Hello /mu/. I have 17 shares for you. They're all in the vein of field recordings, drone, warm ambient, cold ambient, sound experimentation, and 1 or 2 lowercase releases. I think they're all interesting and share-worthy releases.
Beautytone - Four Landscapes
>Ambient, Field Recording, Warm, Nature
>Simple ambient tracks that change mood multiple times.
If you guys would like samples with these shares let me know, I'll try to find some.
Beautytone - Summer
>Ambient, Field Recording, Sound Collage
>Interesting release that reminds me of Boards of Canada (through some songs' samples) and Oneohtrix Point Never (through some songs' synths and repeated samples). Would recommend.
Chris Silver T - Salty Spots
>Straightforward 15 minute track of waves crashing on the coast of the Peloponnese.
DR - Minimalism
>Ambient, Drone, Tape Loop
>Incredibly soft ambient. Imagine a bright, serene equivalent to Eno's ambient 4. no pun intended, very minimalist.
>Released on the same label as that of Beautytone.
Francisco López - Untitled #309
>Dark Ambient, Lowercase
>One of the darkest releases of my shares. Very quiet, creepy lowercase release. Low frequencies.
Francisco López - Untitled #312
>Dark Ambient, Lowercase
>This release sounds like an underwater field recording. It is also quiet and eerie at times, yet I recommend this release more than Untitled #309 if you're here for field recordings.
Jana Winderen - Debris
>Field Recording, Sound Collage
>Very interesting release from one of my favorite field recording experimenters. This release, like others of hers, is very wintery and cold. It features wind sounds, rain and droplet sounds, melting ice, and odd, unidentifiable sounds that work in the release. Jana Winderen's pieces always seem constantly interesting and sound like asmr audio.
Are people interested in these shares as of right now? Is anyone lurking? Just wondering for my own sake.
Jana Winderen - Energy Field
>Field Recording, Sound Collage
>Previously shared in another thread before, but I'll include it again. My favorite release by Winderen. Similarly wintery, includes animal sounds and other odd textures.
Jana Winderen - Heated: Live in Japan
>Field Recording, Sound Collage
>3rd of my 4 Jana Winderen shares. This one takes a set of hers from a show in Tokyo. This release compiles pieces of her other releases into a single set and, therefore, includes a wide range of textures. It's like a sampler of some of her works.
Jana Winderen - Out of Range
>Field Recording, Sound Collage, Audio Experimentation
>My final Winderen share, this release has the coolest concept by far (quotation from the TouchShop [the label]):
>"Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects. The ultrasound is time-stretched to bring it into a frequency range audible for human beings.
ᴷ - K
>Warm ambient, Drone
>Ambient drone released in December, focus on organs and synth. Sounds like a Fennesz ambient record.
Lawrence English & Werner Dafeldecker - Shadows of the Monolith
>Field Recording, Sound Collage
>Eerie, wintery sound collage of unique textures that remind me of the Jana Winderen LPs shared above. This release, comparatively, has shorter tracks and more variance. Instead of Winderen's slowly growing landscapes, this album is multiple similar vignettes.
I'm glad you appreciate the shares. :)
Taavi Tulev - Kuku!
>Straightforward 22-minute field recording of a forest "at Lake Muike in Lahemaa National Park, Estonia. It's a windless, warm and sunny day. Birds sing, and bugs are about." Highly Recommend.
It seems that this is the last share because 2 albums didn't upload correctly and another album has already been shared in another sharethread (>>52585305). So then I'll say thanks for checking out these albums and if you guys have anything similar to share feel free.
Yann Novak - 3 Renditions
>Very simple ambient drone that doesn't swell or change very much. It's creepy at times, usually at the beginning of each track, and slowly morphs into a more peaceful and curious sound towards the conclusion.
I'll also mention a final tip to anyone who wants to continue finding more ambient / drone / field recordings:
Sites for exploration:
as an addition to this post, I'd recommend:
the watchful ear
the first one is almost exclusively dedicated to field recordings, the other two are blogs that touch on field recording/drone/ambient-related music often
I've heard most of what you've shared, but nice thread!
