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Phase47 discusses hearing himself on Radio. Real Radio. After hearing so many projects he's worked on over the years - that special feeling...  well worth reading!

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Fog Music 15

Hello everyone,Life is busy, so I don't get a lot of free time to post things here but i just wanted to make you aware that my contribution to the Fog Music series from Aural Films was released this week.Enjoy.…See More
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John K-N commented on John K-N's blog post THE 100 GREATEST IDM TRACKS - FactMag
"I clicked through most of them and I think my hit rate on owning something from the artist, or owning the actual track referenced was about 30%. Some favorites on there."
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Seren Ffordd commented on John K-N's blog post pausebox 8203 - every noise, when listened...
"I agree it is very subjective - some of the 'tunings' used by non western cultures can be very grating to western ears - heard as if they are noise by us but as divine by those used to it. Mind you there are western music forms that…"
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John K-N commented on John K-N's blog post pausebox 8203 - every noise, when listened...
"The quote got people thinking - that's what matters!  (to me at least) When I'm out an about - if I shut my mind off from listing the things I need to do next - the next errand, what I need to pick up, where I need to be, etc...…"
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"A road digger still sounds like a racket (to me) no matter how 'carefully' one listens to it."
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Steve Brand commented on John K-N's blog post pausebox 8203 - every noise, when listened...
"It's the "carefully" part that's the operative word here, isn't it."
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Igneous Flame commented on John K-N's blog post pausebox 8203 - every noise, when listened...
"Don't agree with this at all, of course it's subjective. Surely we love music so much as (for one thing) it's the antidote to noise ? Organised sounds ?"
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"I like this, after all most music is really organised sound. But I admit I find some sounds more 'musical' than others - which just reflects my personal taste in noise....my taste in sounds changes too - many years ago I preferred…"
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Fog Music 15

Posted by Todd Peck on September 23, 2014 at 9:04am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

Life is busy, so I don't get a lot of free time to post things here but i just wanted to make you aware that my contribution to the Fog Music series from Aural Films was released this week.

Enjoy.

http://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/fog-music-15

THE 100 GREATEST IDM TRACKS - FactMag

Posted by John K-N on September 23, 2014 at 8:58am 1 Comment

source:  http://www.factmag.com/2014/09/22/the-100-greatest-idm-tracks-100-51/

Go to the above link to see the 100 ... it's a slideshow or there's a playlist of all the tunes on youtube. - John K-N

Nobody ever wanted to call it IDM.

Braindance, electronica, bleep techno – anything was better than the US-centric (and still awkwardly disparaging) ‘intelligent dance music’, but over time the term has stuck. We can thank early ’90s mailing list the IDM List for the awful acronym. The list was used as a platform to discuss a growing set of artists pursuing experimental forms of dance music, and became oddly popular as the music flourished in tandem with the internet itself. Eventually it was being used so much that we all stopped fighting it and gave in, even if it was just to make sure we could sell that rare Skam 12″ on eBay or Discogs without having to re-list.

If there was ever a scene to embrace new methods of social networking (before it was called social networking) it was IDM. Fans populated heated messageboards and traded tracks on early, buggy filesharing programs, and the artists themselves would share techniques and connect with labels using internet relay chat (IRC). Limited edition runs in progressively more elaborate packaging would be sold online and then resold for ridiculously inflated prices. The internet may have been in its infancy, but IDM was very much at home in a virtual world.

It made sense, really: although the genre started as a…

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pausebox 8203 - every noise, when listened...

Posted by John K-N on September 22, 2014 at 4:07pm 6 Comments

Every noise, when listened to carefully, becomes music.


- Anushya Kumar

http://musicthoughts.com/t/2726

ENDLESS RIVER by Roy Mattson now available at bandcamp!

Posted by Roy Mattson on September 22, 2014 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

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50 years of Moog, the analog synth that still beats 1s and 0s - Ars Technica

Posted by John K-N on September 22, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/50-years-of-moog-the-analog-synth-that-still-beats-1s-and-0s/

A look back at Bob Moog's industry-altering invention.

