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Everything and Nothing / video experiment
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:55:51 PM »
I was bored a couple weeks ago & cut this little video experiment & thought a few forumites might be interested.

This is what happens when you combine too much time on my hands + a half gallon milk + food coloring + dish soap + music.

It turned out kinda cool.


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Everything and Nothing / Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:47:13 PM »
I stumbled on an article at gibson.com about the greatest concept albums of all time.  It's an interesting discussion, not the least of which is, what makes an album a concept album?  

Here's a link to the original article... http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/concept-albums-1230-2010/

It's not a bad list, although there is no way I'd put that schlocky Alice Cooper album in there.  What do you think?

Here's my personal top ten...

1. Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
3. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars
4. The Who - Quadrophenia
5. Green Day - American Idiot
6. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
7. Pink Floyd - Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall
8. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
9. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
10. Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

I think I'd like to add one more to the list, maybe bump down the Moody Blues & put William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops at #10.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Free Christmas Music
« on: December 24, 2010, 02:22:13 PM »
Here's a little free holiday cheer fro your stocking...
I'll Be Hometapes for Christmas

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Everything and Nothing / vocoder songs
« on: October 02, 2010, 06:09:17 PM »
Hi,

I ran across a Boards of Canada tune that uses vocoder(in a beautiful place out in the country) & I got to thinking about doing a vocoder mix.

So do you guys have any suggestions for vocoder songs?

Here's a some of the ones I already have & might use...

Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Kraftwerk - several choices
Eno - and then so clear
Air - Sexy Boy
Peter Baumann - This this day
Trans Am - futureworld

Any other ideas would be cool.

Thanks

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Cliff Martinez downloads
« on: October 04, 2009, 05:06:15 PM »
I came across a page at Cliff Martinez's website that has a bunch of his soundtracks available for free download.  I figured Hypnos forumites might be interested so here's the link...

http://cliff-martinez.com/download.html

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I just posted a new mix.  But instead of just adding it to the Low Light thread, I created a new one for it because I figured the title might catch everyone's attention.

I listen to music every night when I go to bed.  I try to keep the sleep play list fresh, but there are definite favorites that I return to again & again.  I wanted to do a new sleep mix so I could incorporate a couple favorite Steve Roach cuts, from Dynamic Stillness & Deeper Silence.

So I dumped some tracks to a portable hard drive, brought it to work & starting mixing in between "real work". I had 4 or 5 tracks laid down & I was listening to one of the transitions & literally fell asleep at my desk, hence the title of the mix. A lot of the tracks sound very much like each other which I guess is good in this case because one track stretches into another, in a long, trance inducing, ambient lullaby. At 90 minutes, the mix is longer than most, but I thought the length worked a bit better for sleeping.

Sweet dreams...

download :
I fell asleep at my desk making this mix

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 St. Kilda - You are in every dream
03:30 Steve Roach - Slowly Revealed
12:20 Scott Solter - Cypress Road
16:00 Stars of the Lid - The Kraut
23:30 Ashera - Fellini's Cat
28:30 William Basinski - 92982.1
33:20 Ten and Tracer - Falling asleep in sadness
36:40 Irezumi - Endurance
42:50 Jasper, TX - This Barren Land
47:30 Hammock - 3 sisters
51:15 Manual - Last Light
56:40 James Johnson - In then Out
1:06:00 Brian Eno - Discreet Music
1:15:00 Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
1:30:00 end

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Everything and Nothing / Cool remixable ambient/youtube/grid thingy
« on: May 17, 2009, 06:49:11 PM »
I just discovered this excellent youtube experiment...

http://www.inbflat.net/

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Now Playing / Best of 2008
« on: December 25, 2008, 06:50:49 PM »
I can never limit my choices to a top ten list.  I keep track all year & trim it down as the year comes to a close.  So somehow this year I ended up with the random number of 24 in my "Best of" list.  Here is the list in alphabetical order...

