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Friday, 30 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 31: Muttley - Back To Mine Pt.1 - "Overshadowed"

Artwork credits: cordani @ est00.com

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01 - Lull - Illusion Of Unbroken Surface
02 - Hildur Gudanottir, BJ Nilsen & Stillupsteypa - The Direction Was Foggy Or Cloudy
03 - Klute - Untitled
04 - Grouper - Close Cloak
05 - Stars Of The Lid - Hibener Toujours
06 - Massimo Liverani - Primavera
07 - Lamenter - Bleeding Riverbed
08 - El Heath - Epick
09 - Xela - Her Eyes Sparkled And She Walked Away
10 - Ulrich Schnauss - Molfsee
11 - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Providence
12 - Hakobune - The July Skies Followed Us Here
13 - Kettel - Halt Him
14 - Mogwai - Punk Rock
15 - Bark Psychosis - Burning The City (Alt mix)
16 - Jodi Cave - For Myria (2)
17 - Lezrod - Digi4
18 - The Alpha Rhythm - Long Road Ohm
19 - Klute - Torrential Pain
20 - Pilote - The Dialogue

Collaging music very personal to my existence; upheld as a return to being myself, and catalysed by an explosion of innacurate surmising towards me, each track in "Overshadowed" signifies through titles a soundtrack to meetings, and departures which have never taken place.

What can overshadow failed friendships by symbolism: rebuttal of society, depth-charge fathomages, stones of universal change gathering moss, and returning with surplus details, or the juxtaposing of rational and irrational lust, leaves the participant with a subconscious dialectic for advancement.

The end of a relationship or marriage can be a difficult and painful experience. It can leave you feeling confused, lonely and lacking confidence in yourself and the future. Feelings of betrayal, guilt or rejection are common. Anger, sadness and confusion are often intense. Moving forward can be hard when trust, self-confidence and self-esteem have been shaken. All I hope for is that "Overshadowed" can be an aural springboard to assist and heal those in darkness, that which I'm slowly exiting, one step at a time.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 30: Cole Pierce - Later My Letter

"The meandering acoustic guitar piece by Seaworthy was the starting point for this mix. I'm currently interested in the sub-genre of ambient music that uses field recordings and local sounds along with instruments and electronics. For the most part, I focused on stringed instruments (guitar and piano) to piece together a careful variety of songs, including one beautiful sorrowful folk tune by Micah Blue Smaldone. The ingredients of each song are comparable as is the structure of each composition, which is complex yet flat, a classic noodling, gentle melodies in a repetitive anti-climactic pace."

Thursday, 22 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 29: Music from the start

A 35 000 year old flute has been found in Germany, (for more information see Nature issue 460, page 663) which suggests that music was in quite an advanced form of development in early man. It's thought that language began in human populations between 50 000 and 100 000 years ago, meaning that music developed not long after that. It cements ideas that music developed naturally in early man for reasons of bonding, communication and spiritual ritual.

A further implication is that these early Europeans may have used the same musical intervals as are in use in the world today, suggesting that ideas of musical metre and harmony are universal. Fossil musical instruments are extremely rare since they decompose very easily and it is not known what other types of instruments were used, nevertheless this finding allows us to attach an earliest date to the invention of complex music. Before that, it is still assumed that percussion was the most ancient form of music, and probably developed concurrently with language as a means of communication over longer distances than speech.

Monday, 19 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 28: Euphony - Subvert Central Podcast 046

01. High Lonesome Sound System – We’re go (Exist Dance)
02. Mundo Muzique – A Cluster of Movement (R+S)
03. Revelation – Synth-it (Atmosphere Records)
04. The Octogan Man – Spiritos Dementico (Vinyl Solution)
05. Mundo Muzique – Altered Envelope (Opus Records)
06. The Rhythm Masters Volume 3 – Sending out an SOS (Underworld Records)
07. Revelation – Odyssey (Atmosphere Records)
08. Mundo Muzique – Welcome (Opus Records)
09. Intelligent Communication – Drive (Jumpin’ and Pumpin’)
10. Revelation – Resurgan (Atmosphere Records)
11. EZE OZO – Kick the Break in (Beatfreak Music)
12. High Lonesome Sound System – Love Nights (Exist Dance)
13. Brainstorm – Move the Colours (Instinct Records)
14. The Shamen – Possible Worlds (Deep P.S.I mix) (One Little Indian)
15. Voodoo Child – Slight Return (R+S)
16. Frank De Wulf – Cinemascope (Mikki House)
17. EZE OZO – How to Stay Alive (Beatfreak Music)
18. Mundo Muzique – Albido (R+S)
19. The Shamen – Hear Me O My People (One Little Indian)

