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There’s a barren lake bed in the Death Valley National Park in California defined by its many long serpentine tracks, etched into the landscape by massive stones that move somewhat miraculously across the mud.
It’s called Racetrack Playa — and for decades geologists have been chasing the “sailing stones” at play there. One of the first scientific studies, published in 1948, suggested the rock motion was driven by dust devils. Most recently, a couple of U.S. scientists hypothesized it was hurricane-force winds that were doing the deed. But it wasn’t until now that science has revealed a plausible explanation for how these stones leave their “racetrack” imprints through the playa: It takes a kind of perfect storm.
The Racetrack Playa must first fill with water — deep enough to floatmassive sheets of ice, yet still shallow enough to leave the rocks exposed. Nighttime temperatures must then get cold enough to freeze the water, forming mammoth-size ice panes — thin enough to glide across the lake bed, yet thick enough to gain momentum and clear the stones in their way.
As the next day’s afternoon sun thaws the ice, these sheets break apart into chunks that, with any luck, a…Continue
As promised, this time around I went into the playlist spreadsheet and found a group of fine musicians who have only been played once on the show. And believe me, there are plenty more available for another show like this. In the meantime, enjoy.
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Start Mark Bruland, Tom Parker's Wind Chimes, Beeing Human
5.17 Neil Gardner, The Photograph Hangs on the Wall, and I Miss You, We Are Infinite
9.40 Perry Frank, Another Place Another Time, Music to Disappear
17.22 Joost Egelie, Majorana, Particles
23.45 Freq.Magnet, Divebomb, Nicked
32.52 Jack Hertz, Magnetic Fields, 7.83 Hz
42.24 Talvihorros, Alpha, Descent into Delta
50.25 Frame, North Sea, Visions
56.56 Ocoeur, Astral Projection, Light as a Feather
1.02.35 Witxes, Somewhere, …
I've been a little slow in moving forward on my latest album, Age of Discovery. I released it on Bandcamp back in May, but I didn't get around to setting up a sales page for CD's until now. I kept thinking I'd order a box full and have them ready for a live show, but the show didn't pan out this summer. But, I just got my personal copies of the CD in the mail today from Kunaki. The printing looks great! So, if you would like the extra-special look and feel of a real disc with printed jewel case, and liner notes, all shrink-wrapped and shipped to your door, you can check out the Cloudwalk CD sales page at:
You can also order my first album Skyscapes on the site as well.
I think I like c and d... and elements of the other three. All quick easy listens... basically me, my phone, my piano, and just playing (and over playing in places). Older improvs at the link as well.
Updated the member release section with all releases from July, Jana
Updated the member release section with all releases from June, Jana
Updated the member release section with all releases from May, Jana
Updated the member release section…Continue
The 7 tips aren't bad - worth a skim. I have one of his solo albums and some stuff of his with Laurent Garnier. - John
The Finnish Know How to Finish
Jori Hulkkonen is a renowned Finnish producer and musician. Whether making music under his own name, as a member of Sin Cos Tan or as the director of The Acid Symphonic Orchestra, he’s always creating. We were lucky enough to get his top tips for finishing tracks.
Jori directing the ASO, which boasts ten Roland TB-303 bassline synthesizers and either a TR-808 or a TR-707 drum machine.
One of the reasons I got into electronic music in the first place was the concept of doing everything by myself. The idea of a one man operation sounds great and kinda romantic (and it is!), it does suggest that you actually master all these different stages; writing, playing the instruments, the actual production and mixing (we’ll leave mastering out for now).
I’ve always mixed my own records, and for better or for worse, you can usually hear it. As a self-educated musician and engineer with my roots dating back to the pre-internet era, I’ve had to learn all these aspects by trial and error. On a couple occasions I’ve had my songs mixed by someone else, just to hear what the difference would be. I’ve always hated the end result, although some might argue that…
Palimpsest is a new improvising duo consisting of me and the great vocalist Laurie Amat (who has worked with the Residents among others, and is now a live looping master). This is our first track, Canticum I. Hope you like it.
We have a couple of upcoming gigs in Northern New England:
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