Reality Engine – TX 3: Tartarus

It’s just over a year since I started the Transmissions (TX) series over at my Bandcamp and we’re coming almost to the end. The latest is a dark ambient experimental selection, chosen around the theme of Tartarus, the dark world where Nyx (Goddess of Night) lives, Cronos is imprisoned and is far beyond Hades. Think drones, caverns, Allegorical Caves, Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here, Aristophanes, burbles and profane strange noises. These come mostly from the same sessions where TX1: Forgotten Building comes from, but where that was mostly drippy, crystalline sounds, this is more about the murk, the dank, the rumble ;-)

You might dig it if you like old radiophonic library music, Boards of Canada, Einheit FM, that sort of thing, but it’s mostly formed from live experiments so although I’ve done a little re-editing here and there, it’s more free-form than structured, sound art than song. So don’t expect Justin Beiber ;-) It is also quite quiet too, I don’t master these like my mashups, so there is a lot of dynamics.

Best tracks for this release I think are ‘Stalagbytes (Cronus Sleeps)’ the track above, and the closing track which suggested it’s own title of ‘Time Wings Birds Lapse And The Echo Collapses'”

Should upload TX: 4 in the next day or so…

Toys of Mass Destruction

Well not saying the Robokopter is a toy, but the very similar yet cheaper AR.Drone is…I wonder how long it’ll be before drones are used in news gathering and riot situations? I guess Mr Robokopter didn’t want his Canon camera trashed, but with cheaper cameras and broadcast/security situations I’m sure it’ll be soon. Helicopters are far from cheap too…and such devices can get in a lot closer.

I find it interesting how many toys are based on military technology (or maybe vice versa?) – from the drone to the Star Wars Mind Trainer which although originally based on medical technologies something similar yet more advanced is now being considered for fighting wars via mind waves. Certainly if the Middle East is anything to go by, the future of war is drones. Although that takes us into some Terminator/ethical style areas if an AI is used, or machine fails killing someone accidentally, or a random thought kills someone.

Even down to the humble phone, we now have image recognition with a single click – same technology was used to try and recognise rioters in London.

Radio Clash 90: Seaward to the Western Isles

Wrecked boat, Ullapool

Part one of my trip to Scottyland – London to Inverness then Ullapool, where I have a stupid shunt, find a rhueful lighthouse, listen to the rain and realise bagpipes are just 18th century drone rock.

Part two
can be found here.

Toss that caber here (56mins, 33Mb):

  • Ivor Cutler – I Had A Little Boat
  • Screamclub Vs Ben Adorable – Fine as Fuck featuring Peaches (from the excellent GirlMonster CD)
  • Ben Double M – I want your digital Love
  • Bobby MartiniBig Time Dare
  • Awake on the Caledonian Sleeper
  • Polyphonic Spree – It’s the Sun
  • Silly Shunt / On the Rhueful Way
  • Senor Coconut – Riders on the Storm
  • It’s Raining It’s Pouring the Scottish Daddy Bear is Snoring (yeah I wish)
  • Bjork – Storm (from GirlMonster CD)
  • Gaelic Radio / Drone Rock Bagpipes
  • Unknown – Lament For The Laird Of Anapool (Piobaireachd)

Hebridean Sea Journey

Stornoway crossing

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