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Monthly Archives: November 2006

Apologetic Dub MP3

Sample-clearance payback is sweet, for listeners. Apparently DJ Olive used some music by a group called Sounds from the Ground on one of his tracks. They call him on it, and by way of apology he offered/agreed to remix one of their songs. “Speed Bump Dub” is a nearly six-minute excursion by Olive posted at his webpage ( It plays with the standard symbols of sonic depths (cymbals at the high end, bass at the low, synths in between) but is entirely enjoyable, even if you don’t know the original (MP3). More info on the originators at

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Pete Kemble Drone MP3

Among the many overused words in the description of drones is “quotidian.” It suggests daily experience so pervasive as to have become nearly invisible, but such a word, and such an experience, best sums up much of the sound art perpetrated by Pete Kemble as part of his ongoing “The Heard World” series on the London-based radio (and web-) station Resonance FM. Take episode 40 (MP3), which Kemble describes in his brief webposting as “20 minutes of your favourite worker drone, live from my living room, november 4th, 2006. all featured noises are from homemade instruments.” The lo-fi excursion, recorded on a sturdy old-fashioned cassette recorder, is a languorous swath of the sort of background noise that one learns to ignore, the light buzz of a distant vacuum, the whir of radio interference, the whorl of a faraway siren. It’s the sound of someone else’s activity invading, or overlapping with, one’s own inactivity. More info at and

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