Author Topic: Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings  (Read 9491 times)

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So having spent the last couple of years engaged on an on-off archaeology-cum-ethnography of ambient-ish and drone-inclined music using guitar as primary source, I decided to put together some sort of audio-document to represent my trawl through the annals of the wielders of the stretched-out steel-stringed thing. It ended up in a marathon 5-volume compendium, which I offer for download or for streaming from players on a blog-type thing of mine here:

http://albient.livejournal.com

Hope (some of) you will enjoy (some of) it as much as I enjoyed compiling it.
 
Artists included:

A Lily, Aarktica, Adam Pacione, Aidan Baker, Andrew Chalk, Apalusa, Area C, Belong, Ben-Fleury Steiner, Brian Grainger, Brian Lavelle, Byla, Christopher Willits, David Tagg, David Tollefson, Devin Sarno & GE Stinson, Eluvium, Exuviae, Fabio Orsi, Fennesz, Fripp/Eno, Frost, Gareth Hardwick, Giuseppe Ielasi, Hakobune, Hammock, Igneous Flame, Jason Sloan, Jasper TX, Jeff Pearce, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Kiln, Koda, Labradford, lovesliescrushing, Machinefabriek, Main, Manual, Markus Reuter, Matt Borghi, Meursault, Mike van Portfleet, Monostation, mwvm, Neon, Opn, Our Sleepless Forest, Paul Bradley, Peter Wright, Rafael Toral, Rain-cloud, Rameses III, Remco Helbers, Rim, Robin Guthrie, Roy Montgomery, Scott Cortez, Scott Solter, Seconds in Formaldehyde, Seefeel, Shirk, Sleep Robot, Slow Dancing Society, Solyaris, Stars of the Lid, Sundummy, Suso Saiz, Taiga Remains, talkingmakesnosense, The Azusa Plane, thisquietarmy, Troum, True Colour of Blood, Ultra Milkmaids, Wereju, White Rainbow, Windy & Carl, Zac Keiller.



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Fantastic!  My plans for the evening just changed  :D

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This is really good stuff! I had just planned to listen in for a few minutes before bedtime. I've been listening now for about an hour. Got to go to bed now, but I will listening some more tomorrow. Great stuff!.  Thanks, Undershadow.   Harry
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WTF? No Angus Young!?

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Thanks Undershadow
your work at http://albient.livejournal.com is really huge and very well done! I share your tastes too.

BTW, about drones on steel guitar one of my heroes is Chas Smith; do you know him ?
I think "An Hour Out of Desert Center" ( http://www.coldbluemusic.com/pages/newreleases.html ) have beeen a masterpiece in this context.

There is possible to get these mix via MP3 download instead of streaming audio?

thanks again
giorgio
   

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Lordy, I'm LOVING this Undershadow.  Well done.  Depths by Carl and Windy just takes me there, and there's a stack of stuff I haven't heard of here.  Time to explore.

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You've inspired me to use more guitars for the next album.  Time to get the strat out.  Engaging Space echo....  Winding feedback to infinity....All systems are go. 

braaaaaaanggggg g g g g g g g g g  (face melts)

aaah....
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There is possible to get these mix via MP3 download instead of streaming audio?

thanks again
giorgio


Solyaris

there is a little link above the track titles.  Where it says "get it here"


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An excellent and quite enjoyable resource you provide there! Are we allowed, or encouraged, to burn these do disc (no, I would not even know how to use an Ipod)? I am assuming so...this is a great boost to my listening pleasures of late...

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sounds very cool, indeed. i am downloading as i type and look forward to grooving on the drones.
all the best and God bless
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Solyaris
there is a little link above the track titles.  Where it says "get it here

Ah I saw now: thanks :)

« Last Edit: August 19, 2008, 04:17:42 AM by solyaris »

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crikey - i'm sandwiched between some impressive artists there - i just hope people enjoy my track!
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Glad there's been an enthusiastic response to the results of the project.

Yes, feel free to burn the files to disc - that's why I created links for them to be downloaded. I know not everyone wants to use their computer as a secondary hifi system, so burns must be made. I'm not aware of anything unethical about this practice. But you should know that I purposely encoded all these at 128 kps bitrate so that they'd be good enough for decently detailed listening experience, but not good enough for a full audio experience.

