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An Echo Of You Remained In The Transporter Buffer

An elegy for my stepmother, who passed away from ALS, based on a recurring dream I'd have of seeing her brought back to life in an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation via a transporter glitch. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Apr 25, 2018 - 3 comments

Fuxxed Rx

About 10 years ago I had a pretty terrible year. A lot of people thought they knew what was wrong with me & also thought they knew how to "fix" me, but they all turned out to be wrong.
posted by eustacescrubb on Apr 8, 2018 - 3 comments

Tuscaloosa

All your big dreams, you can't go wrong. Get fit with the AC on... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Mar 2, 2018 - 5 comments

Nightshade

She's a spy, a good one too. Speciality — sneaking up on you... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Mar 1, 2018 - 0 comments

Get Real Girl

Chin up. Keep acting like you've got it made. We both know you ain't. You're laughing but it's true. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Feb 28, 2018 - 2 comments

Scarlet Johansson's Human Suit

All this time, dipping your fingers in my bowl... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Feb 27, 2018 - 2 comments

Lazy Rock

I miss the lazy rock of the 90's. Lean into the derivative. [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Jan 16, 2018 - 3 comments

Lama by @Ummagma

Two of my favourite bands in the world are Stereolab and Cocteau Twins and another band whose music I find greatly inspiring is Pink Floyd. This song is a pure project of this triangular love for these three bands. Enjoy!
posted by Brodyaga on Aug 31, 2015 - 4 comments

Back to You #dreampop #shoegaze

When Sonic Youth surprised the whole world by pulling off the most amazing cover of a song by The Carpenters ever (I couldn't really fathom listening to any of the originals, to tell the truth), who would've thought what a big impact their version of 'Superstar' would have had. Still to this day, this songs is constantly referenced whenever people speak about Sonic Youth. Here's presenting one track with a similar vibe. 'Back to You' by Ummagma [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Photographer

Psychedelica as embodied in music is not always about rowdy trippy cagey delivery and a catchy spacey or 'wow' riff…. sometimes psychedelica can drift unassumingly into the realm of melancholia, which is where this Ummagma song firmly rests. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Nov 19, 2014 - 0 comments

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

Adaptation

If psychedelic space rock can be sparkly, this song would be the epitome of that dynamic.. Or shimmery or glistening or whatever. Glitter is in the eye of the beholder.
posted by Brodyaga on Sep 12, 2014 - 2 comments

Learning web dev and reflecting on lifetimes lived long ago

I took a four week vacation, partly with the intention of recording some vocals for my many instrumental tracks. However I spent the whole holiday learning web development and getting drunk in the evenings and recalling fonder memories of times past... I only managed to record vocals one day for about 4 hours and it was almost a total loss. I only managed to get a single line down really. I wrote more lyrics but the takes for those were unusable. Well, here it is for better or worse with the single line repeating over and over on a loop... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Aug 20, 2014 - 1 comment

almost time

This is a guitar-only outtake from another song I did. I was going to use it as a outro on that song but the original clocked in a 9 minute time already so it got discarded. But still, I like the feeling of it...especially as it's guitar with no other instruments ;)
posted by cicadaverse on Jul 13, 2014 - 0 comments

native

I was really happy with this one when I first recorded it about 19 months ago. Listening to it now, I realise it was given way too much compression in the mastering phase. unfortunately I have lots the master project now with a faulty hard drive so it it what it is... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Jul 6, 2014 - 2 comments

Lawn Mower Times

Another combination of Guitar vs. Keyboards. Guitar gets the first move this time.
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 29, 2014 - 0 comments

guitar track

just a guitar riff I've been working on. Not sure where to take it exactly.
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 25, 2014 - 2 comments

it would take an hour...

Feeling a bit down tonight so I went looking through my projects and tried to fix up old throw away songs. This is one that's not too bad. An idea I hadn't quite fleshed out instrumentally. But why not throw on some improve vocals to make it feel more whole?
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 22, 2014 - 7 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

downshift

So...I didn't think I'd have time to work on a new song but the last 24 hours have freed up so... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Jun 16, 2014 - 2 comments

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

The Road to Lees

Imagine if you could depict a season through music. This track would be somewhere between the blossoming bliss of spring and the hazy threshold of summer, when you are just itching to dance your butt off. This is indietronic.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 9, 2014 - 1 comment

a complicated render

I'm trying to come up with vocals for this one and really struggling tonight. I had an idea, which was to just use pitch correction. I actually kind of liked it. At the risk of sounding like kanye west, i think it helped me get the melodies from my head onto the track without me immediately deleting it. I think maybe I'll use it as a guide track to get a usable take.
posted by cicadaverse on May 31, 2014 - 0 comments

Night at the beach in the dark with more vocals

I let a few people hear this before (both here and elsewhere) and they all wanted a mix with higher vocals (despite the fact that I've assured everyone the vocals were total rubbish). So I've re-mixed it and re-mastered and now you might be able to hear my voice. If you still can't understand me, I've included the very depressing lyrics below. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on May 29, 2014 - 2 comments

where's the exit?

