April 2013 Archives (all archives)

April 30

Sheap Beet

Little bluesy tune I made back in 2009 with help from some friendly sheep. For all the flaws in the recording I'm still fond of it. [more inside]

posted by capricorn at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

April 29

vampire deer - coffeehouse blues

song 1 of ghost river college pt 2 - which is not as depressing as pt 1 was - a series of snapshots of the mid 70s [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 3:00 PM PST - 0 comments

Human Factor

Imagine a carefree diva singing in a non-chalent way as she looks out the window of the passenger side during a road trip. The soundtrack to her ride is based on an indie rock slide-guitar laced tune, which builds in intensity throughout the ride until bang - confusion and collision. That is this Ummagma song in a nutshell, message and all. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

The Flank of Bridenstein

I had a bit of fun with this: it's about a relationship gone wrong. I believe that the dual bass part is rhythmically interesting. Double bass and synth bass rhythmically intertwine and are coupled with a synth trumpet. There may be some Brian Eno influences a la The Drop. My album is available for $5 download at CD Baby: The Dividing Range. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theseedsofautumn

posted by The Seeds of Autumn at 12:45 AM PST - 2 comments

April 28

Visualization

This instrumental explores not only ambiences and walls-of-sound seemingly inspired directly by cosmic travels, but also features electronics, samples, drones, and beautifully melodies peppered with a lot of dissonance, creating sonic tapestries perfectly suited for reflecting, reading an Arthur C. Clarke (or Isaac Asimov) book and taking a journey through the stars. This is Sounds of Sputnik.

posted by Brodyaga at 11:48 AM PST - 1 comments

April 27

Dandelions and Bees

Psych rock is a genre that spans worldwide, ignoring such arbitrary delineations as man-drawn borders. This song is a case in point, with Nameless (UA, Ternopil) taking the lead in this song - the only hint of the Eastern bloc here is reflected in their language. Ummagma provides the icing on the cake.

posted by Brodyaga at 11:24 AM PST - 1 comments

[unfinished and untitled]

This song has been sitting around for most of the past year or so, unfinished and untitled, waiting for possibly a little more instrumentation (it's definitely a missing electric uke solo), some lyrics, and a re-recording of the drums with a real kit. I'm not good at playing fake drums. [more inside]

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

April 26

Honey Babe

On electro-acoustic drum kit, with pitch-a-ma-skronked vocal. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Hex on Everlys

Pretending the Everly Brothers stole a song from my band and had an acetate demo of it recorded in the 1950s. [more inside]

posted by l2p at 8:51 PM PST - 1 comments

It's A Cryin' Shame (That I Appear To Be Drunk In Charge Of A Mix, Officer)

Laydeez an' genlemin if I may pray your indulgence one more time (with or without feeling). This track has proved a bugger to mix, the problem being trying to ensure that the bass is in the driving seat but in an unobtrusive, self-effacing way rather than sounding like a Fender Total Bastard. I think this one is mix #8. Whatever it is, it's the fucking last one...

posted by Hoops McCann at 1:41 PM PST - 11 comments

IRAS 16293-2422

A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Oh My Warp

A song about Eve Online. Apologies to Nick Cave. Hurrah for PINTO!

posted by Elmore at 4:32 AM PST - 0 comments

April 25

Backwards

As the unimaginative title suggests, this is my entry for the April MeFi Music challenge. It's an ambient type of thing, largely made from reversed guitar recordings. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 10:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Dirty Deeds (Done at Market Rate)

I've always thought it'd be extra cool to make a collaborative album like the Postal Service- the band, not the government entity- except, instead of snail-mailing recordings back and forth, you could just trade mixdown mp3s via email. This is a track I can't seem to come up with a vocal melody for. Any takers?

posted by t(h)om(as) at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Colors

Smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves take the listener on a flight or sailing trip of sorts. The lo-fi nearly Billy Bragg element of this lo-fi output gets a bit velvety with vocals from Alexx Kretov and blissed out with all this chorus and reverb and that is exactly what was intended with this track. Enjoy!

posted by Brodyaga at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

The Artichoke King

I figured everyone could use some cheering up lately, and I happen to have a vast surplus of happiness and love to share, not least because of this handsome unit. Nugget has inspired countless other tracks of mine over the years, and now he's starring in his very own album, a free-if-you-want compilation on Bandcamp, with (optional) donations going directly to the Child's Play charity to help sick kids. Good boy, Nugget!!! Created with FamiTracker (this song will play exactly as you hear it on an unmodified Nintendo Entertainment System console, if you happen to have a homebrew flash cartridge) [more inside]

posted by jake at 12:41 AM PST - 1 comments

April 24

Womankind (demo)

In June 2010, I posted a song called Womankind. I was just digging through some old demo recordings and found the demo for this song. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 9:59 PM PST - 0 comments

Beautiful Moment

Peter Gabriel meets Daniel Lanois and Chicane. Here in this song, I'd say that Ummagma comes closest to having a Peter Gabriel moment. Somewhere in between his Sledgehammer and Passion phase. Fortunately, the other elements making this track unique kick into play and it's hard to put your finger on anything else. So just listen instead...

posted by Brodyaga at 3:35 AM PST - 0 comments

April 23

Skeleton

A rap/dance song loosely based on this Three Word Phrase comic.

posted by LSK at 7:43 AM PST - 0 comments

Prelude to No. 70

Who's obsessed with the Magnetic Fields? Not me; that's who. [more inside]

posted by t(h)om(as) at 5:49 AM PST - 1 comments

April 22

Motoroller

The smooth fusion of dream pop and shoegaze is always something I welcome and a goal that is always in sight in the case of this song by Sounds of Sputnik - perhaps this is what is meant by the term nugaze - somewhat of a reshaping of the heavier dirtier shoegaze sounds dating back to the early 1990s a la My Bloody Valentine and Medicine. This reminds of of some of Kevin Shields' lighter work that he's done for various soundtracks. How do you see it?

posted by Brodyaga at 11:25 PM PST - 2 comments

The Shape of the Sword

Title track for a work-in-progress album under my new ambient moniker Foreign Buildings. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

April 21

Caffeine Fangs

A creeping tune the style of Melody Nelson era Serge Gainsbourg. Darcy Hancock from the Vancouver band Ladyhawk lends a squalling guitar solo.

posted by dobie at 7:38 PM PST - 9 comments

The Mission

Space rock is a term that is often over-used for various psychrock tunes, but it is dead on for this track from Sounds of Sputnik. Or space post-rock or even space post-rock shoegaze. Looking forward to your take on that.

posted by Brodyaga at 3:06 PM PST - 0 comments

Jordan

I'm pretty certain I stole the chorus melody from somewhere, but I can't quite place the source. If anyone figures it out, please send me a private message so I'll know what band to claim I'm paying homage to. Lyrics below. [more inside]

posted by t(h)om(as) at 3:15 AM PST - 3 comments

April 20

U-Foe

By Robotic Storm Cloud. Composed in 2000 or so (!) using wave editors and Sonic Foundry Acid. Crazy samples, drum loops, the works. [more inside]

posted by cheekycheeky at 3:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Photographer

Whispy male vocals and plenty of air for dream-weaving delicately frame this ethereal song. While "Photographer" is one of Ummagma's more melancholy songs, it's far from depressing. This one stands in the light. Features male vocals by Alexx Kretov (Ukraine).

posted by Brodyaga at 7:40 AM PST - 0 comments

April 19

Song For Cyn

Sometimes you write something, and then forget you've written it, and then find it again while cleaning your computer. [more inside]

posted by davejay at 11:06 PM PST - 0 comments

Midnight Improv #3

The third installment. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 4:11 PM PST - 0 comments

Ambiguous Sense of the Future

Post-rock always seems embedded with the sense that something is dire; however, shake it up a bit to get a kind of post-rock indie shoegaze vinaigrette and Sounds of Sputnik is likely what you would come up with. This is Ambiguous Sense of the Future.

posted by Brodyaga at 2:14 AM PST - 4 comments

April 18

Orion

While the term space rock is kicked around quite often these days, there is something else out there: space pop. This song epitomizes that term, as reflected in the title itself. Poppy, spacey and ethereal trip to the cosmos. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 1:15 AM PST - 0 comments

April 17

interfaces...

I'm gradually trying to wean myself off of a hardware DAW (Yamaha AW2400) and onto a software one (Reaper). With a lot of great help from the estimable unSane I'm now sort of halfway there but am still relying on the (increasingly unstable...gulp) Yam if I need to use microphones. So......what sort of interface should I be using to be able to record mics on Reaper via on my laptop? [more inside] posted by Hoops McCann at 1:13 PM PST - 15 comments

(it's a) cryin' remix

An attempt to take on board some of the comments made re mix of the original posted the other day.

posted by Hoops McCann at 1:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Everyone I Know

Resistor celebrates springtime with a lush new single, "Everyone I Know." This hook-laden dance-pop number is seasoned with Resistor's cynical charm, pondering whether originality can exist if a person is merely a product of his environment. Of course, the existentialism lurks beneath many layers of burbling synths, glitchy drum machines, and boy-girl harmonies. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 7:33 AM PST - 2 comments

April 16

Titry

"Titry" translates into English as "credits", as in for a film. It was inspired by the idea that this would make a great intro or outro song for the listing of film credits, whether or not we actually decided to pitch the song for that purpose. Maybe we will one day :)

posted by Brodyaga at 1:28 PM PST - 0 comments

April 15

Adaptation

Soundscapes are part of the fabric for various genres of music and this song creates one merging several genres, yet is still hard to put your finger on.

posted by Brodyaga at 11:08 AM PST - 2 comments

April 14

Have You Seen My Song, Hi Rami Hi?

A collaboration between myself and notondisplay using his tune Hi Rami Hi. [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Builder: an interview series I've been doing over the last few months

Builder is a series with people who build pedals and synths and other musical appliances that I thought y'all might enjoy. [more inside] posted by sleepy pete at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments

J.S. Bach

Inspired by the great man himself - J.S. Bach - this song presents a modern interpretation, stemming into interpretation, of this great piece. By Ummagma [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

(it's a) cryin' shame

Ahhh good old mefimu - the metaphorical equivalent of the desolate, graffiti'd backland one views from a train as it negotiates the arse-end of a town that resolutely faces the other way. Comments by any fellow-travellers on mix/arrangement etc would be really rather splendid. Tickets please...

posted by Hoops McCann at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

April 13

Astronomical Summer

If you can imagine smooth post-rock and psych-rock crossed and infused with a shoegaze element, this is likely what you would hear. Sounds of Sputnik

posted by Brodyaga at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

April 12

Still Flying

With all the fuss going on about the Jayne Hats from Firefly, thought it might be fun to share the first song from our Firefly-inspired music project, Leaves on the Wind. [more inside]

posted by platinum at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

April 11

River Town

Sometimes various musical genres blend together to create something fresh and brilliant - the old with the new, analogue with digital, with styles and sounds intermeshing to create a new fabric. That is what we were after with this song, which has got to be the Ummagma song that leans most towards folk-rock. A little hiatus from dreampop. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

April 10

Upsurd

A little Mezzanine-era Massive Attack and Stereo MCs blend with something more ethereal - throw in both male and female vocals… and then some more depth that is indescribable in words. So says me. :) Titled "Upsurd" because a little absurdity can also have an upwards drive to it. Right?

posted by Brodyaga at 10:39 AM PST - 3 comments

April 9

Prelude and 3 Variations for Piano

A very short prelude with three variations built from that and each other. Experimental work for piano. [more inside]

posted by bfootdav at 7:28 PM PST - 2 comments

NIMBY

The ethereal with the ethical and ironic - that sums this sum up at the superficial plane, but there is so much more depth to this Ummagma track. Definitely one of the more Cocteau Twins inspired deliveries, this song is laced with a pulsation more rooted in Pink Floyd. Another track in the style of early 4AD. Whirrrrrllll.. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

