Archive for December 2011

Shane Morris - Set the Penfield Mood Organ for Aware

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-014
Number of tracks: 3
Genres: Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental
Format: MP3
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Direct URL: Shane Morris - Set the Penfield Mood Organ to Aware
Review at BOF-O14

Shane Morris is a synthesist, percussionist and composer of ambient electronic music, shaping ethereal realms, poly-rhythmic grooves and tribal soundscapes with a variety of acoustic instruments, software, hardware and processing.

"Set the Penfield Mood Organ to Aware" was recorded live on and dedicated to Philip K. Dick. It’s released on Buddhist on Fire in honor of Philip K. Dick's birthday.

In Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", the Penfield Mood Organ is a psychological appliance used by a future society to adjust to life after nuclear war.

In addition to colorful tones from Alesis and Roland hardware, Shane uses alpha and beta brain wave tones to simulate the effect of a real Penfield Mood Organ.

Shane feels such a device would naturally spring from today's electronic musicial instruments.

For your audio pleasure, here is Shane Morris' Penfield Mood Organ. This one dials all the way to eleven.

From the bedroom Iran’s voice came. “I can’t stand TV before breakfast.”

“Dial 888,” Rick said as the set warmed. “The desire to watch TV, no matter what’s on it.”

- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency - The Samhain Session for The Chestnut Tree

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-013
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Ritual Ambient, Dark Ambient
Format: MP3
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Cover: Rudger Jansen, Ayn Morgan
Direct URL: Akoustik Timbre Frekuency - The Samhain Session
Review at BOF-O13

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency utilizes various techniques including Alpha, Theta and Beta waves, ritual instruments, electronic soundscapes and the magical use of voice and language that attempts to invoke a receptive state of consciousness to be used as a sonic tool. He has practiced Kaos Magick for over a decade, refining his personal rites and belief systems, which are expressed through his compositions and performances.

The Samhain Session for The Chestnut Tree is an atonal electro-acoustic composition that takes its influence from the ritual music of Tibet created to mark a transitional period within his life. The recording is also part of a cleansing rite intended to release repressed energies and channel them into future projects.

Instrumentation includes bamboo percussion, conch horn, cymbal, dungchen (large Tibetan trumpet), gongs, kangling (Tibetan thighbone trumpet), keys (to the location he leaves behind), meat, prepared piano, ritual bells, seed shakers, shamanic rattle, singing bowls and thunder maker.

This recording was donated by the artist to The Chestnut Tree program on KPFT in Houston.

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.

- Jorge Luis Borges

CDRX and Kecap Tuyul - Wind Spirits

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-012
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Soundscapes, Experimental
Format: MP3
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Direct URL: CDRX and Kecap Tuyul - Wind Spirits
Review at BOF-O12

This collaborative project features a foundation soundscape created by CDRX and modified by Kecap Tuyul, adding prepared guitar, flute and voice. Wind Spirits includes additional source material from Mystified, Kecap Tilil and unpublished work from French noise artist, Watzatnoiz, who has since retired.

CDRX, a citizen of Elgaland-Vargaland, began as “Cereal Killer”, with audio work based on mixes, sound pastes, field recordings, loops, distortions and harsh noise. After a long break, his focus is mainly dark ambient music. Kecap Tuyul also collaborates with Kecap Tilil in the duo Pura Sombar.

A dark primordial soundscape slowly builds to reveal an organic, detailed and mysteriously charged environment reinforced with ethereal vocal and wind elements.

Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane.

- Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

Luís Antero - SW

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-011
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Field Recordings, Soundscapes
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Direct URL: Luís Antero - SW
Review at BOF-O11

Luís Antero, uses field recordings to document, preserve and share sound environments of the Beira Serra and Serra da Estrela regions of Portugal. He strives to preserve a collective and accurate sonic memory focused on archiving ambient sounds of nature and village environments and local verbal traditions. Antero's recording work is especially noted for its quality, detail and reflecting the traditional and unique character of the area.

"SW" is a sound composite from the southwest coast of Portugal during the summer season with pure field recordings. The resulting soundscape is casual, calming and includes elements of sea surf, grasshoppers, beach underfoot, swirling tide pools, beachcombers and various insects.

...with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas