[Metrophony] Audiovisual Installation and Live Performance at 90dB Festival – Winter Edition on 21th february in Rome. Wish we were a mouse in his pocket…

People are still discovering TRS and we love to hear we are still surprising the regulars too, even at our 50th edition!  A Belgian customer has just compared us to what L’Ane qui Butine is to literature.  Check out their beautiful books and see what a compliment that is!


and from PennyBlackMusic we have this review of

Ghostwriter and Michael Paine: Morrow

Reviewed By: Maarten Schiethart
Format: CD

Morrow’ comes carefully packaged in three different versions. There is a plain white punched card cover for the review copy, an atmospheric photo for the digipack which appears an edition limited to 150 copies, and one limited to 80 copies in a hardback booklet CD. Known as Mark Brend in his native Devon to the tax office, Ghostwriter constructs melodic soundscapes using a variety of instruments – some disused and forgotten – and delicate field recordings.

‘Morrow’ is a trick of time, of neatly edited lulling and longing, light-hearted but not esoteric and most of all witty. A fine storyteller rather than a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Ghostwriter’s debut album consisted of tributes to various novelists.

Ghostwriter, who has recorded ‘Morrow’ with West Country musician Michael Paine, presents a showcase of excellent variety. The fifteen tracks only occasionally include the human voice and are mildly disorientating in their original coexistence. It is a culmination of musique concrète, field recordings, minimalism with snippets of piano, and folk and lullaby music. There is never a dull moment.


Fluid Audio loves


Sonmi451 (Bernard Zwijze) sends us away on the cloudy wings of his music, a beautiful ambient voyage that sails into the ports of the mind — “The Limbic System”, to be precise. It’s the part of the brain that deals with motivation, the flow of adrenaline, learning and creativity. The set of structures also house the emotions, as well as the flowers of memory.

Time Released Sound showers every release with love, and they always take immense care and pride in their releases, especially when it comes to the physical copy. They’ve turned it into an art-form, and now they’ve really pushed the boat out. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous music, but the limited edition of their fiftieth release — of which there are only seventy copies — is made up of a patient’s case file. Each file contains a photo of a patient, with papers, handwritten sheet music, poetry sheets and notes on the study of the brain left by the side of the bed. And each track is itself an X-ray that reveals the inner details of the deep, sleepy music. It’s a smooth place — one that’s unhurried and untroubled by the pressures of life. In fact, it’s borderline comatose.

Chilled guitar melodies blend in with the softest of whispers. They rise up, emerging up and out of a dream state. Ambient music has always flirted with sleep, and this is a lullaby of a record. Other, twinkling chimes are left to sway in the background, and they never disrupt the flow of the music. The hushed yet textured tones ooze quality and the slightly muddy timbre only deepens the experience.

Lilting ambient layers gently lift the music. The sweet, cherry blossom tones are light and slightly mystical — the brain remains to be fully explored, and a lot of it is still a mystery — and as we go further into the recesses of the mind the voices slowly start to disappear. Magic is in the air; the notes repeat, and the melody sprinkles the air with its fairy dust. It’s very calm, very still. The emotions are subtle, controlled and tastefully done; just a smattering here and there. A million lights float by in a washed-out haze. Slowly, we pass through the gateways of dreams and their various states. The voices are lights and ropes that help you to cling onto the music, allowing some kind of entry into the never-ending ambient tide. The music does turn a little darker, but there’s still enough light to see by, like dusk falling in early May. The night comes, and the notes still carry a dull tonality. It’s subtle, sensitive music. Listen to your limbic system. Be one with the music.


and Beach Sloth review:

                Sonmi451’s “The Limbic System” weaves many different threads together to create a lovely tapestry. The samples that Sonmi451 expertly manipulates throughout the pieces is nothing short of astonishing. Hazy in tone these are soundtracks to daydreams. Brimming with references to classical and electronic music, they are reconfigured to create startling new environments. Various snippets of conversations filter their way into the mix giving the songs a sense of humanity.
                On the opener “Hippocampus” the repetitive nature of the samples helps it to slowly melt its many elements together into a satisfying whole. How it does this is so subtle that it requires deep listening to fully appreciate. For “Limbic Cortex” the glistening sounds of the harp intermingle with the light horns to give an overall airy feeling. Whispered words only heighten this sense of otherworldliness. Pieces of “Limbi      c Lobe” are reminiscent of Oval at his most gentle. Chimes and piano take center stage for the quiet moments of “Amigdala” by far the highlight of the album. With nearly a mystical quality to it the way it evolves is ever so gradual, with the typewriter sounds in particular being quite effective. Bringing things to a close with a famous Steve Reich sample is the disorienting work of “Thalamus”. Eventually the many different pieces come together into a single easy rhythm before evaporating into the air.
Deft sampling by Sonmi451 shows how sampling is indeed an art form and he is a true master.

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