Saturday, 27 September 2008

The Orb - The BBC Sessions 1989-2001

NEW RELEASE: The Orb - The BBC Sessions 1991-2001. Despite my having the Strange Fruit Peel Session CD from 1991, this new repackaged and remastered 2CD offering has brought together a large slice of the Orb's BBC sessions into one easy to listen package. The track listing is as follows:

1. A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Loving You)[John Peel Session 3/12/1989]
2. Back Side Of The Moon [John Peel Session 3/12/1989]
3. Into The Fourth Dimension [John Peel Session 3/12/1989]
4. O.O.B.E. [John Peel Sessions 12/5/1992]
5. No Fun [John Peel Sessions 12/5/1992]
6. Once More [The Evening Session: 1/3/2001]
7. I Am The Red Worm [The Evening Session: 1/3/2001]
8. EDM [The Evening Session: 1/3/2001]

1. Plateau [Mark Radcliffe 12/7/1995]
2. Oxbow Lakes [Mark Radcliffe 12/7/1995]
3. Towers Of Dub [Mark Radcliffe 12/7/1995]
4. Montagne D'Or (Der Gute Berg)[John Peel 14/2/1995]
5. Perpetual Dawn [Lamacq Live 12/10/1998]
6. Egnable [Lamacq Live 12/10/1998]
7. Assassin [Lamacq Live 12/10/1998]
8. Toxygene [Lamacq Live 12/10/1998]
9. Little Fluffy Clouds [Lamacq Live 12/10/1998]

Highlights for me are the remastered versions of AHEGPB, Backside of the Moon, Into the Fourth Dimension and a superb version of O.O.B.E. The only track I would skip is the appalling No Fun, which is exactly as it it named, no fun whatsoever...

For those interested into the story behind the remastering, take a look at the blog below:

Mastering The Orb - Complete BBC Sessions

Friday, 26 September 2008

Gadgets to die for!

Where would we be without our gadgets? For me in particular, my latest 6th generation 160gb iPod Classic and my Squeezebox 3 are irreplaceable.

Having uploaded a large variety of the mp3 material I have stored, I was shocked to see that I now have 735 albums worth of material to listen too. What is even more scary is that I still have 70gb of free space to fill!

Time for a rant though - why oh why has the latest incarnation of the iPod been ruined with an infuriating EEC driven volume limiter? Why the hell should a European parliament dictate to me at what volume I listen to my music through my ears? And before any do gooders wish to tell me about the damage I can do to my ears, I think I'm old enough and wise enough to decide what volumes I listen to my music. For instance, I use Sony MDR-V300 over the ear bins and despite these offering isolation from outside noise, whilst using a London underground train I could not hear very much at all! Frustrating eh? Fingers crossed that some bright soul manages to crack the Apple code which allows us to listen to music at volumes we choose...

As for the Squeezebox... if you know nothing about this device, take a look here. I run my Squeezebox on my wireless network and enjoy all the benefit of the internet radio stations listed previously in my blog through my main living room hi-fi at volumes which the music I listen too deserve to be played at...

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Steve Roach - Life Sequence

I've been away for a few days and this gave me the chance to catch up on the ever growing list of albums on my "to listen to" list. This included some material by Steve Roach which I'd discovered (track "Destination Horizon") whilst listening to one of the Soma FM stations. As a result of this brief listen, I downloaded his 2003 album Life Sequence and finally found the time to give it a listen... and wow, what an aural experience and a half! The tracks are:

1 - Lightness of Being [4:56]
2 - Living the Dream [16:56]
3 - Sundial [9:27]
4 - Sands of Time [15:03]
5 - Destination Horizon [17.55]

As a result of listening to this album, I now have several of his works loaded onto my iPod and now just need the time to do his music some justice...

More details on Steve and his music can be found here...

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Digitally Imported FM

Having been a listener for some time and put up with their low bit rate streams, I've finally pushed the boat out and become a premium member of the Digitally Imported FM multi-channel Internet radio service. This has been specializing in Electronic Dance Music genres since 1999 and I have Chillout, Ambient, Goa and Trance stations saved on my Squeezebox. All four are definitely well worth checking out...

Sofaspace Ambient Radio

Another great on-line radio station that plays a nice selection of chilled/ambient tunes is Sofaspace Ambient Radio. I've been listening to their stream for most of the morning and have thoroughly enjoyed their playlist. As is the case with most of the decent on-line streams, this is a listener supported venture, so please try and help where you can...

Monday, 15 September 2008

Buzzoutroom Radio - Chilledout Ambient Downbeats

Here's another excellent on-line radio station for all lovers chill & downtempo tunes. I've been so wrapped up in the various excellent Soma.FM stations that I'd clean forgotten about this one! But boy, I've been listening all today and some superb tunes have flowed forth from my stereo. Check out their webpage here for more details...

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Soma FM

SomaFM independent internet radioWhy not check out the various fabulous internet radio stations available on Soma FM. My favourites there are Space Station Soma, Groove Salad and Beat Blender... and these are the main stations from where I draw my inspiration for the compilations mixes I produce...

Do Robots Dream? [volume 10]

The latest instalment of my "Do Robots Dream?" series has just been completed and has been added to my growing catalogue of releases. As is the case, none of these compilations are produced for financial gain, they are a way for me to enjoy my favourite chillout, down-tempo, trip-hop, ambient house and even trance tunes when and where I want. As has always been the case, if others get the same enjoyment out of them as I do, then that's a real bonus and an honour. Anyway, less of my old waffle, here is the track listing for the two cds:

Disc One

01 - Eat Static - Area 51 (nucleonic mix)
02 - Blue Planet Corporation - Wild City
03 - Electric Skychurch - Silver Froth
04 - ABA Structure - Deep Step
05 - Symetrics - Jupiter 6
06 - JFC - Point Lookout
07 - A Produce - The Golden Needle
08 - Geb.El - Moon over Nightwaves
09 - Autechre - Windwind

Disc Two

01 - Donnacha Costello - Your New God
02 - Timeshard - King Canary Galactic Jump Ride
03 - Colin Mansfield - Mother Everything
04 - Dusted - Childhood
05 - Quad - Tapestry
06 - Kiril Dzajkovski - Hereafter
07 - Solitare - One Small Step
08 - Isan - Betty's Lament
09 - Zazen - Zen Life
10 - URL - Translucent
11 - Kraftwerk vs Sasha - Radioactive Baja [tag mix]
12 - Mosaik - Among Plants
13 - Witchcraft - We Rest

All my mixes are available via download on the Soulseek network here although the website from where you can download the client is currently unavailable.

Do Robots Dream? [session 054]