This came to my inbox sometime last year and I have no idea how I overlooked it until now. At any rate, download the 5 track EP "Runs on Codeine" for free (.zip). It's full of dreamy quiet drones that sound exactly like you'd expect, given its title.
Recently received a disc of a net release from James Devane. It's a series of "nine live performance excerpts featuring continuously accumulating loops filtered through different processes."
It's really well done. There's a physical release scheduled for May, 2009. In the meantime, you can download the entire set of .mp3's as a .zip. Stream the tracks below to get a taste.
[audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track01.mp3|titles=Track01.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track02.mp3|titles=Track02.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track03.mp3|titles=Track03.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track04.mp3|titles=Track04.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track05.mp3|titles=Track05.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track06.mp3|titles=Track06.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track07.mp3|titles=Track07.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track08.mp3|titles=Track08.mp3|artists=James Devane] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Devane/Track09.mp3|titles=Track09.mp3|artists=James Devane]
Some interesting work here from New York based artist Trevor Oswalt. A record of found sound and such titled "The Education Of The Individual Soul" is available for download or streaming.
The email says it's a "forty-five minute uninterrupted sonic voyage down a rabbit hole of jungle monkeys, vintage piano, entheogenic messages, and pulse like beats."
Don't know what all that means, but some of it sounds quite nice. Have a listen!
A free sampler record is now available for download from the always useful Australian label Hidden Shoal Recordings. It's all quality stuff, and while some of the tracks aren't particularly relevant for a site like this, it's worth the download for the ones that are.
[audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_pattern050306.mp3|titles=Track 1|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_pattern062706.mp3|titles=Track 2|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_studyforharpandbell.mp3|titles=Track 3|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_meditation2.mp3|titles=Track 4|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_tubesofgrace.mp3|titles=Track 5|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_addictedtosound.mp3|titles=Track 6|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_luciddreams.mp3|titles=Track 7|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_subconsciousness_pt1.mp3|titles=Track 8|artists=Simon Tibor] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/Ambient-Diary/mooorph_subconsciousness_pt2.mp3|titles=Track 9|artists=Simon Tibor]
Fennesz has a new track available from his upcoming album Black Sea available for streaming and free download at Pitchfork. In other news, stuff like this is why I don't write about music, I just point to it:
Beginning with some of Fennesz' trademark neo-industrial gurgles, it folds in bits of guitar and strings rather beautifully, creating a cluster of sound that trembles, seeming to wait for something. And that something moves in gradually in the form of a massive cloud of distortion, a fine white mist of harmonics mixed with a dark undercurrent of rumbling bass. The tension between these elements is so well balanced, each individual element remaining in the mix even as the sound field becomes impossibly dense, that it's no surprise that it takes a while to get it just right.
"The Twilight of Dawn" [audio:The+Twilight+of+Dawn.mp3|titles=The Twilight of Dawn|artists=Christorpher Knight]
"Upload" [audio:Upload.mp3|titles=Upload|artists=Christorpher Knight]
Some decent tracks available for free download from Michael Meara, especially for those of you into the darker, spacier stuff. The Birth Of Stars On The Edge Of Orion Corvus A Dark Band Of Dust Sedna Lost Transmission Tidal Uncharted Waters Endless Drift Late Narcotic Phase - edit The Motion Of Dark Elysian Waves - edit Particle Warp II Dark Nebulae Organic Fields Mirroring Space & Time The Dark Wings Of Rusalka Revelations Of The Discarnate Within Metal Parasite Chemical Origin Wine Dark Sea Fixing Mercury Dark Descent
gold star mothers
city in the dust on my window
this kind of life keeps breaking your heart
mono no aware
maybe they will sing for us tomorrow
razorback drug town
eighty-four thousand hymns
we will say goodbye to everyone
all of your children are addicts
A free mp3 download from the always great Matthew Cooper is available via Pitchfork. A stream of the track is also available. A vinyl release is scheduled for sometime this month. It's a bit synthy, but definitely what you'd expect from Cooper. Quality stuff.
Download Miniature 3 (mp3).
Paris, Texas musician Allan Hubbard has a nice set of guitar-based instrumental work available for free download on his site through June. Well worth looking into.
And, if you like what you hear, Allan says he's got some new work coming out this month.