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ThingsThatMatter is a love woven tumblelog on everything new music and inspiration for clean ears and open minds. And vice versa.

You'll find lots of pearls from the world of neo-classical music—think Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, etc. But I also like to peek into other styles that are closely related like ambient, electronica, jazz, and experimental. And I share insights, photos and news I come across while hunting for new music.

So, mind your head, use some good headphones, and simply enjoy.

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Taken from Dewtone’s third and final ‘Foundations’ net-music compilation which will land October 26th. Stream the first of 14 tracks by Hiroshima’s Hidekazu Imashige aka Gallery Six.

'Next Day' is a 4-track work of minimal and experimental Electronica that has been recorded a while ago and thankfully now sees the light of day. Lovely as ever.

Landcrash is the moniker of filmmaker and sound artist Daniel Hopkins.

Kent Macpherson has spent the last two years creating his album, ‘As The Ice Fell We Became Light’. A product of his Masters in Music Composition, the body of work incorporates field recordings of the life and sounds around him.

Described as a mix between drone and contemporary classic music, the range of songs are made to invoke emotion and take the listener on a journey. The owner of over 20 different instruments, Macpherson composed, recorded, mixed and mastered the entire album, working only with cellist Yotam Levy.


A new song that I finished yesterday and then played on the Stadiums & Shrines / Newtown radio show late last night. All samples (except violin) recorded with my iPhone over the past 3 months or so.

Majestic ambient music by Croatian composer Ivan Ujevic aka The Monk by the Sea. All tracks were created using a guitar together with a complex signal processing setup.

Headphones, good speakers and/or a fine subwoofer recommended.

Music for endless nights recorded in April 2014 over a two-night stay at a hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

The digital release is a free download (although you can put some pennies in the box if you like), and you can also pick up a cassette release (yes, those things are hip again) for a few bucks.

You will find an interview with the man behind Forest Management, John Daniel, over at Local Autonomy.

A fabulous start to a series of monthly mixes the experimental music label Futuresequence will be putting together on Mixlr playing new/upcoming/promo sounds. This first selection of Electronica, Ambient, and Experimental is featuring such fine artists as Brambles, Otto A Totland, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, and Greg Haines among many more. It’s a two-hours mix, so there’s plenty to enjoy.

Don’t mind the silence at the start. The music start at around 01:20.

In ‘What Wind Whispered to the Trees’ Siavash Amini references characters from Dostoevsky’s ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ and ‘The Devils’. Which highlights Siavash Amini’s work as a composer for theater, film and art exhibitions.

Conveying a sense of loss and of longing from opening track, the album unravels chapter by chapter holding the listener in a dark, dense and poetic tale, as if translating Dostoevsky into musical form.

The raw string melodies, fine tonal auroras and contrasting heavy drones are expanded and deepened by stunning mastering from Lawrence English.

'September Tapes' is a set of gentle, broken pieces which draws a line between the fading warmth of summer and the onset of winter as the leaves begin to turn. The four tracks that are included were put together by Fletcher McDermott and collaborative partner Jesse Asch.

Ordinarily the Twincities’ sound is Fletcher’s solo project but for this EP, he has worked alongside Jesse who provided the guitar recordings that became the spine to this body of work. 

Typically, the Twincities sound is created using an original source sample or recording such as sounds from an acoustic or electronic instrument. This is then expanded by building and layering fragments of sound through loops, re-amping using outboard analog studio gear such as a 50 year old tube amp or electronic means such as loopers, pedals and laptop manipulation.