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icastico on 10/07/2012 at 10:37PM

Latest aboombong: 3 for 2012

Three releases for aboombong this year.

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<a href="" data-mce-href="">atrophic by aboombong</a>

<a href="" data-mce-href="">admixture by aboombong</a>

anaphora by aboombong

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icastico on 05/30/2011 at 02:28PM

Azwarm - Shelter

A new drone piece from azwarm is up over at bandcamp. Not much to say about this one. Like the last azwarm, the piece is the result of an experiment that went both wrong and right at the same time...didn't work for the intended purpose (i.e., as part of a song I am working on for the next aboombong release), but I liked it enough that I thought it was worth sharing. 30 minutes of sonic anesthesia for your morning commute. Enjoy.

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Artist: azwarm Album: shelter Style: ambient, drone, musique concrète, minimalism, noise Release: May 16th, 2011 Players: me - steel pan, manipulation. Available in a variety of formats from (set your own price)


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icastico on 04/04/2011 at 02:06PM

Earnest Anxiety


25 years ago The Young Pros. did a cover of the A.O.S. song 667. The Young Pros were the band that launched the career of one of America's best kept secrets, Mark Earnest. Readers here at Pen & Mallet have met Mark before through his work with Dirt Communion, but Mark has had a long and active career fronting a variety of great bands and since 2003 has really come into his own releasing solo albums well deserving of their critical acclaim (available from the indie labels Slothrop and Unsmashable as "Mister Vague"). If you don't believe me, ask Alan Sparkhawk of Low who recorded and co-produced the album “Allergic To Everything” in 2007. Today we have a special treat. Mark is just about due to release a new called Beautiful Somewhere on Unsmashable Records (look for it in mid-April) and he has included his version of the A.O.S. song "Katchina," a song that has been part of his live set forever. I have put together a special Pen & Mallet ep. release that includes Mark's version of Katchina, as well as that The Young Pros. version of 667 from 25 years ago. It is hosted right here by the great Free Music Archive. Check it out.


Beautiful Somewhere features a great line up of collaborators including members of the Reno bands Cranium, Blunderbusst and Nancy Plays Nurse, as well as Mister Vague alumnus Marcus Mayhall. Mark will be collaborating with aboombong on a new release in the next year for something that should be quite different for both artists. Stay tuned. You can hear more of Marks music at Reverbnation: Keep up with Mark on facebook: Here is a video of Mark doing Katchina at a recent gig.

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icastico on 09/05/2010 at 08:15PM

Dustdevil & Crow/ amnemonic- What I did for summer vacation

This summer has been a particularly enjoyable and productive one. Musically, along with completing the azwarm album and the boom dispenser remixs project (as I have mentioned previously), I was honored to be asked to collaborate on the newest Dustdevil & Crow album, while speaking softly you can hear the insects sing. It is now available here on the Free Music Archive. I have also added amnemonic to the FMA (HERE).  I have created a mix with both while speaking softly you can hear the insects sing and amnemonic that will allow you to listen to or download both albums in one click. You can also easily embed this player or send it to your friends to help us get the word out (always much appreciated).


For those audiophiles out there who are looking for lossless versions of either of these albums, well, of course, they are available. Bendle has put both Dustdevil & Crow albums up at his bandcamp page for free (along with lots of other goodies), and, of course, all the aboombong releases are available in lossless formats on bandcamp (name your price) as well. For a limited time I will email a special access code to anyone naming a price of $5 or more that is good for limited edition bonus material from amnemonic. You can also get access to this bonus material by donating directly using the "tip the artist" button here at the Free Music Archive.

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icastico on 05/15/2010 at 12:36PM

Boom Dispenser remixs: A Chronic Groove Feeder

Artist: Boom Dispenser  

Album:Boom Dispenser remixs: A Chronic Groove Feeder  

Style: acid jazz, trip bop, minimalism, noise, drone, dark ambient  

Release: May 15th, 2010

Players: Fez Dispenser remixs aboombong; aboombong remixs Fez Dispenser Available in a variety of formats from (set your own price)


A sonic sibling rivalry. Enjoy. Start spreading the word (^_^) !!!

Original Tracks from the albums "asynchronic" by aboombong and "high bottom groove feeder" by Fez Dispenser - available at: &

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icastico on 04/25/2010 at 02:31AM

azwarm: a morning's work

A couple of long ambient improvisations made with bells and pans. Artist: azwarm  

Album: a morning's work

Style: ambient, drone, musique concrète, minimalism, noise

Release: April 24th 2010

Players: me - ringing metal objects, manipulation. Available in a variety of formats from (set your own price)

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icastico on 01/09/2010 at 04:29AM

aboombong - asynchronic

Artist: aboombong

Album: asynchronic

Release date: January 2010

Available in a variety of formats (including lossless), set your own price (no minimum).

Style(s): afro-ambient noise, musique concrète, minimalism, experimental

Toys: field recording, split bamboo marimba, Turkish darbuka, Punjabi ektara, Vietnamese jack fruit danmo, camel bells, elephant bells, goat bells, bone cymbal mallets, Trinidadian tenor steelpan, homemade surdo, piano, 5-string prepared electric guitar, Kawai K3, sequencer, effects, tape-manipulation, drum kit.


1) never been to Konono

2) ritualistique

3) jericho

4) daymare

5) forsaken

6) drag along behind


Trumpet on jericho by Dave Chapman (from ¡para!helion) is an outtake from the valis recording sessions.

This one was a blast to make.A DIM* soundtrack to the no-budget films in my head.Not sure what that says about my head, but I hope you enjoy the ride.


UPDATE (s): a very kind review of asynchronic is posted over at My Little Bubble. Check it out and then have a look around one of my favorite blogs. Also, posted with a nice comment over at YoungMossTongue - the man behind DUSTdevils ... check out his latest, it is great stuff. Also now featured over at Dogs Can Read Your Mind along with a load of other DIY artists you should check out. A very nice review from deadwhitehorse is now at geometria innamorata...check out his music while you are there (or at his new blog). Now available at for those who use it. A very enthusiastic review now up at TheSirenSound...join the discussion. Also now posted at Make Noise! Go look around. Another nice review over at Hate R'n'B - along side a great mish-mash of underground culture. Jason just added asynchronic to the Free Music Archive. And aboombong has now officially hit the airwaves (and in the big apple nonetheless). Another nice review over at the brand spanking new blog Hype Light. Also now available on Altsounds drop by and vote for aboombong. A new review now out on Seattle's The Stranger's music blog. Now also reviewed at the mighty Snap Crackle & Pop...alongside some of the best music on the web.


Much more available at

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icastico on 06/06/2009 at 12:06PM

Music at Pen & Mallet

ABOOMBONG: asynchronic

ABOOMBONG: aboombong

¡para!helion: Midaq Alley

¡para!helion: 3 Miles From Mecca

¡para!helion: >3

¡para!helion: Fourth: When Technology Fails

Waltz Bop Shop: All My Idears are Flawed in Sum Way + Quartet

Waltz Bop Shop: Name Dropping at Angela's and Melting

Waltz Bop Shop: All my idears are played live today

Waltz Bop Shop: A whisper in the airwaves

Choke: Choke (e.p.)

Choke: Hard to Swallow

Choke: Gauze/Total Reverence

The Jonny Cats: Last- Ode to Sergio

Swayback: Outer Space Tonight

AOS: Rip It up! + live tracks

AOS: live and Raw in the Pit also (some cleaned-up live tracks)

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Super Naam: two rough cuts of two tracks

DJJ: Throw it out there, not away

Icastico: The Build-your-own-ambient-Sundae bar

Psychic Enemies Network: Valis (with bonus tracks)

Most of these links will allow you to download in FLAC, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. Let me know if you have a request for a FLAC/WAV version of any of the other MP3 only files.

More information and music/video at

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