Saturday, February 23, 2013
Times Escape was originally recorded between 1996 and 1997 when I lived in the Akron Area of Ohio after years of gigging around playing in coffee houses and being a member of the Very Special Arts group.
My inspirations for the cd range from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream but especially the sleep concerts of Robert Rich. I had received one such concert on cassette tape from a friend in the mail and after listening to it while I slept at night, I wanted to try my hand at composing space music. I had long been a fan of such artists as Jonn Serrie, Tangerine Dream and the like so the Times Escape collection was my first attempt at composing a more ambient flowing work.
I came up with the title after listening to the entire set of tracks because I felt that a sense of time was lost while listening so that title seemed to fit the mood of the music.
It was recorded exclusively on an Ensoniq SQ-1 synthesiser that I had for years and the sequences were recorded to cassette tape. at the time I didn't know anything about recording audio on the computer so cassette was the way I captured my ideas and songs. In that regard, the collection has a lost archive feel to it since it was years before I transferred the cassette to a digital format.
I am deeply grateful to Thomas for wanting to release this collection on his internet label and am honoured to be on a roster with so many great artists. I look forward to composing and releasing more music as time allows and I sincerely hope you enjoy the music and it is my hope that you will experience your own journey of the absence of time while listening to Times Escape.
The collection that is Times Escape (waag_rel016) really does have the lost archive feel that Scott alludes to in his notes above. It spoke to me in a special way when I heard it and I just knew I had to release it. I felt I had uncovered something beautiful and I couldn't keep it to myself. I had to share it.
So here it is: Times Escape (waag_rel016) … an album 17 years in the making. I will say no more for Scott has said it for me, suffice to say, I hope you enjoy this release as much as I do and look out for more music from Scott in the coming months.
As always, an mp3 version of this release will be available on Archive for free (http://archive.org/details/waag_rel016) with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'Pay What You Want' ... which does include £0. If you do download it here for free then please, please spread the word & tell your friends. I've embedded the Bandcamp player below for you to have a listen.
Oh and Scott runs a radio show called "the blind flight" over on MushroomFM (www.mushroomfm.com/theblindflight) … I would heartily recommend you check his show out.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This is the second in our Dronescape series ... and the second of 12 drones planned from Cousin Silas.
Cousin Silas has created another longform piece that I find deeply atmospheric and all-encompassing ... a piece that allows me to switch off from the busyness of the world and focus on whatever it is I am doing ... in the moment.
I think that's the key for me ... the key to why I love these pieces so much ... they give me a sense of the moment. Time stops and I just am. I don't need to worry about what is coming next. I don't need to fear the interruption that comes from the silence between tracks. I can just be ... and I can focus on the now of whatever it is that occupies my head, my heart or my hands.
I hope you gain something meaningful from this dronescape.
Please Note: an mp3 version of this dronescape will always be available on Archive (http://archive.org/details/waag_drs002) for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'Pay What You Want' ... which does include £0.
Have a listen below:
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I'll be honest. Cousin Silas is the reason I started this netlabel. I loved his music so much that I wanted to provide an outlet for it. 10 months later and weareallghosts presents his latest collection of ambient soundscapes ... music worked in partnership with some really cool people. This is a record I am very proud to release and one I know will stand the test of time.
Here's what I had to say on the release notes:
Cooperation is defined as "an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit."
Silas & Friends volume 1 (waag_rel015) is a prime example of cooperation in action. Cousin Silas has cooperated with some of the best artists in the ambient genre - Phillip Wilkerson, Bing Satellites, emptywhale, Chris Lynn, Gareth Jones, and Daniel Prendiville - to make some wondrous ambient soundscapes.
Each soundscape is unique to the individual partnership, a product of their pairing. Each track stands alone in this regard.
And yet, this album is wonderfully cohesive, with Cousin Silas bringing it all together nicely and making something beautiful indeed. Something that will stand the test of time.
What's more - inspired by the cooperation embodied by Cousin Silas - I worked with photographer, Basil, and illustrator, Adam Howie, to create a cover fit for this album, one that eloquently represents the music presented.
This project has been an eye-opener for me. It has shown me what can be done when like-minded people come together to work on a common task. I hope you will be as inspired as I am with what can and is possible when creative people work together.
As always ... an mp3 version is available over on Archive.org for free ... with a lossless version available for 'pay what you want' over on Bandcamp. Have a wee listen via the embedded player below. The Bandcamp version includes three wallpapers as well as the music.
My thanks to Cousin Silas and to everyone involved with this project: Phillip Wilkerson, Chris Lynn, Bing Satellites, Gareth Jones, Daniel Prendiville and emptywhale; as well as Basil and Adam Howie.
I hope you will come to love the album's otherworldliness as much as I do.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Silas & Friends volume 1 (waag_rel015) is a collection of collaborations by Cousin Silas and his friends. The album features some utterly delightful ambient soundscapes ... the result of some excellent partnerships with the likes of Phillip Wilkerson, Chris Lynn, Bing Satellites and a number of others ... folks who will be revealed in due course.
For an ambient music fan, this has been a true pleasure to watch evolve ... and I am proud to bring this album home to weareallghosts ... it is something I am very proud of.
The album will be released on Monday, 11th February; with an mp3 copy available on Archive for free and a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which, by the way, includes £0.
I have embedded a SoundCloud player below to let you sample the tracks. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do?!