microphones in the trees

Sunday, October 20, 2019

inspired school of astral music

A Rectangle of Fire
Floating in a Field
of Night Sy

Read Madness
Watch Self, Slowly

profundamente enamorada de 'field vision' y 'la monte' y...

Friday, October 18, 2019

inspired school of astral music

¿cómo he podido estar tan desconectada y no darme cuenta de la existencia de 'seekers'? suena 'for d' y mientras me derrito me acuerdo del impacto que causó en nosotros 'empty naked streets' de Charlatan meets The North Sea allá por el 2012. y de cuando no pasaba ni un solo día sin que visitase la página de Inspired School of Astral Music aka Bill Doob deseando que hubiese algo nuevo. Günter Schlienz ha cumplido otro de mis sueños editando en su sello cosmic winnetou 'seekers', otra dosis de magia del 'ente' musical que, junto a Josh Burke y el propio Günter, más fascinación y curiosidad me han producido a lo largo de estos años. os dejo esta divertida y certera 'review' de 'cassette gods'. La inspirada escuela de música astral de alguna manera se ha conectado a mi cerebro....y al mío también.

"Inspired School of Astral Music somehow has connected to my brain. It’s the “astral” part, isn’t it, the unknowable spiritual dimensionality that allows linkage without a physical bond. How else would Inspired School come to the same conclusion as me, that “it is possible to experience the music from beyond within, and voice this experience through a musical instrument”? I’ve been saying that for, like, ever! Well, not in so many words, but definitely a variation. Reading that then listening to “Seekers” has kind of validated a lot of what I believe about music. Or at least my online persona believes it, since in reality I’m just a collection of computer coding masquerading as a human presence on social media and music sites for some reason. (Or maybe I’m a demon-possessed laptop. Who’s to say for sure?)

Inspired School of Astral Music exposes the inner melodies calmly attempting to guide us through life, manifesting as droning synthesizer with exquisite solos to keep our attention. The trancelike repetition is underscored with pulsing energy, truly giving the impression that it pipes in from another plane of existence. Also, each track is (at least digitally – there are no track titles listed on the physical product itself) dedicated to someone or something: “For D.,” “For C.,” “For L.,” “For G.,” “For A.” This gives “Seekers” an extra sense of camaraderie and interconnectedness, that the music filtering through the Inspired School is just that – filtered, not owned, freely given to those who deserve or require it. It’s not for us, it’s for you. It’s not for me, it’s for them. It’s not for ISoAM, it’s for D., and C., and L., and G., and A., and everybody else. I’d argue that it might not be for me, being a bot and all (or a demon), but probably nobody’s going to think about that very much after reading this. They’ll be too busy getting a psychic massage from the Inspired School of Astral Music tape they just bought."
cassette gods

"A nomad I will remain for life, in love

with distant and uncharted places.”
- Isabelle Eberhardt

An Offering to Fellow Seekers &
Those whose paths I have crossed
Creating our own Realities
With the Dust of Time

The World is Smoking
Then it is dark
& turns back
a field of thistle
wet & sharp
draws our Blood
Para el Mundo
Con Amor

minimal synthesizer music with soloing on top which will left you behind mind struck. everything wrapped into an unique vision with will let you behind wondering about your sanity.
we are all seekers, aren't we? cosmic winnetou

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

günter schlienz

”Know Your New Age”, a third album by Günter Schlienz released on Zoharum, is a great treat both for devout followers of his work and also the newbies. Starting with the shimmering of seawaves, it takes you on a journey through the universe created by one Mr. Schlienz. Inspired by the works of Peter-Michael Hamel, Deuter and Eberhard Schoener, he has created 6 meditative composition clocking in at 52 minutes. Schlienz merely takes cues from his masters to develop a unique sound based on sonic structures built on his own modular synthesizer interspersed with occasional acoustic guitar accompaniment and subtle field recordings. After organ studies, music for space airports and musical interpretation of autumn, this album would be best experienced meditating on the seashore. Yes, ”Know Your New Age” lives up to its title."

