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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Music for Yoga

And meditation. Check out two tracks in advance of the album's January 2019 release.

The rising synthesizer figure Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has announced a forthcoming album of purpose-composed recordings, Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga. The album is due out on January 11, 2019, and is currently available for pre-order on Smith’s Bandcamp page, where two of its nine tracks are already streaming, a total of nearly 10 minutes of music.

Though the album is new, the music is more than half a decade old, recorded back in 2013 at the request of one of Smith’s parents: “it was commissioned by Smith’s mother to accompany her yoga practice,” says the accompanying liner note. The two tracks, “Tides III” and “Tides IV,” both employ, as does the rest of the album, the Buchla Music Easel instrument, the original of which dates back to 1973, almost a decade and a half before Smith was born.

“Tides III” is a gentle, see-sawing piece, with layers of lulling melodic material. “Tides IV” emerges from a whorl of white noise, and cuts the pace of “Tides III” almost in half. Stepwise melodies trace figures up and down, back and forth, while a looming undercurrent comes in and out of focus. While Smith describes the album as ambient, the music is also often delectably dense and always quite present.

Preorder the album at kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com. More from Smith, who lives in Los Angeles, at kaitlynaureliasmith.com. Found via synthtopia.com.

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Truly Experimental Music

In a live performance video from Scanner

It’s called experimental music, so of course when the musician is truly just experimenting, some of their best sounds might come out — truly experimenting, in that they are fiddling about with newly acquired equipment: pairing devices, exploring signal flows, turning knobs and touching buttons to see what they might hear. That’s the case with Scanner, aka Robin Rimbaud, who today uploaded to his YouTube channel a case study of two gadgets employed in tandem. What those little things, each barely the size of a human hand, emit in concert with each other is dense clouds of atmospheric intensity.

The main device is a Tetrax from Ciat-Lonbarde, created by the ingenious instrument designer Peter Blasser. It’s being heard through an effects pedal called the Eventide H9. In the comments accompanying the video, Scanner engages with his listeners and talks about coming up to speed on the Tetrax, and mentions that he’s working on a soundtrack.

This is the latest video I’ve added to my YouTube playlist of recommended live performances of ambient music. Video originally posted at YouTube.com. More from Scanner, who is based in London, at scannerdot.com.

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Stasis Report: August ✚ Fallout 76 ✚ Classic AFX

Five tracks added to the Spotify and Google Play Music ambient playlist as of November 18, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music. The following five tracks were added on Sunday, November 18.

✚ “Pursuance” by David August, based in Berlin, Germany, off DCXXXIX A.C., released in 2018 on the 99chants label: davidaugust.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Visitation” by Gossamer off Imperishable, a 2018 album (on the Innovative Leisure label) also available in what might be called the Buddha Machine format: a small, battery-operated player with a built-in speaker. Gossamer is Evan Reiner of Los Angeles, California: gossameril.bandcamp.com.

✚ “The Mole Miners” by Inon Zur off the soundtrack to the Fallout 76 video game, released this past week.

✚ “In Absentia” is by Paula Matthusen off the album Matthusen: Pieces for People, released in 2015: innova.mu. A new Matthusen album, Between Systems and Grounds, a collaboration with Olivia Valentine, is due out on November 30 on the Carrier Records label: betweensystemsandgrounds.com.

✚ “Nanou 2” by Aphex Twin off his 2001 album, Drukqs on the Warp label. The song appears on the soundtrack to the new film Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix Van Groeningen.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly two hours. Those retired tracks — from Laraaji, r beny, and the duo of William Basinski and Lawrence English — are now in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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444 (Yes, 444) New Autechre Videos (Updated)

The British electronic duo caps a busy year with a synesthesia-inducing, 13-hour haul on YouTube

The British electronic duo Autechre appears to have uploaded some 444 videos to YouTube over the course of 2018, beginning in January. As such a sentence is often followed up: evidence surfaced to this effect on the Autechre board at Reddit in the past day. The full playing time is in excess of 13 hours. There are also discussions going on at watmm.com, a forum focusing in large part on artists from the Warp record label, home to both Autechre and Aphex Twin, among others.

