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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 118: Takemitsu - Requiem For String Orchestra, Dedicated To The People Of Japan

Even messages at sea foretell disaster. Japan's implosion insisted reparation worldwide. Rising iodine hazards; tsunami tides; earthquake losses; currents at life's expense. On this relief piece, Japan's Takemitsu conducts the New York Philharmonic in superb, spontaneous refrain, aiding reconstruction of a beautiful country; as it remains, as it once was. For what it's worth, should concern any classical music listener.

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Monday, 11 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 117: Atomic Skunk - Alchemy LP (Organic Robot Records)

Alchemy: two to one - begs query - "do you want me here or gone?" Book-wise, Allan Poe wrote haunting macabre. Musically, Richard Ashcroft's "The Drugs...", an ode to terminal illness. Rich Brodsky, aka Atomic Skunk, is also human. Publically, he updated fans about his life/death brain tumour 2010. Gladly cured; standing tall today.

For sound chemistry, Skunk is shrewd - no Pepe Le Peu. Binary Scenes, Rich's debut, was stunning Middle-Eastern drone stew. "Temple Of Stars", Alchemy closer, a nod to its angelicism. While "Serpent And Rose" gentrifies John Balance to Western climate. Stuttering synths, mahogany-graff paint. Indeed, persistent tradition of finish tame Brodsky's "Rhino" heart, before charge, with utmost tranquility.

Connecting fearful language, produces fight/flight response. Socio-habitat rewires over time, like a Bond flick with weapon clips out. Brodsky isn't loaded, no Goldmember. His idea: bargain bucket deals, in return for help financing CDs. Alchemy 'pledge' gems, included: 2 for 1 CD offers; signed discs; back cat discount. Stable economists: state-of-art guitar; a specially composed track; keyboards; samplers.

Catharsis, from Coldplay-tinted "Sunwheel", signals nil displeasure. Before clocks tick, its "Ghosts And Angels" in Pandora's Box. Purchase at uni-chemist, so Atomic Skunk can provide artistic fountain. "Equinox" forever, only one way. Armstrong, Fitzgerald - positive New Age is here to stay.

Buy signed "Alchemy" 6-Panel Digipak CD, and receive immediate Bandcamp download

Saturday, 9 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 116: Algiversal Mix 1: Muttley - Armless Salvation (April 2011)

