StillStand – Transnature

Genre: Ambient Music

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Transnature is the follow-up album of the experimental ambient project StillStand to “Das Leben in vollen Zügen”, which was released on Oxidation in 2021. Once again synthesizers are mixed with nature recordings. This time the sounds come from walks through fields and meadows with a focus on animal sounds. However, the sounds are often strongly alienated and mutate more and more into noise and hissing in the course of the pieces. The synthesizers on Transnature are driven by a high degree of randomness, and the relationships between chords and melodies change again and again. Ultimately, the album aims to achieve a state between nature and abstraction, between grounding and hypnosis.


Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho – Astral Fishing

Genre: Ambient Music

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Mark O’Leary: Guitar/Laptop/Processing/Bowed Guitar

Olavi Louhivuori: Drums/Processed Drums

Teppa Hauta-aho: Double Bass

All music composed by O’Leary, Hauta-aho, Louhivuori

Recorded: Malmitalo – Helsinki, November 2008

Post Production/Mixing: Donncha Moynihan – Hub Studio, Cork.

Astral Fishing

Astral Fishing was conceived during a very short trip Mark O’Leary made to Helsinki in November 2008 to collaborate with Olavi Louhivuori and Teppa Hauta-aho.

The prominent three Blacksmiths sculpture in central Helsinki on a snowy night from a distance could be perceived as being three fishermen casting their rods into the solar expanse, analogous in some respects to the musical direction of the endeavour.

The themes pay homage to Architect Alvar Aalto, Stockmanns landmark, as does the cover collages which expands on this conception, visually and historically.

The music is architectural atmospheric ambience which infuses subtle, textural, collective interplay to create a magnum opus which is evocative of Finlandia and its rich modern historical tapestry.

Mark O’Leary


Mark O’Leary was born in Cork City Ireland.Being mainly auto didactic on guitar he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to study at Musicians Institute,from where he later graduated. He has presented his music in 29 countries and has played at some of the worlds top Jazz festivals and contemporary Jazz venues.

He has toured Europe as a member of Canadian Pianist Paul Bley’s trio,he has performed in duo with Jack DeJohnette,in a jazz trio with Yes/King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, in duo with Han Bennink,composed and performed classical music with Cikada string quartet,collaborated in an all electronics setting with Sound Artist Gunter Muller and with Jakob Riis,in a free improvisation combo with Evan Parker and Sunny Murray, performed in concerts with Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, played Norwegian folk music with Nils Okland, Swedish folk music with Mats Eden, Jazz with Uri Caine, he has performed in seperate projects with trumpeters Tomasz Stanko,Kenny Wheeler and Cuong Vu. He has the distinction of having played in duo with Paul Bley, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Werner and Matthew Shipp. He has also worked in a trio with ex Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Drummer Peter Erskine and Palle Danielsson.

He has also collaborated with the innovative percussionists z’ev, Alex Cline ,Hans Kristian Kjos Sorensen and Terje Isungset.He has also collaborated with Stale Storlokken in contemporary trio using church organ and with John Herndon of Tortoise in the Underground Jazz Trio. He has also worked in different projects with Slava Ganelin and Alexander Tarasov of the Ganelin trio fame also in a UK based group with Mark Sanders and Joe Williamson of Trapist.

He has toured in the exciting group Zemlya with Eyvind Kang and Dylan Van Der Schyff and also with Dylan and Wayne Horvitz. In conjunction with Alliance Francaise he performed in a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano. He also played in a trio with Jon Christensen and Terje Gewelt He has played in Poland with drummer Michal Miskiewicz and Tomasz Szukalski and with the Oles brothers Bartlomiej and Marcin. He has also played with the Aka Moon rhythm section of Michel Hadzigeorgiu and Stephane Galland. He has also colloborated in trio with Stefan Pasborg and Peter Friis Nielsen as well as working with other Danes Jacob Anderskov and in duo with Kresten Osgood.

Aisles – In sudden walks

Genre: Progressive Rock, Neo Prog

No Longer Available

Track List:

  1. Mariachi
  2. Revolution Of Light
  3. Summer Fall
  4. The Maiden
  5. Smile Of Tears
  6. Hawaii

Review by Windhawk –

“In Sudden Walks” is the second album from Chilean proggers Aisles, a band that has matured quite a lot in 4 years.

