306 – Nocturne

A night of restless sleep and bewildering dreams led me to be fully awake at 6am. Rather than try in vain to return to sleep, I decided to revisit some Conet samples and took one from Disc 2 and made it into something resembling a ghostly brass & woodwind section playing a strange and haunting nocturnal soundscape. Not unlike the effect that these original broadcasts had on me, under the bed covers, late in the evening, as a young boy.

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Bandcamp release of ‘more’

You may be aware that I have been cataloging my work into their originally intended album formats and releasing them in a myriad of formats via Bandcamp.

My latest work ‘more’ is up at http://ambienteer.bandcamp.com/album/more

Please take a look and grab a copy or whatever else 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

281 – Sonant

Whilst working on some ideas for a new track for a Number Stations compilation, this little ditty came to fruition. It’s a five note repetition sample from the start of track 11, disc 1 of the Conet Project Recordings, that I layered, transposed and effected. I then used the sample in two instances of Simpler to make a bell piano sound to add a little motif of my own.

Another short, but nonetheless, sweet little piece.

Really hope you like it!

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184 – Cero

With Christmas fast approaching my time to create has been squeezed to almost nothing. To allow myself a chance to output something, I revisited the Conet recordings whilst noodling before sleep. I hope you like what I made.

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Ambient Compilation 18

Here is the eighteenth zip file containing the latest ten tracks posted.

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171 to 180 – 96kbps – zip file (63Mb)
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176 – Umweltverschmutzung

More experimentation with the Conet number station samples, led me to try and reshape one of them so that it became something totally new and almost unrecognisable. It’s meant to represent the sound of the Earth lamenting her demise. Not cheery stuff, I know, but I love its melancholic feel.

All of the sound in this piece came from this Conet sample.

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I used Paulstretch to pull it apart, but everything else was done using Ableton Live.

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171 – Black Holes

Struggled the past couple of days to make anything of note. The hacking of the site and the subsequent server changes, home tutoring Niall and the day job have all taken their toll. Whilst teaching Niall about Black Holes, he asked how one might sound. So, I took a big bunch of Number Station recordings, treated them to tons of effects in Live and then stretched them massively. I played this to him last night and said, I think it could be something like this, if there wasn’t a vacuum in the way. He said, ‘like a hoover’, Dad?

This is worth a late night listen at 50% on headphones. The 20 mins will fly by… if you love a nice bit of drone, that is!? ;)

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Ambient Compilation 17

Here is the seventeenth zip file containing the latest ten tracks posted.

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169 – Okno

I’ve recently managed to get hold of a copy of The Conet Project-Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations and this little ditty is just something I came up with late before sleep last night. All of the sounds come from samples taken from the CD, manipulated in Simpler and effected within Live.

Over the coming weeks I will listen fully to these CD recordings to see if I can make a whole and proper release, using them as the backbone for the project.

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168 – Gnosis

More experiments with number station broadcast recordings. This piece is a little darker in mood than is normal for me. However, it reflects how I feel today. Somehow, I feel I know all that is wrong, when all that is right isn’t close.

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