Algiversal Mix 1 - Muttley - Armless Salvation
38:00 - 87MB - 320kbps



00:00 Adrian Johnston - Rose Garden (Becoming Jane O.S.T)
00:00 Spheruleus - There Are More Than Four Walls (Tales From The Labyrinth)
00:00 Danny Paul Grody - Covered Mirrors (Fountain)
00:00 / 01:03 Jan Linton - Raining Tomorrow 1+2 (Communion II)
00:00 Atomic Skunk - Rhino (Alchemy)
00:38 Harold Budd & Clive Wright - Prelucid (Little Windows)
00:50 Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek - Kites (Blank Grey Canvas Sky)
00:58 Max Richter - Infra 7 (Infra)
00:58 Antonymes - My Salvation [37 minute timestretch] (Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future)
01:31 Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch - Road Less Travelled (Lost All Faith)
01:49 Eluvium - After Nature (Copia)
02:11 Steve Roach - Sleep & Dreaming (Quiet Music)
02:25 36 - Siren (Hollow)
03:08 Death Register - Untitled (C40 cassette)
04:01 Deaf Center - Time Spent (Owl Splinters)
04:25 Brian Eno - Drift (Apollo)
04:40 Efterklang - Full Moon (Magic Chairs)
06:56 Alaska - Aerosoul [breakdown] (Virtual Virtuosos]
05:33 Brian Mcbride - Toll Theme Pt.3 (The Effective Disconnect)
07:04 Small Things On Sundays - I Know You [The Dinosaur's Calling] (Recalling)
07:31 Murralin Lane - We Hear Are Birds (Our House Is On The Wall)
06:44 Luke Twyman - Beginning (All That Glitters)
07:27 Chihei Hatakeyama - Towards A Tranquil Marsh (Minima Moralia)
07:58 Atomic Skunk - Equinox (Alchemy)
08:09 Quosp - Geihns (Soundscapes II)
09:35 One Day Soon - Everything Was Still (The Deepest Truths Never Get Told)
10:35 Balmorhea - Unknown (Live recording)
12:13 Johann Johannsson - End Theme (And In The Endless Pause Came The Sound Of Bees)
12:19 Hammock - The Whole Catastrophe (Chasing After Shadows...Living With The Ghosts)
12:39 Calyx - Chasing Shadows (No Turning Back)
13:02 DJ Trax & Nucleus - Depth Of Field (Set Menu Vol.1)
14:09 V/Vm - Shadowsand (365 project)
14:16 / 22:31 Formication - The Condemned Piano Part 2 (Darkwinter)
18:29 Lee Riley - Guitar VII (Eyeless)
18:59 Nils Frahm - Corn (Explorers Club 7, Reyjavik)
19:44 Natural Snow Buildings - Through Breaches In The Layer Of Fog (Waves Of The Random Sea)
21:04 Ibunshi - Asylum (Unsigned)
22:16 Aaron Dugan & Jeff Arnal - APP (Dog Day)
23:06 Entharsis - Boundless Wonder (Global Connections Mp3)
22:42 The Caretaker - A Summer Romance (Songs From The Haunted Ballroom)
22:55 Radiohead - Videotape (In Rainbows)
25:51 Bonobo - The Keeper (Black Sands)
28:33 Damian Valles - Umbra (In The Shadow Of The Occluded Body)
30:04 Fursaxa - Desire (Kobold Moon)
32:45 Duotone - In The Evening (Work Harder And One Day You'll Find Her)
36:07 David Sylvian - The Healing Place (Gone To Earth)

Arms weaken without salvation

If you wondered where this 26-letter adaptation arose, it's from a vastly different area: business. I'm no materialist, but I'd suggest, for creative types: get Ken Hudson's "The Idea Generator". Dozens of base concepts, stimulating across tangential control.

As ambience misses industry, insecurity encyclopedias can anchor balance plans. And creators aren't single authority - just a benchmark for qualitative predilection. That's the idea of my accompanying 38 minute mix - to dispose contrivances, ever populating niche music opinion. A vacuum melt that Tom Jenkinson sucked out the gateau on his "...Everything" mini CD.

So, there's some drums, but accented by drones. Melodies glue the narrative together in multidimensional ways. If I listen back to "Armless Salvation" in even a month, I'll have found more ideas to add to chain reaction articles. Within a week of the first thought, this published, and you could involve yourself too - you're always welcome to send an email.

People try and push squares - we could make triangles

Size matters when Maslow's Pyramid crumbles. Only then. Zero needs - Nestle tubes, most of the time. We don't really 'need' anything in life - it's one drone forward, another pad forward. Ambient music will always be there to help you up. Next we'll delve further into the alphabet. A Black To Comm: "1968" way - hopefully.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 115: Algiversal

Fresh SubVersion idea for 2011: algebra, psychokinesis, sound theory, mixed into 26 articles. A companion mixtape every time. Extends TDD, 15 Minutes Of Fame and DE projects. We're starting with: "Armless Salvation - Ambient beyond 2011".

Tactful cadence: paradox, truth, imitation, cultural stigma - began as healing. Noticeable for Ambient lovers. Perhaps, wiring for DE 2008. A-list scripts, mock MySpace subs. 26 letter alphabet; root genre.

A factor implcitly poisons our cause/effect synapse - noise scrawls where psyche follows

Brain exercise: relaxation, torture, true 'salvation', cools gently. Ambient still soundtracks Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. The gradient punk, plus assimilation of martial arts, lit from 60s Flower Power spark. There's still inspired CDs of this ilk - a recent recommendation would be "Mind Body Spirit Tranquility", a package from Summertime Publishing. Second track, "Inner Peace", is magnificent.

