Wandering Around Yale

The story behind Juraj Kojs’ Yale (aReW Recordings) is just as interesting as the music itself. Recorded at Yale University during Spring 2010, Kojs took the university’s motto of Lux et veritas (Light and truth) as his inspiration by making field recordings in various spots of light on the campus. As the artist explains in the liner notes, “The album’s focus lies in exposing the raw aspects of the everyday sounds, the recording methods and basic processing techniques.” Yale is far from a standard field recording album as Kojs succesfully evokes new sounds, many of which are heavily manipulated, out of the ordinary sounds he recorded.

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Artist: Juraj Kojs
Title: Yale
Netlabel: aReW Recordings
Release Date: 30 August 2012
CC BY-NC-ND

An AoS Podcast: 24 August 2012

A podcast made on 24 August 2012 featuring the experimental music from the Creative Commons / netlabel scene of the last two weeks.

Download: http://archive.org/details/aos004

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Below is a list of albums as they appear in the podcast.

Raw N^D Untitled (h-a-z-e)
Heddy Boubaker X (Amplified Music Pollution)
Leo Bettinelli and Pol Nieva Pale (tecnoNuclea)
Luís C. Pino Hhard Drive (Amplified Music Pollution)
900piesek/rbnx Prague Bratislava (Pan y Rosas)
Ten Thirty Le rêve d’Endymion (Etched Traumas)
C. Reider One of the Drone Boys (Linear Obsessional)
Lienullnoyz Jet Thundery Twin Part 1 (aReW)

The CC licensed photograph is by Göran Arvidson. You can follow him on Twitter, 6ft5.

The Smoke That Surrounds The Darkness

To say I am a huge fan of Swaying Smoke’s work  would be an understatement. I was quick to write in my original draft of my review of The Profane Vessel, the latest work by Swaying Smoke aka James Lowery, that my iPod is cluttered with his music. Cluttered is no where near the correct word. Maybe by iPod is graced with plenty of Lowery’s music that can best be described as dark ambient and wonderful. The Profane Vessel is not for sitting back and listening to and Lowery makes sure of that with the first track, “Grindstone”,  which hammers the listener to attention. Not that Lowery is using noise to affront the listener, instead he layers the noise in cloudy drones that act as the under current for his music.

The Profane Vessel is Lowery’s second release on aReW Recordings, and, though I didn’t write a review for Beneath A Tree — life is paved with good intentions −, you should download it as well. It’s just as good as his latest.

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