April 8

Rotation

For some of the best things in life, intensity builds as anticipation kicks in. That is what this Ummagma track is for me - with layer on layer, building a sort of icicle/sand castle that never melts or washes away. It just builds and then takes flight. I hope you will feel the same. Of course, there is that The Smiths thing happening - happy music, depressing lyrics. Rightly so. Spot on - have a read. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

The Gospel of Beasts

A track for my newly-formed ambient pseudonym Foreign Buildings. Title based on a misheard quote. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

April 7

Bloom

Kate Bush, Glen Miller Orchestra. Precious. The Devil gives me everything, except for what I need.

posted by Evstar at 7:17 PM PST - 4 comments

The Road to Lees

The rustling of leaves, the sweetness of birdsong and the movement of blood within your body… all of these have conspired to influence the creation of this song. Hope you gather something natural from this.

posted by Brodyaga at 4:15 AM PST - 3 comments

April 5

1+1=3

The shoegaze scene is really abuzz this year with so much good music out there, the new MBV album and Medicine's reunion. This song vibes in this same department - it's an instrumental with lots of reverb. What do you think of this track?

posted by Brodyaga at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

April 4

Not Holding Up

From the same old cassette, but this one done in a studio. This one's original, finally. [more inside]

posted by Danf at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

BFD

Reminiscent of the Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest contribution to the film "Strange Days", this Ummagma track offers an eclectic earful of modernity meets tradition, complete with Carpathian whistle and balanced out with successive male and female vocals. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 12:18 PM PST - 0 comments

April 3

Whispery vocals? Brushes on snares?

Another future challenge idea: ASMR trigger song [more inside] posted by umbú at 7:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Walking Blues

Another from the session that I posted about several days ago. [more inside]

posted by Danf at 11:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Lama (Dunaewsky69 Remix)

Kiev-based electronic instrumentalist Dunaewsky69 (a.k.a. Oleksandr Gladun) is one of Eastern Europe's most productive DJs. Otherwise dubbed as the "electronic pilot", his most recent EP "Termination Voice" was nominated for the Qwartz Electronic Music Award. This is his latest remix for Ummagma "Lama". This remix is a departure from the original Ummagma version of "Lama", but hopefully you can also appreciate this remix. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 8:09 AM PST - 0 comments

The Black Lincoln

A short rock tribute to Cop and a 1/2. [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 12:06 AM PST - 0 comments

April 2

Frank Mills

This song has been stuck in my head since we walked by the (former) Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village last week.
I had to exorcise it today with some sloppy, mistake-filled guitar-playing.

posted by chococat at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Lama (Ian Baird Remix)

A while back, Ian Baird (A*Star, Spring Clock Wonder) did an awesome remix of Telling You (T.Y. Ian Baird Remix) by SPC ECO, Dean Garcia's main musical project since leaving Curve. Fortunately, he would eventually remix our song "Lama" by our duo Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this upbeat track.

posted by Brodyaga at 3:04 AM PST - 0 comments

April 1

Face of Appalachia

Discovered that my new Focusrite will covert old cassettes to digital. This is from around 1978, my friend Karen and I covering a Lowell George and John Sebastian song that I learned off a Valerie Carter album. [more inside]

posted by Danf at 3:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Storm Team - Storm Team Theme

My new band. Our new song. Video link inside. Just watch the video. Hip-hop influence pop-dance weirdatude. [more inside]

posted by even butter at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Lama (Jane Woodman Remix)

This remix of the track "Lama" does not outright flip the original version on its head, though it does dress it in a murkier shade of darkgaze (darkwave). The bright dreamy element from the original version spills over into this version too, so as to not detract from the original point of this song in the first place. I hope you enjoy it. Your feedback is most welcome.

posted by Brodyaga at 1:03 AM PST - 0 comments