The main track, My Ty She, is simply perfect music to work to or to dream to. So simple, so profound, and so energizing.
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A little night music on this fine Monday evening, this time from synthesist extraordinaire K.Markov. If you like your music electronic with a strong Berlin vibe, look no further than this artist. Inspiring music indeed.
Over the past several years, I have been increasingly fascinated by the pulsing electronic music of the Berlin School. Iconic radio programs like Star’s End educated me on this style of electronica and ever since I have been trying to create music in this vein. Somehow I always ended up starting with a sequence but ending up in a quite different place altogether. This is not at all a bad thing, in my view; but it does mean that I still have not been able to fully embrace the genre.
With my latest release, Final Theory, I am again attempting to dive headlong into the Berlin School ocean. And though I branched off onto tangents in several places, I feel that this is the closest I’ve yet come to releasing an album that might be called an example of the Berlin School. How close? Well you be the judge.
However I label the style of music, I’m very proud of the result. This album represents literally years of effort, and, for the first time in a decade or more, contains more use of outboard synthesis than software synthesis, something long overdue. In addition, I started using the guitar, both six string and lap steel, in ways I have not before. To say that I had fun creating this music is to greatly understate the case.
Put simply, this album was a blast to create. I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did recording it.
If you’re interested, you can find the album for free download in two places:
For anyone who makes electronic music, the electro-music.com site ought to be a common destination. One of the many great things about that community is the festivals that they regularly put on at various locations throughout the year. These festivals are sort of a combination of live concerts, seminars, workshops, breakout sessions, group meals, general mayhem, and even a Synthesizer Petting Zoo. Who could ask for more?
The granddaddy of them all is the northeast festival, affectionally called NEEMFEST, which is going on right now. Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t make the trip, RadioSpiral is simulcasting it live.
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While in a coding frenzy at work today, I decided I needed a little tribal ambient to energize and focus me. So who else should I reach out to but the two masters of this genre, Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, whose legendary collaborations have produced some of the finest tribal ambient music ever recorded.
So I spun up their iconic release Tales From The Ultra Tribe. And I am reminded, yet again, why these two guys are regarded so highly in the ambient world. Absolutely pristine, mature ambience with Metcalf’s signature trance-inducing hand percussion. If you are looking for some good music to work to, or just some good music, look no further. Highly recommended.
It turns out that this weekend, August 4-5, is going to be a great one for lovers of electronic and ambient music.
I heard his last on air concert, and it was a masterwork. Don’t miss this!
And if that wasn’t enough, on Star’s End early Sunday morning, Jason Sloan will be performing live.
I’ve heard Jason perform numerous times and he is always brilliant. Check it out!
Just a little work listening. Coding away and what comes on the radio? A beautiful track by Chris Coco called The Impossible Road from his gorgeous album Return To Good Karma. This is a peaceful, lush meandering journey in every sense of the word. Check it out …
It’s never ceasing to amaze me all the good new ambient music being made. Love this community and genre!
Another work day, another set of ambient pieces to listen to whilst coding. Today I loaded up every single piece I have by Stephen Phillips, one of the great ambient artists ever, and put them on random play. It has been much too long since I listened.
Here are some of the gorgeous pieces I am enjoying:
You can hear all of Stephen’s music at Dark Duck Records, which, by the way, is also one of the coolest ambient record labels ever, releasing some of the best ambient music anywhere by a variety of artists.
Check it out …
Another gem I heard today while work listening. The latest release from The Ambient Visitor, this is a beautiful soft meander through fields of sound. Check it out!