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Ambient Compilation 28

Here is the twenty eighth compilation that I have made for you all.

Sorry this one took so long to complete. Although my health is not 100% yet, I will aim to have the next one take a little less time to produce. ;)

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Thanks for your support.

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.

271 to 280 – 96kbps – zip file (34Mb)
271 to 280 – 320kbps – zip file (104Mb)

278 – Cellodrone

Nothing I am making right now is really hitting the spot. I know that I just need to keep plugging away and something will come.

This drone, made on my Samsung N110 netbook, was made by layering a few transposed, detuned and stretched single shot cello samples in Ableton Live Lite 8 with a little reverb to blend the rough edges.

It’s a little raw, but does have a hypnotic effect if you use headphones and a dark, chilled space to take it in.

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Ambient Compilation 26

Here is the twenty sixth compilation from me, to you.

Sorry that it’s taken so long to create, but life has been busy and I just haven’t had the free time to create as much.

I still intend to document and share ideas as I create my next main project, which is likely now to start sometime in November.

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.

251 to 260 – 96kbps – zip file (33Mb)
251 to 260 – 320kbps – zip file (103Mb)

254 – A Song From 5.95 MHz

I took a cheap shortwave radio under my bed covers and scanned whilst recording its output. I captured this heavily interfered melody. I looped, layered and gently effected it.

I love this piece.

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253 – Dark Parsec

I’ve been stuck in a non-creative headspace for a little while and decided to go out into the countryside to do a little foraging (black & elderberries) to see if nature could inspire me as well as offering up a fruitful bounty.

I parked up in a quiet layby and started to pick. Only a few minutes in and a couple of other cars pulled up and it was then that I noticed something…

This piece is an experimental idea based on what went through my mind.

Once I have made a few pieces I will share more about this newly discovered (well, to me anyhow) technique. Created using only my Zoom H4n and a Netbook running Live 8 Launchpad edition, PaulStretch, Mammut and using a couple of other little props and tricks.

The sound source in this example is not me… I wonder if any can guess its origin? The distant hum of the A25 can be heard throughout also.

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Ambient Compilation 20

A year has passed and here’s the twentieth 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. That said, please don’t forget Haiti, if you enjoy any of these pieces, please make a donation to the agency of your choice, however small it may need to be.

191 to 200 – 96kbps – zip file (38Mb)
191 to 200 – 320kbps – zip file (110Mb)

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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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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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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Too Late

As my creative noodling sessions were constantly reaching a dead-end over the weekend, I decided to use my lunch hour to create another stretch piece. This track is around 45 seconds of an M83 track, pulled out and effected.

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