Time and Infinity

Image By User:Fropuff (Self-made by User:Fropuff) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOn today’s edition of At Water’s Edge, we explore time and infinity. We’ll be featuring new works by Cousin Silas and Brian Wright, as well as works of some favorite composers.

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1. Mystified – Wind and Time (3:02)
(Cardboard Hotel EP, Webbed Hand, 2004)

Thomas Park, the sole proprietor of Mystified, brings into his work equal doses of illbient, minimal, industrial, ambient, experimental, and a handful of other esoteric styles, and to good effect. This is excellent headphones-in-the-dark music, but you might feel equally comfortable taking it for a drive through city and country.

Check out the Mystified homepage at http://www.mystifiedmusic.com/ for more information about his prolific discography.

2. Altus – The Long Way Back (30:06)
(Excursion One, Earth Mantra, 2007)

An ambient and electronic artist hailing from Ottawa Canada, Mike Carss has been releasing ambient music under the Altus name since 2004.

His ambient music covers a tremendous amount of ground, ranging from pure light ambient to symphonic ambient to some very powerful dark and experimental ambient music as well. But despite the breadth of his work, the quality of his music is world class. If that weren’t enough, Altus makes nearly all of his music available for free under Creative Commons.

Be sure to check out http://www.altusmusic.ca for more free music.

3. Silvercord – Infinity (12:26)
(Cronosleeps, Earth Mantra, 2010)

Silvercord is Michigan native Geoff Nostrant, a prolific ambient composer with both classic rock and classical training in his background. The name of the project has ancient origins. The “silver cord” has been believed to be the supposed shiny umbilical-like connection between the physical body and the ethereal body by those claiming they have had out of the body/near death experiences. What is interesting about this phenomenon is that people from different cultures, creeds, ages, areas and periods time throughout recorded history have report accounts of the same experience. Geoff believes there could not have been a more appropriate name for the music that he and his friends created.

Find more of his work at http://www.earthmantra.com/artist-detail.php?id=39

4. Brian Wright – Infinity (28:17)
(Emphatic, Klearnote Productions, 2012)

A relative newcomer to the pantheon of Stillstream composers, Brian has been creating tracks for an epic release called Emphatic, the complete work of which we will hear on this program in two weeks’ time. We’ve heard many of the tracks over the past six weeks, and we look forward to playing the entire release for you!

You can find his music at http://soundcloud.com/klearnote

5. Alpha Wave Movement – The Edge of Infinity (6:19)
(The Edge of Infinity, Harmonic Resonance, 1997)

6. Alpha Wave Movement – Slow Voyage (11:00)
(The Edge of Infinity, Harmonic Resonance, 1997)

Alpha Wave Movement, established in 1992, is the electronic music project of Gregory T. Kyryluk. Alpha Wave Movement’s musical style can be considered ambient, New Age, some space rock, and the classic 1970s period German style electronic music otherwise known as Berlin school and the ambient aesthetics of Brian Eno, and Steve Roach. Alpha Wave Movement’s music is 100% electronic-based, utilizing digital synthesizers to create mood and movement within the music. Aside from the music influences nature and natural landscapes are a continuous source of inspiration for compositions. Alpha Wave Movement has performed at the Ambient Ping Canada and at the Gathering Room USA. Alpha Wave Movement has released music on the Dutch label Groove Unlimited, Silent Records (USA), Waveform Records (USA), Spiralight (USA) and on the private label Harmonic Resonance Recordings. Alpha Wave Movement’s other projects include Thought Guild, Open Canvas and Kyryluk’s solo releases.

Find Alpha Wave Movement on Harmonic Resonance: http://hrresonance.blogspot.com/p/discography.html

7. Jacob Newman – Slow-Wave Dreaming (20:58)
(No Midpoint to Infinity, Earth Mantra, 2009)

“At day’s end”
by Rebekkah Hilgraves in Love the Haven of Peace

As sleep doth steal o’er thy beloved brow,
As Vespers chime across the steeple tower,
And peaceful rests the restless city now,
I lie awake and, watchful for this hour,
Do gently measure breath for breath and gaze
Through shadow’d dusk upon more shadows there,
And though full dark, the peaceful night ablaze
With silent shout, impassion’d tender care.
Then breathes the shadow with the merest sigh,
And slowly opens sleepy single eye,
“goodnight, my love,” it whispers with a kiss,
To close again, but leaving quiet bliss,
And shadowed hand with shadowed hand now blest,
Two loving hearts sink into loving rest.

Jacob Newman is an ambient artist hailing from Colorado in the USA.

Jacob has always been drawn to electronic sounds for as long as he can remember. Despite growing up in northwest Arkansas, at an early age he became immersed in ambient and electronic music, which is all the more remarkable considering he lived in a small city where there was absolutely no electronic scene whatsoever. He finds most forms of music to be inspirational, as well as sounds of nature, sounds of weather, and the “sound of infinity”. He considers ambient music to be an integral part of his life.

His musical process emphasizes experimentation, and includes an array of software, personal field recordings, a Waldorf Microwave XT and a Fender P-Bass. He has released music both from his own web site as well as from the SeedSound.com netlabel. Additionally, he is also one half of Frequent Sync, a textural/environmental ambient project with Darren Harper.

Besides music, Jacob is active in sketching and painting, photography, mountain biking, and “just being outdoors”.

8. Exstus – Gazing Into Infinity (6:45)
(Unreleased, Exstus, 2008)

Exstus is on a mission: To spread a message of dance, spirituality and love through the creation of innovative transglobal breakbeat, jungle, triphop and dub.

