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Wed Apr, 23 2014 7:00 PM EDT — Wed Apr, 23 2014 9:15 PM EDT
On this Wednesday night's edition of Nightscaping Radio on Stillstream: I'll be featuring tracks from the album "Inside The Hollow Realm" by Numina and Caul, celebrating its 10th anniversary of its release in 2014. Also, new to the show - music by Frore, Stillstream's Featured Artist of The Month for April; new dark tracks by Cousin Silas, music by Disturbed Earth, and stuff by That Bald Guy™...err...Har. Starts at 7:00PM
Early next month a dance group out of San Fransisco will be doing a dance piece called The Escapement. I'm not sure how much music is going to be used, but I do know that It will use the track Liquids from my first Cd Nature. I am quite shocked, but none the less if you can make it out there, I am providing a link to grab tickets. This is an interpretive dance group, so I don't know what to expect with the theme and how my music will fit. Still if you can manage to make it out there, please do.
“A megacity is usually defined as a metropolitan area with a total population in excess of ten million people. A megacity can be a single metropolitan area or two or more metropolitan areas that converge. The terms conurbation, metropolis and metroplex are also applied to the latter.” – Wikipedia, 2014
Every once in a while, I hear an album that completely takes me by surprise - one so unlike anything I've heard before, it stokes my natural curiosity. This new release from the Webbed Hand label is just that.
The sound of Megacities can be summarised as two things: ambience and a rhythm. The ambience, ominously looming in the background, is as cold and emotionless as concrete. The rhythm, however, is upfront and metropolitan - sometimes a little off-beat - that captures the city's vibrancy and exotic lifeblood. Combined with the ambience, this vibrancy is dehumanised until it too becomes cold and grey. If this is the story of a city, it's the bricks and mortar that's telling it.
If you locked Bowie and Eno in a studio today and told them to come up with an album of instrumentals, I don't think it would be too dissimilar to this. It's challenging, uncompromising but remarkably intreguing. Excellent stuff.
Available to download from Webbed Hand records:
On this Wednesday night's edition of Nightscaping Radio on Stillstream (4/23): I'll be featuring tracks from the album "Inside The Hollow Realm" by Numina and Caul, celebrating its 10th anniversary of its release in 2014. Also, new to the show - music by Frore, Stillstream's Featured Artist of The Month for April, new dark tracks by Cousin Silas; music by Disturbed Earth and stuff by That Bald Guy™...err...Har. Starts at 7:00PM Eastern.
Watch & Listen: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6407406/nsr-april23
chapters for the 1st book - (I decided to name both parts as books,as they have chapters that fall within the them of a 79 minute CD that isn't through my own 'Agony For Pleasure Releases') ....
Chapter one : Maelstrom
Chapter two : Agenda
Chapter three : Gheist
Chapter five : Crowfeast
On a weekend break with the wife, I hooked my phone up to the hotel’s free wi-fi and, a few seconds later, it reported that I’d received an e-mail. I opened my inbox to see that it was an e-mail from Bandcamp, informing me that Phillip Wilkerson had released a new album called "Cross Creek". Having been really impressed with his recent works, especially the sublime and meditative Ways of Forgetting, I made sure I kept the e-mail in my inbox to remind myself to download it when I got home.
With the album imported into my iTunes library and on my iPod (where the sound quality is significantly better than my cheapo-nasty desktop speakers), I started listening and found there wasn’t much music at all. I knew from the album description that it contained field recordings… but raw field recordings? How was I meant to listen to it? Was there any musical merit in listening to Phil having his groceries scanned at the supermarket? Was it a cleverly-disguised parody of Lennon’s Unfinished Music? Was I missing something? At the time, at least two people had actually paid to download it… why?!
Scrolling down the page, towards the bottom, my eye caught a couple of recognisable symbols. The familiar little icons that indicated he’d released them on a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence. Now it all made sense! It wasn’t meant to be an album in the traditional fashion, but a seed for others to make their own music from. I could see how, from a producer’s perspective, these field recordings were like raw materials designed to be processed,…Continue
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Various orchestras. Sibelius: Symphonies #4 - #7. Sibelius is definitely growing on me as a strong influence. Brilliant, classic and modern. His symphonies follow the clear progression one would expect in a sequence of similar works composed years apart. No. 5 is mostly playful; No. 6 is a delight, and the one-movement No. 7 is simply sublime. Essential listening for classical fans.
Steve Roach. Structures From Silence – 30th Anniversary 3-CD set. I love it. The contrast between the lush strings and pads of the original and the crystalline sparkle of the new pieces is striking, but they go together nicely, as part of Steve’s most contemplative work. Cause for celebration, and constant repeat play.
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth. Broken Gold. I need to sit down with headphones – or speakers on low volume - for this one. Earbuds don’t have a chance with this oceanic torrent. First of Steve and Dean’s (four-part, as it turned out) trilogy from a few years back.
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth. Busy With Dreams. A righteous continuation! A percussion fest for two-thirds and a dreamy drift in the closing piece.
Steve Brand & Disturbed Earth. The Rest of Time. This trilogy covers a lot of ground! Organic, earthy, visceral and serene by turns, and sometimes all at once. The 45-minute closing piece, The Unstruck Sound, is a highlight of the entire series.
Disturbed Earth & Steve Brand. The First Day Unnamed. A fitting coda to the series: a summary and continuation, exploratory, earthy and abstract. None of this is for the faint of ear, so very rewarding for the rest of us…
Steve Roach. Back to Life. Steve’s blooming into symphonic form with this follow-up to Sigh of Ages. Another atmospheric touchstone.
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