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  • Ambient impressions from Lofoten

    Jul 10 2010, 18h25



    Lena Selyanina and I had recently the pleasure of visiting the scenic Lofoten Islands of Norway. We were so inspired by what we saw and felt there that right after returning home we went to our studio and created an environmental ambient track reflecting our fresh impressions and memories from this exceptionally beautiful archipelago. As Lofoten is located above the Polar Circle we could also enjoy the fabulous midnight sun which kept the scenery lit all night long.

    Here's the song, please have a listen and enjoy:

    Lofoten

    (The song is released under Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license so feel free to use it in your videos or website or wherever you wish. A 24bit/88.2kHz FLAC audiophile edition can be downloaded from here.)

    Peace,

    Doc
  • Hiroshima, 6th August 1945

    Ago 5 2009, 20h50

    Our Doc & Lena Selyanina duo has just released a song called Black Rain. It is the first track to get ready from our coming album Ground Zero that focuses on the Hiroshima bombing on 6th August 1945. Our initial aim was to get the album ready by this anniversary of the bombing but that proved out to be too ambitious so we decided to give the album whatever time its material requires and release just this song for now.

    We have also made a video for the song.
  • On boundless plains

    Jul 29 2009, 15h00



    Steppe is the latest deep ambient track from Doc & Lena Selyanina. It is a peaceful, meditative and atmospheric song inspired by the vast expanses of steppes. Lena, who composed the song, has personal experience of the steppe nature as she lived and worked a year on the Russian side of Kazakh Steppe as a beginning music teacher.

    A 24bit / 88.2 kHz FLAC encoded audiophile version of the song (400 MB download) is also available as a torrent.
  • Sphinx Meditation

    Jul 5 2009, 10h05

    Doc & Lena Selyanina has just released a new long ambient track called Sphinx. It is a dark, meditative piece with an aura of mystery, inspired by the Great Sphinx of Giza. Imagine an ancient sphinx meditating under starry heavens..

  • Lena Selyanina's music on Last.fm

    Mai 8 2009, 12h38



    Netlabel musictrade has now started to share Lena Selyanina's solo music on Last.fm. The first releases are Piano Poetry, a compilation of three solo piano compositions, and Oi Da Ne Vecher, Lena's choral remake of a beautiful Russian folk classic.

    Lena is presently working on a new solo piano album 'Piano Paintings' which is expected to be released within 1-2 weeks. The new album will naturally be made available also on Last.fm.
  • The Art of Ambience

    Mar 25 2009, 1h37



    The Art of Ambience is a special Last.fm-targeted Musictrade release containing three longer ambient tracks earlier released as singles by Doc & Lena Selyanina. The idea is to bring the singles directly available to Last.fm users; similar special single compilations are to be expected at least from KraftiM, Softspace and Doc.

    Kuala Lumpur Sydney is an experimental ambient track mixing together sounds from a field recording material from a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and dark variations of J.S. Bach’s Siciliana. The field recordings are from August 2005 and were done by Musictrade artist Electroteque using a Soundman OKM binaural microphone pair.

    Through A Glass Darkly is a dark ambient requiem for a soul in the process of shattering. It draws thematically from Ingmar Bergman’s similarly titled movie whose female protagonist suffers from schizophrenia. Choral material on the track resembles that used in our Cosmic Lullabies album but here, instead of serving as spacious meditative background, it serves a more intense and darker role together with processed saxophone sounds and a church organ.

    Sleepless in Dresden is a long, peaceful and relaxing track inspired by the Aria part of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The legend has it that Bach composed the mentioned variations to Count Keiserling, the former Russian ambassador of Saxony, who suffered from insomnia and thereby ordered from Bach some peaceful clavier pieces to be played in nighttime by his private musician, Johann Gottleib Goldberg. The track builds on Lena’s beautiful polyphonic piano improvisations, high bells and chapel organ parts. Many listeners have reported about the track's calming and relaxing effect on them and also appreciated the closeness in spirit it has to Bach's Goldberg Variations. It's a good last track to put onto your player when you plan to go to sleep. :-)

    Doc
  • Vienna Blue

    Mar 22 2009, 21h41



    Lena Selyanina and I have just released our seventh album titled Vienna Blue. All our albums so far have fitted into the broad genre definition of ambient, but this one is something else. To put some sort of label on it, I would characterize it as avantgarde with influences from classical, jazz, blues and even electronic music.

