Archives for posts with tag: drone

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New long-form ambient/drone track. Experimenting with analog synth and harmonic reverb patches. Ice music, winter’s a-comin’.

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In Q4 of 2015 I quietly released a pair of free digital albums.

DANKEN was released around Thanksgiving (the American one) and is four kosmische-electronic tracks I recorded for (and given in the form of an exclusive limited deluxe-edition CD-R as a gift to) some unreasonably dedicated Arachnidiscs Recordings/BABEL patrons.

2015 REDUX is three new versions of pieces (FEBRIS, MAZE and VEMÖDALEN) released in 2015 on various formats. Recorded direct to 2-track in late Autumn 2015 during several rehearsals for an early November gig, then edited into the three long-form tracks in December. Released on New Years Eve.

 

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One hour of continuous solo guitar and synth drones recorded in May 2015.

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Vemödalen – the fear that everything has already been done.

2xCD. Another 2.5 hours of music culled from the same sessions that produced the ZWERM album. All sounds produced by a Telecaster and recorded live direct to 2-track digital during rehearsals during Spring of 2014. All tracks contain material previously released on the limited edition TOTAAL USB album, though in most cases a slightly truncated form.

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Febris. Latin, noun. Fever.

New composition written under the influence of the Norwalk virus. Segment of a rehearsal session in February 2015.

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Improvised piano études recorded in January, 2015.

Janiform. adj. Resembling the god Janus, having two faces looking in opposite directions.

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Happy New Year. I hope you have few fears or tears (unless you got that Tears For Fears box set for Xmas). To aid in a pleasant transition into 2015, here is NOVUS, an EP of ambient drone improvisations. It’s an interim work between OCTAL (out on Inydisk) and DECIMA (coming out on You Can’t Help But Feel Hypnotized).

It’s Free/PWYC to download and there’s still some copies of the über-limited edition hand-stamped CD-R left (I’ve been slipping them into people’s hands over the holidays).

Earlier this month cult CD-R label Inyrdisk did BABEL the honour releasing OCTAL. Quantities are very limited, so it’s not to be slept on. Or the digital is available for perpetuity.

‘XI’. A track recorded on November 11th, 2014. Solo, improvised prepared guitar.

 

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While rehearsing for live dates in Winter of 2013 and Spring of 2014, I recorded over 11 hours of prepared guitar improvisations (direct to 2-track stereo). In somewhat of a feat of endurance, I distilled those hours down to one 79 minute album I’ve titled ZWERM. The word is Dutch for “Swarm” and is a reference to the buzzing, wasp-like sounds created by placing an electric toy insect near the pick-ups of my Telecaster which form a recurring drone motif across the improvisations.

If you’re familiar with BABEL’s Heurter and Rillingen albums, you will know what to expect from these solo guitar explorations—percussive, almost industrial rhythms blended with harmonic drones and sparse, lyrical melody lines. This time out, I’ve added to the existing recipe are elements of spoken-word cassette collages which were sampled and mixed live into the throbbing hum.

Pre-orders for RILLINGEN are being taken via the Bandcamp site (see widget below).

At the risk of sounding corny, I’m going to cast aside my usual humble facade and declare I’m super-extremely-ultra-mega proud of this one.

RILLINGEN (meaning “Shivers” or “Chills” in Dutch) is where I feel the BABEL project arrives at the destination I’d always intended it land. Crashed, nose-first, somewhere in a frozen landscape of burning souls ecstatically freezing to death. The more lyrical side from earlier collections (Morpheum, Limbus, etc) returns to join the percussive, extended techniques of the previous two EPs (HEURTER and STURM und DRANG), finally bringing two halves of BABEL into one cohesive whole.

Recorded live, direct to 2-track on Mothers Day, 2013, in six takes (three of which make up the 37-minute closer) using echo loops and, fittingly (though pun not intended), an Electro-Harmonix “Freeze” pedal.

Release date: December the 19th, 2013, miraculously the same day as the release party at the cleverly named 961a College Street art-space in Toronto (More info here at THE EVIL PLACE).