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Canadian music producer Alaskan Tapes releases LP and sits down for exclusive interview

Operating under the nom de plume of Alaskan Tapes, Brady Kendall has just released his latest LP,  Views From Sixteen Stories via AT Recordings. We saw some big names backing his talent as he released three singles ahead of the LP.

With Clash Magazine premiering the title track,  Electronic Groove followed suite with the premiere of ‘And, We Disappear’. Son of Marketing and Youtube channel Ambient got the initial ball rolling as they premiered ‘Times are Tired’ together. We’ve featured Alaskan Tapes several times before and you can read one of our features here as it gives insight into the name behind the album.

With so many noteworthy publications backing the singles released ahead of the LP, it seemed pertinent for us to learn a little more about the producer making waves in the ambient music scene. Read more below as we explore the mind of this Canadian producer.

Describe your sound for us. What do you want people to feel when they hear your music?
I try to make the sound of my music as minimal as possible, where if someone wants to use it as background music, it’s perfect for that, but if they also want to dig into the sound, they’ll be able to unravel a lot of texture and depth. I just want people to feel at ease when they listen.

Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?
There was. I was just starting college to become an accountant, it’s a funny story, the reason I actually pursued music is because I accidentally missed an accounting exam, and they would let me take it until the next year. By that time I was already over it, so I decided to drop out and do music.

How did you discover your particular sound?
Through a lot of experimentation. I love the minimal aesthetic of ambient music, and for a year, I was trying to strip away at the downtempo tracks I would make. I eventually just took away the drums and focused on drones. There wasn’t too much to it.

What are the most important pieces of equipment to you?
I love my Mason and Risch Spinnet piano. I’m not sure when it was built, probably sometime in the 70s/80s, but it sounds great. I would say that the most important though are my monitors, my Adam A7Xs, they’re super clear and unforgiving. Having them has improved my production skills a lot.

What kind of reaction are you hoping to invoke with your latest LP, Views From Sixteen Stories?
None in particular, I just want people to enjoy it, and hopefully see where I’m trying to take the project. Reincluding drums and all.

Tell us a little about your side projects creating soundtrack work for film and other visual media. How do you go about setting the tone for a particular scene?
I find working for film is very difficult, but very rewarding. My strategy most of the time is simply throwing as much as I can at a scene and just hoping something sticks. But you can usually tell what the filmmaker is going for in the scene, so as long as you start off right it’s not too difficult.

Most artists say that if they weren’t artists they would be mailmen/women… what would you be?
A mailman would actually be a pretty cool job. But I’m not sure, I haven’t given too much thought into it. Most likely would have stayed in accounting and gone that route, I think that would have been fun.

If you had one piece of wisdom to share with your fans, what would it be?
Probably to not take anything to seriously, just go with everything, and whatever happens, happens.

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Skylark and The Scorpion reveal new music video for ‘Come Forward and Say’

Set for release on Skinny Dog Records on 4th October 2019, Weather The Storm is both a record of majestic folk beauty and a breathtaking cinematic experience from the recording/writing partnership of Nick J Webb (The Lea Shores / Nadine Shah) and vocalist Petra Jean Phillipson (David Holmes/Martina Topley Bird/Marianne Faithful).
The duo who have been revealing chapters of the 40-minute film and soundtrack album sequentially in the run-up to its full release this Autumn have now unveiled ‘Come Forward And Say’. Featuring the orchestral arrangements of Nell Catchpole and layered with Petra’s inimitable siren song adding heartbreaking depths of sorrow, ‘Come Forward And Say’ is a spellbinding new track that returns us to the world of Skylark & The Scorpion.
As with the rest of the film, the video for ‘Come Forward And Say’ was recorded off the coast of Scotland in the middle of Winter; with the band, cast and crew battling against the harsh terrain and bitter elements in pursuit of this stunning visual accompaniment to the album. Directed by the esteemed Finlay Mackay and starring Nick and Petra in the roles of doomed lovers the Skylark & The Scorpion, this latest scene takes place at a frozen lake near the Eashaness Lighthouse of Shetland.
“Today we release the ‘frozen lake’ scene soundtracked by the song COME FORWARD AND SAY,” says Nick. “It’s the only scene in which we both wear white, and when you watch the film in its entirety, the reason for this should come clear! It really was a beautiful location and the light was stunning.”
Skylark & The Scorpion conceptually follows the journey of two star-crossed lovers, romantically entwined but perhaps destined never to be together. Beginning with atmospheric opening salvos ‘Weather The Storm’ and ‘Hey Lover’, the duo have been unwinding the chapters of this epic story through successive videos, each soundtracked by a song to be featured on their upcoming album.
Launching the full film and album on 4th October 2019, Skylark & The Scorpion have also announced details of a special one-off show at the St Matthias Church in Dalston the same night. Performing with an 8 piece orchestrated band, Nick and Petra will be playing the entire album in soundtrack to the film as it is projected simultaneously on a cinema-sized screen behind them. 

