Grove of Whispers - The Sheltering Sky

2014-01-16
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-060
Number of tracks: 3
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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This album started life as a series of experiments in new ways of generating drones. The experiments proved successful but took me to a space I had not planned to go. I've been listening to them more than any other music for several months now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I was listening to them once and turned them off thinking I might be disturbing someone studying:

"I hope this music wasn't bothering you."

"Oh, that was music? I thought it was the air conditioner!"

I had thought to call it "Music for Air Conditioners". A cute title but it does nt seem to resonate for me the way "The Sheltering Sky" does.

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t meant it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment. Only he didn’t know it.

- Jackson Pollock

Luciftias - Beyond the Aether

2013-12-21
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-059
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experiental
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According to ancient and medieval science, aether is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial, or sublunary, sphere. This sphere was the realm of changing nature. Beginning with the Moon, up to the limits of the universe, everything was permanent, regular and unchanging – the region of aether where the planets and stars are located. Only in the sublunary sphere did the powers of physics hold sway. To go "beyond the aether" is a metaphor for transcending the very limits of the all that is known and unknown.

Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present.

- Nikola Tesla

Bulkrate - Nocturnals

2013-12-14
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-058
Number of tracks: 4
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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Cover: Azlan DuPree
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Nocturnals... the feeling you get when walking through the city at night. Shadows. Things you think to see in the corner of your eye vanish when looked at straight on. The eyes you feel burning in the dark. The (maybe) paranoid feeling that you are being watched...

Always, it seemed to me when I awaked into the Future, into the Everlasting Night that lapped this world, that I saw near to me, and girdling me all about, a blurred greyness. And presently this, the greyness, would clear and fade from about me, even as a dusky cloud, and I would look out upon a world of darkness, lit here and there with strange sights. And with my waking into that Future, I waked not to ignorance; but to a full knowledge of those things which lit the Night Land; even as a man wakes from sleep each morning, and knows immediately he wakes, the names and knowledge of the Time which has bred him, and in which he lives. And the same while, a knowledge I had, as it were sub-conscious, of this Present—this early life, which now I live so utterly alone.

- William Hope Hodgson, The Night Land (1912)

Stefan Paulus - Altering Realities

2013-12-14
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-057
Number of tracks: 2
Genres: Dark Ambient, Soundscape, Experimental
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Cover: Be Näty
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Once when mixing live on the radio, I got a call from a listener:

disembodied voice: "I understand what you are doing."

me: "What's that?"

disembodied voice: "Communicating directly with the subconscious."

I thought, well, that's exactly right. "Altering Realities" by Stefan Paulus reminds me of that late night phone call.

This record is about the impressions and the imaginations of the phenomena of hypnagogic consciousness and oneiric conditions. The sounds are a protocol or more a psychogeographical reconstruction of these images, pictures, altering realities which can be reached through methods of lucid dreaming and other psychical and body practices. The method of wake initiated lucid dreaming involves entering a lucid dream state directly from waking consciousness. The method of a dream initiated lucid dream helps to trigger a lucid dream while unconscious sleep. The Hypnagogic state is then is the experience of the transitional consciousness which can appear with auditive, visual and tactile hallucinations...

Recorded in Ubud, Indonesia; during a Hindu-Dharma-Procession, on the artic Kola Peninsula in Russia and Hamburg, Germany.

About the artist:

Stefan Paulus is an experimental artist hailing from Hamburg, Germany. His sounds are influenced by electroacoustic, intuitive, concrete and “kraut” music. Most of the sounds are collected through field recordings done during what Guy Debord describes as “psychogeography”. He finds his compositions are inspired by the works of William S. Burroughs, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

We are not in the world; we become with the world; we become by contemplating it. Everything is vision, becoming. We become universes. Becoming animal, plant, molecular, becoming zero. This is true of all the arts ... Art does not have opinions. Art undoes the triple organization of perceptions, affections and opinions in order to substitute a monument composed of percepts, affects, and blocs of sensations that takes the place of language. It is about listening...

- Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, What is philosophy? (1996)

Grove of Whispers - Vast

2013-11-29
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-056
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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Vast was performed live on stillstream.com November 26, 2013. Done using midi controller, Linux and personal field recordings. Music fashioned using the buddhalizer --a virtual extension of my imagination.

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

- Philip Massinger, a biographical essay in The Sacred Wood (1920)

Scott Lawlor - Wonderland: Alice

2013-11-24
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-055
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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Cover: Fulvio Bisca
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The fifth and final in a series of drone releases based on voices provided by various stillstream denizens. Including the voices of Crystal Dreams as The Caterpillar, Pixyblink as Alice, Altocumulus as The Queen of Hearts, Disturbed Earth as The Mad Hatter and Rebekkah Hilgraves as The Duchess, The White Rabbit, and Bill the Lizard. And featuring Har as The Cheshire Cat. Thank you all for participating and lending your voices to the project. All music is generated completely and exclusively from their voices by Scott Lawlor. Thank you Scott.

'I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,' said Alice a little timidly: 'but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'

'Explain all that,' said the Mock Turtle.

'No, no! The adventures first,' said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: 'explanations take such a dreadful time.'

- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Mystified - VibeWaves

2013-11-24
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-054
Number of tracks: 2
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronica
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Cover: Bill Anderson
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"VibeWaves" consists of two mixes of early Mystified noise/drone tracks. The first set is "Dark Vibes". The second is called "Light Vibes". I chose these pieces because I found that they conveyed a "vibe", or mood, even though they were quite minimal. The original tracks appeared on various cdr, cassette and netreleases many years ago.

A little while ago, not much more than a few days ago, I was a child who went about in a world of colors, of hard and tangible forms. Everything was mysterious and something was hidden, guessing what it was was a game for me. If you knew how terrible it is to know suddenly, as if a bolt of lightning elucidated the earth. Now I live in a painful planet, transparent as ice; but it is as if I had learned everything at once in seconds.

- Frida Kahlo, Letter to Alejandro Gómez Arias, (29 September 1926)

Luciftias - Wonderland: The Cheshire Cat

2013-10-06
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-053
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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The fourth in a series of drone releases based on voices provided by various stillstream denizens. Including the voices of Crystal Dreams as The Caterpillar, Pixyblink as Alice, Altocumulus as The Queen of Hearts, Disturbed Earth as The Mad Hatter and Rebekkah Hilgraves as The Duchess, The White Rabbit, and Bill the Lizard. And featuring Har as The Cheshire Cat.

Thank you all for participating and lending your voices to the project.

All music is generated completely and exclusively from their voices by Luciftias. Headphones are recommended. This one goes deep...



'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
'I don't much care where —' said Alice.
'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat

- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Stephen Mc Cann & Kirill Makushin - Extended Play

2013-09-29
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-052
Number of tracks: 4
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
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Cover: Charles Knowles
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Stephen MC Cann:


Stephen Mc Cann is a musician from Dublin, Ireland. He records music using electronics & various percussion, plus cut up field recordings & found sounds. He records solo as Prang Ruin & collaborates in various other projects, including The Cloud Chamber (ambient guitar band), Clown School (lo-fi electronics) & Dank Elevator (experimental audio), along with his on going collaborations with Kirill Makushin. His solo work is best described as ambient/drone or ambient/noise & sound collage. In order to release & distribute the recordings of these various projects, Steve set up Editions/Prang Ruin. A workshop & netlabel, Editions/Prang Ruin has existed since 2009 under different names, but was re-titled in 2013, to place a greater emphasis on collaborations & split releases. The formats for release are digital downloads or CD-R's published in small batches at a time.

Kirill Makushin

Kirill Makushin is a musician from Moscow (Russia) born 16 July 1990 makes music with a accordion,harmonica,synthesizer(rarely). His music based on acoustic instruments which gives it a special atmosphere of melodic. He releases his solo music as Crows In The Garden.

Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.

- George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)

CDRX - The same Sunday afternoon as all the others

2013-05-27
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-051
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Experimental, Soundscape
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Cover: Thomas Hawk
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Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.

- William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands (1987)