Alio Die - aura seminalis - alio die released some great music this year.  I guess I could group all of them together here but I'll list this as my favorite.  The cd "tries to recreate the solemn atmospheres of the courts of the Italian Renaissance", and amazingly it comes off as transcendent instead of cheesy.  Stefano Musso's recent releases all do this very well, like his collaboration with vocalist Martina Galvagni, Elusian Lullaby.  He takes concepts, that would not work in the hands of another, and makes them work beautifully.

Arve Henriksen - cartography - a beautifully layered recording from trumpeter henriksen.  Texture is more important than virtuosity here.  A melancholy, tranquil landscape works perfectly with Henriksen's vocal-like trumpet.

Belong - Same Places (Slow Version) - crushing, shimmering drones dissolve & decay in a wonderful wall of sound.

Bersarin Quartett - bersarin quartett - actually this is a one man show of cinematic music.  Strings, ambience, some occasional beats combine for a lush, melancholy trip.

bvdub - dreams of red chambers - a release that is more ambient than the usual dubby sound form bvdub.

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - gorgeous, expansive guitar-based drones.  His “Stele” split release was excellent as well.

Deaf Center - vintage well - More great cinematic music.  I guess there was a lot of fantastic cinematic music this year.

Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - An excellent ambient release from Atmoworks.  From a live "living room" concert in August 1977.  The album
was recorded live with no overdubs using a double neck guitar   
and a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He   
used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continuous loop.  A classic ambient feel that is even more amazing knowing how & when it was recorded.

Elbow - Live from London – Beautiful, intimate, live iTunes only release.  Any fan of Elbow MUST own this.

Elbow - the seldom seen kid – There isn’t any other band that evokes beauty, melancholy & joy like Elbow.  This is an absolutely fantastic recording.

Eluder - the most beautiful blue - deep layers that never get too dark or too light.  A just right mixture of drifting textures & aquatic sounds.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill - a good collection of eerie folk songs wrapped in reverb & hazy ambience.

Hakobune - melting reminscence - an excellent release for lovers of guitar-based drone.

Hans-joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - inlandish - I love how this release sounds old & new at the same time.  Some of the tunes just have this indescribable retro Roedelius feel to them, like the song "Beforst".  A warm, melodic beauty.

Jacaszek – treny – Real instruments played by real musicians with some electronic manipulation make this a stellar release in a year filled with great cinematic music.

Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky – I know this one is a bit too close to New Age for some regular forumites, but I found it to be beautiful without being too sappy.

Johann Johannsson – fordlandia – This cd from Johannsson takes the cinematic/orchestral theme of this year to another level.  He does it with a 60 piece orchestra, piano, organ, choir & electronics.  The music is lush and intense.

Marconi Union - a lost connection – more dubby ambient music.  I listened to a lot of dubby stuff this year & Marconi Union does this style wonderfully.

Martin Grech - march of the lonely – this one actually came out in 2007 but I discovered it right at the beginning of this year and I listened to constantly from then on.  From an online review “…a moody acoustic delicacy, dreamlike calm and layered vocals which recall monastic plainsong or a lovelorn choir.”

quantec - unusual signals – great dubby ambient-ish beats.

Rameses III – Basilica - A double cd of live recordings & remixes, the two discs contain some beautiful, quiet, and moving instrumental compositions.

Rod Modell - incense & blacklight - noisy, shifting dub rhythms, and way deep bassy goodness.

Steve Roach - a deeper silence – I played this for days all through the house, the slow washes & low bass hum rumbling from room to room.  I felt like I was on some inter-stellar spacecraft.  Great sleep music too.

the caretaker - Persistent repetition of phrases - Similar to his other releases in that it sounds like he is channeling the haunting atmospherics of The Shining.  However, this one is a bit more ambient.


---- I know these don’t count as actual releases, but I think I listened to the guitar mixes of Alan Lockett more than anything else this year.  You can find them here… http://albient.livejournal.com/2468.html .  These mixes are a great collection of ambient guitar meanderings that introduced me to a lot of new artists & music.


