Sunday, July 27, 2014

Presenting ... drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) by Scott Lawlor





I hope you enjoyed last week's instalment in Scott Lawlor's ongoing journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes?

Due to some movement in the waag schedule, I am proud to present
"drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) aka 'quiet passage'" for your listening please.

Scott's 5th drone in his drone.excursion series is another enjoyable longform drone, one that brings a degree of subtly to the table. This is a low key, melancholic soundscape ... one for late nights or for moments of deep contemplation.

I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey to take.

An MP3 version of this piece is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this piece for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Thomas



https://archive.org/details/waag_dex005


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Presenting ... drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) by Scott Lawlor





Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the fourth in his drone.excursion series.

drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) aka 'harmonic convergence' is a delightful drone that builds in significance in the listener's consciousness. There is a slow evolution in the chords used over the 72 minute duration that together feeds the mind and provides space for contemplation and flow.

drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) is another enjoyable longform drone from Scott and I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey to take.

An MP3 version of this piece is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this piece for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Thomas



https://archive.org/details/waag_dex004




Monday, July 14, 2014

Presenting ... Dronescape 020 (waag_drs020) by Cousin Silas





Twenty. Yes, twenty! This is the twentieth instalment in Cousin Silas' Dronescape series and it sees him exploring the darker recesses of ambient music. Clocking in at 72 minutes, this is a deeply immersive journey into the unknown.

I have spoken before of the association I have with Silas' work and the author H.P. Lovecraft, with the Cthulu Mythos, in particular, really sticking with me.

This Dronescape reminds me of the first Lovecraft story that I read: "The Nameless City". I read it because it was the first story in an anthology that I had purchased for pennies for my Kindle. I remember vividly being hooked with the sense of mounting terror that Lovecraft conveys. My mind was brought back to this story when I heard this Dronescape and, in particular, a point where the terror had taken hold and the protagonist recalled the following:

"I repeated queer extracts, and muttered of Afrasiab and the daemons that floated with him down the Oxus; later chanting over and over again a phrase from one of Lord Dunsany's tales - 'The unreverberate blackness of the abyss.'"

The twentieth Dronescape is an excellent form of ambient impressionism, portraying, as it does so well, this quote from Dunsany - 'the unreverberate blackness of the abyss'. It is what came to mind when I listened to Silas' latest offering, for both the quote and the drone complement each other so completely.

I hope you will enjoy this dronescape as much as I do.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available here for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

We are currently finalising the physical Cousin Silas release - "The Sound Of Silas". The tracks have been mastered and the cover art is in progress ... all will be revealed in due course but, for now, any funds raised by 020 will go towards this and possibly some extras.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

We will post more information regarding the physical release in due course but for now ... enjoy 020.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs020



Monday, June 23, 2014

Presenting ... Cones (waag_C60_01) by Colin Blake





When Colin Blake approached me with his idea for his C60 project I was intrigued. He was eager to create 30 minute slices of his particular blend of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. When I heard the first cuts I was sold on the idea.

These cuts became what you are now listening to: Side A and Side B of "Cones (waag_C60_01)". Think of these tracks in the same terms as you would a mixtape ... they are 30 minutes of continual, unbroken Berlin School- inspired 'out-thereness' from Blake.

I really hope you like "Cones (waag_C60_01)" as much as I do. I look forward to more from Blake's C60 series on weareallghosts.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Tx


https://archive.org/details/waag_c60-01



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Presenting ... "Philharmony (waag_rel053)" by Simon Slator





It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Simon Slator to the weareallghosts fold, who joins us with a belter of a longform ambient release entitled "Philharmony (waag_rel053)".

"Philharmony" is a derived word that originates from the adjective "Philmarmonic" which means to be fond of or devoted to music ... and is an apt descriptor for weareallghosts, for Simon and for me ... we love music and share an ongoing, active love for music in all its forms albeit with a particular fondness for ambient expressions.

And as an ambient expression, "Philharmony (waag_rel053)" is a love-letter to the longform ... it is an open piece that ebbs and flows in the most delightful, languid manner. Never overwrought, it has a lightness-of-being that inspires and encourages focus.

All in, it is a belter and is most welcome on weareallghosts. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel053





Monday, June 9, 2014

Presenting ... "Dronescape 019 (waag_drs019)" by Cousin Silas





Cousin Silas and I connected many years ago when I said some nice things about his work on Shaun Blezard's seminal 'Earth Monkey Productions' netlabel. Silas had released 'Geographics' and his first two Ballard Landscapes on EMP and I had picked them up. They were my kind of atmospheres: dark, eerie & powerfully emotive ... they conjured up desolate spaces and lands dotted with Cyclopean buildings before I had read Lovecraft and knew what a Cyclopean architecture was.
"Great watery spaces opened out before me, and I seemed to wander through titanic sunken porticos and labyrinths of weedy Cyclopean walls with grotesque fishes as my companions." 
'Shadow out of Innsmouth' by HP Lovecraft
Cousin Silas' music has moved on from these initial recordings. It is broader and less niched to one particular genre. This is his skill and I am glad, in some small part, that weareallghosts has provided him with a platform in which to experiment with his sound and evolve musically.

Dronescape 019 (waag_drs019) is a return to the Ballardian days. It is rather dark and eerie, with a sense of curious investigation rather than foreboding. There are a few surprises on the journey but then all journeys have their own, unique events.

I hope you will enjoy this dronescape as much as I do.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

We are finalising the physical Cousin Silas release - "The Sound Of Silas". I've tried not to let progress slow as a result of my ongoing illness but have had to be realistic. We have a track list and the chosen tracks are off to be mastered. We also have chosen the cover art and the person who will make the limited edition double CD pack. We are getting there and all will be revealed in due course ... but, for now, any funds raised by 019 will go towards this and possibly some extras.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

We will post more information regarding the physical release in due course but for now ... enjoy 019.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs019



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Presenting ... Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) by Christopher Alvarado





Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) by Christopher Alvarado is a remarkable recording, one I am proud to release on weareallghosts.

I am extremely grateful to Christopher Alvarado for the opportunity to release this album. It is, like all music released on waag, music I want to listen to.

Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) features my kind of sounds - soundscapes that incorporate deliciously progressive percussion with sci-fi synths and otherworldly ambience to create trance-like states of reckless abandon. This album is full of truly immersive soundscapes, the type that sound great on a hi-fi or in a quality pair of headphones. This is music to get lost in.

It is important for me to acknowledge the work of Thomas Park in the mastering of this recording, and the lovely artwork of Sheleah Nahshon which was used expertly in the front cover layout by Simon Walsh. Thank you all for making Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) what it is.

I really do hope you will get lost in Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) too!

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Tx

*U*P*D*A*T*E*
I would like to apologise to Sheleah for spelling her name incorrectly. I have updated all references accordingly.

Tracklisting
01. Stirring in the Forever - 07:02
02. Respiration - 07:20
03. Celestial Sphere - 08:36
04. Perpetual Motion - 08:10
05. Solar Wind - 05:14
06. Infinite Helix - 04:08
07. Prelude to Life Forms - 06:14
08. Genesis - 06:16
09. Whirlpool in Reality - 06:53
10. Journey to Origins - 05:39

Details
Music by Christopher Alvarado
Mastered by Thomas Park
Artwork by Sheleah Nahshon
Front cover layout by Simon Walsh
Logistics by Thomas Mathie

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel052