Dylan Tauber may be new to the EDM community, but as an ambient and experimental electronica producer he’s quite well-established. He’s put out a full eleven albums worth of his trippy yet beautiful ambient music, and just released a massive compilation earlier this year. That compilation and quite a bit of his work in general deals with ocean sounds and dolphins, but his latest release called Sounds From Space is, as the title suggests, more focused on things off-planet.
Tauber considers his music to be an experiment or investigation into what he calls the “cyber-spiritual revolution,” so when his music is tagged as “experimental” it’s less about genre than it is about how he approaches it. Tauber is not the only artist who focuses on how to incorporate spirituality and electronic music; Bjork is probably the most prevalent musician who also feels there is a way to marry nature, esoteric-ness and electronic music, but many DJs an producers work on these terms, contrary to some analog musicians who say electronic and EDM music lack soul.
To wit: most of the songs on Sounds From Space have discernible beat structures, whereas the experimental electronic music genre is usually classified by seemingly random sounds without beat or even melody sometimes. Tauber’s work is much more EDM-friendly, especially on this album, so it seems his “experiment” is more truly an “investigation” into the spirituality of electronic music. For Tauber this seems to mean playing with different beat, melody and ambient sound combinations to come up with different feelings or energies for each composition.
This is not psytrance or some of the trippier forms of house, but there are definitely trippy, festival worthy tracks on Sounds From Space. “Carmen Song” and in fact a series of three songs within the album all have a very subtle trance beat and progressive trance melodies. The album opener, “11.18.16” also has a lot of elements of trance, but with less of a danceable beat. Still other tracks like “Lost on Mars” have more of a tribal ambient feel, and it’s possible that Tauber has done this album as another compilation, putting a lot of different genres of tracks together with the unifying theme of being under his “cyber-spiritual revolution”.
For those who are already fans of Dylan Tauber, Sounds From Space may seem like a bit of a departure, but it’s added diversity will appeal to new listeners. Veteran fans need not fear, however, as this album still closes with a track from his largest and most popular Dolphin series, a vocal remix of “Dolphin Cry 2.0.” Either way there’s a little something for everyone on this album, from ambient to trippy to EDM to dolphin lovers.