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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou


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Changing Gears

Working with Reverb

Posted by Jeffrey / Chronotope Project last year with 17 comments from community members... catch up with the thread and add your thoughts on reverb!

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The Psychonaut

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Posted by John K-N on October 24, 2014 at 9:23am 0 Comments

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

The Psychonaut

Posted by Robby Baby Dark Poet of Amour on October 23, 2014 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

This is a poem for the ambient musician "Wings of an Angel"

Diving into the depths of the cold black sea,

the submerged depths of human psyche,

the psychonaut fearlessly plumbs the depths,

seeking the entire breadth and depth of human experience.

He seeks to face the darkness to bring out the light,

to float fearlessly into the inky night of his own soul,

to let the light shine through,

illuminating the vagaries of human expression,

as with ambient waves of musical majesty,

he sends forth a mystic echo location to find the divinity within.

This brave psychonaut,

he faces those possibilities,

knowing of the possibility that when one plunges the depths,

they may never return,

but he knows he that he will,

if not because he feels the urgency to illuminate The World with obsidian ambient light,

spreading that light forth like the wings of angel about to take flight.

Let us thank the psychonaut for doing what most of us dare not do,

for most are too frightened to plunge those icy depths for fear of spiritual death,


I feel as if I am a psychonaut too,

and I feel thankful for that,

for there are those that must plunge the depths of darkness remind us that we are the light.

Copyright © 2014 Robert…


Pulse - A short Dance performance

Posted by James Shain on October 23, 2014 at 3:31pm 0 Comments

Another track from my album Nature was used by Katharine Hawthorne in a dance performance called Pulse that was created for and done by a select group from Springboard Danse Montréal during the summer. A short 6 and a half minutes this is.


Also happening in San Fransisco is Clockwork also by Katharine Hawthorne on November 20th-22nd. It will feature Pulse and a restaging of The Escapement in collaboration with lighting designer David Robertson. The Escapement was performed earlier in the year, but now will have a few changes I've been told. Tickets for this performance are $20usd in advanced, and $25usd at the door.


Quick News: 2014 Promo Mix; Website Righteousness

Posted by eyes cast down on October 23, 2014 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

The annual ritual continues: I've updated my free Promo Mix for another year. This is a 53-minute medley of clips from 13 pieces (sourced from published and forthcoming albums, and compilations). It's available for streaming, free download and sharing (the usual non-commercial and no-derivations caveats apply) from my Bandcamp store. Please share with anyone you think might enjoy discovering the music.

I've implemented some tweaks to, to improve the layout and functionality. The coolest thing is the addition of Bandcamp listening widgets on the Listen page and each release page. Now you can listen immediately, without having to leave This includes all the compilation albums as well as my own releases.

A preview clip for Memory Palace will be posted shortly, when we announce the album's release date.

A shout-out here to my colleague Phillip Wilkerson, whose music I've recently (finally!) had the pleasure of discovering. His releases Sojourner and Highlands are simply outstanding, and I can't wait to hear his latest, Wondrous Encounters, and the upcoming Vague Traces (with Chris Russell, on the Spotted…


Bryce 7 Pro animation

Posted by John W Patterson on October 23, 2014 at 12:08pm 5 Comments

I finally figured out how to do animation in Bryce 7 Pro.

See vids here: SourceCodeX 3D UFO digital art animations

Enjoy. They are short but program rendering time is wayyyy long.

Eno-ites Rejoice!

Posted by John K-N on October 23, 2014 at 10:07am 4 Comments

Four unreleased Brian Eno albums to see light in December

Brian Eno will release four albums worth of unreleased or rare music as part of a new archival campaign revisiting his ambient works from the 1990s. On December 2nd, All Saints Records will reissue four Eno solo albums — 1992’s Nerve Net, 1992’s The Shutov Assembly, 1993’sNeroli, and 1997’s The Drop — each featuring a second disc of bonus material.

Among the included material:

– The first-ever commercial release of My Squelchy Life: originally intended for release in 1991, several of the tracks were later reworked for Nerve Net.

– Seven unreleased tracks from the sessions that led to The Shutov Assembly.

– An unreleased hour-long ambient work from 1992 called “New Space Music”.

– A nine-track compilation of alternate mixes and rare recordings only originally available as a limited-edition release to accompany77 Million – An Audio Visual Installation By Brian Eno at Laforet Museum in Harajuku, Japan.

See the full tracklist below. Pre-orders for each release are available through Eno’s website.

