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New From Free Floating: Contemplation 2 by Michael Meara

Form in Void  The tree is stripped, All color, fragrance gone, Yet already on the bough, Uncaring spring! --Ikkyū  <a href="http://freefloatingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/contemplation-2">Contemplation 2 by Michael Meara</a> In the notes…See More
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites + Ancient Aliens

Posted by John K-N on January 26, 2015 at 9:57am 0 Comments

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites + Ancient Aliens

:alien:  Watched a couple episodes of Ancient Aliens - the first season. Part of me loves shows like this and part of me doesn't. I've seen other episodes over the years.

:heart:  They go to ancient places - megaliths - temples - all around the world. They sometimes pop one up I haven't heard of before or remind me of a place and I start doing internet searching on them. I love ancient history. I love when archaeologists find something that was long buried and it turns our ideas of where we (as the human race) came from.

:thumbsdown:  Obviously everything on this show is Alien related - kind of hard to complain about a show linking everything to Aliens when the show is title Ancient Aliens. This part makes me laugh every time... "we don't know how this was build. I'm not saying it was aliens... but there's no proof it wasn't aliens." That sort of circular logic could be used for anything here... I'm not saying it was my imaginary friend, but there's no proof it wasn't, therefor, it was my imaginary friend.

So - where's UNESCO come into this post? If you want to find these ancient places... and some modern ones. Places that are unique to the culture of specific areas and the world... UNESCO is a place to go visit.

There's a wonderful interactive maphttp://whc.unesco.org/en/interactive-map/

And an easy to browse listhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/

You can literally take a cultural historical tour of the world from your computer. I've found so many awesome places using this as the jump point to further research.

There are places in this world, but natural and made by us crazy humans - that are ASTOUNDING. Every so often I go into a phase of…

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Monday Ramble

Posted by John K-N on January 26, 2015 at 9:41am 0 Comments

:construction:  the classic work moment ... set a timeline and then get feedback the timeline is far too stretched out. "I thought we'd be live end of January first week of February?" Nope. Not going to happen. This will end up being my fault somehow - but then, it generally does.

:speaker:  np: Steve Brand - The Space Between just finished. Now spinning Over-soul. Steve's bio / info: http://relaxedmachinery.com/artists/steve-brand/

:metal:  man I'm digging Mastadon - I like metal in small doses - but damn this band is fun.

:coffee:  my coffee cup is lonely. I can hear it weeping gently... fill me... fill me ... fill me.

:musical_note:  had a fantastic two nights of chatting over the premiere of Frore - Cyclic Movement on SomaFM and At Water's Edge! Great music - great chats. Thank you to Rusty at SomaFM and @shetech at At Water's Edge.

:game_die:  Skyrim still consuming my time. Love it love it.

Weekend plans generally squashed as I didn't feel well most of it. No playing in the studio, no paint area clean up. A lot of doggie snuggles and…

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Zoe Keating: What should I do about Youtube?

Posted by John K-N on January 26, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

What should I do about Youtube?

My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked.

This new music service agreement covers my Content ID account and it includes mandatory participation in Youtube’s new subscription streaming service, called Music Key, along with all that participation entails. Here are some of the terms I have problems with:

1) All of my catalog must be included in both the free and premium music service. Even if I don’t deliver all my music, because I’m a music partner, anything that a 3rd party uploads with my info in the description will be automatically included in the music service too.

2) All songs will be set to “montetize”, meaning there will be ads on them.

3) I will be required to release new music on Youtube at the same time I release it anywhere else. So no more releasing to my core fans first on Bandcamp and then on iTunes.

4) All my catalog must be uploaded at high resolution, according to Google’s standard which is currently 320 kbps.

5) The contract lasts for 5 years.

I can’t think of another streaming service that makes such demands. And if I don’t sign? My Youtube channel will be blocked and I will no longer be able to monetize (how I hate that word) 3rd party videos through Content ID.

I told the rep I’m happy with Content ID as it is. Can’t I just continue to participate in Content ID and not be a part of Music Key?

No. The rep said they can’t have…

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something a bit different from me

Posted by Scott Lawlor on January 25, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

Hi there. Here's something a bit different that I wrote on sound cloud. http://soundcloud.com/sklawlor/in-dubious-battle-on-the

Why do I do this again?!

