Luftrum has announced the release of Luftrum 19, a new collection of sounds for the Repro-5 synthesizer instrument from u-he. The soundset is a collaboration between Stephan Baer and Luftrum. It contains 128 patches (144 in total, with variations). The soundset is on one side inspired by ambient cinematic filmscores such as Interstellar, Gravity, Blade […]
Cinetools has announced the release of the second volume in the Nature Ambiences series. Water Flow features a variety of water sounds recorded in nature as it happens. The pack contains various resources such as brooks, creeks, rivers, streams, rivulets, streamlet and waterfalls… This collection includes everything from small rivers running through a forest to […]
Fahmi Mursyid from Indonesia has been creating oceans of wondrously sculpted sounds on netlabels for the past years. Be sure to watch these magical constructions on nothing but Walkman tape loops with effects pedals and VCV Rack patches – immense sonic drones from minimal materials.
Fahmi hails from Bandung, in West Java, Indonesia. While places like Yogyakarta have hogged the attention traditionally (back even to pre-colonial gamelan kingdom heydeys), it seems like Bandung has quietly become a haven for experimentalists.
He also makes gorgeous artworks and photography, which I’ve added here to visualize his work further. Via:
This dude and his friends are absurdly prolific. But you can be ambitious and snap up the whole discography for about twelve bucks on Bandcamp. It’s all quality stuff, so you could load it up on a USB key and have music when you’re away from the Internet ranging from glitchy edges to gorgeous ambient chill.
Watching the YouTube videos gives you a feeling for the materiality of what you’re hearing – a kind of visual kinetic pcture to go with the sound sculpture. Here are some favorites of mine:
Via Bandcamp, he’s just shared this modded Walkman looping away. DSP, plug-in makers: here’s some serious nonlinearity to inspire you. Trippy, whalesong-in-wormhole stuff:
The quote added to YouTube from Steve Reich fits:
“the process of composition but rather pieces of music that are, literally, processes. The distinctive thing about musical processes is that they determine all the note-to-note (sound-to-sound) details and the overall form simultaneously. (Think of a round or infinite canon.)”
He’s been gradually building a technique around tapes.
But there’s an analog to this kind of process, working physically, and working virtually with unexpected, partially unstable modular creations. Working with the free and open source software modular platform VCV Rack, he’s created some wild ambient constructions:
Or the two together:
Eno and Reich pepper the cultural references, but there are aesthetic cues from Indonesia, too, I think (and no reason not to tear down those colonial divisions between the two spheres). Here’s a reinterpretation of Balinese culture of the 1940s, which gives you some texture of that background and also his own aesthetic slant on the music of his native country:
Check out the releases, too. These can get angular and percussive:
— or become expansive soundscapes, as here in collaboration with Sofia Gozali:
— or become deep, physical journeys, as with Jazlyn Melody (really love this one):
Here’s a wonderful live performance:
I got hooked on Fahmi’s music before, and … honestly, far from playing favorites, I find I keep accidentally running over it through aliases and different links and enjoying it over and over again. (While I was just in Indonesia for Nusasonic, it wasn’t the trip that made me discover the music – it was the work of musicians like Fahmi that were the reason we all found ourselves on the other side of the world in the first place, to be more accurate. They discovered new sounds, and us.) So previously:
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Toontrack has announced the release of the Soundscapes EZmix Pack, a collection of signal chain presets for ambient soundscapes, sound design and creative mixing. While this EZmix pack is called Soundscapes, it might just as well have been Sound Escapes, because that is what it allows you to do: escape the traditional boundaries of composition […]
Freaky Loops has launched the sequel to Gloomy Ambient, a sample pack featuring completely fresh, unique and hypnotizing sounds. Deep, Dark and Gloomy are just a few words to describe what this mysterious pack is about. From melancholic and brooding atmospheres to haunting melodies, shimmering and pulsing bass to dreamy and ethereal pianos, grainy broken […]