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Anguaji - Trigger, Happy { the demos }

http://anguaji.bandcamp.com/

Read the info about the fact this is a demo.  First track is very "beaty" - the rest chill out quite a bit.  I'm loving this - 4th listen.

Pinklogik - Syn-Metry

http://pinklogik.bandcamp.com/album/syn-metry

Here's what I tweeted after my first listen this morning:  "Water color smeared textural ambient - different from her usual beaty awesomeness."

Lykanthea x Savage Sister - Sundrowned

http://lykanthea.bandcamp.com/

My first listen tweet:  "ethereal floating ambient vocal lilting clouds"

Also check out Lykanthea's first track off her debut:  Aphonia. 

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SomaFM + Relaxed Machinery + DataObscura Present
a night of ambient album premieres Friday July 18th on SomaFM Drone Zone.

Join our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/700924589955312/

LISTEN: http://somafm.com/dronezone/

CHAT: http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/

Chris Russell - Illuminoid - new on Relaxed Machinery
Robert Scott Davies - What The Moon Reveals - new on DataObscura

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Everything and Nothing / Pete / Igneous Flame photography
« on: July 09, 2014, 06:37:33 AM »
Hey - I don't often cross post over here - but I know a lot of Igneous Flame fans around...  head over to http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/ today - and click "THE DARKROOM" image at top... that will open a gallery of a ton of photos Pete has posted for us over at rM.

I think you'll enjoy them - you don't have to be a member to see them.

John

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Relaxed Machinery News
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:10:26 AM »
I'm working on our 2nd compilation to be released this month.  It's called "reBOOT" and celebrates our 4th year as a label.  Artists include:

* Broken Harbour
* Zero Ohms
* Ran Kirlian
* Loren Nerell
* Steve Brand
* Frore
* Chris Russell
* me... John Koch-Northrup
* arbee (Mathieu Lamontagne)
* Specta Ciera (Devin Underwood)
* Robert Scott Thompson
* Chronotope Project
* Ishq - in collab with Steve Brand
* Roy Mattson - in collab with Steve Brand
* eyes cast down - in collab with Chris Russell
* apne sinn

More details as they get ironed out. 

A great year coming for us...   we have lined up Loren Nerell and Andrew Lahiff for solo releases.  Several other artists in the works!  Thanks for all of your support over the years!

John


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 1st Annual Relaxed Machinery Awards
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:11:57 AM »
Hello, Hypnos!  I know I know I know - I've been absent a while.  I will make every effort to stop back in and post a bit more.  The community over at Relaxed Machinery has decided to do an awards thing - celebrating music, photography, poetry, podcasts, reviewers, etc...  YOU are welcome to participate whether a member at rM or not - I'd love to see us get a wide range of people from all over the ambient landscape and not just rM.  I will be highlighting that I asked for input from Hypnos, Ambient Online, Electro-Music and other communities to try and get as wide of participation as possible.   

What I posted at rM is below.  Thank you very much!

...

The awards are now open for nominations through the end of this year.  You can nominate as many artists, albums, photos, poems, etc... as you want... but please only nominate the same artist for the same thing once.

This is fully inclusive to everyone in the world. If you love an artist who doesn't post here - nominate them! If you have a favorite photographer who doesn't post here - nominate them!  Maybe, just maybe, we'll encourage some new people to join in our wonderful creative community!  And, of course, if your favorites are "pro" or "amateur", "commercial" or "creative commons" or "free" - it doesn't matter. 

What matters is who YOU think deserves to win.

The form is here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DYvnBZVKLKpcryXIO1gFbYkcw3LHZSzMsiT5vieZEU8/viewform

You do not have to fill in every field.   And once you "submit" the form at the bottom - there's a link to start it over again to nominate another person, album, etc...

Once the nominations are closed - I'll compile a short list from each category and everyone will vote in January for the winners!

The January voting will also include some open ended questions for you to share what moved you in 2013... whether an artist or an event or whatever.

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http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/earth-mantra-releasing-again-soon

Earth Mantra will start releasing again in 2013!
 
Darrell Burgan founded Earth Mantra and has created an amazing label with nearly 200 releases over the years. He's reached a point where wants to step back from the label and instead of letting it go silent... he's allowing us to continue on. Geoff Small (aka εpne sinn) will be running the label with the help of Steve Brand and me - and I'm sure a little help from Joel (Crystal Dreams) who helps us now with the Relaxed Machinery website.  The same team behind Relaxed Machinery is now running Earth Mantra.

We do not plan to change Earth Mantra. 

It's an awesome netlabel releasing Creative Commons music and we fully support that.  Darrell leaves some very large shoes to follow - and we hope to honor his legacy with future releases on Earth Mantra.
 
This excites me so much - and it ties in with our community 3rd anniversary... as Darrell was the first person to decide this community was the right fit to be the official community for StillStream (which he owned at the time) and his Earth Mantra label.

John, Geoff, and Steve.

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We've come to a mutual decision to stop doing cdr's through Hypnos.  Not because there's anything bad here - no bad blood...  it's just time to free up the wonderful people at Hypnos to do other stuff.    Relaxed Machinery cdr's are sold in onesy - twosy amounts which means Mike and Lena can't make them to stock and just pull them when you order... they have to actually make each cdr release as it's sold! 

This has been a fantastic relationship since January 2010!  I am personally very grateful to Mike and Lena - they have been the absolute best to work with.

I will miss this. 

In the future...  some Relaxed Machinery releases will be CDR (some are pondering CD) - and some will be download only.   It is truly up to the artist on how far they want to go with their release.    (In fact - I plan a download only release followed by a CDR release - so I'll be mixing it up myself personally...)  Remember that Relaxed Machinery is both a label and an artist collective... we "self release... together" - so the artist pays for their release costs, and gets 100% of their sales.

Until the end of October you can still purchase the Relaxed Machinery catalog at Hypnos on CDR.   I doubt many of the older titles will see CDR release - so if you've been on the fence about purchasing them...  NOW IS THE TIME.   

http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=HOS&Category_Code=rm

Thank you again to Mike and Lena...  I've been on the forum with Mike literally since he created it over a decade ago...  I worked with him during my AtmoWorks days - and now through Relaxed Machinery.   Lena is a treasure.   Thank you so much both of you!

John Koch-Northrup
owner / artist
Relaxed Machinery - organic .: ambient :. techno
http://relaxedmachinery.com



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Please read the announcement here with the list of albums and formatting...

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/3565213:BlogPost:168019

Or here's the handy dandy text version!

I'm very proud to announce that Tange will be featuring our most recent four Relaxed Machinery albums.  These nights on StillStream are always a blast - we get a lot of people in the StillStream chat room and have a good time talking about the music playing and ambient music in general.   You'll be hearing these albums played through in their entirety!
 
Please join us!  http://stillstream.com

----> Shane Morris / Disturbed Earth – Suburban Catacombs
----> Steve Brand – Catalyst
----> Chris Russell - Bloom
----> Peter James – Landfall



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original post at rM.community:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/3565213:BlogPost:165964

all kinetoscope five blog posts:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=kinetoscopefive

kinetoscope five :: 015 :: four brilliant piano ambient collaborations

I love piano, I love ambient, I love drones, I love... well so much music it's silly.  But piano is my first love. I've been playing since I was 5. It's a part of me both physically when I play - it's like an extension of my body, and for lack of a better word... "spiritually". Piano is in my soul.

Here are four piano ambient albums - all collaborations that I've played a ton of times each... that all move me in different ways.  They share a few similarities... they all make use of sparse melodic piano lines - leaving plenty of space for the piano to linger.  Plenty of space for the background and the music surrounding and interacting with the piano to come forth. There's breath here, there's life.

James Johnson & Robert Scott Thompson - Forgotten Places

This is elegant ambient defined. Beautiful piano, beautiful backgrounds, beautiful spaces between the notes, a completely enjoyable, dare I say... beautiful experience. I've listened to this album many times since I got this, sheesh, a decade ago? Beautiful. I know I said "beautiful" too many times... I'm a musician, not a reviewer!

Bruno Sanfilippo & Matthias Grassow - CROMO piano and drones

Here again - the space is the key... Bruno's piano is never overbearing... plenty of room for everything to breathe. He takes his time. Matthias' drones are exquisite creating the perfect backdrop for the piano.

Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl

No piano / ambient album list would be complete with this piece of utter perfection.  Classic, amazing. It deserves to be on all those "best of" lists I see it on.  I love it. I love Plateaux of Mirror as well.

Adam Williams & Leonardo Rosado - Take This Longing

Adam playing piano here - and once again - fulfilling my desire for piano melody with plenty of space, patience, purposefulness.  On the other hand, Leonardo Rosado doesn't simply drift along in the background here, his processing and glitchery fades in and out and the two musicians intertwine and have a musical conversation.
 
John
 
image:  Heidi took this shot of me playing piano - http://johei.com/pixel/index.php?showimage=145


additional comment:  I'm listening to Max Richter's - The Blue Notebooks - and the piano in that is just jaw dropping amazing. It's not purely a piano album (although there is lots of piano) - but wow - if you've not heard this you are missing out.


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Everything and Nothing / kinetoscope five blog... first 10 entries
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:50:57 AM »
I'm having a lot of fun writing these blogs and the topics vary quite a bit.  Here's a link to all 10 and the titles:

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=kinetoscopefive

kinetoscope five :: 010 :: brief thoughts on brilliant albums - two
kinetoscope five :: 009 :: a moment transfixed
kinetoscope five :: 008 :: blank canvas
kinetoscope five :: 007 :: raising the water level
kinetoscope five :: 006 :: new relaxed machinery artists
kinetoscope five :: 005 :: brief thoughts on brilliant albums - one
kinetoscope five :: 004 :: mac or pc + recording audio
kinetoscope five :: 003 :: what is success?
kinetoscope five :: 002 :: there is no one way, it's your path
kinetoscope five :: 001 :: musings on music today

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Independent Music Reviews / brief thoughts on brilliant albums - two
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:18:51 AM »
Original post on rM.ning with album covers:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/3565213:BlogPost:162584


Here are another five albums I find intriguing, exceptional, favorites, or I find just so interesting I want to share some thoughts on them. 

Radian - Juxtaposition

This is not an ambient album. Although I think it has tendencies towards ambient and maybe idm. It's three guys based out of Vienna - a live drummer (always better than the dead ones...) - a live bass player (verdict is out on whether dead or live is better... hahahahahha - sorry... I'm a bass player.) and a synth / computer guy.  They focus on sparse songs - and a lot of controlled feedback.  The feedback is a musical tool. This isn't knock you against the wall torture your ears feedback, this is controlled musical perfection feedback. With live drums and live bass... and hints of processing and synth. I bought this on a whim at a used cd store. The kind of store that likes to write a little note on each cd and explaing who the band is and 'buy if you like band a or b' type of store. You know - those stores that barely exist anymore...  I loved it.  I still do years later. Label: Thrill Jockey

Orbital - In Sides

In Sides is still my favorite from them although I like a ton of their other albums. The album is worth the price of admission for The Box alone. (and if anyone has the Box E.P. - send me a note - I've never been able find it after passing it up in the mid-90's in Chicago... I'm an idiot.)   This album marks kind of a turning point in their career for me - or at least in my listening to it.. where before this album - there's almost nothing bad - and the sounds are big and well produced. After this album the sounds start to get too "digital" for me. I don't know - it's like the oomph got yanked from their songs. There were fewer and fewer amazing albums and just a handful of spectacular tracks per album - as opposed to entire albums I'd love to listen to cover to cover. I think In Sides was on FFRR - but I'm going on distant memory on that and don't feel like googling it.  This is not a hard album to find anyway... ;-)  p.s.  No - this isn't ambient. Electronic, lots of beats.

Brian Eno - On Land

I didn't come around to Brian Eno until long, long after my entry into loving ambient music (I actually got into ambient via background soundtrack music and David Sylvian - but didn't know it was called "ambient" until the 90's.)  So in the 2000's I bought a bunch of Eno's music... and On Land is pretty much the pinnacle for me as an entire album of just Eno.  (Other tracks move me tremendously - An Ending, Ascent - one of the tracks on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts - the entire The Pearl album with Budd.)  I backed my way into Eno - I listened and loved his followers before I got into the man himself.  On Land though - that is one spectacular highly recommended album.


Basic Channel


Early to mid-90's a series of 12" singles were released under the label name Basic Channel. I didn't discover them until I'd already discovered Chain Reaction label releases - my entry point was Monolake - Hongkong - still among my favorite albums...  but it wasn't long before I started tracking down anything from these labels and artists. At first I could only get the BC-CD - and dream about plunking down the money to buy reissues of the vinyl from Hard Wax in Berlin... but then they finally released them in file form - and I bought them all in one go.  They are brilliant if you love minimal techno dub. Some day - I will spring for the vinyl.

David Bowie - Low

Bowie did a trio of albums with Brian Eno producing - and those three albums are all exceptional (Station to Station and Heroes are the other two).  Low has two sides to it - literally and musically - the first side is pop songs, quirky, different, great pop songs. Side two is more of a long form journey - almost "ambient".  The reissue of Low in the early 90's included a song, "All Saints" which sounded like Nine Inch Nails would 15+ years later... brilliant track - throbbing electronic nearly "industrial".   Bowie was a genius at getting the right musicians together and creating a vision and then shedding that totally and changing gears.

Thanks again for reading!

John

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This is another post from my ongoing series...  I thought this concept 'fits' here just as much as it does over at the Relaxed Machinery community.  Note - a better formatted version of this is here:

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/kinetoscope-five-007-raising-the-water-level


We have a very strong core principle at the Relaxed Machinery label ("rM") - that every mention of one of our artists or albums raises the water for all of us.  All of our boats float a little higher - are more noticeable.  That's pretty much the whole concept of rM... "we self release... together".  If we self released by ourselves... there are no other boats around us (well, maybe a couple) - but joining together as a label. Now there's a better chance that we all get more exposure. Each airplay, each review, each podcast, each status message saying someone is "now playing" one of our albums... that's a win for everyone on the label.

Of course, that means that we have to have many great artists and many great albums - or people lose trust in us.  We try hard to win your trust and to keep it.

So, I was just thinking how that whole idea actually applies to this whole community (which I tend to abbreviate as "rM.ning" to keep the label and the community straight). We as a community post our new releases, our new tracks, blogs about what we're working on, or thoughts on playing live, or questions about gear or philosophy. The more people posting, the more interesting and interactive the site is... the more readers start stopping by (whether they join or not)- and the more exposure everyone gets.

We're raising the water level for the entire rM.ning community. The more interesting this place is - the more likely new listeners, readers, photo lovers, etc... are going to come around and keep coming back. All of our boats rise in visibility.

I figure most people join here are:

a) creative in one or many fields
b) deeply loves the music, photography, poetry, or art posted here
c) has something they want people to see, download, or buy
d) enjoys talking with people with similar likes
e) all of the above

Post a blog! Whether it's super short, or super long... or in many parts... post.  No one's judging you on your english or grammar... it's your ideas that matter.

John

image:  lily pads and koi in my ex-neighbors pond - http://www.flickr.com/photos/johei/5864661859/#sizes/l/in/photostream/


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Independent Music Reviews / brief thoughts on brilliant albums - one
« on: July 02, 2012, 05:15:18 AM »
Original post with better formatting:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/3565213:BlogPost:160456

There are albums I find just utterly and completely brilliant. Here's five.

