James Devane

devane 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]

East Forest

eastforest 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!

The Lanthanide Series, Kalte

A nice set of tracks from Canadian duo Kalte available for free download. From the label's site:

"The harsh Canadian winter served as the backdrop for the creation of these tracks, and while there may be a certain oppressiveness to its roots, the resulting sounds progress from darkness to light."

Stream the tracks below or grap a .zip of everything.

[audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/The-Lanthanide-Series/SF-6010-lanthanide-01.mp3|titles=Shallow Approach|artists=Kalte] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/The-Lanthanide-Series/SF-6010-lanthanide-02.mp3|titles=Spagyric|artists=Kalte] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/The-Lanthanide-Series/SF-6010-lanthanide-03.mp3|titles=Mariana Arc|artists=Kalte] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/The-Lanthanide-Series/SF-6010-lanthanide-04.mp3|titles=Bremsstrahlung|artists=Kalte] [audio:http://www.ambientmusicblog.com/misc/media/music/The-Lanthanide-Series/SF-6010-lanthanide-05.mp3|titles=Alfvenwave|artists=Kalte]

New Fennesz Track "Saffron Revolution" at Pitchfork

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.


Epic Instrumental Night on Now Like Photographs

I mentioned them the other day, and so it's appropriate to let you know that tonight, June 10th 2007 at 9pm CST, is the first installment in a live event that Now Like Photographs is calling "Epic Instrumental Night." The music will be recorded live from St. Paul, MN and looks to feature the bands Empires, Dreamless, History, and Box Elder. This is a good chance to listen to some bands and music you might not otherwise have heard of.

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Streaming Music & Podcasts

I don't tend to listen to streaming music all that often. The occasional serendipitous discovery of something worthwhile is almost always rendered irrelevant by the gigantic amount of new age or lounge or down-tempo or dub whatever else it may be masquerading as ambient music. Despite this, I have found a couple places to be a cut or two above the rest. In particular, the Now Like Photographs weekly podcast is a must listen. Now Like Photographs Limbik Frequencies StillStream