"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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
9 Countries was recorded on location in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Egypt and Greece between October 2005 and March 2007 by Tom Compagnoni. What you hear has been entirely assembled from these field recordings, no additional samples used.
A mashup / sound-collage / ambient / documentary album by Wax Audio
posted by flatluigi
on Dec 21, 2009 -
Dave of Low Light Mixes
spins together all manner of textural musical goodness into solid, themed sonic experiences. Component parts include but are not limited to ambient, jazz, "jazz", noise, field recordings and one hell of a lot of Brian Eno.
posted by colinmarshall
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Muslimgauze was the sound of an angry Middle East, a prolific source of music dark
. Tension was a constant theme not only in the music but in the packaging. (For example, Betrayal
shows the hands of Yassir Arafat and Yitzak Rabin, and guns, knives, and news photos of an Arab world at war were a common motif in titles and sleeve art.) However, the music wasn't the usual agitprop fare: Music meant to rile a public to a cause isn't normally pigeonholed as ambient
or musique concrete
. But the band, hidden from public view, was rumored to donate proceeds to Palestinian terrorists, and that they were eventually silenced by Mossad.
Despite the prodigious output -- issuing almost a hundred EPs and albums between 1983 and 1998, over a hundred more since -- limited distribution and perpetual obscurity ensured the rumors were easier to find than the music. While the facts about Muslimgauze have little in common with the fictions, they are, if anything, stranger... [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Dec 22, 2008 -
Connecticut's Have a Nice Life
is responsible for one of the year's most acclaimed
, highly conceptual albums this year, Deathconsciousness. The two discs (entitled The Plow That Broke The Plains and The Future, respectively) feature music spanning over five years of collaboration between the two artists, and are accompanied by a 75-page booklet on medieval Italian heretics in lieu of liner notes.
Combining elements of shoegaze
, new wave
, ambient drone
, experimental industrial
, avant-garde dark metal
, and electronic
music, and citing references such as My Bloody Valentine
and Joy Division
to their credit, the original and only pressings sold out within hours
. Full stream of all 85 minutes available here
. Direct mp3 samples here
. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Jun 28, 2008 -
Spartacus Roosevelt Hour Podcast
is a weekly hour of obscure noise, glitchy electropop, fake nostalgia, bastardized exotica, tweaky lounge, creepy ambient and musical non-sequiturs. Also, it features an Alabaman with a Skype account named Spartacus Roosevelt.
posted by panoptican
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Even if Lou Reed had dropped out of music after the break-up of the Velvet Underground, his name would still be forever etched in the history of rock music. Yet his solo career, filled with eccentric detours and radio-ready rockers in equal measure, remains one of the most fascinating canons in all of rock music. Metal Machine Music, however, is a unique entity in itself, proudly pushing at the very boundaries of what pop music is capable of. Zeitkratzer’s performance not only makes the original album ripe for critical re-evaluation, but it’s a performance that stands on its own ground...Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed
regarding how he came to play Metal Machine Music
live in 2002.
posted by y2karl
on Nov 17, 2007 -
The idea of treating everyday, ambient noise as music is not terribly new,
but Noah Vawter's
ambient sounds into
music (in a somewhat more traditional sense of the word)
Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Dec 18, 2006 -
known as one of the principal architects of ambient house,
have receded into relative obscurity since the popular heyday of the electronic music movement in the US. Despite changes in the lineup - the group now consists of a duo featuring founding member Dr (Duncan Robert) Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann.
Paterson's DJ sets are the stuff of legend and I was pleased as punch that they've just put together a podcast (actually a 50.8mb .zip
file containing an mp3) that's available through their minimal website.
posted by beaucoupkevin
on Sep 7, 2006 -