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The Fall Season

I wrote this on a train going into the city. [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Mar 2, 2017 - 1 comment

Took to it Like Water

The bones of this song were a proposal for a corporate jingle I was writing... [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Feb 24, 2017 - 3 comments

Kiev (Copycat Remix) by @Ummagma

I am one of those people who, when I listen to a remix of any given track, set the bar really high and I'm pretty much hoping for a total transformation of the song into another creature, so to speak. That is exactly what happened with this recreation of Ummagma 'Kiev' when put in the hands of master Swedish remixer Copycat. I hope you enjoy the result just as much.
posted by Brodyaga on Jan 17, 2016 - 2 comments

Kiev (Haioka Remix)

When a meeting of cultures occurs in a musical setting, something 'unordinary' may possibly occur. But when this meeting involves two awesome creators, it may even be extraordinary. Here Japan meets Ukraine and Canada, as celebrated Red Bull artist Haioka creates his own version of Ummagma 'Kiev'. Enjoy!
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 9, 2015 - 2 comments

J.S.Bach by @Ummagma

Music seems to 'feel' so much better when you sit back and just listen to music, without thinking about the pigeon-holes that have been slapped on a song or even your own temptation to categorize it into this or that genre. This is something I've always believed but recently it occurred that the same goes for the song-writing process. Much better to feel free of genre-related limitations. This Ummagma track was one such track that was written free of the need to pigeon-hole. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Aug 30, 2015 - 1 comment

@Ummagma 'Kiev' (Haioka Remix)

I think the term remix is a big put off for many people and, if measuring according to the number of remixes out there that are just so standard dance-floor filler, it's understandable why there is such a stigma attached to this word. But there are moments of light shooting through when a producer or gifted musician manage to 'reconstruct' a song rather than just 'remix' it. Likely that's where the term 'rework' has started to become used more and more often.... to set them apart. Whatever you want to call it - here is one such track that differs significantly from the original in all it's stunning rework/remix glory. Kudos to Japanese producer Shintaro Haioka for this gift to Ummagma.
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 17, 2015 - 0 comments

Beautiful Moment / Talk to Her @Ummagma

So I've uploaded the track for 'Beautiful Moment' here, but I also want you to have the track ''Talk to Her'', so grab it here. The first is laced with male vocals, while the second is an instrumental with guitar trickery reminiscent of Robert Fripp or Brian Eno or even Bill Evans a bit.
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 5, 2015 - 1 comment

Upsurd

OK - not exactly a sing-along and not exactly the kind of song you can imagine a sing-along happening to, but there is something to be said for the harmony established between two voices in a song, even if they are not singing in tandem. This is, indeed, one of those songs where I think that kind of love-in has been achieved, at least sonically.
posted by Brodyaga on Nov 12, 2014 - 1 comment

Blizzard

This is one of those "let's drift away" songs... hazy gazey spacey and dreamy all in one… If one is prone to daydreaming or aural hypnosis, this may not be the song for you :) Just the same, this is definitely worth a listen to all others. This is Sounds of Sputnik.
posted by Brodyaga on Oct 25, 2014 - 1 comment

Visualization

Everybody likes music for partying mode, but what happens afterwards? This song would be the perfect accompaniment for the comedown afterwards (and even the hangover). Chill, centered, reflective, harmonious. I think :) [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Aug 25, 2014 - 0 comments

Back To You

Sonic Youth has been a big influence on many modern-day bands and Ummagma is definitely one of them, as is evident from one listen to "Back to You". The hazy gazey sounds here build into a kind of intentional dreamscape. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Jul 26, 2014 - 2 comments

Beautiful Moment

I recall watching John Waters movies in my teenage years and always thinking, THIS is the soundtrack to not only my but millions of people's teenage years. Well, this song is the soundtrack to a peaceful blissful moment, based on the moment when it was created, every time I hear it. Hope you will also enjoy.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 19, 2014 - 3 comments

J.S. Bach

When the radiant bliss of classical music comes to enter the realm of dream pop ambient downtempo, something serene yet pensive may be the result, as in the case of this track. Initially when we composed this track, there were lyrics and vocals, but then our computer blew and somehow the vocals didn't survive. Today it is an instrumental.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 16, 2014 - 1 comment

Upsurd

Fusion confusion. The meshing of musical genres found in this Ummagma track represent a fusion, reflecting the confusion that is so commonplace nowadays in this world - simply absurd and rising. Hence the name Upsurd.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 10, 2014 - 1 comment

I Don't Feel At Home

Inspired by the dissolution of my good friend's marriage. Heavy on atmosphere and breathy bg vocals. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 on May 20, 2014 - 5 comments

Lama

I think many people are innately inventive and many are even thrifty. When you combine the two elements with a worthy musical piece, it's amazing how many different kinds of incarnations that you can dream up for it, taking on a life of its own, so to speak. But when you start comparing one remix against another, sometimes lines tend to blur and it becomes more challenging to distinguish what has been taken from the original version and what has been newly added. It's at that point that I always end up returning to the original. This 'Lama' is that original track - a point of reference now and especially at the time it was written.
posted by Brodyaga on May 5, 2014 - 1 comment

River Town (Mind Movies Remix)

Synthpop, Electronica, Indietronica, Electro bliss by the earful and here for the taking. Although it will be a while until this track will be published on any official release, you might enjoy this sneak preview.
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 comments

Talk To Her

Sometimes a song's strength lies in its lyrics or in the nuances of the vocalist's delivery and tembre… Sometimes the instrumentation speaks volumes all on its own. This is one of those times… This is Ummagma. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 28, 2014 - 1 comment

Beautiful Moment

Love generates love generates love. Beautiful Moment seems to capture an element worthy of such progeneration. Harmony, peace, smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 comments

Slow March

Quick concept and messing around with my new DAW setup. Still working out song structure, so this is dirt simple with very little variation on the theme and only one bridge. [more inside]
posted by daq on Jan 8, 2014 - 1 comment

Photographer

There is such a thing as light-imbued melancholy. This song shows that @Ummagma is among a cozy handful of bands nowadays who seem to thrive on achieving that combination. You can find Ummagma here too. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 17, 2013 - 3 comments

Why Go Through the Motions

Made with luv using hydrogen, ardour, audacity, a novation xiosynth, amsynth, and LINUX!
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Sep 19, 2013 - 1 comment

ClickClack

Make love like you're going to die. [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on May 14, 2013 - 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 on Apr 24, 2013 - 0 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 on Apr 20, 2013 - 0 comments

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 on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 comments

office house dub 5.1 gitch pop mix

Deconstruction and rebuild of office house dub 3.3.3 aiming for an inspiration somewhere between Boards of Canada, Nurse with Wound, Aphex Twin and proto-punk Nico/Velvet Underground. This is intentionally very experimental, abstract, noisy, tweaky, melodic and glitchy. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 30, 2012 - 2 comments

office house dub 3.3.3

Chill experimental NASA and vintage 70s porn dub. (Safe for work.) [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 comments

Chillout in Am (Opus 11)

Piano, flutes, and pads, downtempo. Worked over the Christmas break while avoiding family. Feedback appreciated!
posted by blinks on Dec 27, 2011 - 0 comments

Five Years Ago, Did You See Yourself Here?

The second track from my 2008 release "You Are Not Dead"
posted by fake on Sep 7, 2011 - 3 comments

Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years

The first track from the album/book combo You Are Not Dead, released in 2008 by myself and Meg Holle. [more inside]
posted by fake on Sep 6, 2011 - 1 comment

Naomi Lullaby

A lullaby for my friends who had their first child on Christmas. Done in NanoStudio on the iPad.
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 comments

socks

Downtempo! Meandering beat, melodic electronic. I'm kind of into making synthesizers sound like samples right now, so everything came out of a synth of some sort. [more inside]
posted by Horizontally a Champion on May 27, 2010 - 1 comment

Bridge To Death

A downtempo mashup of John Frusciante's The Will to Death and Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. [more inside]
posted by VersusGod on Apr 30, 2010 - 1 comment

Killing All My Friends

Love song meets murder ballad. [more inside]
posted by Jon-A-Thon on Feb 27, 2010 - 2 comments

Do the Reich thing

A lush electronic meets shoegaze(?) song influenced by a Steve Reich piece. [more inside]
posted by onehalfjunco on Feb 18, 2010 - 4 comments

Rhythmic Wailings

A weekend messing with Scanned Synth Pro yielded this spirited dirge.
posted by vanar sena on Jan 28, 2010 - 0 comments

Creatura (and the sea)

Inspired by a friend's photos of the ocean.
posted by Jairus on May 6, 2009 - 6 comments

Floating

An atmospheric interlude that briefly teases a song, written for my unborn son. I tried to convey a feeling of floating around in an amniotic sac with brief moments of activity that go away as quickly as they appear. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Nov 21, 2008 - 5 comments

Mellow Ocean Groove

Just a sketch/idea of a song. Doubt I'll do anything with this, but it seemed a shame to toss it. [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Nov 5, 2008 - 0 comments

1979

Version 2 of a song I made with Logic Studio on a Macbook Pro, which somehow reminds of the year 1979. [more inside]
posted by hz37 on Jun 6, 2008 - 1 comment

all rhodes lead to roam

an eclectic downtempo glitchy track of mine from 2006. some interesting live drumming incorporated then destroyed accordingly. comments welcome! [more inside]
posted by Zampa on Feb 20, 2008 - 1 comment

unbroken

This downtempo "weirdo-falsetto" number is a track by Clearspeaks featuring edlundart. The music was written and produced by Clearspeaks while I wrote the lyrics and vocal melody. I also performed the vocal and created the vocal snippets used in the background, similar to what I did on "elevate."
posted by edlundart on Nov 21, 2006 - 4 comments

Regis11

Written during a Squarepusher phase I'm guessing. It's at least 5 years old. I like how it develops.
posted by distrakted on Sep 1, 2006 - 1 comment

Down with the Tempo

Alright. I used to think using GarageBand (and its loops) to make songs was "cheating". Then I started to use it. It's amazing how fun and easy it is, and you can really create some great sounding music. Here is my first downtempo song, entitled "Down with the Tempo". Enjoy!
posted by RockBandit on Aug 15, 2006 - 3 comments

eight minutes till today becomes tomorrow

A subdued synthetic rock/instrumental track by me. If you like Sigur Ros, you might like this.
posted by csimpkins on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 comments

Monsoon

Something sweet and mellow to watch the rain by. Hot off the press.
posted by Jimbob on Jul 13, 2006 - 3 comments

Luna Iridia

Something mellow and electronic. Soft synths. Sleep music.
posted by Jimbob on Jul 12, 2006 - 4 comments

Eastern Movement

From the same record as "First Steps into Metropolis". More downtempo than pure cinema this time, but I seem unable to shake the latter.
posted by Mikey-San on Jul 5, 2006 - 2 comments

Beat 2 (Live in SF, 2002) Audiosports

Everybody seems to think it's so important that you have to grab for money all the time. Seems to be the main goal in everybody's life.
posted by pantufla on Jul 4, 2006 - 1 comment

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