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ange on 06/06/2013 at 08:14AM

Music for Video: Shades of Drone

University of Haifa Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library (CC BY-SA)

Sometimes the sound you're looking for is a sound that sustains. Music for sitting right where you are, but going somewhere, slowly.

This Music for Video mix highlights many shades of drone and ambient electronic music from across the Free Music Archive, including some that can set a relaxing and joyful tone, and others that can be a tool for your most tense and chaotic scenes. The best drone delivers, creating a tonality upon which the rest of the piece is built, often creating a meditative space, taking on the feeling of a sculpture, and evoking intense feelings.

1. Lee Rosevere (websiteCC BY-NC) - Looking out the window of an airplane at dawn. Part of a compilation of songs intended for meditation and relaxing.

2. Zachary Cale, Mighty Moon & Ethan Schmid (websiteCC BY-NC) - The fifth in the Natch collaborative series features a team effort on "Trees Don't Sleep," which begins with two minutes of drone before the drums and melodies join in. Drone stays along for the ride.

3. Tom Carter (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Looped guitar drones of immensely stacked beauty, with heaps of psychedelic melodic content. Fantastic.

4. Saito Koji (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Straight from the Fukushima native's most recent release, Koji's heavily distorted guitar grows large.

5. A. P. Vague (websiteCC BY-NC) - A calm loop slowly loses its cool, like driving through a spring rainstorm.

6. Candelgravity (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - The tragic and the beautiful twisted together.


7. "-" (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - The artist known simply as "-" takes us within the calm, calculated motherboards of "mac os and windows." Beeps and blips join you for the journey.

8. mo-seph (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Short track with some eerie extra-terrestrial feeling.

9. makoto masui (websiteCC BY-NC) - Masui's stripped down tune features a propelling buzz that ceases once nature intervenes at the end.

10. Sodadosa (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - The haunting winds gain speed interminably. Perfect for your horror films's drawn out suspense scenes and torture porn.

11. Spuntic (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A calm after the storm. Calming electronic ambient music from Iran.


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This post written with help from WFMU volunteer Will Sacks.



Steve56 on 06/09/13 at 06:36AM
I honestly don't know what I would do without this website. I've found so much new music that I would have never found out about any other way. This album is perfect to put on and just relax to. Now if only there were a way to load up these songs onto my brain so I can listen when I forget my computer, and the construction crew's next door with jackhammers. :)
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