Friday, 30 January 2009

Frequency Five

Over the past week i have been doing some intense Myspace rummaging, contacting a plethora of musicians to get them to listen to my music. Along the way i found some really incredible artists, who also have some beautiful free releases.

A nice dude from Finland, he directed me to his free 'Thought It Was Love EP', filled with slowly weaved and fragmented guitars, whistling synths and subtle rhythms. Annoyingly short, but nonetheless very stunning and beautfifully produced.

Another inhabitant of Finland, what is it with these guys? His 'Clockwork EP' uses wonky and sterile beats surrounded by jazzy riffs and glowing melodic swells. The composition is really impressive, so simple that it requires many listens to appreciate the craft used.

Jonti Danimals
This music is very special. Its is also very difficult to describe. There is an aged and weathered texture to the overall sound, as though written and pressed to vinyl in the 1940's and then sampled by Animal Collective. Very jubiliant and playful, this Australian has some impressive times ahead. A must listen!

I first met Guy only recently through recommendation of a mutual friend, and i hope to soon be collaborating with him on some obscure music. He showed my a demo for his most recent album which conjured an image of Portico Quartet playing God Is an Astronaut. His free download EPs however show a far more ambient and subtle approach to its content, calm and serene and impeccably constructed

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

A Pause During the Storm

So amidst the painful process of writing my final end of year dissertation for University, i decided to spend what little free time i had editing and mixing the culmination of three hours of jamming that the Atlas gang did.
I can happily say that i believe that period to be over, and now i must give it some artwork, a name and location for you to download it.
In the mean time here some sonic delights for you:

Tenaka has finally released his debut release: EPonymously Titled.
Its pretty engaging in its simplicity, but the majesty really lies in overall solemn texture to the EP that washes over you, wanting more. Download here.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Atlas Returns!

After a lengthy hiatus, my mass musical collective, Atlas, has finally rekindled some sonic documentations. Originally conceived for a singular one-off concept album, Atlas begun in the late summer of 2004 (i think), creating a five track improvised post-rock 'masterpiece'. Back then it consisted of only me (The Professor), Ben Aizenberg (Andromadus) and Kit Codling (Helix Zephyr Zee), with our second album, Elements, we expanded the troops to total of ten members and hope that number to grow.

A hazy and lethargic new years eve/new years day led to some muscial explorations and experimentations, armed with some laptops, mics, guitars, a thumb piano, a FM3 Buddah Machine and a whole bunch of effects we layed down about 3 hours of jamming all recorded on a Panasonic tape dictaphone (all previous Atlas recordings were captured on various tape decks and mixers). I am yet to cut, edit and compose the whole lot into a coherent and digestable EP, and eventually re-mix and master the entire back catalogue and make it all available for free download.

Here are some pics of our ramblings: