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)
"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)
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 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 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.
Scott Lawlor, ambient musician and host of The Blind Flight podcast, brings his track "Dark Mind" to buddhist on fire. A drone-scape to provoke your inner darkness.
I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.
While some music rises up, fully formed, and merely awaits capturing, many Luciftias pieces lay dormant for great lengths of time before being completed. "A Flash of Red" began life as an unnamed, roughly recorded idea in March 2011. It wasn't until a full two years later that it received additional modification to morph into what is is now.
"A Flash of Red" could be the splash of gore upon the kitchen tiling. It might be the bird that strikes your windshield as you careen down the highway. It may also be the bloody hand print on the door that you glimpse before entering a shadowed realm of nightmares from which you will never awaken.
I was in the death struggle with self: God and Satan fought for my soul those three long hours. God conquered — now I have only one doubt left — which of the twain was God?
- Aleister Crowley, Aceldama : A Place To Bury Strangers In (1898)
One of my treasured possessions as a child was a portable shortwave radio. For such a small thing it seemed quite capable of picking up stations all over the globe. I spent countless hours slowly turning the dials from one station to another, and tuning into the multitude of voices and musics of the world.
Like any shortwave enthusiast, I soon discovered and was enchanted by those odd transmissions of recorded voices uttering sequences of numbers, often alternating with little melodies or series of tones. I learned that these stations had something to do with international espionage, which lent a certain spooky glamour to them.
Many were the nights I'd bring my radio to bed with me and seek out a numbers station, then let these mysterious sounds lull me to sleep. To me, they were just enchanting patterns, like music, and I did not care what they meant or for whom they were intended.
Similarly, I enjoyed the sounds of the spaces between stations, or the highly distorted signals carried from a great distance. I found these crackles, oscillations and muffled communications quite fascinating and pleasant.
This piece, nearly an hour long, is a generative work using recordings from shortwave radio, including numbers stations, as source material. The goal was to create something abstract and soothing, an interpretation of and tribute to the sounds I long ago fell asleep to. My memories of those experiences are certainly the deepest roots of my aesthetic as a sound artist.
As the world rapidly becomes a civilization of machines, the masters of machines will increasingly be the ones in control of the world.
Almost 20 years now that I've been composing music. My music has always concerned charm, mystery and introspection. But hidden away in a drawer, I've had a desire for a darker music. "Dark Presence" is the materialization of this desire.
Thank you to Simone Santarsiero, aka Uzbazur, a dear friend and young composer who has supported me and facilitated our trip to the dark side. To the Oscure Presenze. He has been instrumental in revealing my dark and hidden shadowy side. A truly liberating experience. One might even say an exorcism.
The title says everything: we all have experienced the feeling of being watched by forces unknown and unseen.
The path to enlightenment is filled with obstacles of the darkest varieties. The irony of life is that we must plunge into the dark abyss before rising to the light.
I hope my album can serve as your own personal exorcism, as it has for me.
The greatest gift that God in His bounty made in creation, and the most conformable to His goodness, and that which He prizes the most, was the freedom of will, with which the creatures with intelligence, they all and they alone, were and are endowed.
- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (c. 1308-1321)