Maps and Diagrams has made an exclusive mix for Fluid Radio…
Video by Levan Kakabadze for Floating Sculptures from the album Get Lost on US label Time Released Sound.
TRS-05 is available via Time Released Sound, Norman Records & Stashed Goods.
Over the course of his career, Martin has maintained dual obsessions: electro-acoustic ambient music, and handmade artwork to package it in. He’s a prolific studio artist, having put out ten albums in less than a decade, plus a smattering of cassettes, 7-inches and CD-Rs. Voices of Time is his second album this month, after Get Lost, a travel-inspired album that comes with a compass. That one came out through the design-happy imprint Time Released Sound; Voices of Time will see release on Martin’s own label, Handstitched* Recordings….. Read the full article over at Resident Advisor
Released today Kanshin is a double CD compilation album compiled by Fluid Audio & Hibernate that presents a collection of sound design work from some of the scene’s finest artists from across the globe. It has been put together to raise money for the current recovery in Japan following March’s earthquake for distribution via our good friend Ian Hawgood.
To listen and buy the album go to Kanshin on Bandcamp.
Included in the amazing line-up is Hessien and Maps and Diagrams with Ylid:
As Maps and Diagrams Get Lost is released on Time Released Sound (see below for details) another Maps and Diagrams album is lurking, waiting for release; The Voices of Time features on Fluid Radio with a review…
The reputation garnered by a slew of excellent releases on labels such as Static Caravan, Fluid Audio, Smallfish, Moamoo and Symbolic Interaction has made each Maps and Diagrams release an event within itself, inspiring a mixture of anticipation and excitement. Once again, this latest album from UK based Tim Martin exceeds expectations and delivers an excursion through the artist’s vast imagination, this time made available by Handstitched.
The Voices of Time opens with Your Weakness and Martin signals his intentions by weaving together various sound sources with meticulous care, guitar usually holding centre stage. The organic lo-fi beauty of Your Weakness and indeed, on each of the tracks which follow, bring to mind recent output from musicians such as Taylor Deupree, Marcus Fischer and Offthesky, all artists who work in an unusual and unique way with audio, but nonetheless create music which has some cohesion when taken as a whole. One feels that there should be almost another term coined to describe this genre within a genre which comprises found sounds and broken melodies to make music which is less about the destination reached and more focused on the journey taken.
On an album of innumerable highlights, title track The Voices of Time is as fine a moment as any to note as possible apex, with gentle piano notes rolling atop a shifting foundation of guitar, synth and drones, peppered with static throughout – though in truth any such track could be chosen at random with similar results, such as the gentle floating ambience of Letraset Addiction or the abstract experimentalism of Three Blows To The Mind. The Voices Of Time is an album without fault and is a joy to experience.
This is not an album to be thrown on while jogging or doing the dishes, or at least to do so would be missing the point. Rather, The Voices of Time should be enjoyed as a whole in one sitting, enabling one to lose track of time and become immersed in the sonic memories which the artist so generously shares with us here.
The Voices of Time comes packaged in case-bound CD covers, stencilled with a Japanese Plum Blossom stencil and individually hand-stamped. Release date: May 27.
- Review by Adam Williams for Fluid Radio
Get Lost, the new album by UK- based sound artist Tim Martin aka Maps and Diagrams certainly embodies this statement to perfection. Over the course of nearly an hour, Martin explores strange and beautiful worlds, in a vein not dissimilar to On Land by Eno himself – worlds all unique in their own way, familiar and yet profoundly alien. Fluid Radio
The album comes in 2 different formats, one in handmade, bespoke packaging constructed from an old atlas, limited to 60 copies and the other as a digipak version, limited to 300 copies.