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Stasis Report: Christina Vantzou ✚ H.Takahashi ✚ More

Five new tracks added to the ambient playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music as of September 9, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist. It started out just on Spotify. As of three weeks ago, it’s also on Google Play Music. The following five tracks were added on Sunday, September 9. All the tracks are fairly new.

✚ “Sky Could Undress” is a remix by Christina Vantzou from Clear Language: Reworked of music originally by Balmorhea (aka Austin, Texas-based Rob Lowe and Michael Muller): balmorhea.bandcamp.com. Vantzou is based in Brussels, Belgium.

✚ “Part 3” is from The Great Lake Swallows by Julia Kent on cello and Jean D.L (“guitarist/tape machine manipulator”), with field recordings by Sandrine Verstraete, on the Gizeh label: gizehrecords.bandcamp.com. Kent is Canadian, and Jean D.L. is Belgian.

✚ “Circulation” from Low Power from H.Takahashi on the White Paddy Mountain label: chiheihatakeyama.bandcamp.com. Takahashi is based in Tokyo, Japan.

✚ “Good Intentions I” from Departures, Vol. 2 by North Atlantic Drift (Mike Abercrimbie, Brad Deschamps), based in Toronto, on the Greek label Sounds in Silence: soundinsilencerecords.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Maish” is from Salted Garden by Mark Rushton, who is based in Iowa City, Iowa: markrushton.bandcamp.com.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly two hours (up from what was originally an hour and a half, when the playlist first launched). Those retired tracks (by Masayoshi Fujita, Forma, Peter Gabriel, Abul Mogard, and Hiroshi Yoshimura) are now in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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Stasis Report: Deru ✚ Machinefabriek ✚ More

Six tracks newly added to the ambient playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music as of September 2, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist. It started out just on Spotify. As of two weeks ago, it’s also on Google Play Music. The following six tracks were added on Sunday, September 2. All the tracks are fairly new, with the exception of the Klara Lewis, which is posted in expectation of her upcoming new album.

✚ “Two High” off Engel by Machinefabriek. The self-released album seems to get louder and more insistent as it proceeds. This is the second track. The album is the score to a performance by Marta Alstadsæter and Kim-Jomi Fische: machinefabriek.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Eventually” is off Veriditas by Helios, on Ghostly: ghostly.com.

✚ “Opposite Day” from Invisible Threads by Mark Van Hoen, on Touch: touch333.bandcamp.com.

✚ “No One Cares as Much as You” is from the score to Impulse, by Deru, released by Lakeshore: derusoundtrack.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Unseen” is from FTS002 by Vida Vojic and Chihei Hatakeyama, released on First Terrace: firstterracerecords.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Try” is from Too, the 2016 album by Klara Lewis: klaralewis.bandcamp.com. Lewis has a new album (a collaboration with Simon Fisher Turner) due out later this month: editionsmego.com. Both are on Editions Mego.

Usually some Stasis Report tracks are removed to make room for new tracks, but this week the Stasis Report was expanded to two hours from one and a half. Past tracks are in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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Stasis Report: Ellen Arkbro ✚ Olafur Arnalds ✚ More

Five new and recent tracks added to the ambient playlist on Spotify and Google Play Music as of August 26, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist. It started out just on on Spotify. As of last week, it’s also on Google Play Music. The following five tracks were added on Sunday, August 26.

✚ “Mountain of Air” from For Organ and Brass by Ellen Arkbro, of Stockholm, Sweden. It was released on the Subtext label back in April of this year: ellenarkbro.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Memory Block” from Music for DOS by Simon Stålenhag, of Sweden. Per album title, the music was recorded using an old-school Pentium 266 Mhz (which was state of the art roughly 20 years ago), running the music software Impulse Tracker. Boing Boing featured the album this past week. The album was self-released two weeks ago: simonstalenhag.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Momentary” from re:memeber by Olafur Arnalds, based in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was released last week on the Mercury KX label: mercurykx.com.

✚ “Aerosols for Pluviculture” from The Biode by Robert Rich, based in Mountain View, California. It was released back in February of this year on Rich’s own Soundscape label: robertrich.bandcamp.com.

✚ “On the Day You Saw the Dead Whale” from Hundreds of Days by Mary Lattimore, based in Los Angeles, California. Dave Depper of Death Cab for Cutie singled it out recently in an interview. It was released on Ghostly in May of this year: marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com. “Never Saw Him Again” from the same album previously appeared in Stasis Report from June 4 through June 24 of this year.

