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[aired] wrestling dreams

Moving use of a few of my ambient tracks by filmmaker Kenny Johnson in Wrestle Donst Wrestle (imdb), a 2015 documentary about independent professional (Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW)) wrestler Tim Donst‘s battle to return to the ring.

Upon A Child’s Doll Reflection,” “Truth Is A Lonely Place,” and “Space Walk” (all Disquiet Junto projects, btw) well up at critical times in the film. No spoilers, of course, but the poignancy and melody they lend their respective scenes affirmed all the reasons I started writing ambient wordless work in earnest a few years ago.

Professional wrestling cuts a deep, diverse and cross-generational swath through America (the WWE represents only a glossy major-label equivalency), threading across many eras with stories of soaring courage, unabashed victory, gritted determination and dream-shattering heartbreak. The 2008 film The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke touched on these themes and conveyed a raw just-below-the-surface look at someone akin to Donst. Aside from that film, I knew almost nothing of Donst’s indie wrestling world as I hit the play button here. Now I can’t imagine our world without his.

Life outside the mainstream too often is marginalized to appear frivolous or inconsequential – struggles too “real” for popular consumption, perhaps. I feel a kindred spirit with Donst. In the way he wakes conscious with wrestling moves in his head, I wake thinking only of writing music. DNA isn’t just physical – it’s also spiritual. The moment you tap into what makes you you, life starts.

YouTube liner notes

Published on Aug 16, 2015
In February 2015, Tim Donst told the independent wrestling world that his in ring career was possibly over. He had a tumor in his right kidney. His future was uncertain.

In this documentary, Donst reflects back on his career, his passion for wrestling, thoughts on death, talking with Mick Foley, and the road to recovery.

But was his career really over? Would he ever set foot in a wrestling ever again as an active competitor? Find out as he goes back to AIW (Absolute Intense Wrestling) and is confronted by the King of Ultra Violence Nick Gage.

***Twitter Plugs***
The Director Kenny Johnson – https://twitter.com/kenjohnson1028
Tim Donst – https://twitter.com/tdonst
Absolute Intense Wrestling – https://twitter.com/aiwrestling
Nick Gage – https://twitter.com/thekingnickgage
Eric Ryan – https://twitter.com/Ericryanpro/media
Greg Excellent – https://twitter.com/GregExcellent

Special thank to CZW, Chikara, and Mick Foley.

SOURCE TRACKS

Upon A Child’s Doll Reflection

Truth Is A Lonely Place

Space Walk


[aired] DaCaLuf 0292: The Next Big Thing In Nairobi

DaCaLuF – Saison 2 – Ep92 – Parc National de Nairobi from David Bellais

Encore des animaux sauvages … yeahhhh
“More wildlife … yeahhhh”
Musique: The Next Big Thing par Westy Reflector
bandcamp | freemusicarchive

DaCaLuF – Season 2 – Ep92 – english subtitles – Nairobi National Park

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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 journal, and riding along, hearing my songs pop up every so often, is an absolute kick. Follow them here:

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

Source Track:




there goes a london life…

Wonderful use of “There Goes The Sky” in a video diary by London artist Jenn Cooper, aka Psykotyka. When my songs travel around the world and report back, they fulfill their destiny.

Published on May 8, 2016
Lots of over thinking and staring at the ceiling…
Follow my journey on IG : @psykotyka
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Document Your Life is a video project that will hopefully make you notice the beautiful little things in the world, and inspire you to live your life to the fullest. The idea is to make a video each month, for which you film short clips of the things you’ve seen and done in that month.

Document Your Life Blog: http://projectdocumentyourlife.tumblr
Twitter: @projectdyl
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/documentyourlife
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Music: There Goes The Sky by Westy Reflector

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Dacaluf 0277: Sunrise Highway Malawi

DaCaLuF – Saison 2 – Ep77 – Plongée dans le lac Malawi!

Un vrai aquarium ce lac Malawi!
Is it an aquarium ? No, only the awesome Lake Malawi!

