This sounds ace. I’ll probably give a listen tomorrow or friday
Crikey, A Conception of Memory is dark.
Impressions based on the opening 3 tracks are that this isn’t my favourite kind of ambience, but there’s some shimmering happening 2:30 into the third track which might pull me on board.
Sorry to hijack this week’s selection discussion, but felt this was better here as it’s more IDM/Dark Techno.
And apologies if it’s already been discussed at length…
But I had to come on to ask if anyone else had been entirely blown away by ASC’s Astral Projection from earlier in the year? Christ on a bike, it’s incredible…
Thinking about pulling the trigger on the triple coloured marble, vinyl, but I’m not sure I will as I never listen to vinyl in headphones and this is pretty much a headphones-only record for me, so far.
Not the place for this but I agree. Fantastic album.
started listening to this now
Quite mad reading up on his career. Not many drone musicians also have roles in Broadway musicals
I will now make it my life’s work to write Drone: The Musical.
Guys and DdddduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuOOOOOOOooooooOOOOOooooooooooooaoaaaaaaaaauauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusssssshhhhwwwshhhhwsssshhhwwssshhhhheeeeewwwowooooOOOOOooooooeeerrrrrrr
[scene - a street at night. Two windows opposite each other are illuminated. In one window we see a drone musician fircely committed to analogue record guitar based drones onto reel to reel tapes as s/he fumes about modern production techniques “killing drone”.
In the opposite window another drone artist sits up straight at their macbook, creating screeching dronescapes entirely on a DAW.
They both look out of the window at the same moment and catch the other’s eye]
Song 1 - Drone in the Night (can you hear the sine wave of my heart?)
The rest writes itself. You are welcome.
Int: a hallway in a house. A small child is sat crying on the stairs. A woman approaches.
Woman: Why Susie, whatever is the matter?
Suzie (between sobs): I feel sad.
Woman: Y’know what I like to do when I feel sad? I like to play a song.
Suzie: A song?
Woman: That’s right. Would you like to hear it?
[Suzie nods while wiping her eyes]
Woman: Well, it goes a little something like this…
[The woman stares into the middle distance while 18 minutes of barely audible atonal noise plays.]
Potential cast of characters includes:
Captain A. Tonal
This should really be in the great things on social media thread but only us cool kids will properly appreciate it.
They’ve done us all there.
Great magazine. We should all be reading it. It’s printed on paper and everything.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really click with this. May just not have been in the mood for darkish drone at the time for various reasons. Think it’s probably me again so expect something in the next day or so once I decide, then maybe @funkycow in a couple of weeks. If anyone is expecting a pick soon and I’ve forgotten you then just let me know!
Just started listening to what I thought my pick would be and the opener has removed any doubt I had about it. So…
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen
As is well documented on this board, I have a bit of a mixed relationship with the intersection of modern classical and ambient, but this is how I want it to work, with the electronics and the piano doing intricate dances together. The two artists are a proper dream-team with Sakamoto a much celebrated composer predominantly for piano and Alva Noto the master sonic manipulator. Their collaborative releases date back as far as 2002 and they recently scored that ‘Revenant’ film to much acclaim.
The duo work by Sakamoto playing short piano motifs which Alva Noto then processes, warps, and distorts to create vivid soundscapes and delicate rhythms. Insen was their second release together back in 2005. It’s interesting reading interviews with Alva Noto on the subject - he sees himself early on in their relationship as having been almost too respectful to the piano, and this album sees him pushing the processing a bit more than on their already excellent debut.
For me, it’s an all-time classic, albeit a very niche one!
This is really good sleepy time music and I mean that in the best way possible…