Robert Rich is one of my main musical influences, and with Steve Roach, Brian Lustmord, and Pauline Oliveros, he is also a many decades’ long influence on my own ambient music making.
“Mogees transforms anything into a musical instrument.”
It is about time!
2015 has not been the greatest year for Kamelmauz and his experiments in sound. Two factors have overwhelmed his sonic muse: one, shifting priorities toward challenges in the human sphere, and, two, a very dedicated effort by his alter-ego, Stephen, to finish one hundred visual experiments–fine art–for a virtual show sometime in the next six months.
Everything substantial, such as new complete releases, have been pushed back. However, Duty Free Records has stepped into the breech and pushed back with this new compilation of old music, arranged in tasty medleys, and aimed to bring into sound play the accessible Kamelmauz.
Free until September 1, 2015
(2001) Ancient Sanabad 4:29
(2009) Heldonsket 6:10
(2011) Come Over 2:12
(2011) And Over 2:15
(2012) Wunderbare Momente 8:30
(2000) Turquoise 5:06
(2009) Moon Cave 5:38
(2013) Although Others Weigh In 3:41
(2013) Still Not Final 4:36
(2010) Poor-City 9:56
(2001) No One Knows the Weaver’s Dreams (excerpt 2014) 11:47
Come Over|And Over dedicated to Roger McGuinn
Poor City for Ken
No One Knows the Weaver’s Dreams for Deborah
Kamelmauz: compositions, improvisations, sound design pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, synthesizers, keyboards, percussion, sampler, small instruments
This recording is dedicated to Kenneth Warren, 1953-2015
“Kamelmauz is sounding the audible id of Lake Erie’s depths and surroundings.”
Producer: Stephen Calhoun
Produced at noguts noglory studios, Cleveland Heights, Ohio | Cover Design: Hippie Goat
hat tip to Apple Computer, Native Instruments, Leo Fender, Gestrument, Moog Synthesizers,
and all the other audio design toolmakers – KAMELMAUZ.BANDCAMP.COM
special thanks to, as always, Susan
One of my main sonic gods, Steve Roach, continues to deploy Bandcamp to offer gems of masterful slow music.
Moog Music this week released a free EP of music by synthesist Robert Rich. h/t Synthtopia
The EP, Hiding In Daylight, was created to commemorate the retirement of the Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition (Voyager RME) analog synthesizer.
I want one. With a stand, a Haken Continuum costs upwards of $7,000. I guess I won’t get one.
My gear lust list, hardware division.
1. Kyma PACA System
2. Linn Strument
3. Moog Theremini
4. GFI S-10 P E X1 pedal steel guitar
But, really, a Haken Continuum would be just the ticket.
Dave Stafford, a fellow traveller on the ambient path, is, apparently, a kindred spirit. Although, I’m fairly confident his music-making spirit has been burnished by many more suns than have cooked my own spirit. I say this because his body of work and writing about his work is enormous, and this all is fit to a huge sonic range of experimentation.
We both use the electric guitar as a sound source; we both love the iPad touch paradigm; we both tend to get all over the experimental sound-producing apps for the IOS music-making system; and, finally, we share devotion to Mixtikl, DroneFX, Vosis, TC-11, and Scape. Oh, and Dave digs Guitar Rig, as do I.
Dave also shares his philosophizing and what are to me, his “meta thoughts” about being an experimental musician in the fast moving environment of the DIY producer/composer/musician. Even more valuable are his ongoing studio notes. He is incredibly generous in sharing his sausage making tips. thanks man!
It is just a guess, but Dave and I share something key: we both are searching for the sonic epiphany.
Kamelmauz: sound design, synthesizer, sequencing, composition, improv
from Infinity track released 13 March 2015
Recorded at noguts noglory studios, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Produced by Stephen Calhoun
Note – I’m jazzed about the Enzyme Synthesizer from Humanoid Soundsystems. It’s in the same camp as my beloved and abandoned (by its developers) Alchemy. It is simpler, and more raucous in the way it handles samples.
Late last week one of my go-to iPad music app developers, Igor Vasiliev, released Soundscaper. I have recently being using his Altispace Reverb a bunch–after plugging into its library 325 convolution wave files from my own vast collection. Nowadays, I don’t pull the trigger on every intriguing music making app that gets released. Soundscaper had already earned a preview from Doug at The Soundtest Room. I’m not a big fan of the 8 bit, lo-fi ethos and even though I am an ambient-oriented, deep listening, slow music, (sure) soundscaper, I held off on Igor’s new app.
I also knew the usual suspects would soon enough weigh in. Tim Webb provided an amusing look at Soundscaper the effect–that isn’t an effect–and Doug did one of his breathless half hour in depth videos.