Some previous Stasis Report tracks were removed to make room for these, keeping the playlist length to roughly an hour and a half. Those retired tracks (by Daniel Aged, Ethan Gold, Kano, Simon McCorry, Orquestra de las Nubes, and Marta SmiLga) are now in the Stasis Archives playlist (currently only on Spotify).

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Stasis Report: Now On Google Play Music ✚ Spotify

Five tracks (four new, one archival) added to the ambient playlist as of August 19, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist. It started out just on on Spotify. Now it’s also on Google Play Music. The following five tracks were added on Sunday, August 19.

✚ “Bread and Wine” is from the score by Peter Gabriel to the 1988 Martin Scorcese film The Last Temptation of Christ. It’s one of three films that Gabriel — once upon a time the lead singer of the progressive-rock band Genesis, and later a formidable part of the foundation of MTV’s vision of pop culture — has scored. The soundtrack release is titled Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ. Another of Gabriel’s is Long Walk Home: Music from Rabbit-Proof Fence, the 2002 film. In both cases he chose a title other than the film’s for his score’s release. The third, his first, is Birdy: Music from the Film, from 1984. They’re all of note right now because they finally appeared on streaming services this past Friday, August 17. It was the same day the estate of the late Prince released almost two dozen albums across streaming services, so the news got a bit buried. The first two had a big impact on me. Birdy came out my last year of high school (I remember hearing his music in the background as a local news TV station’s film reviewer talked about the movie, and I recognized it as Peter Gabriel’s immediately) and Passion my last year of college (we were fresh off the debate about cultural appropriation that had surrounded Paul Simon’s Graceland; Gabriel had the grace to release an album of the material his score drew from, Passion – Sources).

✚ “Self-Recognition (For Pauline Oliveros)” is from Diminution by Leila Abdul-Rauf, released on Malignant Records in mid-April of this year. Abdul-Rauf lives in the San Francisco Bay Area: malignantrecs.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Scraped (Kara-Lis Coverdale ‘Serpentine Rework’) is off the three-cut EP Arborescence {remixes}, based on the “Serpentine” track from the 2017 album Arborescence by Úlfur. The EP also includes remixes by Oren Ambarchi and Alex Somers. Arborescence {remixes} was released in July on the label Figureight. Úlfur is an Icelandic musician now based in New York. Kara-Lis Coverdale is based in Montreal, Québec: ulfur.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Lapis Lazuli” is from Lady’s Mantle by Jake Muir, who is based in Los Angeles. It was released in July on the label Sferic, which is based in Manchester, England: sferic.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Anno / Four Seasons: Meadow (Spring)” is from Anno: Four Seasons by Anna Meredith & Antonio Vivaldi (“in which original pieces of work by the classical-electronic composer are intertwined with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons”) by Anna Meredith and Scottish Ensemble, and in the case of this track some birdsong as well. The record will, no doubt, be considered alongside Max Richter’s 2012 reworkings of the same Vivaldi music, Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Deutsche Grammophon). It’s worth wondering if the attraction ambient-minded composers find in “The Four Seasons” is related to the merits of the original composition itself, or to the background-music reputation it has garnered over the years, or some combination thereof. Meredith is based in Camberwell, UK, and the Ensemble in Glasgow. The album came out last week on the Moshi Moshi label: annahmeredith.bandcamp.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 retired tracks (by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, Ekin Fil, Sarah Davachi, Jet Jaguar, and Rezzett) are now in the Stasis Archives playlist. (Note: one track on the Spotify list isn’t on the Google Play Music version, because it isn’t showing up on the service: Simon McCorry’s “The Third Stone,” off the album Song Lines.)

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Stasis Report: Meg Bowles ✚ Abul Mogard ✚ More

Five new tracks added to the ambient Spotify playlist as of August 12, 2018

The latest update to my Stasis Report ambient-music playlist on Spotify, on Sunday, August 12, added the following five tracks.

✚ “Where Not Even” from the new album Above All Dreams by Abul Mogard, based in Belgrade, Serbia: abulmogard.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Love and Death” from the new album Exit Rumination by C. Diab, based in Vancouver, Canada: injazerorecords.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Berceuse for a Star Child” from the new album Evensong: Canticles for the Earth by Meg Bowles, based in Connecticut: megbowlesmusic.bandcamp.com.

✚ “Voice of the Runes” from Runes by Kano (aka Don Campbell). The 1986 album has been reissued by Subliminal Sounds: subliminalsounds.se.

✚ “Mauna Kea” from the new album Hawaiki Tapes by M. Geddes Gengras: umorrex.bandcamp.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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