a community supporting ambient music, art, poetry, photography, games and more
RADICON ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPAN
Tin battery op. member of the Gang of Five, this wireless remote control robot advances with moving arms, flashing eyes and a lighted chest panel as both antenna turn. Clicking the remote controls the direction and stop functions. 1957
It began as a thought in the recesses of my mixing brain…as I brought installments 1 through 10 up to digital date for installation on my new phone…
. . . “what about a 2014 installment?” . . .
. . . then a Twitter notification hipped me wise to the Silent Flow Net.label (3 of the mix’s 10 tracks come from new artists discovered there) . . . which I began combining with various new things I had collected (several from my ambient home away from home, Relaxed Machinery) . . .
. . . and thus, the ground-breaking Ambient/Experimental audio project (installments 1-5, 2007; 6-10 circa 2009) moves ever –> forward. Track 1 is an ambitious piece, splicing 3 artists: Jazz pianist Colin Vallon, Experimental guitarist Robert Fripp and Ambient pioneer, Red Cloud (James Hoehl)…into a singular bit of exquisite, uhm…din.
I tweaked the cover art slightly to reflect the five-year gap between this edition & the rest of the series (thank you Adobe Photoshop Express!)
01 Vallon-Fripp-Red Clouds – Fade, Haaden Two/Urban Landscape, Relics 2 (blended excerpts)
02 Steve Roach & Dirk Serries – Haze
(sampling initial shards of ‘Vinculum’ by Coppice)
03 Sozu Project – From Breath to Thought
04 Jaja – Achanaar
05 Nirgoona Project – Japanese Morning
06 North Hive – Immersion
07 Disturbed Earth – Peregrine
I have repeatedly seen the term "long form" in discussions of ambient music, and I would like to lobby to delete the term entirely, since it is quite meaningless. As far as I can tell from the pieces to which I've seen it applied, "long form" just means "long." It's not a musical "form" in any sense of the word. Duration and structure are two different things. "Form" has a specific and useful meaning in musical discourse--it refers to structure, or how a piece is organized, such as theme and variations, cyclic / minimalistic, episodic, etc. A drone piece which goes on with few discernable changing elements or motifs doesn't change "form" when extended from 5 minutes to 20. It is simply a long drone piece. (Nothing against this kind of music, by the way!) So when a piece is long, let's just say it's long. OK?
I just discovered this today and thought I'd share.
Back in 2010 I started to make Ambient / New Age tracks like the next one. After four years my style has changed, but I think this deserves a listen ;). There is no intention to release:
Hey all, here is my latest space ambient composition titled "Liftoff", performed on the Alesis Andromeda A6 synth:
This track uses step sequencer, delay + phaser effects. I also tried a different concept with this video -- multiple angle video shots.
Hope you enjoy the music and space flight theme/artwork by amazing artists.
This is my first post here :). John Koch-Northrup introduced me on July 20th e-mail "rM - introducing Dani and Beth" because of my 2015 upcoming release on rM.
This time I would like to share with you an interesting subject: how to deal with daily issues at home studio. Why talking about it? Well, lately I have experienced two special negative situations regarding first, my computer and after, my new synth purchase.
At the beginning of this year I bought a PC to a colleague (from my hometown: Vigo) who assemble personal computers for music / design production purpose (Hackintosh). Hardware specs were: I7 3,4 Ghz Intel processor, 16Gb Ram, 256 SSD, 1 TB HHD, well a 'little beast' hehe. Software specs were very interesting too: dual boot (Win 7 Ultimate or Mac OSX Mavericks 10.9.3), Logic X, Ableton Live 9, Final Cut Pro, Adobe bundle, Spectrasonics bundle, Arturia bundle, etc.
The performance of the computer was nice, I was really glad, but in few weeks I started to have unexpected reboots. Fortunately, these unexpected restarts did not take place when I was making music and I was not very worried about it. Anyways I started to look for system logs, OS settings, configurations... and of course informed to my colleague that had sold me the computer.
After several months (March, April) we went deeper into the issue trying to solve it: we were checking hardware settings, power supply, mother board connections, looking for the 'kext' files, upgraded the BIOS and Mavericks, but reboots still took place from time to time. One day, reading the system log after…Continue
Anomalous Disturbances, a drone guitar project driven by Terrence O'Brien from Vancouver, Canada, belongs to the most active members of The Ambient Ping community, which, by the way, celebrated two weeks ago its 15th anniversary (I am wishing many happy years to come!!!). "Archive Three" is comprised of 5 tracks recorded during 2007 and 2008 as a part of "Archive Two" recording sessions. Originally released in digital formats in the middle of October 2013, now, since May 2014 additionally available on pro CDr format packaged in a nice 4-panel eco sleeve with disc flap holder. Definitely a great decision, Terry, for all those nuts-collectors like me!!!
The title of the opening track, "A Sad And Beautiful World", exactly displays the atmosphere of this gorgeously floating ambience. A very calm and deeply evocative soundsculpting with hauntingly interplaying passages of soaring, slightly high-pitched wistfulness and soothingly permeating stillness. Nearly 11 and half minutes of virtuoso guitar aesthetics!!! "Pipe Dream # 1", although revealing calmly, incorporates more intense and cascading texture, yet keeping throughout a very warm approach with graciously unfolding immense panoramic touch. My ears are continuously bathed in splendidly embracing drone blissfulness, more please!!! "Mysterium Tremendum # 17", as indicated by its title, straightly dives deeply into a giant, chasmal realms filled with remote, eerily monochromatic hums, which are persistently pierced by mysteriously undulating and illuminating tenseness. A journey into a truly mindscaping zones, where spectacular, shadowy subterranean images are revealed with massively towering sceneries. "When Darkness Falls", with 16 minutes the longest piece on "Archive Three", begins with tensely penetrating dissonances,…
45 Echoes Sounds has some great artists releasing - many we all know and post here or at http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com frequently.
Relaxed Machinery Community Music - join the soundcloud group!