Posted by Kenneth Brown on January 25, 2015 at 6:25pm 3 Comments

Well, I'm in a familiar place with my current project. I don't do this for a living (thankfully, I'd starve). It's just a hobby I share with a tiny audience. So why does the creative process wind me up so much? I get so flaming serious about it sometimes and getting something just the way I want it becomes inexplicably important. I've been working on what for me is a extraordinarily long track. I usually have this Punk thing of getting a track from start to finish in a few minutes, worrying that it's overstaying it's welcome. But this time I've been letting the minimal elements have space to slowly evolve. I've been vacillating between thinking it's the best thing I've ever done to being ready to scrap it. Tonight I spent a couple of hours adding a couple of instruments to a small section, tweaking and changing them and then..... deleting them. It's driving me nuts - I listen to rough arrangements in the car, I hear it in my head at random moments during the day. Maybe I should consider taking up stamp collecting? :)

New From Free Floating: Contemplation 2 by Michael Meara

Posted by Brad Ross-MacLeod on January 25, 2015 at 3:26pm 1 Comment

Form in Void 



The tree is stripped, 

All color, fragrance gone, 

Yet already on the bough, 

Uncaring spring! 

--Ikkyū 




In the notes for the first release in this series, Contemplation 1, I didn't say anything about Michael Meara's music, including instead an extended Zen quotation. I felt this was in the spirit of the music itself and the concepts of 'form' and 'void' from which it drew inspiration. 



I was tempted to do the same this time around, but on further reflection (or 'contemplation') I decided that I would do something different. I feel that this is still in the spirit of the form and void concepts. Writing about the music is at the same time letting the music speak.... 



I've been listening to this piece quite a bit in anticipation of the release. Sometimes on its own and sometimes in conjunction with the first release. And the more I listen, the more contemplative I feel. I have listened during meditation and have found myself drawn into the abstract aural shapes that Michael weaves through the music. The timbres are often reminiscent of Tibetan bowls and there is something of the heady aroma of incense drifting through these extended atmospheres. At times the tone can be somewhat darker than typical Free Floating releases, but out of that cold musical void Michael constructs an ultimately warm and embracing form. 



I am grateful that Michael has chosen Free Floating as the repository for this music. I feel that he has helped me to push my limits somewhat and…
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Hypnagogue Review Of Brand & Mattson's Meltstream

Posted by Hollan Holmes on January 25, 2015 at 9:34am 1 Comment

An excellent and well deserved review by John Shanahan, otherwise known as Hypnagogue, of Steve Brand and Roy Mattson's recent release, Meltstream, can be seen here...

http://hypnagogue.net/2015/01/23/steve-brand-roy-mattson-meltstream/

Congratulations, Steve and Roy, on creating a most wonderful album. :-)

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28 - free Spotted Peccary ambient electronic sampler

Posted by Chris Russell on January 24, 2015 at 8:06pm 1 Comment

Hello

New compilation on Bandcamp with tracks from Spotted Peccary's 28th year in existence.
Featuring a track from my release Vague Traces with Phillip Wilkerson.

https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/28-free-ambient-electronic-sampler

Enjoy!

New DAW

Posted by Kenneth Brown on January 24, 2015 at 6:40pm 0 Comments

I've been thinking for a while that I need a new paintbox and now the deed is done. The combination of a trusted recommendation from a pro, a look around the demo and the current time-limited price for the entry level version made it a no-brainer. So, hello ProSonus Studio One Artist - fully featured DAW with 2.5Gb of content plus Native Instruments Guitar Rig/Kontakt/Reaktor with another 2.5Gb thrown in, for a few pence short of £17! I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship, once we've clambered up the learning curve together :)

W E E K E N D _ D E L I G H T _ 014

Posted by Brian Bourassa on January 24, 2015 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

This weekend I am backing up to 2011, to an album by a artist "Bubble" (aka John Sobocan) out of Toronto, Ontario. His music hits the spot when it come to finding the "still-point," the point where being the music and being is one. This release may not be the "epitome" of what I describe above, but it is a favorite of his earlier work.

Total Time: Aprox. 67 min

Bubble's collection can be found on Bandcamp here.

ENJOY!

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