"His work is rooted in the power of collaboration within systems: instructions, rules, and self-imposed limits. His methods are a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person’s intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about. To this end, Eno has come up with words like “scenius,” which describes the power generated by a group of artists who gather in one place at one time. (“Genius is individual, scenius is communal,” Eno told the Guardian, in 2010.) It suggests that the quality of works produced in a certain time and place is more indebted to the friction between the people on hand than to the work of any single artist." The New Yorker'
s Sasha Frere-Jones on Brian Eno's career and new album High Life.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jun 30, 2014 -
In 1992, the then-young independent British record label Warp Records launched a series entitled Artificial Intelligence. A foray into what the label called “electronic listening music”, the seminal chain of albums forever altered the way electronic music was viewed, written, and heard. At the time, most of the electronic music known to the public was club/rave/dance music. Though this had it’s place, Warp’s founders, Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell, had a vision of electronic music that could be listened to and enjoyed rather than only dance to.
Warp's Artificial Intelligence series revisted
posted by jontyjago
on Jun 6, 2014 -
uses audio synthesis cleverness and the HTML 5
Web Audio API
to give you a
of ambient soundscapes and background noises right in your (recent) browser. Each generator is highly customisable and users can share customisations with each other.
posted by vanar sena
on May 15, 2014 -
Dexter Tortoriello makes various forms of sad music. The most prolific persona is Houses
, which is a duo with his girlfriend Megan Messina, which Tortoriello thinks of in terms of "old Elephant 6
recordings," though it's been classified with the chillwave craze of the recent years
, escapist songs are understated in mood and minimalist in structure
. Then there's his solo project, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, named for the centuries-old secret occult sect Golden Dawn and the symbol of Rosicrucianism
, built with intensely sculpted collection of skittering electronics and delicate acoustic textures, ... marked by heavy beats and synthesizer pads
. You can hear tracks from both projects on Soundcloud (Houses
; Dawn Golden
) and YouTube (Houses official channel
, and a playlist for A Quiet Darkness
, the newest Houses album).
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 2, 2013 -
are a black metal/shoegaze/post-rock/emo/ambient/pop-metal/what-have-you band from San Francisco. The band consists of vocalist George Clarke and guitarist/songwriter Kerry McCoy and are signed to Deathwish Inc. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane
on Jul 15, 2013 -
Listening to birdsong is really good for you. But many of us live in urban environments where birdsong is a scarce resource, so you might consider opening up this YouTube audio clip
, or this one
, or this one
, and just let those little birdies serenade you while you work at your computer, or savor your morning coffee, or do your household errands. It's good for the soul.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 26, 2013 -
GRiZ - Mad Liberation.
Take a 21 year old bedroom producer from Michigan, raise them on the the internet with a near complete access to the history of modern music with a focus on electronic/dance and apparently you get this incredibly humanistic and cross-cultural album that's both homage, monument and appropriation of hundreds of influences in modern music in an incredibly dubby dubstep framework. (Free album download here.
posted by loquacious
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Ambient bus arrival monitor from hacked Linksys WRT54GL.
Transport for London has a wonderful service called Countdown
that can give live bus arrival times. For example, here's a page showing live buses passing No. 10 Downing St
. Underlying this is a simple JSON API that, while not public, seems to be usable by the average programmer. So with its details deciphered (hardly hard since the web site uses the API) John Graham-Cumming set about building an ambient bus monitor into a model London bus. The idea is to glance at the model bus and see the times of the next two real buses you're likely to want to catch, and know when to leave the house.
posted by netbros
on Mar 20, 2012 -
"The following is a short demonstration of Quintronics' latest musical invention called The Singing House. This drone synthesizer can be installed into any building in order to provide its inhabitants with a pleasing chord that is constantly changed by the weather."
Brought to you by the maker of The Drum Buddy
. [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Jan 17, 2012 -
"One of the most moving releases I heard in 2010 was the 90-minute cassette entitled Ornitheology, by a mysterious individual by the name Chubby Wolf. Two long, 40-minute long songs that recalled beautifully the best moments of Brian Eno, yet the two songs struck me as something more…more. In doing research, I discovered two things about this mysterious band: a. that Chubby Wolf was the moniker of Danielle Baquet-Long, who performed in a group entitled Celer with her husband, Will Long, and, b. sadly, that Danielle had passed away suddenly, at the tragically young age of 26.
" Joseph Kyle of The Big Takeover interviewed Will Long
, providing an overview of Danielle's life and art. Much of her music, which was released on limited edition CDrs, cassettes or vinyl
is streaming on bandcamp
, along with music she created with Will
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 19, 2011 -
is a super-group from Istanbul composed of Hüsnü Senlendirici, one of the greatest clarinet players alive, Aytac Dogan on qanun (zither) and Ismail Tuncbilek on saz (long necked lute). More of their music that can be found on Youtube
. A glowing Album review
& some background. Their Myspace
posted by growabrain
on Oct 15, 2011 -
It’s maybe a little
early yet for year’s end retrospectives, but who cares: we’ve got 157 songs, 10.5 hours, 1.12 GB of “some of the best and most notable music from 2010... covering indie, pop, rock, punk, folk, rap, R&B, soul, dance, country, modern classical, ambient and electronic music, and in many cases, hard-to-classify genre hybrids.”
—Curated by FluxBlog’s own Matthew Perpetua.
posted by kipmanley
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Soundmaps are field recordings of the unique audio ecology of a particular place and time. Often they are cities: New York
, New Orleans
, London (previously)
, and many others
. Sometimes they move through space: Ramallah
. Sometimes they are mixable
(probably my favorite, from Portugal). They might be of entire countries (Spain
, the United States (previously)
, the United Kingdom
, or continents (Africa
, while on a bike!). Sometimes they cover the entire world
: aporee (you may prefer the map interface)
. Some attempt to preserve sounds that are in danger of being lost
. And sometimes soundmaps are of the deep ocean
Most of the sounds are, appropriately, licensed under Creative Commons.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Sep 6, 2010 -
The Jónsi and Alex (Recipe) Show
: join Jónsi Birgisson
(frontman of Sigur Rós
), Alex Somers
and their very loud blender to make raw food
recipes. They made three videos from their Good Heart recipe book
, for Macadamia Monster Mash
, Raw Strawberry Pie
, and Nammi Nammi
. If coconut, almonds, dates and agave (heavily featured in their three recipes) aren't your thing, enjoy a couple dreamy videos from the couple's album Riceboy Sleeps
: All the Big Trees
and Daníell in the Sea
. See also: Sometimes I Get Scared
(a distortion-heavy non-album track), and Jónsi and Alex talk about their album
, with parts of the tracks in the background. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 12, 2010 -