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Brian Bourassa commented on Steve Brand's blog post The Reach of Ambient Music
"I think my first real exposure to "Ambient/experimental music" was in 1980-81, where I heard some pretty wild stuff from John Cage and Phillip Glass. Went to the college library and took out some cassettes to listen to on players they had…"
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Jack Hertz commented on Steve Brand's blog post The Reach of Ambient Music
"This is a point I try to remind myself of all the time. It is too easy to forget there are many generations since who were not there to be introduced by Brian Eno or the like. Today, there are 1000s of ambient artists and any one of them (us) can be…"
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Roy Mattson commented on Roy Mattson's blog post Music Freebies…24 hour sale/give-away
"The sale/ giveaway is almost over. Thanks to all who made it a success. I thought maybe 20 downloads, but it is bordering on 200 now. I hope people enjoy the music while my music gets some exposure. Thank you for listening."
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Brian Bourassa commented on Roy Mattson's blog post Music Freebies…24 hour sale/give-away
"That's great Roy. I was pondering what your followers would look like under each album if you had asked for .99 cents. Might have encouraged others to buy later down the road, seeing so many people listed."
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The Reach of Ambient Music

Ambient music has a limited audience.I’ve seen this discussed many times here on rM.ning and elsewhere. I’ve often disputed this idea on a number of occasions…still do…but I really have nothing but my gut and experiences to back me up (which is good…See More
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Roy Mattson commented on Roy Mattson's blog post Music Freebies…24 hour sale/give-away
"My bandcamp page is exploding in a good way. 100 downloads all ready today with my give away sale. Might have to end it early as bandcamp only allows a certain # of free downloads per month it seems. Thanks everyone and enjoy :)"
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Steve Brand commented on John K-N's blog post Coming January 2015 on Relaxed Machinery - Frore - Cyclic Movement
"Thanks for the kind words, Brian and John. Kind of a nice path change from previous years, I think. Going to be a great year."
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Brian Bourassa commented on Roy Mattson's blog post Music Freebies…24 hour sale/give-away
"A very generous offering Roy!"
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HUMP-DAY GET-AWAY 009

Listen in to a nice calm and reflective work by a seasoned pro, or pros in this case. This hump-day features a collaboration between Cousin Silas and musicformessier.This is their recent release…See More
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Mathieu Lamontagne commented on Mathieu Lamontagne's blog post preview track of my upcoming album
"Thanks a lot, glad you like it. cannot wait to share the rest of the album, actually :)"
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eyes cast down commented on Mathieu Lamontagne's blog post preview track of my upcoming album
"Very cool! Nice texture & atmosphere to go with the beatses... :)"
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The Reach of Ambient Music

Posted by Steve Brand on December 17, 2014 at 4:32pm 2 Comments

Ambient music has a limited audience.

I’ve seen this discussed many times here on rM.ning and elsewhere. I’ve often disputed this idea on a number of occasions…still do…but I really have nothing but my gut and experiences to back me up (which is good enough for me!). From my perspective, many systems are changing, many of us are falling out of those systems, re-evaluating our lives and re-orienting ourselves. From what I've witnessed, this music is appealing to an ever widening audience.

Some real proof for me that there's a wider interest in music that bends and blends genres (as ambient does), and widely diverges from most formulaic popular music, came when I saw a recent Sigur Ros performance. If you’re already familiar with Sigur Ros, you know that they’re an Icelandic group that creates a hybrid blend of atmospherics, drama and heart-rending pathos, whipped with drones, sparse washes, crashing crescendos, electronics, guitars, keyboards (toy piano and full-sized, pump organ, etc.), voice (often in glossalia or in Icelandic), small orchestra, drums, odds-and-ends percussion. Their performances are often given from behind shims of shadowy gossamer fabric or walls of dream-like images. I wouldn't say their music is cerebral (although it can be quite soothing and gentle at times), but instead directly streams from the emotions, guts, hearts of both musicians and listeners.

