Akai MPK mini

The Akai MPK mini is a sub-$100.00 two octave USB controller with 24 mini keys, eight assignable knobs, 8 assignable MPC style pads, a fairly flexible arpeggiator and four program locations for saving your setups. It is powered via USB and that is the controllers sole means of power and connectivity so if you […]

Beach Sloth – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2017)

Embracing the space and the subtle, Chvad SB’s “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” goes for subdued structures. Attention to detail serves the collection well for the pieces teem with life. Over the duration of the collection Chvad SB has an experimental bent to their work while retaining an emotional core. Texture is of […]

Big Takeover, The – Controlled Bleeding “Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps” (2017)

Former BT contributor Paul Lemos has never been one to sit still. Over 38 years, he has released nearly 40 albums spanning various genres, suffered the deaths of his closest bandmates and reconfigured Controlled Bleeding into what is arguably one of its strongest lineups. Larva continues in the punk prog style he resurrected late last […]

Avant Music News – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass”

An album cover displaying a drawing of a little pooch looking lost and worried in a post-nuclear landscape (by cartoonist Richard Sala) sets you up for a bad time from the get-go. And Crickets Were the Compass does indeed open by howling like an air raid siren, with lone guitar notes seeking somewhere to flee. […]

Soundprojector, The – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Some strangely affecting moments on Chvad SB’s Crickets Were The Compass (SILBER RECORDS NO NUMBER). This American experimental droner has been active for over 20 years with his band and solo work. Here he works against the trend towards “lushness” in ambient electronica, and his empty-stage pulsations and eerie bleak tones hint at inner darkness […]

Soundblab – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2015)

Chvad SB’s latest is five tracks in five minutes and it’s flat out not as good or interesting as 2014’s Cricket’s Were the Compass.

‘Followed By One’ has a lonely, lost, open feel; ‘Untouchable One’ throbs with sinister, alien intrigue; ‘Four’ is a dark, backwards ocean; ‘Three’ holds a sense of vague menace, like a […]

Emerging Indie Bands – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2015)

The US based experimental-drone creator Chvad SB released a new EP on the 16th – Outside The Shadow Of An Aliquot Tree.

Silber Media, whose artists regularly feature run an occasional series called five by five. Which challenges creators to produce five songs lasting a total of five minutes.

As those will are familiar with […]

Tomatrax – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2015)

The latest in Silber Records’ 5in5 series comes from experimental music pioneer Chvad SB. On offer are 5 ambient drone tunes each going for exactly 1 minute. There are some interesting sounds explored with a rich atmosphere. There is the field like rural sounds of Followed by one, the heavy industrial sounds of Three, and […]

Chain D.L.K. – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

The cover art of Crickets Were The Compass depicts beautifully in ink and watercolour a grainy, post-apocalyptic landscape strewn with grim, colourless debris. A solitary dog stands in the foreground, dolefully glancing about; after an unspecified disaster, life has inevitably found a way. As much is reinforced by brief elaborations upon each of the tracks’ […]

Beach Sloth – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Chvad SB knows what it means to be harsh. On Crickets Were The Compass Chvad SB makes sure to keep things distorted. Everything filters through a similar sound of slow collapse like at any moment true hell could be potentially unleashed. Thanks to Chvad SB’s idea of restraint this never quite happens. Instead the pieces […]

Staf Magazine – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

En seis canciones Chvad SB establece un tono de mal humor lleno de vibraciones misteriosas que en su mayoría son inquietantes y a veces, melódicas. Los paisajes sonoros cuentan una historia. Sobre todo un sutil zumbido establece el tono, mientras que los sonidos posteriores parecen como el de las películas de terror. Creando una corriente […]

Ox Fanzine – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Musiker und Label schätzen sich. Keine Selbstverständlichkeit. Das Menschliche, so der Info-Text weiter, stehe in seiner Musik genauso im Vordergrund wie das Akustische. Und dann: Die Veröffentlichung beinhalte ein Testament des Verlusts und beschäftige sich mit lieb gewonnenen Erinnerungen und wie diese loszulassen seien.