Honorable mentions :
stephan mathieu – radioland
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Dolore
taylor deupree - sea last
The Winterhouse - Lost
jasper tx - this quiet season
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history
emanuele errante - humus [2008]
Richard Skelton - Marking Time
Hammock, ‘Maybe They Will Sings For Us Tomorrow
sigur ros - Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte


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Now Playing / ambient music video
« on: September 20, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
I just posted a short little experiment in ambient video over at the Low Light Mixes blog.

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/


I'll just quote directly from my blog..."Several years ago I made a short ambient video from shots of dust floating in a beam of sunlight in a dark room. I made the video black & white & slo mo, so that it looked at times like stars. It was very cool, most viewers had no idea they were looking at shots of dust.

I’ve always wanted to repeat that experiment and this is the result. I could have gone out shot tons of video and sorted through it looking for interesting shots. I could have planned out shoots & locations & themes. But that would require time & effort, so instead I kept it simple. It can be interesting, creatively, to limit your choices. Like an ambient musician limiting the sound source to only guitar or only using acoustic instruments.

As in the dust video, the source is one location, all shots of basically the same thing. I shot with my son’s camcorder in about an hour one afternoon. I then edited at at work using an Avid Newscutter editing system. The contrast, brightness & saturation have been changed on every clip and fx have been added in few cases. The finished product is interesting, to me anyway. I’m not sure how many other people will find it so.

It was fun to start with a limited number of clips, all of essentially the same thing & try to make something out of it. Although, I was actually trying to make nothing from something - take what would have been recognizable video & turn it into a psychedelic, ambient experiment, where the original source is obscured & unimportant.

The music is from two Infraction Records artists, Adam Pacione & Northern. I hope you find it interesting at some level."

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Everything and Nothing / Album Covers Galore
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:07:45 AM »

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Low Light Mixes
« on: June 06, 2008, 09:52:53 PM »
Rather than post a new topic every time I do a new mix, I figured I'll make one Low Light Mixes thread for all the new mixes.

So here is the new mix, A Ghost in the Phase.  It's the sequel to A Drift on the Signal.  Which basically means I had no new ideas so I just ripped off a previous theme.

This mix, like the first one, combines recordings of shortwave radio & ambient music with shortwave elements.  Somehow in the first mix I never included anything from Tetsu Inoue's World Receiver, but I've rectified that this time.  Don't forget you can get World Receiver from Infraction Records.  New music from Rameses III, Rod Modell and Sylvain Chauveau is in there along with Stephen Mathieu's Radioland because it's constructed from shortwave broadcasts.

enjoy

download....
a ghost in the phase

T R A C K L I S T :

    * 00:00 - Pulse Wave FX & JBO Tokyo Radio
    * 00:16 - Entia Non - Cultural Plagiarism
    * 01:28 - Fennesz - A Year in a Minute
    * 04:33 - Myke Weiskopf - Shortwave Condensation
    * 05:55 - Djivan Gasparyan - dle yaman
    * 06:56 - Cairo Radio
    * 07:45 - Punkt - Speechless
    * 08:24 - Cairo Radio
    * 09:13 - Rod Modell - Aloeswood
    * 12:38 - Tetsu Inoue - Elevator Drops
    * 19:05 - Stephen Mathieu - Aufder Gasse
    * 22:45 - Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
    * 26:37 - Radio RASD
    * 26:54 - My Fun - Signal Drift
    * 29:06 - Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau - Aberdeen
    * 34:11 - Chris Bissonnette - Traveling Light
    * 40:00 - WEWN
    * 40:46 - Post-Soviet Melancholia Pt. V: "Мой Рок и Ролл" via Russian International Radio
    * 42:40 - krill.minima - Projektor
    * 45:34 - Myke Weiskopf - The Grotesque
    * 46:23 - Unproduct - Radio Canvas 3
    * 46:52 - numbers
    * 47:40 - pulse transmission
    * 50:30 - Rameses III - Origins IV May 25, 2007
    * 53:20 - Stephen Mathieu - Radioland
    * 02:30 - Pulse Wave FX

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Everything and Nothing / frog sounds
« on: June 06, 2008, 06:25:28 AM »
It has rained quite a bit here the last few days, which seems to have really brought out the frogs.  I like the sounds of the frogs at night(at least I think they are frogs) so last night I went to the pond across the street & did some recording. 