“I used to spend most evenings huddled around my little radio cassette player in my early teens scanning different frequencies searching for new music, and all of a sudden I found music like this. I was hooked from that day. This selection is a tribute to those radio stations, the crackle over the airwaves, the discovery of new sounds, which I have tried to re-create as much as possible. It’s like listening back to the old pirate radio tapes for me all over again and takes me back to that time. It features aliases of Moby, Technical Itch and Future sound of london, amongst others. A time when all this music went under the same banner. Techno to house to breakbeats to bleeps, all of which still influence my own music to this day.”


Tuesday, 13 October 2009

SubVersion Stop 27: Muttley & nrvnet - Transference

Transference” is the result of the first collaboration between fellow mixtape creators Muttley & nrvnet. Transference began as an exercise in association. Muttley started rummaging through his monthly archives one day, for tracks with titles that suggested an action of transference in the composition of a message. Given the biggest percentage of his collection consisted of beatless audio, the rigidity of tune choices remained, but the limitations decreased.

Influenced by the low-high penchant of groups like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the consequential recording clocked in at 12 minutes, featuring dense soundwalls from Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd, Beef Terminal, Bitcrush and Broadway Project; going from tranquil piano motifs to a downtempo behemoth.

During this period, fellow ambient mixtape maker nrvnet had contributed two sets to the "15 Minutes Of Fame" mix series. Muttley emailed nrvnet to ask whether he'd like to collaborate on a joint mix. With passion for the cause, both were obliged, and an ongoing conversation was established. The result that you see today is an 83-minute exploration into soundscapes, ambiences, crescendos, and, critically, a bucket-load of emotional credence.

Muttley and nrvnet contributed three sections each following a guideline of 10-15 minute sections. Upon completion of a section, the completed piece was “transferred” to the other. The piece went back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean several times until the message was complete. We won't tell you who did what--that's up to you to decide. The piece represents a conversation between people—both literally and figuratively. It also reflects a transference of state—from quiet to loud; from ambience to dissonance; from drift to beat. What Muttley provides in unconventional selections, nrvnet matches with tapestries of sounds. Transference will be cross-posted at Muttley’s Subversion blog and nrvnet’s Hydrogen Cafe blog.

It was an honour for Muttley and nrvnet to engage in this musical conversation together. We hope this transference of sound will be enjoyable.

- Muttley & nrvnet, October, 2009

D O W N L O A D S (right click, save link as):

Transference MP3 (83:27) (320k) (200 mb)
Artwork (800k Zip file)


01 - Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Hidden Message

02 - Beef Terminal - Passing Secrets Through The Window

03 - Bitcrush - Prologue

04 - Broadway Project - Message From The East

05 - Porcupine Tree - Russia On Ice (excerpt)

06 - Andrey Kiritchenko - Let Oneself In

07 - The Radio Dept. - Gibraltar

08 - Amusement Parks on Fire - So Mote It Be

09 - Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
10 - The Caretaker - Unmasking Alzheimer’s
11 - Skare - To The Other Shore

12 - Emma Cora - Parcels Carrier

13 - Milton Cross - First There Came A Letter From A Tree
14 - Helios - Signed I Wish You Well
15 - Porcupine Tree - Metonia Pt 1; Mesmer Pt 3 (excerpts)

16 - The Gentleman Losers - Weed Garden

17 - Jónsi & Alex - All the Big Trees

18 - Max Richter - lonosphere

19 - Arca - Baixa

20 - Jacaszek - Orszula

21 - Con Cetta vs. Antartica - Thank You
22 - Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process
23 - The Alpha Rhythm - Escape Velocity

24 - Peter Broderick - Something Has Changed

25 - Hreda - Knowing How To Carry

26 - Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I (02)
27 - Underworld - Pizza for Eggs (excerpt)

28 - Archive - LeMans

29 - The Last Days - Nightlight

30 - Auburn Lull - Blur My thoughts Again


01 - Marek Brandt - Versailles Castle
02 - John Tenny - French Quarter Walk

03 - Figowitz - Kantine01

04 - Cognito Perceptu - AM Band Static

05 - Stomp - Factory X Operatios

06 - Sal Randolph - Grand Central Station

07 - Connum - Bakery in a German Train Station

"When that transference between beings does occur it is the result of some very strong unbroken karmic connection from the past."
- the Dalai Lama