoy it. There are so many subtleties (rhythmically, harmonically, and melodically) that you always discover something new with each listen.

In case you can’t tell, I really like this record. Eli has written and produced an album that is a fantastic listen. I think if you like Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, or Tangerine Dream you will find Dream Dimensions worth your time.

Dream Dimensions can be downloaded at

Review: Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher “Eitt”


The core of ambient music is the idea that the textures and emotive qualities are more important than groove. You are trying to create a world that the listener can interact with and essentially escape to. The record Eitt is an album that does just that. It was created by Icelandic musicians Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher who describe the album as fusing “the beautiful piano melodies of Jón Ólafsson and the atmospheric ambient of Futuregrapher to create a lovely, evocative album.”


There is a sense of journey through a place where time is not of much importance in this record. You are allowed to float with the atmospheric tones and flowing piano melodies/harmonies without worrying about your attachment to this world. I find that ambient music, and I speak as an ambient composer, when done right should accomplish exactly what Eitt does.

Whereas some ambient music like Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music For Airports can be used as background music, Eitt is ambient music best experienced in a quiet space with a view of the outside world. This allows you to drift and dream while melding the music’s realm with your own.

Jo¦ün O¦ülafsson & Futuregrapher

I love this record, and I highly encourage you to get a copy for yourself if you want to go someplace else for a while.

Eitt can be found at

Review: Bosko Martinovic “Time”


I have always been a huge advocate of music that blends numerous styles. I find musical purism to be lacking and dishonest, so when an artist comes along that shows syncretism I am quite pleased. The Serbian guitarist Bosko Martinovic’s LP Time is an exercise in moving in and out of various musical worlds.

There is funk, jazz, rock, and western classical all found within this record, and each track on the record reflects these influences. One minute you will find yourself getting a dose of fusion jazz rhythms and chord progressions, then before you know it you get blasted with metal shredding. It works so well as your brain is never allowed to get bored because the music is loaded with complexity.


The band moves the music along as one cohesive unit as Bosko’s guitar melodies dance over the backing musicians. Time is a record that really feels like it was meant for musicians, namely the ones playing on the album. I say this to evoke the analogy of bebop musicians who weren’t concerned with making music danceable, but making music that they enjoy. There aren’t any cliches here, Bosko’s music has a mind of its own. Even when you hear the echoes of people like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, that is all they are…echoes. Bosko has a command of the guitar that even I as a guitarist envy.

If you want something different that challenges you as a listener, give Time a chance.

Time can be found at:

New music video from Sophomore

Hey everyone, you might remember the recent interview I did with the awesome Swedish electronic composer Sophomore. He just sent me this new music video and the music on it is great. It is especially great set against the backdrop of corporate greed.


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