One of the best parts of making music is making music together. The ambient community has a reputation for being solitary and isolated, but in fact great collaborations happen quite often. Today’s show is devoted to some of those collaborations — and this barely scratches the surface of what’s available.
In the chat room during this program, one of our listeners asked how collaborations normally happen. I can only speak for myself (yours truly being Rebekkah Hilgraves), but for the collaborations in which I’ve participated, it usually goes something like this:
- Discuss rough ideas
- Provide raw stems to the other artist
- Other artist does their magic and sends it back
- Re-record to fit cleanly into the music provided, maybe add effects
- Send back and forth and tweak until we’re both happy
- Ship it!
In a couple of cases, the artist sends me a track to which they want me to add voice, and I’ll lay stuff over it. In one specific case (a collaboration with J-Walt Adamczyk), the request was very prescriptive, so I simply recorded what he asked and he did the rest.
Stylistically we wander fairly far afield with this program — noise, beatz, chill, poetry, and everything in between. The common theme is that these are collaborations between outstanding individual ambient and electronic artists — great artists that taste great together. Enjoy!
A Division of Souls – Mahoney and Peck – A Life Incandescent (2010)
In his comment on the Facebook announcement for today’s program, Chris mentioned that he and Greg Moorcroft (eyes cast down) are working on a new collaboration, which is reason indeed for celebration.
Cool track you picked! Greg Moorcroft and I are gearing up for the next album later this year. Thanks for bringing us all together today to celebrate community.
A Fire Upon The Deep – Jack Hertz and Miguel Ruiz – A Fire Upon The Deep (2011)