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.
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.
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.
I discovered the music of Juta Takahashi on the SomaFMDroneZone internet radio station; I hear a lot of great music there and I try to bring some of it to the Soundbath from time to time. Juta Takahashi is one such case.
Juta Takahashi was born in Miyagi, Japan in 1959, and produces music, primarily, through the use of computers and analog synthesizers. Artists such as Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vangelis and Pete Namlook, etc. have had a major impact on his work and you can hear that influence throughout his catalog; much of his recorded work is comprised of improvised music.
Juta’s music is timbrally rich with deep sonics that, at times, I felt like I could just crawl into and rest for a thousand years. The sonic fabric of his music is dense and rich with a consonance that is both engaging and revitalizing; these were the qualities that caught my attention on several occasions on DroneZone, where I knew I had to give a closer listen. Juta’s work, like artists such as Stephen Phillips, Altus and Off Land are what the Soundbath is all about, so it’s my pleasure to present the work of Juta Takahashi to Soundbath listeners. Enjoy.
This episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features something that I haven’t done before here, a remix/remaster of sorts in the form of reworking the music for Geoffrey Chandler’s 1980 synthesizer space recording, Starscapes.
Who is Geoffrey Chandler, I don’t know. Did he do other recordings? I don’t know that either, except I can’t find any. I don’t know anything about Geoffrey Chanlder or Starscapes or the Unity Records label that released this on vinyl and cassette in 1980.
What I can tell you, is this is a fantastic recording with great music. Starscapes and Geoffrey Chandler belong to a canon of electronic (and maybe, New Age) music that came on the scene in the mid 1970s through the 90s, and somewhat died out just before the advent of the Internet, which meant it was also sort of lost to the current digital era. There were a ton of indie and self-released recordings coming out. The fidelity of synthesizers and the decreasing cost of home studios meant that more people were making and releasing music than ever before. There’s a great collection called I am the Center that chronicles this era and brings together some of the more well-known artists of the period. There are a lot of recordings from this era that have a warmth, purity and vibe that I’ve found myself drawn to. Often, what these recordings lack in fidelity they more than make up for in timbre, originality and character. Also, many of these recordings are out of print, with defunct labels and no trace of the artists. For a long time I lamented these sad facts, but then I realized that you and the listeners of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast could benefit from these recordings and perhaps we could breathe new life into the music.
So, today, I offer the first of these: Geoffrey Chandler’s Starscapes in its entirety, featuring a seamless, remixed version of Side A and Side B of the original cassette.
p.s. If you are, or know, Geoffrey Chandler. We would love to hear more of the story behind this recording and others — Please get in touch.
This episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features a new original work by Matt Borghi (me) called Infinite Resonance. It’s a single track, long-form work that I’ve found works great for rest, relaxation, sleep and meditation. It probably works pretty good for yoga, too, but I haven’t tried it out in that capacity yet.
This track is brand new and has never been released before and it’s part of a series of tracks that I’m “designing” expressly for the purposes of meditation, sleep, relaxation, etc… Listening while in heightened states of mental awareness and physical centeredness — A deeper layer of thinking and being, perhaps.
Please enjoy this work and let me know what you think of it, how it works for you and any other feedback that you care to share.