Any album by Sleep Research Facility gives a bit of an apocalypse feel. If you want to get really serious with your apocalypse vibe you should explore more into noise or drone metal.
Lasse-Marc Riek - Helgoland
>Wildlife recordings of an unpopulated island off the coast of Germany. Really high quality.
Angus Carlyle & Rupert Cox - Air Pressure
>About a farm in the middle of an airport in Japan. The farmers there are the last to refure to sell their land and/or move out, and now have to deal with the sound of passing jets right over their head. Possibly my favourite field recording release.
Fennesz - Seven Stars
>Drones, bleeps, heavily treated guitar, extreme frequencies. If you know Fennesz you know what you're getting into here.
Annea Lockwood - A Sound Map of the Hudson River
>One of the first releases of its kind. Admittedly it sounds pretty dated (recording technology wasn't as good, and there's a good chunk of material in the middle that's just running water sounds. Not very well mixed either) BUT if you're interested in field recording then this is a must-listen due its significance and influence in the canon.
Michael Prime - L-Fields
>Sonifications of the bioelectrical frequencies of psychoactive plants mixed with a field recording here and there. Patrician.
Peter Cusack & Max Eastley - Day For Night
>Experimental, Sound Art
>Collaboration between a field recordist and an installation artist. Very acousmatic.
Ghola - God Is In His Heaven, All Is Right With The World
>Blackened Drone Doom Metal, Dark Ambient
Ghola - Apotheosis
>Blackened Drone Doom Metal, Dark Ambient
Celer - Perfectly Beneath Us
>One of the most narcoleptic releases from Celer. Perfect sleepy music.
Ghola - Into The Void
>Drone, Dark Ambient
Ghola - A Monument To Non Existence
>Blackened Drone Doom Metal, Dark Ambient, Harsh Noise
Ghola - Gh_l_ _npl_gg_d
>Acoustic, Drone, Ambient, Field Recordings, Noise
>Porcupine Tree and The Antlers covers
Ghola - Ghola + Blankcore =
>Basically 30 minutes of silence followed by 1:15 minutes of white noise with various effects on it. Feel free to miss this one.
Ghola - Crimson Moon
>Blackened Drone Doom Metal, Dark Ambient, Field Recordings, No-Wave, Industrial, Harsh Noise
>7 hour long concept album comprising of 40 tracks
Part I: http://www.mediafire.com/?l114711g6pxui7o
Part II: http://www.mediafire.com/?4izt2nnl92jlsau
Ghola - ヤンデレ
>Lo-Fi House, Post-Electronica, samples of a little Japanese girl going crazy and killing her brother.
Ghola - So Long As The Sun, The Earth And The Moon Exist, Everything Will Be Alright For Anywhere Can Be Heaven So Long As You Try To Live
>Vapourwave, Drone, Ambient, Post-Classical
Ghola - Ghola
>Dark Ambient, Drone, Field Recordings
>3 hours long, very creepy background music
Ghola - To Push Back The Wind... Is Such A Thing Even Possible? To Change The Way It Blows, To Force It Back. To Not Accept What It Brings. I, Too Want To Push It Back... But I Am Too Afraid To Try
>Dark Ambient, Blackened Drone Doom Metal
Last one from me, hope you guys enjoy!
Mika Vainio - Black Telephone of Matter
>Max/MSP and sonifications and a bunch of crazy tones, essentially. Pretty hard to describe, but really good. If you like Onko you'll enjoy this.
Ghola - KING
>Experimental Black Metal
>Not drone at all, relatively coherant. Worth listening to if you're not looking for soundscapes but something a bit more solid. Still maintains presence of previous recordings though.
thank you based anon. this is mu's true purpose
this is one of the few times I've visited this shit board and actually found a worthwhile thread
Great shares, thanks.
Why did you upload .phq releases to Mega though? You can download them for free on their Bandcamp page (they don't ask for your email either): http://phq-art.bandcamp.com/
I'll upload a few, here's a personal recommendations chart in the meantime. + I've only listened to ᴷ - K >>52593932 once so far, but I might add it to the "soothing/abstract" category later, I liked it a lot.
