Saturday, September 8, 2018

Presenting ... "Live at Vista (waag_rel118)" by Eraser Ears

I am a huge fan of the mid-seventies Tangerine Dream albums such as Phaedra and Rubycon. I love their sprawling nature and the twists and turns that these recordings take.

I am also a big fan of the music of REDSHIFT. Albums like Ether and Halo have left an indelible mark on me. Again, I just adore their sprawling, apparently improvised soundscapes.

It is in this context that I came to "Live at Vista" by Eraser Ears, a project involving Jaime Munárriz, a chap I've known for a wee while now. I almost immediately fell for the improvised nature of this recording and wished, as I continue to do for Tangerine Dream and REDSHIFT, to have been there ... in the crowd ... soaking up the sounds as they were presented in real time.

There is something truly magical about the music presented here ... I could imagine myself standing beside David Toop in some redefined space in Berlin listening as it was presented, simply honoured to be there for the performance.

Alas I couldn't be at Vista and I don't know if Toop was in the crowd or not (imagine if he was?!?!) but what I do know is that I have the next best thing ... a slightly edited / mastered version of the soundscapes presented that day that does stand in comparison with some true heavyweights of the ambient genre.

I am proud to bring this to the waag community and, hopefully, further afield.

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

Enjoy.

Thomas

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Music performed by David Llorente, Richi F. Martin, Tino Varela, Miguel Oliveros, and Jaime Munárriz aka Eraser Ears.

Eraser Ears is a project of LiSD/Codelab, the image and sound experimental laboratory directed by Jaime Munárriz, based at the Fine Arts faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The album was recorded live at Vista for the art festival ArtBanchel 18 in Madrid, Spain.

The recording was edited to remove / correct minor errors and then mastered.

The performance, conceived as a permanent static art piece for Vista, a workspace for visual artists; involved different hacked electro-mechanical artefacts with piezos, analog synthesisers and effects, digital instruments and processed subtle percussion instruments (foam, pipes, and the infamous Orbitator). It went on for three hours, non-stop ... the audience could get in, move around, come back.

Artwork by Jaime Munárriz.

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel118

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Presenting ... Leftovers (waag_rel117) by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons



Leftovers. The tracks that make up this album were recorded during the week that Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons spent with Cousin Silas in deepest, darkest Yorkshire. That session, back in 2016, was a wonderful creative outpouring that spawned two albums celebrating Arthur Machen's influential weird fiction.

The tracks were recorded at the same time but didn't seem to fit with the theme: they were a little too out there, a bit too noisy, slightly too space for the more earthy nature of Machen's writing; and as such they were put aside ... that is until now.
These tracks do not deserve to languish on a hard drive gathering metaphorical dust ... they deserve to be heard in all their dark, mysterious, atmospheric, radiophonic best!

Radiophonic is, by far, the best description of the music presented here ... for it reminds me of the work created by the Radiophonic Workshop as an accompaniment to the BBC's best science fiction. This is the soundtrack to otherworldly adventures held on planets not previously know to Earth or her inhabitants ... the soundtrack to the dreams I had as a child after overdosing on Starblazer comics and watching Dr Who from behind the sofa.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't easy listening. It is challenging and confusing ... but it is rewarding and I, for one, have throughly enjoyed being totally immersed in these dark ambient soundscapes. Soundscapes that no one other than Silas, Jones and Lyons can and do produce.

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel117




Sunday, July 22, 2018

Presenting ... Dronescape 040 (waag_drs040) by Cousin Silas



It has been a while since dronescape 039 ... nearly six months, in fact, and in that time Cousin Silas has released a couple of longform pieces inspired by the Berlin School of electronic music. He's also released the final selection of music created by him, in partnership with Tim Jones and Kevin Lyons; and he's began to rerelease his legendary TWANG! series. He's also been rather prolific on other netlabels, for example with two collections of "Short Stories" on the fab Studio 4632.

But for all that, the dronescapes are what folks ask for.

Just this morning I was lying in bed, listening to 039, as the early light got brighter. There is something truly magical about drifting off with a dronescape in your ears ... that special uninterrupted space where time gets all wibbly-wobbly and your brain can truly switch off.

Dronescape 040 is more of the same, in this regard. It is consistent with the longform pieces that have come before it and fits nicely into the canon. It provides that special space and gives the listener seventy minutes in which they can focus and go with the flow, or unfocus and let go of the flow, depending on their preference. It truly is a magical space and, as before, I really do hope you enjoy this dronescape as much as have and will.

