Various artists explore the Fessman Sound Stones * Eiléan and Dauw present musical soulmates in various combinations.
Solo work from Siavash Amini covering places behind shadows where darkness looms, and his collaboration with Umchunga reinterpreting dead composers beyond recognition.
What better way to start a new year with a brand new mix?!?
And a very special one: a collaboration mix with Headphone Commute‘s Mike Lazarev, in which we take five minutes for each turn without knowing the others tracklist. The result: Bipolar!
In recent years it is not uncommon that artists work together without meeting each other in real life. On-Line collaboration is a common working method: sending work-in-progress to each other until it’s ready.
But as far as I know, two labels collaborating together in this way – matching their artists to work in duos on a collaboration track – has not been done before.
Dialog Tapes, released by Eilean Records and Dauw proves that the sum can indeed be much greater than the sum of its parts.
At the closing of 2012, I’m proud to present this new ‘dialogue mix’ (the only other collaboration on ambientblog is the “Division Dialogue“ mix created together with Muttley in 2010).
When Christophe Ywaska, creator of the weekly Klankschap radio shows on VillaBota webradio (whose mixes can also be found on Mixcloud, by the way) suggested working on a mix together, I knew we were in for a sonic treat.
Klankschap mixes are never “just” ambient – or “just” any other genre for that matter. Their tracklistings are a display of a deep knowledge of all kinds of experimental music, both new ánd old.
Due to their nature, they dó require some ‘active’ listening, though: they’re never meant to be ‘easy listening’ background music.
And the same is true for this mix, “Both Were Moving”: this is clearly no ‘ambient’ mix – it’s a sonic rollercoaster ride!
When they decided to work together on a charity fund-raising album “for those that has beenaffected by the recent unrest that ravaged cities across the country” (referring of course to the recent UK riots), Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) and Spheruleus (Harry Towell) chose a different approach.
Instead of asking fellow artists to contribute a complete track, they teamed up with SoundFjord (UK Sound Art Gallery), and started asking their (immense) network of ‘artists, musicians and the general public’ to contribute just a short (under one minute) sample for this project.
Then they started working on these samples, creating this one hour album with twelve full length tracks.
A collaborative mix by Muttley (Subversion Weblog) and myself.
The mix is divided in ‘sets’ getting shorter each round.
In minutes: 20-20-10-10-5-5.
Every ‘set’ (except the first, of course) is created as an associative reaction to the the preceding one.