I’m happy to announce the release of another pair of ambient train wreck recordings, this time from December 2017.
Called Irregular Journey, this is actually a pair of distinct train wrecks, one called Irregular Satellites and the other called Journey Through Darkness. Where one is a light and cheery romp through high Earth orbit, the other is a dark and pensive journey through the shadows.
I thought both of these live performances came out rather well, so I’m releasing them on the RadioSpiral imprint as a benefit for the station. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up your own copy – it goes to a good cause.
EugeneKha, also known as Evgeniy Kharitonov, is a prolific musician hailing from Russia, who has been producing outstanding ambient and electronic music for as long as I can remember. And I do mean prolific. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of anyone who has released as much electronic music as he has. And the thing is – it’s all excellent.
Not only is he talented in the studio, but Evgeniy has also performed and recorded a great deal of live music. Take this recent performance from about a month ago, performed at the Sound Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He describes it as Dark Ambient, and certainly there is plenty of that to be heard, but he also segues into elements that sound almost world music in their origin. A typical EugeneKha performance, always keeping you interested, keeping you guessing, and keeping you entertained.
Have a listen!
There are few things better than just having fun with synthesizers. Here’s a video that captures this perfectly. My friend Robert Dorschel is playing several synths in his studio and recreating a classic piece you’ll recognize. Just plain cool!
Sitting here at work coding away with some outrageously good electronic space music going in the background: Dweller at the Threshold. One of the ultimate space music bands ever.
What I love about these guys: they are truly a band. Not just a collaboration, or a festival, but a group of guys who composes together, rehearses together, releases together, and tours together. And in the realm of space music to boot!
It’s too bad we haven’t heard anything from them in a long time. Hoping that changes someday …
It helps that their music is exceptional. It’s engaging, complex but not too complex, and beautifully engineered and performed. You can read more about them and purchase music at the following links:
Star’s End Review
Purchase at Amazon
Purchase at Hypnos
What a wonderful time to be a music lover. The technology has evolved to the point that it is no longer an impediment to the musician, a mechanistic tool that dehumanizes the sound. It’s as flexible and as natural as a paint brush and palette is to a painter, in the hands of a true artist.
Richard Devine is one of those kinds of artists. In his hands, technology becomes a mere means to an end, clay to be molded into something beautiful. Check out this video.
The sheer number of modules and cables he has wired up attests to the complexity of the technology involved. And yet the music he makes with it is lush, perfectly cohesive and sublimely well-composed.
I’ve long been a fan of Richard’s music, ever since the first time I heard him during an electro-music.com festival. This is a great video to introduce you to his music and his ability to turn technology into the finest of art. Highly recommended.
Those of you who tune in to my program regularly know that nearly every week I do a live performance of ambient music, which I refer to as “Ambient Train Wrecks”.
I thought the wreck I performed this past week, on November 10, 2017, turned out pretty well. Well, it turns out that the good folks at RadioSpiral.net were looking to start releasing on Bandcamp some live performance recordings from the various programs on RadioSpiral, as a way to benefit the station and help defray some of the costs. And so …
This release, called Impressions, is the result. It is available as a “Name Your Price” download, which means you can get it for free, but I encourage you to donate a little bit as part of the download to help support this excellent net radio station.
Get your copy here …
So I and a couple of friends were up late last night listening to Star’s End, as we do every week. By the way, this is a program you should put on your calendar and listen to often. There is no better source to hear ambient space music, particularly Berlin School influenced. Plus, it’s hosted by a genuinely awesome human being: Chuck van Zyl.
Anyway, last night was an exceptional show, with an hour long live in-studio concert by none other than The Ministry of Inside Things, an electronic duo consisting of Chuck van Zyl and Art Cohen. My mind was blown.
What a show these guys put on. Sequences everywhere, layered with pads, mellotrons, sound fx, and of course Art’s perfectly-harmonious electric guitar. I was particularly astonished at how smoothly the music evolved over the course of an hour, never growing stale, always keeping our interest, always delighting the senses. It was simply a wonderful performance, Berlin School space music the way it ought to be.
If you don’t know about The Ministry of Inside Things, you should. You can learn more at:
Check them out!