Hailing from Austin Texas and begun in 2001, Exstus has two incarnations: a studio/production form and a live performance form. In the studio, Exstus is Bart Landry from beginning to end – from composition through final production. Having played and produced music for 20 years, Bart is on a mission: to combine his diverse experiences and influences into one solid, cohesive package. Live, Exstus is Bart Landry performing original Exstus material and improvising live jazz/flamenco guitar over selected tracks, accompanied by compelling visuals, performance art and/or bellydancing.

http://www.last.fm/music/Exstus

9. Gregg Plummer – Embracing Infinity (7:04)
(Vast, Gregg Plummer Music, 2007)

Gregg Plummer’s music crosses several genres, among them atmospheric, ambient soundscapes, eclectic experimental tracks, relaxation and easy listening offerings, and contemplative drones and space music.  “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating my own soundscapes, plinking out mysterious chords on the piano or strumming odd patterns of sound on the guitar or keyboard. Since childhood, I’ve dreamed of creating unsusual, inviting symphonies, mixing harmony with cacaphony, juxtaposing bright beautiful sound with dark haunting drones.

Find out more about Gregg Plummer at his web site, http://www.greggplummermusic.com

10. Weird Fields – Infinity Won’t Last Forever (5:56)
(Destruct Science, Zenapolae, 2008)

Craig Murphy is a musician, composer and producer of experimental music and a multimedia artist working with abstract music videos. Having established the rising Herb Recordings imprint in his native Scotland, Murphy’s own output resembles that of a musical odyssey. An obsession with Frank Zappa has seen to a fascination with experimentation and Murphy’s many projects span several genres. From the mechanistic, yet poignant electronica of Solipsism, his electro-psychedelic band Shoosh with Neil Carlill and multi-instrumentalist Ed Drury, to his recent ambient outlet ch.pm. Murphy’s distinctive sound is often abstract, yet retains a rich, melodic and emotional edge.

There are several Weird Fields releases available at Zenapolae’s web site:
http://www.zenapolae.com/zenRelease_Audio

and on Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Weird+Fields

11. Lily Pond Orchestra – Infinity Receiver (29:25)
(Cosmic Memory, Lily Pond Orchestra, 2005)

The late Douglas JP Lee (aka djpl) was an ambient artist who created lush symphonic ambient music as Lily Pond Orchestra. Born in and having lived in Andover, Massachusetts, USA, Douglas was a self-taught musician, composer and technician with an undying love for all things New England.

He became aware of electronic music at a very early age after seeing the classic science fiction movie Forbidden Planet. He played lead guitar in a plethora of bands throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. He began playing guitar at the age of 9 — “because of the Beatles”, according to Douglas — and was playing in his first band by age 13.

Somewhere along the way, Douglas became very interested in music that “not many wanted to hear”, such as Charles Ives, John Cage, Edgar Varese, and others, something he described as “landing very comfortably in the lap of the old Masters”. Douglas was particularly intrigued by Varese and his use of prerecorded sounds melded with an orchestra. By carefully listening to the work of these and other artists, Douglas taught himself the rudiments of orchestral composition.

During this time, he began to dabble in electronic tape. learning to record, disassemble, and reconstruct swashes of sound with various mediums and much splicing. By the mid 1970’s, he was studying electronics and began building a modular synthesizer (“a work that is still in progress from time to time”), and building effects boxes for guitar. With the advent of the digital age, he began composing his beautiful ambient music, directly in the computer.

Doug is no longer with us, but through his music, he is immortal.

12. Phillip Wilkerson – As Far As Infinity Goes (26:20)
(Complex Silence, Timetheory, 2009)

With “Complex Silence”, Timetheory and Phillip Wilkerson venture into the realms of enigmatic and abstract ambience. These two long-form tracks are the inaugural release in what promises to be an ongoing Series of releases, further expanding and exploring the depths of long-form space music composed entirely of extremely subtle changes, dissonant harmonies, stretched-out harmonics, abstract tone washes, and layers of mystical atmospheres, but never straying too far from beauty, mystery, and wonder. In addition, the “Complex Silence” Series welcomes collaboration from fellow ambient artists wishing to contribute to the exploration of these musical themes and ideas.

More releases available at http://www.phillipwilkerson.com/

13. Phrozenlight – Mare Infinity (19:39)
(Dreamland, Phrozenlight, 2006)

Phrozenlight is Dutch composer Bert Hülshoff. He began composing electronic music in 1995. His unique blend of spacemusic and analog-style electronic sounds makes him a standout ambient composer with a style all his own; part Berlin, part spacemusic, part new age, all good.

You can find his work at http://phrozenlight.nl

If I don’t fall asleep I’ll never need to be awakened.
If I never shut my eyes I’ll never need to open them.
If I never fall from grace I’ll never spread my wings to come back.
And if I never listen to music I’ll never need emotion.

-User StrongBone, Stillstream chat, 14 July 2012

14. Cousin Silas – Time Dilates (14:27)
(Unreleased, Cousin Silas, 2012)

Written just for this show, Cousin Silas has provided us with another great ambient track in his unique style of processed guitar and ambient sounds and effects.

Cousin Silas was born in 1959 and raised in the Colne Valley in West Yorkshire. He draws inspiration from such diverse sources as JG Ballard, Fortean events, memories and Brian Eno.

Find out more about him at
http://cousinsilas.blogspot.com/

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