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[aired] Kites Riding Waves

[edit: Watch here. Playback disabled on external sites. Maybe that’s one reason the video only has 17 views a/o 23 June 2019… :^D]

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Lac du Der ‘station nautique’ France.

Natuur en recreatie, genoeg te beleven voor een weekendje weg.
Ondanks het koude weer toch nog een uurtje gevliegerd met de Freilein.

Nature and recreation, enough to experience for a weekend away.
Despite the cold weather, still flying an hour with the Freilein.

Music: Westy Reflector – ‘Riding Waves’

The Internet is at its best when shared passions become community. When the net first started to gain cultural traction, smack was talked, of course, but digital space wasn’t a tool of division, so much as a journey of discovery and connections. It was a weird (in the best way) and wonderful window into what other people were thinking and doing, made even better when the most obscure and arcane pursuit saw a light of day in ways no other communication system in human history allowed. Net 1.0 was a network of tangible dreams built by concrete dreamers. The physicality of the network itself was way more evident, too: the iconic modem handshake sound; the wires into your computer; the relentless arrival AOL discs in your mailbox…

“You’ve got mail,” indeed.

It was work to get online, but a few dreamers did the heavy lifting and posted sites, or created and managed email listservs. All of a sudden, within a few years, anyone who did anything could find a critical mass. For example, a kite enthusiast’s passion no longer had to exist in a vacuum or in a mythology, or stay beholden to local flying groups, random beach encounters, or obscure magazines.

This week, a Creative Commons use of my song Riding Waves [disquiet0066], off my 2013 album Transient Lines, took me into the world of kite flying. Holland-based YouTube channel Powerkiting took to a nature preserve in France, and soared a Freilein Vertigo Framed Quadline Yellow kite soundtracked with Riding Waves.

Freilein kites are among the more high-end, complicated, sophisticated flyers, sewn by master sailmakers, and retail for around $180. The dedicated kite flyer is no mere hobbyist, but a true outdoor sportsperson, in tune with wind, sun, climate, and terrain. The pursuit has its own language. A quick dive into the world brought surface knowledge of “handles,” and “lines,” and “knot settings;” What it means if a kite becomes “brake heavy.” Some flyers feel sensations with their eyes closed through their handles and know exactly what the kite is doing in the air.

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That the narration and intro of the video are in Dutch, and that I don’t understand a single word, is all the better. Sometimes listening to and/or watching someone demonstrate their passion in a foreign language brings you to the pure essence of their pursuit. The tone; the smiles, the laughter, the furrowing of brows at something serious, the dreaming faraway gazes, the connection to the greater. It’s all there, in a borderless communication.

One of the more famous kite flyers in history, Benjamin Franklin, had this to say about his Kite Experiment, wherein he proved the connection between lightning and electricity (in 18th Century English, which sometimes presents an air of impenetrability):

As soon as any of the Thunder Clouds come over the Kite, the pointed Wire will draw the Electric Fire from them, and the Kite, with all the Twine, will be electrified, and the loose Filaments of the Twine will stand out every Way, and be attracted by an approaching Finger. And when the Rain has wet the Kite and Twine, so that it can conduct the Electric Fire freely, you will find it stream out plentifully from the Key on the Approach of your Knuckle.

This sounds like what happens when I play the guitar. Perhaps a kite is a single string instrument…

In any event, I treasure this video for all it reminds me. On one level, it serves as a reminder of why I release all my music as Creative Commons. It also layers on a reminder of all the good stuff the internet can still bring. The net doesn’t have to be ping-pong political noise. It can still be a place where you just share your love of the wind. Wind lovers united.

bridgehampton flyer, 2014

As a sidenote, Riding Waves was a “posthumous collaboration” with talented Indiana-based musician Jeffrey Melton, who recorded as nofi and passed away in 2013 at the age of 42. He was an early and prolific contributor to the Disquiet Junto, and one of my first friends on Soundcloud. For this track, Junto members all took a piece from a long live Nofi set, and played along live with it. Every time this track’s CC license use pops up in my alerts, it brings back memories of too-cursory electronic interactions I had with nofi, and the bittersweet elegiac joy I had recording the song.

Kites. Who knew?

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SOURCE TRACK


[track] sterling fades [disquiet0260-tonefade]

PROCESS
Thank you so much, Marc (@disquiet) for thinking of Sterling in this project. As I told Marc in an email exchange where he told me of the dedication in this week’s prompt, my thinking about how the sound waves we produce may somehow go on forever began with the Junto’s week dedicated to the death of Jefferey Melton (@Nofi). This week brings much of that exploration full circle.

Nick Drake’s ‘Northern Sky’ open tuning resolves to a Dsus4 chord (with the suspended G as the center note and F# up high)
D-A-D-G-D-F#

I was gifted knowledge of Drake while working at Rolling Stone as an intern in 1992, and ever since, ‘Northern Sky’ is the song I turn to when skies darken. Felt right to invoke it here by striking its open chord for a few minutes. (Note: Soundcloud’s auto-compression revealed my perceived silences to be not so silent. Hi ho.)

Sterling passed in our home at the hand of kind veterinarians, on a soft rug, with easy, knowing caresses on 22 December 2016 ~6:20 EST. I trust he’s suspended somewhere now between space & time in painless parallel peace. Fwiw, we had David Bowie on random shuffle and ‘Absolute Beginners’ came on as the process began. Perfect is a strange word in this context, but life works in curious ways sometimes to deliver solace.

All the love.

:^D

RELEVANT EXTERNAL LINKS:
My reflections on Sterling:
https://medium.com/westyreflector/sterling-at-the-gates-dcff944b76df

Alan Watts on how the universe is made of vibrations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhHfKqLR6NI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmkwqn0mSQs

My prior piece “Riding Waves” to honor the passing of Nofi:
https://soundcloud.com/thereflectors/riding-waves

RIG
Guitar:
Jolie (2000 Gibson ES-335 DOT reissue, modded 100% with custom http://peekamoose.com electronics)

Pedal Board:
EQ Devices The Warden optical compressor -> Lotus Pedals SnowJob Underdrive -> tc electronic Flashback delay -> Diamond Tremolo -> EQ Devices Grand Orbiter -> EQ Devices Afterneath -> Strymon blueSky Reverb

Recording:
Line6 POD-XT (Blackface Lux emulator) -> MOTU 828mk2 firewire interface -> AcidPro 7.0 -> Harrison Consoles Mixbus (Mastering)

META
More on this 260th weekly Disquiet Junto project — “Tone Fade: An exercise in when a sound ends

(This project is for Sterling.)

More on the Disquiet Junto

Subscribe to project announcements.

Project discussion takes place on llllllll.co:
http://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0260-tone-fade/5809

There’s also on a Junto Slack. Send your email address to twitter.com/disquiet for Slack inclusion.

Photo associated with this project is by Michel Banabila, used thanks to a Creative Commons license:
flic.kr/p/5GB7bn


DaCaLuF 0218: Riding Waves on Jeffreys Bay

Félix, du haut de ses 8 ans, s’éclate en kite sur le lagon de Jeffreys Bay (Afrique du Sud)
Musique:
– Kite part: Hurricane par Hash (freemusicarchive.org/music/HASH)
– Surf part: Riding Waves par Westy Reflector (bandcamp | soundcloud | freemusicarchive)

Eight-year-old Felix explodes on a kite surfer in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

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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 ride along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf


Bassling + Lee Rosevere + Nofi: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

A 2nd remix by Bassling (Jason Richardson) of my riding waves. In it, Bassling adds his deft bass to Lee Rosevere‘s percussion and vibraphone, my guitar and nofi‘s original track. This rounded-out full-on quartet performance creates unexpected harmonic convergences and becomes a whole (and real) band – thankfully without van politics, ego mastications and “yellow-M&Ms-only” rider demands.

From the soundcloud track description:

Response to Happypuppy2 – Nofi-westy-lr-riding-high and Thereflectors – Riding-waves with a detour via Basslingsss – Unmistakeable-release

More on this 132nd Disquiet Junto project — “Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track” — at:
disquiet.com/2014/07/10/disquie…osthumousnofitrio/


Kyle TM – Wvrdr (remix of a remix of “riding waves”)

Enigmatic and multi-faceted South Carolina artist Kyle TM layered soft breaking white noise swells, seagull calls and a rhythmic water drop over a remix of my “riding waves” by Tokyo-sound artist Naotko (Naoyuki Sasanami) for the 132nd Disquiet Junto challenge. Inasmuch as dreams are recursions of reality, the result here is a dream-state that expands on a story, grounding it in a new place and making a statement on the conscious filtering that makes up perception.

from the soundcloud track description:

I liked the idea of reworking a rework of a rework from Disquiet Junto 0066: Naotko – Riding-waves-by-nofi-westy

I was also drawn in by Westy Reflector’s philosophy for the track: Thereflectors – Riding-waves

I thought the track could use some waves and added white noise wave sounds, seagulls (www.freesound.org/people/beejeeb13…4/sounds/197743/), and a percussive 4/4 water drop (www.freesound.org/people/Adam_N/sounds/166322/).

RIP NOFI.

Kyle TM
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Lee Rosevere: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

Canadian musician, producer and label founder Lee Rosevere used my riding waves for the 132nd disquiet junto challenge, adding hi-hats, cymbals and triggered rhythmic vibraphone flourishes. His additions lend an elegance to the track, highlighting and engaging all sorts of spaces without causing any clutter. From the soundcloud track description:

I didn’t want to get in the way of Westy’s guitar and took a cue from his introduction of the melody of “Mercy Street” to play mostly hi-hat and cymbals, ala Stewart Copeland (who appears playing cymbals on Peter Gabriel’s SO album.. but not on “Mercy Street”).

To temper my inclination to play too much, I set the rest of the pads to play tuned vibraphone notes, which hopefully interplay with the vibe sound on nofi’s original track.

Lee Rosevere
Happy Puppy Records
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Bassling: Unmistakable Release (remix of riding waves)

Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling layered a haunting bass line and Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) equally chilling rumination on death from True Detective over my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi].

I added a favourite monologue from True Detective where Rusty Cohle ruminates on death. My partner immediately called out that it worked, so I left it in.

Despite the somber nature of the 132nd junto project (which revisits collaborations with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton, and which as of this writing I am still trying to take a stab at), I am thrilled that Bassling would see inspiration in my track. That Wagga Wagga (Leeton), Australia, is his home base adds to the thrill – irrefutable proof that my tracks have journeyed all the way around the world and back. That the track is riding a wave created by Nofi makes this even sweeter.

Run around Bassling’s cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
bassling
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naotko: riding waves (remix)

stunning Naotko (Naoyuki Sasanami) remix of my tribute to jeffrey melton (http://www.nofi.org). my original track is below naotko’s notes.

added keyboards and some dubs @thereflectors

More on this 66th Disquiet Junto project

More of Melton/Nofi’s music

Read Melton’s obituary


riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi]

PROCESS:
@nofi was one of my first followers on SoundCloud from the Junto (I started with #0004). Over the last year, I admired and absorbed a lot of his work and we shared laughs a few times on Twitter. I feel lucky to have had even the most cursory electronic interaction with him.

All sound waves propagate forever, so when you play or perform the music of someone who’s passed, you help them ride their own waves into the great beyond. I love this week’s project for doing this.

This section of Jeffery’s performance flashed me back to “Mercy Street,” and I had thought to create some kind-of looking-glass instrumental version of that track out of his, but I only got through one line. Still, the title here is a reference to the last line of that song.

As I vamped, Jeffrey’s piece ended up pulling me into some quiet changes and arriving me at an inside-out minor-key’d quotation of “Over The Rainbow” (even swtiching out my plectrum for an eBow between phrases). In the end, for better or worse, in a track where @nofi eventually quotes Michael Jackson, I answered with Peter Gabriel and Harold Arlen. Nothing/Everything/Something made sense.

wave of sadness
wave of sound
wave of joy
wave good bye

RIG:
Jolie (Peekamoose-customized cherry-red Gibson ES-335 Dot reissue), Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, tc electronic flashback delay/looper, eBow, Line6 POD-XT (Marshall JCM 800 amp emulator with vintage plate reverb, Fender ’65 Twin Reverb tremolo and ping-pong delay), MOTU 828mk2, Sony Acid

PROJECT:
This week’s project is a tribute to the late Jeffrey Melton, the talented musician, best known on SoundCloud (@nofi) and Twitter as @nofi. Melton passed away a few days ago, on March 30, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lived with his wife and seven-year-old son. He was 42. Melton had been involved with the Disquiet Junto since the very first Junto project, back in January 2012, and he early on volunteered to create a Twitter list of the handles of participating Junto members.

The theme of this project, the 66th in the weekly Disquiet Junto series, is “posthumous collaboration”: communing through music.

These are the steps:

Step 1: Download the following live session of Jeffrey Melton performing. It was recorded in June of last year. (Warning: it’s fairly sizable, at over 350 MBs):
nofi.org/media/2012-06-15-Unwind-live-session.mp3

Step 2: Select a segment of between 2 and 5 minutes.

Step 3: Set the opening of your track to fade in.

Step 4: Set the ending of your track to cut out suddenly.

Step 5: Listen to it several times, to get to know it.

Step 6: Record yourself performing live along with the segment you have selected. Any instrumentation is fine. Just no voice. Be sure to play alone for approximately 10 seconds after Melton’s perfor—

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More on this 66th Disquiet Junto project at:
disquiet.com/2013/04/04/disquiet0066-nonofi

More of Melton/Nofi’s music at:
www.nofi.org/

Read Melton’s obituary here:
www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwa…amp;pid=163988588

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/