36 / United Kingdom
36 is the alias of Dennis Huddleston, who has been a prolific and leading figure in the modern ambient scene for close to a decade. Beginning with his debut album Hypersona, he has been sharing his own highly-emotive blend of electronic music, which has melted the hearts of music lovers around the globe. He has released his music on labels as diverse as Ultimae, Mystic & Quantum, ICASEA and our very own ASIP. He also runs his own label 3six Recordings, which he describes as a love affair with the vinyl format.
The core of the 36 sound is a combination of warm melodies and widescreen atmospheres, that is never shy from the abstract, but one that remains highly accessible. It's dreamy, introspective midnight music, and the perfect soundtrack for your own Strangely Isolated Place.
VA/ Europe (ASIPV002)
AROVANE / Germany
Uwe Zahn has been a driving force behind the IDM sound and analog experimentation for over 15 years. His early releases on City Centre Offices created a new era of music for electronica fans, and his unique production techniques saw legendary album such as Atol Scrap (2000) and Lillies (2004) cemented as the genre's best.
Uwe said Goodbye in 2004 and made a surprise return on n5MD in 2013 with Ve Palor. Since then, Arovane has been relentless in the studio, and this first album with ASIP saw him partner with good friend, Hior Chronik on "In-between". This was followed up more recently with their second collaborative work, "Into my own", which deeper explored the duo's refined talents within melodic electronica, ambient and modern classical.
Christian Kleine / Germany
Christian Kleine was part of a small but impactful community that eventually formed a cult artist roster on the City Centre Offices label. His background began in New Wave and Punk, eventually transitioning into DJ’ing in the early 90’s and then, into more electronic productions, with Jungle and drum’n bass his first muse. Christian was on the hunt for something different to what Berlin had to offer at the time, and with his first synth, (Nordlead 1995) and an Atari computer, Christian was creating his first drum’n bass tracks, sending them off to the local radio station, (Kiss FM) where he met future production partner and CCO label head, Thaddeus Herrmann.
Sunday morning studio time alongside Thaddi (as Herrmann & Kleine), jam sessions with Arovane, and coffee with Ulrich Schnauss, continued to inspire and push Christian’s style. This small but influential group of producers would go on to define a melodic, and introspective style of music that now has a cult status amongst IDM, ambient and electronic music fans.
Becoming tired of functional productions, Christian was always interested in finding his own place and language, and continued to experiment further. Taking his inspiration from drum’n bass, and the company of City Centre Offices artists, Christian defined his unique style we know today. Intelligent drum programming met an ethereal and melodic synthesizer style. A delicate and introspective listen, or a hazy layer of bubbling activity and color, Christian’s music defies function and invites you into a world of personal reflection.
Christian Kleine / Electronic Music From The Lost World: 1998-2001 (ASIPV010)
EARTH HOUSE HOLD / USA
A relentless ambient producer as bvdub, Earth House Hold is Brock's personal throwback to his most important past influential period. Years spent DJ-ing ambient chill-out rooms and deep house basements nearly thirty years ago are channeled into the purest manifestations and instruments from that era; with signature vocal effects, rumbling off-kilter bass-lines and slowly rising atmospheres blurring the boundaries between deep house and ambient music.
With his debut album under this moniker in 2012 “When Love Lived" now becoming a cult-favorite, it was the home of ASIP that encouraged Brock to revisit times past once again, releasing “Never Forget Us” in 2018.
Earth House Hold brings the past to the present in a deep, mystifying and emotional way that only Brock Van Wey could.
Earth House Hold / Never Forget Us (ASIPV011)
HIOR CHRONIK / Greece
Hior (George Papadopolous) is best known for his various productions with Singapore’s notorious ambient and neo-classical output, Kitchen Label . His most recent album, Taking The Veil, released in 2015, played host to some of the finest instrumental partnerships in the genre including, Field Rotation and Halo, showing us the sublime instrumental craftmanship George has perfected, and blurring the boundaries between ambient and classical music.
A fine photographer, George paints vivid, grainy and introspective visions alongside his partners of choice, and we're lucky enough to hear him play alongside the skills of Uwe Zahn in ASIPV003 and ASIPV009.
James Bernard / United States
Sound designer, Gold Record-selling musician and audio engineer James Bernard is addicted to sound. As a young video game junkie in the 1980ʼs, James was immediately drawn to the quirky blips and bleeps coming from the speakers. After completing a course in audio engineering, James became involved in the early rave scene in New York in the early 1990s. He went on to become both an electronic musician with releases on many well-respected labels in the USA and UK and a sound designer/product specialist for major music instrument manufacturers (Korg, Propellerhead) and is currently part of the team at Spectrasonics.
