Boomkat Product Review:
The intrepid experimentalist STL embarks on an ambient journey to the deepest recesses of ambient sound with 2008's 'Machines Down Low' release for his brilliant Something label. Much like his earlier 'Rain Interpretations' or 'Ultraslow' releases, this is Laubner in esoteric ambient mode, deftly crafting the most sublime atmospheric scapes and soundspheres, artificial environments visible only to the mind's eye. The tones here remind us of the glacial harmonics of Kevin Drumm, creating distantly reverberating tones with an arid, glassy quality and sinisterly cinematic effect. On 'Howl' Helge Sten-alike strings drift across a bleak vista, while on 'Atmospheric Illusion' empty space worthy of Monolake or Thomas Köner is explored with a sense of utter loneliness. Truly stunning sounds, highly recommended to fans of isolationist electro acoustics.