Archive for December, 2011

Snowy Red

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Bells

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Here’s another little jam for the Ghosts of Bush files. This will probably be one of the last ones of this thing. I need to wrap it up so I can work on new stuff. This one is based on recordings of some metal bowls that have interesting tones. Not quite holiday music but hey, there’s kind of a bell thing happening?

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More SID synth stuff

Friday, December 16th, 2011

MIDIbox SID V2 Bassline Demo #3 c64 from Thorsten Klose on Vimeo.

c64

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Been getting into some c64 sounds and vibes lately.

Lillian Schwartz

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

This woman was way ahead of her time! Interesting how the limitations of the way she had to do things lead to such cool looking (and feeling) work. via the awesome channel of crystalsculpture3

R.I.P. Altered Zones

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Sad to see the top notch underground blog collective Altered Zones is closing it’s digital doors. From the outset I found the site to be a good idea with a really cool aesthetic and a very nicely executed site design. It was an interesting move for the increasingly corporate feeling (yet I would argue still quite important) Pitchfork behemoth to take and there were plenty of haters when the site first appeared. Most basically thought it was Pitchfork trying to cash in on the kids in underground scenes but if so, that was never really apparent as a visitor to the site, mostly by virtue of the lack of advertising. Others said it was just Pitchfork trying to gain a little street cred but would it be too naive to propose that someone just thought it might be a cool and timely idea and had time and money to blow? Probably naive but still I say screw the haters and cynics. For the most part I found it to be a valuable addition to the creative music community. I didn’t love all of the music I found there but it was always something interesting and often from unknown diy’ers and much of it I did really like. Some have accused the site of being too elitist and too hip for it’s own good but as someone who runs a micro label I found many of the bloggers and the editors there to be pretty open and accessible and that they tended to cover a lot of different types of stuff while still maintaining somewhat of a cohesive feel. All in all I think they genuinely gave voice to segments of the current deluge of music being made that don’t have a good central meeting place on the web.
One of my favorite things about the site was the really great backgrounds, logo, typography and the general design of the project. It nicely captured a sort of retro future or future primitive that I liked. Reminded me of the awesome art from my dad’s old Omni Mags from the 80’s. In honor of said backgrounds and the site in general I’m posting a couple here to check out though the site will apparently be kept up as a sort of time capsule for future explorers. BTW another good site that covers much of the same kinds of sounds and scenes (and seems to be totally independent) is the Digitalis offshoot Foxy Digitalis, long may it live.

Look To The Female

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s another Ghosts of Bush track. This one steps out from the skeletal synth sounds of most of these tracks and ventures into some kinda Kraut inspired territory. Probably from the same time period as the “Lupine Looping” track (late 07?).

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