This time around a central trait of their compositions is that they very much defy a clear defining sound, and while the symphonic aspects may arguably be said to be dominating there’s much more going on here as well.

From the opening numbers spoken theatricals set against musical backdrops with rather sophisticated and varied instrumental passages in between to the neo meets lounge jazz meets dreamy psychedelic creation ending this disc in the shape of the tune Hawaii, this production is something of a tour de force from a band that has managed to incorporate great diversity to their musical ventures.

And while not quite managing to pull of the truly brilliant tracks yet, Aisles show promise of managing to do just that, possibly in the near future. Worth checking out of you might enjoy a sophisticated melodic and most often mellow and subdued variety of progressive rock touching upon early 80’s Rush as well as neo progressive rock from the same era, spiced with psychedelic, spacey and jazzy touches at times.

Monday The Twentyfirsts – There Are No Forbidden Connections

Genre: Drone Music, Experimental Electronic

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Track List:

  1. Let The Display Stabilize  19:06
  2. It’s Output Signal Can Be Greater Then It’s Input Signal 36:40

Recorded Live at Sound Of Mu – Oslo, Norway – Mon 21st June 2010
Mixed and Produced by Roar Borge at The Music Box Oslo, Norway.

Roar Borge: Roland Juno 106, Electro Harmonix Bass Micro Synth & Various Effects

Øyvind Hellner: Korg MS20, Korg MS10 & Various Effects

Martin Powell: Roland SH-2, Theremin, Audio Generator & Tape Echoes

Various Artists – TIBProd. Italy: The Catalogue, Vol. 2

Genre: Ambient, Drone, Experimental Electronic

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Track List

Volume 1

  1. Lintujen kokous – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  2. Mannerheim – Mark O’Leary, Olavi Louhivuori, Teppa Hauta-aho
  3. Colorado Springs – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  4. ELF – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  5. The Wardenclyffe Tower – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  6. Free Energy – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini
  7. MK Ultra – Mademoiselle Bistouri, Daniele Santini

Volume 2

  1. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Adults With Chicks Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Adults With Chicks
  2. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Christian Di Vito Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Christian Di Vito
  3. Cadmium Dunkel Remixed Again (Jan-M. Iversen Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Jan-M. Iversen
  4. Looking for the Light (Daniele Santini Remix) – Cadmium Dunkel, Daniele Santini
  5. At the Foot of the Hindu Kush – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Gauthier, Alex Cline
  6. Zwingli – Mark O’Leary, Jeff Gauthier, Alex Cline

Mark O’Leary- Şenol Küçükyildirim – Murat Çopur – Can Ömer Uygan / Snow

Genre: Free Jazz, Jazz Rock

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Mark O’Leary is probably Ireland’s best known modern jazz/experimental guitarist, travelling around the globe and playing with local musicians. His music covers wide areas such as jazz fusion, experimental improvisational music and Nordic folk songs.

From “Snow” titled album with blue mountain, covered by snow on the cover one can expect Nordic airy jazz with folksy tunes, but that would be a mistake. O’Leary’s “Snow” is based on Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s novel “Snow”, a story about a journalist marooned in a small mountain area town, covered by snow. A story about personal freedom and herd brutality rules, so there is a lot of tension and drama in this album’s music.

Recorded during the same Turkish sessions with local jazz trio as O’Leary’s previous album, “Live In Istanbul”, “Snow” sounds close to its predecessor. Terje Rypdal influenced slow, even lazy processed guitar sounds build ambient soundscapes, filled with ascetic percussion, bass and impressionistic touches of trumpet, scented by minimalist electronic effects. All six compositions sound more like one long soundtrack, full of silent sadness and tension.

Using the same dynamic structure formula as on the previous album – starting from a very laid back music and then increasing tension, sound and drama step by step, “Snow” demonstrates faster changes that makes it more alive and attractive. In combination with the nervous dark atmosphere this music is hardly a nice ambient-related lounge sound, more like the excellent soundtrack to a documentary from this tragedy’s place.
Review by Snobb

Released January 6, 2011

Bass, Electronics – Murat Çopur
Drums – Şenol Küçükyıldırım
Guitar – Mark O’Leary*
Trumpet, Electronics – Can Ömer Uygan

Recorded Peyote, Istanbul Oct 2008
Mixing and Post Production Donncha Moynihan at The Hub Studio Cork.
All compositions O’Leary (IMRO), Küçükyıldırım, Çopur, Uygan