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Thomas Mathie

Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community... weareallghosts is a small netlabel & private press based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music.



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Apr 4, 2012 Cousin Silas
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For the inaugural release on we are all ghosts ambient musician Cousin Silas has created a selection of soundscapes that both feed the soul and inspire the heart.
Topic: ambient
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May 5, 2012 Rebekkah's Cousin Silas
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For our sophomore release on weareallghosts , we have something very special indeed... a collaboration between spoken word poet and soprano Rebekkah Hilgraves and ambient musician Cousin Silas... Rebekkah's Cousin Silas. "The devil came to me" comes in four parts... an initial longform piece entitled "Rachel (above adversity)" that sets the scene for "the Rachel suite" - 15 tracks with themes of defiance... of being in the presence of evil and of overcoming... the...
Topics: ambient, spoken word
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Jun 3, 2012 Apta
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I was delighted when Apta offered this EP for release on weareallghosts... it's the kind of music we wish to promote by the kind of musician worthy of promotion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Thomas I have made this EP as an attempt to fuse together the contrasting styles of music I love. By encompassing the melodic sensibilities of instrumental post-rock with the slightly skittish rhythmic nature of IDM and electronic music, I am trying to refine my sound into a cohesive whole. This...
Topics: ambient, post-rock, IDM, electronic
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Aug 18, 2012 Cousin Silas
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I can't believe my little little netlabel is now on it's fifth release... and what a release it is. To be honest, I've been sitting on this for a wee while... after receiving it from Cousin Silas around the time 'waag_rel001' was released. I wanted to give that release time to become... and wanted this release to stand on it's own. Personally, I can't get enough of Cousin Silas' current sound... there is something timeless and otherworldly about the soundscapes he creates with his guitars,...
Topic: ambient
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Sep 23, 2012 Earlyguard
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I love the music that Earlyguard produces and I was delighted that he agreed to create an exclusive long-form drone for my netlabel. 'Stigma' is a 45 minute piece… a single track that is the antithesis of everything within current 'popular' music. Earlyguard isn't about the quick hit or the catchy riff. He is far more than that. He creates space… space beyond time. He shapes his soundscapes in such a manner that the listener becomes fully immersed in his all-encompassing drones. It is...
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Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Oct 14, 2012 Apta
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What can I say about Apta's music without slipping into my usually over-wrought verbosity? Simply put… I love Apta's music and was bowled over when he gave me the demos for 'Visions'. I was and am very impressed with his foresight and imagination. That said… I was even more impressed with his ability to make his vision reality… making some super-tasty sounds with some fab kit (I checked with one of my music nerd friends… because I'm clueless when it comes to kit… he was impressed). I...
Topics: ambient, electronic, post-rock
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Nov 4, 2012 Cousin Silas
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Ambientelectromelodica. If I was asked to describe in 1 word the 6 tracks on Cousin Silas' 4th release for 'weareallghosts' I would call it 'ambientelectromelodica' . Not that I need to create a new genre of music just to describe this EP ... far from it ... the music presented in waag_008 fits nicely into the ambient realm with an electroacoustic twist and a real focus on melody. I've had these tracks for a wee while now and wanted to see out 2012 with something special from Cousin Silas. The...
Topic: ambient
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Nov 18, 2012 Gurdonark
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I consider it an honour and a privilege to call Gurdonark a friend. He has a wonderfully alternative view on life that i find inspiring. He’s not a hippie or anything ... he just isn't consumed with consumer things ... he is all about open source, community, creative commons and sharing ... in fact, it is what he gives ... what he brings to the table ... that inspires me more. He is a wise sage in a post-modern world ... a photomystic who chases ’feel’ rather than mega-pixels ... someone...
Topic: ambient
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Dec 15, 2012 Ketsa
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What can I say about the music of Dominic Giam aka Ketsa? I'm not sure I have the right words to describe his style of ethnic folk music infused electronica. I could call it 'fusion' but that doesn't sound right. I guess it is his music ... and it is quality music that I am proud to present on weareallghosts . I've been a fan of Giam's for a while but his recent album on Invisible Agent really did sealed the deal for me - 'Al Kemet' is awesome! (...
Topics: ambient, electronic, fusion
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Dec 22, 2012 various artists
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I love a good compilation for two reasons - they are a great way of discovering new music … and as I like to listen to a variety of music, a well curated compilation with a number of contributors gives me the variety I seek. This time last year I never dreamed I would have my own netlabel … and I certainly never dreamed I would be putting out my first compilation on said netlabel … a compilation that showcases wonderful independent talent. Some of the artists featured on this compilation...
Topics: ambient, electronic, progressive
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Dec 25, 2012 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas sent me this track as a 'thank you' for the work I have done for him in 2012. What with releasing his music and designing covers for both weareallghosts and other labels ... he's a taskmaster ... but a gracious one who rewards me with his trust and with his friendship ... two things I treasure deeply. When I heard it I was overcome ... it is a beautiful track and one I just could not keep to myself. So here it is ... Cousin Silas' 'thank you' to me becomes my 'thank you' to you ......
Topic: ambient
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Dec 30, 2012 Mystified
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I love long form drones. I have expressed this love previously when discussing "Stigma (waag_rel006)" by Earlyguard ( weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/stigma-waag-rel006 ). Longform drones give me space to think and to be within. I know this may sound a bit weird to some folk but it is my experience … longform drones are a very pleasant distraction from the hustle and bustle of daily life … they provide the opportunity to be immersed in sound for an extended period of time …...
Topics: longform, ambient, drone
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Jan 20, 2013 Cousin Silas
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It is always good to try something new and "dronescape 001 (waag_drs001)" is very much 'a new thing' for two reasons: First off, it is Cousin Silas' first real attempt at a really longform ambient drone ... and Secondly, it marks the beginning of a new series for weareallghosts - the 'dronescape' series that is specifically designed for longform ambient drones of, or around, the 60 minute mark. I love longform drones and I know you do too from your warm reception of the work of...
Topics: ambient, drone
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Jan 26, 2013 Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz is a netlabel hero. His music, particularly for Free Floating, is first class and exemplary of the ambient genre. I was honoured when he approached me with a forerunner to what you have here. I was blown away by the music he offered me and, to be honest, still am. wearenotghosts, as a netlabel, is all about the music and not about personalities. That said, it has some truly wonderful personalities within its ranks who make my life so much richer. I am delighted to add Hertz to this...
Topic: ambient
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Jan 26, 2013 Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz is a netlabel hero. His music, particularly for Free Floating, is first class and exemplary of the ambient genre. I was honoured when he approached me with a forerunner to what you have here. I was blown away by the music he offered me and, to be honest, still am. wearenotghosts, as a netlabel, is all about the music and not about personalities. That said, it has some truly wonderful personalities within its ranks who make my life so much richer. I am delighted to add Hertz to this...
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Topics: ambient, longform
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Feb 10, 2013 Cousin Silas
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Cooperation is defined as "an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit." Silas & Friends volume 1 (waag_rel015) is a prime example of cooperation in action. Cousin Silas has cooperated with some of the best artists in the ambient genre - Phillip Wilkerson, Bing Satellites, emptywhale, Chris Lynn, Gareth Jones, and Daniel Prendiville - to make some wondrous ambient soundscapes. Each soundscape is unique to the individual partnership, a product...
Topic: ambient
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Feb 16, 2013 Cousin Silas
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This is the second in our Dronescape series ... and the second of 12 drones planned from Cousin Silas. Cousin Silas has created another longform piece that I find deeply atmospheric and all-encompassing ... a piece that allows me to switch off from the busyness of the world and focus on whatever it is I am doing ... in the moment. I think that's the key for me ... the key to why I love these pieces so much ... they give me a sense of the moment. Time stops and I just am. I don't need to worry...
Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Feb 23, 2013 Scott Lawlor
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Times escape was originally recorded between 1996 and 1997 when I lived in the Akron Area of Ohio after years of gigging around playing in coffee houses and being a member of the Very Special Arts group. My inspirations for the cd range from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream but especially the sleep concerts of Robert Rich. I had received one such concert on cassette tape from a friend in the mail and after listening to it while I slept at night, I wanted to try my hand at composing space music. I...
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Topic: ambient
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Mar 2, 2013 Cousin Silas
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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! weareallghosts is one-year-old today and I am celebrating this fact by releasing the third instalment in the Dronescape series early. Cousin Silas, who is an instrumental part of waag, heartily agreed to release it early in celebration of this milestone. He also agreed to record a thirteenth instalment which is great news for ambient drone fans like me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do ... and thank you for being a key part in the ongoing success of...
Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Mar 9, 2013 Jack Hertz
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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! "A haunting we will ghost" is an utterly delightful and slightly spooky 16 minute drone from Jack Hertz who prepared this track to celebrate the first birthday of weareallghosts ... it was a spontaneous expression and I am grateful to him for it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. Tx H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! !
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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! For our third birthday treat, I present an engaging and deeply progressive double 'a-side' single from Wolfgang Merx entitled "Heavy Dekonstruktion + Ten Thirty (Paul's Mix)" ... this is our first single ... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! credits released 05 March 2013 Keyboards, Synthesizers & Drum Programming - Wolfgang Merx Additional Traps & Buttons on "Ten Thirty (Paul's Mix)" - Paul Foster...
Topic: progressive
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Mar 9, 2013 Mystified
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I have a whole heap of love for Thomas Park aka Mystified and the music he creates: the drone he released on the 31st December, 2012; is a fantastic piece of music … as is the piece he contributed to our end-of-year compilation. He is a talented chap and I am delighted to have him as part of weareallghosts. And it is this latter piece - "Network" - which kicked off this four-track EP. It became the starting point for the music on "Ghosts That Dance (waag_rel018)". I was so...
Topics: electronica, upbeat
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Mar 16, 2013 Cousin Silas
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"So long as the gift is not withheld, the creative spirit will remain a stranger to the economies of scarcity. Salmon, forest birds, poetry, symphonies, or Kula shells, the gift is not used up in use. To have painted a painting does not empty the vessel out of which the paintings come. On the contrary, it is the talent which is not in use that is lost or atrophies, and to bestow one of our creations is the surest way to invoke the next." Lewis Hyde - "The Gift - How the Creative...
Topics: drone, ambient
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Mar 23, 2013 Kevin Lyons
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Cousin Silas is my A&R man. He is always recommending new music to me and introducing me to some of the fabulously talent people he calls friends. Kevin Lyons is one such friend. I was bowled over when Kevin sent through the tracks that would later form the basis of "The Lost Room (waag_rel019)" , our 27th release on weareallghosts. The depth of expression contained within the 15 tracks simply stunned me … each track stood on its own merits as its own self-contained piece of...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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Apr 6, 2013 Brother Saturn
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I've know Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn for a wee while now. I'm a big fan of his album "Everest" recorded under his other moniker The Northern Hemisphere … and was deeply intrigued when he approached me to release his first ambient-orientated album via weareallghosts. I was intrigued on a number of points: what would his ambient work sound like? will it fit with weareallghosts? why waag rather than self-publishing? could he wait for my schedule? All these questions were answered...
Topic: ambient
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Apr 13, 2013 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have become a remarkable consistent in my life. They are there for me when I need them … when I need to focus or, paradoxically, when I need to let my brain shut off ... when I am on the move or when I need to sit still. They are something I am very proud of and, as such, I am delighted to release the 5th instalment in the series … a series I am convinced is getting better with each step and each repeated listen. There is not much more I can say about this drone...
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Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Apr 21, 2013 Cousin Silas
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When "Of Passing Days" commenced for the first time all those months ago and I heard those first few bars … I was overcome with the sense of the new along with that familiar feeling of the familiar … it was then that it became apparent to me that this album was going to be very special … and very special it is. East (waag_rel021) is simply wonderful … my kind of wonderful … my kind of special. A double-album of music from an artist who is, in my opinion, at the top of his...
Topic: ambient
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May 4, 2013 William Spivey
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Most of my sounds are created on a Mac using, at present, Metasynth with Architect. My work stems from experimenting with an emphasis on originality. I'm fascinated with harmonic interplay, rhythmic content & abstract sequencing. With 'Opal Sun' I originally intended to do a more low-key longform series; something that unfolded slower than more recent collaborations & to maintain the same general mood throughout. As usual the pieces took on a life of their own. While working on this in...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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May 11, 2013 Cousin Silas
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Is it just me or do these drones get better with each instalment? Cousin Silas continues to astound me with this - his 6th dronescape for weareallghosts. His ability to engage the listener in a fully immersive sonic environment truly amazes me. I have all his dronescapes on my iPhone and have been known to move from one to another when I am in need of extended periods concentration and/or escape. As before, an MP3 version of this dronescape will be available here on Archive for free … with a...
Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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May 19, 2013 Coloured Lines
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Adam Greenhead aka Coloured Lines is a musician and educator who lives in the North of England. He plays bass in an energetic folky rock band called Sawsound and is a founding member of the New Underground Collective ... a diverse group of creatives that includes another waag alumnus - Wolfgang Merx. I have thoroughly enjoyed his previous self-released music and have a soft spot for his band's music too ... so you can appreciate, I jumped at the chance to release this EP when it was offered to...
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Topics: ambient, electronic
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Jun 2, 2013 Scott Lawlor
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Sometimes only a longform ambient drone will do. This is a thought that I regularly have when I need to be in *the* zone … the special place that I visit when I need to get deep and concentrate. I am blessed at weareallghosts to have so many options for a soundtrack to this special place … and I am proud to add - "like a pelican of the wilderness" from Scott Lawlor - to my arsenal. It is an utterly beautiful piece … full of light. It is the soundscape for a truly open space....
Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Jun 8, 2013 Cousin Silas
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I have discovered a new pleasure ... lying in my hammock in my backgarden listening to Cousin Silas' dronescapes. I live in Scotland so I don't get many opportunities but when I do ... like I did today ... it was simply stunning. The 7th instalment in Silas' dronescapes takes the series forward ... it is 72 minutes of floaty, blissed-out, musical sunshine. It fitted perfectly with a lazy rest-filled day in the garden ... reading and recharging in the sun. I've never liked the tag 'chill out...
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Topics: ambient, drone, longform
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Jun 15, 2013 emptywhale
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I have a black-and-blue mark on my arm … its been there for a long while and won't be disappearing any time soon. Its there as a result of my need to pinch myself each and every time I listen to the music on weareallghosts. I need to pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming … that this wee netlabel isn't in fact some ridiculous fantasy of the calibre of an episode of Dallas. The music I have had the privilege to release is truly exceptional and some of my favourite music from the last year...
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Topic: ambient
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Jul 13, 2013 Cousin Silas
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I genuinely get excited when I get a wee message from Cousin Silas telling me that his latest dronescape is in our shared dropbox folder. I have grown very fond of these longform drones and consider them an utter treat to listen to … and I hope you will enjoy the eighth instalment as much as I do! As before, a MP3 version will be available here on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'Pay What You Want' … which does include free. All we would ask is that if you...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Jul 21, 2013 Stephen Briggs
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Good Friday was inspired by observing the power of crowds … how the spirit of a crowd can change a person … take over them … make them do things they wouldn't otherwise consider doing. This spirit … the spirit that can turn a respected school teacher into a looter grasping for a TV in a riot … was evident on the first Good Friday … a day when the crowd took over. Good Friday was also inspired by the spirit that exists in a room or a building ... be it an incense-rich 15th century...
Topics: ambient, improvised, looping
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Aug 17, 2013 Cousin Silas
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On the 8th instalment of the Dronescape series, Brian Bourassa said this ... "If your a "Dronie," then Cousin Silas's Drone series should be topping your list. I'd invite you to follow the progression from "Dronescape 001 through Dronescape 008" and beyond." I couldn't have put it better myself! Thanks Brian. For the 9th Dronescape ... Cousin Silas has really pulled out all the stops ... creating an utterly engaging longform piece that is exceptionally expansive...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Aug 26, 2013 Kevin Lyons
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As I write these liner notes, I reflect on the weekend that I have just had ... a weekend of music ... a weekend of cementing social media friendships with physical bonds ... a weekend where I got to meet in the flesh for the first time, so to speak, three chaps that I greatly admire: the musician - Dave Hughes aka Cousin Silas; the painter - Ade Hodges; and the focus of these notes - musician Kevin Lyons. Believe it or not but Dave and Kevin are the only musicians on weareallghosts that I have...
Topic: ambient
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Aug 31, 2013 Clutter
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Dreams do come true. I am releasing an EP from one of my musical heroes: Shaun Blezard … the founder of Earth Monkey Productions, maker of musical malarkey under the Clutter alias, and vicious 'Words with Friends' player. It was Shaun who introduced me to the concept of the netlabel with his seminal netlabel 'Earth Monkey Productions'. Some of the music on there is still on my iPod five years after the label went on indefinite hiatus … including a number of pieces by weareallghosts stalwart...
