Back at the end of May, I posted that for one month, I would create every day. Make something new… I called this 31 Days of Ambience. I had initially aimed for July, but, you know, life happened. I am however, going to do this for August.
August will not be easy to pull off, I am going on a week-long vacation with family on a lake in the middle of nowhere, I am closing (hopefully) on our new home… and so many other things that can easily push this to the back burner. This shall not rest there, and be delayed over and over.
I vow in August to publish a piece of ambient music each day. It will go here, on BandCamp, SoundCloud, and various FB groups. It will be available on Bandcamp for purchase if you see fit to do so… otherwise, it is yours for free. Do what you want with it. Create new works. It is free for the world to consume, in the spirit of Moby’s Long Ambients1. Like he said “and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be”. All I ask is a wee little credit line somewhere. Even a mention on twitter is fine 🙂
If for some reason I miss a day, due to, you know, life happening… I will make up for it. I promise. By the end of August, you will get 31 new tracks, ranging from short samples to long form pieces.
I don’t always do ambient. Sometimes I fool around a bit, and create something completely out of the ambient/ambient house/experimental genres. I guess this could be considered experimental for me, but, I got my start decades ago DJ’ing… so this kind of thing brings me back to those days a bit.
And now I give you, a few tracks from the Torchwood Archive.
Give them a listen, and let me know what you think!
In case you missed it, on June 11th, Candice Michelle of Journeyscapes posted a wonderful review of Eavesdropping! Click here to read the review there, or, read it below.
June 11, 2017
Musical Nature is the recording alias of Rhode Island based electronic music composer Geoff Varosky. His latest album, Eavesdropping, features six compositions varying in length from seven to under nine-and-a-half minutes, which notably draw upon the ambient-techno style of music pioneered in the early 1990’s by electronica bands like The Orb and The Future Sound of London. Interweaving what could be described as free-floating background and foreground layers of synthesized textures and environmental field recordings, experimental beats and industrial nuances frequently lend both an edgy crunchiness and contrasting bit of chaos throughout.
The opening piece, “Common Code”, is also the album’s most dreamy and minimal number, characterized by echoing environmental textures comprised of hollowed metallic timbres, synthesized loops and distant muffled voices. Soft pads drift into the free-flowing soundscape that encircles the listener, in which one is solitarily removed from all the human hustle-and-bustle that can be heard just outside of this seemingly dome-like environment. Continuing into the equally dreamlike “Brown Sauce”, distorted signals and unintelligible voices are intercepted along the way by icy shimmers and seagull calls. A processed repeating drum loop accompanies the piece throughout, although serving less as a foundational rhythm and more as an additional textural layer, which lies just outside the bounds of an inner circle as it produces a ping-pong effect across the listening space. Easily my favorite piece on the album, it somewhat recalls The Orb’s “Back Side of the Moon” from their 1991 classic, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. “Independence Day” moves into a more urbanized setting with crunchy distortion, amelodic jazz samples and experimental trip-hop beat. The piece nicely segues into “Victoria”, which conveys an underground semblance of industrial machinery that’s highly reminiscent of The Future Sound of London’s 1994 ISDN album. Initially reverting to the dreamier atmosphere of the opening piece, spacey voices and warped sci-fi sounds swirl about “The Tuesday Noon Siren”, eventually giving way to a bouncy, bass-laden downtempo groove. The final track, “The White Horse”, is most similar in composition to “Victoria”, albeit slightly toned down.
Recalling past works by The Orb, Autechre, FSOL and Spacetime Continuum, Eavesdropping is just the kind of album that would seem right at home on the long-standing Warp or Astralwerks labels. Its vividly blurry and beautifully surreal environment is one that seemingly leaves the listener unable to quite figure out where they’re at throughout its journey. An always welcoming and thoroughly enjoyable sound to hear acknowledged and expanded upon, Eavesdropping is especially recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned artists, as well as those who appreciate continually innovative and cutting edge styles of electronic music! ~Candice Michelle
Thank you so much Candice! Definitely give Journeyscapes radio a listen when you have a chance. Candice carefully curates a theme for each of her weekly one-hour broadcasts. Always great to hear old classics and find new music in the realm of ambient, chillout, downtempo, ethereal, new age and world fusion.
Did you see my post about Geometric Jellyfish? Well 2 parts of the original, and a lot more are coming. Probably later in the year, as I can only release so much at one time! Just a teaser, to keep you interested. Oh, you want some more information on it? This release is definitely on the chill-out relaxation scale. An entire world of music, consisting of 7 tracks, which might be something you would listen to, or imagine you are hearing, crossing through the rings of Saturn, back on your way from your departure at Phoebe, one of Saturn’s moons. If you were Cassini… what would you hear?
More to come as we get closer to this release!
For now, give version 2 of Geometric Jellyfish a listen…
In an effort to create more… I came up with the idea to take a month to generate some sort of ambient music each day and release it to the world. Be it a minute, be it an hour… to produce some piece of music on a daily basis for an entire month.
What would you, my few followers, think of this? Would you listen? Would you want to get the collection of this afterwards? Would you want to have this as a resource to use in your own music?
Let me know. Planning on July to start doing this… more updates to come.
On March 1 of this year, I released “melatoninone“.
As promised, it was the first in a series of long-form dreamscapes, here is a 10-ish minute sample of the next release in the series, “melatonintwo” which is up on SoundCloud under my “Works in Progress / Rough Drafts” playlist.
As per usual, let me know what you think!
I am playing around with a new track which I just posted to SoundCloud (listen below). Let me know what you think… not sure where this will go, if its a new release, or what at this point.
The name itself comes from inside the mind of my fiancee. She likes to talk in her sleep. One time she started talking about geometric jellyfish. She can definitely let out some rare gems sometimes 🙂
Being an ambient artist, I instantly recognized that as a possible album or track name in the future, and wrote it down. After composing this track, it seemed to fit the bill.