Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Places & Traces

Urban subterranean environments come alive with daily activity. A plaintive violin peals through the tunnels, a pulsing synth marches along in it's own industry. The opening piece of Chrissie's Places and Traces, Cavern, takes us on a ride to the station.

It's the beginning of a journey through field and studio recordings, combining a musique concrete approach with electronic synthesis and sound processing. The sound design is exceptional, as is the pristine engineering. There's lots of new sounds here for the seeker of ear candy.

As with much of her work, it would make wonderful incidental music. If you enjoy detailed soundscapes, this is a great time.

You can find Chrissie on Twitter as @Chrissie_c, on soundcloud and read her blog at  chrissieviolin.info.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Berlin School influence permeates Intoxication by Elektronische Existenz, as with most of his work. Simple, almost geometric sequences chug along, growing in complexity like an evolving organism.

The theme and concept of the album is discussed at length at Absurd Wurld, the artist's blog. The ideas are focusing on Nietzsche's ideas on intoxication, and the creative energy that is derived from it. You can find the blog post here: Absurd Wurld: Intoxication.

Analog sound pervades as usual. Pristine electronic tones pulse out a steady rhythm relentlessly marching on, evolving and growing. A simple pattern that becomes so much more by the end. There's plenty of simple analog synth and vintage drum machine tones, well recorded and sitting pretty in the mix.

You can find Elektronische Existenz on twitter as @Absurd13t and check out the Absurd Wurld Blog.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Machine

Yesterday I was finally able to replace my failing PC with a Windows 10 machine. It has a few more resources than the last machine, merely due to being new. Ableton Live installed easily, and is ready. The new system is nice and stable.

I'll be returning to a weekly review schedule soon. Thanks for all your patience, and thanks again for reading.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Technical Difficulties

Over the course of a few months, my ailing PC has become very unstable, and has been crashing quite a bit. Due to this it's become almost impossible to listen to music over it, which is the way that I discover music on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and etc.

Due to recent mundane employment, I will be able to replace the computer soon. This is essential to me not only for entertainment, but for musical composition as well, as I'm currently unable to utilize Ableton Live.

So, over the next few weeks, I'll have a minimal presence until I can get my funds together. Please bear with me, as I really appreciate your readership, and hope you are getting some value from this blog. Thanks again for reading.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Cinematic and pristine, Strangers by MicrotuneX is a nice addition to my library. It turns the two previous albums released by this mysterious composer, Amygdala and Thesis, into a trilogy of three epic songs for 2015.

Rich saw waves greet you, and the build is slow and steady. Cycling through the stages, Strangers evolves as it progresses. The tones flow and change. The artist has a good ear for sound design, and LFO is used imaginatively, creating some really fat sounds. Like the predecessor albums, these tunes would make an epic backing to a science fiction film.

It seems that the artist also has a new project, PTN Mode, that is a more acid/trance sort of thing. We'll have to check that out.

You can find MicrotuneX on Twitter as @MicrotuneX and on Soundcloud.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Progress 15-03-15

With economic worries lessened, the ability to play has been on the increase.

Often I just power up the SH-201 and DD-20 for sound-on-sound fun. This is because it's so easy just to flip the switch and go. This setup doesn't entail the extra connections to the computer, or the other peripherals that I would normally use.

It's fun to astonish my son's friends while they wait for him and I create a piece. I'm reminded of Eno's idea that we are magicians, and that we create magic. However, all my output has been into the ether, left unrecorded. It's a rediscovering, redefining moment. My sound keeps changing.

Here's a little Hilliat Fields for your esoteric appreciation. Find him on Twitter as @hilliatfields and on Soundcloud.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Roofhare is an experimentalist I've been following for some time now. A guitarist and electronic explorer, his works are filled with unexpected combinations, and unusual approach.  Lots of found-sound and musique concrete elements populate his works.

I sense the influence of progressive rock lurking in the back of his work, experimental and delving into the unknown. He's an incredibly competent musician.

7-5-7 is a good representation of his work. Very eclectic, each piece takes a different approach, partially due to the pieces having originally being made for music challenges. They are all well mixed, with a clarity that belies their found-sound aspects, as the field recordings used are recorded in proper detail. Whimsicality and playful compositions abound.

You can find Roofhare on Twitter as @Groovehare, or on Soundcloud.