Ich verstehe nicht, warum ein Mensch das als handelnde […]

Independent Review – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

“Uses for Insects and Magnetic Fields”Silber Media, 2014Review by Kent Manthie

Out now, on the Silber Media label, run by Brian Silber, Chvad SB’s newest disc is Crickets Were the Compass, the third album he’s put out under his own moniker, as opposed to the various projects with which he’s been involved since back in […]

Santa Sangre – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

ENG: I’m constantly moved by the cover for “Crickets Were The Compass”. A cartoon of a dog staring wistfully into the distance, waiting for his master, who’ll probably never come – there is something both touching and depressing in this picture. The background is kept in gray tones presenting an apocalyptic scenery, and this poor […]

Side-line Magazine – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, apocalyptic soundscape.

Content: If Chvad SB doesn’t directly ring a bell; some bands this American artist has been involved in have become quite renowned and established bands. Controlled Bleeding even belongs to the so-called pioneers and references in industrial/experimental music, but Chvad SB got also involved in The Qualia (signed on WTII Records), […]

a decouvrir absolument – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass”

Ils l’ont fait, oui Charles toi qui frappait du poing contre le sable face à une statue de la liberté enfoncée dans le sable, la mer commençant son long office de destruction par l’érosion. La bombe a donné à l’homme ce qu’il voulait, un souffle nouveau, sauf que le souffle a le bruit sourd d’un […]

Zware Metalen – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Chvad SB maakt al dik twintig jaar muziek/geluid voor films. Niet dat het op een soundtrack terechtkomt, daarvoor is het meestal te abstract, te ongemakkelijk, te discordant & discomforting zoals velen het noemen. Deze keer is er alsnog een pak geluid geregistreerd en als Crickets Were the Compass op de markt gebracht.

De veelheid aan […]

Gonzo Circus – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Verwijmeren debuteert (www.softcorridor.net) met een plaat die nauw verwant klinkt met zijn familienaam. Levend en ademend in Delft en afgestudeerd fysicus reist hij reeds jarenlang met het openbaar vervoer, meestal voor lange afstanden en dus voor een langere tijdsduur. Dan kijkt een mens door het raam en gaat aan het nadenken, aan het mijmeren en […]

Lords of Metal – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

It might be the case that Chvad SB was on the radar of the Creative Ellipse record label, but fact remain that this innovative and progressive one man project has extremely little to do with metal in general. When I say Things Outside The Skin, Tongue Muzzle, The Qualia and the pioneers of this genre […]

Babysue / LMNOP – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Up to this point in time Chvad SB is probably best known as a former member of the bands Things Outside The Skin, Tongue Muzzle, The Qualia, and Controlled Bleeding (he also runs the record label Facility). Crickets Were The Compass is the third album released under his own name. Chvad has had ties to […]

Deaf Sparrow – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Holy living God, this is probably the worst album cover we’ve ever seen. So bad, in fact, it’s the sole reason this album didn’t get a perfect score. Now, hey, hey now, wait up, we love the music, but it deserved something better! Something with this much value musically needs a proper visual representation. In […]

Trust – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Auf dem Cover steht ein naiv gemalter Hund in zerbombter Stadtlandschaft. Vor ihm liegt ein Ball. Über die Schulter sucht der Hund womöglich den Blickkontaktzu seinem Menschlein, um ihm den Ball zu bringen – wobei dort wohl kein Menschchen mehr ist. So wenig bedrohlich die Szene wirkt, so wenig scheint der dunkle Ambient-Sound wirklich beunruhigend.


Dark Entries – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Het hoesje van dit album toont een tekening van een troosteloos landschap met kapotte huizen, dode bomen en een hoop afval en op de voorgrond een eenzaam en wat triest kijkende hondje. Het heeft iets lieflijk en onheilspellend tegelijk. De muziek klinkt vooral onheilspellend en desolaat en even post-apocalyptisch als het landschap op de hoes. […]

Aural Innovations – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Though new to me, Chvad SB has been in action for over 20 years as a recording artist, scoring films, and a member of Controlled Bleeding.

Chvad SB has a flair for bringing together experimental and pleasantly accessible sound elements to create hauntingly minimal yet strangely melodic, image inducing soundtracks for the mind. The opening […]

Terapija – Chvad SB “Crickets Were the Compass” (2014)

Početak karijere ovog bruklinškog muzičara seže u 1991. godinu, a prema pres materijalima bio je osnivač experimentalnih i industrial bendova kao što su THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN (Facility Records) and Tongue Muzzle (Facility Records) i član bendova Controlled Bleeding i The Qualia (WTII Records). Također, osnivač je i Facility Recordsa. Kad nije sudjelovao u gomili […]