It is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the money we receive for albums and dronescapes such as this. For us to realistically continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we do, we need to levy a small charge for our releases. Please help out by buying the dronescape.

That said, if you aren’t able to then please note a 320kbps version of this release will be available in the next couple of days over on Archive for free.

- Thomas




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Presenting ... Galactic Procession (waag_rel116) by Cousin Silas




I really enjoyed listening to Cousin Silas' first voyage into Berlin School style longform electronic adventures, Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114) ... I still do, in fact, and never thought a follow-up would be so hot on its heels.

Galactic Procession (waag_rel116) follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor albeit with a sound that is, again, reminiscent of Virgin-era Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. It isn't a rehashing of the work that's come before ... either Silas or otherwise ... no, this is wonderfully new and fresh; a richer, deeper electronic sound that beguiles the senses and draws the listener into an otherworldly space where time seems to disappear. This music has a pulse ... it is vibrant, filled with life and wonderfully engaging as it builds in intensity over its 66 minutes.

Galactic Procession (waag_rel116) is a fitting follow-up to Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114) ... it demonstrates that Cousin Silas has no intention of slowing down or resting on his laurels. This is Berlin School as I have come to know it and it will sit pride-of-place on my iPhone.

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available here on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

- Thomas







Saturday, June 2, 2018

Presenting ... Twang 001 by Cousin Silas




As promised, albeit slightly later that I had initially envisaged, I present the first Twang! from Cousin Silas.

I am proud to rerelease this selection of one-take guitar improvs on weareallghosts, proud and happy to bring these tracks back for your listening pleasure. I was not alone in expressing my displeasure when the Twang! series disappeared from view, but I am delighted to work with Cousin Silas to bring them back ... along with a couple of bonus tracks.

No edits. No overdubs. Just one man and his extensive collection of guitars ... pushing the boundaries of atmospheric sound.

Ambient purists beware ... there are beats on some of the tracks within Twang One ... but please don't be put off, these are most definitely Cousin Silas tracks: fluid, languid, unhurried ... and yet weird, dissonant, dramatic ... the kind of music that sits as nicely at the back of the room as it does front and centre ... the kind of music that doesn't demand your attention but it does deserve it!

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive  with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rrl006




Saturday, May 19, 2018

Presenting ... "Organised Vibrations (waag_rel115)" by Kevin Lyons



I always delight in releasing Kevin Lyons' music. I have a real soft spot for his music and I'm not the only one, there are a number of others who really do appreciate his Berlin School-inspired take on ambient electronic music.

Kevin Lyons' latest release on weareallghosts, entitled "Organised Vibrations", is a wonderfully progressive collection of tracks that take me, as the listener, on multiple journeys of discovery. From the Tangerine Dream flavoured opener, "Aum", to the expansive closing track, "A Universe Made Of Glass", this is an album that transports me to the furthest of far flung places and provides the soundtrack to my most intrepid of dreams.

Kevin Lyons draws from his love of film and books, channeling his love for weird science fiction and horror in subtle ways, creating the most exquisitely suspenseful atmospheres that defy definition and surprise the listener with unexpected twists and turns or bedazzle them with their unfathomable beauty.

"Organised Vibrations" is a welcome addition to both Lyons' canon and the collective waag body-of-work.

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support. 
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Presenting ... Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114) by Cousin Silas



This is Cousin Silas' 200th release. Not with weareallghosts, although we do have a good share of those 3 digits, but in total. 200 releases. 200 pieces of music brought into this world for folks like you and me to enjoy. I am both astounded by this and grateful that "Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" found a home with waag.

"Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" is a wonderfully peaceful, 60 minute long, electronic piece in the Berlin School style of Virgin Records-era Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. Cousin Silas allows the track to evolve and grow ... and evolve and grow it does, developing over its 60 minute duration with the introduction of various sequencers and synths to form a wildly creative soundscape.

This is a new direction for Cousin Silas. It follows on from his successful Dronescape series and his previous explorations with the Berlin School on the CDr "Berlin Evenings (waag_cdr004)" ... but goes somewhere new, somewhere uncharted for him ... and I, for one, absolutely love it. Cousin Silas has made good on all the potential that was hinted at in his earlier work, realised that which was pointed to.

And to think, after 200 releases he hasn't slowed down or rested on his laurels. Cousin Silas could easily keep churning out music that plays to his strengths, the familiar, the comfortable; instead he takes risks, tries something new ... and, in my opinion, he succeeds. I welcome this new direction and look forward to seeing where it goes. 

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas, Kevin Lyons & Tim Jones, and to Warren Daly … Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support. 
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

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