Thank you to Glyn for creating this on Spotify!
A new ambient record – Summer Idyll – has been released on the streaming and download sites. At over 80 minutes it has a total of six tracks of all new material. More info and links shortly.
Summer Idyll has evolved out of a number of session out-takes for the Anodize project that is currently underway.
For those interested, you can get this album for free by becoming a SUBSCRIBER at Bandcamp. More information about this is here:
A relatively recent version (excerpt) of a track from the CD Sidereal. This new version is not available on any albums at the moment. However, it is on all the download sites – including iTunes – for those who may be interested.
Here are the original recordings – Sidereal is in two different CD versions. The background sounds on this record, alluding to the various interstellar sounds that people find so fascinating, are actually handmade using SuperCollider! A wonderful program for creating computer music.
On the records these subtle droning sound fields create a backdrop for the unfolding of the music. The “discrete” version presents the flow as separate tracks that are bounded by silences while the “continuous” version presents the material as originally conceived. Recorded in 2002 and re-mastered in 2007.
Of archival interest perhaps…
2015 is halfway over and this year has seen quite a number of notable releases. This list includes over 100 albums each of which is worth a listen, if not more. The ordering below is rough, but should give you an idea of what we are thinking. Releases that we have reviewed feature links to said reviews. Enjoy.
Great to be included among so many excellent releases!
You can listen to Palimpsest on Spotify...
And you can buy the download or the CD at Bandcamp.
Purple Crow Ever tried to describe a rare flower amongst so many other flowers, and why this particular flower means so much to you, as people look at you quizzically attempting to understand your peculiar fascination? You just need to listen to every detail and take it all in before you’ll come to understand what I mean when I say “Exceptional rare beauty”. Enjoy. :>
This 30-minute ambient track is another of the studio out-takes from the Anodize sessions that are on-going this summer. In this track the main background (event) texture is from Kyma 7 and the synth work is a combination of analog and digital. The new GRM Spaces tools are used for some of the spatialization of the sounds. Reverberation is by Altiverb 7 and delay processing by Echoboy (Sound Toys).
This recording is a free download at Soundcloud for those interested in adding the music to their collections and players. If you like the track please share the link with others.
I hope you will enjoy listening.
Robert Scott Thompson has spent a great deal of time in the “perpendicular universe.” James Johnson has been flirting with that zone for quite some time. On Forgotten Places, they make that journey together. The long-awaited collaboration between Robert and James is now available! And it is a sonic treasure! Robert’s recent focus has been on his experimental and computerized avant-garde sound designs. James has blossomed into one of the pre-eminent minimalists of the new millennium.
This release has it all! It is packed with gentle ambience, drifting minimalism and soothing nature samples. There is even some evidence of Robert’s experimental stylings but the disc is mostly soft expansive minimalism. Both artists are right at home in that arena. The smooth refrains and sweeping synth washes surround the samples and a solemn acoustic piano augments the electronics. Deep listeners will explore the depths of pastoral beauty and relaxation. The emotional and spiritual investments are high stakes. Robert and James both expressed how smooth and effortless the exchange of ideas has been. Each recalled that there was a synergy at play that was devoid of ego. The result is a gentle ride to the intensity of the perpendicular worlds.
‘The Pearl’ (Eno/Budd) for the new millennium” – Wind and Wire
“The dreamy and lilting pianoscapes of Johnson with Thompson’s select embellishments and treatments are in perfect balance.” – All About Jazz
“Absolutely must be heard to be appreciated … sheer beauty” – Instrumental Weekly
Forgotten Places can be puchased here: