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Monthly Archives: February 2015
Tuonela (soundcloud, bandcamp), a sound artist and self-described “primitive musician” out of Katoomba, Australia makes sounds using “very basic software.” With no synthesizers and “no idea how Ableton works,” he produces and processes wonderful sounds, and for someone so prolific, his work still exhibits no sameness, jumping across modes and always somehow making the “epic” look, well, effortless. At the same time, Tuonela has a singular style, one that offers transcendence and earthiness all at once.
Tuonela created and yesterday alerted me to the remix posted above of my January 2015 Disquiet Junto ice challenge contribution, and as expected, he found hidden spaces and mysteries and narrative in my track that I never thought existed.
We connected a couple years ago through the Disquiet Junto, from whence have come many of my most interesting musical nodes these days. The sheer volume and unwavering quality of his output have become welcome additions to my feed. I can’t keep up, but that’s ok, because fate has intervened often enough to create a bond. Early on in our interactions, Tuonela’s heartfelt enthusiasm for my stock-and-trade rock ‘n roll was a catalyst for me to continue experimenting with the challenges in the Junto and exploring my nascent fluxus-driven ambitions.
No doubt his eschewing of Abelton and, for that matter, most of the emerging tools of sampling-era electronica, contribute to the accessibility of his work (at least to this 20th century relic author). Make no mistake, this is digital art, but of the type that peels itself back to reveal some of the human hand. No algorithms (or any number of monkeys at typewriters) left to their own devices would take us on his journeys or arrive us at his destinations.
Tuonela less writes “songs” and more creates “landscapes.” Valley Suite, a July 2014 release “sonically inspired by the majesty and mystery” of his Katoomba, Australia home and the surrounding Blue Mountain Range, is ancestral, modern, celebratory, cerebral and expansive all at once. The closing track, Megalong Morning, is 15-minutes of restrained and meditative drone, a wonderful reflection of the peace found at the summit of a rock climb, perhaps, or that sense of awe at the edge of your own land’s Grand Canyon:
The Valley Suite record falls in with my own predilection for Tuonela’s quieter side. His contribution to the Junto’s sonicvoid challenge to soundtrack a silent film was a highlight for me in that collection of contributions:
And the titles of his tracks are their own font of inspiration.
Words Of Release [off Goodbye Monday Blue (2009) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] catalyzes a tuna salad niçoise in the latest episode of #TorradaTorrada‘s #TorradaFresh with Luanda Gazoni. The YouTube description has Luanda giving my work a wonderful shout-out, too, and the feeling’s mutual. Amo from Brooklyn to Brazil, Luanda!
Published on Feb 24, 2015
Minha Versão da Salada Niçoise #TorradaFresh
Inscreva-se no canal: http://goo.gl/oDyF5s
Receita Completa com medidas:
Luanda Gazoni http://instagram.com/luandagazoni
Música: “Words of Release” – Westy Reflector (pesquisem as músicas dessa banda!amo!)
Curtiu? Então compartilha 🙂
Broadcasting since 1922 from Kingston, Onterrible, CFRC 101.9 FM is Canada’s longest-running campus-based broadcaster and a “100% not-for-profit, volunteer-powered media that fills the gap left by the mainstream.” The acronym, however, does not stand for Canadian Free Radio Company, but, rather, “Canada’s Famous Rugby Champions,” since sports broadcasts comprised most of the station’s original programming, save for a few lectures, concerts and convocations.
Here in 2015, my ambient tracks Truth Is A Lonely Place and The Shimmer Of Stars In Green Water [both off Particle Theory (2014)] were played on two successive Tuesday broadcasts of the Below The Decks show, hosted by a mellifuous DJ and sound artist, K.L. Sealegs (twitter, tumblr, free music archive), whose musical erudition and classic Canadian wit match her eloquence.
Friend and collaborator Lee Rosevere appeared on the 10 February show, where Sealegs interviewed him on his life and work while showcasing a few of his tracks, one of which was our collab Truth Is A Lonely Place. In the ensuing week, she listened to the rest of Particle Theory and played The Shimmer Of Stars In Green Water on the 17 February broadcast. Sealegs also read the liner notes to Particle Theory as the track faded out, her transcendental voice resulting in a definitive interpretation of the passage’s spirit. In both shows’ playlists, I ended up in the midst of esteemed company. Such a kick.