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Sep 7, 2013 Cousin Silas
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I recently met Cousin Silas for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was taken by how genuinely lovely he was … a real down-to-earth chap with a wicked sense of humour … generous to a fault and a pleasure to be with. I say this because whilst I was down staying with him … he spoke of the Dronescape series and made particular mention of this instalment - Dronescape 010 (waag_drs010) - his tenth dronescape. He spoke of this being his best yet. Not in a bragging kind of way because he...
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Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Sep 15, 2013 Toaster
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I'll let you into a wee secret. I don't release anything on weareallghosts unless I dig it ... I am a fan, first and foremost, and I do what I do because I am simply that ... a fan of music and, in particular, the kind of music I've been privileged to release. It is with this in mind that I approach “Mourners (waag_rel029)” by Toaster aka Todd Elliott ... a musician whose ambient soundscapes and off-kilter techno tracks are something I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy. In particular, it...
Topic: ambient
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Sep 22, 2013 Jack Hertz & Cousin Silas
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The 30th album on weareallghosts is an innovate collaboration between a couple of giants of ambient electronic music: Jack Hertz & Cousin Silas ... two chaps I am proud to call friends. “The Quiet Forest” features six wonderfully emotive and aurally stimulating ambient soundscapes. They are the kind of visually arresting atmospheres that got me into ambient electronic music all those years ago. The minute I heard them … I knew they would make for a fitting release on weareallghosts....
Topic: ambient
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Sep 29, 2013 Brother Saturn
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"Tales of Space Exploration 9 - 16 (waag_rel031)" marks the return of Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn to weareallghosts. Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel020 … continuing to document his journey into the deepest realms of the galaxy through ambient music. I hear real progression in these tracks … Miller is growing as an artist and as a musician … creating truly beautiful ambient soundscapes that speak of travel, desolation, loneliness, and the yearning of home …...
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Oct 6, 2013 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have really grown from strength to strength ... developing into something of 'must have' recording for me. I tend to listen to at least one a day and love the headspace they give me. I know I am not alone ... and really appreciate all the comments I receive when one is released. I also value the support that some in the WAAG community provided and do not take it for granted. So this weekend we are going to put out not one ... but TWO dronescapes - 011 and 012. I...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Oct 6, 2013 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' dronescapes have really grown from strength to strength ... developing into something of 'must have' recording for me. I tend to listen to at least one a day and love the headspace they give me. I know I am not alone ... and really appreciate all the comments I receive when one is released. I also value the support that some in the WAAG community provided and do not take it for granted. So this weekend we are going to put out not one ... but TWO dronescapes - 011 and 012. I...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Oct 13, 2013 Cousin Silas
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"Silas & Friends vol2 (waag_rel032)" is weareallghosts' fiftieth release and what a release it is … a real smorgasbord of sounds from my fave musician and his wonderfully, delightfully, fantastically eclectic group of chums … most of whom I consider friends too. I have looked forward to this compilation for some time and I am pleased to be able to finally release it. It is an album that has taken a considerable amount of effort to compile and it stands as a testament to the...
Topic: ambient
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Oct 19, 2013 Silas + Hodges + Lyons
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In late August I travelled to deepest, darkest Yorkshire to hang out with Cousin Silas and two of his chums - musician and film geek, Kevin Lyons, and painter and music-fan, Ade Hodges - over a weekend. We filled the days with music and film; sci-fi and books; bacon sandwiches, pizza, and curry; in what was one of the nerdiest weekends I've had in ages. We filled the days so well that we failed to do what we intended: to record, package and release some music. Instead, we dreamed fantastic...
Topics: ambient, sci-fi,
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Oct 26, 2013 Colin Blake
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With "The Sound of Space (waag_rel034)", Colin Blake has expressed his love and admiration for all things 'space'. In his intricate notes that accompanied his submission, he speaks of the birth of new stars, and of life on more than just Earth … of comets, and the songs star-clouds sing as new stars are born … of solar flares, and travel to distant galaxies; it makes for fascinating reading. More than that, it makes for fascinating music - sci-fi orientated ambient electronic...
Topics: ambient, sci-fi,
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Nov 9, 2013 Cousin Silas
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It has been just over a month since we released the previous 2 instalments of Cousin Silas' Dronescape series ... and I couldn't wait to bring another one to you. And what an instalment this is!!! The 13th Dronescape is a bold, upfront exploration of space and time through ambient sound. It is 70 minutes of sheer of unadulterated joy ... a truly immersive longform journey with an almost tangible sense of cinematic proportion ... and I, for one, love it. This series just gets better and better....
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Scott is a tremendous supporter of weareallghosts, playing our music on his show on stillstream. He is part of the waag familia and I am proud to present two longish ambient drones from him. "The Space Between The Leaves" - is the first in a series of longer-form drones called "The Space Between" ... this is an ongoing project from Scott and I hope to bring you further instalments in the future. "...The Leaves" is a darker, noisier drone that almost overwhelms but...
Topics: longform, ambient, drone
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Nov 23, 2013 Red Pools
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Since 2008 I have been producing and releasing music under various names, most notably electronic music under the name Artificial Sun Project. In 2013 I ended this project, and out of it's ashes came Red Pools. This is my first double single of my new material, reflective of a new style of music, and a new direction. Two sides of mournful techno ... with swaying, claustrophobic atmospheres that gurgle and crackle in a rather delightful manner with murky thumping, quasi-wurlizer, piano...
Topics: ambient, techno, electronic
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Nov 30, 2013 Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel036 "St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs of the Pyrenees, not very far from Toulouse, and still nearer to Bagnères-de-Luchon." And so begins "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook" from Dr M. R. James' "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" ... or at least my Penguin Books copy from May 1941 does. I received this copy from Cousin Silas when I stayed at his house at the end of August. This was the weekend that I met Ade Hodges and Kevin Lyons, the weekend...
Topics: dark ambient, ambient
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Dec 7, 2013 Stephen Briggs
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I love Stephen Briggs' particular brand of looping ambient guitar-orientated soundscapes and I am proud to present his latest release - "New Beginnings (waag_rel037)". According to Stephen, this is an album that explores themes of newness ... the newness of planted grass seed ... and of space ... the freedom of open space. Inspired by hot evenings and watching the water spraying on freshly pruned trees, "New Beginnings (waag_rel037)" is a delight from start to finish ......
Topics: ambient, improvised, looping
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Dec 15, 2013 Cousin Silas
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The Advent period is a very busy time for me and sometimes it feels like the run-up to Christmas is too much. When it gets to that point I take solace in the music of Cousin Silas and, in particular, his dronescapes. The fourteenth dronescape (yes, we have released fourteen dronescapes in 2013!) is a welcome addition to his canon ... a body of work that just seems get better as time passes. I won't say anymore other than to implore you to take the time out to go deep. I know I will. An MP3...
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Dec 16, 2013 Cousin Silas
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I've released this early ... with no warning because its nice to get a surprise now and again ... and I hope to take a wee break for a few weeks over the Christmas period. 'Into the dark (waag_rel038)' is the first in a trilogy of dark, atmospheric, and rather sinister sounding ambient albums that I am proud to say I have secured for release. I've been itching to release this album ... an album where Cousin Silas goes back to his darker ambient roots ... ever since I received it from him. It is...
Topics: ambient, dark
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Jan 2, 2014 Various Artists
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Due to ill health, what was intended as a fitting close to 2013 has now become an opening shot across the bow of 2014 ... and what a shot it is! When I put out the call for submissions for the end-of-year compilation, I never thought I would receive what I did: tracks from artists like Cousin Silas, Scott Lawlor, and Kevin Lyons - the very backbone of weareallghosts; new creations from Jack Hertz, and Mystified - pillars of the Ambient music community; an inspired remix from Wolfgang Merx of a...
Topic: ambient,
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Jan 5, 2014 Ade Hodges
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"The birth pains of Titan 6 (waag_rel039)" is the soundtrack to a story that has yet to be told about the ill-fated sixth colony on Titan. It also marks the solo debut on weareallghosts of a man steeped in both ambient music and pulp science fiction - Ade Hodges. I've had this album for a wee while and have really enjoyed the themes it presents ... Ade has gone out his way to create an album that could easily be the soundtrack to a cult sci-fi film ... something dark and unsettling. I...
Topic: ambient, sci-fi,
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Jan 16, 2014 Christopher Alvarado and Stephen Briggs
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I totally missed this track. It was intended for our recent end-of-year compilation and it got bogged down in my inbox. I am so sorry to Christopher Alvarado and Stephen Briggs for my oversight ... and to make it up to them I've decided to release it as a free single. That said, I am also releasing it because it is a superb piece of music ... a track where two distinct musicians have come together to make something new and unique ... a synergy, so to speak, and a fabulous one at that. This is...