Behold, the Teenage Engineering OP-1, a modern descendant of Bob Moog's pioneering work.


This time last year, I walked into a Toronto store called Moog Audio and walked out with a Teenage Engineering OP-1—a curious little portable digital synthesizer that looks, at first glance, like a child’s toy. It has a row of just four candy-colored knobs as primary input controls, and there are only enough keys for an octave-and-a-half's worth of range. But damn does it ever sound cool. Its tiny OLED screen uses all sorts of clever visual conceits to convey otherwise complex audio transformations. Colors and animations explain the differences between synthesizer engines, changes to modulation and frequency, and attack and decay. And it's done in a way that’s easy for anyone with little synthesizer knowledge to understand while still being powerful in more experienced hands. This is a synthesizer, drum machine, and four-track recorder all-in-one—all in a device that fits inside a purse or messenger bag with ease.

It wasn’t always like this. In fact, it was 50 years ago this year that, in 1964, a man by the name…

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Open Canvas - Relics of the Sun - cd/digital release - Ethno-tronica side project of Alpha Wave Movement

Posted by Greg - H.R.R. on September 22, 2014 at 6:09am 0 Comments

A new cd/digital album of archival music from my world music project Open Canvas is now available. This is a limited run of cd's once gone there will not be a repress.


History of Open Canvas:

Open Canvas was an alias I recorded under that explored ethnic music from the eastern regions of the globe fusing melodic and rhythmic ingredients into an electronic setting. The project drew its inspiration mainly from Middle Eastern and Indian music with a subtle dash of Jamaican dub. Open Canvas was never conceived to be an approximation or assimilation of tradition. The project was however an "open' forum for me to hybridize elements that where not present in my ambient/space music project Alpha Wave Movement.


There where three Open Canvas releases with the genesis being Nomadic Impressions (Waveform Records 1998) followed by Indumani (Waveform 2000) and…
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Radio.

Posted by Phase47 on September 22, 2014 at 12:41am 4 Comments

Radio. Real Radio.

I've heard my work (on other's music) on the radio for over 20 years. All over the place. Not just on the radio, but MTV, TV commercials, Movies, the Grammys, you name it. Walk into Trader Joe's or Starbucks and my kids get bored with, "oh I worked on that..."

And we've had Ascendant play on the radio before. Huge spins on Hearts of Space, Star's End, and other major players in the ambient, down-tempo & psychill space. We've been hugely fortunate with that support from all over the world, especially since we're doing this all independently...

But something happened tonight. 

We had a new track play on Alien Air on KXLU in Los Angeles.

Okay, if you're not in LA, this means nothing to you, but that show has been on the air for 30 years here. And when I was a wee teen here in the suburbs of LA (before the internet, kiddo) KXLU is the only place we looked for new music: punk, new wave, electronic or otherwise. That was the place. And tonight, they played Ascendant.

I guess I share this because, with the internet, we take so much for granted, and even though most stations have a 24/7 webcast, as does KXLU now, I have never been been so buzzed to hear music come out of a little mono portable radio. 

Feeling fortunate and humble.

Terrestrial radio. (The new exclusive.)

Thought Radio Playlist for September 20, 2014.

Posted by Bill Fox on September 21, 2014 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

Thought Radio Playlist for September 20, 2014.
http://soundscapes.us/thoughtradio/playlists/2014/140920.html
http://billfox.blogspot.com/2014/09/thought-radio-playlist-for-september-20.html

RECAP:
In Phase 1, I continued the special on Sequences electronic music magazine. In Phase 3, the Artist of the Month is Klaatu. I played music from Sir Army Suit.

Relaxed machinery member releases - Section II

Posted by Jaja on September 21, 2014 at 6:23am 14 Comments

Sep 21 2014

Updated the member release section with all releases from August, Jana

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Updated the member release section with all releases from July, Jana

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