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End Of Year Lists

Ian William Craig

Stian Westerhus – Amputation
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Angelo Harmsworth – Blush
Mamiffer – The World Unseen
Frank Orange – Blonde
death's dynamic shroud.wmv – CLASSROOM SEXXTAPE
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears
Williamette – Diminished Composition
G.S. Sultan – Redundancy Suite
Solange – A Seat at the Table

Brecht Ameel (Brlâab, Razen)

Drew McDowall “Collapse” (Dais Records)
Wolfgang Voigt & Deepchord present Peter Michael Hamel - “Colours of Time (Re-Interpreted)” (Astral Industries)
Mica Levi - “Under the Skin OST” (Rough Trade)
Masayuki Imanishi - “Tone” (iniitu)
Shigeo Tanaka - “Yumi Kagura” (EM Records)
A.K. Klosowski - “Plays the Kassetteninstrument” (Gagarin Records)
Peter Zummo - “Zummo with an X” (Optimo Music)
Swarthy Korwar - “Day to Day” (Steve Reid Foundation)
Tönu Körvits - “Mirror” (ECM)
Frederik Croene - “F.C. Me Fecit” (B.A.A.D.M.)

Hitoshi Kojo (Omnimemento)

Elodie ‎– Le Manteau D'Étoiles
Kassel Jaeger, Stephan Mathieu, Akira Rabelais - Zauberberg
Kazuya Matsumoto - Mizu No Katachi
Les Halles - Transient 
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek ‎– Schaum
Grykë Pyje - Fragments Of High Sensitivity 
Quicksails - Mortal
Pit Piccinelli, Fred Gales, Walter Maioli - Amazonia 6891 (reissue)
Étant Donnés ‎– Royaume / Aimant + Aimant (reissue)
Anna Homler And Steve Moshier - Breadwoman & Other Tales (reissue)

Norman Chambers (Panabrite)

Daniel Schmidt and the Berkeley Gamelan - In My Arms, Many Flowers (Recital) archival
Andrew Pekler - Tristes Tropiques (Faitiche)
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek - Schaum (Faitiche)
Nils Quak - Ad Interim (Phinery)
Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model (Umor Rex)
Brett Naucke - Executable Dreamtime (Umor Rex)
Jonathan Fitoussi - Imaginary Lines (Further)
DSR Lines - Analogie Van De Dageraad (Ultra Eczema) reissue
Sabbatical - Sundown (Love All Day)
Guenter Schlienz - Book Of Dreams (Cosmic Winnetou)

Bart De Paepe (Sloow Tapes)

1. Kutschog Abendrot & Bokrijk Balkan tour
2. Orphan Fairytale & Lotuseters trip to France
3. Antti Tolvi @ Stadslimiet
4. Tom Carter @ Zuiderpershuis
5. Keiji Haino @ De Studio
6. Liquid Slug and New Root Canal in Amsterdam
7. De Diepte @ Het Bos
8. Af Ursin: Aura Legato LP
9. Pekka Airaksinen: Buddhas of Golden Light LP
10. Mick Houghton: I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn - The Biography of Sandy Denny Book

Koen Vandenhoudt (Dropa Disc, Sound In Motion)

Gate: Saturday Night Fever (Mie Records)
Oren Ambarchi: Hubris (Edtions Mego)
Hour House: Chiltern (Penultimate Press)
Sandoz Lab Technicians: New Botany (Knotwilg)
amazonia 6891: Sounds From Jungle, Natural Objects, Echt And Electronic Waves (Black Sweat Records)
Joe McPhee & John Snyder: To Be Continued (Kye)
Music Of Morocco, From The Library Of Congress (Dust To Digital)
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon: Both Will Escape (Family Vineyard)
Anna Högberg Attack: s/t (Omlott)
Peter Evans: Lifeblood (More is More)

Olli Aarni (Lichen Gumbo)

Moor Mother – Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni Records)
Ande Somby – Yoiking with the Winged Ones (Ash International)
V/A – Rara Avis (Alku)
Myttys – Sloggilukio (Oma333)
Id M Theft Able – A <3 Named Spooky (Mang-Disc)
Julius Eastman – Femenine (Frozen Reeds)
Taneli Viljanen – Cut Glass Etchings Disappeared (PAI)
Kevin Drumm's bandcamp
Avarus – Metsässä (Artsy/Ikuisuus)
Sarah Hennies – Orienting Response (Mappa)
Atom Mouth Gimlies – Music on Quills (Jumatsuga/Gafoni/Urealis-tuotanto)

Jeremie Sauvage (France)


