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David Mead

Listened to the album, Anima

By Thom Yorke

New album from Thom Yorke, released today. Dark, woozy, and dreamlike. Hitting all I expect from this solo effort. Destined to e on heavy rotation for the coming weeks.

David Mead

Listened to the album, The Senja Recordings

By Biosphere

Finally a new album from Biosphere. Over an hour of tracks recorded on the island of Senja, in the Artic circle.

Atmospheric, moody, electronics paint an journey through the landscape of this remote place. Mixing field recordings and pure synth sounds.

 

David Mead

Lost digital music

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As Warren Ellis searches out physical copies of his music collection, I got to thinking of the various digital music products that I can no longer access.

Loscil - Adrift

This first appeared for iOS and I waited to get the Android version. Turns out he couldn't get it through the regular app store, only Amazon's version (size limitations?). I had to install Amazon's store on my Nexus 7, then download it through there.  I liked it, but it never quite worked all the time and would shut off.

Since my Nexus 7 died, this has been lost to me as it won't download to the older Kindle I'm using.

A (non-endless) version of  'Bannockburn',  is on Bandcamp.

Brian Eno & Peter Chilvers - Bloom: 10 Worlds

Again, something released on iOS, Bloom was a great generative music app.  I used to play it on my wife's 1st Gen. iPad, but it never came to Android.  A decade later, 'Bloom: 10 Worlds' appeared in Google Play.

I would set this going then throw it to my Chromecast to have it playing through the TV. When my Nexus 7 died so dit it-unable to run on my newer Pixel 2 phone. Peter Chilvers himself replied when i ran into this...

"Unfortunately there’s an audio glitch that only occurs on the Google Pixel range, so we took the precaution of excluding it until that can be fixed. At time of writing, it seems to be beyond our control, but if we can find a way to work around it, we’ll make it available."

I live in hope.

MUJI - MUJI to Sleep

This was an app that would play nature sounds to help you sleep.  One of the extra cool things it did was...

"Use the smartphone's light and camera to measure your pulse. From countless sound combinations, the best relaxing music for you is created."

It's now branded 'MUJI to Relax', so that's a win.  MUJI has a good article on sleep too.

SSEYO Koan

In the back of my mind I remember a Flash/SSEYO Koan thing too. It was an early generative music player, but I lost that late 90's.

David Mead

Just realized this week, that two people I'd met at conferences as He/Him now identify as She/Her. Funny how the writing/drawing/music/products they make didn't change. It's like they're the same talented people as they were before. Go Figure.

David Mead

Listened to the album, The Lighthouse Project

By Amiina

Another Icelandic gem. First heard them on Sigur Ros albums, but their music is delightful in its own right.

Theremin and Glockenspiel abound.

David Mead

Listened to the album, Nanotope

By Store

I can find virtually nothing about this German electronic band on the web now. Early 2000's electronic music.

David Mead

More new music, this time from Norway...

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Putting pay to the fact, as a kid, "Norway = nul points". First up some electro-pop starting with Aurora's 'Churchyard'...

...then Sigrid with 'Sucker Punch'.

An old favourite of mine, Royskopp, have now started to release their "Lost Tapes". 'Church' is very good.

Ending with a more "traditional" track from those proto-Norse folk singers Wardruna — 'Solringen'

 

David Mead

And speaking of new music, @MartinBelam is putting out some great "Fortean electronica" under the moniker m-orchestra.

Videos are spot on too.
https://youtu.be/wIGFCSs5pXc

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Listened to the album, this films crap lets slash the seats

By David Holmes

A fantastic album from the 90's, full of stomping tunes.

I remember being in The Sun Rooms (a bar in Southend, now closed) and hearing it being played and thinking "I need to find out who this is".