How I missed this is beyond me. I follow James Fahy’s music dairy closely, my only explanation for leaving his album slip through the net is having Christmas shenanigans with friends who came to visit me in Cambodia. Anyhow, I’ll get on with it…
Ambienteer gifts us with an 8 track album of wondrous ambient music entitled ‘Ataraxia‘. While listening I find myself gently surrounded by warm and affectionate sounds. The opening track ‘Atraxia’ gracefully prepares you for the rest of your journey. Even after being submerged by the sometimes tenebrous streams of ‘augment’, ‘reclamation’ and ‘barium falling’, I realize I’m exhilarated equally by them as the brighter ‘music box’ or the last track ‘coeur en hiver’. James has masterfully predetermined your destination by painting a picturesque world using a palette of resonance, harmony and reverberations. Amazing stuff.
Tenacious material expertly crafted by a purveyor of the finest ambient creations, ‘Ataraxia‘ is a must have.
If Phuture and Adamski sold their possessed 303s and Junos to bass crazed space invaders from another dimension, this is what the alien transmission might sound like. Actually, Hyper Typewriter would sound better.
wAgAwAga employs earth-shaking bass-lines and a near fanatical use of intricate acid tweaking. The 303 programming is complex and keeps you constantly engaged. If you thought acid lines are out of fashion, think again. Four tracks in, the energetic ‘Daisy Town Acid’ as the name would suggest, delivers a mass of spiralling transistor bass. One tends to concentrate so much on the delicious 303 tweaking, it’s easy to forget about the clever programming and constant alterations. ‘Kitchqoorredux’ radiates the best elements of electro & breakbeat, accelerating you in a positive whirlwind of bass, wicked snares and acid stabs.
The album evolves smoothly, cheery picking elements of dub, electro, drum & bass and moulding them into a pristine package. Hyper Typewriter is a 95 minute roller coaster ride with generous amounts of deep sub bass, staggering beats, melodic highs and contains tracks for every occasion, including dance floor stormers to more laid back dub numbers. I love wAgAwAgA’s unique style and his fantastic production. I imagine other producers will be revisiting ‘finished’ tracks, while others will be scrambling to fire up a 303. Buy a copy, it’s well worth it. Another top flight release on Acroplane – available on Monday the 28th of February.
Voyage to a tranquil haven on drifting clouds of sound, soothing ambient waves and layers of floating melodies. My latest excursion is mixed entirely using Netlabel and creative commons music.
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- Ambienteer – Barium falling - Ambienteer
- In Frame – Smolder - 12Rec
- Ambienteer - un coeur en hiver – Ambienteer
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MP3 version (192K): Netaudio mix by Warren Daly – Ambient, Minimal, Soundscape
OGG version (Q6): Netaudio mix by Warren Daly – Ambient, Minimal, Soundscape
James Fahy, better known by his super hero name ‘Ambienteer‘ regularly expresses himself using ambient music. Okay, I’m cheating, he doesn’t run a netlabel, but he does share his art with the world.
James reveals his thoughts and emotions with wonderful drifting soundscapes that wander peacefully, other times spinning out of kilter.
Think of this as an abstract audio diary.
He regularly posts amazing little ‘noodles’ as he calls them, recordings that range from experimental drones to waves of atmosphere. He always posts an explanatory paragraph that engages me more with his work. I really enjoy his output.
Some say self-expression is the pinnacle of all art, and I agree. Ambienteer’s flag is already on the summit.