361 – Eidolia

Another small ethereal piece born out of an inability to sleep properly, a couple of nights ago, amidst a succession of dips into a dream state.

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338 – Opiate

Unable to sleep last night at about 1am I loaded Reaktor into Ableton Live and set upon the task of creating a sound to sooth me to slumber. I opted to create a handful of layers of slighty detuned and filtered drones, allowing them to feed into the region of my brain that was riding a light opiate wave from my painkillers. This 13 minute drone had me dreaming by 3am. :)

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Latest release on Bandcamp – Hiemal – Free Download

Just a little announcement to let you know that my latest release ‘hiemal’ is now available to download for free from Bandcamp. Grab it while you can as Bandcamp does limit the number of free versions.

330 – Coldhead

There is something about the end of winter that lifts my mood and has my mind daydreaming of better days ahead.

However, it’s also the time when all the bugs and colds seem to flourish. You go to bed feeling fine, have a restless night (no change there) and awake in a totally blocked up state.

I have a sore throat, raspy cough, headache, super-loud tinnitus and a general wish to stay in bed.

So with my coldhead, I quickly made this representation of the sound of the inside of my head when I woke and the mood I am in because of it.

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328 – Early Bird

A restless night with lucid dreams led to my being wide awake at 6am. This piece was an attempt to make something that would help me drift back off into some kind of slumber.

The birds were beginning their dawn chorus, but I didn’t really want to have to go outside and record them, so I searched online for something I could use. The background birdsong sample used is from http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/117113/. It’s a lovely dawn recording of a Dutch village, yet it closely resembled the sounds eminating from the garden into the bedroom. This helped me stay warm, for which I am grateful, but alas sleep never returned.

Maybe it will prove useful to you as an aid, easing into these tail-end of winter mornings?

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Ambient Compilation 32

Here is my thirty-second compilation for you all to (hopefully) enjoy.

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311 to 320 – 96kbps – zip file (54Mb)
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312 – Moonfall

I woke up at around 4am this morning, sleep was fitful, so I decided to play with a short field recording of a distantly played violin performance. As I stretched, layered and effected the sounds, I was bathed in the light of the Full Moon, almost sensing its pull. As I let the combined layers drone on, I slipped into a barely awake state and imagined the Moon falling to Earth and filling the sky with an increasingly intense luminance.

What your brain imagine if you let this piece gently accompany you to sleep?

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311 – The Night is Over

Something born out of a late night burst of energy and a wish that dawn would hold back for a little while yet…

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Ambient Compilation 31

Here is the thirty-first compilation that I have made for you all.

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310 – First Light

This piece was made in the early hours of this morning when, as seems the case right now, I was restless and could not sleep. Medication is to blame. Unusually, I was able to get an idea down and recorded. New work is sporadic I am afraid. Apologies for the wait.

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