Musique: Sunrise Highway par Westy Reflector
bandcamp | freemusicarchive | soundcloud

DaCaLuF – Season 2 – Ep77 – english subtitles – Diving at lake Malawi via David Bellais on Vimeo

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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 journal, and riding along, hearing my songs pop up every so often, is an absolute kick. Follow them here:

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

Source Track:






La Sección Pirulo Saves The World

A Spanish-language podcast (out of Argentina? edit 03182016: confirmed!) called La Sección Pirulo has been spinning my tracks. In Episode 8 below, The Next Big Thing plays at ~06:10 and in Episode 9 below, Save The World (From Ourselves) plays at ~45:00. With my rudimentary ear for Spanish, I can infer the meaning of some of the comments after the tracks, leaving me with equal feelings of excitement and terror. I do love, however, hearing my name in a foreign accent. Language is one of the last tangible proofs of a world bigger and older than our technology. Context is everything.

¡Ya está aquí toda la alegría, el colorido y el ritmo tropical de La Sección Pirulo! En esta ocasión, Dave cumple con la amenaza sembrada en el episodio anterior con un repaso de por qué los cómics en los años 90 fueron tan horribles. Mientras tanto, Agropio nos cuenta de películas baratas de extraterrestres y revive algunos traumas, por momentos simultáneamente. Así que pegale una escuchada o no vas a tener de qué hablar el lunes en la oficina con lo pibe.

Hoy suena:
Tate Peterson – Ragtime.
Westy Reflector – The Next Big Thing.
Cory Gray – One-shot Charlie.
Heftone Banjo Orchestra – Policy King.
Nora Keyes – The Show is Over.

Agropio nos cuenta sobre La Historia Sin Fin (pero por un rato; en un punto termina) y Dave nos cuenta sobre el Comics Code (y eso que Dave no tiene códigos), así que básicamente, no se puede confiar en nadie… ¿o acaso sí se puede? La respuesta, en este emocionante episodio de La Sección Pirulo.

Canciones:
Minden – Something Small.
TV Girl – Lovers Rock.
Goto80 – Square and Enjoy.
Westy Reflector – Save the World from Ourselves.
Cory Gray – One-Shot Charlie.
Nora Keyes – The Show is Over.

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/lasecciónpirulo
Twitter: @laseccionpirulo
YouTube: ../channel/UCtQ2lQQCN7T1bI95jaJlTNw
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/la-secci-n-pirulo
Itunes: La Sección Pirulo

El podcast del mañana, hoy… pero ahora en video! Es lo mismo que el programa, pero ahora lo podés escuchar tranquilo en Youtube, donde puede que te quede más cómodo. Pirulo dando más posibilidades de que te diviertas y te entretengas. ¡Con lista de reproducción y todo!

The podcast of tomorrow, today … but now on video! It is the same as the program but now you can hear quiet on Youtube where you can stay more comfortable. I pirulo giving you more chances to have fun and entertain.With playlist and all!


Sebastián Benalcázar DP Reel [w/ The Next Big Thing]

Reel Director of Photography – Narrative/Fiction 2015 from Sebastián Benalcázar.

Sebastian Benalcazar DP

Work done as Director of Photography in different Narrative / Fiction Films.

www.sebastianbenalcazar.com

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music: The Next Big Thing – Westy Reflector [freemusicarchive | bandcamp]


Sunrise Highway (2015)

Rag top down. Flying past exit signs, through memories, to the end of the island.

Released 02 July 2015

Written, performed, programmed and produced by Westy Reflector.

Cover Photo: “She Rode East” (1994)


Sunrise Highway

take me back, to the end of the island
early ’94 in the dead of winter
before the hedge funds bought all the sand
before the century came to an end

are you waiting for me
standing on that point of land
where the atlantic meets the sound and
everything’s going according to plan

and we’re at the head of a table in a house full of windows
at the end of an island that only the sunrise knows

the northern lights from providence
bleed into the milky way
and the whole wide world
stays a safe distance away

we’ll meet under the lighthouse
embrace on top of the bluff
the light will erase the time between us
once again we’ll be the ones

at the head of a table in a house full of windows
at the end of an island that only the sunrise knows

so i’m in a 20 year old car
with a dream baby dream i drive
ever eastward ever eastward ever eastward
into the sunrise


The Seventh Word

I’m chasing this dream. I’ve got a few chords.
And I’m just riding on the F, back + forth,
Thinking one thought, since I got on.
I think that I’m the only one on this train who realizes what went wrong.

Jolie, I just missed falling in…
Jolie, I just missed falling in…
You sped off in that taxi
Before I said the seventh word
Now I’m afraid you only heard
“Jolie, I just missed falling in…”

She wasn’t looking for a cushion. She’s only got one life.
But she was searching for a softer landing and a peaceful flight.
So she went for a graceful exit before I gave her one that she don’t like.
Now I’m the only one still thinking about it on this endless ride.

When loose bricks fall on quiet sidewalks,
you can hear ’em crash from blocks away.
Without scaffolding they just keep raining down.
She’s still speeding away and I know she still feels lucky to this day.

‘cause you’re always missing the seventh word


night flight: le rêve de fabien [disquiet0181-instrumentaldream]

My latest guitar is named Fabien, after the pilot in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “Night Flight.” It has quickly become my fav instrument. I read him the passage below from the book last night and woke up to this track in my DAW. Seems Fabien dreamed me reading to him in French.

A Dick Dale-esque fast-picked drone over a sample of “the world’s largest wind tunnel” simulates propellers and everything’s capped off with some more samples of 1980s weather satellite telemetry. All samples are from a Bainbridge sound effects disc circa 1989. The beats are garage band.

“Night Flight” tells the story of a mail pilot lost over Patagonia and the ways tragedy and the relentless drone of modern life intersect and collide on the ground. In this track, one of my favorite novels meets my favorite guitar.

Fabien is a Peekamoose Custom M2 (http://peekamoose.com). He’s pictured being held by his luthier, Paul Schwartz, in the shop where he was forged.

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NARRATION

“Fabien, quel est votre position?”
Fabien, what’s your location?
….

Sans avoir à lutter, il serrait les mains sur les commandes. Quelque chose se préparait qu’il ne comprenait pas. Il bandait ses muscles, telle une bête qui va sauter, mais il ne voyait rien qui ne fût calme. Oui, calme, mais chargé d’un étrange pouvoir. Puis tout s’est aiguisé. Ces arêtes, ces pics, tout devenait aigu : on les sentait pénétrer, comme des étraves, le vent dur. Et puis il lui sembla qu’elles viraient et dérivaient autour de lui, à la façon de navires géants qui s’installent pour le combat. Et puis il y eut, mêlée à l’air, une poussière : elle montait, flottant doucement, comme un voile, le long des neiges. Alors, pour chercher une issue en cas de retraite nécessaire, il se retourna et trembla : toute la Cordillère, en arrière, semblait fermenter.

“Je suis perdu.”

Instinctively he tightened his grasp on the controls. Something he did not understand was on its way and he tautened his muscles, like a beast about to spring. Yet, as far as the eye could see, all was at peace. Peaceful, yes, but tense with dark potency. Suddenly all grew sharp; peaks and ridges seemed keen-edged prows cutting athwart heavy head wind. Veering around him, they deployed like dreadnoughts taking their positions in a battle-line. Dusk began to mingle with the air, rising and hovering, a veil above the snow. Looking back to see if retreat might still be feasible, he shuddered; all the Cordillera behind him was in seething ferment.

“I’m lost.”

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More on this 181st Disquiet Junto project (“Imagine your favorite instrument is dreaming while it sleeps — what does it sound like?”) at:
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a child’s doll reflection [disquiet0180-matryoshkamusic]

PROCESS
A loose adventure in nested loops. There are a few drones (each 1 note) underneath respective two, three, four, five and six note loops. the main section consists of the two note and six note loop played together with some variation, looped six times. Everything else fades in and out.

Like memories.

I own a matryoshka as a result of a trip to Russia I took in 1985. In the course of that journey, I acted as a teenage cold war secret agent, carrying cultural and religious documents and artifacts behind the then-iron curtain. This track has nothing and everything to do with looking back on that adventure. As a bonus read, here’s how my trip as a “Spring Break Spy” began:
http://westyreflector.net/2013/01/customs-playboy/

So xclnt to be contributing to the junto again.