Andy Graydon – At Bay
> "Crystalline shimmers float freely throughout this collection, but are often rent by pops and hiccups that suggest not a seamless surface but an engagement of the digitally enhanced world we inhabit: porous, fragile, and inclined toward accidental beauty or even utter collapse". — Mike Hallenbeck, Wandering Ear, Minneapolis
Richard Chartier – A Field for Mixing
A 48-minute track consisting of field recordings of near-silent places; you can always hear something, but it's very quiet, very peaceful. This is followed by a second, 20-minute track that reworks field recordings into an ambient track — still subtle but the contrast is striking. (label: Room40)
Marc Behrens – A Narrow Angle
Very lively field recordings from Taiwan, accompanied by interesting texts (which you can read on the artist's website). Published on Entr'Acte, another label I highly recommend.
Moss – Moss
Live collaboration between Molly Berg, Olivia Block, Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello. Short (about 25 minutes) but really good.
Keith Berry – The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish
Beautiful ambient album by an artist whose previous works were lowercase (everything I've heard from him is great, except for his latest album maybe). Originally released on Crouton, reissued on Infraction Records.
Several labels have been mentioned already (if you're into lowercase in particular, add Trente Oiseaux to the list); as for blogs, you can try http://antigravitybunny.com for drone, http://acloserlisten.com for anything that's close to what's already been posted. There was Foxy Digitalis too, but it no longer exists.
Nice thread OP, I like this stuff.
I'm an avid field recordist and composer and I've never really mixed the two together, but lately I'm working on some new amibient stuff and I think I'm going to incorporate some field recordings from my library.
It's weird that I don't listen too much to this kind of music but it's almost obvious it's the kind of music I should be piecing together.
The trick is to keep it from sounding like "new age relaxation" cheese but to also feature location and nature recordings.
Anybody else make this stuff?
that's the gist of it yes. I have a number of mics but generally when I'm /out/ I don't take a whole lot of stuff. Sometimes just the recorder and headphones, sometimes the omnis with tripods. I also have a binaural bowling ball mic that captures absolutely stunning immersive stuff, but it's a beast and you can't exactly hike with it. I also built a parabolic mic which is cool as hell and have super long distance focus, but those mics don't sound "pretty" at all.
it is definitely both of those things
here's a silly recording I got with it whilst camping with some friends
thanks bro! in a weird way it's my passion, i just wish I lived somwhere with more interesting stuff to record. the woods is cool and call and there's weather (thunder, rain, wind I guess) but there's a whole world out there that pops alive in a very peculiar and specific way when it's JUST sound without image. it's like smelling a kitchen with all the food cooking as opposed to an instagram of a plate on a table, if you know what i mean.
close, coyotes. i would LOVE to get wolves but there aren't any near where I am. the sound of wolves is actually quite different and it stirs some seriously stomach-churning prehistoric instinct when you hear them.
I don't really have a whole lot of stories. I usually take whatever rig I've decided on and hike out to a camping spot and set up, and I run it off and on (as to save batteries and such) and hope I get somethng cool.
Even shit like a plane flying over when you're out alone in the forest sounds so vast and awesome when you listen back to the recording. You can hear the sound echoing back from the horizon, with the fire crackling and the minute little crunches and sounds of the forest.
Pic is my parabolic mic - I don't have anything interesting recorded with it, but it's pretty good. I used it to hunt-down a cricket in the basement once. Good for birdwatchers if they want to focus-in on a certain birdsong from a hundred feet away without disturbing it
I'd love to get to the newly-restored wolves in Yellowstone (plus all the hydrothermal stuff I guess). I love the sound of erupting volcanoes but that's a tough one! Plus just city streets with buskers and shit is cool. Large-scale construction is surprisingly beautiful. This one time I got a surround recording with 5 shotgun mics near a highrise development and I didn't even notice until I listened-back later that there were these long tone-like chords being played by the machines. If you cleaned it up in RX or something to extract just the tones it was like scifi mooscape shit! That recording is now lost though, one of my friends might still have it.
Here's a couple piezo contact mics and a stethoscope mic I made. I was hoping to get cool recordings of insect colonies and a beehive or something but that opportunity is rare and hasn't happened yet. Enjoy my heart instead.
you should check out michael pisaro's recording from this year, Continuum Unbound.
also check out pretty much everything from Toshiya Tsunoda.