The Autechre videos are linked to from the period at the end of the sentence “THIS STORE IS OPERATED BY BLEEP STORES ON BEHALF OF AUTECHRE.” on the About page at autechre.bleepstores.com. While the earliest of the videos date back to the start of the year, it is not clear when the link embedded in that period went live. (And, yes, there is a unique pleasure to typing the sentence “it is not clear when the link embedded in that period went live.”)

Each video displays an array of colors going through some sort of transformation, accompanied by a rush of fomenting drones. There appears to be a strong correlation between sound and image, suggesting there is a direct connection, perhaps the images and sounds sharing a single source, or one being the impetus for the other.

All the images seem to be reflectively bisected at the horizontal midpoint. The result brings to mind a neural network’s combination of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s horizon-view ocean photography and Brian Eno’s colorful light installations. As is the case with many an internet Easter Egg hunt, the communal scrambling to make sense of the ambiguous material is reminiscent of the mysterious Russian video footage at the heart of William Gibson’s 2003 novel, Pattern Recognition.

A substantial number of the 444 Autechre videos are brief, under a minute, though some are quite longer. Of the first ten, all but two are under a minute. However, continue deeper into the playlist mix and number 24, the longest in the set, is 7:10. One of the Reddit members posted a “Handy Dandy Sortable” Google spreadsheet, which among other things helps identify that of the 444 videos, 278 have a running time of a minute or longer.

The expansive playlist caps a busy year for Autechre, which consists of Rob Brown and Sean Booth. They released a massive box set, NTS Sessions 1-4, collecting an online residency they produced in April, and earlier this week shared production files of their own making for various pieces of widely used musical technology from the companies Elektron, Nord, and Akai (see: factmag.com).

Major thanks to Matt Nish-Lapidus for having drawn my attention to it. View the playlist at the hidden YouTube channel. Interestingly, if you back up from the playlist to the account, attributed not to Autechre but to XH HX, none of the material, neither the videos nor the playlist, are viewable.

Updates: (1) Additional thread at watmm.com, focusing on the visuals in the context of other “ae_store eastre egg” (ae being a common shorthand for Autechre). (2) A website, 444.frm.space/scans, of scans from the 444 videos.

Updates: (3) I am reminded that “444” was the title of the final track off Incunabula, the Autechre album released in November 1993, or 25 years ago this month.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0359: Broken Clock

The Assignment: Use an image not as a graphic score, but as a graphic depiction of a remix.

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, November 19, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 15, 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 0359: Broken Clock
The Assignment: Use an image not as a graphic score, but as a graphic depiction of a remix.

Step 1: We’ve done lots of “graphic notation” projects in the Disquiet Junto over the years, projects in which an image is interpreted as if it had been intended as a musical score. This week we’re using an image to suggest a means of remixing/reworking a pre-existing piece of music.

Step 2: Look at the image associated with this project. It shows the top of a clock visible beneath a dense scrim of colorful striations. Compare this image to the original image, which accompanied Disquiet Junto project 0357, from two weeks ago. That image is available at disquiet.com/0357. Think about how this week’s image can be interpreted as aesthetic instructions for a remix. It might be informative to know that the 0359 image resulted from a glitch that occurred when I was rendering the “cover” image for project 0357.

Step 3: Listen to the tracks from that previous project. They are at

https://soundcloud.com/disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0357

And there may be additional tracks at this URL:

https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0357-clock-work/17274/

Step 4: Choose a track from Step 3. If the track isn’t available (i.e., downloadable and posted with a license allowing for creative reuse), either choose another track or contact the original musician to ask for permission.

Step 5: Remix/rework the track you selected in Step 4 by applying the aesthetic approach you thought about in Step 2.

Six More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0359” (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 “disquiet0359” (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-0359-broken-clock/

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, November 19, 2018, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are on. It was posted in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0359” 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: Please consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

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

More on this 359th weekly Disquiet Junto project — Broken Clock / The Assignment: Use an image not as a graphic score, but as a graphic depiction of a remix — at:

https://disquiet.com/0359/

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-0359-broken-clock/

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

Image adapted (cropped, text added) from a photo by Steven Feather, used via Flickr thanks to a non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0):

https://flic.kr/p/7Pkq3f

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

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