Producer and performer Daniel Lanois has a new album out, Flesh And Machine.
According to label Anti-, Lanois has ‘truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal’, creating the ‘headphone album of the year’ in the process.
Flesh And Machine was initially conceived as an ambient album, building on his work with Brian Eno on classics like Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks (1983). But the album also explores Lanois’ idea of taking the ‘studio as an instrument’ concept to the world of live performance.
Here’s a live studio performance of Opera, from the new album: Continue reading
All Saints Records has announced that it will releasing four albums worth of unreleased/rare music from Brian Eno as part of the re-release of four of of Eno’s solo albums:
- 1992’s Nerve Net
- 1992’s The Shutov Assembly
- 1993’s Neroli
- 1997’s The Drop
Each album release will be expanded with a second album of rarities/unreleased tracks. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Quintronics’ Weather for the Blind is a live streaming site of a musical instrument which is ‘played’ by the weather. The project combines ambient music, sonification and analog synthesis. Continue reading
Free Music Friday: Free Floating Music has released Quiet Friends – a 30th anniversary tribute to the Steve Roach classic, Structures From Silence.
Quiet Friends is a collection of ambient music that is ‘inspired by the blueprint of Structures From Silence.
“I’m sure I first heard the hypnotic pulse of Structures From Silence while listening to Stars End on WXPN radio,” says Free Floating Music label head Brad Ross-MacLeod. “That was it. That was the sound of that place I was seeking.”
“This collection is dedicated with deep gratitude to him,” adds Ross-MacLeod, “for inspiring us stop and listen in that world and to make our own music there with him.”
Here’s what Steve Roach has to say about the album: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance by ambient electronica Daniel Davis, Mellow Day.
A rare concert by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – one of a handful by the two – is now available to order.
Live In Paris 28.05.1975 will be released on September 15th and can be obtained from Inner Knot for US customers and Burning Shed for UK and Europe.
Here’s what they have to say about the release:
Hearing the tapes in fully restored audio quality, it’s easy to understand why it attracts such reverence now and perhaps, why the shows attracted such hostility then. No Roxy Music hits, No King Crimson riffs, just a duo sitting in near darkness with a reel to reel tape recorder, improvising over the pre-recorded loops with a filmed background projection.
Replace the reel to reel machine with a couple of laptops/iPads/sequencers and the core of much current live performance from electronica to hip-hop was there some thirty years in advance. At the time, audiences responded to such a glimpse of the future with booing, walkouts and general confusion.
Thanks to the discovery and restoration of the original backing tapes, it was possible to isolate, de-noise and match the live elements from the performance tapes to the studio loops to produce the final recording. Continue reading
Slightly off topic: YouTube user crysknife007, aka Cheesy Nirvosa put together this playlist that features the ambient sounds of science fiction spaceships.
The playlist includes these greatest ambient sound hits:
- Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
- Star Trek TOS Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
- Original Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine Sound ( For 12 Hours )
- Nostromo Ambient Engine Noise ( Ship from Alien for 12 Hours )
- 12 Hour Tardis sound from Doctor Who
But wait! There’s more: Continue reading
Free Music Friday: Ambient artist Daniel J. Davis (Carl Sagan’s Ghost) has released a new album of ambient electronic music, Cycles.
The album features Fender Rhodes, OP-1, Micorkorg, MS-2000, CZ-1, Nord Lead 3, Bass Station II, DX7 and HS-60. Continue reading