A few weeks back, a package arrived from Wales containing a nicely crafted disc of music from Nest, which consists of Otto Totland from Deaf Center and Huw Roberts, who runs Serein. It will be released January 31, 2010, and it is definitely worth picking up.
"Crónica is very proud to present its forty-seventh release, a very special split 5" vinyl by Janek Schaefer and Stephan Mathieu in a limited lathed edition of 50 numbered cuts. All of the discs in this release are unique originals, with different audio content, packaged in 50 original covers."
Have some music you'd like to have heard? The new Deaf Raven label is accepting submissions. "DEAF RAVEN is a two-body operated independent music collective based in New York & Atlanta, Georgia. Launched in late 2009, DEAF RAVEN focuses on getting sounds heard by the wide array of talent in the outer-limits of music & audible art: such as ambient, drone, electronica, noise, shoegaze, experimental & the avant garde. Although vinyl releases are planned for the future, our releases will consist of packaged silver CD's, 320kbps mp3/aac, & FLAC formats. We look forward to bringing a whole new light to the new & unknown sounds of the underground available for listening."
Here's an interesting article from a fellow trying to figure out how much money his old band makes on digital downloads. "There’s a theory that labels and publishers deliberately avoid creating the transparent accounting systems today’s technology enables. Because accurately accounting to my silly little band would mean accurately accounting to the less silly bands that are recouped, and paying them more money as a result."
I will not be in London December 9th and 10th, but perhaps you will be. The always excellent Room40 present Openframe, featuring Mike Cooper & Pat Thomas, Steinbrüchel, Organ Octet, Tujiko Noriko / Lawrence English / John Chantler (trio), Dolphins into the Future, Tomasz Bednarczyk, and Makino Takashi. Very nice.
"Thick, melancholic and evocatively haunting soundscapes created entirely by guitar, the music of Sleeping Me employs a balance of delicacy, power and gentle reverb to present an affecting sound that's resplendent in its warmth and fiery beauty. 'Lamenter', closely following stunning debut full-length 'Cradlesongs' on celebrated Australian imprint Hidden Shoal, proves that Sleeping Me's sound finds peace in even the most heartbreaking of circumstances, rarely has the devil's instrument of choice sounded so heavenly."
Lamenter by Sleeping Me (free download at archive.org)
"Heavily inspired by the compositional techniques of György Ligeti, Simon’s first release Anthem is full of dynamic movement and heavy textures that, in its entirety make for an ever changing body of work that invites the listener to fall headlong into this world of sinuous, melodic drones, evocative motifs and cleverly incorporated real-world sounds."
I unfortunately will be nowhere near Poland next month, but maybe you will be. The 2009 Plateaux Festival has a lineup featuring Ambient Music Blog favorites Lawrence English, Fennesz, Deaf Center, Morgan Packard, and more.