Admire grazing, Kryten?

Eno's 1988 quasi-Ambient: "Apollo"; modded "Small Craft On A Milk Sea" as Ambient/IDM crash diet. Go to www.culturespam.wordpress.com for an excellent "IDM For The Uninitiated" technical Sushi. While more choose dubstep like Mills & Coronation Street, Simon Reynolds, 2009-2010, voiced a dislike of his 'Ardkore Continuum theory depreciating - the fact 'Ambient Dubstep' reinterpreted DJ Shadow fickly 10 years on, hitherto a flat landscape, with no fire.

Prodiguous intellect survives, arti-flash perishes.

Harold Budd tapped telegraph poles in the '60s; 2007, accenting R. Guthrie's guitar. The gorgeous "After The Night Falls" I listen to as a beehive meld. 2010 with Clive Wright's "Little Windows" affirmed: hopes anew soon, beyond Cocteau Twins appraisal. I'm looking forward to studio output from Anna Rose Carter in this vein - Fluid Radio's no.1 of 2010.

Classically, Gilbert & Sullivan, bowled Pinnochi-undergrowth in 1700s. Burying snotiness of row G. Paltrow. Apple of fashion industry; didn't turn green in 20 years. Japan's Jan Linton, otherwise, has superb Buddha Machine remixes set for release, bypassing techno-geekery, like sonic Frazzles at room temp. 101. Stalwarts such as Type save populist bacon, continually churning good - i.e Deaf Center's "Owl Splinters" in March; Xela's event residency in Boston, America.

Ambient scene troll abuse, online communication failure, generally absent.

Sites including Fluid push on weekly, with ASIP, SubVersion, DIB Music and HiddenPlace Music spacy highlights. Nonetheless, there's no single hotspot (e.g a forum) for Ambient lovers. But the disparacy is partly Ambient's strength; always returning you to sender. The bassline is placatable air, Lenor quilt melody unruffled. Opening courteousy central. No electro-acoustic popcorn required! The best soundtrack to continue: Brian, Roger Eno, Daniel Lanois: "An Ending (Ascent)".

Folk Rock quirks - the brilliant Autumn Grieve project of late

Modern Composition is integral, not blunt surgery. I.e later Clannad, and their "World Of Difference". Or Thom Yorke's "Videotape" composition. A selective, charitable cook-up: Ambient's indie cred like Apple chutney. Audioscope, who had Felix, SoTL members in Oxon, for Winter, plus Rome Pays Off, Rothko's new incarnation, shadow Oxon-world group One Day Soon. "The Deepest Truths" digital LP, donations funding relief for GAZA attacks, was Slowdive brill side; dropping 1996 Creation-ism for Darwinian win BC.

Paid advances - Daniel Lopatin; Aphex; Plaid; amb/rasive noise via Merzbow and Formication, ruminate action/reaction, distraction/target. Plaid's Gamelan Orchestra, a rare sight at Oxford Playhouse, wowed with a 7-10 piece program. While OCM brought feats, like Budd's 25+ year return gig at Holywell, to my city. Cafe Oto, Dalston, holds Wire zine-sponsored events, and talks. Pitchfork has an odd article on what's 'in' the blue.

Problem is, wholesale, AFX blitzed arrows in '90s Ambient anorak, before the rise of chill-rave. "I suppose it is important for me to do it in the sense that it helps me live, you know." Making handfuls of tracks mentally, day by day. Fabrics got punctured by Chicken Run trailers. Never far past boundary, through Ambient's indispensible can(n)on. Squat, ignite, splat. Or...

Send + Receive

Compared to Oasis mosh crap, the outlay (booking the niche genres, promoting the niche opinion) is bloody worth it. These dudes love to play, and if they don't, rip it up, and don't restart. Winnipeg's Send + Receive festival brought: Tim Hecker, Sawako, Taylor Deupree, Oren Ambarchi, et al, to their intimate shows in preceding decade. Their documentary/audio DVD double put across their events as small-time operations, looking for a loyal following.