Saul Stokes - Zo Pilots

Why do I keep coming back to this album? It moves me in a way I find hard to describe. It's long, long been a favorite of mine. This is back when Saul was essentially recording his music live with his massive home made modular equipment - no multi-tracking. There's a liveness to this... it's so "organic"... it lives and breathes and moves. His special controller that looks a bit like a flute plays a prominent role on this album - and I think that is something special about it too.  Outfolding is nearly as good to me... it's almost like part 2 of Zo Pilots.  Saul is still brilliant, but, of course, he's changed and evolved and the sound is different. I can easily recommend any of his albums, but this one has stuck with me for some reason - maybe because it's the first one I heard of his. Released on Hypnos

Vidna Obmana (Dirk Serries) - Surreal Sanctuary

The first half of Surreal Sanctuary is jaw dropping, emotionally charged, moving music. In fact - I'm not the only one that thinks this... Lamentation was used in a broadcast commemerating 9/11 on Belgian radio. I forget the whole story - but if I had to pick a track that feels like loss and fit such a horrible event with such touching music... that track would be it.  I've listened to those first 4 or 5 tracks so many times.  Now, I love the 2nd half of the album - but for sheer utter and complete perfection... that first half.  Wow.   Also released on Hypnos.

Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis

Ars Lucis is one of those albums that I listen to all the way through and just hit repeat and listen again.  I hear so much depth and heartfelt writing in these. Max is frankly, someone who should be getting more attention than he currently does. Breathstream is another album that is similar to Ars Lucis and if you're planning to get one, just get both... :-)   Released on ad21music.

Ishq - Orchid

I could point to any of Ishq's albums - or Elve which is another artist name used by Matt Hillier and his wife. Orchid is the first one I heard and the one that pulled me in and never let me go. Whether it's gentle flowing beats and ambient soundscapes... or if the beats are stripped away.  Ishq is perfection.  Most of the albums are released on Matt's own Virtual World label - Orchid was released on Interchill.

H.U.V.A. Network - Ephemeris

Humorously I wanted to start out with "I could point to any of Ultimae's albums" and then realized it's exactly what I wrote for Ishq... However, it's true!  Ultimae is the ultimate in ambient trance soundscape with flowing beats label. I seem to be listening to H.U.V.A. Network - Ephemeris the most.  But I play Carbon Based Lifeforms, and Aes Dana, and Solar Fields so often... wow.  Wonderful, wonderful label! 

I purposely did not mention any albums released on my label, Relaxed Machinery.  Trust me, I listen to those a ton!

John

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Original post (with much better formatting!) at:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/kinetoscope-five-006-new-relaxed-machinery-artists

I'm really excited to mention a few new artists planning releases on Relaxed Machinery. Some you may know, some you may not.  I'm betting you know all of these guys, though.  :-)

+ Broken Harbour (Blake Gibson)
+ James Johnson
+ Andrew Lahiff
+ Robert Scott Thompson

When you add these four to our currently releasing roster of:

+ εpne sinn (Geoff Small)
+ Steve Brand
+ Peter James
+ Chris Russell
+ Zero Ohms (Richard Roberts)
+ and me!

...and the wonderful artists who've released in the past (and may yet again in the future) - WOW!  How lucky am I to work with these people?  Seriously, we've had top notch talent on Relaxed Machinery so far and so much great music in various stages for future release.

+ Broken Harbour (Blake Gibson)

http://brokenharbour.ca

John Shanahan wrote about Blake in 2011:  "Mix an unnatural obsession with 2001: A Space Odyssey and a need to communicate without resorting to words and you find yourself in the aural spaces created by Broken Harbour. Canadian musician Blake Gibson takes his sounds from sources as diverse as worn-out cassette tapes, scratchy CDs, vast synthesizer constructs and mellotrons, then filters them through influences ranging from Debussy and Holst to vidnaObmana and Stars of the Lid. The outcome is a new sound unfettered by convention or expectation, interested only in the purity of expression. "It's not really a choice or a decision to create," Gibson says. "The music has to come through. You just have to be listening."
Here's a review of "Gramaphone Transmissions" by Richard Gurtler:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/my-review-of-gramop...

+ James Johnson

http://james-johnson.net/

Click on the "audio" link on his site and right-click to save the mp3's of each album listed to your hard drive.  It's very much worth your time!  While you're there, click "visual" for his amazing photography.  James is an old friend of mine. I'm proud to be able to say this.

