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Still Stream Features for October 2014

Album of the month - Quiet Friends

This brand new release from the Free Floating label is a compilation of astounding works by some of today's top ambient artists who have paid tribute to Structures from Silence, a profound landmark in the history of ambient music. Although each track on the album is a tribute to Steve Roach’s seminal release, the artists all bring their own unique sonic voice and vision of how the music from Structures has inspired them. If you haven't heard this…

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Added by Joel Sutton on October 14, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Still Stream Featured Album, Artist, and Label for September 2014

Label of the month - Earthmantra

Earth Mantra is a privately owned and operated ambient music netlabel that exists for the sole purpose of sharing the music of ambient artists that are of interest to fans of ambient music. Unlike a typical label, all of the music on Earth Mantra is available freely for non-commercial use. The label is dedicated to publishing high quality ambient music from some of the best musicians around, carefully selecting those titles that meet…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 12, 2014 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

Ambient Simulcasts

Over the last year I've been quietly observing the developing trend of what I call the ambient simulcast. It initially started off with one of the still stream DJs broadcasting on LiveStream at the same time as broadcasting on the mp3 stream. That's now expanded to two DJs and now we have another DJ simulcasting on Second Life.



I think this is fantastic! What a great way of expanding the audience while introducing a more visual element to the show. There's also different chat methods… Continue

Added by Joel Sutton on September 9, 2014 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Using Spotify to support your fave ambient artists

Spotify needs no introduction. I subscribe to the service and I use it a lot. Saves me from taking my iTunes library to work. So you can imagine my surprise when I found artists like Phillip Wilkerson already on there. I don't even have to open a bandcamp tab in Chrome.

But the best part is ... me playing these tracks on spotify helps support the artist :)

Added by Joel Sutton on September 3, 2014 at 8:04am — 2 Comments

Still Stream Features for July 2014

Album of the month - Excursion Three

http://music.earthmantra.com/album/excursion-three

This newest work by Altus is stunning and an absolute must for any fan of ambient music.

The album comprises 3 tracks, the shortest of which is the 10 minute opener, Journeys End. What a great opening to an album with its rhythmic element, reminiscent in its own way, of 80's Tangerine dream tracks,…

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Added by Joel Sutton on July 6, 2014 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Old ambient vs new ambient

I've had a few conversations online with people today about the kind of music Wally plays on Still Stream. Plus a couple of you commented on older music in my last blog. There seem to be many different ideas.

What would you consider mandatory ambient music listening regardless of age? Especially within this community space?

Added by Joel Sutton on June 10, 2014 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Slow but sure progress at Still Stream

I suppose it's starting to be well known know that I'm one of the driving forces behind stillstream.com these days. Especially when it comes to the technical side. Although it often a doesn't appear that there's much going on from the outside I find that the time that I dedicate to this kind of work is always full.



The most important thing that's happened lately is the very welcome return of Mike Metlay. Be sure to check out his regular show.



Scott Lawlor has agreed to… Continue

Added by Joel Sutton on June 9, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Live Stream Improvisation 20140515 by Crystal Dreams

Added by Joel Sutton on May 29, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Friends Cats 25-Mar-2014

"You can't sit here any more" says Gypsy

Added by Joel Sutton on March 25, 2014 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

What does the colour blue taste like?



This week all of my musical time has been taken up by work on my first drone album called "Tea Drones #1". I chose this name because I composed most of the album during tea breaks at work. All on NanoStudio and exported (as wav files) into Ableton for further processing.

I've just finished…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 29, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Wiggly gets tummy rubs

Last time I was babysitting for friends of mine I managed to get Wiggly to lay still long enough to actually take a picture…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 18, 2013 at 3:48am — 2 Comments

Busy and Sickly Bee

I haven't been around much here lately. Sorry if you've missed me. Various things have been going on.

One of the most important is my "discovery" of Spotify. Well obviously I knew about it but I've finally gotten around to trying it and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed. The technology seems to work really well on both my Mac and my iBone. It's great to see so many ambient artists there too :)

I've managed to find a new age album which I thought I'd never ever find. I…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 16, 2013 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

Gregor Schwellenbach: Songs in the Key of Kompakt



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Photo by Jan Höhe

At twenty years young, Kompakt is the powerhouse of German electronic music that still functions as a homegrown co-op: its focus remains a self-contained community of producers, artists, DJs, labels and events with a sound that is as…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sonic Touch 24 - Thor for iPad and the CME Xkey controller (poly aftertouch)

Added by Joel Sutton on September 8, 2013 at 12:44am — No Comments

Sonic State Review - Korg Volca Beats

Added by Joel Sutton on September 5, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Too much tea spoils ... nothing at all :D

After what feels like an eternity of waiting I've finally purchased my update for Ableton Live 9. I'm just downloading it right now. Looking forward to checking out all the new features and having a play with Max for Live (which now comes included with Ableton Suite). I'm sure I'm going to have lots of fun.

Tonight's listening is Undiscovered Shores by Kuutana which has recently been submitted to Still Stream. I'm quite enjoying it. It reminds me a little of some of Palancar's…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 5, 2013 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

Slippery When Wet

Another day gone. I actually did find time to do a little music making in NanoStudio today. Fiddling around about some 909 beats and a chord progression :)

I also watched an interesting review of the new Korg Vola Beats. A very affordable little drum machine from Korg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcvYU6aoN6Q

We should be seeing reviews about its bass and poly synth siblings very soon. I think I'm going to have…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 4, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

Spring has Sprung in AU

Yeah I know it's been a while. There have been a few distractions lately.

A new month brings new features for Still Stream. This month we're featuring Sojourner by Phillip Wilkerson, the artist Juta Takahashi, and the net label Impulsive Habitat. I've just updated the monthly play lists too so listen out for a fresh pick from the existing repository as well as the featured tracks.

There hasn't been as much ambient this week in my listening time. In fact the only time I've had…

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Added by Joel Sutton on September 3, 2013 at 8:31am — 4 Comments

Exporting from NanoStudio into Ableton

Am on to the next phase of my tea break drones project now. I've rendered the individual tracks in NanoStudio and have imported them into Ableton where I'm more comfortable doing the mix down process. Plus I can add Ableton effects. I like Ableton's Reverb a lot more than Nano's…

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Added by Joel Sutton on August 25, 2013 at 2:13am — 1 Comment

Wiggly gets tummy rubs

Added by Joel Sutton on August 24, 2013 at 9:02am — No Comments

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