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saturnine on 06/21/2018 at 06:42PM
'Into Hyperspace' is the third EP by the Finnish band Astrometrics. As is usual — yet always unexpected — the recording process took longer than was anticipated, but the band is satisfied with the result and already looking forward to starting the recording of the next release over the summer. The band's melodic electronic rock, influenced by old as well as new elements in the genre, is given its distinctive sound by a DIY synthesizer based on the Commodore 64 sound chip. The lyrical themes range from personal introspection to general space rock topics as well as more particular matters of geek interestlike the history of the calculus.'Into Hyperspace' is the biggest release from the band yet, including four songs - and one of them is completely in Finnish, which is something they've never done before."I think this is the best recording we've released so far", says the bass player and band promoter Kalle Alho. "It's also the most personal release for me because it features one track written by myself (titled "Lentomatto", "The Flying Carpet"). It's a bit different kind of a song than what we've heard from the Astrometrics earlier. I was nervous to introduce the song to the band but they all took it well and together we shaped the song into what it is on the record." "It was great!", the bassist says. "It's one of the things in our band that I admire the most - that it's not genre music - we can do whatever we please and are always open to new and different ideas. I know that certain type of eclecticism might turn some people off - for they don't know what to expect - but for me personally it is a huge source of inspiration and satisfaction."
cccommunitymusicawards on 06/20/2018 at 08:40PM
Congratulations to the genre winners of the first annual CC Community Music Awards! In effort to create a Grammy-equivalent for the Creative Commons community, several cc artists/bloggers/enthusiasts have banded together to honor creative commons musicians. This year's eligibility window was April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and the selections were hand-picked by the judges. You can see this year’s winners and nominees at https://ccmusicawards.com/
Now it’s time for you to vote! Help decide the overall Album and Track of the Year here: https://goo.gl/forms/IqytNPTjkbhDuwgA3
Voting will close July 12 and the winners will be announced on Netlabel Day (July 14).
Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 06/20/2018 at 09:39AM
The new release by Parallel Park draws on the band members backgrounds of punk, psychedelic and krautrock, creating a genre-shifting album held together by the tracks rough "demo" feel. Hence the album title.
Lemon_Yellow_Hayes on 06/18/2018 at 10:37AM
Just about twenty five years ago, I stopped playing my guitar in the regular EADGBE tuning. In fact, I had stopped playing guitar long enough to intentionally forget a lot of what I'd learned in that tuning. When I resumed my playing, I began tuning the strings on my guitar to whatever felt (and sounded) good to me. After awhile, I decided to look for other alternate tunings when, by chance, I stumbled across a few online articles mentioning that the standard tuning for all instruments (A = 440 Hz) was something that had been imposed / mandated by "those in power" with less than wholesome intentions. Since the nature of the notion is conspiratorial, comment sections of related articles and videos were chock full of comments bashing those that felt that A = 440 was not a healthy tuning. I began to wonder why people would go out of their way to bash someone else's belief concerning a topic that's seemingly not all that important. The amount of bashing that I saw was enough to lead me to believe that those doing the bashing were doing so for a reason. Reading and partaking in online arguments on the subject seemed to be nothing more than a waste of time and energy so I decided to see for myself. What I found by playing in A = 444 Hz is that the tuning actually resonates with my physical being a lot more than it does if I were to tune to A = 440 Hz.
I recently came across this video for the CymaScope app. This app includes a small circular keyboard and the ability to see the actual cymatic geometry that's created by different tones by using one of three different tunings. (A = 432 Hz, A = 440 Hz and A = 444 Hz) While the demonstration in the video doesn't show the geometry of those five simple notes that were made famous by 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' in 432 Hz, it does show the geometric effects of those five notes in 440 Hz and 444 Hz. It may be a matter of opinion but, to me, the patterns created by A = 440 Hz are rather sloppy and lack the symmetry and beauty of the patterns created by A = 444 Hz.
Seeing might not be believing so you might have to do just as I did and shut the world off, put aside any preconceived notions, pick up your instrument of choice and experiment. I found a lot of folks that mentioned that A = 432 Hz was the 'correct' tuning. While that might be a tuning that resonates well with some people, it didn't resonate as well with me and the open tunings that I use. When I first tuned to A = 444 Hz, it felt like I'd arrived at home after a long trip (for lack of a better way of describing it) After having felt and heard the differences first-hand, I'll never go back to using the A = 440 Hz tuning.
A search on the subject yields a lot of results that can be seen as religious or 'new-agey'. The majority of results actually make a lot of sense. The trick is to not be dissuaded or put off by the 'out there' stuff and keep a very open mind. As I previously mentioned, try the different tunings for yourself and you can be the judge. Outside of Jay Z's 4:44 album, John Lennon's 'Imagine' and a handful of Paul McCartney concerts, there isn't a lot of 444 Hz music available that's not under the 'new age' / religious category but that doesn't have to be the case.
The Free Music Archive is a great musical resource but I feel that music can't really be free, or played freely, if it's blindly played in an imposed standard tuning. We live in a world where we're constantly bombarded with unhealthy and unregulated frequencies that the human body cannot readily detect. If we can allow ourselves the choice to create, listen to and share music that carries with it a healthier frequency, the world might become a better place. If you (or your band) have music that's been recorded in A = 444 Hz (or A = 432 Hz) feel free to add a link in the comments section below. My Ünspecified collection is all A = 444 Hz as is 'Squeaky Wings' and 'Brother Christmas'.
