Life is full of reappearances and memories. Several months ago, I disappeared from some of your social media radars. No worries, I wasn’t ghosting you, but various issues of real life came up, both with difficult and enjoyable aspects. The difficult ones have disappeared, probably different ones will reappear, and the wonderful times still remain.
Long before that one of my favorite musicians Alan Morse Davies intentionally disappeared from the free music scene. Everything on Archive.org vanished. This was his gig, I get it, everyone has got to do what is best for them at the time. His album Amusement Park Phases on 4–4–2 Music has been one of my favorite albums since it came out in 2007 and if the netlabel scene has some classic albums this would be one of them.
Over the last five months, I have been downloading and listening to lots of music. Lots. I’ve listened to over 300 albums with even more unlistened to. It gets daunting sometimes.
As I was gearing up to write some more reviews, Alan quietly released some new work on his netlabel At Sea Music. The first was Recovery Songs. These three ambient tracks are laden with sweeping synthesizers and beautiful church-like vocals. The album feels like a requiem, but instead of death, the songs, guided by the album title Recovery Songs, point to a rebirth, “it is full of quiet joy” as Alan writes.
Alan Morse Davies’ “David”
As some of you know, C. Reider had medical issues at the end of 2015. His health is better, but he has been left with staggering medical debt. I am putting together a benefit album and I am looking for some submissions. Through much persuasion on my part, Chris has agreed to this project.
Chris has a wide variety of tastes in music, so any genre is game, from drone to vaporwave and from experimental to noise. If we receive more than 2 hours or music, I will be doing a blind selection. Experimental musician, ＴＲＵＳＣＯ 吸油・吸水ロールマット ９００ｍｍ幅ｘ２５ｍ オイル・水用 TFGR925
Here are the submission requirements, such as they are:
- Deadline is the end of the day of the 7 February 2016 where ever you might live.
- Please keep the track under 5 minutes or so
- Track must be in .AIFF or .WAV format
- By submitting a track, you are allowing us to sell your music in this benefit album through out the year 2016.
- All tracks will be licensed CC BY-NC-SA
- Send your selection to email@example.com
C. Reider is an experimental composer living in northern Colorado in the United States. He manages several netlabels and is an active supporter of the free music scene. You can download Chris’ music and view his netlabels at TRUSCO/トラスコ中山 ハンドリフト 吸着力横引き５００Ｎ吊上げ２０００Ｎ／THL-200 (P)
The New Year as arrived and with it some new releases like Martin Rach’s self-released KYORITSU デジタル接地抵抗計（ハードケース） MODEL4105A-H
These quartets are pieces that capture Rach at his improvisational best with a heavy touch of what he calls sound surgery, which is I am assuming Rach coming back around and adding other sounds whether a bongo (don’t wince), a kalimba, or something else. However, Rach doesn’t lose the freshness of the sound after reworking it.
Late Autumn Quartets opens with “Double Swing” which begins mainly as a percussive improvisation, but then the zithers come more into focus which is probably due to Rach’s recording set up as the recorder is not stationary, moving the sound closer and then further away. “Squared Circles” is composed of zithers, a kalimba and a bongo (hey, don’t wince; it works). But just as you got comfortable with the first two acoustic tracks on Late Autumn Quartets, Rach swivels and begins “Raving Threads” with a Korg volca bass and then quickly enters the swirling noise of electronics. Wonderful. The four track album closes out with “Root Architecture” which begins with a wall of sound as the zithers and bongos are mixed back into themselves and into the realm of sweet, sweet noise.
All the tracks of Late Autumn Quartets are full and engaging, sometimes trance-like, but always intoxicating. If you like it you can either download it for free at トプコン 受光器 ＬＳ－８０Ａ ＬＳ８０Ａ
Artist: サンドビック デュオボア 391.68D-7-12544S15B
Title: 三木プーリ 直流モータ SCW-100/200-50RN-E
Release Date: January 2016
License: CC BY-NC-SA
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Back in 1993, Slavek Kwi, aka Artificial Memory Trace, was working in a print shop in Brussels, Belgium. During that time he recorded several of the machines as he must have been captured by their rhythm and their hidden melodies. These recordings are extremely clear and precise — the noise we here is the noise of the machine. There is some walkie-talkie squawking captured periodically which doesn’t take away from the recordings, rather it adds an unknown to the repetitions.
My first few listens through Reprint, I was not bothered that I was unaware what was creating the sounds. I assumed it was a factory of some sort, but what kind of factory, I did not know. In reading the liner notes later, I learned that this was a recording of a print shop. The liner notes also provide some specificity to what we are listening to.”Part I” is one 40-minute track, but it is broken down as such:
1. Lift for paper 0:51
2. Air (suction) 1:13
3. Ventilation 0:25
4. Printing 26:06
5. Assembling machine I. 9:26
6. Cutting of paper 2:04
7. Photo-machine 1:10
“Part II” is eight minutes of an assembling machine.
What attracts me to Reprint is the repetition of the sounds, the rhythm of the machines. And as soon as I start grooving to a particular segment, Kwi moves me to another machine with its own metallic grind and I have to readjust. Kwi licensed Reprint so that it is available for remixes.
Artist: 【直送】【代引不可】M10型1トン重量棚 900×620×H1800 連結 ネオグレ M10-6365B TRUSCO(トラスコ)
Title: バーコ 超硬バンドソーブレード （2本） 品番：3881-41-1.3-THQ-2/3-5040
Netlabel: 個別送料1000円 直送品 RIKEN 単動シリンダ S5-25VC
Release Date: December 2015
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Download mp3: タカショー ホームヤードルーフシステム フレームライティングシステム 基本型 H2800×W4000
Through friends of friends, Kecap Tuyul and Doedelzak get introduced at the リクシル シュエット 1500タイプ 造り付け屋根タイプ 関東間 間口W 2間×出幅D 4尺 F型・熱線吸収ポリカ屋根 『テラス屋根』
The liner notes to Silent Rain state that the duo’s music “relies on a careful mutual listening and a quite restrained palette. It gives a particular attention to contrasts, silences, subtle shifts – but can also be quite agitated and even noisy sometimes.” Tuyul has an extensive discography of working with other musicians and is known for his playing on prepared guitar, though thinking of him solely as a guitarist would be preposterous. His journeys in sound, whether solo or others, are always quite good. After finally listening to Doedelzak’s Wandering in Dust, it was no suprise that Doedelzak and Tuyul worked well together on Silent Rain.
The first track, “Skipped Slices”, begins quietly, directing us down an ambient path. But as Doedelzak calls out to Tuyul, Tuyul responds with an answer that in itself is a call to Doedelzak, and he repeats this call wrapped in an answer. The duo quickly turn our ambient journey into the subtle and not-so-subtle noises of daily life. There are interferences, jolts, and even some pleasantness. “Silent Rain”, the second track, begins even more quietly than the first, with Doedelzak on the synth. But at this point, the listener should not be fooled by this lull, as Tuyul and his guitar scrape into the soudscape like a wounded man walking down a dark alley. Somwhere around the 4 minute mark things begin to get even more weird which is never a bad thing. “Silent Rain” comes crashing down half-way through only to regroup itself for future strangeness. Doedelzak and Tuyul’s musical wanderings may be filled with indirectness, even randonmenss, but it is their response to the other’s chaos that brings the music into one sound and makes Onde Poussière’s Silent Rain worth your time.
Artist: Onde Poussière
Title: 三協アルミ 独立式テラス レボリューD 3.0間×6尺 600タイプ／関東間／標準柱（H24）／2連結 ポリカ屋根
Netlabel: ★ニューストロング ニューストロング カクダス君 (微調整付) AP3 【あす楽(平日のみ出荷)/代引除く】
Release Date: December 2015
Download mp3: 【送料無料＆全品P5倍】 サヌキ OMK-61601 鍵付らくらくハッチ SUS304 600 穴付 （03135105-001） ★税抜5000円以上で送料無料★激安祭
I dread writing the “Best of” post every year. Not because of the amount of work in listening to music or coding the page, it is the nagging feeling that I have missed a great release thereby slighting a musician’s accomplished work. But a “Best of” post is somewhat required. The list helps friends and other listeners of the free music scene find some music they have missed and it may add a bounce to the step of a musician or netlabel owner listed here.
This list has releases licensed under Creative Commons (CC) as well as the draconian All Rights Reserved. My small hope is that musicians will see other artists who use CC licensing and may even start to use Creative Commons for their own work in the future. (I can dream can’t I?) This year’s “Best of” list also includes some cassette releases, but all of these cassettes have a corresponding free digital release. Maybe more cassette labels can start doing this?
The one hundred albums listed below are divided into two sections: a Top 20 and Another 80 listed afterward. I wrote out the Top 20 just to see if I could and also make it easier on the more casual listener. On any given day, the Top 20 could be very different depending on my listening mood with albums moving from one section to the other.
Download, listen and enjoy.
The photograph, GJMS ジージェーエムエス リアサスペンション 【GP6-RT】45°ローター スラントタイプタンク リアショック カラー(画像B部分)：オレンジ カラー(画像C部分)：オレンジ 体重：60kg以下 WOLF 125
The doorbell signals the arrival of someone or something, good or bad news, friend or salesperson, package or bill. Obviously the doorbell is not sentinent, but it’s sound in responded to so quickly that it seemingly takes on a life of its own: welcomed or unwelcomed. Our interpretation of this small electronic sound is now reworked by Jeff Kolar on his 【送料無料】 245/35R20 20インチ LEHRMEISTER LM-S トレント15 (ブラック/リムポリッシュ) 8.5J 8.50-20 YOKOHAMA ヨコハマ ブルーアース RV-02 SALE サマータイヤ ホイール4本セット【YO17sum】
Of Kolar’s three solo releases this past year, 【送料無料】 245/35R20 20インチ RAYS レイズ ホムラ 2X10 RCFモデル 8.5J 8.50-20 DELINTE デリンテ DS8(限定) サマータイヤ ホイール4本セット フジコーポレーション
In social media posts, Kolar has suggested listening to Doorbell on repeated or random loops. While writing this review that’s exactly what I did, building a huge playlist of the four-minute album and then shuffling it so that some tracks repeated after each other, other sounds became familiar, and some seemed fresh or new. For the track I include with my reviews, I decided to randomly select twelve tracks and put them together as one four-minute track to illustrate what I have been listening to and, maybe, using Kolar’s guidenance, demonstrate the preferable way to experience his work.
Artist: 165/60R14 ヨコハマ アイスガード シックス iG60 ティラードガンマ 14-4.5J 新品 スタッドレスタイヤ アルミホイール 4本セット YOKOHAMA iceGUARD6 iG60 【代引不可】【RCP】【シルバー】
Album: 【SSR】 EXECUTOR EX01 (エグゼキューター EX01) 18インチ 7.5J PCD:100 穴数:5 inset:52 ブラッシュド [ホイール1本単位] [H]
Netlabel: ホイールスペーサー【受注生産】左右2枚セット15/20/25ミリ ※ミリ単位オーダー可～29mmまで納期1ヶ月～40日程度
Release Date: December 2015
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Download mp3: CRIMSON(クリムソン) CLUB LINEA L747 (クラブリネア L747) 19インチ 10.0J PCD:114.3 穴数:5 inset:-12 DISK TYPE:LOW カラー:ブラックポリッシュ [ホイール1本単位]/H