Nerve Net Tracklist:

Disc 1

01. Fractal Zone

02. Wire Shock

03. What Actually Happened?

04. Pierre In Mist

05. My Squelchy Life

06. Juju Space Jazz

07. The Roil, The Choke

08. Ali Click

09. Distributed Being

10. Web

11. Web (Lascaux Mix)

12. Decentre

Disc 2 – My Squelch Life

01. I Fall Up

02. The Harness

03. My Squelchy Life

04. Tutti…


Listen to Galactic Travels

Posted by Bill Fox on October 23, 2014 at 9:58am 0 Comments

Please SHARE so that more people can listen to and support the artists.

Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels, I'll continue month-long Special Focus on Craig Padilla.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be LP 1 from "Sonar" on Fruits de Mer Records.  The Special Focus page is at

Galactic Travels is an electronic, ambient, and space music show that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm on WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown, and on the internet at

Become a WDIY member now!

My review of "Middle Distance" CDr by Specta Ciera + The Circular Ruins

Posted by Richard Gürtler on October 23, 2014 at 8:37am 0 Comments

Specta Ciera is Devin Underwood (Boston, MA), while behind The Circular Ruins is hidden no one else but Anthony Paul Kerby aka APK (London, Ontario), the leading mastermind behind DataObscura label and several other projects. His extensive discography since 2002 needs no bigger introduction here (also Nunc Stans, Lammergeyer, The Winterhouse), but Specta Ciera is a rather newer name on the map, although I came across Devin Underwood's name for the first time in the summer of 2011, when focusing on his collaboration "The Vivid Unmapped" with Jacob Newman, released on DataObscura the same year in May. "Middle Distance" (CDr), was released the end of March 2014 and is packaged, as usual for all releases on this sympathetic Canadian label, in a slim poly case. Featured are also subtly elegant graphics by Angela Weiser.

The album unfolds with the title track "Middle Distance", a soothingly floating and meandering drone piece, carefully enriched by various, constantly emerging embellishments, always richly colored, some breathy, some rather ear-tickling, some nearly intangible, but always appearing in authentic harmony with scenic expansions. Calmly immersing intro!!! The 3-minute "Promontory" is intenser, heavily percolated with shoreline sounds and crossing through gorgeously evocative archipelagos. Brief, but very effective. On "Solitary Window", which reaches only one and a half minutes, distant sea waves can be heard and observed, but the center stage is stolen by deeply pensive piano and glitchy reminiscences. Very short, but long forgotten memories are immediately unlocked and hauntingly expressive ambience fills the room. "Falling Into Place" quickly slips into more eclectic terrains, sculpted with assorted peculiarly sounding emergences, although some relieving…


In the Making….a view into the studio...

Posted by Roy Mattson on October 22, 2014 at 9:30pm 2 Comments

Somehting I've been working on the last few months…finally recovered my youtube info…thanks for watching and listening to this real time creation…Artifacts and natural objects as instrumentation...

Recent Spins

Posted by eyes cast down on October 22, 2014 at 3:00pm 13 Comments

What's been playing lately?

Update: 10/22/14

Mike Radice. The Phoenix Sun. Mike’s ambitious four-part longform piece has some terrific passages (especially the atmospherics in the first 10 and last 22 minutes), and his strong rhythmic skills are front and center through most of the piece. The guitar-and-drums jam in the third section didn’t work as well for me, but others may well disagree. That caveat aside, there’s lots to enjoy here.

Rush. Clockwork Angels. Unlike too many old bands, coasting on their laurels from two or three decades back, Rush just keep improving with age. For me, this album is their strongest since 1985’s Power Windows (which for me remains unsurpassed), and the closing song The Garden is easily among their handful of best songs. Essential rock. Done.

Steve Brand & Roy Mattson. Meltstream. What I said earlier [link]. The title track alone is sheer heart-melting bliss. Go now.

Steve Roach. Atmospheric Conditions. Hannah Shapero’s observation “If you do not listen to this at the right time, it can turn your darkened urban apartment into a cavern of dread” cracks me up - because I can easily imagine it. For me, though, there’s never a wrong time to hear this classic environment. The opening glurpstream remains practically unique in Steve’s output.

Roy Mattson. Endless River. A dreamy ride along a life current, as Roy’s understated soundscaping guides us without apparent effort. Delightful background listening, though I’ve no doubt that a headphone spin would be even more rewarding.

Bela Fleck. The Imposter; Night Flight Over Water. Banjo’s Renaissance Man scores again. A concerto with orchestra and a piece with string quartet display both Fleck’s wonderful melodic playing and his compositional gifts…


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