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Ambient music producer Oh No Noh has announced his new self-titled EP

Oh No Noh plays music in a setup that’s just as unconventional as it’s complex. Undulating Lofi-soundscapes embedded in rattle beats played by mechanisms. A bundle of Ambient, Kraut, Minimal Music and Electronica.
Solenoids, turned into robots play Oh No Noh’s programmed rhythms and let them become
traceable for the audience. Guitar patterns and -loops crisscross the arrangements, shrouded by samples and field-recordings, born into the planned aleatory of an unsinkable tape deck.
Markus Rom is the protagonist and alter ego of this long-term experiment. Comments by the
audience describes the music of Oh No Noh as a „soundtrack for the ending of a planet“ or as „a machine, with the sole purpose of a lifelong repair“.
Oh No Noh’s self-titled EP enters new realms in the field of live-looping, nimbly shapeshifting
between electronic and analog spheres. Atmospheric music for fans of Notwist, Hainbach, John Cage and Nils Frahm. Apposite to all the special features of this unique project, the EP will be released on audio cassette.
Tourdates 2019/20
15.10. Leipziger Jazztage, UT Connewitz, Leipzig (Release-concert)
19.10. Hörgang, Munich (Interdisciplinary festival for literature and music)
24.10. Other Music Academy, Weimar

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Wash yourself in ambient bliss with Soular Order’s new song ‘Beholder’

When it comes to beautifully textured soundscapes, producer Soular Order certainly has a few melodious tricks up his leave. His latest single ‘Beholder’ will have you mesmerised from start to finish – in a trance of ambient atmosphere.
“Beholder is an ambient piece about self-reflection. It was written over the course of a few days, and was what actually started the whole EP process” he says.
Founder of electronic label My City By Night, he most certainly has an ear for talent, and hosts artists such as Alaskan Tapes, Solace, Axel Grassi-Havnen and Izzard.  He has a number of releases in his wake, including seven EP’s and 2016’s full-length album Rhythmic Sleep. Following this, he went on to found a second label alongside label-mate IOM called Beatsupply where they have continued to release various EPs and singles.
We suggest repeated listens. Just saying.

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Composer and record label creator Akira Kosemura sits down for interview ahead of release

Practically a child prodigy, while he was still in school Japanese composer Akira Kosemura released his first solo album, It’s On Everything, via an Australian label in 2007 as well as founded his own label, Schole Records. This would eventually go on to garner good reviews by releasing various albums of multigenre music featuring the sounds of piano, strings, winds, synthesizers, and field recordings.

In the years to follow, Akira Kosemura would go on to create music for film, stage, and commercials as well as collaborate with several international brands. His most recent work is a digital EP called Romance, which will be released on Friday 13 September. Ahead of this release, we decided to sit down with the Japanese visionary that is Akira Kosemura.

Describe your sound for us. What do you want people to feel when they hear your music? 

It’s very difficult to describe my music. My music has always happened very naturally when I sit in front of the piano or keyboards. It just happens. So I don’t have any visions about what the listeners will hear with my music, but if my music is the button to switch their life to something good, that would be great.

Which 3 artists have influenced you the most growing up? 

Very difficult to choose 3 artists. James Horner, Philip Glass, Arvo Part.

How did you discover your particular sound? 

Walking around and listening to the sounds of the world.

What are the most important pieces of equipment to you? 

Piano.

What outside of music inspires you to create? 

Everything. The sounds of the wind, people’s voice, car’s noise, rain, snow, light, smell of the season…Everything around me is inspiration to me.

If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist living or passed, who would it be? 

James Horner. Because his music is the reason why I was interested in music first in my life.

Most artists say that if they weren’t artists they would be mailmen/women… what would you be?

I cannot imagine. I tried hard but I’m sorry.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about? 

I’m always doing some scoring work, for now I can tell you about the Nintendo game music and some film music I’m working on.

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Interview with electronic musician Ponkie

Budapest-based instrumental/electronic musician Marton Pongor, better known as Ponkie makes chillout electronic sound by mixing melodic guitar themes with grooves, synths and flying harmonies. He likes to keep his music relaxing but with a catchy, musical interest at the same time.
After Ponkie finished his music conservatory studies on classical guitar, his rock band was suddenly over, which allowed him the chance to start his solo project in 2018.
Describe your sound for us. What do you want people to feel when they hear your music?
Chilled melodic sounds, some grooves and the atmosphere take you to another place. I would like to give a feeling like this for the listeners.
Which 3 artists have influenced you the most growing up? 
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Tycho.
How did you discover your particular sound? 
When I was 13-14 years old, I just plugged my guitar to the laptop to record something and realized it’s the best fun, and the opportunities are endless. I started to learn some software skills and playing with sounds and effects at home. It was a process that was totally based on the flow.
Now I’m trying to be more conscious about using the sounds. Usually, a whole song is ready with synths, beats, melodies and I’m just spicing up with some guitar at the end. This is how the process turned around. But the flow is still always there.
What are the most important pieces of equipment for you? 


My guitar, VolcaSample for drums and VolcaKeys connected to Arturia Keystep for some pads/bass. This is my low budget home set up on my desk for inspiration. But when I’m producing a track I get lots of extra sounds from the software and sample libraries of course.

What outside of music inspires you to create?


Go to nature, cycling, travelling. Being away from the weekdays.

Do you have a favorite memory of your career so far that you will take with you forever?


Yes. But it was before my solo project ‘Ponkie’. We have a 5 concert tour in the UK with my ex-(rock)band, where I played on bass guitar. It was a decisive experience to see something from the music industry there. Taking our own music “worldwide” was a really elevating feeling.

If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist living or passed, who would it be


Josh Klinghoffer, actual guitarist of RHCP. I love his music.

Most artists say that if they weren’t artists they would be mailmen/women… what would you be?


Being a football player could be cool (Just not in Hungary).

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about? 


Writing songs for a new EP, and starting to perform live.

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