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[aired] That Old Midlands Guitar

via Spanish YouTuber Tysoncete:

Published on Oct 12, 2016
Short trip across the Midlands in the UK, surrounded by nature and beautiful views!

Music: Westy Reflector – That Old Guitar


[aired] Garsdon C-Swells

via Abbey Aerial Video YouTube:

Published on Sep 11, 2016
Garsdon from above, September 2016. Garsdon is a very small village just east of Malmesbury in North Wiltshire.

Music: C Swells by Westy Reflector


[remix.reflector] Sevenism∞: C Swellowed

Sevenism∞ (nee Jamie Lickfold) hails from Nottingham, UK and describes his sound work as “12-string bluesy acoustic ambient psych-folk noise drone pop // random electronic ambient slowdowns.” He’s made good on that promise once again in a remix of my “C Swells [disquiet0189-tonelayer]” for his contribution to this weeks Junto challenge, a call to remix any two of last week’s submissions and layer a third track to “glue” them together.

In his hands, my track helixes with Ben DeMole’s “Swallowed [disquiet0189-tonelayer],” resulting in an exponential lushness. De Mole used his voice to create harmonic terrain and it mixes with my guitar in an angelic upward spiral. The mixed track was then used as the bed for Sevenism∞’s addition, a raw recording through an mp3 player’s mic of his playing an electric piano. As a fan of all things meta, I approve.

Sevenism∞’s liner notes to the track:

In a nice synchronicity i’d already halfway completed the project before it was announced: i’d done an extended version of TheReflectors – C-swells where i’d looped the track a few times (and added a bit of echo n blur in the middle) so that i could listen to it a bit longer

had it playing while i went through last week’s tracks and it mixed well with Benn-Demole – Swallowed-disquiet0189-tonelayer i liked the added bass and incidental sounds, so took a loop at the end of that and had that faded in and out throughout

for the glue i had the mix playing in the next room while i played along on my old technics electric piano and recorded through the mic on my mp3 player.. the idea was that some syncopation would blur the phasing a bit. unfortunately the recorder picked up the sound of me hitting the keys really loudly, and i didnt feel like redoing it so just had it lower in the mix but the clatter kind of helps a bit

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[a few words on] an imaginal space: clouds and seas and black-eyed-dogs

This is my fav in a series of soundtracked “cloudscapes” by An Imaginal Space (a.k.a. Spook), a vivid, ethereal and shimmering-from-a-mountaintop-at-sunrise ambient guitarist out of Derby, UK. A wonderful presence in all of my social streams, he’s cloaked in a bit of mystery, but I ask no questions and nothing more of him than to continue his lovely (and enviable) prolific output.

via the you tube track description​:

I have been creating some timelapses of clouds outside of my work office window and thought I would combine these with some improvised ambient guitar.

His “Sunday Seascapes” series are improvised explorations of elegant refracted guitar lines over sweeping swells of effects, and capture perfect sonic snapshots of the ocean’s eeriness and majesty. My fav of the recent few was from 13 July 2014:

An Imaginal Space duets with a wide range of musicians, and his layered guitar is seamless. Most of the time he’s added his tracks well after the original recordings, but his additions often result in the definitive versions of those tracks, as if his work had been there all along. Case and point is this duet with Dirk Maassen, a world-class ambient pianist:

from the soundcloud track description:

I could not resist adding some ambient guitars to this wonderful piano composition by Dirk Maassen. Please check out more of his beautiful music @ascoltadi

So many wonderful moments from Spook, it is difficult to know how to even do justice to a curation. The moment that hooked me on him for good, however, came earlier this year when this wondrous instrumental cover of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog” appeared in my soundcloud stream. It left me thinking of what Nick Drake would have done with the ambient and sound-manipulation tools we have today, but it also sent me backwards in time. The airy jazz-inflected drums and fixed rhythm of Spook’s playing recall Bryter Layter, and take the track out of the shadow of other, more well-known Pink Moon-era tracks. In the soundcloud notes, Spook says he feels his cover is “unfinished.” But in a way, this is the best way to leave a tribute to Nick Drake, the most glorious unfinished musician the world’s ever known:

More of An Imaginal Space (Spook):
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[a few words on] @mark_ward_: one moon appears everywhere

“Fine Art trained” guitarist Mark Ward lives in Sheffield, UK, and his ambient electronica connects listeners to the serenity that inhabits every pastoral dream of the English countryside. He layers guitar with keyboards, field recordings and percussive loops, then filters with a gentle hand through software. His wonderful EP, One Moon Appears Everywhere, moves us through landscapes and textures, coming in and out of the foreground while mingling with and enhancing any thoughts that pop into our heads. The track Contentment is 12 minutes of hypnogogic tranquility, floating on a drone made from a rusting piano frame in an overgrown English meadow. No separation, indeed.

From the liner notes:

…the moon has never not been there, the light has never disappeared – light and dark are as one, death and life have no separation.

His latest official single, E Minor Blues, expands on aspects of his earlier output. The deceptively simple timing manipulation of 3 chords leads listeners through a fascinating series of caresses and disruptions, almost as if the chords are sentient and on journeys of self-discovery. That description might be a bit too new-agey for you hardened cupcakes, but deal with it. Give in to it. Let it all go…

Mark Ward
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