Well That’s Confusing AF

Ummm I’m just going to leave this here:

“The idea for this part of the story started on a day when there was really heavy rain hitting the roof window at my old flat. I got out my binaural mics and put my head right up by the window with the big raindrops hitting all around. They made nice individual percussive noises, with great spatial positioning, so I decided to use them to seed a piece of music.

This track is the most explicit representation of the idea of emergence in the album, because the rhythm of the track is created by the raindrops in an emergent manner – I took the audio samples, mapped the transients for the raindrop hits, and then forced the mapped points towards the nearest drumming grid positions. This meant that the random raindrops were pushed into a quantised grid, and the result was that a percussive rhythm emerged, one that I hadn’t created myself, but was the closest rhythm to that particular section of rain.

I then played the sansula over this rain rhythm, and added lots of pads and saturation layers, finally with some vocal snippets from Kathrin deBoer to complete the track. Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form.”

Essentially he used rain to create the foundation of the track? How crazy is that!

Max Cooper – Order From Chaos

Another One For This Guy

I’m pretty sure ol’ Damon Albarn is up there for one of the most prolific artists around. This is one of his side projects, The Good, The Bad And The Queen, a collaborative effort with Danger Mouse and a couple other fellas. It’s a great album, got a real good chill-out vibe, though I do feel like playing poker and walking around the Wellington waterfront after listening to it. Incidentally, this song is the Tide track for the week: “In a tide end town”. Lots of intriguing noise nuances on the album, good for headphones is what I’m saying.

The Good, The Bad And The Queen – Northern Whale

Well They Do Seem Certain

Here you go chap. An ambient song with an unarguable tie to ‘Tide’. This is the last track off ASC‘s 2014 album, Truth Be Told. This is mellow stuff but full of sounds and noises and mischievous pieces of familiarity in there. Definitely a headphone listen. Think Circular blended with The Flashbulb, with just a splash of Loscil for good measure.

ASC – The Certainty Of Tides

In The Beginning…

I think today I will let someone else’s words do the talking…

With Saffronkeira, Eugenio Caria lives out his passion of being a researcher of the possibility of expression offered by currently available technology. Indeed, in his tracks he experiments a lot with electronics and unconventional elements, which sometimes seem meaningless at first sight, but uncover their significance only on a closer examination. Combining subtle and sometimes even almost invisible rhythms with textures of sound he confidently moves between minimalistic pieces and classic ambient tracks which should please both the analytic ears and the listeners who just want to dive into the music.

Saffronkeira – Epifonema (feat. Witxes)

Twinkling Marbles

Here’s the title track off State Azure’s new album; Phantoms. The album follows in the footsteps of his previous works, electronic/ambient style music littered with glitchy glittery noises and sweeping soundscapes. Excellent headphone music and always a solid choice for darkness.

State Azure – Phantoms

Bustling With Familiarity

This dude shuffled up on a spotify list a while back and caught my attention, but it was only today that I remembered and followed up with a listen. Creating a blend of chill music which might bring to mind such artists as Moby, Röyksopp and Subheim (if he was cheerier sounding), it seems like a decent way to round off the week.

Emancipator – All In Here