My wife is actually the Sigur Ros fan in…

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HUMP-DAY GET-AWAY 009

Posted by Brian Bourassa on December 17, 2014 at 12:15pm 0 Comments

Listen in to a nice calm and reflective work by a seasoned pro, or pros in this case. This hump-day features a collaboration between Cousin Silas and musicformessier.

This is their recent release that goes by the name of Dreaming the I.S.S. EP

The details are confusing as the EP suggests the work is a tribute to Cousin Silas and performed by musicformessier, but other information suggests that is is a collaboration of the two artists. Guess we'll keep it at the latter!

Total Time: 20:28

ENJOY!

Music Freebies…24 hour sale/give-away

Posted by Roy Mattson on December 16, 2014 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

Hi everyone…running a 24 hour sale…all my albums at bandcamp.com are free/name your own price…..
https://roymattson.bandcamp.com

preview track of my upcoming album

Posted by Mathieu Lamontagne on December 16, 2014 at 2:35pm 2 Comments

hello rM,

I have an album coming out on january 2015. the label made one track avalaible today. the album will be beat-driven (not ambient) but I always try to put some texture in my tracks. hope you guys will like it.

My first ambient drone I ever noticed . . .

Posted by John W Patterson on December 16, 2014 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

As a kid and even until this day, this is the ambient drone sound that still grips me deeply, causing me to gaze skywards every time.

http://eer-music.com/SourceCodeX/planedronepanned.mp3

"Before the Beginning Began" (3D Bryce art)

Posted by John W Patterson on December 16, 2014 at 1:12pm 0 Comments

This one took several hours to compose and it took Bryce 7 Pro 41 minutes to render. It is called "Before the Beginning Began" and that can mean whatever one wants. I know what it means to me.

Ambient music, I hope, will come again from my wee studio -- but for now, it's the art that is my therapy and so it keeps on coming. I hope some of you find it inspiring -- to some degree.

Thanks for looking. Comments appreciated.

Guest Blog by Chris Russell: Our Journey to the Memory Palace

Posted by eyes cast down on December 16, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Guest blogger alert:

It’s a pleasure to turn the page over to my collaborator Chris Russell, for his perspective on making the Memory Palace album:

The journey to this palace has been a long, rewarding and sometimes frustrating journey. But so worth it in the end. Greg contacted me late 2010 to work on an album and we were off running. This was to be our first release using drums and odd time rhythms in our music. I have played with loops in the past, but never really applied acoustic or tribal drums to my music until work on this album came up. This immediately took me out of my comfort zone and at times became a challenge that led me to re-do my parts, two, sometimes three, times before I could hand the piece off to Greg.

Life events for both of us would slow production down on this album and it became clear to not rush the music and let this album slowly develop over time. That probably is what helped the most for me, living with the music for brief periods of time and then after a hiatus coming back to the project with fresh ears.

Fast forward to 2014 and Greg and I are at the end of our journey to the Memory Palace, but this is only the beginning of our adventure.

I look forward to the next chapter.

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Thanks, Chris!

As might be deduced from the above, Chris and I knew, even before Memory Palace was finished, that another project was in our future, and the general direction it would take. Stay tuned!

A shout-out here to (1) the Relaxed Machinery artistic community, where we connected shortly after its inception, early in 2010; and (2) the rM label, which has released most…

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Aural Films New Site Launched @ AuralFilms.com

Posted by Jack Hertz on December 16, 2014 at 10:36am 0 Comments

It only took two years to get a Web site setup. So without further delay, I am happy to present the NEW Aural Films site at AuralFilms.com. Now you can find things sorted by projects and artists as well as information on the label, events listings, and much more to come. Be sure to join the Newsletter for email updates. Please visit the new site now at http://AuralFilms.com

Fog Music 26 by William Spivey

Posted by Jack Hertz on December 16, 2014 at 10:33am 0 Comments

Aural Films presents "Fog Music." A series of recordings inspired by the weather condition known as fog. Light and dark, wet and dry, this invasive event is a great source of inspiration for sound artists from around the world. This project seeks to publish 24 hours of these recordings as an on-going series for all to hear and enjoy. Listen to Fog Music 26 by William Spivey now available at https://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/fog-music-26

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