James plans for Relaxed Machinery to be his new 'home' for releasing his albums.

James is also the driving force behind Circling Crane, which I am very happy to say I am a part of.  Here's our "about":
About Circling Crane

Circling Crane specializes in world class, vividly composed, sonic environments, background ambience & thematics. Our royalty free, extended length materials, feature high definition field recordings, electro-acoustic soundscapes, found sound collage & analog modular processing. From contact mics, boundary arrays & hydrophones, to vintage sampler processing, boutique pre-amps & analog tape, no recording process is considered taboo. Circling Crane provides highly original eclectic products for film, video, gaming, post production & sound design.

And James' credits are extensive:

Credits

Sonic Foundry • Madison Media Software • Sony Creative Software • NPR • The CW Network • Fox Searchlight Pictures • Nike • Chanel • Australian Broadcasting Corporation • Sample Magic • Sounds to Sample • Pigorsh Media Design Inc. • ESPN Network • NBC Network • American Public Media • Lions Gate Entertainment • Beatport.com • AAS – Applied Acoustics Systems • Chiller TV

+ Andrew Lahiff

http://www.andrewlahiff.com/

Another artists I am so thrilled to be working with! Andrew has some of the best ambient albums out there... in fact - you can download four of them free from his website and hear for yourself!  Andrew is prolific, and never wavers on creativity, attention to detail, depth, and extremely high quality releases.

+ Robert Scott Thompson

I sound like a broken record...  another artist I am so *thrilled* to be working with!

Here's a bit of his bio from http://www.aucourantrecords.com/catalog.php?op=artist&aid=1

The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier. Hailed as one of the most important composers working in electroacoustic, acousmatic and classical ambient music today, he has produced and published seminal work since 1976.
Influences as diverse as Chopin and Satie, Stockhausen, Varθse and Cage, and Bowie and Eno can be heard in Robert's music. Robert's first love is the electronic music synthesizer, but he is also an expressive vocalist, instrumentalist, video artist, computer musician, sound designer and film composer.
 
Thompson is a composer of both instrumental and electroacoustic music and is currently Professor of Music Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned the B.Mus. degree from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His primary teachers include Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and F. Richard Moore.
...
Ok - I'll quit gushing... but really, can you blame me???!!!
John
image:  taken by me on the Murray-Baker Bridge in Peoria, IL:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/johei/3988781910/#sizes/l/in/photostream/

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I posted this on the rM community - reposting here.  Comment there or here - fine with me!  (I have already responded to a question over there so you might want to pop over there for a sec...)   http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/kinetoscope-five-001-musings-on-music-today

I thought I'd relaunch my 'kinetoscope' series of blogs and post one now and then.   This blog is primarily about music, either current, future, or past experiences.



Interesting times with music and the internet lately. Of course, everyone had noticed this... but the barrier to release is pretty much zero now. You don't have to go through 'gatekeeper' labels to get your music out there. Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, Vimeo, CD Baby, Tunecore, Netlabels, and Achive.org all provide many easy outlets, either free, freemium, or cost based models.

The bar is so many rungs lower, we really couldn't have a limbo party.

I think this is great. Technology and people have provided the ideas to new distribution models. Listeners have shifted in droves to listening on ipods and now the shift to the cloud is in massive swing.

The only downside, and it's a small downside compared to the ability for anyone with the drive to go do it to make it happen... is there is no longer a clear path to getting heard by a lot of people.  There are so many paths up the mountain, and so many people making that climb - that it's easy to get lost in the avalanche of artists and releases every day.

I think that's where labels come in to play now... a label can be the tastemaker, gate keeper, curator, whatever word you want to use.  You pretty much know that a release on my label, Relaxed Machinery, is going to be ambient in one of ambient's many forms.  You know Lotuspike, Hypnos, DataObscura, AD21, Groove, Timeroom, Feedback Loop, Earth Mantra, etc. etc. etc...   they've created identies.  By working with certain artist, having a vision...

