Archive for July 2010

 
 

Ambienteer on Bandcamp

Just letting you know that I am currently uploading all of my pieces in their originally intended album formats. So far, I’ve posted the first few.

Please take a look over at http://ambienteer.bandcamp.com/ and grab whatever you fancy. There really is no obligation to buy anything, but if you feel you can, please do so. It really will help me cover the costs of running this blog and making more for you all.

Thanks… x

New laptop

On a tight budget, I’ve managed to find something that will hopefully see me being creative again v.soon. Will report back here once I have had some time to see how it performs. Thanks for the sympathetic tweets and emails! :)

Laptop dead :/

Sorry, but there will be a delay in my Bandcamp uploads and just about everything else. My laptop is completely dead this morning. Timing couldn’t be any worse. Will report back here later.

So what now?

Just thought I would update you on my plans over the rest of the summer.

I am currently beginning to upload my work in its original ‘albums’ format to Bandcamp. 250 tracks will take some time to upload, so bear with me? I’d love it if you could pay just few pounds if you do like what I have made so far? The hope is that I can raise enough money to help cover the basic costs of upgrading my computer hardware/software and running the server that hosts this blog.

I am creating sounds for DJ Chloe Harris, collaborating with another Twitter friend (spoken words over ambient) and I’m also writing, what I would call, my first ‘proper’ release. Until now, due to the nature of the blog and timescales involved, the pieces I have made have not been optimised or mastered, just made and shared.

All of this is having to be squeezed in around my day job. I also have my son with me and he needs plenty of attention, as of course does Nickie!

This will mean that this blog may not be v.busy for a while, but I hope you’ll still use it to listen to one or more of the 250+ tracks I have left here for you.

Thank you ALL for your support this far.

James x

Several Times II

I was recently introduced via @greenwoods to ‘Sleeps with the Fishes‘ a 1987 collaboration between Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook. I’m immensly grateful to her for enlightening me. If you love ambient, this is a must have album.

One track in particular I love is Several Times II, but at just over two minutes, its beauty is all too short for me. To help me sleep last night, I stretched and layered it with a little bit of additional reverb into an 11 minute aid to allow you to drift gently off. Here is the result of that.

Only available as a stream for copyright reasons. That said, there is every chance I might be asked to remove it. I sincerely hope not.

I implore you to track the album down and buy it.

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Ambient Compilation 25

Here is the twenty fifth and the last of my regular zipped compilations for a while.

It’s time for me to try and spend a little more time and effort trying to make something a lot more rewarding for both my ears and hopefully yours.

I am extremely grateful for all the support that you have shown me and please don’t imagine that this blog is dead… far from it. I intend to document and share ideas as I create my next project. Having you along for the journey would be terrific. :)

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.

241 to 250 – 96kbps – zip file (40Mb)
241 to 250 – 320kbps – zip file (130Mb)

250 – Valediction

So here it is. My 250th piece in 520 days. A reflective, almost ghostly sounding track that takes a while to say farewell.

Although I will continue to post here, the rate at which I do will slow somewhat. I now want to concentrate on creating something a little more complete and polished.

Thank you all for your ears, your tweets and your words of encouragement.

James x

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249 – Aethereal

Sleep came and went. The night sky was a blanket, heavy and warm.

This is how it sounded to me.

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248 – Esemplastic

My creative juices feel like they have dried up, but taking advice from some wise Twitter friends, I’m not going to let it get to me.

I wasn’t going to post the results of last night’s noodling, but after giving it a few listens, it doesn’t seem so bad.

Made using a 0.03 second sample of Elgar’s Nimrod as a sound source.

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Kunlarim Sensiz Remix

Whilst going through an old MySpace account I came across something I did in 2008 for a remix competition on RealWorldRemixed before my ambienteering days.

Sevara Nazarkhan has a magical voice. I hope you like this and will check out more of her music at http://www.myspace.com/sevaramusic.

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