As the Nikola Tesla quote goes, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”
murmurintemporel on 06/16/2018 at 03:13AM
The Wizard - First EP, experimental electronic and dark-deep techno from Argentina.
Bozoo on 06/14/2018 at 06:37AM
For its 37th release, Da ! Heard It Records sends your ears into orbit.
Why, who could these mysterious characters, the Fragilos, out to discover apparently unknown territories be? Take the time to follow their adventures through this UFO-reminiscent album that encapsulates a few instants of their stealthy existence in 13 pieces …
In the style of the illustrative discs of the seventies and eighties from which Phillippe Brown draws inspiration, the titles of this cassette’s compositions are clues themselves designed to stimulate the listeners’ imaginations. Thus, by holding the sleeve drawn up by Man Oroa while listening, each will be able to make up his or her own little story and discover the naïve-sounding, yet far from obvious, melodies.
One will thus go from one moon to the next without ever fully landing, floating softly above the ground among the bossa, zouk, or oriental rhythms and cinematographic atmospheres imprinted as much with second degree as with light melancholy.
Attracted to a musical era he didn’t experience but of which he uses the codes with style, Philippe has the characters evolve well beyond the musical frontiers we sometimes burden ourselves with. With this fictional original sound track at the crossroads of genres and eras, he visibly goes very far away, so far that everything leads us to believe that this dreamer of a musician most certainly has his head in the moon!
L’Alunissage des fragilos, the 37th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributes under a Creative Commons License Y-NC-ND. The album is available for free listening and downloading at the following address: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-37
DASK on 06/12/2018 at 09:52AM
Abiogenesis 'The creation of life from non-living matter', also known as spontaneous generation. That term explains how this album came into existence. Coming from an electronic engineering background with a focus on sounds and audio I spent over 10 years experimenting with sounds, building tracks and putting down ideas but I always discarded all material and tracks before completion due to not being a professional musician and thinking they had no artist value.
Even professionally trained musicians and artists struggle with finishing tracks and releasing material. I have since learned that the more you finish, the more you progress which becomes motivation to do even more. So be spontaneous and finish those tracks when you feel creative, someone will like them, even if only a few fans. Do not worry how it might be received or if a label will sign you otherwise you will never finish anything. I was fortunate to eventually release some of my music through a label but I also still self release and it is no longer seen as being any less credible. There are many great artists which give their work for free on FMA and other sources so why not join them.
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Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 06/05/2018 at 05:08AM
Nul Tiel Records has two new albums being uploaded one track at a time, as and when the tracks are completed:
dhf510 on 06/03/2018 at 01:52PM
In attempt to connect deeply with nature my newly-released album, Revisionist History, is immersed in atmospheric field recordings and jazz-inspired drone. The album looks to delve into the embrace of a warm, youthful summer’s day and perhaps explore what mental state endured by such an environment. This album was made as a direct response to my previous album Manifest Destiny. It follows the lighter pathways opened in conclusion of its predecessor. Revisionist History was made carefully and purposefully. I got a lot out of making this thing and I hope you do as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
cheyenne_h on 06/02/2018 at 04:26PM
guest post written by Nick Myer/AGENDA 23
If you crave all things electronic, dance with elements of an 80's retro feel .and a sense of real songs, melody and meaning with good messages sewn in..for your listening pleasures.. You may well appreciate the first offerings from AGENDA 23, a music project created by Nick Myer.
No stranger to songwriting, Nick from England UK, a past exclusively signed songwriter for a brief period of time, and having signed several songs since over the years since, is offering some free song tasters from AGENDA 23 with more to follow for FMA.
Expect to hear simplistic, complex, melodic and emotional songs with meaning from AGENDA 23. Making songs too samey is not the goal with AGENDA 23. So in the future expect the unexpected. Most of the songs from AGENDA 23 will be female vocal/voice driven though but occasionally Nick adds his vocal contribution such as on WAKE UP NOW and THE PLANET as the robot voice. WAKE UP NOW is a song that was composed to encourage the world to see things how they really are and not how they are presented as an illusion. And of course to entertain. THE PLANET a song written some time prior to WAKE UP NOW, after a really scary dream about this world, is about Saving Earth and of course the people... to a backdrop of musical drama.
But don't expect it to stop there..as AGENDA 23 will be pushing out purely romantic love songs too..with no strict rules on genre. Whatever genre a song feels like it should be, that will be the treatment that will be applied.. in a loving way of course.. Nick cares deeply about Planet Earth and good health on this spinning ball of earth and rock we all live on..so these debut songs are focused on that most important theme.
Creativity is deeply engrained within Nick's being so to speak re creators within his own family tree.. Nick just happens to be Second Cousin to well-known Film Director Garth Jennings most recently known for Directing and creating the movie 'SING' but with a huge repertoire of work preceding that very successful movie... Though oddly the two have not yet met. A little fact of interest. Nick has however met his parents on several occasions..a long story. Nick has also worked with some very well established people in the past in his music endeavors.. Another very long story that will one day be told... But for now..