Christian Doil and Seetyca - Bilder einer Ausstellung

2017-11-18
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-083
Number of tracks: 13
Genres: ambient, dark ambient, buddhist on fire
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Christian Doil & Seetyca – Bilder einer Ausstellung The basis for the sound compositions is a concept adaptation of Modest Petrowitsch Mussorgsky's masterpiece. On the basis of specially created paintings, to be found at www.christiandoil.de , a split album has been created. Cover: Tino Bänsch Thanks and greetings from Mainz / Germany. www.christiandoil-musik.de www.christiandoil.de christian.doil@gmx.net

Thanks to nanny, I've got a deep understanding of Russian tales.

- Modest Mussorgsky

Anastasia Vronski & Grove of Whispers - La Belle et la Bête

2017-05-14
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-082
Number of tracks: 2
Genres: Ambient, Dark Ambient
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I had this track I did kind of sitting around waiting for me to do some other music like it so I could release an album. I gave up waiting and asked Anastasia Vronski if she might be inspired to craft a track to release with it as a split album. The result is as you will hear. We decided to call the album: La Belle et la Bête. We haven't been able to agree which of us is the beauty and which the beast. What do you think?

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.

- Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild (1931)

Stefan Paulus - Heading Inside

2017-05-13
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-081
Number of tracks: 2
Genres: Ambient, Ritual, Field Recordings, Bioacoustics
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After the Buddhist On Fire Release Halo From Inside The Mountains Stefan Paulus delved deeper into a world of pre-modern rituals which take place around the area of Mt. Säntis in Switzerland. He came back with modulated field recordings of chimes, bells, sound mills, unique music techniques like Talerschwingen (Coin swinging in a bowl) or Zäuerli (an overtone voice improvisation, harmonic yodel).

The similarity of these instruments, songs and techniques is that they are based on the harmonic series. The alpine herdsman explain their music practices and rituals by using the harmonic series to keep the good spirits in the surrounding and property. They try to reinforce with sound the harmonic vibrations of dead and living objects. Maybe because the separation from the sphere of the pre-modern sacred cosmology is completed in the modern days, the alpine herdsman have to renew in periodical rituals the harmonic state in the environment. They can only overcome the gap by means of mythological auxiliary constructions like the Silvesterchläuse and through their archaic techniques of ecstasy:

The Silvesterchläuse come from remote hamlets and walk from house to house in the early morning during the turn of the year according to the Julian calendar. Their faces are hidden behind masks and they are wearing bells and chimes. They sing the Zäuerli and they shake their bodies with the heavy bells for hours and hours to harmonize the land and people and their houses and animals.

How Do You Make Yourself a Body without Organs?

This is how it should be done. Lodge yourself on a stratum, experiment with the oppurtunities it offers find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continuums of intensities segment by segment, have a small plot of new land at all times. It is through a meticulous relation with the strata that one succeeds in freeing lines of flight, causing conjugated flows to pass and escape and bringing forth continuous intensities for a BwO.

- Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: A Thousand Plateaus

Christian Doil - Licht

2016-11-20
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-080
Number of tracks: 16
Genres: Ambient, Electronic, Experimental
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We welcome the return of Christian Doil to Buddhist on Fire.

With sunlight and reflections on a poetic journey. This starts at home in
the glass cabinet, then goes to the sea, in the treetops, in the
microcosm of snow, drop and foam, under a bridge, on a paved path, on
wet road pavement, to the stars, and through the window back in the
glass cabinet. The 16 tracks that cover the light ambient album
reflected on the subject of "light" again. The tunes I played on a kalimba and edited later. Parallel I translate the individual light-themes in the painting.



Thanks and greetings from Mainz / Germany.

My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it. The presence of others can only inhibit this process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display.

- Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov’s Advice for Being Creative (1959)

Jeff Sampson - Charnal-House

2016-11-20
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-079
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Ambient, Dark Ambient, Soundscape
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We welcome Jeff Sampson to Buddhist on Fire. Jeff has a marvelous voice and has been a constant source of inspiration.

“...like being stuck inside a huge, haunted castle, straight out of Poe or Lovecraft, where nameless terrors await the unwary.”
--unknown

"Sampson produces an impressively wide variety of sounds; he can hum, croon, moan, chant like a Tibetan monk, chant like a Western monk, or sing high counter-tenor."
--Hannah Shapero

"...choir-like and haunting."
--Bill Binkelmann

"...an ethereal voice that floats like a specter."
--Matt Howarth

No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like Cornelius Agrippa, I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist.

- Jorge Luis Borges, The Immortal (1949)

Luciftias - Field Trip To Neptune

2016-03-16
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-078
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: drone, dark ambient, experimental
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I was previewing this, considering if I should release it on Buddhist on Fire. It really hit the spot. It has a quiet contemplative sound that I needed just as I was listening to it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

--John

Luciftias:

This piece represents a blending of my recent forays into guitar-based, Fripp-style delays with the post-effect manipulations of previous works. It was an improvisation recorded in one take with no overdubbing. Subsequent treatments included added reverb, stretching, and minor equalization. Only free libre open-source software was used at all stages.

Recorded November 2015 at Libresonic
Additional editing February 2016

Cover painting by Thomas Park, used under CC BY / Rotated 90-degrees with titles added.

Additional note:

I've tried to incorporate different approaches with the creative methods I've been using over the last 2 years. This piece is still guitar-based and was still actually played live and in one pass (i.e. no overdubs.) I did end up doing some post production work with it making closer in sound to my earlier works, however. I like that I've evolved my technique to where I could approximate this in a live setting, but I enjoy being able to massage the sound into something else as well. All in all, I think this piece was a good balance between the two.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

- T. S. Eliot, Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby (1931)

CDRX - Elegie Pour Une Vache Defunte

2016-02-07
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-077
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Experimental, Noise
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CDRX a citizen of Elgaland-Vargaland began making music in 1996. He started as Cereal Killer and does audio manipulation and mixes using sound bites, field recordings, loops, distortions and harsh noise. CDRX has created and released a number of cds via his own label Bad For Health Records. "I listen to a lot of industrial, ambient and concrete music but also metal, folk and pop."

He takes his inspiration from the likes of Nurse With Wound, Pierre Henry, Final and Aidan Baker and many more.

If I could only live at a pitch that is near madness
When everything is as it was in my childhood
Violent, vivid, and of infinite possibility:
That the sun and moon broke over my head.

- Richard Eberhart

Various - Cantabile

2016-01-22
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-076
Number of tracks: 15
Genres: Experimental
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Cover: Alen Ilijic
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Propositions: -participants choose any kind of written text (a piece of prose, poetry, fragment of news,broadcast script,recipe,instruction manual,notification,announcement,numerical text,or a text written in machine or any other programming language etc, or any kind of text or string of words or grouped syllable they themselves created) and sing it

-the track could contain an accompanying instrument as well. If you hate your singing or your singing voice, you can also read the text and make a musical accompaniment by using that one instrument..

-track duration: 1min minimum; no maximum

- the text sung could be in any language you choose, be it an existing, fake or extinct language, machine code,programming languages, syllabic experimentation.linguistic experiments etc.

Lob Instagon: http://www.instagon.com/ http://www.tif.org/

Alen Ilijic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alen_Ilijic

Collezionisti di Emozioni: https://www.facebook.com/Collezionisti-di-Emozioni-287605871419118/

MOST: https://zoran.bandcamp.com/

Hectic Head: https://hectichead.bandcamp.com/

Dr. NoiseM: http://www.drnoisem.de/

Jared C. Balogh: http://www.alteredstateofmine.net/

{AN} EeL: https://soundcloud.com/nealretke

nobodisoundz = http://nobodisoundz.bandcamp.com/

Mean Flow : https://www.facebook.com/MeanFlow

Junk Poet: https://www.orfium.com/profile/JunkPoet/

Lezet: http://lezet.blogspot.com/

Orgon Solo: https://www.facebook.com/Hardcore-Love-345136238908138/

BroodingSideOfMadness: http://broodingsideofmadness.blogspot.gr

Ophed: https://soundcloud.com/ophed

Victor Alzina: https://www.facebook.com/victor.alzina

A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened. Then, again, every major change in policy demands a corresponding change of doctrine and a revaluation of prominent historical figures.

- George Orwell, The Prevention of Literature (1946)

Crystal Dreams - Tea Drones

2015-12-19
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-075
Number of tracks: 4
Genres: Drone, Ambient
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Tea Drones is a foray into the hypnotic world of the drone. A world where melody is redundant and texture is key. If sound could have a colour the names of these excursions are what I imagine it might be like.

The album came to me in middle of 2013 whilst I was working at a call center in Canberra, Australia. During my morning and afternoon tea breaks I was often found staring at my iPhone working furiously in NanoStudio. Escaping the corporate world. Experimenting. Coming to grips with the concept of making music with just a touch screen.

The original sketches stayed untouched for a further two years until I regained the love I needed to bring them into the wider world. I imported all of the NanoStudio rendered audio into Ableton and gave them the warmth and shine I felt they deserved.

Special thanks to Sarah for tolerating my absences during the polishing process and to John Tocher for his support.

Thinkers are not a welcome addition to most social situations.

- Terence McKenna

Stefan Paulus - Halo From Inside The Mountains

2015-07-25
Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-074
Number of tracks: 2
Genres: Ambient, Ritual, Field Recordings, Bioacoustics
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Buddhist on Fire welcomes the return of Stefan Paulus with his release "Halo From Inside The Mountains": crafted using field recordings made over the course of a year in the mountains of Appenzell in Switzerland it thus encompasses all seasons.

Stefan Paulus:

This work incorporates field recordings of the territory of Appenzell and of the traditional and pre-modern rituals of the locals.

Appenzell is a small mountain county in the eastern part of the Swiss Alps. The mountain ridge of the Alpstein is crossing the high plateau of Appenzell with the highest mountain called “Säntis” – the holy mountain, 8208ft above sea level.

The Alpstein area has many unexplored caves. I wander there with mountaineers and cave explorers.

The pre-modern rituals take place by the end of the year when groups of men running with bells and chimes through the small mountain villages, singing and chanting and doing an old form of the yodel – the “Naturjodel”. In the early morning they come from remote hamlets, walk from house to house to wish the people a happy new year and to exorcize the evil spirits from the old year. Their faces are hidden behind masks and they wear horrific costumes made of materials from animals of the backwoods. For hundreds of years these rituals have taken place on that Swiss plateau. Nobody knows exactly where these rituals comes from.

These rituals and inner mountain exploring tours gave the record and the songs their name: “Halo From Inside The Mountains” And “Pilgrimage To The Internal Entrance Of Mt. Säntis” + “Subterranean Contemplation In A Pyrith Labyrinth”. More information, images and raw sounds of the rituals can be found at the website of Stefan Paulus: nowhere-nowhere.org

Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one's own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self.

- Haruki Murakami

…the places are what remain, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them

- Rebecca Solnit