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.
First off, none other than Steve Roach will be performing live on SomaFM.com, both Saturday and Sunday evenings at 10p ET / 7p PT.
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:
Neptune Is A Gas Giant
Installations 3 – A Sense of Warmth
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!
Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but today is the first day I’ve ever sat down and listened to a large chunk of the music of Simon Wilkinson in one sitting. And I’m left wondering why the heck I have never listened before.
This is gorgeous ambient space music, perfectly produced, and simply exquisite. Words often used but, in this case, wholly justified.
I strongly encourage everyone to head over to Simon’s Bandcamp page and check his music out. Wow.
I’m just sitting here coding away, listening to some good music to keep me in the zone. Today’s music comes from Kowalski Room, an enigmatic ambient music project that seeks to find new music by layering and mixing bits and pieces of other sounds, scraps of music previously recorded, and other miscellanea.
They just released a new album, which contains three beautiful, restful pieces, which go perfectly with work, rest, relaxation, or even sleep. Check it out:
And I will give ten points to anyone who can educate me as to who the artist(s) are behind Kowalski Room. I have a suspicion, but would love something more firm …
Just a quick note to let you know that Blue Water Drift Dive is on vacation at the moment. I’m taking some time off to focus on making a couple of studio albums that are in process, as well as some personal things. All good stuff.
Not sure exactly when BWDD will be back or in what form. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I’m thinking this will be a several week vacation so hopefully you’ll see me back on the air sometime in June.
Another clip of Chuck playing his arsenal of analog synths live. Just … wow. He’s a master of lush interlocking sequences, that’s for sure. And look at that wall of knobs!
Just an FYI that there will be no Blue Water Drift Dive on May 4, as RadioSpiral has a big event coming up that is preempting my program. Keep an eye on RadioSpiral.net for all the details!