Archive for November 2012

Symatic Star - Solar Storm

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-042
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Experimental, Electronic
Format: Flac, Mp3, Ogg
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Visit The Artist: Symatic Star
Cover: david_bowman
Direct URL: Symatic Star - Solar Storm
Review at BOF-O42

Symatic Star is Simon Walsh. An accomplished bassist, he immerses himself in synthesis, using timbre and texture as compositional elements in pursuit of the atmospheric sounds he imagines.

This, his 6th and most experimental release to date, reflects the fire of that imagination.

A live recording created with multiple Nord G2 Modular Synthesizers played/modulated and further patched in real time as 2012's largest solar storm was sweeping across the Earth.

Simon: "Living in a remote coastal forest of Western Australia the Internet is a highly valued tool for sharing my music and sounds with people around the world and beyond."

When the great truth accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed is fully recognized, that this planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball and that by this fact many possibilities, each baffling imagination and of incalculable consequence, are rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment; when the first plant is inaugurated and it is shown that a telegraphic message, almost as secret and non-interferable as a thought, can be transmitted to any terrestrial distance, the sound of the human voice, with all its intonations and inflections, faithfully and instantly reproduced at any other point of the globe, the energy of a waterfall made available for supplying light, heat or motive power, anywhere — on sea, or land, or high in the air — humanity will be like an ant heap stirred up with a stick: See the excitement coming!

- Nikola Tesla, "The Transmission of Electric Energy Without Wires" (5 March 1904)

Akashic Crow's Nest - Supernaculum

Buddhist on Fire Release: BOF-041
Number of tracks: 1
Genres: Dark Ambient, Experimental, Soundscape
Format: Flac, Mp3, Ogg
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Visit The Artist: Akashic Crow's Nest
Cover: John Tocher
Direct URL: Akashic Crow's Nest - Supernaculum
Review at BOF-O41

Akashic Crow's Nest, one of several recording projects of C.P. McDill, is oriented toward the creation of (effected and lightly orchestrated) generative sound art.

Prior works by Akashic Crow's Nest were made using Beepmap software in FLStudio. As of 2012, the project explores new territory with a new method, which is derived from sounds made via Forester. The glitchy, crackly, and lo-fi moments are an intentional part of the way this recording is generated, and they are to be enjoyed as auditory phenomena in their own right.

Supernaculum is a strange and varied trip through several dimensions of soundscapes, rhythms, looping fragments, and deep throbbing drones. A spelunk into the wine cellars of the mind.

As a long-form ambient work it is suitable both for background playing at lower volumes or intimate and focused listening with headphones.

Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.
Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

- David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish (2007)