Elsewhere, domains such as Phuturelabs - who I can't keep up with, four new entries every 24 hours at most - drop knowledge on post-classical (Max Richter), William Basinski, and assorted Ambient goodies. Resident Advisor covered Pop Ambient compilations for length. And though surging into Demdike Stare-ish trends lately, maintain flavour with vast subforums, allowing members to discuss news, their views, and, er, 'Witch House'.

We need a rocket salad

Ambient's formula; affairs surmised in tinkle - ejects you pre Shitehawk Close. Like Lee Perry rollies, rather than Wiley ringtones. Versionists, early, attract robustness: late night alt. Radio, Guardian articles. Even NME with now lauded The Stranger! (Research-worthy.) Pop malpractice, grew circumstansially: 50s love song Sugar, 70s Lennon cake. Uprooting vitality. Ricardo Villalobos dovetailed affection with recent dum-drone euphoria. Key 2009-2010 crustie drug, Mephedrone, relegated to Class A standard, a polar travesty. Purple limbs, deaths - few considered untested dangers.

Warped perception, predated '90s Warp crew, drawing nerds into Newt ideology - partying freely, and armchair zombie - which G&S exploited exorbitantly in 17th Century. Last year, talents inc. Ypsmael (Cluster support in Cambridge), Oxon guitar chap Lee Riley (Guitar Works solo / Vileswarm group) and outsider giant Kevin Drumm, pierced the 'Noise for Noise's sake' principle, wiping dirt from compilist fusion, both contexts (passive, active) simultaneously.

Mix "The Pirates Of Penzance" with Formication's "Catastrophe In Blue"

Detune vocals 300 cent, add Q Filter low, reverb vox trails over chuntering rain machine. Sit back and watch sparks fall to Earth, and calm. It's like Throbbing Gristle all over again, only bigger. Easy Tubbs and Edward. Strangers shall come to Ambient, but they won't touch the precious things of your shop. Unless you inflame their skin. Exactly what landmarks Coil did in their prime, with the spine-chilling "Musick To..." a bunsen of singed termite pits.

What is this man looking for? Poof on terms ay?

Binlingualism attracts me to Ambient daily. Track names fairer, spacious affairs. An improvement of "My Mum's Iron Is Coming To Autograph Your Forehead". Or "Daddy Didn't Feed Me Coco Pop's, Now I'm A Mad Mo'Fo With An Erection". Get back fam', let's talk between the lines. Ambient's recreationality, goes deeper than Dizzie, Shystie. Sure, infantile 'beef' can be amusing, but where's progress? Public Enemy walked that line a lot better three decades before - the grime was still there, but it was human, not a dollar bill Barbie in disguise. Too many dolls, not enough seeds of love.

Real green stuff, Ambient, and forever non-fervent.

The Sight Below's "It All Falls Apart" in 2010 picked up JD's "New Dawn Fades", clairvoyantly binds Strauss' and Hawkwind '74. Sound ambitious? Listen through discographies; check for yourself. Cyclical nirvana, insisted by arising cod-Downtempo (Zero 7, Lamb, Portishead pre "Third") burnt Ambient cogs insularly, both ways. Possibly harsh judgement: the synths, hypnosis, and reliance on pulse over rhythm remain intact: Bonobo, DJ Trax and Pilote see to that in Downtempo, but...

"Armless Salvation" mixtape will be online at the weekend.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 114: Breaking Through Dawn - Mother's Day

Mother's Day's been okay here. She's happy, we're humbled. So I've decided to dig out my 2006 CD gift, and publish it online.

All mothers have everlasting logic. Leaving it out, just lovingly. Mum's spirit inhabits us like Brahma: everywhere.

A deep anxiety, reductionism sedative. Imparted by other families, passed on wisely.

