343 – Vjezna

My next little piece using the wonderful samples at http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/sounds/sounds.htm includes recordings from the Vjezna HF Transmitter talking to Soyuz and a more modern transmission between the ISS and TsUP. The melody was made using a sample from China 1 broadcasting the tune “The East is Red”, which I have looped and heavily effected.

It’s quite hypnotic and calming… try listening to it on a loop before sleep? You’ll soon be floating in your dreams.

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286 – Elongation

Another piece born out of experimenting in the small hours.

This is a reworking of track number 275 | Amiss, although hopefully it should be near impossible to tell. It was made using the piano piece as a sonic backdrop that was then ripped apart by a Max for Live plug-in called ck.stretch88. The result was thrown through one of my odd fx chains and then finally smoothed out and elongated using PaulStretch.

Despite its 17 minute length, slow movement and lack of transients, if you like drone or shoegaze, you should enjoy it. I hope so. Try it with the lights out as you drift off to sleep…

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266 – Ataraxia

After almost losing control of my car when a tyre suddenly failed, driving back along the A303 last night, in horrible conditions, I can’t believe how incredibly calm I felt as I finally brought the car to a stop just short of a roadside ditch. This measure of tranquility stayed with me as I managed to fit the spare and head on my way home.

Just a twinge of back pain is all that I have to worry about.

Sleep was strewn with images of my not managing to control the car as I crashed in various ways, always managing, somehow, to remain unhurt.

I made this piece, not long after I woke, to reflect the events of yesterday.

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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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245 – Frith

I’m stuck in a dronespace right now and although it’s not the most popular sound I make, it’s a rewarding one to work on. These often fill me an inner peace. I can’t say why, but they seem to be in harmony with my innermost feelings.

I wonder if anyone can spot the excerpt of music that this piece is born from?

Lights out, headphones on, volume at 50% and gently slumber…

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Ambient Compilation 21

Sorry that this batch of ten tracks has taken so long to create, but the move and work have had a major impact on my creative time.

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.

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201 to 210 – 320kbps – zip file (77Mb)

192 – Lucubrare

Sleep has been hard to come by the past few nights. So I’ve found myself trying to create at 2 or 3am. Often the results of this tend to be something simple but relaxing, something that will finally send me off to dream.

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155 – Relax

This little thing was born out of late night noodling. Sometimes I find myself making something that I can use to reach sleep. This piece, with its slow outro, did a good job doing just that.

Feeling a lot better today.

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