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Caroline Park’s New 5-Track Album

Less Than Human is more than satisfying.

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Caroline Park in the past week or so posted a short teaser of her then forthcoming album, Less Than Human. At just 46 seconds, it seemed just a little short to constitute a standalone post here, and fortunately the releasing label, Pan y Rosas Discos, has followed up with the full, freely downloadable set of five tracks, and posted three of them on its SoundCloud account for streaming. The album’s brief liner note includes this instruction:

play at full volume,
with good speakers
in a nice room.

no head/earphones please (sound needs space).

Do follow the instructions when the opportunity arises. The material in the SoundCloud subset of Less Than Human ranges from luminous and droning (“Plantlife”) to ominous and distant (“A Moth Is Born”) to stuttered and disorienting (“Fractured Barnacles”), and all of it is best experienced in full body, the nuances not left to the compressed nature of headphones, and the volume not adjusted for proximity’s sake.

Missing from the SoundCloud set are the album’s opening and closing tracks, “Being States” and “Gldufglsd.” The first is perhaps the album’s most ambitious, a gentle melody refracted through subtle, pinging percussion. As for “Gldufglsd,” the album’s longest cut, at over 11 minutes, it is, like “Plantlife,” structured around a low-level drone, heard here below a harsh shimmer, out of which slowly arises a warmer tone whose sense of comfort is balanced by the increased threat of that buzzsaw shimmer. It seems to suggest a sequel to “A Moth Is Born,” in which the promise of a heat brings the end.

Three-track set originally posted at soundcloud.com/panyrosasdiscos. Get the full album at panyrosasdiscos.net. More from Park, who is based in Providence, Rhode Island, at soundcloud.com/cpark, cpark.bandcamp.com, and blanksound.org. Pan y Rosas Discos is a netlabel, based in Chicago and at panyrosasdiscos.net.

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At Play in the Depth of Sonic Field

Two slow-motion works by Andrew Weathers

Even without the title Raised High in Badwater Basin, this two-song set by Andrew Weathers would bring to mind a quiet burble akin to the continuous motion of water — well, at least the first track, “Last Light at Sonora Pass,” would. That parallel is thanks to the pixelated nature of the music, which is built from a slow, gently random occurrence of very slight notes, small instances of tone. What pushes “Last Light” beyond pixel-stuff is an underlying shimmer that comes and goes, lending depth of field, as well as the occasional, if muffled, presence of field recordings that had me repeatedly pausing the track to see what was happening outside my window when in fact it was happening right there in the room. That balance between foreground and background is flipped on the second track, “There’s Gold in These Hills,” in which the seeming background material, an intense raga-like treat akin to a fine Terry Riley piece, commands the majority of the piece, and the more Western-melodic material, such as it is, appears as a rarified series of simple chords. Beautiful, rewarding work, throughout. Both tracks are nearly 15 minutes long, allowing for immersive listening.

Originally posted for free download at basicsounds.ca and at andrewweathers.bandcamp.com, though you can pay a little, if you like, at the latter. More from Weathers at andrewweathers.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0136: Thrice Derivative

Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72.

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Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com 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.

This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, August 7, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, August 11, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0136: Thrice Derivative
Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72.

Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the following segments of the following songs:

Segment 1: The first 30 seconds of “Nunquam Revolvo” from Jared C. Balogh’s album I Am The Ship // I Am The Shaman, available from the Nowaki netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/P6D9j6

Segment 2: From 2:10 to 2:40 of “And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words” by from Chris Tenz and Cory Zaradzur’s album Language of Landscape, available from the Phantom Channel netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/Y3TU4o

Segment 3: From 1:40 to 1:50 of “HD Eve” from the Small Radio album Migre 3, available from the Rec72 netlabel. This should lead to the MP3:

http://goo.gl/lWMcV1

Background: All of this music is available for free, non-commercial download and creative reuse thanks to a Creative Commons license. This project is part of a series of “netlabel remixes”intended to promote that sort of thoughtful, collaborative sharing.

