15 years ago I released ‘white blazes’, an album made while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. A place that feels like my true home. Always residing in the depths of my mind, calling me back to the solitude and beauty that only nature can provide. So life recently provided me a little window of a bit over a month to return to this magical trail. Naturally, I thought it was a perfect time to compose a follow up to the original ‘white blazes’ and so you have here before you ‘return to the white blazes’. An album composed in the forests on the AT in Virginia, North Carolina, & Tennessee in the months of October and November of 2016. Back in the early 2000’s when I conceived the first release, I carried a heavy (15+ pound) laptop. The battery would barely hold a charge, and in the colder months of a winter hike would barely work at all. Oh, how times have changed in this short moment between then and now. This trip, I was able to carry 2 cell phones, a tablet, a plethora of power banks, etc. all weighing well under the weight and thoroughly out performing in terms of specs the original laptop. The trip provided much adventure and time for deep thought. I was surrounded with beautiful vistas awash in the splendor of autumn, clean crisp air in the star filled nights. I shared my campsite with packs of coyotes, got interrupted during dinner by a hungry bear, read lots of books, experienced the intensity of forest fires, and generally got rid of years worth of clutter in my head in a way only the trail can provide. It is my hope, that in some way, I may have captured just a bit of that magic in what I present to you here. That in these tones and rhythms you can experience a bit of that solitude and beauty for yourself, and if I failed, I only hope I can encourage you to go out and experience the wonders of nature for yourself. Much Love! -transient
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Release Text (Phonocake):
Music, made deep in the woods.
The big rabbit invites you,
to listen to the sounds of the creek,
the trees and the birds.
This release is impressive in some ways. You see the creek depicted on the cover artwork? It’s one of the artists favorite spots to chill and to create music. He produced all the music in the forest using a tablet computer, making most of the tracks in the stunning forests around the albums namesake ‘Chiquesalunga Creek’.
And the artist is none other than one of the root free Netaudio stars online – Transient. Having released last year on Phonocake as Beat.Dowsing we now connected again to bring you his new seven track album under his original moniker.
And that’s not all! You are invited to remix and explore the tracks! — the source files which can be opened in Sunvox are included – a first for Phonocake. Please send any remixes to the artist and to us. Contact and instructions are included in the Source files directory.
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Release Text :
It’s so great that we can welcome one of our alltime fav netaudio heroes here at Phonocake. KO, this is for you too! Congrats to Phonocake’s ninth birthday. Here comes Carl AKA transient, from somewhere off and on, in and around upstate NY, who’s been present since the beginning of audio and music in the www. He hasn’t released for about two years in a longer format and presents here his first material under the beat.dowsing moniker. Here we go with seven tunes and two bonus remixes to enjoy summer vibes and more.
Thanks to Kaylee Kopas for the Digital Art ‘Luck’, the big eyed rabbit and forest spirit, (http://melancholiah.deviantart.com) and to Lumeet and Carmen Chiles for the remix material. http://www.lumeet.net && http://www.reverbnation.com/carmenchiles
released as mp3 in 2012 on phonocake.
Entire Release : .ZIP
01 : swervle
02 : solace
03 : i dream with my eyes open
04 : frequency is your identity
05 : chocolate
06 : elo.hymn
07 : 77
Carmen Chiles – Candles in Harlem (beat.dowsing remix)
Lumeet – Metacharm (beat.dowsing remix)
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Transient is Carl Martin, american musician with netlabel discography second
to none. The list of releases he have been putting out on his own Noisy
Vagabond outlet and most of the big netlabels is simply quite staggering,
not to mention the overall playing time is over 30 hours! It is not easy
to categorize his output, the styles vary from beatless ambient to
bottom heavy dancefloor rollers, everything in between. So in case
he is a new discovery to you, head over to his website and be amazed
of the versatility of music, almost all of it to be downloaded for free.
“Nothing is everything when everything is nothing” being the lengthy
title for this album, it’s slightly more beat-oriented Soft Phase release,
while still preserving the importance of melodies and harmony. The album
carries influences from floaty atmospheric ambient, dub, some melancholic
piano, all accompanied with some cleverly programmed beats. Finally,
some selected words of wisdom from the man himself:
“The record is a furthering of my approach to casually inform the listener
of the potential positive life. For me this has always been the purpose
of musical creation, to spread good vibrations to the masses and
to fight fear and hate. Do not despair!”
Released as mp3 and flac in 2009 on Soft Phase.
Entire Release : .ZIP
01 : old ones
02 : do not despair
03 : beauty unfolds
04 : rainbow eyes
05 : blotter
06 : interlude
07 : push it off the waterfall
08 : redeyes
09 : tapeorch
10 : breezyeyes
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