Dalot – Levelling

Dalot - Levelling

Dalot is one of the many expressions of sound for Maria Papadomanolaki. She has a comprehensive list of recording work whether as Dalot or as part of Kasetina or squetti. But Papadomanolaki is not limited only to recordings, she’s done work in radio, text, sound installations, etc. She’s recently released an episode on Radius. Dalot’s Levelling on the netlabel Panospria is her first foray into the Creative Commons netlabel scene. (Point of order: she has a track on one of the Sequence compilations.)

Levelling is an artistic exploration of a new instrument and is broken up into four improvised tracks, each having a different texture than the others. The first track opens with deep bass tones which slowly greet other accents. The liner notes say that the album is a “balancing between intuitive and attentive creative tendencies” and in the first track, even though there is a nomadic feel , the different sounds are supportive of each other.

The second track is the longest of all at 13:30. Though improvised drone recordings can sometimes be very difficult as musicians have a tendency to drag them out for much longer than they should, Dalot skillfully doesn’t fall into this trap. Each musical interlude of this extended track concisely delves into the electronic voices that Dalot is exploring. Given the breadth of “Levelling 2”, it should come as no surprise that that this track travels more thoroughly through the electronic musical spectrum, each phase though divergent are quite reciprocal working off of each other.

It is important to note that Levelling is much more than a drone album, especially if one only thinks of drone music as sustained or drawn out note clusters. That said, the third track is the most dronish of all. Instead of building up a wall of sound, “Levelling 3” takes on a more minimalistic and more successful approach to exploring drones.

The fourth and final track opens in the most electronica fashion. There has been glimpses of this musical genre throughout, yet “Levelling 4” is the most unapologetic of all the tracks in grasping it and extracting all the fades and reverb to a searing conclusion.

As I mentioned early, Levelling is Papadomanolaki’s first release in the Creative Commons music scene. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we see of Dalot’s music here.

Artist: Dalot
Title: Levelling
Netlabel: Panospria
Released Date: February 2015
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Download mp3: zip

Agendas Obscuras – O Desaparecimento das Abelhas

Agendas Obscuras - O Desaparecimento das Abelhas

Bruno Gonçalves aka Agendas Obscuras has released a superb album on Plataforma Records. O Desaparecimento das Abelhas or The Disappearance of Bees is a drone album built on improvisational guitar with tones that are rooted yet abstract. The guitar notes shimmer, the strings plucked gather and hover delicately over the drones in a unconscious way.

Artist: Agendas Obscuras
Title: O Desaparecimento das Abelhas
Netlabel: Plataforma Records
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Release Date: April 2015
Download mp3: zip

Holy Googiley Moogle!

Thomas Park mystifies me. Pun intended. The utter talent that this man has combined with his unending energy is quite astounding. And this morning, Park does it again.

When we all woke up this morning, many of us saw the Google Doodle of the Moog synth.  As my wife, a singer/songwriter fan, even played a few tones over her morning tea, my mind immediately jumped to Park thinking, “I wonder what kind of drone Mystified can make from this.” I got on Twitter and passive-aggressively asked him to make a drone. He responded with a wonderful 4 and half minute ambient drone. (He probably would have made one even without my prompting.)

So, take a moment from doodling with the Google Moog synth and listen to Park’s wonderful Google Moog Drone. He’s also made it available for download.

Thanks Thomas.

ocp – 'Drone to the Bone' and 'A variar'

ocp - A variarEditora do Porto curator João Ricardo aka ocp has two new releases out. The first is a long drone piece, Drone to the Bone (Editora do Porto), and the second is 30-minute 13-track experimental work, A variar (MiMi). Drone to the Bone exemplifies for me the difference between Space Music and Drones: though drones may be a bit spacey, it is in the nature of the drones that the composition is tethered to a single idea; Space Music not so much. Meanwhile A variar seems to come from a completely opposite direction than ocp’s drone piece — noodling. A variar gives us a glimpse into the mind and workings of ocp as we listen from one track to another whether it be drones, field recordings, IDM or whatever you want to label the next type of music.

Artist: ocp
Title: Drone to the Bone
Netlabel: Editora do Porto
Release Date: 21 July 2010
Download mp3: zip
Listen: m3u

Tracks: 01. Drone to the Bone (mp3)

Artist: ocp
Title: A variar
Netlabel: MiMi
Release Date: 01 August 2010
Download mp3: zip
Listen: m3u

Tracks: 01. Selvagem (mp3), 02. Fantasia (mp3), 03. Chato (mp3), 04. Bom Dia (mp3), 05. 80’s (mp3), 06. Intimidades (mp3), 07. Explosivo (mp3), 08. Ao Luar (mp3), 09. A Corda (mp3), 10 Antigamente (mp3), 11. Queimado (mp3), 12. Data (mp3), and 13. Cassino (mp3).

John Kannenberg – Oculus

John Kannenberg - OculusDuring 2009, John Kannenberg recorded various visual art exhibits and then coupled these field recordings with electronic sounds to make Oculus (Wandering Ear). The combination of the two styles of music in Oculus presents a deep ambient drone that is periodically punctuated by the field recordings. At the release website, Kannenberg gives detailed explanations of what is happening in each track. Another item that intrigues me about this net release is how assumptions of sound were turned on themselves. For me, it wasn’t until I got back to my computer that I realized “Film Projection” (mp3) was not recording of a jack hammer.

Artist: John Kannenberg
Title: Oculus
Netlabel: Wandering Ear
Release Date: 08 June 2010
Download mp3: zip
Listen: Click on the mp3s below

Tracks: 01. Overture (mp3),  02. Film Projection (mp3), 03. 24bps (mp3), 04. Slideshow (mp3), 05. Television Monitor (mp3), and 06. Video Projection (mp3).