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 -
(set to The Album Leaf's "Outer Banks") is an absolutely gorgeous bit of time lapse photography, all shot around a cityscape I couldn't recognize. Watching it made me think of this movie
, which is another bit of ethereal time lapse urbanscape beauty, this time shot in a city I did
recognize (downtown Los Angeles & LAX initially, San Francisco later). Direct download 480p version of second film here.
Of course, watching the second film reminded me of this previously posted
third film (Rivers of Light, by the Grass Collective
) involving cityscapes(downtown L.A. again - flash based preview here
), this time in slow motion, and without audio. All links are quicktime, and HUGE, but highly recommended and very, very pretty.
posted by jonson
on Oct 14, 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 -
Will Wright & Brian Eno, Playing with Time.
) Will Wright, creator of the video games "Sim City," "The Sims," and the forthcoming "Spore," spoke with Brian Eno on many subjects, including time, and generative programming, on June 26, 2006, in seminar put on by the Long Now Foundation. (Summary
posted by crunchland
on Jul 8, 2006 -
Bedroom Music for Bedroom People
A veritable treasure trove of hours and hours of mixes of fine abstract headphone-fodder of varying flavours, be it compelling hiphop or weirdo IDM or just etcetera. A fine way to pass a lazy Sunday away ...
posted by syscom
on Apr 18, 2004 -
The Ambient Orb
No, not a prog-rock-house fusion band... But a little wireless egg, that sits on your desk, talks to your dataflows, and glows appropriately. Stocks up? Glows green. Lover online? Glows red. You calibrate the frosted glass through "thousands of colours". These design jockeys
think it could be cooler though. Already, though, the idea is really mellowing me out. "The Lava Lamp of the 21st Century"...
posted by theplayethic
on Apr 17, 2003 -
Ambient Information (NYT reg. required)
Ambient information can be defined as material objects, such as computers, watches or furniture, which interact with digital information and react in certain ways such as sound, color, or light. Apple has filed an intriguing patent
for a computer that could change color when you get an e-mail, for example. So, is this concept the next “new thing” or the next pet rock?
posted by jeremias
on Jan 13, 2003 -
The Sound of Magic:
an amazing homage to the ambient sounds of various Disney Mecca, is also an amazing site: beautiful, whimsical, nicely architected, and with plenty
posted by silusGROK
on Oct 17, 2002 -
is a great collection of amazing electronic and ambient mp3s(try the Cerebellum
, Red Lines
for good examples), mostly from unknown artists. The mp3s rotate monthly, and there's a mailing list you can join to remind you when the music changes. You've already missed the previous seven installments, but there's plenty more to go around...
posted by 40 Watt
on Sep 26, 2002 -
is a fascinating ambient sound generator for Mac G3 computers. It uses the Mac's built-in DSP to create "sounds that resemble - metaphorically - the timbres of water, fire, earth, and air." If you don't have a Mac, there are Real audio files so you can hear what you're missing.
posted by cfj
on Mar 4, 2001 -