They share the things I know and love, with those of my kind. Doing to protect, nourish and brush off mosquitoes. Never choosing to sting toes madly.

I was 18 when I made "Breaking Through Dawn", often spending £50 a week on fresh D&B vinyl. Recording, converting to CD-R via Wav editors, I ended up with 500 base files, all keepers. Winding down with eBay purchases; tired of checking D&B heavily post-2007.

3 deck live mixing, first time CD-housed. 3 tracks mixed for 4 minutes, most tunes edited. The Aphex track, my favourite from him, was my first track editing attempt. I still quite like that bitcrush of The Alpha Rhythm's guitar intro.

In love or loss, please keep your head up for me. Days like these are what we look back on in years to come, and they shape our individual destiny in the long run. Mother's belong, so here's a little song for mine.

Breaking Through Dawn Set-list:

Walk 1 - Party

Sonic - The Alchemist (Space Recordings, 2005)
Matrix & Danny J - Vertigo (Metro, 2000)
ICR - Dislike (Covert Operations Sub. 3 LP, 2005)
SKC & Safair - Free My Soul (Hospital, 2003)
Lamb - Gorecki [Global Communications Mix] (Universal Music)

Walk 2 - Home

Blue - My Mind Is Going [bass 'n' filter edit] (Subvert Central Vol.1 EP, 2005)
Yanni - Prelude (BMG)
AFX feat. The Alpha Rhythm - Rhubarb Medicine (Clocking the Herbal Mix)

Walk 3 - We Remembered

ICR - Uprise (Daytrip CD, 2005)
Artificial Intelligence - Switch On (Klute's Commercial Suicide 12', 2004)
Omni Trio - Who Are You? (Moving Shadow, 1997)
Hellfish - News Head (Meat Machine Broadcast System, Planet Mu, 2005)
Pieter K - Rapport (Offshore EP, 2003)
Klute - Saviour (CS 2CD, 2006)
Pieter K - All Things (Everything All The Time LP, Breakbeat Science, 2002)


Friday, 1 April 2011

SubVersion Stop 113: SV Recommends: Endless Rain, Rural Glass

Alt. quarterly Cabinet's superb Magic issue, taking in everything from Tommy Cooper's daft tragedy act, to lefty Venn diagram-solving, was an Evil Kaneevil to its readers in 2007. Fitting influence for Winter 2010: colloquial illusion. Circular modernism breeds ideas of concealment, while doing too much causes mistrust and atrophy.

The trouble with doing nothing, otherwise, is you never know when you've finished. When I finally welcomed two-side Blighty, I acquired a life-changing record from the folks at Fluid Radio. Natural Snow Buildings' "The Waves Of The Random Sea".


Upon review, "Endless Rain, Rural Glass" formed in 5 days. 98 samples, 59 minutes, 100s of structures, groupings, and emotion. So, cheers Dan and Jess for the ruse!

Relmic Statute was then mixed with one mate's love of Jazz. She was leaving work, so I endeavoured to make a nice farewell gift. Evan Parker, Hive & Keaton, Art Blakey, Louis Armstrong & Fitzgerald washed. Speckles of prog: Glenn Branca, A Silver Mount Zion. Gentle bliss via Stars Of The Lid, Kettel, Colleen, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. Everything harbouring older D&B values from Arcon 2, UV, unreleased Foci's Left. Those drones you may recognise elsewhere. ;)

There's so many time-codes in "Endless Rain...", that posting a tracklist would be antithesis. Balm for the Spring - drink it in if you like.


If you'd truly like to know what entities I'd recommend as life inspiration, here's three in three categories each.

SC imprints:
Subtle Audio, Subvert Central, Plainaudio.

Mix blogs: www.weareie.com, www.lowlightmixes.blogspot.com, www.ambientblog.net.

whoever assists SubVersion contributors.

There will be an interactive mixtape concept on this blog in the next week, where you'll be able to forward ideas to shape where I, and my real friends walk next. Until then, be well.