    The album started to unfold from the track Der Leiermann which we recorded in May 2008. The song was inspired by the similarly titled song from Franz Schubert's Winterreise song cycle - a work that had made a deep impression on both Lena and me. While working on our neoclassical ambient albums we had occasionally speculated about doing something Schubert related but we rejected the idea every time because Schubert's music just did not have that air of ambience in it. Then one evening Lena just sat down at the piano and started to improvise around Schubert's Leiermann theme... and what came out sounded so good to me that I immediately started recording.

    As it often goes, the song soon started to live its own life and was fairly quickly and easily finished. We liked the strange and mystical atmosphere of the track so much that we again considered working on a Schubert themed album. Realizing it would not be ambient but something else, Lena started to compose and improvise totally fresh material from all sorts of musical and thematic associations she had from Schubert. And that turned out to be a real inspiring source for her, as Schubert was her absolute favorite among the classical composers ever since her conservatory years.

    This album is above all a demonstration of Lena's creative genius as a composer and of her multifaceted skills as a pianist. It is an adventure that takes the listener into various inner and outer places and situations, from the soberness of a cold winter landscape where a wanderer leaves the safety of his home (Wanderer) to the longing, emotional blue of rainy Vienna (Vienna Blue) to a scary encounter with one's doppelgänger (Doppelgänger) to the diagnostic beauty of a lunatic asylum garden where a well-medicated Shostakovich Memory Orchestra is playing beautiful neoclassical music for Doktor Freud on a lovely sunny summer afternoon (Impromptu). The listener gets also to taste the erotic joys of a sensual waltz (Naughty Waltz) and the beautiful passion of a classical romance (An die Romanze) until at the end the we are to meet the solitary reaper himself in the form of an old hurdy gurdy man (Der Leiermann).

    Enjoy the adventure!

    Doc
  • A journey into the microcosm of the brain

    Jan 23 2008, 1h20



    Synaptic Activity

    On his fifth album the English experimental electronica wizard Softspace takes us to new exciting journeys into microcosms of bioelectric fields, pulsating neural synapses and other similarly strange environments.

    Numerous lovers of experimental electronic music around the world have already found Softspace's talent and imagination and know what to expect: fantastically rich layered synth sounds and sonic imageries, surprising turns and twists in the songs, beauty and peace within strangest chaos.
  • A musical matrix from the Dutch electronica experimentalist

    Jan 13 2008, 23h07

    Jamatrix

    Jamatrix is the second full album release on Musictrade from the Dutch experimental electronica artist and sound architect KraftiM. The Jamatrix project was based on samples collected from five artists who all are releasing their music on the French Jamendo website. From each source track six samples were distilled and subjected to a thorough processing treatment, resulting in a matrix where each of the six KraftiM tracks uses material from five selected samples, one from each of the contributing artists.

    This exceptional idea and approach has produced a highly original and musically interesting work. The tracks are relaxed in style, having curious light connections with each other but each one having their own distinct character and expression. This is experimental electronica at its best.
  • Ambient dreamscapes

    Dez 14 2007, 1h46

    Sense Existence Night

    This is an exceptionally good ambient album - a collection of different dreams, each with its own special atmosphere. The dreamscapes and the soundscapes are mostly on the dark side but not in a gloomy way. The talent of the artist shines through in the production: interesting, imaginative use of sampled sounds, good arrangements, good use of synths... things keep evolving all the time so that the listener does not get bored at all. Dobry roboczy!