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I hope that you are ready for another Roel Funcken mix, which is nearly 8 hours in length! I've convinced Roel to break it down into 4 consumable parts though, and am honored to present you with its first entry today! I know you will enjoy : http://hcdi.gs/Autotroph1
Roel Funcken is unstoppable. I don’t know where he finds the time (or the inspiration), but I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to host yet another one of his immersive mixes. I…
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"... transparent in its design, appearing as a soundtrack to an ever expanding universe, a hymn to an extraterrestrial life-form, a path into another dimension. But if its product is so unvarnished, fundamental and elementary, than why do I find myself returning over and over to play it again? It is because at the core of its deceivingly uncomplicated structure, lies an honest, direct, and sincere objective – to make music that captures the listener with sound and silence, with limits and space. Easily one of the best records of the year..." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Ital Tek's "Hallowed" out on Planet Mu : http://hcdi.gs/hollwed
It seems that a lot of my reviews these days start with some flashback on how I originally came across a specific artist. I guess it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you, my readers, after …
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I've got a perfect selection of music for your weekend, featuring releases by Gabriela Parra, Marco Caricola, Luke Howard and Fabrizio Paterlini : http://hcdi.gs/2b19pof
Gabriela Parra Suite of Dreams It seems that 1631 Recordings is swooping in on solo piano music these days, and in the process introducing us to some newly discovered artists along the way. Enter G…
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listen:// new Headphone Commute mix : Dave Howell – 130701 Label Showcase : http://hcdi.gs/130701Mix

Featuring music by Ryan Teague, Max Richter, Arvo Part, Goldmund, Taylor Deupree, Michael Nyman, Richard Skelton, Hauschka, Alva Noto, Ian William Craig and many others...
This mix was put together by Dave Howell, who heads up FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint (which has been a home to Ian Willam Craig, Max Richter, Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, Johann Jo…
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"The concept for the album title stems from that rare moment on the beach when all of the waves cease and there is a loud lull of silence before waves start crashing again." ♫♪ read:// Stationary Travels words on Jason Offthesky Corder's "silent went the sea" now out on Eilean Rec. : http://hcdi.gs/offthesky
Originally from Kentucky and currently based in Denver, Jason Corder has made an indelible mark in the realm of electroacoustic and experimental ambient music under a variety of monikers with the b…
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"The middle of “Porcelain” is particularly stunning, in a very different meaning of this word, whereas it almost feels like a stun gun, piercing my mind and my body with a high voltage current, sending the muscles slithering in pain." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Dag Rosenqvist's "elephant" out on Dronarivm : http://hcdi.gs/_elephant
This is a true story. It is early morning. I put on my headphones, press play, and set off on my daily commute. The music slowly fades in, trickling down my ear canal, with soft fuzz, stretchy dron…
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"No let-up, no hesitation. Needlepoint guitar, deftly junglist drum programming, brooding synths and lethal sub-bass drive the engine. The production is immaculate, high definition. No hiss, no obscuring drones or extraneous noise: the music of Tooth is wide-open and exposed." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Raime's "Tooth" out on Blackest Ever Black : http://hcdi.gs/RaimeTooth
Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead introduced us to more than just their Raime project back in 2010 – it was also the same time we all learned all about the Blackest Ever Black aesthetic, which has…
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"Synth lines, layered over tight syncopated rhythms, drop throughout the deep corridors of warehouse war zones, teasing you with their outstanding cinematic quality, fading in and out of reality. Dig deeper and you will find yourself in fascinating lands, traversing a terrain of abstract geometric figures represented in meticulously crafted sound." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Lorn's "Vessel" out on Wednesday Sound : http://hcdi.gs/LornVessel
Marcos Ortega showed up on my radar some time in 2010, when he first appeared on Brainfeeder with his Nothing Else debut. Subsequently, as Ninja Tune acquired the label, he moved up in the ranks of…
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"Slow washes of distant white noise, sounds of water and the crashing waves, long stretches of soaring guitar drone. The harmonic texture of these endless pads is mostly in major chord, smoothing out the rough edges of agitation with calmness, elation and joy. Notes of euphoria lift up the spirit with the ebb and flow of the sound, carrying forward the boundless cycle of life." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on a split by Desolate Horizons and Endless Melancholy "Deep As The Dark Blue Sea" now out on Hidden Vibes : http://hcdi.gs/2b74TC2
I’ve had more than a few stressful moments in the last couple of weeks. Nothing too serious, mind you, mostly work related arguments, pointless conversations and imaginary nonsense – th…
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"Growing to encompass a hugely influential, high quality stable of artists operating at the cutting edge of the modern classical genre, 130701 has come to embody incredibly graceful and evocative music with a serious sense of purpose and a huge emotional weight." ♫♪ read:// words on "Eleven into Fifteen" a compilation by 130701, featuring music by Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran, Sylvain Chauveau, and many others : http://hcdi.gs/11into15
Compilations are both, fun and difficult to cover. Often presenting a particular musical genre, a unifying theme, or as a label showcase, a compilation offers the listener an opportunity to sample …
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"There is a sense of a soundtrack in the making, whether for your daily walks, nightly meditation, or simply timeless introspection, as everything stands still and only the sound moves through time." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute's words on Ocoeur's "Reversed" out on n5MD : http://hcdi.gs/Ocoeur
Bruges based Franck Zaragoza, recording under his Ocoeur alias (phonetically from “au cœur” = “to the heart”), keeps popping up on my radar, and in turn on these pages, first appearing on n5MD with…
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"[...] procrastination, in my interpretation, is actually fuel for the next or ongoing project." ♫♪ read:// In the studio with Ben Lukas Boysen (aka Hecq) : http://hcdi.gs/BoysenStudio
Lets start at the very beginning. Can you tell us how you got involved in composing, and what was your very first piece of gear? That was quite early in my life. As music and art enthusiasts my par…
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Headphone Commute is an independent resource of candid words on electronic, experimental and instrumental music, featuring album reviews, artist interviews, label profiles, and a somewhat-weekly podcast.

The range of covered genres includes electronica, glitch, idm, drum’n’bass, breakcore, dubstep, trip-hop, modern classical, post-rock, shoegaze, ambient, downtempo, experimental, abstract, minimal and everything in between. 

HC is not associated with any artist, band, record label, promoter, distributor or retailer covered by the reviews. 

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