Ambient Soundbath Podcast #65 – Huronic Minor Trilogy

phantom_light_matt_borghi

 

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

maxresdefault

 

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

geoffrey_chandler_starscapes

 

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

Quantum

 

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

off_land_drone_variations


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

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #60 – Harold Budd

budd-white-arcades

 

This episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features the work of my favorite living composer, Harold Budd.

I have listened to, meditated with and analyzed no music more (save, maybe, Claude Debussy) than I have the work of Harold Budd. His music is like being a hugged by an old friend after a long journey. The music, when it comes on, embraces you, holds you in its warmth and everything else melts away. It’s not that Harold Budd is a virtuoso, or a sound maker who’s primary instrument is the piano, rather he’s somewhere in between, a visionary, bringing together deep sounds and resonant timbres all for the purpose of creating interesting, evocative, thoughtful, spacious (I better stop before I run out of adjectives) compositions that are, on some level, the sonic embodiment of well-being and inner peace.

Please enjoy this episode of the Soundbath and if you’re not familiar with Harold Budd, get ready, because this will be a soundbath of the highest degree. Now, it’s my pleasure, to give you this program featuring the exceptional music of Harold Budd.

Track Listing:

00:00 – 11:00 – Bell Tower – La Bella Vista
11:00 – 34:00 – Abandoned Cities – Abandoned Cities
34:00 – 37:00 – A Child in a Sylvan Field – By the Dawn’s Early Light
37:00 – 44:00 – The Room of Mirrors – The Room
44:00 – 50:30 – The Child With A Lion – The White Arcades
50:30 – 56:30 – The Room of Ancillary Dreams – The Room
56:30 – 61:00 – The Room of Oracles – The Room
61:00 – END – Agua – Agua

Ambient Soundbath #59 – Moby – Long Ambients

moby

 

I first stumbled upon Moby’s Long Ambients after they were released in early summer of 2016. As a long-time fan of Moby’s ambient work I was excited by this free release, which is still available here: http://moby.com/la1/ – The complete 4-hour collection instantly became a meditational and relaxation go-to recording for me, as it’s calming and easy to immerse yourself in, and as I sometimes like to say, from a listening standpoint, there are no sharp edges, just smooth contours.

Moby wrote this about the release, and I think that it parallels the mission of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast nicely:

“it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc.”

1.) 00:00 – 27:00 – LA 9 – Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
2.) 27:00 – 38:00 – LA 4 – Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
3.) 38:00 – 60:00 – LA 3 – Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
4.) 60:00 – 75:00 – LA 7 – Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.

Enjoy.

– Matt

p.s. If you’re enjoying the podcast, please leave positive reviews on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you might be listening.