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Gurdonark – Seven Virtues

GurdonarkSeven Virtues (by)

Gurdonark - Seven Virtues

Gurdonark - Seven Virtues

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I first listened to gurdonark’s music on the excellent ccMixter. He is a great enthusiast of free licensing media and collaborate with many remixes and soundtracks for videos. Now, he has released a very interesting album on Jamendo called Seven Virtues.

Imagine a wooden mallet.
Imagine an Orrefors crystal.
Imagine that mallet taps crystal.

All sounds were sampled from a wooden mallet hitting an Orrefors crystal! Samples were digitally modified and the result is an originally textured slightly electronic sound. Songs have the characteristic mark of gurdonark of creating a different atmosphere and taking your mind to a soundtrip.

I recommend reading the album description written by the author, on Jamendo. Enjoy the experience!

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Tom Fahy – “Aestrid” and “A Room Full of Guys”

Tom Fahy – “Aestrid” and “A Room Full of Guys” (by-sa)

Tom Fahy

Tom Fahy

Tom Fahy (Quinn McCarthy) was the leader of this experimental band together with Jiang Dan, Rachael Eisley, Zhang Li and Liu Kaige, until he died in June 2008. In September, 79 albums of the band were uploaded to Jamendo. Seventy-nine, amazing. And they are indeed a tremendous source of instrumental music from experimental to classical.

These two albums are a nice soft experimental jazzy trip. Very good atmosphere to relax or just do pleasant things. The firsts songs from each are my favorite for now… very inspiring 🙂

Aestrid (2007)

Aestrid (2007)

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Aestrid (2007)

  1. Aestrid (9:35)
  2. Gil’s Women (9:30)
  3. A.T.O.W. (8:29)
  4. The Hidden Tax (14:28)
A Room Full of Guys (2007)

A Room Full of Guys (2007)

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A Room Full of Guys (1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2008)

  1. Under A Mauve Sky (8:20)
  2. ValparaĂ­so (9:00)
  3. A Room Full of Guys (9:18)
  4. Patron Saint of Waitresses (9:34)
  5. Chain Letters (9:16)
  6. Emer’s Promise (9:16)
  7. I’ll Be Seeing You (5:27)

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kARHu – Sinfonia For The Blunt Sword

kARHuSinfonia For The Blunt Sword
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kARHu - Sinfonia For The Blunt Sword

kARHu - Sinfonia For The Blunt Sword

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This album is a masterpiece! Based on and initially conceived for being an alternative soundtrack for the science-fiction movie Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, the movements have complex and original arrangements. A mixture of orchestral elements with glitch, soft synth beds and spoken words, urban and cinematographic atmosphere… Each song has a rich diversity of sounds and moods, but are well connected under a common theme that excites your imagination!

Ok, no more written words, take your time and enjoy!

kARHu – Sinfonia For The Blunt Sword

  1. Ouverture
  2. Newtopia – Movement I
  3. Intermezzo I – Movement I
  4. Papertiger – Movement I
  5. Lilac – Movement I
  6. Entr’acte I
  7. March – Movement II
  8. Vakuum (feat. Audio88) – Movement II
  9. Intermezzo II – Movement II
  10. Butterfly – Movement II
  11. Yellow – Movement II
  12. Princess – Movement II
  13. Entr’acte II
  14. Gateway – Movement III
  15. Velvet – Movement III
  16. Sine (feat. Sandklang) – Movement III
  17. Intermezzo III – Movement III
  18. Archways – Movement III
  19. Coverture

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d’incise – Les Restes du Fentin

d’inciseLes Restes du Fentin
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d'incise

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Sometimes I feel like listening to music I already know. The satisfaction of predicting each song’s fate is powerful. Different, but equally enjoyable, is the taste of new music. It defies our brain processing capabilities, until it solves the patterns. The music then, becomes known. Sometimes, however, it is not easy to process the music, it might have unusual combinations, or too many elements which force ourselves to run over a few (or a lot) of details. There lies the joy. Hovering for the details, not random, but unexpected. Unexpected and yet, beautiful.

  1. Contagieuse
  2. Les absents ont souvent raison de l’ĂŞtre (w/ Bluermutt)
  3. La dĂ©compostion de l’oisillon
  4. Critique contre fausse pensée (w/ Lena)
  5. L’autre libertĂ© sans moi
  6. La peur du guide
  7. Objets inutils pouvant servir (w/ Hopen)
  8. Everything is do dupy
  9. Vacances inversées
  10. NĂ©anmoins les chiottes sont toujours trop loin
  11. Ceux qui vivent des miettes
  12. Marché aux puces (w/ Monsieur Connard)
  13. Politique pierogis
  14. La seconde vie de vos déchets (w/ Ibakusha)

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Intensive Care – All The People Hear With Me

Intensive CareAll The People Hear With Me

Intensive Care

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Intensive Care is a colorful band with some colorful tunes. Their last release, an EP called All The People Hear With Me, has 2 nicely laid songs with some quite original arrangements. You might listen to Sirenhorses to understand what I mean. I really liked the vocal melodies and how the song develops, grows and fades.

Intensive Care

Below you can read what Intensive Care is… Enjoy!