:^D

RIG
Fabien (a Peekamoose Custom M2 by http://peekamoose.com), EHX SuperEgo, Diamond Tremolo, EQD Grand Orbiter, EQD Afterneath, Strymon blueSky, Pigtronix Infinity Looper, Fender Blackface emulator (Line6 POD-XT), Sony Acid Pro 7, Windows 8

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More on this 180th Disquiet Junto project — “Use the Russian nesting dolls as a model for a musical composition” — at:
http://disquiet.com/2015/06/11/disquiet0180-matryoshkamusic/

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The Next Big Thing

We traveled the world together in the same dime store shoes
We had our ups and our downs but we never spoke of the blues
Then the sun started shining on you
And the rain held off until you were through
Running around leaving this life behind

The next thing we knew, you were the next big thing

You said success wouldn’t change you, it’d only open the door
For you to escape the ones who never wanted more
So you left for the city in spring
By winter you were crowned king
And we faded away behind all your new memories

The next thing we knew, you were the next big thing

Now you’re up with the stars
And we got all the time in the world
Sitting down here watching it from afar

Home is a place you can never go back when you change your point of view
And home is a place you always invent when the moment is right to be new
We get the feeling you’re gone
Lost to the great beyond
Farewell my friend
We’ll remember you

The next thing we knew, you were the next big thing


for whom the ice tolls [disquiet0157-icemusic2015]

PROJECT
Please record the sound of an ice cube rattling in a glass, and make something of it.

PROCESS
My 54th Junto contribution is my first stab at the ice challenge.
Dropped ice into a brandy sniffer.
Recorded into Samplr for iPad then sliced and diced with Samplr’s onboard effects and my guitar pedal board.
The ringing of the glass after the ice hit, pitched down a couple octaves and slowed, provided a distant church bell effect.
The drone bed was the same ringing granulated through an EHX Superego pedal and fed through Earthquaker Devices Afterneath and Strymon blueSky reverbs.
Added more reverb, as well as amplitude modulation in the DAW (Sony Acid Pro 7.0).

There are 12 “chimes” of the bell. Noon or midnight – it’s up to you to decide…

:^D

RIG
brandy sniffer, ice cubes (medium sized, automatic ice maker), Samplr for iPad, Earthquaker Devices “The Warden” compressor, tc electronic flashback delay, EHX Superego Synth engine (send/receive: EHX POG2 + EQD Arpanoid), EQD Afterneath delay/reverb, Strymon blueSky reverberator, Line6 POD-XT (tube pre-amp emulator setting), MOTU 828 mk2, Sony Acid Pro 7.0

META
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save the world (from ourselves)

sirens out my window
echo down the alleyway
explosions and fragmentation waves
made the city shift and shake

we saw it loud
we heard it clear
‘cos no one lives in isolation here

now we have to save the world again
so zero out time
because now is then
baby, take a look around you
save your requiems
we’re gonna have to save the world from ourselves again…

driverless cars running the lights
everywhere we are tonite

think it over
think it through
in this moment, who are you?

save your requiems
we’re gonna have to save the world
from ourselves again
and again…

12.1995; 02.2001; 08.12.01 12:25a
09.07.03 9:09a; 12.05.2014 1:22a; 12.08.2014 4:24p
12.10.2014 5:40p; 12.15.2014 11:01p


There Goes The Sky

I set out walking, just to find a friend,
Make a human connection in a world of pretend,
To share faith in the future, in the face of decay,
‘Cos when you can’t escape the night, every dawn is the end of days.

The walls get high,
The darkness amplifies,
(And) there goes the sky.

You can understand but it doesn’t mean you feel.
The hardest things to show are the easiest to conceal.
Actions can destroy more than words can heal.
God save us all when all the truths are revealed.

The walls get high.
The darkness amplifies.
(And) there goes the sky.


Space Walk [disquiet0152-comet67pcover]

PROJECT
Record your own cover version of the “song” sung/emitted by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

PROCESS
The comet’s rhythmic oscillations took me to a droning arpeggiation space. With this “cover,” wasn’t replicating the comet so much as evoking its spirit.

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More on this 152nd Disquiet Junto project — “Record your own cover version of the ‘song’ sung/emitted by the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko”

Copyright Notice: Original Data Credit: ESA/Rosetta/RPC/RPC-MAG.
Sonification: TU Braunschweig/IGEP/Manuel Senfft, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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