They weave field recordings into larger structures in a beautiful way. I think you'll like their music.
Awesome thanks! I will check those out. I remember stumbling across someone who would record bridges with contact mics (the cables and beams and shit) and make music out of them. It was amazing stuff. I have hopes to record train rails with my contact mics but I'm afraid of passing trains seeing the tracks wired-up and reporting it as *highly* suspicious.
Haha yeah, we were drunk and myf riend was telling a really bad joke and the only laugh he got at the punchline was the coyotes, it was hilarious.
I haven't had a problem yet. You need to stay away from personal/private conversations and places of business. If you look like a journalist or some sort of professional you'll be fine. I've never been approached by police, one time a guy pulled over in his car and asked wtf I was doing, said "come on over a sec and I'll give you something to fuckin' record". lel.
One of my friends go thrown out of a train station with a recording rig though but he's a retard.
The Hafler Trio – A Trilogy in Three Parts
Three albums based on the same beautiful drone, with different "events" happening in each volume.
Part the First - Cleave: 9 Great Openings
Part the Second - No Man Put Asunder: 7 Fruitful and Seamless Unions
Part the Third - No More Twain, Of One Flesh: 11 Unequivocal Obsecrations
You use more discrete mics. I hate when I see pics of recordists lugging a MS config in a blimp through the middle of London because no one would ever do that.
Sometimes people interfere but they're usually just curious. Police don't care, it's not illegal. I once got thrown out of a casino though because "photography" wasn't allowed, and the meathead couldn't understand that I wasn't photographing anything.
Yeah it's pretty neat, especially if you don't listen to a recording for awhile, it's like a who new place that you've never been when you listen back.
I have not actually. I love volcano shock waves and such. There's this great youtube channel called photovolcanica which is siqq
Geir Jenssen - Stromboli (2013)
>Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) presents two ultra vivid and dynamic field recordings of the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean" - an active volcano on the northern coast of Sicily. Made on July 19th 2012 at 9:30pm by the edge of Stromboli's crater, 924m above sea level, both pieces ironically sound as though they were captured underwater, but in fact document the active volcano spitting molten rocks and ash into a night sky against a gentle breeze. This surreal feeling of elemental, geological motion and morphosis is emphasised further in a swirling B-side Dub where the famed sound designer subtly manipulates the core recording's natural features. It's genuinely immersive stuff and makes a great package together with the beautiful cover photography.
>not downloading volcano eruptions
Padang Food Tigers - Go Down, Moses
>short (~15 minutes) ep, ambient/drone/field recordings with sparse folk instrumentation
Requesting anything similar.
Quique (Redux Edition): http://www77.zippyshare.com/v/461513/file.html
I like Seefeel a lot. For people who don't know them, their first releases were ambient techno with dream pop influences (dream pop loops and techno beats), then they got darker, more ambient and minimal before disbanding. They reunited a few years ago, but with a different line-up and a glitchier sound (not quite as good, though still worth a listen).
Also somewhat similar: Bowery Electric, Main.
Same here, I like Garamond a lot and I've listened to quite a few Sacred Bones albums just because of their design. Most of them weren't my thing though, the only one I got into was the first Pharmakon album (haven't listened to the second one yet because I rarely listen to the first one).
Listening to this right now, I like it a lot. (Nice cover art too.)
Biosphere is probably my favourite ambient artist. I still haven't listened to his entire discography, but Microgravity (ambient techno), Substrata (arctic ambient) and Shenzhou (warm ambient based on Debussy) are great.
Dropsonde, Cho Oyu 8201m (as Geir Jenssen) and both releases with Higher Intelligence Agency are also really good. Autour de la Lune is nice, but only when in the right mood (it's surprisingly minimal and austere). N-Plants and L'Incoronazione di Poppea were disappointing.
I'll listen to Cirque and Patashnik next.
I hope this isn't too off topic for anyone but this has some amazing moments of sound. Would love to capture something like this and use it for stuff
Chalk River - You Are Going To Heaven
>ambient EP, really dark, chilling atmosphere through it, discovered it on plug.dj lel