siempre me quedo sin palabras con la música de mi querido Günter Schlienz. da igual todo, me siento obligada a volver aquí y, aunque no me salga ni de lejos una crítica que le haga justicia, no sé...que alguien le haga un monumento, o que alguien encuentre las palabras que yo no encuentro. en Zoharum dicen que este disco está inspirado en la música de Peter-Michael Hamel, Deuter y Eberhard Schoener (qué preciosidad sky music, mountain music...), y que debería disfrutarse meditando en la orilla del mar... y sí, me visualizo en una isla desierta con la única compañía de 'lamb part II' (hay viento, mucho viento) y de 'the prophet part I', donde incorpora una guitarrilla acústica suave y delicada, y olas, y ese sintetizador tan tan característico. Günter siempre compone la música que más me gusta y necesito, tan lleno de matices y elegante. y bueno, supongo que es una obviedad decir que la música dice mucho de quien la compone, pero en su caso lo siento con mucha fuerza. precioso homenaje a la música que le gusta e inspira, también: 'know your new age'. synth magician Günter Schlienz.

Monday, October 14, 2019

sam mallet

"Sam Mallet could have pursued a career as a French literature professor in Paris, but decided his true calling was to remain in Australia, dedicate himself to his music and find the plateau; a word he used to describe the sensory worlds residing in music. Under the influence of Eno, Jon Hassell, Arvo Pärt, John Coltrane and Robert Fripp, Sam explored a wide variety of musical styles and put them to service soundtracking the time-based works of his peers. He crafted spatial ambience, somber jazz, and drum computer driven rockers for short films and experimental video works, television shows (including the original Australian Wilfred series), feature films and live theatre. The avant garde Anthill Theatre, known for its departure from conventional staging practices and having a keen eye for talent, enlisted Mallet to provide soundtracks for approximately 40 productions throughout the 1980s and early 1990s."

"Wetlands is a labour of love: the product of eternities, lodged in the archive of a half-imagined Antipodean Space Agency"

Saturday, October 12, 2019

sophie birch

"Sofie Birch is a Copenhagen based sound artist and composer. Her primary techniques of exploration include improvisation, voice experiments, and analogue synthesis, which she uses to create considered, soothing ambient soundscapes." ctm festival

"mamma mía el disco de Sophie Birch que mandó Steven! está bien cósmico, cómo me gusta, verdad que yes en inglés?" yes que sí! un vuelo cósmico de mucha altura, especialmente "loph", melancólica y perfecta. y "net (neverendingthing)"...las caracolas y constellation tatsu nunca fallan 

 "I just listened to Island Alchemy by Sofie Birch one time, and I already know it's gonna be a dear companion to me while this Autumn becomes Winter. It'll be released on November 12th" caracola

Friday, October 04, 2019

günter schlienz

"the concept around those tracks is relatively loose. first i was fascinated by the idea of how jules lissajous made acoustic vibrations visible in his experiments. i think this has a vibe of synaesthesia, so some pieces are an attempt to transform certain memories and the associated emotions into sound.furthermore, the projections lissajous made in the 19th century must had been very pretty and i'm fascinated by the fact that we perceive integer mathematical relationships as nice, no matter if perceived acoustically or optically. so i did the drones which can be heard on this album rather optically than musically, i took a look at the lissajous image of the drones in the oscilloscope and then decided if i would use it. i also love all these enlightened natural scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries. they were really crazy in a way that seems almost funny to us today. real freaks.so for me this album feels like a bit of a self-propagation with a twinkle in the eye." günter schlienz

"electronic music to comfort your restless mind"

guenter schlienz

"recorded live with Pandelindio with a cassette dictaphone at neue schachtel, stuttgart in 2016
field recordings are done out of my kitchen window
many thanks to niko, teresa and pandelindio."

Synth magician Günter Schlienz

the ivytree

The Ivytree is a solo project from San Francisco musician Glenn Donaldson, who has been in a number of groups championed in the DIY underground over the past 20 plus years. Glenn was a founder of the influential Jeweled Antler Collective releasing some of the best underground Bay Area projects of the early 21st century, but he's also been in bands spanning an array of genres; from the drone and experimental works of groups like Thuja and Blithe Sons and psychedelic jangle of Skygreen Leopards.

His Ivytree project is probably described as a tapestry of drones, field recordings, and ghostly folk, interwoven in a haunting tapestry, perfect for the approaching fall and winter."


