Ambient Soundbath Podcast #70 – Helical Drone

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Ambient Soundbath #70 is another original work in the vein of Parallax Drone; a piece inspired by Philip Glass’ Early Works where I’ve experimented with some compositional devices called parallel and contrary motion that he worked with on that recording… You can hear it in the criss-crossing of the sounds as they move from speaker to speaker, but also in harmonic and intervalic (space between note pitches) opposition to each other. Musically, as I was working on this it felt like many helices moving in, out and around each other.

This is definitely a deep listening work and one that lends itself to close listening. This is also a work, like Parallax Drone, that’s meant to be a dimensional drone, one that you can retreat into and let it surround you.

Enjoy.
-Matt

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #69 – Upper Astral

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Upper Astral is an interesting artist that I found when scouring YouTube for vintage new age cassettes releases. I found a variety of Upper Astral recordings, but when I looked at how I could put them together for a single Ambient Soundbath program I couldn’t get many of them to work well together. I played around with different configurations of recordings of the era (1981 – 1988), generally released on the, long defunct, Valley of the Sun label during that golden age of the new age music genre.

Some might argue that it wasn’t a golden age at all and was, in fact, a highly opportunistic period where consciousness trends hung over from the 1960s, 1980s capitalism and the price-points (and accessibility) of home recording studios all intersected to create a miasma of products and services that tried to sell well-being with little regard to quality. That may be somewhat true, but there was also some great music and some great sounds happening during this period. Frankly, even if there was a lot of schlock to wade through, there were some fine recordings made by little-known artists capturing the wide range of synthesizers that were hitting the marketplace.

This episode of the Ambient Soundbath features re-imagined and re-treated Upper Astral compositions, two in fact – Celestial Harmonies and Astral Massage, sides one and two. I reworked these recordings to take off some of the rough edges and artifacting left on the decades-old cassettes, thereby increasing the listenability and immersion of the pieces. Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary Recordings, when counseling me as a young recording artist, once cautioned: “You don’t want the fidelity of the recording to be a barrier to listening to the music.” Sage advice. He probably doesn’t even remember that, but I never forgot it and think about it often.

Upper Astral, for these recordings, features the work of David Naegele and David Storrs. This recording features two re-imagined tracks from two distinct recordings:

Celestial Harmonies – Journey to the Edge of the Universe – Valley of the Sun – 1983
Massage (Sides 1 & 2) – Astral Massage – Valley of the Sun – 1987

Enjoy.

-Matt

Soundbath now Ad-Free Thanks to Kind Donation

The Ambient Soundbath Podcast website is now ad-free, and I just wanted to take a minute and acknowledge one of our listeners, and now a sustaining member, and thank them for their donation – Thank you.

The Soundbath has many listeners (nearly 1,600) and my hope is that the Soundbath becomes the public service that I had always hoped it could be. Moving to WordPress.com and not hosting the Soundbath myself, as I had done for years was a tough choice, but I wanted the Soundbath to be available in perpetuity. That’s also why I moved all of the Soundbath files to be hosted at Archive.org. This might have started as my podcast, but now it’s our refuge, our place for thinking and being.

Thank you for listening, donating and staying in touch; I love hearing from you.

-Matt

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #68 – Max Corbacho

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This episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features the evocative sound worlds of electronic musician and sound synthesist, Max Corbacho. Max’s work, more than any other artist I know of, reminds me of the work of Steve Roach, but Max journeys a bit more deeply into the tension of discord and sweet resolve.

I’ve been wanting to include the work of Max Corbacho on the Soundbath for a long time and I think that these selections, make for a great soundbath and a great session of music for thinking and being. Please check out Max’s extensive catalog and learn a bit more about his otherworldly soundscapes.

Enjoy.
– Matt

Playlist

00:00 – 13:00 – Primal Perception – Arte Magnetica
13:00 – 26:00  – The Flowing Path – Splendid Labyrinths
26:00 – 30:00 – Transparent Phenomena – Source of Present
30:00 – 45:00 – Wonderheart – Splendid Labyrinths
45:00 – 51:00  – Echoing Shade – Source of Present
51:00 – 71:00 – Source of Present – Source of Present

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #67 – Strings and Drones

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This episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features two artists that are new to the genre, prepared piano and drone synthesist Durango Budd and my long-time collaborator and oldest friend, Michael Goldapper (fans of Ghostly International may remember the KOSIK project that we had together).

This is a carefully curated Soundbath consisting of tracks from Durango Budd’s debut release, Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano, Michael Goldapper’s cinematic long-player, The Pines, as well as several sublime unreleased tracks that you won’t hear or be able to anywhere else.

Enjoy.

– Matt

Playlist

00:00 – 02:30 – Piano Drone 5 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano
02:30 – 20:00 – Time to Sleep – Michael Goldapper – The Pines
20:00 – 28:00 – Journey Home – Michael Goldapper – The Pines
28:00 – 30:00 – Piano Drone 9 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano
30:00 – 35:00 – Last Flame – Michael Goldapper – The Pines
35:00 – 38:00 – Piano Drone 9 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano
38:00 – 45:00 – Unreleased 1 – Michael Goldapper – Ambient Soundbath Exclusive
45:00 – 53:00 – Piano Synthesis Drone 8 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano
53:00 – 60:00 – Unreleased 2 – Michael Goldapper – Ambient Soundbath Exclusive
60:00 – 69:00 – Unreleased 3 – Michael Goldapper – Ambient Soundbath Exclusive

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #66

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #66 is an original work that I (Matt Borghi) created expressly for the podcast. This composition, that I’ve titled: Morning dew gathered on weeping cherry limbs, came about as many of my tracks do. I was meditating and contemplating sound. I began to ‘play’ with some synthesizer sounds that went with my state of mind and also enhanced my sound meditation session. I began recording the sonic ideas that I was playing with in a very calm, meditative state of mind and then let the piece unfold. This piece is the outcome of that meditation.

Enjoy.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #65 – Huronic Minor Trilogy

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This Soundbath, #65, and the first of 2018 is brought to you by the kind generosity and support of Soundbath listener, Roland Jehring, who’s tuning in from a small town outside of Berlin, Germany. It’s crazy to think that this podcast, which I create in the quiet midwestern environs of East Lansing, MI is being listened to on the other side of the world. Modern technology sure is somethin’!

And so, because of Herr Jehring’s kind generosity I’m focusing this episode on some of the works that he enjoys, specifically the work within my Huronic Minor trilogy, which includes, Huronic Minor, The Phantom Light and Ghost Ship on a Black Sea. I’ve also reimagined some of these tracks a bit and freshened them up to reflect audio production advances not available to my meager bedroom studio 1999.

Tracks are, as follows:

00:00 – 20:00 – North Manitou Island Shoal – The Phantom Light
21:00 – 30:00 – Gray shades of night on the horizon – Ghost Ship on a Black Sea.
30:00 – 50:00 – Seul Choix Point – The Phantom Light
50:00 – 66:00 – Manistee North Pierhead – The Phantom Light
66:00 – 73:00 – November’s Peculiar Calm – Huronic Minor
73:00 – 90:00 – Ghost ship on a Black Sea – Ghost Ship on a Black Sea.

Enjoy.