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Un Chien Andalou LP is out now! Download for free on www.cairnem.com dark ambient / lo-fi / experimental / hypnotic / psychedelic / sound design facebook ~ bandcamp ~ soundcloud Un Chien Andalou I (8:56) Un Chien Andalou II (5:49) Un Chien Andalou III (7:41) Un Chien Andalou IV (10:00) Un Chien Andalou V (9:34)
blue four Laurent Chambert/The Fractal Skulls C20+C25 Sample + buy here! Laurent Chambert is a French visual artist and composer who has been creating beautiful and unusual art since 1990. His installations are playful, thought-provoking and visually-arresting. As a musician he has been involved in several acclaimed projects, the most recent of which is the electronic duo The Other Colors. Laurent’s submission to Blue Tapes is When The Cat Is Away The Mice Will Play. In his solo work, Laurent combines field recordings with flickering patterns of electronic sound that are both grid-like and strangely euphoric. Like the brilliant Italian producer Lorenzo Senni/Stargate, some of his work almost feels like a stripped-down-to-the-bare-atoms reading of techno. At other times it feels pastoral and immersive. Always, Laurent’s music is intrinsically ‘plugged-in’ to his environment, whether it’s the bustling cityscapes of Paris described by When The Cat... or the wells of ambient silence in his improvisations recorded in the French countryside. We’ve parcelled Chambert with a similar electronic sound artist, Chris Smith of High Wycombe, England. A studio engineer by day, Chris makes delicious minimal synth-structures under the name The Fractal Skulls. Influenced by the god-twins of John Cage+Steve Reich and Cluster+Harmonia, the music of The Fractal Skulls is unashamedly pretty, full of clockwork-like analogue pulses and holy repetition. Praise for blue four: "The Fourth instalment from Blue Tapes' ongoing delvings into the melodious pairs two like minded auteurs to produce some pretty divine outcomes... Laurent Chambert's side starts in a lock grooved hypnosis of jazzy mirror glints. Reich tonal charges, gently tempo shunted, cut back to sift through some achingly beautiful crystals of elastic duality. Piano pulses lightly dusted in ping ponged percussion, fading slowly into watery timber creaks of oars and rumbling weather. Chord recyclings follow chased by cymbal flares, finally bowing out on the self same arpeggio(ed) dazzle of dancing fingers that started the track. Fractal Skulls continues the vibe with an ambient sun stroked horizon entitled 'Endless 23'... A loose glitter haze, full of spiral lit curls and sequenced zest. Overlays of drifting melodica on 'Reserve Army of Labour' pursuing in gentle repeater candies and polyrhythmic milks. Mellow dew that's well worth your attention..." - Rotten Meats
Lately I've been very much enjoying this kind of music. I've known for a while about music that abandons the conventional perception of time, but I've just found a quote that explains exactly what I'm talking about. Philip Glass, 1974, on 'Music In Twelve Parts': So, to summarise, this is not the kind of music where you wait for significant musical events to occur, comparing what you've just heard to your present place in the music and anticipating what comes next. This is the kind of music where you can just trance out to a constant presence of time, without having to look back or ahead. The focal point of the music is happening gradually, and constantly. I'm hoping that, in this thread, I can discover more of this beautiful world of music. I'll start with some examples, some of which you may be familiar with. Much of Philip Glass' early work exhibits this style. Music In Twelve Parts, the subject of the quote above, is an obvious one to point out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orrxqrq2U_0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys2GTglQpTI This method of writing is not limited to the work of Philip Glass, or even the genre of Minimalism. Autechre have created such works as The Plc ccc and Perlence subrange 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxpk7j1Odj0 'Vacuum Tracks' by Squarepusher does away with time signatures altogether, creating a perpetual sense of movement: The music of Coil has very recently been introduced to me. 'Time Machines' is an album of exquisite drone music: So, let us discuss music with this underrated sense of time. You're welcome to post examples, wherever they may be. This style can be found amongst many genres of music.