 "Mia Prce, originally from Sarajevo and a Belgian resident since 1989, was reared on a psychedelic diet of Krautrock and similarly serpentine music by her artist parents who were part of the Antwerp-based (and over fifty years old) Ercola collective. Beautiful songs that break hearts without using a sharp object! More tears for the creatures of the night."


Friday, September 27, 2019

inner travels ~ пурпурный дядя ~ 地球 ~ s oliwa

Birds, creeks, thunder – nature sounds have always been important among Steve Targo’s Inner Travels releases. Targo often uses synthesizers to replicate wildlife songs in his music, framed with his own field recordings. On Nature Spirit, the tenth Inner Travels full-length, he pays more attention to the world outside his window and less to the electronics ~ inner islands

Getting an announcement from Inner Islands always means receiving a true gift, some best serenity-inducing tunes possible and having such treasures in our world sometimes seems miraculous. maybe it's weird to say such things on this blogs of all places but let's just admit ~ listening to nature sounds and calm, slow-paced synthesizer music recorded on cassette tape is not something people really do in 2019. Yet, we still believe they should. Not because of the notions that any underground music style should become mainstream someday, not because people's life can't be complete without such music... It can and kinda is, yet something is always missing. Some feeling or understanding, or simply a connection which will make things easier. Aren't we all here for that? Same way as our planet is always looking for balance, even experiencing climate changes or cosmic cataclysms. Same way stars align their orbits even giving that the Universe is infinite. In all these searches, it's good to have Inner Travels leading us to the places of where this infinite interconnectedness and complexity of the universal laws meet the simplicity of joy of being in the middle of it all. Simply being, as the grass grows and water streams. Aren't they are great teachers? 

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Recorded in Thailand ~ takoe

As short as it should be, the album description tells us that this is a field recording tape. And it really is, and it's really good. Truly documental and musical at the same time, full of street and natural noise but also the serenity of soundscapes from the temples and simply some non-tourist streets. Cicadas and motorcycles, flutes and voices floating in the air like a mirage, creating a collaging atmosphere of the real-life magic. Nothing happens on this tape but also everything... Usually known for his tape noises and collage improvs, пурпурный дядя (purple uncle in russian) unveils her a little but important secret ~ world is full of noise already, and it's beautiful.

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Earth is our mother. The city is noisy. Because the soul is lost. I didn't want pain anymore ~ hiraeth records

After well-received collab with t e l e p a t h the label's boss Jornt Elzinga continued the optimistic and utopian theme reissuing an old work of his. Being called a naturewave in vaporwave community, this is basically a purest and calmest ambient new age music you can imagine, just framed into some fleeting moment of a menacing drone time from time. As if this music being some kind of virtual simulation of what our world can be or will be in the future. While this simulation is run on the edge of environmental collapse to check some models or algorithms of what should and can be done... Wait, it really is ~ despite being "just music" and "someone's fantasy" it works that way perfectly, drawing a picturesque and at the same time not so idyllic picture of the world, where birds and brooks and rains are dominating over the landscape, calmly erasing, little by little, any trace of humanity. And if Building A Better World was an optimistic album about the future of humanity, this albums is no less optimistic about future after all ~ just from the Mother Nature's point of view. 

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s oliwa ~ botanica onirica vol I (self-released, 2019)

Botanica Onirica Vol I is a compendium of my own favourite pieces, plus three new tracks which complete the album and give it its own identity ~ sebastián oliwa

Being our long-term resident here, Oliwa stays true to its sound as well. Collecting some of the warmest offerings of lo-fi goodness on this album, he presents us a chance to take a journey through the primal jungle and forests, deserts and mountains, basically creating a documentary to watch with eyes closed. A movie without a single word being said and pictures drawn. Tape hiss will be your narrator and the sporadic tribal rhythms will lead you across the ridges, inside lost temples hidden behind the dense clouds of elusive synthesizer melodies... There's no need to solve some mysteries or fight any battles to gain a universal truth found on those mountain peaks ~ all the keys are on hands and they are simply the fact that nature always is open fo balancing things, so why shouldn't we do the same?  

listen ~ support 

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