Here's the mp3 for any interested listeners...

froggies

I used a portable, stereo mp3 recorder.  Not the best recording in the world but it's in stereo & the frogs were in great form.

enjoy

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Everything and Nothing / I want one of these...
« on: April 22, 2008, 08:00:28 PM »


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBZHjmPfpCo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGABzbdlEnY


http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/04/tenori-on-the-n.html#more

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I've been listening to more drone music than normal, mostly due to Paul Bradley & David Tagg.  I know that there are more than a few drone lovers here on the forum so I decided to make a drone mix.

Nothing extraordinary here from a technical standpoint, just one drone slowly slipping into the next.

I'm sure most forum regulars will recognize most of the artists.  Much of the music here is fairly new. Almost all of it released this year or last, except of course for the Aloof Proof, which almost counts as new because of the reissue last year. This was fairly easy to put together but it flows nicely. Should be excellent for sleeping.

Download(right click/save as)
Suspended in Air

T R A C K L I S T :

    * 00:00 Paul Bradley - Irenic
    * 05:45 Stars of the Lid - Virgina
    * 09:00 Andrew Chalk - Suspended in Air
    * 14:00 David Tagg - Waist Deep in Seas of Milk #6
    * 20:30 Emeralds - arbol del tule
    * 28:05 Belong - Vowel
    * 35:00 Nelson Foltz & Tom Lynn - still life interlude
    * 43:00? David Tagg - The 25th Door
    * 49:30 Aloof Proof - The Last Leaf
    * 59:30 Paul Bradley - Chroma #1
    * 02:30 The Beautiful Schizophonic - cantiques la gloire du soleil

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Everything and Nothing / Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:10:18 PM »
What sad news.

I remember reading RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA in high school and absolutely loving it.  I don't know how it would hold up today, but I loved it then.  It started me off on thirty years of reading Arthur C. Clark books.  I still remember staying up until 5am in order to finish 2010.

I believe read about 15 or so of his books, some better than others(3001 was a stinker).  He was an visionary and will be missed.

I'm sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I'm rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.
       Arthur C. Clarke, Address to US Congress, 1975

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Everything and Nothing / Migrations - an ambient field mix
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:08:22 AM »
I have been interested in doing a mix of field recordings ever since I did the shortwave mix last year. I've been collecting field recordings from various sources & even bought a digital recorder so I could do my own phonography.

I haven't really had the time to seriously record anything but I did manage to squeeze a few of my own things into this new mix.

There is very little proper music in this mix. It's mostly field recordings that I downloaded from sites like Quiet American and SoundTransit. Some of the recordings are from cd's that I own. Most of the music, is music that already has environmental recordings built into the track. I used two tracks from a great cd by Emanuele Errante called "Migrations". A few other tracks came from Geir Jenssen's(Biosphere) "Field Recordings From Tibet". A couple of other cuts came from "Classifields - Trips 6" on Tripostal. I also sneaked some loops into the mix here & there.

Some of my favorite field sounds are trains, so you'll hear various train sounds at different times in the mix. I also like empty train station reverb, so that fades in & out a couple times. The sounds range from a resonant pipe in a rain storm to foghorns to church bells to chanting to arrival anouncements to singing bowls to piano and an open window.

Download...
M i g r a t i o n s  (76.7MB, 42:53)

I hope you enjoy the trip.

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Everything and Nothing / Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:47:46 PM »
Thought I'd post some pix that forum members might get a kick out of.

I used a bunch of the album covers from what was left of my LP collection to "wallpaper" a couple walls in my house.  I did one whole wall in my family room.  Then did album covers as a border in the same room.  I also did most of a small bathroom with the album cover motif.

As I mentioned in my blog, it sort of looks like some dorm room from the '70's.  But I don't care.  They make me happy.  There are a lot of memories up in those covers and it's great to just look at them & reminisce.



 


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