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NEW MUSIC: Postcards From Slow Places by Simeon Smith

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I’m so very proud to be part of an amazing, inclusive, online community of electronic musicians who put together projects like this.

A few months ago Mark Durham from the Lines Community suggested we put together a compilation of “Longform Ambient”, tracks longer than your normal pop track, for release early this year. When he suggested it I immediately offered a track, as I’ve wanted to record one of my “Ambient//Modular” sessions at Swansea Uni for quite some time now.

This really caught people’s imaginations; usually such compilations end up with around a dozen or so tracks, but Mark has collated these 55 (!) tracks.

That’s 3.5GB… as MP3!

Start listening to this album on Monday morning and you’ll have to wait until your Tuesday mid-morning coffee-break to hear my 35-minute track. You might have just gotten to bed on Tuesday by the time the album finishes.

Sure, it’s long. And I guess that’s some kind of achievement, but more than that it’s consistent.

The album, or as much as I’ve been able to listen to so far, sounds like a community all drawing inspiration from each other, all swimming in the auditory output of each other’s music projects.

This is going to take me all week to get through listening, and I hope it provides a soundtrack of rest and reflection for me and others.

My track, just below, features four, quarter-inch tape loops from my upright piano, fed through the modular along with sounds from the modular itself and my Yamaha CS and Arturia Microbrute synths.

I’d love for you to have a listen.

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Palindrome One by Simeon Smith

palindrome pal·in·drome | \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm  \ : a word, verse, or sentence (such as "Able was I ere I saw Elba") or a number (such as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward

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140818 - Ambient Modular by Simeon Smith

Tonight I sat down to record the demo for my new Eurorack Module, but... then this happened instead.

I often sit and mess with really simple ambient patches like this, and this time I left a camera running while I got myself a coffee. 

I still haven't recorded the demo for the module, and didn't use it in this patch, but i think you might be able to spot it if you can make it out on my super blurry camera.

New Music? Sound? Something. by Simeon Smith

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Leap Comp 2, by The Leap by Simeon Smith

So I already went on a rant on the Twitters and the Facebooks about this very late last night, so here is a more readable version. The Leap is a beautiful record label from The States that have put out some of my favourite releases of the last few years. They put out NO SIR E’s Pocketed. They put out Tehn’s Skyclad. They’ve now put out a compilation album and one of my tracks has made it on!
I could tell you how brilliant the album is, but it’s already been reviewed, despite only being released hours ago. Josh said it “presents a stunning array of talented musicians from all over the world. the album’s self-described genre is "beats,” but the music runs the gamut of forward-looking sounds: idm, glitch, minimal drone techno, warped trip-hop, beatless ambient, and edging into places that can’t be easily described. as a whole, the compilation is well-paced, contemplative, challenging, and surprisingly soothing.“
For those of you interested in process, my track started as an experiment in what sounds I could get out of my Microbrute synth, so most of the melodic elements are from there - but the recording felt really rushed wanting to get it to it’s best before the submission deadline. Listening back now a couple of months later I’m really happy with how it turned out and working to deadlines can really provide great focus.
Anyhow, big love to The Leap fam for making this happen and to all the other artists on the release.

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