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Jan 18, 2014 Ivan Ganza
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According to Ivan Ganza, "LV426 (waag_rel041)" documents the lonely journey to the far off system of LV426 through six utterly delightful longish-form ambient drones. I've had this album for a wee while now ... to be honest, longer than I should have ... this should have been out for others to hear far, far sooner. "LV426 (waag_rel041)" is an absolute delight to me, one for the head as well as the heart. The kind of hypnotic sci-fi drone that I lap up, one that works on its...
Topic: ambient, sci-fi, longform, drone,
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Jan 25, 2014 Christopher Alvarado and Stephen Briggs
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"Translucence (waag_rrl002)" is only our second rereleased album on weareallghosts ... rereleased because it is simply that good. Christopher Alvarado is a talented musician who has a vision for ambient music that I share and deeply admire ... he creates truly immersive soundscapes with synths and guitars, vocals and percussion, that have an otherworldliness about them that is simply intoxicating. Alvarado's hypnotic headphone music is an utter treat, one that I have partaken of in...
Topic: ambient,
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Jan 26, 2014 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' Dronescapes bring me considerable solace and the fifteenth instalment could not have come at a more necessary time. As some of you may know, I have contracted pertussis (whooping cough) and have been 'house bound' since before Christmas. During this time I have come to appreciate the healing qualities of music: it relaxes ... it aids focus and recuperation ... and, more importantly, it inspires. Dronescape 015 has been a blessing to me ... aiding my painfully slow recovery ... and...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Feb 1, 2014 Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas
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"Space Time Mantra (waag_rel042)" is a wonderful series of darker ambient soundscapes from Ade Hodges and Cousin Silas ... a collaborative collection of sci-fi music that could easily act as the soundtrack to our favourite stories by the likes of Lovecraft and Ballard. Both expansive & dystopian, these sounds present the future of our dreams as being more akin to the stuff of our nightmares ... they give the listener an all too brief insight into the eerie unsettling liminal state...
Topic: ambient, sci-fi,
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Feb 9, 2014 Scott Lawlor & Earlyguard
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I am proud to present "Abstraction (waag_rel043)" ... 45 minutes of longform ambient joy. I have a lot of love for the music of both Scott Lawlor and Earlyguard, so you can imagine I was very quick to respond in the positive when I was approached about releasing a collaboration that they had in the works ... I didn't think it would be as good as "Abstraction" is. This is music for both the head and the heart, a late-night hit of somatic bliss that, in equal measure, inspires...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Feb 15, 2014 Kevin Lyons
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I do what I do to encourage others bring their beauty into this world. Witnessing Kevin Lyons' growth as an artist and a maker of beautiful music has been a real pleasure for me. I really do marvel at the music he creates - it holds it's own within weareallghosts and further afield - it never ceases to amaze me. I am very proud of the music he has released on waag and am proud to call him a friend. It is with this sense of pride that I present his fourth album - "Lullabies for Strange...
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Mar 1, 2014 Cousin Silas
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I was recently asked what I get out of running a wee netlabel ... I replied almost immediately: I help bring beauty to this world. I'm not a musician. I wish I was but I am not. Neither am I an artist in the pen-and-paper / paint-and-canvas kind of way. Again, I wish I was but I am not. Whilst I am kind of handy with a camera and have a thing for arranging typefaces on images, the way I bring beauty to this world is to help musicians like Cousin Silas get their sounds out there. I don't believe...
Topic: ambient, longform, drone,
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Mar 9, 2014 Scott Lawlor
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I have a lot of love for Scott Lawlor's music and was delighted to be approached by him to release his 'drone.excursion' series of longform drones. Inspired by the work of Cousin Silas, Lawlor is going on his own journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes ... and I am proud to support him in this endeavour. drone.excursion.001 (waag_dex001) aka 'the choral drone' is an intense vocal-orientated piece that reminds me of György Ligeti's "Atmospheres", a piece that is famous for being...
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Mar 15, 2014 Cousin Silas
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Into The Dark | volume ii (waag_rel045)' is the second in a trilogy of dark, atmospheric, and rather sinister sounding ambient albums from my dear friend and everyone's favourite hoarder of electric guitars, Cousin Silas. In keeping with the first volume (waag_rel038), this is an album where Cousin Silas goes back to his darker ambient roots. It continues down the deliciously dark and deeply atmospheric rabbit-hole that waag_rel038 started down ... back before Christmas. Six tracks of longish...
Topic: ambient, dark, dark ambient,
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Mar 29, 2014 Red Pools
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Three tracks of caustic city-driven technoustica, built from the minutia of old session recordings, hauntological cassette tapes of unknown origin, recombinant soundscapes, extracted percussion, and the processed ghosts of sound objects inhabiting the spaces I come into contact with. Source material recorded, tracks composed and performed to create this record July 2013-Feb 2014. My sincere thanks to: Impossibility Knox (Gwilly Edmondez, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Elaine Cheng, Esme Baker, Meena...
Topics: ambient, techno, electronic
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Apr 11, 2014 Alison G. Madrigal
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"You are Alison G. Madrigal (waag_rrl003)" by Alison G. Madrigal is an interesting listen ... so interesting, in fact, that I agreed to rerelease it on weareallghosts. "Who is Alison G. Madrigal?" I hear you ask ... I can't say for sure for she is shrouded in secrecy. I do believe, however, that Todd Elliott aka Toaster is involved with this project in some way ... he introduced me to her, for one, and the sounds bear a cunning similarity to some of his output. Does it...
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Apr 11, 2014 Cousin Silas
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May I start off with a big thanks to both Thomas Mathie and Cousin Silas for giving me the opportunity to write the liner notes for the 17th release of the Dronescape Series. That said, I'd like to talk about the "cancerous bubble" that began to grow as a result of this opportunity - an ego bubble, I would imagine. It began with a series of email conversation which eventually led to my thinking I might offer Cousin Silas a few ideas on his dronescapes! I hear you all now. "SAY...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone
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Apr 13, 2014 Scott Lawlor
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In case you missed it last month ... Scott Lawlor has been inspired by the work of Cousin Silas and is going on his own journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes. He intends to producing a series of these drone.excursion longform pieces and I am proud to support him with this endeavour. drone.excursion.002 (waag_dex002) aka 'Into the Industrial Complex' is a subtler piece ... less dissonant than the first drone.excursion whilst still retaining the sense of movement that was conveyed by it's...
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Apr 17, 2014 Matthew VandenBrook
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I am deeply honoured to present "Without Sin" from Detroit based musician Matthew VandenBrook and am proud to welcome him to the weareallghosts community. "Without Sin" is a fitting piece to be released on Good Friday, 2014 ... and while each listener will make of it what they will ... I, for one, have received remarkable inspiration from this piece as I have walked my own, personal Lenten journey. It is a dark, brooding piece of longform ambient music that threatens to...
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Apr 20, 2014 Brother Saturn
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"Tales of Space Exploration 17 - 24 (waag_rel048)" marks the further continuation of Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn's "Tales of Space Exploration" series for weareallghosts. Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel031 … continuing to document his journey into the deepest realms of the galaxy through ambient music. Once more I hear real progression in these tracks … Miller is continuing to grow as a musician. He continues to explore the themes of travel, desolation,...
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Apr 25, 2014 Kevin Lyons
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Kevin Lyons music just gets better and better, in my opinion and "Invisible Sounds, Inaudible Sights (waag_rel049)" is up there with one of the best albums we've ever released on weareallghosts. The album is haunting from the start with the vocal samples used in 'Solstice' taking no prisoners from the off. "Invisible Sounds, Inaudible Sights (waag_rel049)" is an ambient tour de force, each track having its own magical expression. Tracks like 'You will become like us' with...
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May 3, 2014 Cousin Silas
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George Carlin once said ... "Have you ever started a path? No one seems willing to do this. We don't mind using existing paths, but we rarely start new ones. Do it today. Start a path. Even if it doesn't lead anywhere." This saying resonates with me for a number of reasons, too many in fact for here & now. What I will say, however, is how much I respect Cousin Silas' Dronescape project and how, in creating his own path, he’s created something that a lot of people have gained...
Topic: ambient, longform, drone,
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May 4, 2014 Cousin Silas and Friends
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The third volume of collaborations between Cousin Silas and his Friends - Silas & Friends vol.3 (waag_rel050) - is our 50th album release and 82nd release overall on weareallghosts. It features 26 collaborations with 23 creative musicians and demonstrates the broad nature of ambient music. Each combination is different ... each interaction releases some special magic, a synergy of effort, that brings out the best in both musicians and produces some truly exceptional music. As a...
Topic: ambient, electronica,