Ambient Soundbath Podcast #109 – Featuring theAdelaidean: In the Key of Sleep

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I’ve been enjoying the work of theAdelaidean for some time, but when his record focused on sleep, with a longform track, from Projekt Records came across my desk, I knew I had to feature it on the Ambient Soundbath Podcast for all of you to enjoy.  One thing that I really love about the mix I’ve put together here is the open sonic space of the rising and falling. I usually do present very dense sonic tapestries, but with this there’s a very nice space for the ebb and flow of breath. I’m listening as I write this and it’s instantly relaxing.

Here it is – This entire episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features: theAdelaidean: In the Key of SleepMore about the artist and this recording:

In the Key of Sleep’s hour-plus title track is a gentle, minimalistic-ambient hymn to the art of slumber, a practice that doesn’t come easily to everyone. An insomniac for most of his life, Australian composer theAdelaidean’s eighth Projekt release draws on a limited palette of sustained synthesized strings, rippling electric piano and muted bass that chart a course through tranquil harmonic progressions, via a series of subtle transformations and gently surprising abstractions, to sleep.

Getting to “In the Key of Sleep” is a journey in itself through five re-imaginings and remixes on the core theme, beginning with a self-contained homage to the perfect afternoon nap, “Floating,” an abbreviated reworking of one key moment from the larger work. A series of near-complete reinventions follow, the first of them “Falling,” its brittle, diamond-sharp synths evocative of the random detours our minds sometimes take before giving in to slumber. “Flying” follows, capturing through wide-spectrum sequencers and intermittent bass stabs the adrenaline rush of a good dream, rushing like a river over the events of the day. “Free” brings the listener/dreamer to a state of pure release, adrift against a soundtrack of cinematic ambience, avoiding both defined melodic statements and resolution alike. The final variation, “Flux,” concludes in a locus of complete separation from time and space, beyond consciousness, beyond thought. Here at the centre of sleep, there are no dreams, just a slow pulse of being.

The final track, concluding what is in effect a double album, brings all these elements together, patiently repairing the mind from its daytime travails.

Please consider supporting the artist and Projekt records here.

In the Key of Sleep invites the listener to surrender to the inevitable, knowing that what awaits is both familiar and unpredictable. This state of mind is familiar to deep appreciators of ambient music, who use it as accompaniment to states both of higher consciousness and of unconsciousness. For theAdelaidean, this album is both an exploration of that tension and a cure for his own sleeplessness.

Track Listing 
1. Floating 09:16
2. Falling 04:30
3. Flying 03:44
4. Free 13:25
5. Flux 06:59
6. In the Key of Sleep 65:30 


“In the Key of Sleep (excerpt)”
video at YouTube

Artist Bio
For over three decades bestselling Australian author Sean Williams has recorded experimental music undertaking deeply personal aural explorations that draw heavily on sources and techniques following the great spiral of life.

 

 

New Release – Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock – A Longform Ambient Journey

Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock is a longform ambient music journey that takes the listener deep into the heart of being. There are two mixes for this recording, the Horizon Mix is more open and spacious as if you’re looking to the horizon, the other, the Ice Caves Mix, with more of a deeper and cavernous resonance, a mix that fans of Steve Roach’s longform works would likely enjoy, particularly his recording A Deeper Silence, a frequent touchstone for me.

When I created Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock I was trying to recreate the still space that exists around large bodies of water, majestic mountainscapes and the otherworldly experience of watching Aurora Borealis. All of these things are natural elements that so few of us get to experience in the natural world in their natural states, instead our experience is relegated to one of simply ‘watching’ on a screen. Having an experience through a screen is something that almost any of us can do now; with Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock – A longform ambient journey, my hope is to bring the listener closer to realizing that space as they meditate, do yoga, drift to sleep or simply listen. Each of these activities require a peaceful and relaxed state of mind; my hope is that Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock brings you closer to that inner calm that we all carry with us but sometimes struggle to access.

In peace,

Matt

#mindfulness #meditation #sleep #yoga #relax #relaxation #stressreduction #anxiety #study #concentration #focus #ambientmusic #dronemusic #ambient #innerpeace #calm

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #108 – A longform ambient journey dreaming in light

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #108 is a longform ambient journey dreaming in light. You can purchase this track here.

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #107 – The Inner Outer World of 58918012

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #107 features the work of 58918012 with tracks taken from several of his recordings, including:

  1. Escape – Away
  2. Pressure – Lost Album
  3. Skies – Milestone
  4. Comfort – Away
  5. Rest (no p) – Lost Album
  6. Burial – Milestone 

From the artist:

“First of all, I’d like to remind people around the world that the terrorist state named “Russia” is still killing Ukrainians on their god gave land and threatening nuclear weapon usage. Stand with Ukraine! Peace <3

“My name is Yurii Popov. I am a musician from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. 58918012 is my ambient music alias. I had a long road thru the music world to this step. I played and wrote a lot of music from punk-rock and alternative rock, to post / progressive metal. But something inside of me wanted to go out. And this creature found its way out under the name of 58918012.

“Music is one of those few things that makes me truly calm and happy. Sometimes it comes from the outside, sometimes from the inside, but it’s always my feelings. There’s nothing more to say.”

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #106 – The Mirror of Introspection

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As Louise Hay writes in her book Mirror Work:

The mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing. It clearly shows you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life.

 

 

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #105 – The Gateless Gate

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The Gateless Gate is a pseudonym of Allister Thompson. Allister and I met on Twitter; a seemingly precarious beginning, but one that’s been fruitful and productive. We’ve worked on a variety of things together, most recently a collection of songs and soundscapes called Lord Introvert, please check it out here. Allister and I are both northern midwesterners, or at least that’s how I like to think about it. While I’m in Michigan and he in North Bay, Ontario, we have similar regional and cultural sensibilities, as well as personal and musical interests. It’s all of these things that attracts me to Allister’s music and why I’ve wanted to get him on the Ambient Soundbath for some time.
Allister is profoundly versatile and prolific. He’s inspired by and explores a lot of musical territory, never really sticking with one thing except maybe his songs, which is a good thing. I believe that Allister might be the greatest songwriter Canada has seen since Gordon Lightfoot. I don’t know if Gordo’s a big deal in the rest of the world, but in Michigan and throughout Ontario, really the Great Lakes basin, Gordon Lightfoot is kind of God, a giant among 70s songwriters and a real-life Canadian superstar; kind of the Drake of 1978. Gordon Lightfoot’s music is the landscape of the region, I think that’s why it endures.
This Soundbath was inspired by Allister’s newest recording, Primordia, which is available here. Some tracks from this recording are featured in this Soundbath. Here’s what he has to say about it:

“This is an ambient music album that reflects the influence of early 70s German kosmische, contemporary drone ambient, and a touch of Steve Reich. It was made with mellotron, organ, piano, and synthesizer sounds.

“It’s for sitting back and contemplating Deep Time.”

This Soundbath features these tracks, in this order:
  1. Before Us from Primordia- Bandcamp
  2. Plateau
  3. Nightwalk
  4. After Us from Primordia – Bandcamp
  5. A Voyage to Arcturus – Bandcamp
Check out Allister’s other work and vast catalog here:
Official Bio for Allister:
The Gateless Gate is the name under which Canadian Allister Thompson releases music in the ambient, new age, post-rock and kosmische genres. Thompson also releases singer-songwriter albums under his own name and as Twilight Fields, as well as psychedelia under several monikers. The Gateless Gate is named after a renowned collection of Zen koans.
Since 2012, The Gateless Gate has released numerous albums inspired by the greats of seventies German proto-ambient, contemporary drone music, and the lighter, more ambient end of the post-rock spectrum. Contemplation of nature during the different distinct boreal seasons is often the focus of his work.
Thompson works as a book editor and lives in North Bay, Ontario, Canada with a partner and three cats.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #104 – Just F*cking Relax – Season 1 Highlights

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Just F*cking Relax - Calm Sounds for Tired Minds - Ambient Soundbath Podcast

This episode, Ambient Soundbath Podcast #104, is a, nearly 2-hour sonic journey, featuring highlights from Just F*cking Relax, Season 1.

There’s more information on that longform series below.

“Just F*cking Relax” – Somebody said this to me recently and it kind of hit me like a Buddhist Koan, which is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.

The Just F*cking Relax series is a companion to the Ambient Soundbath Podcast where for years, I tried to do a kinder, gentler type of new age-oriented musical thing. Imagery of sitting in yoga or meditation positions, lotus flowers, candles and all the holistic health tropes and those things are great, still bringing me a sense of serenity when I see that kind of imagery, but the reality is that life is much more abrupt, in your face and we have to take respite when and where we can; it also doesn’t hurt to add a bit of a sense of humor to the churn of daily living. You might not be able to afford a trip to Esalen or the Omega Institute to center yourself, but you can put music on, take a few breaths in your car, on the subway or in a booth at Applebee’s and get in touch with yourself. In all instances, there needs to be time for YOU. Self-actualization shouldn’t require a plane trip to an exotic retreat and these are some of the many reasons that I created the Just F*cking Relax series.

Anyway, it’s a bit irreverent, but it’s also just that simple, isn’t it: Just F*cking Relax!

Here’s a listing of all the tracks for the first season of Just F*cking Relax:

Just F*cking Relax 1 – Calm Sounds for Tired Minds
Just F*cking Relax 2 – Music for Anxiety and Exhaustion
Just F*cking Relax 3 – Music for Anxiety and Self-Soothing
Just F*cking Relax 4 – Music for Dealing with Energy Vampires
Just F*cking Relax 5 – Music for Insomnia
Just F*cking Relax 6 – Music for Social Anxiety
Just F*cking Relax 7 – Music for Reproductive Rights and Bodily Autonomy
Just F*cking Relax 8 – Don’t Wish Your Life Away
Just F*cking Relax 9 – Embrace the Suck
Just F*cking Relax 10 – Music for Deep Sleep on Hot Nights

Just F*cking Relax – Season 1

“Just F*cking Relax” – Somebody said this to me recently and it kind of hit me like a Buddhist Koan, which is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.

The Just F*cking Relax series is a companion to the Ambient Soundbath Podcast where for years, I tried to do a kinder, gentler type of new age-oriented musical thing. Imagery of sitting in yoga or meditation positions, lotus flowers, candles and all the holistic health tropes and those things are great, still bringing me a sense of serenity when I see that kind of imagery, but the reality is that life is much more abrupt, in your face and we have to take respite when and where we can; it also doesn’t hurt to add a bit of a sense of humor to the churn of daily living. You might not be able to afford a trip to Esalen or the Omega Institute to center yourself, but you can put music on, take a few breaths in your car, on the subway or in a booth at Applebee’s and get in touch with yourself. In all instances, there needs to be time for YOU. Self-actualization shouldn’t require a plane trip to an exotic retreat and these are some of the many reasons that I created the Just F*cking Relax series.

Anyway, it’s a bit irreverent, but it’s also just that simple, isn’t it: Just F*cking Relax!

Here’s a listing of all the tracks for the first season of Just F*cking Relax:

Just F*cking Relax 1 – Calm Sounds for Tired Minds
Just F*cking Relax 2 – Music for Anxiety and Exhaustion
Just F*cking Relax 3 – Music for Anxiety and Self-Soothing
Just F*cking Relax 4 – Music for Dealing with Energy Vampires
Just F*cking Relax 5 – Music for Insomnia
Just F*cking Relax 6 – Music for Social Anxiety
Just F*cking Relax 7 – Music for Reproductive Rights and Bodily Autonomy
Just F*cking Relax 8 – Don’t Wish Your Life Away
Just F*cking Relax 9 – Embrace the Suck
Just F*cking Relax 10 – Music for Deep Sleep on Hot Nights

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #103 – Time and Timelessness

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The richness of a moment comes when it’s both full and empty at the same time. The truth is, we live simultaneously in time and timelessness.

— Ram Dass

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Gateways to Now

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Years ago, I had an epiphany while listening to Eckart Tolle’s Gateways to Now . The recording/talk, Gateways to Now, was given at the Findhorn community in northern Scotland. It was a fascinating and enlightening talk. However, there was one point he made that I found upsetting.

This is what I heard: He said that Gateways to now are right here, right now, always and it takes nothing special except awareness and attention to live in the now. Some people will spend their entire lifetimes meditating, doing yoga or some other “spiritual” activity to come to it, but it’s always right here, and then he kind of chuckled in that special Eckhart Tolle kind of way, as if to dismiss any activity or exercise related to mental awakening.

That kind ticked me off. I listened that section over and over trying to understand where he was coming from. In hindsight, I’m confident what I heard wasn’t really what he was saying, but it became a point of contemplation for me. After all, I had spent years dedicated to meditating and reading spiritual books to achieve exactly this thing he was now chuckling about, seemingly, in mockery of my dedicated practice!! Gateways to now are nothing special and they’re everywhere, all the time, I thought angrily in disbelief, harrumphing and crossing my arms in frustration.

But, he was right…

It took a handful of years, maybe ten, for me to realize he was right. I came to understand this while working through Michael Brown’s The Presence Process, a remarkably, practical book for “achieving” presence. In some ways, I would say that it’s the practical manual to achieving the things that Eckhart Tolle talks about in The Power of Now and later, in A New Earth.

All of this is to say, that gateways to now are everywhere, all the time. One of the primary gateways to now, for me, is the Ambient Soundbath. I don’t listen to the Ambient Soundbath as the composer or creator, but rather as somebody just looking to get centered, aligned with the now and aware of the present moment. I’ve found a way to remove my ego from “my” work and just immerse myself in the sound. I can use the Ambient Soundbath to wash the troubles of the day away and bathe in the pure sound of the present moment. Eckart was right: Gateways to now are always right here, right now.

Do you use the Ambient Soundbath as a gateway to now, I’d love to hear about it: