Banjo and accordion, some light processing through the modular synth, lots of reverb (of course). [more inside]
Literally, a seven-minute transition between two chords. [more inside]
More concertina and bayan based minimalist weirdness, this time with trombone! Noisy bits are just clickety clacking the bayan's keys, and crumpling some paper.
I'm learning to play the bayan (Russian Chomatic button accordion) and the concertina, and accidentally fell into Terry Riley / Steve Reich territory. [more inside]
Track 2 from my new release Carefully Introducing Problems. Drone/dark ambient/spooky synth/a touch of Berlin School. 100% of proceeds from the album will be donated to Reclaim the Block and Afrorack. Today, June 5, it is #bandcampfriday and I will be personally matching donations. [more inside]
A little melodic drone I made as I was coming out of the end of a migraine. [more inside]
An ambient/drone piece from my newly released album Float (pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp). I'm breaking a habit of expressing anxiety and foreboding through my music, and aiming to spread some tranquility and wonder instead. [more inside]
From my newly released album of the same name, at starthief.bandcamp.com. Something on a spectrum of drone/ambient/abstract electronica. [more inside]
Digging back into some old ambient/noise/drone ideas. Synth, guitar, and bowed cymbal. [more inside]
An old recording from the cassette 4 track days, newly rediscovered. Pretty poor recording which I have tried to clean up as much as possible here. [more inside]
A very brief (50s) sketch I worked up on the train the other day. Crunchy synth bass drone in conversation with a ringing guitar (also synthesized).
Voices, echoes, splices
I'm working on a set of songs/sounscapes for a friend's online comic project. This is a spooky ambient piece using some recordings I made of a guy moving chairs around in a cathedral in Vienna, some sleep breathing, some musical saw, and a weird broken African instrument a friend gave me.
This was recorded by the band I'm in (Ghost Flowers) on August 1, 2013, at our practice space before the actual practicing-of-songs started. It's a thirteen-minute variation on one chord, has nice ebbs and flows, and has a steady mid-tempo beat. [Not part of my "Unu..." series, just filler while I juggle four songs of that at once.] [more inside]
Should be evocative (of something) in and of itself. Don't know, really. One of those things... [more inside]
Not sure how to describe this one, but I sampled a lot of disparate stuff and used some found sound I have.
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.
ambient/drone // electric guitar/electric cello [more inside]
Listen, a song by Sredni Vashtar. Recorded, as usual, at rehearsal. The loop drones throughout and the guitar and bass are sparse and simple.
Carbon 7 doing our mellowest, jazziest thing yet. Joined again by flautist Fred Mitchim. Kept to a pretty sleek 9 minutes. [more inside]
Here's an old song from Sredni Vashtar, revamped, restructured and recorded at rehearsal a few weeks ago [more inside]
'8 billion pounds is rising from the ground'. A song about the city. [more inside]
I've always found the sound of a big tuning fork wobbling freely on the strings of a guitar (laid flat) really mysterious and interesting. This track is a whole bunch of that, with a reverb patch that reverberates not the direct signal, but the signal passed through a bank of very short delays that act like a resonant comb filter. The track ends up with buzzing the rung tuning fork against various open strings. There's more of my stuff at https://soundcloud.com/seclude and it's all CC licenced. Hope you like.
I bought a cheap casiotone keyboard. I have to figure out how to learn to play it, but in the meantime... drone!
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]
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.
Fleshing out my drone-y trumpet [more inside]
Another world premiere, friends, from a tiny little joint in deepest Koenji. Once again I'm bangin' on the back of my diddley bow, with nothing else but a drone and a stombox to accompany my mournful cries. Lyrics and video here.
Fun with uncleared samples. Stairway to Stardom, Nina, Boots Randolph. Looking for feedback.
Slow, drony, monochordal, minimalist, ambient electro.
moody experiments. it's another evil night. requires good speakers or good headphones for the full experience (leans heavily on low bass tones). [more inside]
This began as an improvised piece involving a Poly Evolver synth, a Memory Man pedal, and an iPhone running Moog Filtatron. Then I decided to bury everything in noise, fuzz and tape flutter until it became nigh-unlistenable. Enjoy!
Ambient modal psychedelic clawhammer banjo drone? Sure, TheCoug, whatever...
Welcome to Teen Island (Season One). We here at MTV started this reality show with the best of intentions. But things have gone horribly, horribly wrong. [more inside]
Noise and feedback. Swirling, swirling, swirling! [more inside]
a minimal and sombre thing. sounds made by software and double bass. [more inside]
A lush electronic meets shoegaze(?) song influenced by a Steve Reich piece. [more inside]
Some shifting noise and randomness. [more inside]
A song I made for an animated movie that might exist about people that are addicted to stars. [more inside]
happy drone; space is nice
A bassy electronic song that might or might not be about changing tampons. [more inside]
Filtery drone from my JUNO 60 meets ukulele playing exactly four notes. No verse, no chorus, no changes, no development... just does what it does for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, then stops. It's the soundtrack for a video here.
Tape manipulated saxophone and piano. [more inside]
A late-night drone piece, composed from the manipulation of a single sample. [more inside]
Here's my version of the esteemed Mr. Cohen's paean to the religion of love. I dropped the rhythm and chord changes, and made a new melody. The very minimal accompaniment consists of three tracks from my trusty old JUNO 60 analog synth. That's it! Video version (photos by yours truly) at Vimeo and YouTube.
Mine is the last voice you will ever hear.
Dark psychedelia from deep within the Karst topography of the Missouri Ozarks . . . [more inside]
For this month's MeFiMu Challenge, here's a song first written in 1986 and first recorded and released in 1991. This version was recorded earlier today. Rewrote the last verse. The old is new again...
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