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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Nominated for an Emmy Award
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:52:24 PM »
Ivor and I were recently nominated for an Emmy Award for our soundtrack to a great HBO documentary film called 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God'. (http://www.emmys.com/shows/mea-maxima-culpa-silence-house-god)

Going to the awards was a very surreal and extravagant (and very fun in places). We didn't win. But we were the only documentary in the category, and the winning entry (and all the other 4 nominees) were proper blockbuster, big budget, full-on-orchestral affairs, so I'm thankful we were nominated at all.

Here is a little piece I composed for the film:

https://soundcloud.com/robert-logan/mea-maxima-culpa

Here is another piece I want to share, not from the film:

https://soundcloud.com/robert-logan/beauty-realm

I have also been working on solo material for the last 4 years. Hopefully this new album (along with some ambient material) will see the light of day sometime soon. You've got to let go at some point, after all! ;-)

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Hi all,

'The Desert Inbetween' by Brian Parnham and Steve Roach and 'Immersion Five - Circadian Rhythms' both sound like they could be the most interesting Roach releases in a while. There's some refreshingly glurpy and scorching sounds in there amongst the usual soundwords and atmospheric/tribal sonic beds.   

(I think I can also hear Steve possibly having a bit too much fun with his Kaoss Pad 3's granular/glitch/delay functions in the latter sections of 'Circadian Rhythms'! ;-) )

I can't wait to hear both releases in full.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / If animals!
« on: March 04, 2010, 07:26:44 PM »
If animals made ambient music, it'd be cockroaches that would produce the most unusual sort of ambiences. There's a lot of ambient music out there that sounds like it could have been made by birds - (both the grandiose sort, like eagles, and the twisted sort, like crows, and the pretty and petite sort, like robins and little tropical birdies) - and horses (not ponies, however), and butterflies, and dinosaurs, and tigers, and whales, and dolphins, etc. There is a definite lack of materials within this species of music which sound like they could have been created by cockroaches, however. They should be given a chance; it'd be a fascinating combination of urban squalor, deep, damp city drones, and microscopic hisses and scuttles. The music would smell beautifully rotten, too. It wouldn't be the usual, epic-smelling swirls of sublime animal scents, but something altogether more earthy, rusty, and wet. There isn't enough wet cockroach music. A miniature studio would have to be built, which sounds like a difficult task - but! if horses can manage to do their knob-twiddling with hooves, it shouldn't be impossible for these six legged glories to be provided a means to sound production. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / My albums
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:38:40 AM »
Hello women and men,

Inspired by Parallel World's threads, I thought it'd be good to let the forum humans know about my own non-Hypnos projects. I didn't do it when Cognessence or Grinder came out, but now that the second Slowfoot album, Inscape, is out, and because its supporting E.P, Accurate Spit Boy spurted out into the world a few days ago, I figured it'd be good time to do a thread on them.

They are all the result of months of obsessive playing, recording, programming, mangling, etc. etc. drawn from anywhere in the environment, from any piece of software or hardware... Musical inspiration includes lots of 20th/21st century classical music, the sort of ambient music we discuss here, Hungarian folk (though that element is often buried) and the more experimental ends of electronic music, as well as dub, grime, dubstep, detroit techno, dancehall, "idm", etc.

I reckon the two albums (rather than the E.Ps) would be of more interest to Hypnos folk - the E.Ps are on vinyl and attempt to aim for the dancefloor (I'm not quite sure how successful they actually are at that, but some creatures will dance to anything. ;)

My myspace is here: www.myspace.com/robertlogan

My ambient myspace is here: www.myspace.com/senseproject 

Here is the page Slowfoot did for Cognessence:
http://www.slowfoot.co.uk/Cognessence

Here is the page they've done for Inscape:
http://www.slowfoot.co.uk/Inscape

And here's some reviews:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9b54/

http://www.barcodezine.com/revrobertlogancognessence260307.htm

http://www.buzzinelectronicmusic.co.uk/robert-logan-accurate-spit-boy-ep/407

http://www.flyglobalmusic.com/fly/archives/europe_reviews/robert_logan_accurate_spit_boy.html

(and I got some scans of magazine reviews and put them on my myspace blog, here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=39605485)


Thanks to any of you who have already heard any of my music and shared feedback. I tend to get very self-critical about it, especially once it's out, so that's a real encouragement.




                     

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Grace Jones remix
« on: September 01, 2008, 03:46:27 AM »
Hello fellow Hypnos forumnites,

I know it's not strictly ambient, but I'd like to share the remix I did of Grace Jones' new single with you. It's got a lot of 'dark ambient' elements and field recordings in there amongst the industrial-ish clangs and bangs. Quite a bit of detail went into this... (I find it a bit hard to resist diving deep in there moulding and cutting things to shreds.)

The original track and my remix and some lovely other remixes can be found here: http://www.myspace.com/gracejonesofficial

Thank you!

Rob.

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Hi everyone,

I just did a mix of my music and had an interview with BBC's Mary Anne Hobbs. If any of you are interested in hearing my more beat-driven, aggressive music, please give it a listen! I'm about 45 minutes into the show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/maryannehobbs/

ps - I'm not very good at interviews! I would have given completely different answers had I not been so nervous and bad at talking to strangers about my music spontaneously. And I am aware that Igor Stravinsky is NOT a 21st century composer. ;)

Enjoy!

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