Saturday, April 6, 2019

Presenting ... Cousin Silas' forty-first dronescape (waag_drs041)




It's been a ridiculously long time since the last Dronescape ... I guess I don't want them to end and am unconsciously stretching them out so they'll last longer. These post-sixty minute longform pieces have become such an important part of my life, I just don't want the series to stop.

I know the Dronescapes have built up a bit of a following and to everyone who has or will buy them, I do promise to release the remaining pieces more often. But when you hear Cousin Silas' forty-first dronescape, you'll want me to slow do too.

Dronescape 041 is a glorious piece, resplendent in its seventy minutes. It is wonderfully textured and atmospheric, with a wide-open ambience that instantly made me think of those awe-inspiring Cyclopean vistas in Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness. There are wee snippets of melody that float into perception and then disappear, replaced with more dramatic sounds that surprise me, as the listener, and keep me on edge, expectant and wanting of more.

I don't think I have heard as varied a dronescape from Cousin Silas as I have with forty-one ... and I absolutely love it. This is definitely a piece that you'll come back to, time and again.

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 is available over on Archive (https://archive.org/details/waag_drs041) for free.

- Thomas


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Presenting ... TWANGS 3 - 5



Over the weekend I rereleased three more TWANG albums from Cousin Silas ... each one features new artwork and 2 bonus tracks ...

From the opening track - "Let Darkness Prevail" - through to the final track - "Singalong!" - TWANG THREE is a wonderful collection of the deep, dark ambient soundscapes that Cousin Silas is renown for.




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Featuring 13 tracks from the original release and 2 further "bonus" tracks for this release, Twang Four is another fine continuation of and addition to the Twang series.

https://archive.org/details/waag_rrl010





From the opening track - "Inside The Epimethian Crystal Caves" - through to the final track - "Galaxies Like Sand" - TWANG FIVE is another wonderful collection of the sci-fi inspired ambient soundscapes that Cousin Silas is renown for.

As before, my thanks goes to the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.

https://archive.org/details/waag_rrl011



Enjoy.

Tx

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Presenting ... Ballard Landscapes 7 (waag_rel129) by Cousin Silas




I think it was the original "Ballard Landscapes" on Shaun Blezard's seminal Earth Monkey Productions imprint that introduced me to the rabbit hole that is Cousin Silas' music. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since those days and my relationship with our Cousin Dave has flourished and developed in so many ways that I could never have foreseen. In short, I am proud to call him a friend and know, with absolute certainty, that weareallghosts would not be what it is without his input. In fact, it probably would not exist considering it was our favourite Yorkshireman who inspired me to make the move. Yes, it's his fault!

I loved his Ballard Landscapes, back in the day, because I hadn't heard anything quite like them ... whilst I was familiar with Tangerine Dream and considered "Rubycon" as one of my favourite albums, this was different: it had atmosphere and space and a sense of place; it was music I could think to, dream to; it didn't interfere if I didn't want it to, and in a time before I became familiar with Brian Eno's music, it was truly ambient music;

It is with this in mind that I welcome the seventh instalment of Silas' Ballard Landscapes series, atmospheric music inspired by the writing of J. G. Ballard.

It is to my shame that I don't know enough of Ballard's writing but his work IS on my list if it does inspire his readers in such ways. I have certainly been inspired by Silas' Landscapes and am so very grateful that he agreed to release this album on waag.

As before, my thanks goes to 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’.

Thomas






Saturday, February 2, 2019

Presenting ... The Emporium Project 1point5 (waag_rel128) by Cousin Silas & Friends



The Emporium Project 1.5 (waag_rel125) is the last of five albums from Cousin Silas and his Friends, and brings to an end this initial collection of collaborations.

It is a fitting end to an exceptional series and, in many ways, Cousin Silas has left the best to last with a cheeky 59 minute longform piece from the three amigos: Silas, Lyons & Jones; positioned almost nonchalantly in the middle of this set. Tracks in partnership with Jaime Munárriz and Øystein Jørgensen stand out too ... albeit it really is difficult to call out favourites from these 13 tracks. Kudos, however, must be given to Anthony Donovan whose collaboration completes this mammoth set with such a notable atmosphere. I'm sad to come to the end of the first Emporium Project but, with 64 tracks to consume over the 5 volumes, I'm not too disappointed.

We continue to use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

**Please Note:** due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.



Presenting ... The Emporium Project 1.4 (waag_rel127) by Cousin Silas & Friends




The Emporium Project 1.4 (waag_rel127) is the fourth of five albums from Cousin Silas and his Friends, and features another smorgasbord of amazing sounds.

From the opener, in collaboration with Mixtape Monk, through to the last track, in partnership with Scott Lawlor, 1point4 is a real tour de force that eloquently demonstrates the full extent of Cousin Silas' musical scope, which is as broad as this recording is international.

We continue to use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

**Please Note:** due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Presenting ... The Emporium Project - 1point3 (waag_rel126) by Cousin Silas & Friends




The Emporium Project 1.3 (waag_rel126) is the third of five albums from Cousin Silas and his Friends, and features another eclectic selection of sounds, opening as it does with a 25 minute longform track entitled "Pas de la Dame Sauvage (Strone Part Three)" from Cousin Silas & Jeff Appleton that is wonderfully atmospheric and sets the scene for the remainder of the album. From there we move to something more melodic, "Mirror Family" by Cousin Silas & Darren Douglas Danahy, that I find captivating and strangely reminiscent of John Carpenter's soundtracks.

As before, I could list all the tracks, for they all mean something to me, but I would be here all day. We go from longform and experimental sounds in all their various guises to Berlin School with OneAmbient4; we have noisy and engaging and resolutely unique sounds ... suffice to say this is another belter of a compilation.

We continue to use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

**Please Note:** due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.




Sunday, January 6, 2019

Presenting ... Vista 2 (waag_rel125) by Eraser Ears



Eraser Ears are on a roll and I am proud to present their latest album, "Vista 2 (waag_rel125)".

"Vista 2" was recorded live at the Hybrid Festival, 21st September 2018; and features their wonderfully improvised, sonically powerful soundscapes that, in some way, remind me of
Tangerine Dream and REDSHIFT.

As I wished before, for their first outing on WAAG, I wish again: to have been there ... at Vista ... soaking up the sounds as they were presented in real time. Who knows, it may happen? But in the meantime, please enjoy parts "Uno" and "Dos".

As before, my thanks goes to the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.

A 320kbps version of this release is available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

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Recorded live at the Hybrid Festival, 21st September 2018

Eraser Ears / Orejas Borradoras

Tino Varela: Orbitador, processed micro-percussion.
Richi F. Martin: Maschine, Volca FM.
David Llorente: VCV Rack.
Miguel Oliveros: PureData, Moog DFAM, KaossPad.
Jaime Munárriz: NihilÌfono, Open Tape Scratch, Microbrute, effects.

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.

Artwork by Jaime Munárriz

Logistics by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel125

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