Just another instrumental rock song. A few more electronic elements added in this time but overall, still very much guitar based.
posted by cicadaverse on May 28, 2014 - 0 comments

is it the beach at night

Another attempt at songwriting. Unfortunately the vocals were so bad I almost deleted them. Instead I just backgrounded them.
posted by cicadaverse on May 26, 2014 - 2 comments

Lama (Jane Woodman Remix)

When a musician, who has self-recorded and mixed everything (brilliant) he (she) has ever put out, eventually takes to creating a remix, the output can be somewhat spectacular. That is what happened when San Francisco shoegaze darkwave wonderkind Jane Woodman jumped into her very first remix for Ummagma 'Lama'. Hope you enjoy the output.
posted by Brodyaga on May 15, 2014 - 1 comment

Old ship church

Another one from the afore mentioned project from a few years ago. Not quite up to my current standards but I like the energy in this one anyway.
posted by cicadaverse on May 11, 2014 - 0 comments

device or vice

This is obviously kind of an experiment...or in other words, it's a bit of a mess. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 30, 2014 - 0 comments

garage lately

Very hesitant to let anyone hear this one. [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 24, 2014 - 5 comments

Remix Snippet

What might be the outcome of taking a rather dreamy pulse-based trance inducing track, stripping it back, adding an addictive disco electronic undertone and phasing ghost-like vocals here and there (and rather rare)…? Have a listen and then you will know :)
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 comments

carefully optimistic

I thought I'd try to write something more upbeat. I couldn't think of a vocal melody so I just filled it with different guitar parts.
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 21, 2014 - 0 comments

Ambiguous Sense of the Future

Powerful swirling and driving full sonic force, enveloped in a mishmash of postrock, shoegaze, and noise rock. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 20, 2014 - 1 comment

equals66

just a rock song (instrumental). I played around a lot with some organs and synths but still guitar based overall...
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 19, 2014 - 2 comments

Kiev

Imagine a dream that entails a strange melange of light and dark and translate that into sonic form, albeit with angelic vocals. That is what this song represents. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 19, 2014 - 1 comment

BFD

Eastern European countries are home to remarkably sounding native folk music, and it is particularly welcome when any element, or even remnant, of that is mixed in with any form modern music. What a grande fusion it can be. That is what we feel happened with this song.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 16, 2014 - 2 comments

simple plastics

Another day, another song. Rock, indie, alternative, etc... A bit of hit and miss.. A bit of an experimental, weird intro. I was inspired by someone I once heard trying to play the guitar with a mallet. Some keyboards and organ are thrown in underneath (probably to try to make up for the lack of verse vocals!). I Also tried to throw in a vocal idea on the chorus here (written below) [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 comments

The Road to Lees

The Road to Nowhere? No, the road to somewhere magical and fantastic, enjoying every moment encountered on the way. That is the idea guiding this song and the windy change-ups and ambient indietronic delights emerging as the song progresses.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 13, 2014 - 1 comment

Lama (SOS Remix)

When you dig the original of a song so much that you can't imagine how anybody could possibly ever dissect it and re-embody it in an alternate format, sometimes you are pleasantly surprised when indeed someone comes along who capably does just that - with flair, good taste and a handful of cards up their sleeve, dealt ever so cleverly within the remix they have created. That's what we're talking about with this Sounds of Sputnik take on Ummagma's 'Lama'.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 12, 2014 - 1 comment

River Town

Tides and lilts, ebbs and flows. Something romantic, yet superfluous permeates 'River Town', with a spacious element opening up for sweepingly dreamy female vocals. At least that's how we see this Ummagma track. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 11, 2014 - 2 comments

Back To You

In the spirit of "Superstar" by legendary art-punk band Sonic Youth (who were covering The Carpenters chart-breaking track), here is 'Back to You'. Sonically similar, but content-wise very different. No superstar imagery from the perspective of a groupie here. Just some self-searching and hopefully grounding elements. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 comments

Balkanofellini

Eastern Europe has long been known as a mysterious place when it comes to music, spanning multiple genres, including music with a particular ethno-folk component. This is one of those songs. Well done Ummagma. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 27, 2013 - 1 comment

Titry

Actors are always celebrated for their chameleonic ability to change characters and roles. Ummagma possesses this quality, among a small number of shape-shifting bands currently out there. This song is very different from anything else created by Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 22, 2013 - 3 comments

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

Human Factor (revisited)

The lyrics to this Ummagma song seem very timely considering what is happening in the world these days, with a bed of music that drums up intensity. You might particularly enjoy the ending.
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 12, 2013 - 0 comments

Theme 1 Stage 3

I once herd the term "sound track for angels" and having Lisa Von H on vocals has certainly brought a sound track to reality!
posted by Sugar Cain on Dec 11, 2013 - 0 comments

1+1=3 (revisited)

Some songs take you on a trip (and bring you back), while others just send you drifting endlessly and blissfully. For us, this song belongs to the latter, building layers of layers of sound and effects - like new galaxies being opened. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 10, 2013 - 3 comments

Ummagma - River Town (Mind Movies Remix)

This is one Ummagma track that has been totally turned on it's head, taking what was a dreampop folkrock-ish track and utterly transforming it into an whirling electro-dance track with traces of vocals from Shauna McLarnon. One slight change from the previous version. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 1, 2013 - 1 comment

Ummagma - River Town (Mind Movies Remix)

This is one Ummagma track that has been totally turned on it's head, taking what was a dreampop folkrock-ish track and utterly transforming it into an whirling electro-dance track with traces of vocals from Shauna McLarnon. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Nov 15, 2013 - 4 comments

HF

For decades now, I have been inspired by songs that make you think beyond just a lovely melody (hopefully they'd go hand in hand together). On that note, here's a song about unwinding and placing greater value in human relations (at a time when we so greatly need this).
posted by Brodyaga on Jul 25, 2013 - 0 comments

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