Deadline: Monday, August 11, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minute and 4 minutes.

Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, 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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0136-thricederivative” in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the nature of the source material, your track should be set as downloadable, and with a license that allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

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

More on this 136th Disquiet Junto project — “Recombinate work from the netlabels Nowaki, Phantom Channel, and Rec72″ — at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0136: Thrice Derivative

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

https://disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:

https://disquiet.com/forums

This track is made from elements extracted from the track “Nunquam Revolvo” from Jared C. Balogh’s album I Am The Ship // I Am The Shaman, available from the Nowaki netlabel; “And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words” by from Chris Tenz and Cory Zaradzur’s album Language of Landscape, available from the Phantom Channel netlabel; and “HD Eve” from the Small Radio album Migre 3, available from the Rec72 netlabel.

More on those releases at

http://www.nowaki-music.org/#album197

https://archive.org/details/LanguageOfLandscape-memoriesFadeUnderAShallowAutumnSnowphch014

http://rec72.net/?p=3555

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An Insect Lullaby at Dusk

A new track by Elian

The lovely drone “Individuality of Butterflies” is a series of slowly developing swells amid a light crush of white noise. Recorded by Elian, it appears as part of the recent free compilation Endless Intermission, released by the netlabel Subterranean Tide. The piece has the ebb and flow of a tide, and the warm enveloping aura of an insect lullaby at dusk.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/elian-1. Get the full compilation on which it originated, also for free, at subterraneantide.com.

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Disquiet Junto Project 0111: Acts of Commons

Rework work from Impulsive Habitat, Xylem, Zeromoon (via actsofsilence.com).

20140213-actsofcommons

Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com 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.

Tracks by participants will be added to this playlist as the project proceeds:

This project was published in the evening, California time, on Thursday, February 13, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, February 17, 2014, as the deadline.

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

Disquiet Junto Project 0111: Acts of Commons

Create a new piece of music by using nothing but the following elements from these three pieces of music:

The last 30 seconds of Juan Manuel Castrillo’s “Horizontales,” from the album by that name on the netlabel Impulsive Habitat:

http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab084.htm

The first 10 seconds of J. Surak’s “Improvisation for Prepared Autoharp,” from the album If You Smell Gas on the netlabel Zeromoon:

http://museumofmicrocassetteart.bandcamp.com/album/moma086-if-you-smell-gas

The first 20 seconds of Maddame Cell’s “Auto Tempo 1,” from the album Autotempo on the netlabel Xylem:

http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/autotempo

Background: all of this music is available for free, non-commercial download and creative reuse thanks to a Creative Commons license. This project is part of a series of “netlabel remixes” intended to promote that sort of thoughtful, collaborative sharing. The audio was sourced from reviews posted originally at the excellent website actsofsilence.com, which is run by David Nemeth.

Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2014, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your finished work should be between 2 minute and 5 minutes.

Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, 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.

Title/Tag: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term “disquiet0111-actsofcommons”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Due to the nature of the source material, your track should be set as downloadable, and with a license that allows for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

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

Thanks to a Creative Commons license, this track contains elements of music by Juan Manuel Castrillo (“Horizontales,” from the album by that name on the netlabel Impulsive Habitat), J. Surak (“Improvisation for Prepared Autoharp,” from the album If You Smell Gas on the netlabel Zeromoon), and Maddame Cell (“Auto Tempo 1,” from the album Autotempo on the netlabel Xylem).

More on this 111th Disquiet Junto project (“Rework work from Impulsive Habitat, Xylem, Zeromoon (via actsofsilence.com)”) at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0111: Acts of Commons

More on the Disquiet Junto at:

The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 – 0279 …)

Join the Disquiet Junto at:

The source audio for this track is available for free download from these netlabel websites:

http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab084.htm

http://museumofmicrocassetteart.bandcamp.com/album/moma086-if-you-smell-gas

http://xylemrecords.bandcamp.com/album/autotempo

The audio was sourced from reviews posted originally at the excellent website actsofsilence.com, which is run by David Nemeth.

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