This is me at Stream Room, a sound installation here in Portland by my friend DB Amorin, who runs the experimental/noise netlabel deepwhitesound.
It’s four Raspberry Pi units streaming—infinitely, in random order—a collection of approximately five-hundred short pieces commissioned for the installation by artists on the netlabel and others. (I have two short pieces in there somewhere.) The sound in the room varies depending on your position and what happens to be playing at the time. It was pretty neat, especially near the end of the show when things quieted down a bit.
If you live in Portland, check it out; it’s up until November 2nd.
M83 — Run Into Flowers (Abstrakt Keal Agram Remix)
If you’re a fan of M83’sDead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, (a few of the songs from) the remixes and B-sides that were just collected and reissued are worth checking out. I included links at the bottom of this post to YouTubes of every song to help you do that, and I marked the good ones.
I was obsessed enough to import the the Run Into Flowers remixes EP from Gooom Disques in 2003, and the above is one of my favorites, a kinda’ cheesy hip-hop send-up that retains the weight and noise of the original. I’ve fantasized for years about playing this during a DJ set.
(DeadCities is my favorite M83 album by a long shot. My interest in the band fell off during/after Before the Dawn Heals Us; the B-movie dialogue and teen drama just didn’t resonate. There have been moments; ‘We Own the Sky’ and ‘Midnight City’ come to mind.)
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts: Remixes & B-Sides
Re-listening to the self-titled A Winged Victory for the Sullen album from 2011, I noticed the second and third tracks are part of a mini-suite called 'Requiem for the Static King,' which I had before chalked up to Ambient Song Name Generator (and AWVFTS’ sense of humor) but this time around reminded me of the first track on Fennesz’ new album, 'Static Kings.' I looked it up.
Maybe this was obvious to you already, but I don’t know a single song by Sparklehorse or any other of Mark Linkous’ projects (beyond a few of the tracks on the Dark Night of the Soul collaboration with Danger Mouse).
In 2005 I was finishing my sophomore year of college at UMass and trying keep up with classes and get my bearings socially. I didn’t drink or do drugs, and that made me feel lonely a lot of the time. I had several good close friends, though, and I was pretty happy. I was in my first-ever relationship. I left for Japan to study abroad in September, and stayed with a host family there while I made new friends and studied Japanese language and literature.
Over the 2005–2006 winter break I traveled around Japan by myself. It was intense, enjoyable, and often quite isolating. In 2006 I finished my second semester abroad, returned home briefly, and moved up to Amherst to live with friends in a rented house for our senior year. My first relationship ended. I studied very hard and spent time with my housemates.
In 2007, after my senior year, I moved to Boston both to while away the months until the start of a year-long language studies program in Hokkaido and to be closer to a person with whom I was in a new relationship. I had a difficult time in Boston, feeling restless. The relationship faltered. At the urging of a friend, I moved to Hawaii to start a web development consultancy with him and dropped out of the Japanese studies program. We worked on websites and I tried to get accustomed to a new place.
I was re-listening to some mid-2000s DJ mixes by Surgeon today while working. It’s good working music—driving beats, relatively consistent in BPM, diverse in texture, all blended together so you don’t have to think about what to play next until an hour’s gone by.
The pastoral IDM interlude that comes in around 2:00 in this Ed Chamberlain track really stood out. I found the track on Amazon and I’ve been enjoying it all afternoon.