The review at musicappblog turned a phrase, And, like the difference between a blindfold, inexperienced potter with some lumps of clay and a spinning wheel, and an expert pot maker who can craft something beautiful with their eyes closed, mastering SoundScaper’s control set is going to take a little time…, and I pulled the trigger.
I started out with one of my raw drones in the first oscillator slot and approached Soundscaper as a performance interface. Instead of hearing its goal to be the result of the oscillator, instead I intuited that its goal is to perform the sample using manipulations of its interface. Soundscaper is not a synth, it’s a multi faceted means for manipulating a sample in real time.
h/t Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music post: MIDI Makes an Augmented Harp Performance Like None You’ve Heard
h/t to Synthhead at Synthtopia
Festival Gram’Off / à l’ARSH On – 21/04/2012
I’ve been experimenting with an oddball iPad app called In C, that renders Riley’s iconic piece, but, as well, can be used as a programmable midi controller oriented to a minimalist pattern-making capability.
. . .some slow music today.
Over the past week I’ve unveiled some of the music that brought me satisfaction and, often, extraordinary moments of sonic alignment–which is how great music strikes me, and, has struck me for forty-five years.
Nowadays it is clear that musical culture in the USA revolves around everybody being their own mix master. Almost all the music mentioned in the previous week’s post can be sampled via Spotify or Pandora. It can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon or GooglePlay, yet the best place to purchase it, is at the artist’s web site–where such an opportunity exists.
The following is my ordering of my very favorite releases from last year. This evaluation isn’t intended to parse artistic merit. It just serves my desire to name Wussy the album of the year, and to put their superb Attica in the company of other peerless examples of vital musical artistry.
12 ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS – 2014
1. Wussy – Attica |buy direct| ***record of the year***
2. The Swans – To Be Kind |buy direct|
3. Sam Newsome – The Straight Horn of Africa A Path to Liberation (Art of the Soprano, V2) |buy Amazon|
4. Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) – Tzenni |buy direct|
5. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah |buy Amazon|
6. Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco) – Unity |buy Amazon|
7. Tisziji Munoz – Taking You Out There! Live |buy direct|
8. Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman (The Lost Cotillion Album)
|buy Lousiana Music Factory|
9. Aya Nishina – Flora [from 2013] |buy|
10.The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream |buy direct|
11.Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music |buy direct|
12.FKA Twigs – LP1 |buy Amazon|
Special Mention – Archival Discovery of the Year
John Coltrane – Offering – Live at Temple University |buy Resonance Records|
Swans – To Be Kind
When one of my most favored bands follows up their finest hour with two even more finer hours, there isn’t much I can say. Both The Seer and this year’s To Be Kind are absolutely essential documents of 21st century sonic demolition. And, like the Grateful Dead, whatever is superlative on record is transcendent on the best nights on the road.
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
Brian Eno & Hyde – Someday World
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchin Bajas
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Hang On to Each Other EP
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band – Fuck Off Get Free
Aya Nishina – Flora (from 2013; missed it then, but not now!)
Helena Tulve – Arboles lloran por lluvia
Tujiko Noriko – My Ghost Comes Back
Ian William Craig – A Turn of Breath
Lawrence English – Wilderness of Mirrors
Kevin Drumm – Trouble
MINIMALIST / POST-CLASSICAL
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
Trepanning Trio – The Man Killed the Bird
Aphex Twin – Syro
Meg Bowles – The Shimmering Land
Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes – The Ancestor Circle
Alio Die and Sylvi Alli – Amidst the Circling Spires
Charles Cohen – A Retrospective
Muslimgauze – Chasing The Shadow Of Bryn Jones
Jon Hassell – The City – Works In Fiction
1. The original City:Works of Fiction
2. The legendary Wintergarden Concert September 1989
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – High Life at Warp Records
Brian Eno wins Giga-Hertz Award for contribution to electronic music
Producer and musician takes home €10,000 for his lifetime of ‘musical transgression’ at prestigious ceremony
Eno & Hyde’s High Life is, for me, one of the highlight’s of the year in electronic and experimental music. Obviously the recording contains a bounty of wonderful sound, yet what really brightened my appreciation was learning that the duo made the record in five intense days of dedicated collaborative experimentation.
This reminds me of how I work. Although Eno is more a spiritual influence over thirty years rather than a direct sonic influence, some of the rough experiments for my next records are somewhat Eno-esque in their being unfinicky, ambient, experimental outputs.
Aktuala – syncretic acoustic world music ensemble from Italy, from the early seventies; . . .at times somewhat in the vein of Oregon, but much more trance focused
via Vers du Silence Blog (‘A’ list music exploratorium)