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This instrument is a classic and it's a favorite of mine.
Many groups from the 60's and 70's used this tape based instrument which often went out of tune. I guess that's why Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin hated the instrument.
I found a list of the top 10 mellotron songs so I'm posting a link to it. How many of them do you have and how many have you not heard before?
The Bee Gees track surprised me but it's not a bad song.
I'd like to suggest an album to check out if you like the mellotron. It's called Symphonic Holocaust by Morte Macabre and it's simply drenched in the instrument. check out the title track at the following link to get a sense of the recording. All 4 members of the group are credited with playing this instrument.
And finally, here's a link to reviews of this fantastic album.
A great entity of Universal Divine,
attracting all in it's wake to its musings sublime.
What mysteries lie therein,
this entity that attracts all in The Universe in the pinwheels of
its cosmic spin?
What sonorous songs does it hold,
what operatics of cosmic meaning does it sing,
singing them in starlight for our souls to behold?
What secret meanings are there to be gleaned from it,
this Great Attractor of The Universe that pulls everything in The
Universe into it?
I do not know,
but I know that I want it's paradox,
to be drawn into The Source of Everything,
drawn in so that it may take me beyond,
drawn and gravitated to it,
immersed in its essence,
yet taken Beyond
and everything in between,
dwelling forevermore in The Great Attractor,
as I become one with all things...
Copyright © 2014 Robert Matejko
New track from Ascendant! This is track number 2 off our new album "Source Transmission" available for pre-order right now!
Album release: 04.29.2014
Cheers and enjoy,
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"Gathering Autumn" is the 5th collaborative album between DataObscura's Anthony Paul Kerby from London, Ontario and Robert Scott Davies from Ithaca, New York. Released on DataObscura at the beginning of January 2014, this double album comes with an eye-catching front cover image by Robert. The same image is also featured on a pro printed glossy card, which is included with each CDr order. Each of the previous collaborations from these two creative sound sculptors offered a tremendously transporting journey, so my expectations are again really huge. Let's confirm that...
Disk One starts with "Secluded Vale", a tranquilly organic piece, led by rich natural field recordings and surrounded by monolithic drone and intermittent rumbles. This soundscape is exactly described by its title, no wonder I am immediately immersed. The journey has begun!!! "We Must Endure", which clocks over 15 and a half minutes, is quickly invaded by monumental drift expansion, again rather flatlined, with hidden, slightly mysterious distant embellishments. The transition in the middle is warmly relieving and shifts from gorgeously wide-screen panoramas through polished lively cascades to nearly symphonic blankets. Welcome to deep drone paradise, it's intense and graceful!!! The next piece, "Deepwoods", which is a few seconds longer than its predecessor, safely stays in serenely encircling forest wilderness and quietly traverses from calmer terrestrial authenticity to slightly harsher and disruptive shadowy paths. Another appropriate track title!!! No wonder "Curious Pathways" immediately follows ... A mysteriously undulating texture blending warmly drifting expanses with nostalgic culminations. Colorful sounds of the ecosystem's inhabitants are starring in "Autumn Nights", while monotonously…
Well I havent posted here in a while, mostly because there hasn't been much to report until recently. A new, local modular company Pittsburgh Modular, has been making a lot of noise (literally) in the Eurorack arena recently. They are really starting to get some traction and make a great product.
Not too long ago I was able to get my hands on the first production model of their new Foundation 3 modular system. It's their flagship "all in one" box. I figured this would be a good baseline system to build off of and my first foray into eurorack synthesis.
Over time, I've established a relationship with the folks over there and agreed to start helping them make samples for their website. Along with some basic module examples, i also have written a couple of tracks to sell the "musicality" of the system. This is one track I just put together this weekend. I thought I'd share it here since it falls a little outside the fence in terms of the work i typically do. I had a lot of fun putting it together and honestly the F3 system is so intuitive that I was able to work fast to lay the patches down.
All sounds are made with the Foundation, no other sound source was used. The only thing added was some delay and reverb and a little EQ, though i left it pretty UN-eq'd because I wanted folks to be able to hear the oscillators true to form. I did eq the bass because its so room shattering untreated that it had to be culled a bit. lol.
Anyway, fun from lab. Thought I'd share.
Chibi Cthulhu - miniature
This little Chulhu is adorable. I have a miniature collection waiting to be painted - but it's mostly sci-fi - more ghost in the shell oriented... and some samurai. I probably wouldn't buy this even if I didn't have a "thou shalt not buy any more miniatures until thou paints a few..." - because there are other mecha and gits like stuff out there on my list. :-)
But still - this is darn cute.
This one is going to be another list of favorite albums, or maybe not all favorites but items that begin with. Maybe I'm feeling lazy and don't feel like doing laundry, for which the original post was going to be about, because, being in a house of 5, I have lots of experience with the tedium of doing all the laundry.
So, on with the list.
The first album on today's list is by pianist Liz Story and it was another introduction into the new-age for me in the 1980's. The album is called Solid Colors and it's a highly recommended item if you haven't heard it. Highlights for me are Wedding Rain and White heart.
moving to more of a choral realm, we have Libera, another group whose albums are all great. I recommend the self-titled one as an introduction to their magnificent music.
Heading out into the vastness of space, I introduce you to Lucette Bourdin, a woman who's bout with breast cancer was the impetus for her composing music. She has an impressive catalog, most of which is available for free and the recommendation for today's entry is called Radiant Stars.
Moving beyond space itself, if that's even possible, lend your ears and minds to Lustmord's masterpiece called The Place Where the…Continue
I once stumbled upon a poem. Many of you surely know of it, especially German community members. But for me it was the first time.
Soon after the release of "Submerge II" I was not satisfied. I wanted to make more music about the sea. I love water you see. And the way I see it the sea is full of it :).
And so with the poem in mind and my love for a sea full of water in heart I struggled, I tried. And now I humbly present.
It would be very fair of me to call this album "The Sounds Inspired By The Lorelei Poem". But that's not a catchy title. So my new album is called "Submerge III".
Listen or obtain here: Aairria - Submerge III (2014)
Being third in a series it should probably invoke memories of its predecessors. And that it does. What I've been trying to achieve with Submerge albums is to make water-inspired music without subtly melodic or mysteriously deep drones, without pleasantly flowing pads and delicate rhythmic intricacies. Water is naturally and wonderfully full of crackles, bubblies, blops, rumbles, wooshes and splats. That is also how I wanted Submerge to sound.
Also the sea makes my imagination run wild and conjure images and stories about mysteries and phenomenons. Most of those are eerie and dark. That is also how I wanted Submerge to sound.
The music here is almost entirely synthesized which is very rare in case of my soundmaking. I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to synthesis. Here I've been mostly using NI Reaktor and EMS Synthi emulation. The rest is some unspecified magic :).
You can read the aforementioned poem on the album's bandcamp page.
Please write something about it or about the music. Do you know the story about Lorelei? Do…Continue
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