microphones in the trees: June 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

naran ratan

"tasty morsels jam club just added 11 minutes and 11 seconds of spiritual jazz miniatures, garden music, beginner clarinet jams etc to our archive. it's all a big ode to nature and so on and makes good background music probably. it is called "trees etc." and was created by our weird friend, naran ratan, some time ago. on behalf of naran ratan, here given, phrased mainly in Spirit Quest, is a quite quiet journey, dedicated to oldest friends and nearby shrubbery."

composition: n ratan 
keyboard: n ratan 
clarinet: n ratan 
'e' guitar: simone 
art: 'bath' by r. mccarthy 
otherwise: n ratan

Saturday, June 13, 2015

venn rain / jeff brown / jade poppyfield / cool person / kurma

~ long ago recordings from Jimmy Billingham's dark wafting dream machine ~

 ~ a two cassette, four way split. the answered ad in the back of a science fiction novella asking writers to submit their own work. heavy on themes, and story arch placement ~

 featured sounds:

North Carolina's Kurma
Georgia's Jade Poppyfield
Florida's Cool Person
Washington's Jeff Brown

Monday, June 08, 2015

strom noir / sij

"our long-time favorite ambient music maker joins our label for this tape. warm, contemplative guitar tunes of Strom Noir are very good for listening on repeat in your quietest time of day, when nothing will distract you. ambient impressionism in its best, reflecting and radiating all and everything around ~ through the music, through the self." 

~ all tracks conceived as headphone music. 
written and recorded by Emil Maťko ~

"second "shrine" from imaginative world of SiJ music expands the colorful landscapes of ancient myths and legends, merging tribal pulses with timeless ambient flows. entraining mind with mysterious sounds, this album isn't just telling stories, but invites the listener to solve enigmas of hidden shrines and symbolic tales. from here and now ~ to infinite beyond."

 all tracks written, mixed and mastered by Vladislav Sikach 

 percussion by Robert Rich, Bill Laswell, Robin Storey/Rapoon.
field recordings by jymdavis, ahmadSA, D W, 
everythingsounds, annhawks, Sclolex. 
singing Bowl by Tim Six/Creation VI

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

david edren

"When Sigrid Volders & Narelle Dore asked me to make a musical mix for the presentation of their project "Earth.Rope.Pot.Plant", i immediately thought of the "Plantasia" album by Mort Garson, who is one of my favourite electronic composers. Little did i know, i soon discovered, although truly amazing, it is just one of many plant-related albums. Roger Roger, that other pioneer of electronic library music, made "De La Musique et Des Secrets Pour Enchanter vos Plantes" in 1978, a remarkable album which, like the Mort Garson album, also included a booklet with enchanting text and pictures. For me, discovering more and more, it all began to form into this greater spiral of interest. I saw the film "The Secret Life Of Plants" and this documentary called "Mind Of Plants" by Jacques Mitsch (Arte 2009). 

After which i immediately obtained some codariocalyx and mimosa pudica seeds; both known as the dancing and sensitive plants respectively. I really wanted to start growing these plants myself. When the first seedlings popped up, in my head a plan began to grow. You get emotionally attached to plants, watering them at specific times and taking care of them every day; something that was new to me, really. After the codario was already grown quite a bit, i started placing a little speaker next to it and play it gentle electronic sounds. The littlest leaves would start twitching and turning right after these waves of sound would come out of the speaker. As for the mimosa pudica, it was rather obvious from the beginning this was a very sensitive being; The slightest touch or breeze would set off it's receptors, folding up it's leaves one by one and even branches collapsing towards it's roots. I was mesmerized! As an ode to these two botanical beings, i decided to make sounds which are gathered here on the attached cd. Enjoy." David Edren / DSR Lines