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Long time kindred spirits and collaborators Byron Metcalf and Steve Roach have been constantly challenging their extraordinaire musicianship. Now their tribe has expanded as Rob Thomas of Inlakesh duo (with Tanya Gerard) returns after acclaimed "Medicine Work", a high-spirited cowork with Byron (June 2013) and his guest performance on "Intention" by Byron & Mark Seelig (April 2014). Steve and Rob, if I am right, haven't collaborated since 1999, when Steve delivered some groove magic to Inlakesh's "The Gathering" album. So all in all, we have here a tribal super group to fire up some of the most adventurous shamanic performances. The team is joined also by Stan Yeatts, who is responsible for the photographic bliss, the inside 3-panel panoramic picture is absolutely stunning and provides as much monumental input to this groundbreaking work, which was released in 6-panel digipak at Projekt during January 2015. Additional credits include Sam Rosenthal (design) and Spotted Peccary's Howard Givens (mastering).
The journey unfolds powerfully with 11 and half minute piece, "Archaic Layers". Steve's expansive desert drifts and engrossing grooves are quickly joined by Byron's passionate drumming magic, a quite razor-sharp. Unmistakably tribal-driven, but this time heavy pounding with nearly industrial touch. Along the way, Rob's didgeridoo droning spirals infrequently keep on arising. A truly hyper-active blend exhibiting the very best of each tribesman, welcome to their spectacularly multi-dimensional performance!!! "Monuments Of Trance", with 16:31 the longest ecstasy, slows down a bit, fronted by continuously encircling didge drones and barks, but the intense drumming quickly ties the score while distant glimpses of Southwest stark landscapes occasionally pervade.…
Tickets go on sale for Grateful Dead's final 3 shows on February 28th at 10 am cst on Ticket Master.
The show is at 7:00 pm July 3rd at Soldier's Field in Chicago IL.
Show of hands, who all is planning on attending? ME, for one!
Podcast number 38
Today on the podcast we have two ambient online podcast veterans rejoining us on the program. American Robert Davies and Canadian Blake Gibson who both have a brand new collaborative album album out called Quiraing on DataBloem
The ambient online podcast is a bi-weekly podcast featuring the ambient tracks, drones, and soundscapes of the talented members of ambient online.
Flashback Voices - Ovod
Moorlands - Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
Megalith - Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
Moon frost - The Great Schizm
Centre Rosier - Aaron Yabrov
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The final installment in the Nevermore series, an ongoing project built around the sounds of Mojave Desert ravens, this week's program includes tracks by Playman54, Simon Slator, Michael Brückner, Tom Caufield, James Shain, Sonic Bodhi, and Skr0!nk. These are all wildly varying interpretations of the same material, and is a fascinating survey of ambient styles.
Images here and in the video broadcast by the excellent Mona Be4 Photoart (http://monabe4.deviantart.com/gallery), who is now the unofficial official photographer for the Nevermore project. :)
Per rM member request:
New SourceCodeX, Rebirth release LIVE on Bandcamp now!
Selling at a 20% discount for early birds.
In Taylor's own words - "On one particularly cold and rainy winter day, tired and a bit down, I sat on my studio floor and surrounded myself with a pile of small instruments, my acoustic guitar, and my looping pedals. Pixel, one of my cats, was sleeping next to me as I began to create a warm bed of drones and small noises in an attempt to warm the room and my spirits."
What I found was were eclectic auditory voices of everyday harmony. It is both calm and reassuring, with the essential "space" for contemplation and reflection.
Total Time: 31:33
Taylor's Netlabel and music can be found here.
New SourceCodeX, Rebirth release due out 02/02/15
The page at CDBaby will go active on Feb 2nd with more info at:
This is deeply relaxing, meditative, and healing, long-form, ambient music using microKorg and Akai Miniak synthesizer keyboards only.
I had not recorded any music in over two years. One day the internal clouds began to part and within a few weeks all this healing music came forth. It reminds me in some ways of Chuck Wild and his wonderful Liquid Mind releases but my work differs in many other ways on some songs.
My 89-year old, widowed mother listens to these pieces all day on repeat and enjoys them. My wife says this is the best music I have ever released, coming out of deep pain and suffering. Some have said some of the pieces would be good for people being prepped and awaiting surgery to calm down. My mother said many pieces would work nicely as music playing for when the faithful are entering a sanctuary. What I do know is, I have poured my soul into each piece to make it a wonderful journey of peace and healing. This release would be great for massage therapy suites or for people battling grief, anxiety, or sleeplessness. Total running time of this release is a generous 79:35 length.
Thanks goes to this rM community for all the support in the past few months. You know who you…Continue
Geoff has released the first in a new series of release on Relaxed Machinery... our rM.:.Ep series!
I'm thrilled to see this happen - Geoff's album was spectacular and when he had the computer issues... wow (read about them on the bandcamp page). So seeing these tracks release in EP form makes me very happy. Steve Brand once again has created a look and feel for this series of releases that makes me proud to co-run Relaxed Machinery with Steve and Geoff and Joel. Here's to many more EP releases!
“It all started with my introduction to classical synthesizer-based music at around age 6, when my parents bought a record at a garage sale called "Kosmos" by Japanese synthesist/composer Isao Tomita, which I would listen to endlessly as a child,” Synth4ever says, regarding Tomita as his idol in the hardware-based electronic music he loves.
As I interview Synth4ever, he emails me from an undisclosed location in Canada, preferring to keep his mild-mannered street identity a secret. While we may not know who this man of mystery really is, if you love synthesizers and ambient music, you can see his good deeds everywhere online, in the form of synthesizer demo videos, reviews, and his own electronic compositions, but long ago, it all started with Tomita:
“Looking at the inside of the Kosmos record album liner as a kid, I would gaze endlessly at the photo and list of hardware modules, Moogs, Polymoogs, Roland System 700, sequencers and other technologies he used on the album, which I think planted a seed in me to blossom towards obtaining hardware synthesizers later in my life,” Synth4ever says.
But synthesizers would have to wait, as the young musician would focus on drums by age 12, but as he grew up, he did have some early opportunities to shine with electronics.
“I won awards for electronic music composition in high school for musical pieces I composed on a Roland JV-30 hardware synth and Atari ST (for sequencing). High school was probably one of the first times I had exposure to using a synth in my youth (albeit a ROMpler), and I…Continue
Search for an album on Google, in this case I used "Start Page," a secure search engine that uses Google, but doesn't track your searches. If your album comes up on the first page, that great! Not so great, however, is that on that same 1st page it is also listed on a site called israbox.net. This is a site where all listings/downloads are free. (And a word of caution too, do not go to this site if you are not equipped with a good anti-virus, anti-malware, and popup blocker.)
The following was from a search I did tonight.
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