His first release was the ambient album “Atmospherics” on the well respected UK label, Rising High Records in 1994 and is considered by many to be one of the classic ambient albums of itʼs time. James also produced many early trance tunes as “Influx” during the early 90s and later on shifted his sound to more of an Ambient/IDM/Acid vibe.
Working with a combination of software, hardware and modular synths, James continues to shape his sound and incorporate all the different elements and styles of electronic music that have influenced him over the last 20 years.
James also composes and releases ambient electronic music with his wife Cynthia as Awakened Souls and electronic indie vibes as Syntillas.
James has performed at the LA Modular On The Spot events and at many different electronic music events around the world, sharing the stage with artists such as Juan Atkins, DNTEL, Spacetime Continuum (Jonah Sharp) and many more.
James Bernard / Atwater (ASIPV014)
LAV / Sweden
Christopher Landin (b. 1988) has a background in visual arts, working mainly with photography and installation. He started to experiment with sound in order to further expand his understanding of space, not as a tangible thing but as an inner landscape. Using field recordings gathered in remote locations, he sets simple systems in motion with the intention of them gradually building complex atmospheric results.
Lav & Purl / A State Of Becoming (ASIPV007)
LEANDRO FRESCO / Argentina
Leandro has been a pivotal producer in the evolution of ambient music and holds one of the most unique production styles within the genre.
Since his early Pop Ambient inclusions on Kompakt's esteemed series, to his 2015 album El Reino Invisible, and more recently a remix for The Orb, the Argentinian producer has an instantly recognizable melodic and warm approach to ambient music.
After being introduced to Rafael Anton Irisarri through ASIP, Leandro and Rafael honed their emotional textured blend of ambient music in La Equidistancia and followed with a companion EP, La Espera.
MARKUS GUENTNER / Germany
From his early Pop Ambient compilation features, to his most recent release with A Strangely Isolated Place; Markus' trademark sound has never faltered, carving out a unique space that exists between dense, looping ambient and heady dub-techno.
With albums on Kompakt, Sending Orbs, Moodgadget and Affin, Markus finally graced us with his most considered album yet in 2015, focusing on the legendary planet, Theia.
In the summer of 2018 Markus continues the galaxy-inspired story with his second release on A Strangely Isolated Place, titled Empire. This time, he enlists the help of bvdub, Julia Kent on cello and Tom Moth (from Florence & The Machine) on harp for his most epic LP to-date.
MERRIN KARRAS / Ireland
Producing electronic music since 2002, Irishman Brendan Gregoriy is more widely known for his distinctive house and techno productions as Chymera. Esteemed labels such as Ovum, Cocoon, Delsin, NRK and Dirt Crew have played host to Chymera’s melodic, synth-laden style, with his live hardware/Ableton performances occupying infamous venues such as Panorama Bar, Womb, Output, Rex Club and more over the last few years.
After featuring on John Beltran’s 2015 compilation, Music for Machines (Delsin), 2016 sees Chymera turn to new inspiration to further unveil his ambient guise, Merrin Karras. Born in the cold winters of Berlin, the sound of Merrin Karras lends itself to Brendan’s experience performing and producing techno music, and the inspirational sounds of Klaus Schulze, Biosphere and Steve Moore. Merrin Karras’ impeccable production skills juxtapose addictive melodies, pensive atmospheres and euphoric beat-less chords; focusing on the warm, powerful and appreciated sound of the synthesizer.
Merrin Karras / Apex (ASIPV005)
PURL / Sweden
Purl is the first artist name of the musician and composer Ludvig Cimbrelius. He began using this name at the age of 15, as a tribute to the sounds of nature that helped him rediscover inner peace. The intention behind Purl is to be an expression of the serenity and depth of our natural state.
Purl has released a total of 9 full length albums across esteemed labels such as Silent Season, Dewtone Recordings and Archives along with releases on his own imprint Eternell.
Lav & Purl / A State Of Becoming (ASIPV007)
RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI / USA
Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist musician, electronic music producer, interdisciplinary artist and curator living in New York.
Originally based in Seattle, Irisarri creates ambient, drone, modern classical and post-minimalist music. His recordings heavily utilize field recordings, bowed guitars, piano, strings, and electronics, creating dense clouds of blurry, hypnotic sound that often have a mournful, elegiac quality. His use of ostinato phrases taps into minimalist ideals while atmospheric layers of effects suggests a more cinematic quality in his productions. In all, Irisarri’s compositions are deeply emotive and epic to the point of being symphonic.
Arovane & Hior Chronik / In-between (remixes) (ASIPV003R)