Spotlight #13

This week’s Spotlight: Best of Ambient 2016 by 22tracks, nox tempesta + Wings of an Angel’s latest collaboration and SAM KDC’s Cycles of Perspective; open call for Sound Thought 2017 and an inspiring article about personal refinement.


Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

Enduring ideas for personal refinement from Seneca, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Carl Sagan, Alan Watts, Emerson, Bruce Lee, Maya Angelou, and more. By Brain Pickings

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the refinement of our mental, spiritual, and emotional habits — which often dictate our physical ones. In a testament to young Susan Sontag’s belief that rereading is an act of rebirth, I have revisited the timelessly rewarding ideas of great thinkers from the past two millennia to cull fifteen such higher-order resolutions for personal refinement.


Best of 2016 – Ambient

Winding down with 22 Ambient highlights selected by Amsterdam’s DJs. By 22tracks

SAM KDC – Cycles of Perspective

Auxiliary celebrates it’s tenth CD album release with an LP of epic proportions from Sam KDC. Cycles Of Perspective is Sam’s second solo ambient LP to date, following on from the success of Late Night Innominate, Volume One. Eight tracks in total that span the gamut of emotion. From the dark brooding lonely sombre of Lowest Elevation, to the uplifting ethereal cascades of Cycle Of Loss. An album that demands your attention from start to finish, and something you will want to submerge yourself into time and time again.

Wings Of An Angel & nox intempesta – Argument Lens Decoded

The result of a collaboration between nox tempesta (Sevenism and Scott Lawlor) and Wings of an Angel, Argument Lens Decoded is a haunting and powerful dark ambient masterpiece.

open calls

Labora[R]tio: Collaborate, Articulate, Integrate

Sound Thought is an annual festival of music and sound research, composition, and performance run by postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow. Sound Thought presents a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers by providing them with a platform to present their research in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment alongside the work of contemporary practitioners. Sound Thought 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, having been initially established in 2007.

This year’s theme, “Labora[R]tio” will be explored by exhibiting the work of postgraduate researchers, academics, artists, and contemporary practitioners, contextualized by the following themes pertinent to the creative process –