Tuesday, 26 March 2013

I have released a new album, it is admittedly a minor one… and fully process oriented: the idea of it is the interesting bit (and it wasn’t even mine!). That said, it’s still worth a listen. It kinda reminds me of some of the Drone Forest stuff.

Hm. Second C. Reider cover art with citrus fruits on it. I don’t know what that says about me.

I decided against a proper netlabel release for this one, and opted instead to release via Sound Cloud. I’ll make this available only during a short window of time until deleting it, I don’t plan to re-release it thereafter. At the time I’m writing this blog post, the whole set has only been downloaded once, only listened to about 5 or 6 times. Perhaps that will be the only activity before I delete it — that’s okay by me.

Here’s a link to the full set:

There are 24 tracks, each roughly a minute long.

Here is the description I wrote, which appears on each track page:

Longform ambient is de rigueur in netlabels these days, especially now that the freeware application Paulstretch makes it so easy to stretch short duration sounds into improbably lengthy ones.
For this project, I selected the first twenty-four longform ambient pieces I came across that were both free to download and licensed allowing for remixing / derivative works. Those twenty four tracks were time-squeezed down to somewhere around a minute each. No other processing was done to any of the pieces.

It would take over twenty six hours to listen to all of the original tracks I used as source material.

This idea came directly from something David Porter said. Credit and blame goes his direction.

Download the cover art:
Cover photo by Flickr user woodleywonderworks, licensed CC BY

Download the info text:

Full linked attribution is in the info.txt I linked to above, and attribution for each track is on the SoundCloud page.
The artists whose work was used as source material are as follows:

  • Digital Mass
  • Approx
  • Cousin Silas
  • Earlyguard
  • Hertz & Honeycutt
  • Mystified
  • Drone Forest
  • Geronymakis
  • Grove of Whispers
  • Turmoil
  • Desohll
  • C. Reider
  • Fosel
  • Tribe of Astronauts
  • System Essence
  • Jane’s Scenic Drive
  • Zieltogend
  • Mister Vapor


  1. @vuzhmusic Have you tried squeezing and then restretching? Wondering how much it gets mangled each time through.

    TrackBack by Schemawound | March 26, 2013 8:16 pm
  2. @vuzhmusic I am missing something. I see how I can dload the 1 minute pieces via the soundcloud. Where can I download the whole as 1 track.?

    TrackBack by Gurdonark | March 26, 2013 8:58 pm
  3. This is a great contrarian idea, and I applaud it.

    @schemawound, that sounds like an idea worth trying. Along similar lines, I remember that C.Reider did a piece a year or two ago which (if I remember correctly) was the result of progressively MP3-compresseing a track over multiple iterations.

    @gurdonark, tt is too bad that SoundCloud doesn’t provide a way to download a set in one go. The most efficient way I can see to do it is to display the set on one page (https://soundcloud.com/vuzhmusic/sets/squeezed) and then just click the download links one by one.

    Posted by Dave Seidel | March 27, 2013 5:19 am
  4. Just out of curiosity and with respect to its decision: Why has decided that it is available only for a while?

    I could share some of his work after time?

    Posted by miquel | March 27, 2013 6:35 am
  5. Miquel, in considering release of this collection, I consider it a minor work, not something I feel validated in canonizing, or as something I necessarily want to perpetually have associated with me – but I still thought it was worth sharing as a curiousity. I have come to like the idea of limited release for some things I do. This strategy may allow me the freedom to release a higher volume of work, since I think clogging netlabels full of my releases may be counter-productive to my overall project.

    — Of course you may share this work, now or later or whenever… it is licensed to allow for that. I don’t necessarily intend for it to be unavailable, but I also don’t want to give it too much weight.

    Posted by C. Reider | March 27, 2013 6:11 pm
  6. It is an interesting argument … much to ponder …

    Posted by miquel | March 28, 2013 7:23 am
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