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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Stasis Report: Éliane Radigue ✚ Daniel Aged ✚ More

Six new tracks added to the ambient Spotify playlist as of July 29, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify, on Sunday, July 29, added the following six tracks. I’m really doing my best to keep this as restrained as possible. In recent years, the word “ambient” has come to mean very little in many contexts — in some cases it virtually just means “no voice,” or “quieter than regular pop music.” Sometimes it feels like a tag that someone has applied, whether lazily or cynically, out of a perception that it lends commercial or cultural viability. In any cast, this music in this ongoing playlist is intended as material that aspires to a state of stasis. Still, from the more overt melodic aspects of the Masayoshi Fujita track here to the harsher peaks of the Éliane Radigue, even that aspiration is being tested.

✚ “Occam River I” is the opening track of the album Occam Ocean Vol. 1, compositions by Éliane Radigue, featuring Rhodri Davies (harp), Carol Robinson (reeds), and Julia Eckhardt (viola): soundohm.com. Released last year on the Shiiin label. It was released last year.

✚ “Bass.int” and “Breath2” are both off the self-titled new album from Daniel Aged.

✚ “Clouds” is from Music for Nine Postcards, a 1982 album by Hiroshi Yoshimura reissued last year on Empire of Signs: empireofsigns.com.

✚ “Fog” is off Book of Life, the new album from Masayoshi Fujita on Erased Tapes: erasedtapes.com.

✚ “Rebreather” is from Semblance, the new record from Forma, on Kranky Records: brainwashed.com.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly an hour and a half. Those tracks are now in the Stasis Archives playlist.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0343: Big Pun

The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, July 30, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Tracks added to the above playlist for the duration of the project.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0343: Big Pun
The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?

Major (and minor) thanks to Ian Joyce for proposing this project.

Step 1: Record a piece of music that is a musical pun.

Step 2: Explain your joke for those of us who didn’t get it.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0343” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0343” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0343-big-pun/

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, July 30, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the early afternoon, California time, on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0343” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 343rd weekly Disquiet Junto project (Disquiet Junto Project 0343 / Big Pun: The Assignment: What does a musical pun sound like?) at:

https://disquiet.com/0343/

Major (and minor) thanks to Ian Joyce for proposing this project.

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0343-big-pun/

There’s also a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet to join in.

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Piano Singles from Quebec’s Moderna Records

Music from Julia Gjertsen, Maxy Dutcher, and Jake Lowe

The Montreal, Québec-based record label Moderna recently launched a weekly Single Series, all the tracks thus far are instrumentals that focus on piano. The series began on July 10th with “Sarah” from Jake Lowe, pleasantly reminiscent of old Windham Hill releases. Lowe, the track’s composer, plays midtempo piano, accompanied by a pair of strings: Charlotte Jacke’s cello and Ruby Paskas’ violin. The arrangement of “Sarah” is by Ross Irwin, who treats Lowe’s composition as a kind of classical-flavored pop song, with the strings filling the role of vocalist.

A week later, on July 17th, came “Blocks” from Maxy Dutcher, performing solo on a combination of piano and unidentified synthesizer. It’s a blissfully upbeat track, the piano plucking along with a percussive quality, the minimalist melody unfolding like flower blooming. The synthesizer provides a swish of background haze, and only comes fully into view as the piano part fades toward the end.

The most recent, out today, is “Gate” from Julia Gjertsen, who is only credited with piano on the track’s Bandcamp page, though the piece appears to, like Dutcher’s “Blocks,” combine piano with a synthesized accompaniment. The piano, as with the previous entries in the Moderna series, is minimally melodic, and deviations from the main theme are tightly constrained. That restraint finds its match in the affectionately percolating rhythmic track that shares acoustic space with the piano.

It’s a great series. Here’s looking forward to next Tuesday’s entry. More form Moderna at modernarecords.bandcamp.com and modernarecords.com.

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Stasis Report: Ekin Fil ✚ Sarah Davachi ✚ More

Five new tracks added to the ambient Spotify playlist as of July 22, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify, on Sunday, July 22, added the following five tracks. I seem to be adding work by around five artists each week, though the total number of tracks varies. This week introduces the third artist from whom an included track is titled “Interlude.” The previous two were Laraaji (as part of the debut Stasis Report playlist) and Julie Byrne. That seems to be a bit of a theme, the interlude often being the most peaceful moment amid a longer work, a moment marked both as transition and repose, or perhaps repose as transition.

✚ “Interlude” is from the 2017 album Ghosts Inside from Ekin Fil. She is based in Istanbul.

✚ “Evensong” is currently the only track on streaming services from Sarah Davachi‘s forthcoming album Gave in Rest, which is due out September 14th on the label Ba Da Bing. She lives in Los Angeles.

✚ “Ottomans” is off Everything Happens, for Some Reason, the 2018 album by Jet Jaguar, aka Michael Upton of Wellington, New Zealand.

Rezzett‘s “Yunus in Ekstasi” is off its recent self-titled album, on the Trilogy Tapes label. Rezzett appears to be anonymous for the time being. It also appears to be a duo. The label is based in London.

✚ “Conclusio” is the final track, and the shortest, off the new album from Marta SmiLga (aka Liga Smirnova), Lunar Maria. She is based in Riga, Latvia.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly an hour and a half. Those tracks are now in the Stasis Archives playlist.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0342: In Sea

The Assignment: Record a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley's In C using only samples of water sounds.

Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate. (A SoundCloud account is helpful but not required.) There’s no pressure to do every project. It’s weekly so that you know it’s there, every Thursday through Monday, when you have the time.

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, July 23, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Tracks will be added to the playlist for the duration of the project.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0342: In Sea
The Assignment: Record a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley’s In C using only samples of water sounds.

Step 1: You’ll be recording a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley’s In C. (If you’re unfamiliar, read up and listen.) Don’t use the actual composition. Consider aspects of it, and choose ways to emulate them, to extrapolate compositional ideas from them.

Step 2: Record a piece of music employing the decisions you made in Step 1. Only use samples of water sounds as your source audio. (Side note: collaborating with others is encouraged but not necessary.)

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0342” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0342” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0342-in-sea/

Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Other Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, July 23, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Length: The length of your track is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0342” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: It is preferable that your track is set as downloadable, and that it allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track online, please be sure to include this information:

More on this 342nd weekly Disquiet Junto project (In Sea / The Assignment: Record a piece of music in tribute to Terry Riley’s In C using only samples of water sounds) at:

https://disquiet.com/0342/

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto/

Subscribe to project announcements here:

http://tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0342-in-sea/

There’s also a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet to join in.

Image associated with this project is by Joseph O’Callaghan and used, via Flickr, thanks to a Creative Commons license:

https://flic.kr/p/mZLXwL

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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