Endarkenment is a new digital subscription periodical + web archive of contemplative writing on dark ambient music appreciation. The author is a longtime dark ambient nerd who's also writing a book (with interview quotes) about the genre. Newsletter features include deep-dive interviews, themed playlists + liner notes, and an underrated albums series. The default subscription tier is free; readers can upgrade to help support the artists and gain full access to all interviews. [more inside]
a 25-minute EP of harsh, occasionally listenable ambient drone. [more inside]
I've just released a full-length album with the label Usonian Records, digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl. Here's what they have to say: "To our ears, Hieratic Teen sounds something like the record you'd get if you locked someone in a boiler room for 10 years with only My Bloody Valentine's Loveless to listen to, then let them out, gave them an assortment of synthesizers, and told them to score Logan's Run. But far from being a purely aesthetic exercise, within the fuzzy, sonic beauty of the record's half-broken, warbling synth melodies, distortions, hissing, and undulating, analog depths; an unmistakable human feeling is being communicated. And it keeps pulling us back in." [more inside]
A year ago, in the course of taking a writing course from the inimitable Shira E, I found myself assigned with making music as well as writing poetry. I bought a MIDI keyboard and some software and taught myself how to use Ableton Live, Logic, and a host of iOS music apps. The assignment included posting the music I made, and I felt shy about posting under my name, so I created a musical alter-ego, Reverend Honeybeard. After the class ended, the Good Reverend seemed to want to live on and soon was making an experimental/electronic/ambient album, posting in his oblique way to Twitter and Tumblr and now composing/recording and uploading 1 song a day every day for the month of March 2016.
After ten years, more or less, since putting together an album of my music, I've spent six months polishing off a new one, and so I've taken on a new name - Hammerfest by Milford Progress Association is up on Bandcamp. Give it a spin if you like warm noisy ambient drone. Find it on your favourite streaming service soon.
After the better part of a decade in limbo, the final anaphylaxis album Shell Beach is set for release on 12 April 2015. This date is the tenth anniversary of the release of the previous anaphylaxis album, noise for lovers. [more inside]
It's finally here - the epic followup to 2012's Now That's What I Call Drone (previously in Projects and the Blue, with mentions in The Atlantic, Pitchfork and more.) This time out it's Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone. 16 drone/experimental takes on adult contemporary classics. Over an hour and a half of drone pop, deep hypnagogy, glitch weirdness and everything in between, all in service and reverence to Amy Grant, Air Supply, 10cc, Billy Ocean, et al. Featuring MeFi's own Theta States as CPI, yours truly as Vapor Lanes, and a whole host of other swell folks.
Chicago Avenue Moon is a generative music app that responds to date, time, lunar phase, GPS, etc, to determine how its music unfolds, in real-time. The iOS app manipulates, sequences, and layers 1000+ brief musical phrases to create trillions and trillions of variations, unique to the listeners movement and place on the planet. [more inside]
Heavily inspired by Zendesk's BhuddahWall, ensong allows users to make their own ambient soundscapes. Additionally, you can upload your own loops to let yourself or others create their own soundscapes as well. Made with Rails and Backbone.js. Only guaranteed to work in Chrome.
An immersive nocturnal ambient sound experience created and performed by yours truly. Mixing hundreds of field recordings, soundscapes, shortwave radio interceptions, natural drones, found audio, and more, it's a wide-ranging sonic odyssey which reflects ecologies of many kinds: environmental (ocean sounds, wildlife, atmospheres), religious (calls to prayer and ritual singing), radiophonic (data transmissions, Morse code, folkloric music) and beyond. The Flight is performed live and, like a traditional performance, adapts to the interests, affinities, and response of its audience. [more inside]
A distracting online writing tool [more inside]
A generative music system that reroutes your keystrokes into a synthesizer before sending them back to what you're writing. Supports multiple instruments & scales, and aims for scriptable composition backends.
With this compilation, the challenge was for musicians to create drone versions of Top 40 pop songs. The word 'drone' was to be interpreted by each artist as they saw fit. The results are varied, interesting, and pretty damn good. Pop drone psychic energy. (Yes, "Call Me Maybe" is in here.) [more inside]
I wrote the original soundtrack to Christine Love's Analogue: A Hate Story, a game about "transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay," among other things.
My solo project, Vapor Lanes, released an EP yesterday on the netlabel BFW Recordings. It's been described by various folks as "intense, grainy electronica" with "destroyed but beautiful shoegazey synths," like a "corroded M83."
A site that throws together Godspeed You Black Emperor and a pitched-down Barack Obama. Sounds like the nervewracking end to a long night in the Situation Room, with only a bottle of scotch, some childhood memories, and the nuclear launch codes for company. [more inside]
Live LAPD radio chatter & CC-licensed music from SoundCloud come together in this weird chillout mashup. Enjoy? [more inside]
SLAMVYT - Single Link Ambient Music Video YouTube. [more inside]
An extreme ambient music project. [more inside]