Jéricho - Jéricho
Elg - Mauve Zone
La Tène - Vouerca/Fahy


Aarlt (+ Mocke) - Le 17, St.Etienne (05/03)
La Tène - Festival le Lac, Brest (14/05)
Guilhem Lacroux - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Clamart (11/06)
Treasure Island - Nouveau Garage, St.Julien La Vêtre (25/06)
Bear Bones Lay Low - Echos IV, Le Saix (03/07)
Sourdure - Echo IV, Le Saix (03/07)
Le Verdouble - Eglise St.Merry, Paris (24/09)
Les Violoneuses - Eglise St.Merry, Paris (24/09)
Yann Gourdon - La Centrifugeuse, Toulouse (19/11)
Raymond IV - Bootleg, Lyon (10/12)

Sean McCann (Recital)

Andrew Chalk- Everyone Goes Home When The Sun Sets  (Faraway Press)
The Barton Workshop Plays Philip Corner - OM Entering And Once Entered  (KYE)
Idea fire Company - The Synthetic Elements (Crisis Of Taste)
Walter Marchetti - Concerto Per La Mano Sinistra In Un Solo Movimento (Planam)
Henri Chopin - OH Audiopoems By Henri Chopin (Slowscan)
Graham Lambkin - Community (KYE)
Eric Schmid ‎– Scheiße Musik (FQW)
Mike Pollard ‎– Michael Pollard Piano Sonata After a Conversation With Jonathan Gean (0dx/FQW)
No intention - Representative Works ‎(Spam)
Henning ChristiansenOp. 50 Requiem Of Art ((Penultimate Press)

Dennis Tyfus (Ultra Eczema, Stadslimiet)

1. Daniel Schmidt & The Berkely Gamelan : In my arms, Many Flowers,  LP (Recital)
2. Hiele : Saints , 10" (Ekster)
3. Pamela Stickney : Stockholm, LP (Halloween Creativity) (technically from late 2015 though only "surfaced" in 2016)
4. W. Ravenveer : Fuzzy Hair Electronics Vol 1, K7 (Lal Lal Lal)
5. Equis : No Plants, No Life, K7 (Infinite Waves)
6. Kerm Swam, Mushrooms (Kerm)
7. Henri Chopin : OH, Audiopoems by Henri Chopin, 2x lp (Slowscan)
8. Francois De Roubaix & Bernard Maitre : Les Onix, Enregistrement Méconnus pour Marionettes, Theatre et Télévision, LP (Biceps Records)
9. Stefan Fraunberger : Quellgeister II, 'Wurmloch", LP (Interstellar Records)
10. Susan Alcorn : Evening Tales, LP (Mystra)

SR (Holidays Records)

Valerio Tricoli "Vixit" LP (Second Sleep)
Jean Dubuffet "Expériences Musicales 1961" 2LP (Jeanne Dielman)DSR Lines "Analogie Van De Dageraad" LP (Ultra Eczema)
Jacques Brodier "Xhos De Villemahu" 2LP (Penultimate Press)
Peter Cusack "After Being In Holland For Two Years" LP (BLUME)
Andrea Penso ‎"Esserci Animale, Momento I - III" CS (Joy De Vivre)
Amazonia 6891 "Sounds From Jungle, Natural Objects" 2LP (Black Sweat)
Mike Cooper "New Kiribati" LP (Discrepant)
Oren Ambarchi "Hubris" LP (Editions Mego)
Alvin Curran ‎"Natural History" LP (Black Truffle)

Mich Leemans (Ancienne Belgique)

Oren Ambarchi - Hubris
Harry Bertoia - Complete Sonambient Collection
David Bowie - Blackstar
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - Thought Withdrawal
Pita - Get In
Various Artists - Music of Morocco: From the Library of Congress
Anthony Child - Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 2
Abul Mogard - Works
Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol II
Scott Walker - The Childhood of a Leader OST
This Heat - All Reissues
Steve Reich - Four Organs / Phase Patterns
Alessandro Cortini - Spie
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Second Woman - Second Woman
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy
Else Marie Pade - Electronic Works 1958-1995
Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
Carla Dal Forno - You Know What It's Like

Ernesto Gonzales (Bear Bones Lay Low, Silvester Anfang)

Tzii "Sand Haert Rage" LP
Typhonian Highlife "The World of Shells" LP
Ignatz "The Drain" LP
Meth Drinker / Dead Instrument 7"
Aymeric De Tapol "J'ai Dansé Avec Elle" 7"
Les Halles "Transient" LP
Five Finger Posse "Trapped in the Trenches" digital mixtape
Tolouse Lowtrax "Decades Vol. 1" 12"
High Wolf/Durian Brother split LP
LostSoundBytes "Willi's Adventure" LP

Philippe Cortens (Cortizona)

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh - Ears are filled with wonder
Julius Eastman - Feminine
Echo Beatty - Nonetheless 
Porest - Tourrorists
Soft Hair – Soft Hair
paper hats – PH02
EXO 2 – Ekstercompilatie
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Worstenbroodje Paradise ft Novgrod - heerlijc genieten
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power
David Bowie – Blackstar
Andy Stott – Too many voices
Whitney – Light upon the lake
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens

John Also Bennett (Seabat, RVNG Intl.)