10 February 2015 (Truth Is A Lonely Place opens Hour 2…)
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Artists On The Playlist: ninos du brazil, theo parrish, bonobo, anenon, rival consoles, gunnar has lam, litterbug, lee rosevere, kl sealegs, westy reflector, ian william craig, donnacha costello
17 February 2015 (The Shimmer Of Stars is 2nd to last track, Hour 2…)
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Artists On The Playlist: badbadnotgood, theo parrish, moodymann, caribou, planningtorock, cosmic cowboys, the mole, d’angelo, conforce, nicolas jaar, vc vibes, bruce haack, peaking lights, master musicians of bukkake, x.y.r., sebastian mullaert & eitan reiter, westy reflector, kyle bobby dunn
Zipline [off Hola, Sayulita! (2010) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] soundtracks a critical ride in a short chronicle of up and coming French surfer Gatien Delahaye, shot by Guillaume Brossard of smooz.fr. Here’s to dreamers and endless waves.
Gatien Delahaye | Surfer sans limites from smooz
Le CNED permet à tous de vivre leur passion tout en continuant leurs études. Gatien, lycéen et surfer de haut niveau a la chance de faire partie du pôle espoir de Guadeloupe. Son rêve, devenir pro, son objectif à court terme, obtenir le bac… Retrouvez l’article complet sur :
“CNED allows everyone to live their passion while continuing their studies. Gatien, high school and surfing senior has the chance to be part of the hope of Guadeloupe Pole. His dream of becoming pro, his short-term goal, getting the ferry … Find the full article at:
A wonderful Valentines Day creative commons use of Windfall [off Windfall (2004) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)], this time by fashion and style blogger Raquel Painço out of Braga, Portugal. As of this writing, almost 2000 views.
DIY | Prendas | Comidas | Outfit ♡ Dia dos Namorados
Trouxe um vídeo super dinâmico para vocês e para vos mostrar algumas ideias para alegrar não só o vosso Dia dos Namorados mas também os outros dias em que vos apeteça caprichar 😀
“Here’s a super dynamic video for you with some ideas to brighten not only your Valentine’s Day but also the other days you want to feel perfect. :D”
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My track one city [off transient lines (2013)] travels through the fjords of Patagonia on a 4-day ferry voyage with the Bellais family. It’s another fun little vid, and the final shot just makes it for me.
4 jours sur le ferry Navimag à travers les canaux de Patagonie.
Musique: One city par Westy Reflector
The Bellais family from France (David, Camille, Lucile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:
Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!
Lee Rosevere and I wrote and remixed | two | versions | of “Truth Is A Lonely Place” in August 2014 for a Disquiet Junto challenge to compose a soundtrack to an endlessly-looped silent film by Josh Azzarella. Lee’s remix track eventually found its way into Disquiet.com Mark Weidenbaum’s Fall 2015 installation of the video at the San Jose Museum Of Art.
I released both tracks in November on my record, Particle Theory, as stand-alone audio pieces bookending my track Roadside Justice. I wrote Roadside Justice the same week as the challenge last August and the title “truth is a lonely place” was taken from its lyrics.
Randomly, both our tracks were picked up from the freemusicarchive by Malta video game designers Alan Duca, Mark Magro, Jean-Pierre Brincat, Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna, and looped continuously through their experimental game called Ephemeral, developed for the 2015 Global Game Jam in January. They won a couple awards (including “Most Unusual Game”) and high praise from Calum Fraser at AlphaBetaGamer. Animated by Zahra and written by Brincat, the game is described as thus:
Two beings plummet simultaneously towards their death. Letters and faint lights tumble along in the background. How will they deal with this predicament?
Eerie and wonderful all at once, given the source material that Lee & I composed to. Azzarella’s silent video is a “never-ending-loop” of a man falling from the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001:
It’s a loop come full circle…
Musique: "Grey Sky Undertow" par Westy Reflector
The Bellais Family is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:
Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!
There’s neither malice nor remorse on the Prospect Park tundra. A hundred kills to eat and to feed its own. Nothing more.
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A short film out of Spain opens with the lead character listening to Long Road Ahead [Goodbye Monday Blue (2009) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] on headphones. Such an xclnt integration of my track into a scene.
Cortometraje “Billete de ida”, realizado durante el Curso de Cine para Jóvenes El Volander 2013-2014. Dirección, guión y montaje: Elena Casabella. Intérpretes: Mónica Gómez, Álex Lavarias, Margarita Piquer, Valeria Roca, Mario Perdomo. Ayudante de dirección y cámara: Mario Perdomo. Cámara: Elena Casabella. Script: Víctor López, Santiago Ruiz. Sonido: Víctor Jeanpierre Calero. Profesor del curso y ayudas de iluminación y montaje: Miguel Ángel Mengó. Música: Westy Reflector, The New Mystical Trobaudours, Dead Horse One.
Sinopsis: Nora es una joven sin demasiadas esperanzas, amargada por su conflictiva situación familiar. Un día ve cómo a un chico se le cae un sobre de su bicicleta. Nora decide buscar al dueño del sobre para devolvérselo.
Nora is young, without much hope, embittered by a troubled family situation. One day she sees a guy drop an envelope from his bike. Nora decides to look for the owner and return it.