Podcasts and reviewers and bloggers can all serve that same purpose... being curator, tastemaker, gate keeper... if you find someone's who's opinions you trust - they can be go to sources for who next to listen to.  It's interesting how wonderful this world of music truly is now.

Before the internet... I was lucky to find 2 or 3 people locally who knew half the artists I love.  Now you're all at my fingertips here on Relaxed Machinery Community - or the Hypnos Forum - or whereever...

Where are we heading... we have to be heading to better file quality. FLAC solves this - but it's not available on ipods which are the single largest portable player - and FLAC through the cloud I doubt is ready for primetime.  I love to buy FLAC's because now I have a source file as good as CD - literally bit by bit as good as CD - and I can convert it to my ipod for easy listening at work - but hear the full audio spectrum at home in my studio.

Ok that's enough musing for today.

I look forward to your comments and questions - and thank you for indulging me!

John K-N
owner / artist
Relaxed Machinery - organic .: ambient
http://relaxedmachinery.com
 
image:  I took at Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL, USA - full image:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/johei/3949289628/#in/set-72157622317938639

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Marketplace / vinyl 12" singles - tossing this out there...
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:58:55 AM »
Honestly - don't know that I really *want* to sell these - just pondering it. 

Essentially - I have almost every 12" single from several bands from the 80's - many limited editions, and some 7".   I'd have to check to make sure they are 100% complete - but let's say ... MOSTLY complete.

The Smiths - I'm fairly sure all of them, bought off of an avid collector and high school friend of mine - he treated his vinyl like they were treasures.
 
Erasure - bought from same guy

I also have just about every Depeche Mode, but I bought those and won't sell them.   As well as a lot of Cabaret Voltaire, Japan, Sylvian, and Blancmange.

I've always kept my vinyl stored properly and kept in plastic sleeve covers - most are very good or better condition.   I was a person that was ultra careful to all my vinyl.

Except when I loaned a Cocteau Twins album to a friend and he left it on his car dashboard... my fault for loaning i out... sheesh.

Again - not sure I can really part with them - just sort of opening up the conversation a bit.

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Wow - so many wonderful things happening on the Relaxed Machinery label right now!

Today we celebrate our newest release - Peter James - Memento - an album that will appeal to everyone that loves minimal ambient and field recordings.  To me it almost has a meditative quality to it.  It's excellent!

Tonight Tange (our good friend, Gordie!) will host 4 solid hours of music from Relaxed Machinery albums.  Want to see what's being played?   Joel Sutton - our new webmaster/guru/genius/awesome guy - has put together a wonderful page for you... just go to http://relaxedmachinery.com - and click the link!

Speaking of the website - check out the new and improved look of http://relaxedmachinery.com !  Joel has sunk a ton of time into it, Steve Brand has been working on the new look and feel, and I've done my bits and pieces in there as well.  Truly a team effort.

Thank you!

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Independent Music Reviews / The Circular Ruins - We Leave Everything Behind
« on: November 01, 2011, 06:08:22 AM »
np:  The Circular Ruins - We Leave Everything Behind

I've known APK / The Circular Ruins (also Lammergeyer and Nunc Stans) since the old mp3.com days - which means I've known him just over a decade now.  He's an excellent musician, and an excellent label owner.  This album is one of the best I've heard from him.  A beautiful blend of all the various directions he's gone over the years with his music. 

http://www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-051

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / iPad Animoog 99 cents intro / $30 regular
« on: October 17, 2011, 07:09:27 AM »
Just in case you haven't seen this already - the new Moog Animoog iPad app is 99 cents introductory - regular price is planned to be $30.   Worth looking into.   The app was released today.

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/moog-debuts-an-ipad-synth-0-99-now-30-soon-wired-magazine

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I joined a new startup called "mightybell.com" - which was launched by former Ning CEO Gina Bianchini. It's all about "experiences" - like seeing the major sites in a city, or creating something.  I thought I'd play with it a bit and created this based on my earlier "running a label 101" posts.

Link is below - sign up is free to do an experience... they are in limited beta right now.

http://mg.ht/1f198c


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