And, btw, Gareth, I reckon you don't need to worry about being overshadowed by any of your unwitting accomplices on Great Axescapes pt.2. "Sunday Afternoon" is a lovely lull - just couldn't spare the space for all of its 30+ mins!  :)


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i put the whole set on one disc as an mp3 set and played it all day at my office today. it awesome!
all the best and God bless
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Spectacular compilation,

THANX!!!!!

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Glad y'all liked it. Now, further...

Who’da thunk it?

Having put 5 vols of this baby together, and content that I’d just about covered all the Great Axescapists worth documenting out there, I go and stumble upon a complete unknown with a free netlabel release that fits the starship-guitartrip bill absolutely perfectly. Bugger!... there are MORE of 'em out there I have to go hunt down...

Test Tube records will be known to some Forum-ites for having put out a couple of intriguing Entia Non releases that were discussed hereabouts not long ago, but, blimey, I didn’t expect to find such a gem of reverbdelay’n’static-drenched sky-gazing guitar-wrangling beauty lodged there. Imagine a lone guitarist with FX on stun navigating a spectrum of stratospheric melancholy covered by ooh... Jeff Pearce<-->Jason Sloan<-->Belong<-->Tim Hecker (not a guitarist, I know, but he is a relevant ref. point), and you’ll be about there. Well, you don’t have to imagine, 'cos you can get it for a couple of measly mouse-clicks here: http://testtube.monocromatica.com/releases/tube058.htm

    Now on: on_14: forest



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oh undershadow- I've got another one for you.  There's a guitarist who records under the name "The Place Promised Beyond The Clouds"  He writes superb ambient music, and it's all recorded on guitar-  It's very serene and beatless.  He hangs out on some of the Shoegaze forums, but I can't remember his name right now.  Really good though.
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Re: Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2008, 11:34:41 AM »
The Great Axescapes series is proud to announce a new addition to the family: no.6! GuitarWetlySleeps is offered for your delectation, but no unseemly drooling please.



Great Axescapes 6: GuitarWetlySleeps
tracklisting
0:00-‘03/30/07’-Sean Reardon-A Collection of Origins-(Waterscape)
2:55-‘My Lowville’-The Fun Years-Baby, It's Cold Inside-(Barge)
8:14-‘False Clarity’-Chas Smith-Descent-(Cold Blue Music)
12:59-‘Celestial Motion (Horizontal remix)’-Echosonic-mwvm-Rotations remixed-(Silber)
17:19-‘Forest (part two)’-on_14-Forest-(Test Tube)
22:30-‘Joya C’-Goro Watari-Hinode Tracks-(U-cover ltd cd-r series)
27:47-‘Forgetting The Shore’-The Ghost Between The Strings-Forgetting the Shore-(Eg0cide Productions)
33:09-‘Crystalline’-RST-Axes-(Last Visible Dog)
37:48-‘Bedrooms’-Aquarelle-Of Memory and Momentum-(Remedios)
43:22-‘Instant Velocity (live)’-Light Under Water-Reflective Landscapes of Nowhere-(Accessory Takes)
47:06-‘Untitled 7’-Kanalkrank-Kanalkrank-(Centre Of Wood)
51:02-‘Who Loves the Sun’-Strom Noir-Ylomejja-(U-cover ltd cd-r series)
56:32-‘Rhizome 7’-Yui Onodera-Rhizome-(Gears of Sand)
1:01:46-‘Immersion In Emotion’-Maeror Tri-The Beauty of Sadness-(Tantric Harmonies)
1:08:07-‘Open Book’-Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd-After the Night Falls -(Darla)
1:13:18-scapends


streamable or downloadable from: http://albient.livejournal.com/5515.html

(n.b. the stream facility isn't always totally reliable, so d/l is probably better)
« Last Edit: October 11, 2008, 11:36:18 AM by Undershadow »

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Re: Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2008, 11:23:51 PM »
Nice assembly and you featured some artist that I have never heard you speak about.  In particular "RST"...talk about drones at the mightiest level.  Not to many people speak about this artist perhaps due to his low output...but "Axes" is something speacil.  Do you have anything else from Last Visible Dog?  I really like the work from Area C, Peter Wright (of course), and The Birdtree.

If anything your audio documentaries are treasure troves for those who wish to discover new musicians.  And thanks again for compiling an awesome set and creating a huge mess in my room (you made me dig for a bunch a stuff and now I have music all over the damm place)!

Fern

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Re: Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2008, 05:34:55 AM »
These collections are brilliant.  They need to be released! :)  I wonder how difficult it would be to make that happen.  Probably impossible.  Nice thought though.

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