Michel Redolfi - Desert Tracks (Subrosa)
Harry & Oreste Bertoia - Clear Sounds / Perfetta (Sonambient)
Steve Hauschildt - Strands (Kranky)
Outer Space - Gemeni Suite (Amethyst Sunset)
Georgia - All Kind Music (Palto Flats)
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela - Dream House (Aguirre)
Huerco S - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) (Prohibio)
Gigi Masin ‎– Plays Hazkara
Imaginary Softwoods - Annual Flowers In Color (Mineral Disk)
Delia Derbyshire & Elsa Stansfield - Circle Of Light Original Soundtract (Trank)

PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane)

When I am not listening to NTS radio, these are the releases that I turn back to again and again:

Gardener - Here You Are Here.  One of the more truly psychedelic records I have heard in a while. As a Musician, it’s what you hope you will come up with once you purchased all those expensive Eurorack modules! Thanks to Kyle Landstra for the tip! I hope more people hear this. Its deserving of wider recognition)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Ears.  Beautiful, emotional, organic & warm.  For me, she stands out amongst the pack. Worthy of the hype
Nerftoss - Crushed.  I love everything John does. My favorite Baltimore artist
Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have).  My favorite Ambient release of the year. Always engaging. Reminds me of 90’s era releases when the genre was less formulaic
Raime - Tooth  Rock music made by people who grew up with techno as their primary musical language.  More of this please!
Curved Light - Prismatic / Loomstate I enjoy all of Peter’s releases whether his solo efforts like this or as ½ of HD Sunrise. Informed by the New Age music of the 80’s without falling prey to some of the kitschy pitfalls. Melodic, interesting and not overly sentimental.
Carla Dal Forno - You Know What It’s Like.  A mini LP which hits more than it misses. When it’s good it’s great. Post Punk for the current era. I listen to this a lot for inspiration    
Jonathan Fitoussi - Imaginary Lines.  Maybe my favorite release this year.  Takes its cues from the 70’s classics but doesn’t rehash. Modern, minimal and beautiful
Musique Acephale - Don’t DJ.  Like an Afrocentric Muslimgauze geared more for the dancefloor. Like Cut Hands, but less evil.
Demdike Stare - Wonderland.  Every time I hear Demdike Stare, I always say “I wish I made music like that”. I love the production and they conjure up consistently interesting sounds 

Lieven Martens (Dolphins Into The Future, Edicoes CN)

Francesco Cavaliere "Giancio Cielo" 1 and 2 LP's. Very important to have people like him around, who inject music with … actual content. And ideas…  
Dennis Tyfus “Knerpen, Bevel!" LP. There’s beautiful vocal / choral parts to be found on this record. An album that's very well … composed. 
Joel Vandroogenbroeck “Coloursound Box” 18cd’s. Forget about LP reissues! embrace the almost obsolete format of the compact disc, and for a mere 55 dollars get the whole 70’s - 80’s back catalogue of JVDB in the house. high quality ideas - a brain working in a far and lonely place - and genius execution. Actually, forget about boxsets as well, except this one (and a few others). 
At night, listening to Fireworks at night in the hills of Gestaço. Hills, suffocating by bushfires. Were the small groups forage, and act … bombastic. 
Typhonian Highlife’s Japan concerts + sake crimes. 
Hiele “Saints” 10” . Such a classy venture…. sounding like a very good (not a regular) edition in the Made To Measure series … and not in a mimetic way! 
Field recordings from Zanzibar, by Gonçalo F Cardoso
The sound of Floris Vanhoof’s Talking Gongs installation, in a dialogue with garden birds and the gallery owner yelling for his wife.
Not really a sound, yet an image: Monserrate Palace and its gardens in Sintra,  the dreamer’s dream. 
"The Sound Of Waves" by Yukio Mishima. you have masterpieces, and you have … masterpieces. Oops this is of course a book from the 50’s,… sorry Pieter.