Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday Downstreams (The Week of Impossibilties is Complete))

This week I: finished teaching a course, wrote an exam paper, wrote a course evaluation, started learning sign language, completed a rewite of thesis chapter (8 hour non-stop writing session today), completed my timetable of hours at university outside my doctoral position (looking good there) and dealt with two family members in hospital (everything OK at the moment), created a building in Second Life, and supervised an exam. The week of impossibilities is complete. And now for the weekend:

Loop's found sounds
I met Loop in Second Life. Loop likes blippy 303 style techno and gives it away. Some short and some long. Most of it quite good, reminds me of Gray Area. Check out Gloria.

Patrick Moutal's Indian Music Page
This site is an education in North Indian classical music. Huge collection of raga excerpts, videos and essay (mostly in French). Incredible.

Public Domain Music
List of thousands of songs and musical works in the public domain in the US.

Sound Transit
SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography.

N is an international network of musicians, improvisers and composers. We create, record and perform music using acoustic, electronic and electro-acoustic media. You can attend the upcoming N Events in Amsterdam, Bergen, New York, Stavanger, Berlin or Geneva.


N is a conglomerate of groups and enembles based on a pool of dutch, norwegian, german, turkish, american and swiss musicians. All the different parts of N are active individually: touring, recording and developing new music in the fields of improv, electronic music, noise, jazz, and contemporary music.

Merzbow - Dradomel LP 1992 (Hannover Interruption)
This album finds Merzbow in full-on, harsh-noise mode, at least at first listen. Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) is one of my heroes. Not only is he one of the innovators of noise-as-music, with an incredible range of stylistic applications in his repertoire, he also shames most creative artists in terms of sheer productivity. The amount of Merzbow/Masami Akita solo releases and collaborations on LP, 7" vinyl, cassette tape and CD is absolutely staggering, approximately 400 since 1980; that's an average of 14 releases per year, making him something like the Fassbinder of Noise. The thing about his catalog, at least from this fan's perspective, is that so much of it is really very good, the constant experimentation and variation of his approach, and the collaborations with other artists bearing proof of an extremely bountiful creative spirit.

[ // A Perpetual Isolationist Mix Tape ]
We all have that space inside of us (or at least a little over 1,300 listeners). It's a wide, warm, dark place that we retreat to when the noise of the world and the chatter of people become unpalatable. We retreat into a language-less landscape filled with ebbs and flows of emotion and mood. It is impossible to describe, impossible to bring others, but we all go to it in our own way and in our own time. does not want to talk to you while you're in that place, and we don't want to "cheer you up". All we want to do is sit quietly by your side and provide a soundtrack to your introspection. It's not normal "music" and it's not supposed to be. It is what it is, and either you get it or you don't. You can stay as long as you want, and all we hope for to enhance your own mood.
We're a podcast. We're a website. Right-click on any track in the playlist to download what you want. They're all under the Creative Commons.

Coil - Time Machines (1998)
drone, psychedelic, ambient, electronic

Music For Maniacs: LSD MADE A WRECK OF ME
As a tribute to the recently deceased Dr. Albert Hofmann, the Father of LSD, here's a few amusing curios mainly from (when else?) the 1960s. Good for samples....

Grey Daturas - Only Claw Hammer [LP] (2008)
stoner metal, doom, drone
vinyl rip

ine inch nails: the slip
Another free one from NIN. I wonder if record company executives like it when Trent releases anothe slab of tunes. According to the source; "As a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via"

Jamendo : Home
On Jamendo artists allow anyone to download and share their music. It's free, legal and unlimited..

Topology : Perpetual Motion Machine
The Australian chamber group Topology plays post-modern music at crisp tempos and with a contemporary twist that should surprise those who think modern classical music is difficult and elitist.

Six Organs of Admittance - The Sun Awakens
Six Organs of Admittance are so good. Everything they have recorded that I have heard is worth owning. For Octovio Paz (2003) is something you simply must own. Send money to Ben Chasny!

Six Organs of Admittance is the primary musical project of guitarist Ben Chasny. Chasny's music is largely guitar-based, however it includes obvious influences, marked by the use of drones, chimes, and eclectic percussive elements.
Chasny is also a member of the psychedelic band Comets on Fire, and has working relationships with Badgerlore, Current 93, Magik Markers, and many others. Six Organs of Admittance has also released a song exclusively on the psych/folk compliation record The Golden Apples of the Sun. The album's compliler Devendra Banhart has stated this song comes from a fully produced but unreleased Chasny album he refers to as the "solo record"

Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar
I own this record but it is stored in a warehouse in Australia along with the rest of the stuff I own from the first 30 years of my life. The rest is here in Sweden. This CD from the late Ananda Shankar (11 December 1942 - 26 March 1999 - the nephew of renowned sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar) includes Jumpin Jack Flash:

Peace and don't let the impossibilities get in your way!

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