Category Archives: Reviews – O

Ott

Many remix projects sound like after-thoughts, fairly pointless variations on the one idea. A smaller number of them bring something fresh to the original versions. Even fewer of them totally transform their source material and Ott’s Hallucinogen In Dub (2002) is such a work. It is utterly mesmerising, a re-invention of great power, richness and […]

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Oti

Recollection (2005) is the most rewarding kind of environmental ambience, particularly in those moments that brilliantly dissolve the boundary between music and environmental noise. artist: Oti country of origin: UK style(s): Ambient, environmental, sound collage decades active: 2000’s essential releases: Recollection (2005, Audiobulb Records) Reviewed by Mike G Merging music deeply with environmental sounds – […]

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Ornament

The now-defunct Australian psychedelic label Psy Harmonics occasionally took welcome detours into the ambient and downtempo zones. The debut album Bleu (2004) by Melbourne duo Ornament – the only album the duo has ever released – was one such detour and it’s a stunning achievement. artist: Ornament country of origin: Australia style(s): Ambient rock, environmental, […]

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The Orb

The Orb’s rise to prominence in Britain in the early 90’s was the most visible example of what was perhaps that decade’s most interesting musical hybrids: ambient dance music…the druggy melange of slow-motion Chicago house beats, Jamaican dub and Detroit techno coupled with mad voice samples, Eno-esque soundscapes and Pink Floyd-style psychedelia…widely influential on the […]

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Orange Crush

Karl Endreson aka Orange Crush is an impressionist, as is made clear by titles like “Waterflow”, “Neon Dreams” and “By The Shores”. Like the undeniably similar Boards Of Canada he’s rather fond of pitch flutters and artificially ageing his sounds, a technique that gives some of his landscaped compositions the vague fuzziness of imperfect or […]

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Omnimotion

Playfulness and curiosity distinguish the magnificent Dream Wide Awake (2002), the second of only two albums released to date by the Swedish artist Stefan Lundaahl aka Omnimotion. It sounds like the ambient pop equivalent of a very gifted child playing with old toys in new ways. artist: Omnimotion country of origin: Sweden style(s): Ambient pop, […]

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Mike Oldfield

In his 1970’s heyday there was no one to touch Oldfield in the area of what might call symphonically-structured art rock. Forever passionate about musicianship, he was among the first musicians in the West to convincingly combine the sounds of rock, folk, ethnic and classical minimalist music, stretching and a times completely changing their context […]

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