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On Creativity and How to Care Less

Posted by Ben Burnes on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am 4 Comments

This post originated on my personal blog here.

I’ve started to find that caring too much about the things I create has an adverse effect on the frequency and quality of my output.

A serious problem I run into while composing is that every song I make has to be the best one I have ever made. That my progression as an artist is a constant upward trend with no occasional downward slope.

Really, I’ve found that improvement is a series of plateaus. Eventually I reach a point where I level off and I can’t seem to figure out what comes next as an artist. I end up floundering, trying to be better than my current skills allow.

This might be in part because my brain is busy processing all the new things I’ve learned and turning them from learned skills into innate abilities. Other times, it might be because stress or other factors squeeze on my free time and creative bandwidth.

Often, this results in my flow and creative energy grinding to a halt. I end up thinking that if I’m unable to create something more provocative than the last song I finished, I might as well not make anything at all. I end up paralyzed with Empty Canvas Syndrome.

This has been affecting me right now actually. I had this gigantic burst of creative energy where I was writing a song a day for several weeks. Then life happened and it has proven impossible to get back into that groove.

It has been an issue in the past as well. The best way to break through…

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New album

Posted by D.Z. on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

New album of 6 tracks "The Symbols" is available on Bandcamp.

The Symbols

meet hitchbot on its way crossing canada! :))

Posted by Fabio Keiner on July 28, 2014 at 6:44pm 0 Comments

Do you the hitchbot project? now they started recently... a robot trying to cross canada from east to west via auto-stop :))

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First fully ambient DeepWarmth tune

Posted by James Shain on July 28, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

I have put up on soundcloud a track I made a little while back that started out as a remix. It was originally going to just be a little version mix of a track I'm releasing soon on Cold Fiction Music. But as I messed with it, I found it worked well as its own track. This also happens to be the first Ambient tune as DeepWarmth. A slow moving and building layers tune I hope you will like.

Modern Ambient Music: Heard but not seen, the anti-social, anti-rock-star form

Posted by John K-N on July 28, 2014 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

source: http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/modern-ambient-music-heard-but-not-seen-the-anti-social/article_bfd7a06a-f991-5140-bfad-95bdfb1aa6f5.html

This is related to the death of a young artist in Northwest Indiana - which I'll post that article in the next comment...    

It's written for a local newspaper so the "Modern Ambient Music" article is like a quick hit wikipedia search - that's very fun to read.  On the other hand - the fact the young man passed away tragically - sucks.

Feel free to poke holes in the first article... there are some brilliantly hilarious comments in there.

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"Streams Lead to Sales"... Not Anymore!

Posted by eyes cast down on July 28, 2014 at 9:50am 5 Comments

Grumble grumble grumble... You have been warned.

As if the streaming world wasn't enough of a ripoff for artists, here's the latest, should've-seen-it-coming development. Our reporter is Projekt's Sam Rosenthal:

"Even with the drop in income at Projekt, I was starting to lean towards an "Oh, why not?" attitude about tracks at streaming sites. If you can't beat them join them. But this week, I went ape $hit and freaked! Why? Tethered Streams! I realized "streaming" is a false term ... When people subscribe to Spotify, those streamed tracks can be downloaded to the listener's device, and carried with them when they are not online ("tethered," as long as they pay their subscription rates). I'm an idiot, I didn't realize that. This means streams are absolutely replacing the sales of "digital downloads," as they serve the same purpose. SORRY, I AM NOT GOING TO HAND PEOPLE THE KNIFE TO HOLD AGAINST PROJEKT ARTIST'S THROAT. I'm taking most of Projekt's music back down from streaming."

Source: Sam's email list. Sam described this as the teaser of a more complete post to be sent in his next email. I'm looking forward to it. Sam's observations are definitely a major public service.

I'm sure it's just as matter of time before the other major streamers follow Spotify's lead, completely nullifying the at-best-dicey argument about streaming leading to sales. It's not about sales for the artist. It never was. It was always - and only - about the stockholders.

Massive spontaneous awakening

Posted by Igneous Flame on July 28, 2014 at 3:30am 3 Comments

An interesting concept. Apparently, large parts of our brains are 'dormant' - permanently in most cases.

One of the many things I wonder about...

Illuminoid

Posted by Chris Russell on July 27, 2014 at 5:06pm 2 Comments

Like sunlight through the windows of an old Gothic cathedral..

Illuminoid is a journey into the realm of spirit. A self guided meditation on the road to illumination.

Experience this album and let your light shine.

Available now from Relaxed Machinery:

http://relaxedmachinery.com/releases/chris-russell-illuminoid-rm0043/

new release: Drone.Excursion005 AKA 'Quiet Passage'

Posted by Scott Lawlor on July 27, 2014 at 4:24pm 0 Comments

Hello.

 

I am honored to have the fifth installment in this series released on the weareallghosts label.

 

This excursion is much quieter than the previous 4, being created with the Tibetan bowl sound that I am so fond of.  The subtitle "quiet passage" came to me as I was listening to the playback and since it is a more minimal drone, the title seems to fit the listening experience.

 

I'd like to thank Thomas for releasing this installation of the series and I hope you enjoy the journey as a result of listening to the track.

 

Here's the download link.

http://weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/drone-excursion-005-waag-dex005

New Disturbed Earth release for July 27..."Epic Theater"

Posted by Disturbed Earth on July 27, 2014 at 6:12am 0 Comments

This is my 10th. and final release from the 1970's using guitar and the 2 reel to reel tape system...recorded live in Nth Caulfield 1977.

This album also features the Korg VCF FK1 guitar pedal and the Mini Korg 700...both fabbo lil critters.

The cover was created by my lifelong friend Peter Webb who has also designed many of my covers...many many many thanks "bow wow"!!!

Many thanks also to my friend Ricky who played the cover model...we both share a love of those old 60's Italian Sword and Sandal movies.

So here it is in all it's magnificent, loopy, guitary, synthy-70's spectacular ambientness.

"Epic Theater" by Disturbed Earth

http://disturbedearth.bandcamp.com/album/epic-theatre

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