Archive for September 2009

 
 

Eleanor Rigby

Possibly, this may well be a one-off piece as far as The Beatles are concerned. I may change my mind if there is a clamour for more.

It is a really interesting concept however, to take something so familiar and transform it into a completely new sonic experience.

Made using a combination of tempo changes, transposition, warping abuse in Live with Reaktor 5 effects. It’s a very different technique I have used here, against the other ‘stretched’ pieces.

This works well on headphones, mid-volume in a quiet, darkened room. Just let the strange formants and timbres flood your brain and you’ll find little bursts of strange thought jumping into mind.

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Ambient Compilation 15

Here is the fifteenth 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.

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

Thank you for your continued support.

141 to 150 – 96kbps – zip file (47Mb)

141 to 150 – 320kbps – zip file (160Mb)

151 – Guiding Light

The clouds are hiding the sunshine despite what the weather man said.

This simple piece was made in the early hours, with thoughts of distant places, where its guiding light might just be breaking through.

I’ll be putting up the latest compilation sometime over the weekend, but I wanted to put this up first.

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150 – Levels

An early morning start allowed Niall and I to catch the mist rising from the levels as we drove through them. It’s such a beautiful place at times. This piece aims to capture that stillness.

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Rhubarb

I have to say that the original version of this Aphex Twin track is one of my favourites, however, it doesn’t last nearly long enough for me. So, I have stretched it somewhat. It now lasts 38 mins and when played at a lowish volume will send you drifting into sleep.

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149 – Rust

A rush of melancholy lead to me play with the Aeolian mode last night before sleep. The sound is born from three instances of Reaktor’s Gaugear and some bussed Reaktor effects in Live.

My mood always begins to go in this direction once summer is over and the leaves begin to rust.

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148 – Autumnal

Apologies again for the wait on another track, but the combination of work, my boy and my lovely girlfriend’s birthday have swallowed up most of my spare time.

Here is a piece born out of the cool, damp morning air that hit my lungs as I ventured out into the garden this morning, with a view to doing some work on it at lunch.

October and the coming of Autumn are closing in.

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147 – Paname

Sorry for the wait on this piece. Work is busy right now, but I’m continuing to try and get novel sounds out of my late night/early morning netbook noodling sessions.

This is very unusual. It is born out of a short recording of a Parisian restaurant’s ambience. It has been pulled into Simpler and made into an instrument of odd tiny samples. These have been glitched and effected to produce something that I think is quite different. Well, for me, I think it is.

What do you think?

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146 – Airport

This is a piece that stemmed from last night’s dream where I was waiting for a flight at the airport, but despite all the calls for flights, none of the chiming announcements were ever for mine. The generative bell sounds in this track evoke the flight calls and the ambient sound of simulated aircraft noise, hark back to an aural memory of life under a flightpath as a child. Airports used to be a joy for me.

Sadly I guess that the dream was born from the thought on sleeping of what happened eight years ago.

Thinking of everyone affected, not only in those horrendous attacks, but for all the innocent lives that have been taken in the conflicts since.

Lastly, today would have been my Mother’s 62nd birthday, but she died at Christmas in 2001. Happy birthday Mum. x

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145 – Iatrodrone

My latest piece has been drawn out into a delicate soundscape to send you off to your dreams. Join me as you go…

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