Intensive Care is not that room in hospitals where patients are treated
Intensive Care is not a handy lotion for dry skins and occasional fantasies
Intensive Care is not a famous British pop sensation’s album name
Intensive Care is not a parking space for oversized hummers
Intensive Care is not made of wood, or plastic
Intensive Care is not an alcoholic beverage
Intensive Care is from Montreal
Intensive Care is a rock band.

SirenhorsesAll The People Hear With Me

Links:
Official Website | MySpace | CDBaby

[thanks to Phil]

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Vate – Volt

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Vate - Volt

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Vate’s new album (Volt) came out harder and darker into the electro music. These experimental tunes create a thick robotic atmosphere. Two albums from Vate I also like a lot are Volk and Cachonda. You can find out more at www.vate.com.mx!!!

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OPRACHINA – The jazz farm

OPRACHINAThe jazz farm
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OPRACHINA

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Excellent jazz solos and themes from Italy. It does remind me of something in between Hermeto Paschoal and Michel Portal… very interesting experiments. Check them live or at myspace!

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The Pluteus Trip!

Pluteus larvaPlutei are born in the seawater. They represent a specific life stage (larva) of some marine invertebrates, the Echinoderms. Most of them are less than 1mm long, so tiny that inertial forces are dominated by viscous forces of the water. Just imagine if air was honey and we had to go for a walk… Plutei can swim and feed in this environment using their long arms and cilia. However, Plutei are ephemeral. They swim (and eat) for weeks or maybe months, before something else takes place. Currents can take them really far away from the place they were born. Millions of Plutei are born at once. How many would survive? How many would be thousands of miles away? How many would get proper food and not be eaten? Plutei carry the tissue of adults inside them. The food they eat, goes to adult tissues. In the end, the adult in formation takes over the larval body and the Pluteus is gone.

Plutei are part of the ocean’s hidden life. Organisms we can’t see easily, but that certainly got in between our toes when walking along the beach, or were swallowed during a swim… Its crazy and different “life” inspired the first compilation of songs from ccNeLaS, The Pluteus Trip. Download and listen, hope you like it! Go to the compilation page or continue below.

The Pluteus Trip - frontThe Pluteus Trip - back

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  1. Autonarkose (4:05) | My First Trumpet – Frerk
  2. Jello Television (1:22) | Scrambled Mache – Music for People Who Don’t Like Music
  3. Peregum (4:58) | AXIAL – Senóide
  4. Woman beat box (1:32) | Jade – Analogic
  5. Goof (4:12) | Binärpilot – Defrag
  6. Beyond The Moon (7:26) | FeldFunker – Beyond The Moon
  7. Orbital Movement (6:19) | Frank Molder – Come With Me
  8. indélédébile (3:32) | LEGO – indélédébile
  9. Don’t walk on the grass ! (4:26) | kaapad – TANGRAM
  10. bewusst sein (4:56) | henri.petterson – part of me
  11. Appointment (5:31) | Monokle – Ideas Aloud
  12. Black Box (5:58) | Lunar – Hybrid Awaken
  13. Clouds Fly As I Smile (4:15) | SaReGaMa – 4D Reality
  14. Another One (4:56) | Windpearl – I love you a bit…
  15. Semi-Atomic Breeze (3:20) | Salmonraptor – Chronic Underestimation
  16. Particule (4:28) | Silence – L’autre endroit

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What if “In Rainbows” was a Jamendo release?

The following lines are based on scattered data, flawed statistics and biased ideas. The author has no responsibilities over its consequences. It is pure imagination.

As it is widely known, Jamendo shares half of its ads revenue with artists. The amount is calculated based on pageviews of published album. According to my account, the average for the last 7 months in Jamendo was €0.00205/pageview. How many pageviews does inrainbows.com has per day? I don’t know.

In Rainbows not In Jamendo

Statbrain says it has 41773 visits per day (with accuracy of 49.9%). As the album’s page at Jamendo are pretty straightforward, a visitor might create around 2 pageviews. If the $/pageview relation above keeps the same average value, Radiohead would get €170.96/day and €5128.74/month. That is 5 times more than the band with most income from Jamendo! You see how Jamendo’s system works indeed thru the audience power.

At Jamendo fans would not be able to “pay what they want” to download “In Rainbows”, because you always download for free. Fans would download it for free without filling forms, fans would get cover art, ~200kbps mp3 or ~300kbps ogg downloadable by Bit Torrent (as they are doing right now) and eMule, fans would review it, rate it and share with others, put a widget on their website to spread it, and if they feel like supporting the band, they could (and would) do it anytime thru a donation (directly at the album’s page). Did I mention no bandwidth costs? Of course there would also be a link in the album page at Jamendo pointing to their official website, so people would go and order the tasty discbox.

Fans would be happier? Band would be happier? Can’t say, but I think so. As Radiohead has a huge audience, it might not make a big difference for them… but maybe, a few hundred fans would stop to see what the heck is Jamendo. Some would explore just for curiosity some other albums… people would start to realize there is a lot more music out here. Maybe break down the myth that free-music has no quality. Maybe a dozen or so would start exploring other music communities, netlabels and blogs (see some of them at ccnelas “bottombar”) and discover wonderful tunes for their lives.

Maybe next time, Radiohead! I really want Jamiroquai to read this post… ;-)

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Monokle – Ideas Aloud

Monokle – Ideas Aloud
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Monokle created some melodic tracks fusing synths with a bit of piano and guitar. There is also a stranger experimental feeling in some songs, quite nice!

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