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.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #64 – Juta Takahashi

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I discovered the music of Juta Takahashi on the SomaFM DroneZone 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.

00:00 – 15:00 – Wet Dream – Silence
15:00 – 29:00 – The Azure Dragon – Quiet Rain
29:00 – 44:00 – Shining Valley – Albion
44:00 – 59:00 – Silence – Silence
59:00 – End – Enlightenment – The Door into Winter

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #63 – Geoffrey Chandler – Starscapes

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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.

Enjoy.

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.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #62 – Infinite Resonance

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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.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #61 – Off Land

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I’ve featured Off Land before on the Ambient Soundbath, but I’ve never dedicated an entire program to Off Land, the work of Tim Dwyer. This program features the tracks from the first two of, an ever-growing collection, known as, the (Drone Variations). I struggle to write about these tracks, not from a lack of feeling, but because they’ve been such constant companions for the last couple years, especially during my sonic meditation practices. Their essence, like being, isn’t something that can be sold or conveyed, but rather, must be experienced. So rather than trying to put down some lines about what I’ve experienced or what you should experience, I’ll dispense with all that, stop right here and let you enjoy the work of Tim Dwyer and Off Land.

00:00 – 08:40 – (Kite) – (Drone Variations) Vol. I
08:40 – 14:30 – (Pictures) – (Drone Variations) Vol. II
14:30 – 21:30 – (Shearwater) –(Drone Variations) Vol. I
21:30 – 37:00 – (Soar) –(Drone Variations) Vol. I
37:00 – 41:30 – (Timeless) – (Drone Variations) Vol. II
41:30 – 51:00 – (Veery) –(Drone Variations) Vol. I
51:00 – END – (Current) –  (Drone Variations) Vol. II