Archive for August 2009

 
 

The Sun Always Shines On TV

Another drone that I worked on last night, is this. It’s made me wonder? Seeing as the 1980′s sound is in vogue at the moment, maybe an Eighties Pop Drone release would be a good idea? Feedback anyone? I’d have to try and get some sort of clearance for the samples used, I know and that could be a bit of a niggle. I could just create them and stream them, maybe?

Here is the opening to a-ha’s 1985 release made 15 minutes long and dream-like.

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141 – Through The Walls

My first original work in around three weeks, the netbook is now being used for drone work, so this piece was made on my son’s pc using Reaktor 5 and Live 6. This piece has come about in the early hours as I couldn’t sleep due to the noise from next door coming through the walls. All is peaceful this morning.

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Two Soldiers

More experimenting with drone versions of tracks that I love have led me to taking the first 45 seconds of a David Byrne song from his 1981 release ‘The Catherine Wheel’. Given that he co-wrote this with Brian Eno, it feels like an appropriate work to stretch out into something densely ethereal.

I have had a few odd emails berating me for my use of some simple free software in the making of these drones. The idea/technique may be a simple one, but finding the right passage of sound on which to use these tools, is the main skill of these works. Thankfully, the general response is a positive one. :)

Once again, only available as a stream for copyright reasons.

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Trois jour à Paris

I’ll be away for a few days but I will aim to create something to post whilst I am in Paris with my little lad. I plan to play with sound on the Netbook whilst he sleeps… à bientôt!

Sun Spots

As you may know I am a fan of @mapmap on Twitter. His work and collaborations at Dust Breeding are a constant source of pleasure. So much so, that one piece he has made in an Unrecnow/oo-ray recording session, was so gorgeous that I had to extend it. Seven minutes have become 56 and I think it’s a beautiful soundscape.

The original can be found here.

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Faust Arp

After the great feedback and the most visitors in one day from yesterday’s track, I have decided to create some more of these.

This is the rather sombre and brooding track ‘Faust Arp’ from Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ album.

Lots of stretching and a thick cloud of Reaktor reverberation make this sound totally immersive. At 33 minutes long, you’ll need to take a little time out with a pair of headphones and a comfortable prone position. I used it to get back into REM sleep in the early hours of this morning, it seems ideal for this. It took me underwater, swimming with seahorses. Where will it take you?

This piece can, once again, only be offered up as a 320kbps stream as I don’t have copyright clearance.

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I Believe In You

I am having immense fun using the netbook to create vastly stretched out soundscapes from just a few minutes of music. This is a beautiful Talk Talk track called ‘ I Believe In You’. It is essentially just the track pulled out into a vast 50 minute piece. To get the most out of this, it requires a late night, a tired mind and comfortable listening position. If I get good feedback I will explore creating more of these.

This piece will only be offered up as a 320kbps stream as I don’t have copyright clearance.

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Coming soon…

I needed a week away from Twitter and this blog to recharge my batteries a little.

Right now, in my spare time, I’m working on some experimental pieces that involve slowing down sounds to create long drones and soundscapes. I’m building on an idea that I used to create the piece I did of Vaughan Williams – A Lark Ascending, called Ascension. Some of these works are made using my own compositions and some using other artists that are a favourite of mine.

The first of these will be posted here soon.

Ambient Compilation 14

Here is the fourteenth zip file containing the latest ten tracks posted. There are two zip files, one for lower bitrate MP3s and the other for the rather better 320kbps files. Also included in the 320kbps zip is the remastered version of the Theta, by @pure_tone. Thanks Tony!

All of the tracks here are free for you to download.

Thank you for your continued support.

131 to 140 – 96kbps – zip file (34Mb)

131 to 140 – 320kbps – zip file (125Mb)

140 – Hours

This piece has taken hours to complete on the netbook. Despite this, I am posting it, reluctantly, as I don’t feel it measures up to some of my work so far.

It’s been made by building a track, adding effects, freezing it and then importing it as a wav back into Live. Eventually, I have 8 wavs running with some light effects to pull the sound together. Levels and balancing the track have been difficult and errors often meant having to go backwards quite often. Whilst this has been labourious, I hope it will help my ideas once I start using the desktop to make something more complex and immediate.

It does have some lovely tones which may prove useful to anyone that makes samples from these tracks. So, for that reason, along with the fact that this blog is meant to reflect my ongoing creativity, in a diary form, it’s up.

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